Wimbledon 2014 was a tournament that not only caught the imagination and managed to revive the concept of the underdog but it also revived the love of beautiful tennis.
With Andy Murray’s elimination at the hands of 11th seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov at the quarter-final stage, British interests in the tournament were ended but our wonder wasn’t.
Roger Federer seemed to be back to his unbeatable best, dropping just one set on his route to the final whereas Novak Djokovic seems to just love the drama of a 5-setter to overcome his opponent. Get a Guts casino welcome code and overcome your casino opponents as well.
There were some famous casualties over the course of the tournament in both the men’s and women’s draws, notably Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Venus and Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.
Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and the wildcard entry, 19 year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios provided the underdog entertainment for the men’s draw while in the women’s 6th seed Petra Kvitová destroyed 13th seed Eugenie Bouchard in the final 6-3 6-0 to complete a somewhat unexpected finale.
The men’s final though was a story of familiarity and quality. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic served up a classic final in which the momentum would swing either way until finally Djokovic broke Federer’s resistance and it enabled him to put pressure on the Federer serve at 15-40 that proved too much for the Swiss legend.
As far as the men are concerned, there were a number of candidates for this award as Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov could have easily have won it due to making it through to the semi-finals and pushing Novak Djokovic all the way but 19 year-old Australian wildcard Nick Kyrgios deserves the award simply for his route to the quarters was fairly tough.
His 1st round match was won in 4-sets, his 2nd round match against 13th seed Richard Gasquet was won in 5-sets, his 3rd and 4th round matches were won in 4-sets as well throwing the elimination of the great Rafael Nadal into the mix as well. His tournament was defined by an audacious through-the-legs shot that had beaten Nadal all ends up. Ultimately, it was a step too far for him in the quarterfinals but it can be considered a great tournament from the 19 year-old.
Petra Kvitová deserves the women’s representation, as her final performance was quite simply outstanding. For the Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and numerous other dangerous opponents to be outclassed or prove themselves short of the required quality was quite a testament to how well the pre-tournament unfancied players played. Eugenie Bouchard and Petra Kvitová proved better than the rest and battled it out in the final.
A shared award for the fallen ex-champions, Nadal and Murray were not quite up to scratch at Wimbledon 2014, so much so that they were not missed at all by the end of the tournament.
Murray’s presence, or lack of, proved to be an enhancement of the tournament considering how much better Dimitrov was on the day against him and by how far he pushed Novak Djokovic.
Nadal arguably wasn’t on form from the very start of the tournament. He dropped the 1st set of every match he played, ensuring he had to battle through each time. The 4th round match was ultimately too much for him as the young Australian proved to have the better of him.
It has got to be Kyrgios’ shot vs. Rafael Nadal, almost Roger Federer-esque in its execution, the through-the-legs shot was beautifully controlled and won the point for the Australian too which made it all the better.
Must Andrew Castle commentate on everything tennis related? Must he? Frankly he is what makes the experience good instead of great in watching two top professionals compete for the top prize in tennis. His meaningless quips, uninteresting facts and comments were a massive put off.
Here’s the thing Andrew, let Tim Henman who despite never having won Wimbledon, knows his stuff, get on with providing commentary along with a great like Jimmy Connors who again knows his stuff, while you make the tea and fetch the strawberries and cream.
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