Moving to the day 3 of the Championship, Wimbledon now moved into the stage where upsets just about start to take place – the 2nd round. Players ought to be careful in this round as 45-55 seeds or qualifications after a 1st round win start to feel more comfortable with the Wimbledon arena and this confidence translates into their gameplay – this is the same round in which Nadal bid adieu to Wimbledon in 2014.
Tomas Berdych vs Ivan Dodig
COURT 18 – GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – 1R
Thomas Berdych started the day in the men’s singles continuing his abandoned match from the last evening against Dodig. Berdych was leading in the 4th set 4-2 but upon their return, Dodig broke Berdych and took the 4th set to the tie-break in which Berdych showed some great strength and ensured that the match doesn’t move to the final deciding set, winning the match 7-6 (5) 5-7 6-1 7-6(2).
Agnieszka Radwanska vs Kateryna Kozlova
CENTRE COURT – LADIES’ SINGLES – 1R
Agienska Radwanska began the day in the women’s draw by taking on the 97th seed in Kozlova. Radwanska is someone whose been in the top 10 since the last 3-4 years but has still not managed to win off a grand slam. This year though she looks as strong as ever and the title doesn’t look distant subject to her continuing the form she showed in this match. Radwanska brutalized her opponent and won 6-1 6-2.
Novak Djokovik vs Adrian Mannarino
CENTRE COURT – GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – 2R
Next in line to play on the covered center court due to rain was the world no.1 seed in Novak Djokovic, against Mannarino. The first 2 sets were relatively simple for Djokovic – the terrific court coverage, the extensive range of volleys, on-the-line serves is how one can summarize Djokovic’s almost perfect gameplay on the court. The last set however saw Mannarino giving some tough competition to the Serbian, by taking the set to a tie-break and giving equal fight in it but the Serbian had the upper hand all along and won 6-4 6-3 7-6 (5).
Roger Federer vs Marcus Willis
Next on the center court was the Swiss maestro in Roger Federer- a packed house in the Wimbledon center court, the crowd favoring their lovable star in Federer but there were some who cheered for the player at the opposite end, guess why! Well, taking on Federer was British budding star in Willis.
Willis’ family was present in the crowd and they were looking relatively happy seeing him take on the Swiss legend, it really is a story of great hardwork from the youngster – playing 6 qualifying rounds to reach this stage.
The first game had the points at 30-30 but then what followed was a pure class of Federer who in spite of not having perfect serve by his standards still managed to keep his serve unbroken through the set and broke every serve of Willis to win 6-0, the British crowd cheering equally loud for their very own Federer.
The second set was no shocker either as Federer continued to serve just about right and did not allow Willis’ cool attitude and crowd’s support in any way interfere with the ‘master at work’ that Federer is, the 2nd set went in his favor 6-3. In the final and last set, the match kept equal momentum at 4-4 and at the stroke of this point in the match, Federer broke Willis and that pretty much seized it for Federer who won his serve and send the British boy packing home – the crowd not in dismay but cheerful of Federer’s glory which speaks about the legend’s popularity in the country.
- Tomic beat Verdasco 4-6 6-3 6-3 3-6 6-4
- Dominic Thiem beat Florian Mayer
- Petra Kvitova beat Sorana Cirstea 6-0 6-4
- Zverev beat Mathieu 6-3 6-4 6-2
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