By Lee Dover | Wimbledon
What a week that was –Newcastle-Upon-Tyne became Newcastle-Under-The-Tyne, the Italians reached the final of a major football tournament without a secret handshake in sight and then there was all that business with those bunch of bankers.
It’s been a whirlwind of action and entertainment at the All England Club too, as Wimbledon 2012 had shocks and spills throughout the entire week.
There is so much to look back on, such as Venus Williams being dumped out of a competition she once dominated in the very first round, and then Rafael Nadal taking an early shower after he lost his second-round tie with Czech unknown Lukas Rosol.
So that was last week, now let’s have a look ahead to the business end of Wimbledon 2012, starting with the very exciting second Monday.
Every singles competitor left in the tournament will be out on court to show off their skills throughout today – that is 32 of the best names in tennis by our reckoning.
Andy Murray has become the focus at SW19 once more, with his odds at Paddy Power closing in to 11/2 to win the illustrious Wimbledon crown.
Nadal’s defeat gave the Scot’s dream of winning a grand slam a massive boost, but anyone who thinks it will be easy for Murray now may want to think again.
The Scot finds himself up against the ever-resilient Marin Cilic today, with the prospect of Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro or Spain’s David Ferrer – who beat him at the French Open just a month ago – waiting in the wings.
Murray feels he has a distinct advantage after Cilic’s five-set thriller against Sam Querrey on Saturday though, stating: “You always kind of know what’s going on around you, but when the scoreboard was coming up and it was 14-14 then 15-15, there’s a bit of me thinking, ‘That’s great for me – or for Marcos [Baghdatis]’.”
Other feisty ties taking place today include reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic and Swiss icon Roger Federer both being up against unranked opponents, though Nadal’s shock defeat last week should have highlighted that rankings mean squat at the All England Club.
However, those looking for a little bit more value may want to place some money on the 11/1 being given to Kim Clijsters.
The Belgium starlet stated before Wimbledon got underway that this may be the last time she steps out onto the courts of SW19.
She certainly is making it a farewell to remember, having not dropped a set despite being up against some of the best in the game.
Commenting after her third-round win against Vera Zvonareva, Clijsters noted: “I’m very excited. It’s a pleasure to be a part of the second week of a grand slam, and especially at Wimbledon.”
This year all of the matches at Wimbledon will be streamed live on PPtv for Ireland and UK customers