Wimbledon Recap 7/11/17

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Roger Federer cruised into the third round of Wimbledon with a win in straight sets over Dusan Lajovic. The Swiss won 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Centre Court on Thursday evening.

Earlier, former world no.1 Novak Djokovic continued his superb form with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win over Adam Pavlasek.

There was no joy for the Brit Kyle Edmund who was knocked out in straight sets by Frenchman Gael Monfils.

Novak Djokovic belatedly advanced to the 2017 Wimbledon quarterfinals on Tuesday after a 6- 2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino. This win allowed the Serb to clinch a spot in the final eight after their fourth-round duel was postponed. Djokovic and Mannarino were scheduled to face off on Monday evening, but the match was pushed back after Gilles Muller required close to five hours to pull off a memorable upset of tournament front-runner Rafael Nadal.

Garbine Muguruza def. Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Key stat: Muguruza made 38 more unforced errors (50-12) than Kerber, yet both women won the same number of points (101) in the match. How? Muguruza hit 55 winners to Kerber’s 27.

Key moment: By breaking Kerber in the final game and ultimately winning the match, Muguruza ended a streak — she had lost all four previous matches at Wimbledon in which she had lost the opening set.

Venus Williams def. Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-2

Key stat: Williams dominated with a strong and accurate service game. She converted 86% of her first serves in this match and struck seven aces. Again and again, she drew free points either with outright winners on serve, or by forcing easy mistakes from her opponent. That kind of ball striking appeared to add confidence to her entire game.

Key moment: This match was relatively even until early in the second set, when Konjuh’s wheels came off. Just when the 19-year old Croatian needed to up her game, she began losing the range with her powerful groundstrokes. She missed long, in the net, and wide. When Konjuh didn’t lose easy points with unforced errors, Williams was hitting winners or drawing unreturnable balls with her own strong ground strokes. Konjuh went down 5-1 in a flash, and the uphill climb was simply impossible to overcome.

The Biggest Upset So Far Key stat:

Key stat: This match lasted for four hours, 48 minutes of high-drama tennis and was the longest match of the tournament. Nadal also cracked a career-high 23 aces, but it wasn’t enough. The 34-year old Muller finally won on his fifth match point. Key moment: There were so many key moments, but in the end Nadal would lose the final game after back-to-back forehand errors. It was the deepest five-set match of Nadal’s career, but in the end, he will have to wait until the U.S. Open to try to win multiple majors this season.

Quarterfinals Preview

Heading into the quarter finals, the final 8 have showed that they’re all ready to battle for the title. Andy Murray, 2-time Wimbledon champion, faces the 24th seed American Sam Querrey. Gilles Muller faces off against Mario Cilic after defeating Nadal in a gruesome 4-hour, 48-minute battle. Milos Raonic faces the top contender for the title, Roger Federer and last but not least Tomas Berdych will try to fend off former world no. 1 Novak Djokovic.

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