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Day 6 Wimbledon 2015: Federer and Murray move through as Tsonga and Monfils exit

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Roger Federer (2) withstood the heavy bombardment that was Sam Groth’s service action to come through somewhat unscathed in 4 sets, 6-4 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2 in 2 hours and 16 minutes. Federer took his chances and broke Groth once in the first two sets. Groth was fighting hard but his game is not one of variety and playing against Federer, one needs a full repertoire. Federer was in full command up 2-0 sets. Cordell Hackshaw

In the 3rd set, he was unable to get a break and so the set was forced to a tiebreaker. Federer double faulted for first time and gave Groth the mini break. He committed a few more errors, missing the openings for passing shots. Groth was now back in the match taking the 3rd set 7-6(5). In the 4th set, Federer quickly shifted the momentum back in his favour breaking Groth in the 2nd game and held for 3-0. Groth now had his back against the wall and was unable to push off. Federer broke again to close out the match 6-2 in the 4th set. Federer will take on Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut (20) who easily dismissed Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets 7-6 6-0 6-1.

Bautista-Agut’s countryman Pablo Andujar did not have such an easy time against his 3rd round opponent Tomas Berdych (6). Andujar took the opening set 6-4 but did not win a game in the 2nd dropping it at love. Berdych continued to apply the pressure to the Spaniard in the 3rd set denying him any break point opportunities and was soon up 2-1 sets. In the 4th set, Andujar battled hard as he broke to level things at 2-2 after Berdych broke to take the early lead. Andujar would break again in the 9th game to serve for the set at 5-4. However, Berdych did not want to see a 5th set and so he too broke to level the matter at 5-5. This forced the set to a breaker as neither player would break. Berdych lifted his game and took the breaker 7-3 point and thus the match 4-6 6-0 6-3 7-6(3).

Berdych will play Gilles Simon (12) who had to get by his countryman Gael Monfils (18) on two different courts. Theirs was the last singles match of the day, scheduled originally on Court 1. However, in the middle of the 4th set, Simon up 2-1 sets, 3-6 6-3 7-6(6), the match was suspended because of fading light and moved to Centre Court. Monfils found his range again and took the 4th set 6-2. In the decisive set, Monfils’ showboating got the better of him as he continued to make too many unforced errors. Simon, not surprisingly, proved to be the steadier of the two and so took the set and the match 3-6 6-3 7-6(6) 2-6 6-2. Monfils had an impressive 60 winners in the match 20 of which were aces compared to the 27 winners and 2 aces of Simon. On the other hand, Monfils had 67 errors which became his undoing as Simon only had 30.

Two-time Wimbledon semifinalist, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (13) saw all hopes of him going further this year dashed when he was upset by Ivo Karlovic (23) in 4 sets, 7-6(3) 4-6 7-6(2) 7-6(9). Even more noteworthy about this match is the fact that in the 4th set tiebreaker, Tsonga had set point 7-6 to force a 5th set. However, Karlovic took two swings on the forehand volley which went unnoticed by the chair umpire. Thus Karlovic won the point for 7-7, extending his life in the set. He eventually took it 11-9 points. After the match Tsonga felt that it was something that the chair umpire should have caught. However, Karlovic felt what he did was within the rule as his stroke which made contact with the ball twice was in a single motion.

Karlovic’s opponent in the 4th round would be the home favourite Andy Murray (3) who took out Andreas Seppi (25) 6-2 6-2 1-6 6-1. This match was marked by the very “opportuned” medical time outs. Seppi took one in the early part of the 3rd set and then went on to win 6 straight games. This winning streak earned Seppi the 3rd set 6-1 and a break in the 4th set 1-0. Then it was Murray’s turn to get some “medical treatment” for his shoulder and/or back. Murray too went on a 6-game winning streak to win the match. Both players apparently shared a laugh at net regarding the peculiar circumstances of the match.

In the other two matches, Viktor Troicki (22) took out Dustin Brown, the qualifier to knocked out Rafael Nadal (10) in the 2nd round. Troicki won 6-4 7-6 4-6 6-3. His opponent in the Round of 16 would be Canadian Vasek Pospisil who dashed local British hopes when he defeated wild card entrant James Ward 6-4 3-6 2-6 6-3 8-6. Marin Cilic (9) made quick work of John Isner (17) upon resumption of their match suspended on Day 5 due to darkness. Tied at 10-10 in the 5th set when play finished the day before, Cilic broke Isner in the 22nd game to take it 7-6 6-7 6-4 6-7 12-10.

So the Round of 16s for the men’s draw are set and all eight matches would be played on Monday. They are as followed:

Novak Djokovic (1) v Kevin Anderson (14)
Marin Cilic (9) v Denis Kudla (w)
Stan Wawrinka (4) v David Goffin (16)
Richard Gasquet (21) v Nick Kyrgios (26)
Vasek Pospisil v Viktor Troicki (22)
Ivo Karlovic (23) v Andy Murray (3)
Tomas Berdych (6) v Gilles Simon (12)
Roberto Bautista-Agut (20) v Roger Federer (2)

 

 

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French Open Player Avoids Disqualification After Striking Fan With Ball

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Officials at the French Open opted not to default a player from his match after he hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan on the first day of the tournament. 

Terence Atmane, who received a wild card into this year’s draw, was involved in a tough five-set battle against Sebastian Ofner on Sunday evening. During the fourth set, Atmane found himself down 1-4, 30-30, when the incident unfolded. After hitting a shot that landed out, the Frenchman blasted a ball which unintentionally hit somebody in the crowd.

As a result of the incident, the match was halted for 15 minutes while the umpire and tournament referee addressed the situation, which included speaking to the person who got hit. Following the lengthy discussion, it was decided that Atmane would be issued with a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct but would not be disqualified. Prompting surprise from Ofner who went on to win the match 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2, 7-5.

“For me, it was a bit surprising, because if you do something like that on a small court, you have to be punished, you know?” The Associated Press quoted Ofner as saying after the match. “Because it’s not like you hit the ball normally. It was full power. The ball was so fast. Straight in the crowd. There were people disqualified for less.”

In the past players have been disqualified from a match for similar actions, including Novak Djokovic who was defaulted from his fourth round match at the 2020 US Open after hitting a lines judge with a ball. More recently, at last year’s French Open, doubles player Miyu Kato and her partner were defaulted after she accidentally but a ball girl. 

Ofner, who is currently ranked 45th in the world, says he was told that Atmane avoided a big punishment because the person the crowd was fine and ‘saw the ball coming.’ 

“The referee said, ‘Oh, yeah, I was talking with the lady. The lady said at the beginning it was hurting but now it’s fine, and everything was OK. She saw the ball coming. So it’s not enough for disqualification.’ I think if he would see how it was, maybe he would decide different,” he said. “A little bit more unlucky and it’s going directly in the face. And then something can happen (like) a broken nose or whatever.”

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has so far made no public comment on the matter.

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French Open: Stan Wawrinka Beats Murray In Battle Of Former Grand Slam Champions

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Stan Wawrinka produced a solid display to beat long-time rival Andy Murray in what could be the Brit’s final appearance at the French Open.

Wawrinka, who won the Paris title back in 2015, rallied his way to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1, win over former world No.1 Murray in what was the second-oldest match-up to take place at the tournament this century. At the age of 39, Wawrinka has become the oldest player to win a match in Paris since his compatriot Roger Federer did so three years ago. The Swiss No.1 hit 35 winners past his opponent in what was their 23rd meeting on the ATP Tour. 

“My first words were respect for a great champion,” Wawrinka said about the exchange the two had at the net afterwards. 
“I love watching him (Murray) play and fighting against him. We have had a lot of good fights in the last 15 years. A lot of emotion when we played here (at Roland Garros).”

Coming into the tournament, there have been questions raised about the current form of both players. Wawrinka had only won three matches in his four previous tournaments played and is yet to score consecutive wins this year. Meanwhile, Murray’s start to the clay swing was marred by an ankle injury and he has only played three matches on the clay this season before Paris. 

However, it was Wawrinka who managed to come out on top with the use of some of his signature backhand winners. Throughout the first two sets, he won 75% of his first service points without dropping serve and broke Murray once in each of those. 

Then at the start of the third frame, he pounced once again with yet another backhand winner to break as a lacklustered Murray continued to produce costly errors. Paving the way for Wawrinka to storm to a largely one-sided victory. He earned his first match point with a winner down the line before closing the clash out with an almost identical shot. 

“I love to work a lot in front of a crowd like this,” Wawrinka explained. 
“I’ve shared a lot of emotion with this crowd and they gave me a lot of energy to fight.
“In my head, I am still a young guy, I am still a kid. I just want to live this moment in front of this crowd.”

Murray’s loss occurs in what could be his last-ever French Open appearance. In recent months he has spoken about ending his career in 2024 but it yet to make a formal announcement. Should this be the case, he ends his Roland Garros career with a win-loss record of 39-12. His best run was to the final in 2016. 

This year is Wawrinka’s 19th appearance at Roland Garros and he is one of only two players in the Open Era to have won 11 five-set matches at the Grand Slam. The other to do so is Gael Monfils. It is the second time he has beaten Murray in the first round of the tournament after 2020. 

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French Open: Jack Draper Serves Up Trouble and is Upset by Dutch Qualifier De Jong

Brit Draper loses his longest ever tennis match in only his second five-setter of his career.

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Jack Draper crashed out at the first hurdle at the French Open after a 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 3-6, 6-3 loss to world number 176 Jesper de Jong – a qualifier who had come through three rounds to reach the main draw – who next faces third seed Carlos Alcaraz. 

In a titanic tussle lasting over four hours, the British number two could not find any rhythm on his serve, getting just 50% of his first deliveries in while winning only 51% of his second serves – resulting in him being broken an alarming nine times over the five sets.

“My serve has been a problem this year,” said Draper after the match. “I’m trying to change it to make it better, and obviously I’ve made those changes in the last few weeks. So, it’s not comfortable, especially in a grand slam playing in a fifth set on a second serve. You know, the confidence isn’t there at the moment on my serve, and it’s a problem I’m going to have to work on with coaches and see where I can make it more consistent because, yeah, it’s really letting me down.”

Dutchman De Jong took the opening two sets and was heading for a surprising routine victory before Draper showed some admirable fight to win the third on a tie-breaker before taking control of the fourth to push the match into a decider after a one-hour rain delay.

Draper, still only 22 with huge potential, still has time to understand how to navigate the fluctuations of long five setters and will be disappointed with the outcome of the fifth when he threw in yet another double-fault at 30-40 down in the seventh game to hand his opponent the initiative.  “I battled my way back, started playing a decent level. There was a lot of ebbs and flows in the match. That’s five-set tennis. I’m kind of learning that the more I play,” he added. 

Elsewhere in other results, sixth seed Andrey Rublev dropped a set in a tough battle against Japan’s Taro Daniel and next faces Spain’s Pedro Martinez, while eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz survived going two sets to one down before coming through easily in five against Shintaro Mochizuki from Japan. 

Bulgaria’s 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov recorded a routine win against American Aleksandar Kovacevic and French veteran, and wildcard Richard Gasquet was arguably more impressive in his straight sets win over Borna Coric of Croatia and potentially plays second seed Jannik Sinner next. 

However, in perhaps the biggest upset of the day, French number one and 17th seed Ugo Humbert lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in a match close to three hours and in front of home fans on Suzanne-Lenglen stadium court. 

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