Seeds Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Robin Soderling lead the charge for the HEAD racket rebels into the second week of Wimbledon. The top trio have swashbuckled their way through the opening stages and now face the mounting pressure of the second week at the most prestigious of the four Grand Slams.
Serbia's Djokovic, playing with his YouTek Speed MP, passed a five-set test in the first round but has since advanced in straight sets. "I'm happy with my serve goes right now. I've struggled with it the last couple of months, it's been more of the mental fight. But things are going in the right direction. I'm getting more free points and that's what matters," said the 2008 Australian Open champion.
It's much the same for YouTek Radical Pro Briton Murray, who won his second-round over Jarkko Nieminen in front of the Queen. With the weight of a nation on his racket, Melbourne finalist Murray is thriving under pressure.
"It's been a really good start," said the Scot. "The first week went great. But I’ll have to build on that. I'm going to have to play better if I want to go all the way."
Two-time French Open finalist Soderling has wielded his YouTek Radical MP with abandon, winning his first three matches in straight sets while losing just 24 games. "I've played really well for three matches, nine straight sets now, without really dropping my level too much. That's what you need to do in Grand Slams over two weeks."
HEAD also has a surprise entry into the second week with Lu Yen-Hsun (YouTek Extreme Pro) making history for Taiwan as the first from his Asian nation to the fourth round in Grand Slam singles. The No. 82 is the only Taiwanese player in the ATP Top 300.
In addition, Lu is moving ahead on doubles with Serbian partner Janko Tipsarevic. The HEAD doubles presence also includes Sergiy Stakhovsky .
Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova is keeping HEAD in the mix in the women's singles draw as the second week begins. In the doubles, HEAD's Yaroslava Shvedova is in the title chase with partner Vania King.
In mixed doubles, Serb Nenad Zimonjic plus Shvedova have it all to play for on separate teams.