Day 4 Wimbledon
Nadal Survives Rosol; Federer, Serena, Sharapova into 3rd Rd; Gasquet Falls
June 26, 2014 ITS Staff - Two-time Wimbledon Champion Rafael Nadal turned the tables on his 2012 nemesis Lukas Rosol rallying with a 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-4 victory on Thursday at the All England Tennis Club Centre Court. The second seed Nadal, who lost to the Czech two years ago in the same round, seemed destined to repeat the debacle when the Mallorcan was a set down and set-point in the second set tiebreaker 5-6 but gallantly fought back to clinch the match in four sets.
"Maybe if I lost that set point in the second set, if that forehand down the line went out, maybe I would be [sitting] here with a loss," said Nadal quoted by the ATP World Tour during an interview. “But that's the sport. That forehand was a perfect forehand for that moment. Even if I was losing, I was fighting for every ball. I was fighting mentally, physically.”
"Every match is so difficult here. Especially when you play against players that really decide to play every shot at full power. I played a bad game in the 4-4 and I lost the first set. I think until that moment I was playing better than him, but didn't have my chances on the return because he was serving well. I am very happy. It is a very important victory for me… I finished the match playing at a very high level." In the third round, the 14-time Grand Slam Champion will face Kazakhstan’s Michael Kukuishkin who beat Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-3 6-3 6-2.
Also advancing is fourth-seed Roger Federer who defeated Gilles Muller 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the third round. The match was suspended with the seven-time champion leading 4-3 in the second set when rain compelled the tournament committee to shut the roof. Federer was able to close out contest after one hour and 34 minutes. The Swiss Maestro was flawless serving up 25 aces and winning over 90% of his points on serve. The Swiss Maestro played one of his steadiest matches on grass by making only 5 unforced errors.
Meanwhile, No.13 seed Richard Gasquet could not close out the match despite having nine match-points against Australian wild card Nick Kyrgios who came back from two sets down to produce an 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8 that lasted just short of four hours on No. 2 Court.
Serena, Sharapova On Course to a QF Clash; Ivanovic, Bouchard, Riske into Third Round
In women’s singles action, five-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova cruised to the third round after convincing victories on Day 4 of the Championships. The top-seed crushed South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers 6-1, 6-1 in 49 minutes, while fifth-seeded Sharapova, recently crowned French Open champion, trounced Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 6-2, 6-1 in 60 minutes.
Williams, who is bidding to win her 18th Grand Slam title, improved her match-loss record at Wimbledon to 72-9. In the third round, the 32-year old will face No.25 seed Alize Cornet of France who outlasted Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
Sharapova, who is drawn to meet Serena in the quarter-finals, will play against American Alison Riske who surprisingly beat the talented Camila Giorgi of Italy 7-5 6-2. The 23-year old Pittsburgh native Riske, who ousted No.26 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round, also reached the third round last year.
In 2004 Sharapova upset Williams in the 2004 Wimbledonfinal and was a finalist in 2011 Czech star Petra Kvitova.
In other women’s second round matches, Germany’s Angelique Kerber, No.5 seed, stopped Britain's Heather Watson, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 and No.11 seed and former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic played a high-level game to earn a 6-4, 6-0 victory over talented Zheng Jie of China. Ivanovic, who won her first grass-court title in Eastbourne last week, improved her winning streak on grass 7-0. Ivanovic will face last year’s runner-up and seeded No.19 Sabine Lisicki who claimed her third round spot after beating Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-5. Also winning is No.13 seed Canadian Eugenie Bouchard who beat Spain’s Silvia Soler-Espinosa 7-5 6-1.
Wimbledon Men's Singles Second Round Thursday June 26
2-Rafa Nadal beat Lukas Rosol 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 6-4
4-Roger Federer beat Gilles Muller 6-3 7-5 6-4
5-Stanislas Wawrinka beat Lu Yen-Hsun 7-6(6) 6-3 3-6 7-5
8-Milos Raonic beat Jack Sock 6-3 6-4 6-4
9-John Isner beat Jarkko Nieminen 7-6(17) 7-6(3) 7-5
10-Kei Nishikori beat Denis Kudla 6-3 6-2 6-1
14-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Sam Querrey 4-6 7-6(2) 6-7(4) 6-3 14-12
23-Tommy Robredo beat Adrian Mannarino 6-4 6-1 7-6(5)
Denis Istomin beat Julian Reister 7-6(7) 6-4 6-4
Nick Kyrgios beat 13-Richard Gasquet 3-6 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5 10-8
Jiri Vesely beat 24-Gael Monfils 7-6(3) 6-3 6-7(1) 6-7(3) 6-4
Lukasz Kubot beat Dusan Lajovic 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 6-3 7-6(3)
Simone Bolelli beat 22-Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5
Mikhail Kukushkin beat Frank Dancevic 6-3 6-3 6-2
Wimbledon Women's Singles Second Thursday June 26
1-Serena Williams beat Chanelle Scheepers 6-1 6-1
5-Maria Sharapova beat Timea Bacsinszky 6-2 6-1
9-Angelique Kerber beat Heather Watson 6-2 5-7 6-1
13-Eugenie Bouchard beat Silvia Soler Espinosa 7-5 6-1
Alison Riske beat Camila Giorgi 7-5 6-2
20-Andrea Petkovic beat Irina Begu 6-4 3-6 6-1
19-Sabine Lisicki beat Karolina Pliskova 6-3 7-5
Zarina Diyas beat 15-Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6(12) 5-7 6-2
24-Kirsten Flipkens beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2 6-1
Yaroslava Shvedova beat Kaia Kanepi 6-3 6-7(4) 6-2
11-Ana Ivanovic beat Zheng Jie 6-4 6-0
25-Alize Cornet beat Petra Cetkovska 6-4 5-7 6-3
Vera Zvonareva beat Donna Vekic 6-4 6-4