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Wimbledon 2015 Day 2 Action: Federer, Nadal, Murray all through to 2nd Round



TENNIS – Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer (2) cruised past Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur with 6-1 6-3 6-3 in just 67 minutes on Centre Court at Wimbledon on a very warm day with temperatures reaching 30° degrees. Federer broke serve five times and did not face a break point. He hit 26 winners to 12 unforced errors. Diego Sampaolo


Federer, who is bidding to win his 8th title at Wimbledon, needed just 18 minutes to win the first set 6-1. Dzumhur, who played his first match on grass at ATP level, kept the pace with the Swiss Maestro until 3-3 in the second set when Federer pulled away to 6-3. Federer converted on the first of his three match points to seal his 74th win at this event. In the 2nd round Federer will face a tougher opponent in the form of Sam Querrey who beat Igor Sijsling 7-5 6-3 6-4

“Wimbledon is my big goal. I was trying to think how many times I have played there now. I know it’s been often. Every time it feels like it’s a special occasion”, said Federer

Andy Murray (3), winner at Wimbledon in 2013, opened his Wimbledon campaign with a 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4 win over Mikhail Kukushkin in 2 hours and 13 minutes. Murray got the first break in the 10th game of the first set when Kukushkin made a double fault as he was serving to stay in the first set. Murray broke serve early in the 2nd set to take a 2-0 lead. Kukushkin bounced back to take a 6-5 lead earning a chance to serve for the second set. Murray broke serve before winning the second set with 7-3 in the tiebreaker. The Dunblane star broke serve in the 5th game of the 3rd set before wrapping up the match when Kukushkin hit a backhand wide.

“It was a tough match. I made it hard for myself in the second set. Towards the end of the second set I missed 10 first serves in a row. I gave him the opportunity to be aggressive”, said Murray

Rafa Nadal (10) also needed three sets to beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-4 6-2 6-3. Nadal fended off four of the six break point chances he faced. He will face Dustin Brown who rallied from losing the first set to edge Yen Hsun Lu 3-6 6-3 7-5 6-4. Brown beat Nadal last year in Halle on grass. “Anything can happen. He beat me last year in Halle. It is little bit different. He is a tough player. He won today against a good opponent. He will come with good confidence”, said Nadal.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (13) battled past Giles Muller 7-6(8) 6-7(3) 6-4 3-6 6-2 in 3 hours and 50 minutes in the most exciting match of  Day 2. There were no breaks in the first 2 sets which came down to tiebreakers. Tsonga won the first tie-break  as Muller drew levelled the match winning the 2nd set tie-break. Tsonga won the 3rd set after breaking for a 3-2 lead and maintaining this advantage for 6-4. However, Muller was not to be discounted. He opened up the 4th set with a 3-0 lead and he too maintained this 1-break advantage for 6-3. The match had to be decided in the 5th set where Tsonga showed his experience. He got out to a 4-1 lead and then broke Muller again as he served to stay in the match for 6-2.

Tomas Berdych (6), finalist here back in Wimbledon in 2010, battled past Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-7(8) 7-6(3) 7-6(5). The Czech player will take on Nicolas Mahut who beat Filip Krajinovic 7-6(4) 6-4 3-6 7-5. Berdych cruised to 6-2 in the first set. Chardy bounced back in the second set where he saved two set points in the second set before winning the tie-break 10-8. Berdych won the tie-break of the third set with 7-3 points to take a 2-1 sets lead. In the tie-break of the 4th set Chardy hit his forehand into the net to bring up match point for Berdych. Berdych closed out the match with his 16th ace in near darkness on Tuesday evening.

Other winners on the day include several Frenchmen Gilles Simon (12)  6-4 6-4 7-5 over Nicolas AlmagroGael Monfils (18), Adrian Mannarino and Benoit Paire. Amongst the other winners were Alexandr Dolgopolov, Viktor Troicki (22)Roberto Bautista-Agut (20), Feliciano Lopez (15)Fabio Fognini (30), and Lukas Rosol who beat Ernests Gulbis.Borna Coric beat Sergiy Stakhovsky in 5 sets.


Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013



Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.


 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.



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Danil Medvedev cruises past Jan-Lennard Struff to set up an all Russian quarter final against Andrey Rublev



Ninth seed Danil Medvedev cruised past Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.


Medvedev committed just 12 unforced errors and won 18 of Struff’s 25 second serve points.

 Medvedev broke twice in the second and eighth games to win the first set 6-2. The young Russian player got two consecutive breaks in the second and fourth games to race out to a 4-0 lead and held his service game at deuce after saving a break point in the fifth game. Struff held his serve to get his first game on the scoreboard, but Medvedev sealed the win on his first match point. The Russian player has improved his head-to-head record to 3-0 againt Struff.

Medvedev has won 11 of his past 13 matches during the North American hard-court season. He has a solid 41-16 record this season. He finished runner in two consecutive finals to Nick Kyrgios at Washington and to Rafael Nadal in Montreal.  In the quarter final the Russian star will face his compatriot Andrey Rublev, who upset Roger Federer 6-3 6-4.

Recent Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1 6-2 in just under an hour setting up a quarter final against Richard Gasquet, who beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka beat Australian player Alex De Minaur 7-5 6-4 in 83 minutes with one break in each set. Nishioka rallied from 4-6 down in the tie-break of the first set to edge Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 in 1 hour and 37 minutes.

“It was a great match and I got better as it went on. I am feeling sharp. I am feeling great now and I am looking forward to the quarter finals of a Masters 1000. I have nothing to lose”, said Goffin.


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Roger Federer Crashes Out Of Cincinnati Masters

The seven-time champion has suffered a blow to his preparations for the US Open.



World No.3 Roger Federer has been knocked out of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after falling in straight sets to Russia’s Andrey Rublev.


The 20-time grand slam champion struggled to find his range as he was overwhelmed by his fearless opponent during the 6-3, 6-4, loss. Despite the huge disparity in experience between the two, 21-year-old Rublev managed to dominate the majority of rallies with the help of some heavy hitting. Producing 17 winners to six unforced errors, compared to Federer’s tally of 19 and 20.

“I respect him a lot, I respect all the top players a lot, but today when I was going to court I was going there to win.” Rublev said during an interview with Amazon Prime.
“I was not going (to the match) to enjoy. I was going to fight, try to win and do my best.”

Rublev’s shock win saw the underdog outdo the Swiss maestro in almost every area of the match. Winning the most first serves (85% to 63%), second serves (57% to 63) and a bigger majority of points at the net (5/6 to 7/19). Breaking him twice in the opening set and once in the second. The Russian, who is 70th in the world, is the lowest ranked player to defeat Federer on the tour since Thanassi Kokkinakis at the 2018 Miami Open.

The loss leaves a mark on Federer’s impressive record in Cincinnati, which he has won a record seven times. It is the first time he has failed to reach the quarter-final stage since losing to Ivo Karlovic in the third round back in 2008.

“He was playing well. I was maybe struggling especially on the offensive, because overall I didn’t think I was feeling the ball badly.” Federer reflected during his press conference. “It’s just, you know, sort of fast-court conditions and when you sometimes then can’t rely on that serve to go or on the one-two punch, which I didn’t think was excellent today from my side, you need an opponent that maybe lets you get by some tougher moments, but he didn’t do that.”
“He was super clean. Defense, offense, serving well. Didn’t give me anything. He was everywhere. So it was tough for me, but excellent match by him. I was impressed.”

Rublev now has a meeting with compatriot Daniil Medvedev in what will be his first quarter-final at Masters level. Medvedev has reached the final of tournaments in Washington and at the Rogers Cup since Wimbledon. He is yet to drop a set this week and brushed aside Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-1, in his third round match.

“It’s going to be an interesting match for Russia.” Rublev previewed. “It will be a tough match for me because the way he plays. Nobody likes to play him.”
“I lost to him in a Challenger a few years ago, so it’s going to be interesting tomorrow.” He added.

The latest victory is only Rublev’s second over a top five player in his career. His first was against Dominic Thiem at the German Open last month.

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