Federer Conquers Nerves; Murray, Nadal Up Friday at Wimbledon
by Staff | July 6th, 2017, 7:03 pm
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Two top seeds needed come-from-behind wins, while four lower seeds were ousted on Thursday at Wimbledon, where lead threats Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer moved into the third round without losing a set.


The No. 2-seeded Djokovic beat Czech Adam Pavlasek 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, while a nervy Federer overcame some early difficulty to dismiss Serb Dusan Lajovic 7-6(0), 6-3, 6-2.

“I struggled early on,” Federer said. “I couldn’t get rid of the nerves. It was a pity I couldn’t hold my serve. Even though I got back into the game after that because I broke him, I just struggled in that first set. After that I was happy to get rid of the nerves, just to play some free tennis, more inspired and at the end it was actually pretty good.”

Djokovic had coaches Andre Agassi and Mario Ancic looking on.

“It’s perfect,” said the former No. 1. “Exactly what I want. I don’t want to have any five-set matches. I had enough match play in Eastbourne. I felt very good today in terms of my game and where it was from the beginning till the end. So it just keeps going in the right direction.”

Top 10 seeds posting comeback wins were No. 6 Milos Raonic who defeated Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-4, 7-5, and No. 8 Dominic Thiem who came back to beat Gilles Simon 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4, while No. 10 Alexander Zverev straight-setted American comer Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

“It’s always nice to get a quick one in the beginning of the tournament,” the younger Zverev said. “I’ve had two three-set matches now, which is very, very nice. I felt pretty good out there. Serving well, playing well from the baseline.”

Lower-seeded winners were No. 11 Tomas Berdych who needed four sets to beat American Ryan Harrison, No. 13 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 15 Gael Monfils, No. 25 Albert Ramos who came from 1-2 sets down to beat Andrey Rublev, and No. 27 Mischa Zverev who outlasted Mikhail Kukushkin in five.

The elder Zverev will next face Federer.

On the upset tip were unheralded Austrian Sebastian Ofner who beat the back-from-injury No. 17 Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-2; Israeli veteran Dudi Sela who tamed the big serve of No. 23 John Isner 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3; Latvian Ernests Gulbis who unexpectedly showed up to stun No. 29 Juan Martin del Potro in straights 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3); and American Jared Donaldson who defeated No. 32 Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 7-6(0), 6-7(0), 6-2.

“This is very satisfying,” said the No. 589-ranked Gulbis, who hadn’t won a tour-level match in over a year, and will next face Djokovic. “My shots are really clean right now. I feel very confident on both sides. As soon as I’m relaxed, I can produce this kind of tennis.”

Matches to look for Friday at the All-England Club are (4) Rafael Nadal vs. (30) Karen Khachanov, (1) Andy Murray vs. (28) Fabio Fognini, (7) Marin Cilic vs. (28) Steve Johnson, and (12) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. (24) Sam Querrey.


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50 Comments for Federer Conquers Nerves; Murray, Nadal Up Friday at Wimbledon

RZ Says:

After 2 rounds, the current racquet bracket leaders are Farah Diba and hcp1.

Yours truly is at the very bottom. :-(


AndyMira Says:

@RZ….U mean for jalep’s WTA Racquet Bracket?Because for men..Farah is at 6th atm,right?


AndyMira Says:

@RZ!!…Forget my question!..Before i posted my comment a while ago,i already checked the latest standing..and i’m 6th…but 2 minutes ago,Farah shoooottt up to 1st!!…Hohohohoho!!…weird!!


Daniel Says:

Muller first in R16.

Kei just lost to Agut, which was a big surprise for me and Cilic is 2 sets up agaisn Johnson.

Looks like Nadal´s road to the final will be: Kachanov – Muller – Cilic – Murray/Tsonga. On paper, doable. He can win easy versus Kachanvo and Muller if they are not on their games. But on grass Muller is dangerous with his serve. Cilic so far hasn´t lost a set and Murray seems back on form.


RZ Says:

@AM – it all depends on when they update the brackets. Sometimes they are slow but sometimes they do it quickly.

In any case, it doesn’t look like I’m shooting up in the women’s side. I may finish better than last for the men, but my two women finalists are out. :-(


gonzalowski Says:

2 aces on first game for Rafa! one on 2nd serve
come on Rafa!


skeezer Says:

@gonzalowski,
I wouldn’t get too excited. This kid is nervous as heck. Rafa can be playing his b game atm and spank the kid no problem.


Daniel Says:

Nadal already breaking first serve game. Exactly how he started against Mill and Young. And how he was playing in RG, breaking first game hos opponent serve. Sending a message right from the get go.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, skeeze. 6 UE in 15 points by Kachanov, nerves. First center court play.


gonzalowski Says:

skeezer an Dani agree, Kachanov is nervous, and Rafa strong and making harm with BH
Very hot, ball boy/girls suffering under the sun


skeezer Says:

That match just got spunked by espn and moved its coverage to Peng/Halep. lol….


Daniel Says:

Hum, Kachanov just broke Nadal to love. Let´s see if now he can at least hold serve.


Daniel Says:

No, 0-30 after 2 Unforeced errors, the kid only won 2 points so far in 3 service games.


gonzalowski Says:

Rafa read well Kacha’s serves.
They appear to train sometimes together, this WB too, Karen is Galo blanco’s pupil, at Barcelona.


skeezer Says:

A 22 minute 1rst set, must be for sure a personal best all time record for Rafael Nadal!!


Daniel Says:

Even so, on grass about to get broken 4 straight times is too much. The match was so bizarre that even Nadal made a few unforced errors that game and was broken, otherwise it could be lot s of bagles. Boy can´t hold serve on grass with a huge surve!


gonzalowski Says:

Kachanov lets loose a bit more, but all his serve- games Rafa takes some advantage.
Sergio Garcia with Augusta’s green jacket on the crowd.


gonzalowski Says:

Karen can’t stand Rafa’s slice effect, and a lot UE.
Rafa continues resting well, and serving and playing great.

4 aces in a row for Kachanov!


Daniel Says:

At least Kachanov won a full ace game with 4 in a row, nice!


RZ Says:

Benoit Paire vs Jerzy Janowicz: two talented players who underachieve due to injury and being headcases


Navdeep Says:

How is Rafa’s ROS ? anyone?


Daniel Says:

Nadal saved 3 BP´s down 3-4, which could have Kachanov serving for third set. Expecting Nadal to break now and serve for the match.


Anto Says:

Kachanov playing really good in this 3rd set. Looks like this will be a breaker


Daniel Says:

Kachanov guarantess tiebreak. Nadal serving to force the breaker. It will be intereating to see Nadal playing a tiebreak, I don´t think he played any close set since losing to Thiem in Rome. He cruise to RG win and was 5-5 versus Young.

This will be the first mini test for him, to have a bit more pressure.


gonzalowski Says:

Kachanov presenting battle now from the baseline


gonzalowski Says:

pfiuu sabe set point rafa with nice slice drop


Daniel Says:

Nadal saving a set point, closest his got to losing a set in 10 matches.


gonzalowski Says:

Rafa nervous, maybe, not very regular, but solving in the net (17 from 21 at the match). Tie break!


gonzalowski Says:

2-1 Rafa, what a drop shot again!!


Anto Says:

yay Rafa won.


Daniel Says:

Good effort by Kachanov third set.

Nadal onto second week to play Muller, who can pose a bigger threat. May be in QF since 2011. survive first week unscathered.

Now onto Murray and Foggy.


gonzalowski Says:

Very good victory for Rafa, it was complicated in the end, and Rafa had a little bad time, but solved at the TB.
Commentators say dry weather can slow grass, Dustin Brown has said that. Maybe goos for Rafa, and don’t slip at the ground.
Gilles Muller, next rival, Rafa beat him at 2011 WB 76 76 60, he’s leftie too


Navdeep Says:

Yay, Another straight set victory for Rafa. Difficult 3rd set but Rafa is confident enough to overcome such moments. Keep on going champ.A big vamossss


Daniel Says:

Good firts set by Murray.
But he still has to improove first serve percentage and second serves wins.


skeezer Says:

#3rd set was entertaining, finally the Kid has some belief. Goes to show if you can hit flat against Rafa you can do damage.


Daniel Says:

1-1, Foggy winning second set. Murray better watch out.


RZ Says:

I think Murray could use a tough match considering he had an easy time in the first 2 rounds. I’d be more worried if this was a clay or hard court but Murray should pull through.


Truth Says:

Fognini is injured again. As usual, he starts delaying the match with a nonsense Hawkeye call challenge.

Always the right mental midget injuries when Murray can’t serve.
The best player, you know.


RZ Says:

Looks like Tsonga and Querrey are having a real battle out there.
Murray seems to have righted the ship.


Daniel Says:

Murray sure did wake up fast.

Tsonga down 2 sets to 1, ruining my bracket even more.


RZ Says:

@Daniel – let’s hope Murray keeps it up. I wanted him to have a tough match, but 4 sets is okay.


Navdeep Says:

Murray is such a great fighter. Broke Fog while he was serving to force a decider!


Daniel Says:

Murray serving for the match, close it!


t4t Says:

Whew! Murray wins!


RZ Says:

Nice comeback in the 4th set from Murray. I think he needed a tough match like that as the road is only going to get tougher.


Colin Says:

Can anybody enlighten me as to what the umpire meant by “visible obscenity” when he penalized Fognini?


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t think you would really like to know what putting your finger in the mouth means, they do it often here in the road rage arguments, though Fognini could’ve been docked for one point before that for yelling “vaffanculo” which is as bad as putting the finger in the mouth, but chair umpire obviously doesn’t soeak Italian;)

I like Fognini:)


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ doesn’t speak Italian


J-Kath Says:

RZ:

I find myself disagreeing with you especially on Andy’s match with Dustin Brown who has beaten a lot of top players and when on form….!!!

However….sure you are pleased at the outcome.
Cheers
K….back from isolation….and up-to-date via someone taping the matches for me.


t4t Says:

If Andy’s hip is not giving too much trouble, he is the favorite. He is a different animal on grass. His footwork is amazing!

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