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July 2 Thursday: Second Round

Nadal Exits; Federer, Murray Continue Surge; Kvitova Sets 3rd Round Clash with Jankovic

July 2 2015 ITS Staff: Wimbledon, England - Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal was upset, now for the fourth consecutive year at the All-England Tennis Club, by Germany’s Dustin Brown 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 played on Centre Court Thursday.

 

The 30-year-old Brown, who went through the qualifying rounds, is now 2-0 against the 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal. The Mallorcan saved a pair of match points in the fourth set  to narrow the deficit to 4-5 before the 102nd-ranked Brown converted on his third match point with an ace.

 

Nadal has won just four matches in as many years, including first-round losses in 2013 and now this year. Last year Nadal went out in the fourth round. After coming back from surgery at the end of last season, the Spanish icon is battling back to form reaching both quarterfinals of the first two majors of 2015 - the Australian and French Opens.

Roger Federer and Andy Murray continued their winning ways in dominant fashions cruising into the third round in straight sets respectively. Seven-time Wimbledon winner Federer beat American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. The Swiss Maestro maintained his bid to become the first man in history to win eight Wimbledon titles. In the round of 32, the Basel-native will face Australian Sam Groth who eliminated compatriot James Duckworth 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(6).

 

Murray, the 2013 Wimbledon champion, breezed past Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 on Centre Court. The Scot, who saved one breakpoint he faced on his serve, won 82% of his first serve and hit 25 winners in the one hour and 27 minute match. The World No. 3 who won his fourth pre-Wimbledon event at Queens Club 2 weeks ago, will next meet Andreas Seppi. The No. 25 seed Italian came back from 1-2 sets down in beating 18-year-old talented Croatian Borna Coric 4-6, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-1 in three hours and 32 minutes.

In the women’s singles draw, defending champion Petra Kvitova validated her 35-minute first round blitz  of Kiki Bertens on Tuesday with another convincing performance on Thursday cruising past Kurumi Nara 6-2 6-0 in just 58 minutes. The Czech star, who closed out the second set in 23 minutes, hit 23 winners while committing 14 unforced errors. Kvitova's next oppoenet in the third round will be No.28 seed Jelena Jankovic, who came back strong after dropping the first set to defeat Evgeniya Rodina, 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-3.

Wimbledon Men's Singles Second Round Thursday July 2

2-Roger Federer beat Sam Querrey 6-4 6-2 6-2                 

3-Andy Murray beat Robin Haase 6-1 6-1 6-4                

6-Tomas Berdych beat Nicolas Mahut 6-1 6-4 6-4          

Dustin Brown beat 10-Rafa Nadal 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4                 

12-Gilles Simon beat Blaz Kavcic 6-1 6-1 6-7(5) 6-1           

13-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Albert Ramos 6-3 6-4 6-4              

22-Viktor Troicki beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4 3-6 6-2 6-4            

18-Gael Monfils beat Adrian Mannarino 7-6(5) 6-3 7-5            

25-Andreas Seppi beat Borna Coric 4-6 6-4 6-7(3) 6-1 6-1        

20-Roberto Bautista beat Benoit Paire 2-6 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3        

Samuel Groth beat James Duckworth 7-5 6-4 7-6(6)

Pablo Andujar beat Lukas Rosol 6-4 1-6 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4    

Nikoloz Basilashvili beat 15-Feliciano Lopez 7-5 3-6 6-3 2-6 6-4

Vasek Pospisil beat 30-Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-4 1-6 6-3             

James Ward beat Jiri Vesely 6-2 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3          

Wimbledon Women's Singles Second Round Thursday July 2

2-Petra Kvitova beat Kurumi Nara 6-2 6-0                  

5-Caroline Wozniacki beat Denisa Allertova 6-1 7-6(6)   

10-Angelique Kerber beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5 6-2

13-Agnieszka Radwanska beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-0 6-2            

28-Jelena Jankovic beat Evgeniya Rodina 6-7(4) 6-1 6-3           

21-Madison Keys beat Elizaveta Kulichkova 6-4 7-6(3)               

Casey Dellacqua beat 17-Elina Svitolina 7-6(3) 6-3           

18-Sabine Lisicki beat Christina McHale 2-6 7-5 6-1               

15-Timea Bacsinszky beat Silvia Soler Espinosa 6-2 6-1       

Olga Govortsova beat 25-Alize Cornet 7-6(6) 2-6 6-1             

20-Garbine Muguruza Blanco beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3 4-6 6-2 

31-Camila Giorgi beat Lara Arruabarrena Vecino 6-0 7-6(5)          

Magdalena Rybarikova  beat 8-Ekaterina Makarova 6-2 7-5 

Kristyna Pliskova beat 26-Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6 6-3 6-4

Monica Niculescu beat Jana Cepelova 6-3 6-3  

Tatjana Maria beat Duan Yingying 1-6 6-2 10-8                     

July 1 Wednesday: Second Round

Djokovic, Stan, Serena, Sharapova, Dimitrov Advance; Nishikori Out; Ivanovic, Pliskova Exit

July 1, 2015 ITS Staff: London, England - Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on Centre Court at the All England Club to advance to the third round Wednesday.

 

The top-seed and 2-time Wimbledon winner will now face No.27 seed Bernard Tomic of Australia. Other seeds also kept pace with the Serb winning their respective matches except Kei Nishikori who had to withdraw due to a right leg injury giving a free pass to Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo into the round of 32.

 

Newly crowned Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka defeated 34-year Victor Estrella 6-3 6-4 7-5. The Swiss, who blasted 39 winners and 15 aces, won 72% of his first serves in dominating the one hour and 31 minute match.

 

Also advancing is No.7 Milos Raonic who outslugged veteran Tommy Haas  6-0 6-2 6-7(5) 7-6(4). In the third round, the Canadian sets a rematch against last year’s quarterfinal opponent Australia’s No. 26 seed Nick Kyrgios, a 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-4 winner over Juan Monaco. Reigning U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic was also victorious but had to battle in five grueling sets in bearting Ricardas Berankis 6-3 4-6 7-6(6) 4-6 7-5. 

 

Young gun Grigor Dimitrov, last year’s quarterfinalist, defeated American Steve Johnson  7-6(8) 6-2 7-6(2). The No.11 seeded Bulgarian saved all 3 breakpoints he faced on his serve while booming 17 aces and 47 winners  in the 2-hour 11 minute contest.          

In women’s singles, World No.1 Serena Williams was on top of her game Wednesday afternoon demolishing  No.93 ranked Timea Babos 6-4 6-1 to take one step closer in winning her 21st Grand Slam title. Williams broke Babos on the opening game of the match and never looked back hitting a total of 23 winners in 59 minutes. In the third round, Williams will face local bet and rising young star Heather Watson, who rallied from 1-3 down in the first set to beat former Top 5 elite player Daniela Hantuchova, 6-4, 6-2.

 

Fourth seed Maria Sharapova was just as spectacular in winning her second round match dismissing Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands in just 65 minutes. Although she struggled with her serve committing eight double faults, the statuesque Russian still managed to rip 23 winners to advance against 29-Irina Begu, winner over Lesia Tsurenko 7-5 6-7(4) 7-5, for a spot in the round of 16.         

Wimbledon Men's Singles Second Round Wednesday July 1

1-Novak Djokovic beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-2 6-3                    

4-Stanislas Wawrinka beat Victor Estrella 6-3 6-4 7-5

Santiago Giraldo beat 5-Kei Nishikori walkover                       

7-Milos Raonic beat Tommy Haas 6-0 6-2 6-7(5) 7-6(4)                 

9-Marin Cilic beat Ricardas Berankis 6-3 4-6 7-6(6) 4-6 7-5       

11-Grigor Dimitrov eat Steve Johnson 7-6(8) 6-2 7-6(2)               

14-Kevin Anderson beat Marsel Ilhan 6-7(5) 7-6(6) 6-4 6-4       

16-David Goffin beat Liam Broady 7-6(3) 6-1 6-1                     

24-Leonardo Mayer beat Marcel Granollers 6-3 7-6(4) 6-3             

26-Nick Kyrgios beat Juan Monaco 7-6(5) 6-3 6-4                 

17-John Isner beat Matthew Ebden 6-2 7-6(8) 6-4                      

27-Bernard Tomic beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert  7-6(3) 6-4 7-6(5)      

21-Richard Gasquet beat Kenny De Schepper 6-0 6-3 6-3

Fernando Verdasco beat 32-Dominic Thiem 5-7 6-4 5-7 6-3 6-4           

Denis Kudla beat Alexander Zverev 6-3 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4                   

Marcos Baghdatis beat John Millman 6-7(5) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4           

Wimbledon Women's Singles Second Round Wednesday July 1

1-Serena Williams beat Timea Babos 6-4 6-1                 

4-Maria Sharapova beat Richel Hogenkamp 6-3 6-1       

6-Lucie Safarova beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-2 6-3         

Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat 7-Ana Ivanovic 6-3 6-4            

CoCo Vandeweghe beat 11-Karolina Pliskova 7-6(5) 6-4 

14-Andrea Petkovic beat Mariana Duque 6-3 6-1           

16-Venus Williams beat Yulia Putintseva 7-6(5) 6-4     

Aleksandra Krunic beat 19-Sara Errani 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2         

22-Samantha Stosur beat Urszula Radwanska 6-3 6-4       

23-Victoria Azarenka beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-3 6-3       

30-Belinda Bencic beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 7-5 4-6 6-0

Heather Watson beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-4 6-2          

29-Irina Begu beat Lesia Tsurenko 7-5 6-7(4) 7-5         

Zarina Diyas beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-5 6-1      

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