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Dominic Thiem Stumbles As Milos Raonic Shines On A Mixed Day For The Seeds At Wimbledon




Rising-star Dominic Thiem has become the highest seed to exit the men’s draw at Wimbledon following his 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 7-6(3), loss to Czech world No.64 Jiri Vesely.


The eighth seed dropped his serve only once throughout the close encounter that lasted ten minutes shy of the three hour mark, but came short towards the end of each set. The loss is a bitter disappointment for the 22-year-old, who won his first grass-court title in Stuttgart leading into Wimbledon. This year Thiem has already won four ATP titles and reached the semifinals at the French Open.

Vesely’s triumph is only the second top-10 scalp in his career following his shock win over Novak Djokovic at the Monte Carlo Masters earlier this year. In the next round he will play Portugal’s  Joao Sousa for a chance to reach his first grand slam fourth round.

“It was a very tough match, very close with three tiebreaks,” Vesely said.
“I just went out in the match to just enjoy and give my best, what I have. I think in the important moments I was a little bit more relaxed,” he later added.

Thiem was one of five seeded players to exit the tournament on day four. Another notable casualty was 13th seed David Ferrer, who went out 6-1, 6-4, 6-3, to Nicolas Mahut. The 34-year-old has no answer to his opponents impressive 44 winners and nine aces. Mahut will now play in the third round at SW19 first the first time since 2006.

16th seed Gilles Simon was edged out by former Wimbledon semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov – 6-3, 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4. The Bulgarian demonstrated a mixed second round performance after producing almost the same amount of errors as winners (43-44), but outplayed the 16th seed at the crucial stages of the match. It is now Dimitrov’s second win over the Frenchman this year after his triumph at the Brisbane International.

Completing the group of seeded casualties on Thursday were Alexandr Dolgopolov, who was crushed by an sensational Dan Evans, and big-serving Ivo Karlovic, who was knocked out by world No.123 Lukas Lacko.

Milos Raonic Charges On

Milos Raonic continued his recent surge in form with the help of 25 aces. Facing Andreas Seppi, the Canadian eased past the Italian 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-2, in just under two hours. During the match Raonic equally Sam Groth’s record of the fastest serve at the tournament this year, registering a 142 mph ace.

In the round of 32 Raonic will play America’s Jack Sock, who will play in the third round of the tournament for the first time in his career. The 27th seed achieved the milestone by dismissing Robin Haase in four sets.

“I have to serve well,” Raonic said about the upcoming clash.
 “We’ve played a lot of times. I’ve been able to find the solutions most of the time. I have got to take care of the serve. I have got to find my way forward, find a way to be the aggressor.
“I think it’s the fact that I’ve always found a way to be the one dictating, controlling. It’s always eventually paid off throughout the difficult matches for me.”

Raonic currently has a dominating head-to-head record against Sock of 7-1.

SEE ALSO: Andy Murray follows Kei Nishikori into third round at Wimbledon

Full list of Thursday’s results

Match Result
Mikhail Youzhny bt. Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Donald Young bt. Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
John Isner (18) bt. Marcos Baghdatis 7-6, 7-6, 6-3
Fabio Fognini bt. Federico Delbonis 6-4, 1-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3
Lucas Pouille (32) bt. Marius Copil (q) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Matthew Barton (q) bt. Albano Olivetti (q) 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 14-12
Marin Cilic (9) bt. Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
Lukas Lacko (q) bt. Ivo Karlovic (23) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
Pierre-Hugues Herbert bt. Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 7-6, 7-6, 6-2
Nicolas Mahut bt. David Ferrer (13) 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
Denis Istomin bt. Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6, 6-2
Grigor Dimitrov bt. Gilles Simon (16) 6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
Milos Raonic (6) bt. Andreas Seppi 7-6, 6-4, 6-2
David Goffin (11) bt. Edouard Roger-Vasselin (q) 6-4, 6-0, 6-3
Kei Nishikori (5) bt. Julien Benneteau 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
Sam Querrey (28) bt. Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
Jack Sock (27) bt. Robin Haase 6-1, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4
Daniel Evans bt. Alexandr Dolgopolov (30) 7-6, 6-4, 6-1
Steve Johnson bt. Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 7-6, 6-3
Andrey Kuznetsov bt. Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Roberto Bautista (14) bt. Mikhail Kukushkin Withdrawal
Andy Murray (2) bt. Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
Albert Ramos bt. Viktor Troicki (25) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Richard Gasquet (7) bt. Marcel Granollers 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1
Joao Sousa (31) bt. Dennis Novikov (q) 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
John Millman bt. Benoit Paire (26) 7-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Bernard Tomic (19) bt. Radu Albot (q) 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3
Jiri Vesely bt. Dominic Thiem (8) 7-6, 7-6, 7-6

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Denis Shapovalov Handles Opelka To Reach Australian Open Fourth Round

The Canadian managed to get past his 6ft 11 American opponent in a match that lasted over three hours.




Denis Shapovalov - Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Denis Shapovalov is into the fourth round of the Australian Open after beating 23rd seed Reilly Opelka 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and two minutes on Margeret Court Arena.


The Canadian hit 39 winners and served 10 aces while limiting Opelka to just 17 aces. In contrast the American finished the match with a costly 46 unforced errors as Shapovalov booked his spot in the second week of the tournament.

” I think I did a really good job against Reilly (Opelka) today and I took a lot of my chances and managed to get a read on his serve,” said the world No.14.

Both players were doing a good job early on when it came to holding serve and at 3-3 it was the Toronto native who had three chances to break. On his third opportunity broke serve with his trademark backhand winner.

However, that break didn’t last long for Shapovalov as he struggled to consolidate the break and ultimately gave the break right back with a poor service game and it was back on serve at 4-4.

The first was decided by a tiebreaker and Shapovalov got the crucial break to take a 3-1 lead in the breaker which was enough for him to take the first set.

The second frame was much like the first with both players holding serve until 3-3 when Opelka broke serve. He was able to consolidate and serve out the set to level the match.

The third set stayed on serve until 3-2 and the momentum swung back in the Canadians favor. He got the break of serve this time using his forehand to great effect and served out the third to take a two sets to one lead.

Just like the third set the fourth set had no breaks until 3-2 when again the number 14 seed broke Opelka serve again and that break of serve was enough for him to serve out the match and the win.

After the match in his post-match interview, he was asked how he was able to limit his opponent to just 17 aces in the match.

” It’s never easy against Reilly (Opelka) but I am happy I was able to pull through and make it to the next round”. He said.

Shapovalov will face the number three seed Alexander Zverev in the round of 16.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime Survives Australian Open Marathon

For a second time this week the Canadian was pushed but managed to win a tough four-set match against his Spanish opponent.




Felix Auger-Aliassime (Manuela Davies/USTA)

Felix Auger-Aliassime booked his spot in the third round of the Australian Open after beating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in a match that lasted four hours and 20 minutes.


The Montreal native hit 58 winners and served 28 aces while Davidovich Fokina hit 51 unforced errors. It is the second time the 21-year-old has reached the last 32 in Melbourne Park in what is his third appearence.

The first game of the match was a nervy one for the world number nine as it lasted six minutes and it involved him saving two breakpoints before being able to hold serve. The opener stayed on serve until 2-2 when the Fokina came up with an impressive passing shot to set up two more chances for the first break of serve of the match and this time managed to convert. Three games later the Canadian fought back and broke right back to go back on serve.

It was a tiebreak which decided the first set. The Montreal native jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Spaniard came back again to win the next four points but the Canadian responded again winning three straight points to take the breaker 7-4 and the first set.

The second set was another impressive performance on serve by both players and once again was decided by a back and forth breaker that this time was won by Davidovich Fokina to level the match.

The third frame was much the same as both players kept their level up and not much differentiated the two. This tiebreaker was much more straightforward as the Canadian jumped out to a 5-1 lead before closing out the third set 7-5 and taking two sets to one lead.

The fourth set stayed on serve until 2-1 when the world number 50 had a chance to break and was able to get it for a 3-1 lead before the Canadian was able to break back the following game to go back on serve.

For the fourth time, the set was decided by a tiebreaker and this one was super tight with the Canadian getting the crucial break to take a 4-3 lead and that one break was enough for him to serve it out.

Auger Aliassime will now face Dan Evans in the third round after the Brit was handed a walkover against Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech who pulled out of the match due to injury.

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‘Best Feeling I’ve Ever Had’ – Underdog Christopher O’Connell Stuns Schwartzman At Australian Open

Prior to this week the 27-year-old had never won a main draw match at Melbourne Park or beaten a top 20 player.




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World No.175 Christopher O’Connell has pulled off a major upset at the Australian Open by knocking out 13th seed Diego Schwartzman.


The 27-year-old wild card had only ever won one match in the main draw of a Grand Slam prior to this year but illustrated the talent that he has with a 7-6, 6-4, 6-4, win over Schwartzman. A player who is currently ranked 162 places above him in the rankings. Against the Argentine he fired a total of 44 winners and won 75% of his first service points on route to claiming his first win over a top 20 player.

“It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had on a tennis court. I’ve been playing tennis since I was four. To have moments like this it’s a dream come true.” O’Connell said during his press conference.

Despite the straightforward score, the match itself was a marathon. The opener alone lasted for almost 90 minutes with the underdog saving three set points whilst down 4-5 before prevailing in the tiebreaker. Then in the following two sets he broke Schwartzman three times in total.

“I knew how crucial that first set was. It was really warming up out there. It was really a battle back and forth. It was crucial to get that first set, especially in the heat,” he said.

A late bloomer on the men’s Tour, the Australian started to make a breakthrough last year by reaching his first quarter-final at the Atlanta Open where he defeated Jannik Sinner. During that year he also reached the final of a French Challenger event before withdrawing due to injury and reached the second round of the US Open.

O’Connell, who has been ranked as high as 111th in the world, credits his coach for helping him reach new milestones in the sport. He is mentored by former player Marinko Matosevic who reached a ranking high of 39th back in 2013 and made more than $2M in prize money during his playing career.

“The process didn’t start yesterday. It’s been happening all of last year,” he stated.
“I’ve been working with Marinko. He’s just really confident with how I want to play tennis now. It’s the first time I’ve really had a one-on-one coach literally every day with me.’
“Marinko was such a great player. All his knowledge of the game, he’s just putting it onto me.”

Next up for O’Connell will be the in-form Maxime Cressy who lost to Rafael Nadal in the final of the Melbourne Summer Set just over a week ago. The American defeated Czech qualifier Tomáš Macháč 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5), in his second round match.

“I knew I had good results in me. It’s just being consistent. I felt today was a consistent match from me,” he reflected.
“But the biggest thing for me is just staying healthy, not having these injuries where I miss two months of tournaments. I nearly missed five or six months last year. I can’t be doing that.’
“The belief is always there, but I just got to make sure my body’s healthy this year. I want to play a full year.”

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