Bernard Tomic edged out Italian Simone Bolelli 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 on the Margaret Court Arena to set up an all-Australian third-round match against his compatriot John Millman who overcame Gilles Muller in five sets with 4.6 6-4 6-2 4-6 7-5.
The first two games went on serve. At 1-1 Bolelli saved the first two break point opportunities but he faced a third break point with a double fault. Tomic converted his third opportunity after a 12-minutes marathon game. Tomic hit a forehand and an ace at deuce to take a 4-2 lead. Bolelli won the seventh game to love. Tomic hit three service winners to take the first set after 41 minutes.
Tomic got a double break in the first and in the seventh games en route to taking the 33-minute second set with 6-2
The third set went on serve until 4-4 when Tomic broke serve to earn a chance to serve out for the match. The Australian player faced his first break point as he was serving for the match. Bolelli managed to break back before forcing the match to the fourth set by winning the tie-break 7-5. In the breaker the 30-year-old Italian player took a 2-1 lead with a stunning return winner. At 4-2 he smashed an inside-out forehand winner before forcing the match to the fourth set with an ace for 7-5. Bolelli received treatment on his lower back after the third set.
“It was my mistake, but he played really good in that game. Full credit to him for changing it up. That shows what happens when you put your foot off the pedal”, said Tomic.
Tomic clawed his way back from 0-40 on Bolelli’s serve to bring up a match point but he did not converti t as he hit a backhand into the net. Tomic broke serve to love on the first of his three match points with a down the line forehand pass winner in the 10th game of the fourth set to book his set up a third round match against his compatriot John Millman
“I am very happy I won. It was very comfortable for me. First few sets I was feeling very good on the court. Apart from that, serving for the match, he was playing ridiculous after that. I had to stay with him- I knew at one game he would miss everything. He cannot. It’s like impossible for him to hit every line, which he was doing like seven games in a row from 5-4. It was good tennis though from the third, fourth set. Unfortunately I wasn’t supposed to play that fourth set. So unlucky for that, but I am happy I won in the end”, said Tomic.
Tomic’s next opponent will be his compatriot John Millman who fought back from a set and a break down to edge Gilles Muller after a hard-fought match.
Muller broke serve in the ninth game en route to serving out the first set after 31 minutes. Muller went up a break as he was serving at 4-3 in the second set but Millman started to find his rhythm. From 0-40 down Millman capitalised on some errors by Muller to break serve. Millman took control of the match and reeled off the final four games to clinch the second set 6-4. Millman broke serve in the sixth game of the third set.
Muller hit a volley to earn a break point in the third game of the fourth set and capitalised before edging ahead in the fifth game as Millman made a double fault.
In the fifth set Millman dropped his serve but he broke straight back, The Aussie brought up the match point with a stunning backhand topspin lob in the 12th game. He broke serve on the match point to seal the win.
“That has been unchartered waters for me, winning a five-setter. I managed to do that today. I guess that’s why you live, don’t you ? To experience those moments, to experience that type of atmosphere that the people out there created. It was pretty special”, said Millman
Rafael Nadal Apologizes To Opponent After Wimbledon Win
The Spaniard admits he made a mistake.
Rafael Nadal said he was ‘wrong’ to call his opponent to the net during the third set of their third round match at Wimbledon.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion booked his place in the last 16 of the tournament by defeating Lorenzo Sonego 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Nadal, who hasn’t won Wimbledon for more than a decade, was out in full flow as he raced to a two-set and 4-2 lead. At that point, Sonego managed to get the roof to be closed due to poor lighting.
After speaking to the umpire, Nadal called his opponent to the net for a discussion over what is believed to be about the noise he was making during the match. After losing his 4-2 advantage, Nadal battled back by breaking once again to secure victory.
“Well, first of all, I have to say that I was wrong. Probably I should not call him on the net. So I apologize for that. My mistake in that. No problem. I recognise that,” said Nadal.
“Then after that, all the stuff during the match that I don’t want to comment (on), because is something that I spoke with him in the locker room and it stays there. Only thing I can say is I saw him personally. I apologise for that.
“My intention was never to bother him at all. Just to tell one thing that was bothering me that I think he was doing in that moment, but that’s it.
“I think there is some code between players. Yeah, we had some issues there. But that’s it.”
The two shared a lengthy exchange at the net after the conclusion of the match and there were no hard feelings between either player.
Controversy aside, Nadal has hailed what he believed is his best performance at The All England Club yet. Against Soego, he won 73% of his service points and hit 24 winners.
“It was my best match, without a doubt, since the tournament started,” said Nadal. “I have made improvements and I’m very happy.’
“I’ve made I think a lot of things much better than the previous days, the determination, the way that I manage to play more aggressively and going to the net plenty of times.”
Nadal will play Dutch world number 25 Botic van de Zandschulp in the last 16.
“Every Match Is A War” – Carlos Alcaraz Excels With Best Performance Yet At Wimbledon
The world No.7 reacts to his latest win ahead of a showdown with a fellow rising star of the sport.
Carlos Alcaraz believes he is quickly finding his footing on the grass after storming into the fourth round of Wimbledon on Friday.
Alcaraz, who is playing in only his second grass-court tournament as a pro player, blasted his way past Germany’s Oscar Otte 6-3, 6-1, 6-2, in exactly 100 minutes. The Spaniard dropped only 14 points behind his serve as he hit a total of 37 winners against eight unforced errors.
“I played unbelievable. This was my best performance so far. So I’m really happy with the level, and I will try to keep this level into the next round.” Alcaraz said afterwards.
The 19-year-old has been a revelation on the Tour this season which has already seen him crack the world’s top 10 and win two Masters 1000 titles. He currently holds the record for the youngest player to ever win an ATP 500 event, as well as being the youngest to score back-to-back wins over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the same tournament.
In one way Alcaraz’s rapid rise in the sport is illustrated by his current campaign at Wimbledon. In the first round he found it tough going throughout his five-set win over Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff. Learning from that experience, his form improved in the second round against Tallon Griekspoor (who he defeated in straight sets) and even more so against Otte.
“Every match is a war. Every match you can play unbelievable or you can play your worst match,” he explains. “Obviously Monday was my first match on grass (this year). It was really tough. Struff played unbelievable.’
“After four, five days the training, the matches, you learn how to play more on grass, how to move more on grass.”
“Now I feel more comfortable playing on grass, and I feel better on grass right now.”
Alcaraz’s next ‘war’ will be another rising star of the Tour – Jannik Sinner. A player who is less than two years older than him. They locked horns last year at the Paris Masters where the Spaniard prevailed in two close sets. Alcaraz also won their meeting at a Challenger event in Alicante back in 2019.
With a place in a Grand Slam quarter-final at stake, it is expected to be a tough battle. Although a challenge is something Alcaraz thrives on.
“Playing against Jannik is always tough. I like to play these kinds of matches, these kinds of challenges.” He said.
“On grass you have to play aggressive, you have to go to the net, you have to try to play more aggressively than the opponent. That’s my idea that I try in every match, to not let the opponent dominate the match.” He added.
The upcoming showdown will be Alcaraz’s sixth Tour-level match on grass which is only two less than that of Sinner.
Novak Djokovic Shrugs Off Threat Of Covid-19 Outbreak At Wimbledon
The world No.3 explains why he is not ‘overconcenred’ about COVID-19 at the Grand Slam.
Novak Djokovic says the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak at Wimbledon is one that doesn’t concern him too much after a trio of top-20 players withdrew.
Earlier this week Marin Cilic, Matteo Berrettini and Roberto Bautista Agut all withdrew from the tournament after testing positive for the virus. Unlike the strict protocols that were in place last year, The All England Club has based its policy on local health advice. Where it is recommended that a person takes action if they have symptoms of the virus but they are not required to do so.
With fewer testing measures in place at Wimbledon, there is a high possibility that there are people working on site carrying COVID-19 without realizing it. However, the threat to players is one that reigning champion Djokovic is not too concerned about.
“I did visit the city (London) a few times before the tournament started but I’m not overconcerned about anything. I’m just trying to stay healthy, focused and play the tournament.” Djokovic said following his third round win.
“I’m not thinking about whether or not I’m going to catch COVID. But being cautious is something that is a necessity I think for everyone, and particularly because we have been through what we’ve been through in the last two years.”
Djokovic is one of the few top players who didn’t have a vaccination against covid. Resulting in him having a high-profile legal dispute with Australian authorities which resulted in his deportation and him missing the Australian Open. The tennis star later explained that he didn’t want to be vaccinated as he is cautious about what will be injected into his body. Even though the vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organization.
However, nemesis Rafael Nadal said on Thursday that he is taking extra precautions due to the threat. To common knowledge, there is no rule in place preventing a player who tests positive for Covid from playing in the Grand Slam.
“I am not doing many things. Just staying here (at Wimbledon) and staying in the house, not going out at all anymore. That’s part of this challenging world that we are facing in the last couple of years.” Nadal said.
“I am not saying that we are not doing things the proper way because at some point we need to open everything again, we need to be free, have a normal life.”
According to the National Office of Statistics (ONS) it is estimated that 1 in 30 people currently have the virus in the UK in the week ending June 24th.
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