• Djokovic takes on Harrison in Wimbledon second round

    6/27/12 4:34 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Djokovic takes on Harrison in Wimbledon second round World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will do battle with young American Ryan Harrison, as the second round at Wimbledon gets underway.

    Ryan Harrison has already had a taste of what it means to play Novak Djokovic. The two men met on the hard courts of Cincinnati last summer, with Djokovic winning in routine straight sets.

    Djokovic isn't enjoying quite the form this year as he was in 2011. At this point last year, the Serb had already secured seven titles and lost one match on the season, a semifinal cracker against Roger Federer in the French Open.

    He has just two titles this season, though one came at the Australian Open. He is still playing than most of the rest of the field, however. Djokovic consistently finds himself in the finals of tournaments. Most recently, he made his first French Open final, where he lost to Rafael Nadal.

    Harrison is still trying to find his game, but the American is at a career high 48th in the world, and he is the sort to not allow himself to be intimidated by his opponent.

    The American probably doesn't have the game to truly trouble Djokovic, but he may have enough to take a single set from the defending champion. The Serb in 4.

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that prediction is a joke, right?

RickyDimon , 6/27/12 4:50 AM

I agree with Ricky this time. This match should be over in 3 sets, unless Cheryl's crystal ball is the real thing.

phoenix , 6/27/12 9:02 AM

With your fed pick ,Ricky, you might end up being the bigger comedian, no?

agfmilos , 6/27/12 2:57 PM

Superb performance from Nole against an inspired Harrison. He looks in really good nick.

samprallica , 6/27/12 10:54 PM

Actually not a bad prediction in the end, easily could have been 4

willmw101 , 6/28/12 12:20 AM


I agree. Harrison had all those break point chances in the second set. Predicting four sets wasn't that unreasonable. Harrison gave a good account of himself.

I also think that prediction of Fed in the final might turn out to be just plain wrong. As I have been saying, I would not write off Nole.

Nativenewyorker , 6/28/12 3:28 AM

Somehow, I don't think one break point would hae been enough to secure Harrison the 2nd set. At no point did I think Harrison was in danger of threatening Djokovic.

nadline , 6/28/12 9:42 AM

Good thing it wasn't just one break point then, it was 6. And Djokovic was definitely threatened by Harrison, at least for small portions of that match.

willmw101 , 6/28/12 11:11 AM

I meant one break of serve, had Harrison converted one of those break points.

nadline , 6/28/12 11:24 AM

Harrison played ok but the result was never in doubt

tennis2011 , 6/28/12 6:35 PM

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