Day 8 Wimbledon
Wildcard Entry Kyrgios Shocks Nadal; Federer, Wawrinka Reach Quarters
July 1 2014 ITS Staff - World No.1 Rafael Nadal was ousted in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Tuesday by 19-year old Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5) 6-3 at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
The Melbourne-resident, world No.144, who entered the tournament as wild-card entry, followed up his 5-set win over No.13 seed Richard Gasquet in the second round with a stunning performance blasting 37 aces and hitting 70 winners in the three hour match against the World No.1 and two-time Wimbledon champion.
He now faces No.8 seed Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals. Raonic advanced by beating No.10 seed Kei Nishikori 4-6 6-1 7-6(4) 6-3. Raonic, who hails from Thornhill, Ontario, is the first Canadian men's singles player in the Open Era to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
Raonic joins compatriot Eugenie Bouchard who also advanced on Monday to the quarter-finals of the women's singles - a first in Canada’s tennis history.
In an earlier men's singles match at Court No.1, Roger Federer executed a strong performance knocking out former top-tenner Tommy Robredo in convincing straight sets fashion. Bidding for his eighth Wimbledon trophy, the Swiss Maestro lost just three points off his serve on the first two sets to register a 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory.
The win marks the twelfth time Federer has reached the quarter-finals at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. For the fourth consecutive match, Federer did not drop a set capitalizing on his solid service games.
The 17-Grand Slam champion did not face a single breakpoint until he was serving for the match at 5-4 in the third. He broke his 32-year old peer four times out of 13 break chances while blasting 41 winners in the one hour and 34 minute contest.
For the first time in Swiss tennis history, Federer's victory made an All-Swiss quarter-final possible following good pal Stanislas Wawrinka’s win over streaking Feliciano Lopez of Spain 7-6(5), 7-6(7), 6-3 in just under two hours. The reigning Australian Open champion served 31 aces and did not face a single breakpoint while committing only 8 unforced errors the whole match.
The left-hander Lopez entered the match having won 12 of his past 13 matches which included repeat victory in Eastbourne and a runner-up finish at The Queen’s Club leading up to Wimbledon. Wawrinka, meanwhile, will appear for the first time in Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Kerber Upsets Sharapova; Halep, Safarova Join Lisicki in Quarterfinals
July 1 2014 ITS Staff - Ninth seed Angelique Kerber eliminated reigning French Open champion Maria Sharapova 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4 in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Tuesday. The 26-year-old German needed seven match points to clinch her spot in the quarter-finals after two hours and 37 minutes.
Last year's finalist Sabine Lisicki, overcame a shoulder injury scare to beat Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 3-6 6-4. The No.19 seed German needed a medical time-out in the middle of a game at 1-1 in the third set but was able to continue to clinch the match to reach the quarter-final for the 5th time in five appearances at Wimbledon.
Lucie Safarova barged into her first Grand Slam semi-final as the No.23rd seed cruised past Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1. Romania's Simona Halep stormed to a 6-3 6-0 fourth-round victory over Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas as she kept her magnificent run since reaching the finals of Roland Garros last month and a quarter-final finish at the Australian Open in January.
Wimbledon Men's Singles Round 4 Tuesday July 1
4-Roger Federer beat 23-Tommy Robredo 6-1 6-4 6-4
Nick Kyrgios beat 2-Rafa Nadal 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5) 6-3
8-Milos Raonic beat 10-Kei Nishikori 4-6 6-1 7-6(4) 6-3
5-Stanislas Wawrinka beat 19-Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5) 7-6(7) 6-3
Wimbledon Women's Singles Tuesday July 1
QF: 6-Petra Kvitova beat Barbora Strycova 6-1 7-5
QF: 23-Lucie Safarova beat 22-Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-1
R4: 9-Angelique Kerber beat 5-Maria Sharapova 7-6(4) 4-6 6-4
R4: 19-Sabine Lisicki beat Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 3-6 6-4
R4: 3-Simona Halep beat Zarina Diyas 6-3 6-0