day 2

Day 2 promises more bright sunshine as Rafa and Roger play their first round matches. I’m nowhere near close enough to get a Centre seat but I do get Court 1 for Rafa. 
First match on Court 3 is Kyrgios vs Thompson and I rush with others to get good seats. Nick looks very uninspired and Thompson gets up 3-1 as Nick plays dreadfully but enjoyable to watch anyhow. At 2-5 Nick saves two set points and at 4-5 he serves a 135 mph second serve ace to reach 5-5. At 5-5 Nick retrieves a drop shot and falls to the turf. Jordan runs to get Nick’s retrieve but misses it while Nick is flat on his stomach. Nick gets up, takes a bow and sports a big grin. What good fun we have here. They reach 6-6. At 5-3 in the tiebreaker he hustles forward for a drop shot and pushes a tweeners pass attempt wide. What was he thinking?? His next two serves are aces for the set 
Early in the second Kyrgios falls near the net and stays down an extra 10 seconds. He’s feeling his oats. Down 3-4 break point, he chases a lob over his head and purposely waits to try a tweener, which he misses. What is he thinking? He loses the set 6-3. 

I now head for my Court 1 seat for Barty vs Zheng. Zheng goes down 0-3, recovers to 3-3 but loses the first 6-4.
Barty rolls in the second 6-2 and that’s that. Hope she continues to play well. 
Meanwhile, I follow the score and note Kyrgios wins the third in a 12-10 tiebreaker. He then drops the fourth 0-6 but takes the match 6-1 in the fifth. What was going on?

Next up on Court 1 is Konta vs Bogdan. Many good rallies here and Konta squeaks by the first 
7-5. Kate Middleton watches the first but skips the second. 
Bogdan goes down 2-5 in the second and Jo breaks again for the match. Well played, Jo. 

The match of the day on Court 1 between Rafa and Sugita is up next. In the meantime I note Harris takes the first from Roger before Roger rolls 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. 

Rafa has early trouble going down 0-2, 0-40 but takes the next three games and later wins the first 6-3. Sugita immediately drops his serve in the second. Great shot-making from both as Sugita trails 0-2. Rafa coasts to 6-1 with hard-hitting. 
More of the same in the third as Rafa wins it 6-3.

I’m next off to court 18 where Fognini saves two break points before holding for a 6-3 third set against Tiafoe.  Fognini breaks for 1-0 and protects serve until 4-3. Then Tiafoe breaks twice for 6-4.

In the fifth, Tiafoe loses serve immediately. He gets a break point chance at 2-1 but Fognini holds. He continues to hold and closes out the match 6-4. 
Another great day.