Wimbledon - Notebook 5: the unknown who turns everything upside down, the American who surprises and the mother who amazes

Wimbledon – Notebook 5: the unknown who turns everything upside down, the American who surprises and the mother who amazes

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Tim van Rijthoven, Tommy Paul and Tatjana Maria are each pulling off a real “trick” at Wimbledon. And this could still continue over the next few rounds.

“TVR”, WHAT A BATAVE! Tim van Rijthoven was still unknown in May. Here he is now crowned with an ATP title and in the knockout stages of Wimbledon. Not bad is not it? Surprise of the ‘s-Hertogenbosch tournament, where he won after receiving an invitation and mate in particular Taylor Fritz, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Daniil Medvedev (excuse the little …), the 25-year-old Dutchman, who benefits from a wild card, never let up in London, where he stunned Federico Delbonis, Reilly Opelka and finally Nikoloz Basilashvili. Now awaits a rather exceptional 4th round against Novak Djokovic, “easy” in front of his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic. A fight that the Batavian, who appeared outside the top-200 6 weeks ago, does not consider to be the icing on the cake, since he aspires on the contrary to create another surprise.

SINNER, “SO” SOLID! For the Italian press, Jannik Sinner revealed his ideal player on Friday morning. If he opted in particular for Roger Federer in forehand and for Novak Djokovic in backhand, the Italian praised the service of John Isner. A few hours later, he dominated the American in 3 sets (6-4 7-6 6-3). So, was his ideal player just a bluff or did the Italian really find the parade to confuse the double yard? It doesn’t matter: here he is in the 4th round with his sights set on a superb clash with Carlos Alcaraz. Let’s say it right away, it seems just as exciting as Kyrgios-Tsitsipas on Saturday.

ISNER, BEATEN, BUT… Although beaten by Jannik Sinner, John Isner can puff out his chest; the American has indeed broken the record for aces armed by a player on the ATP circuit. The old mark belonged to Ivo Karlovic with 13,728, he has now hit at least 13,729. “That’s really cool, I could stay up there for a while“, he appreciated.

PAUL, SERVED HOT… Tommy Paul had gone through the first part of the season like a ghost, but you have to believe that the man has a green thumb. Quarter-finalist at Queen’s then at Eastbourne, the American was able to bounce back, as he proved again yesterday by liquidating Jiri Vesely (6-3 6-2 6-2) and still not losing a single set. Already solid against Fernando Verdasco and Adrian Mannarino, the player from New Jersey, winner of Roland-Garros juniors in 2015, may not have finished talking about him in this fortnight, even though he had not yet never participated in Wimbledon!

MARRIED, 2 CHILDREN… The beautiful story of this weekend is that of Tatjana Maria, in the round of 16 after his solid success in 2 sets over Maria Sakkari. Married and mother of 2 children, the almost 35-year-old German is living a dream; she had never gone so far in a major tournament and could still well upset Jelena Ostapenko on Sunday. Born Tatjana Malek, and married for 10 years to Charles-Edouard Maria, the one-handed backhand player also proves that you can combine the magnificent role of mom and that of high-level sportswoman. It’s nice. Now it’s time for her to have a duel with the one that no one has forgotten: Jelena Ostapenko, the phenomenon who imposed herself at Roland-Garros 2017 by hitting in all directions. Five years later and while her Grand Slam career has never been of the same ilk again – with the exception of a quarter and a half at Wimbledon in 2017 and 2018 – the Latvian has found some inspiration.

NIEMEIER COMES OUT OF THE WOOD… Jule Niemeier, soon to be 23, had never won a Grand Slam match before this week. Here it is now with 3 successes and with a ticket for the 8th finals. The German, who is ranked 97th in the WTA, first dominated Wang and Kontaveit before securing in 3 sets yesterday against Lesia Tsurenko. Other good news: his next round, against Britain’s Heather Watson, does not seem out of reach.

THE BELGIANS, TWICE! With David Goffin and Elise Mertens in the round of 16, Belgian tennis has had a successful fortnight. While the Liégeois also revived and dominated Ugo Humbert in 4 sets, the Flemish quite easily beat Angelique Kerber, winner of the 2018 edition. Not bad at all.

JABEUR PRESENTS! Passed by Roland-Garros when she was aiming for the title, Ons Jabeur has raised his head well. Titled in Berlin ahead of Belinda Bencic, the Tunisian went on to checkmate Björklund (6-1 6-3), Kawa (6-4 6-0) and finally Parry (6-2 6-3). Her round of 16 against Elise Mertens promises to be much spicier, however.

A QUALIFIED FOR FELDBAUSCH… The draw for the junior draw having taken place, the Swiss are a little more advanced on what awaits them. Thus, Kilian Feldbausch will face a qualifier in the 1st round, Mika Brunold will face the No. 8 seed Edas Butvilas and Dylan Dietrich will do battle with another seed, the 5, Nishesh Basavareddy (USA). On the women’s side, Chelsea Fontenel will be opposed to Kayla Cross (seeded 13) and Céline Naef will face a guest, Sarah Tatu.

Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti

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