Federer, Raonic Advance On Wet Wednesday At Wimbledon; Nadal, Djokovic On Thurs.
by Staff | July 4th, 2018, 5:25 pm
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Roger Federer rolled to another easy win Wednesday at Wimbledon. The Swiss won his 9th straight match at the event breezing past Eastbourne finalist Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.

“On certain days it goes better than others. Sometimes your serve matches up better against certain players. There’s no doubt about that, as well,” Federer said.

The Slovakian Lacko falls to 0-19 lifetime against Top 10 players.

Up next is Jan-Lennard Struff who withstood 61 aces from Ivo Karlovic to win his second straight match from 0-2 down and reach his first Grand Slam third round.

Milos Raonic, the last man to take a set off of Federer, won three tiebreakers to beat John Millman.

“I feel good, [my] body has behaved,” said Raonic. “Obviously, we are very cautious with it, because it’s tough to ask the body to stop and start all the time. We pay a lot more attention with the treatments after matches.”

Sam Querrey didn’t drop serve – and hasn’t done so yet this week – in a comprehensive victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6, 6-3, 6-3. Querrey’s countrymen John Isner and Jared Donaldson both had their matches suspended. Isner was in the fifth against qualifier Ruben Bemelmens while Donaldson was up a break in the fourth, trying to force a fifth on Stefanos Tsitsipas.

It was a mixed day for Frenchmen. Gael Monfils dropped the first but got on track to beat Paolo Lorenzi 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 and Andrian Mannarino ousted Ryan Harrison in straights. But 17 seed Lucas Pouille fell victim to Wimbledon debutant Denis Novak. The qualifier reached his first career Slam third round beating Pouille 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 3-6, 6-2.

Monfils will now meet Querrey on Friday in the third round.

“[Gael] has a big serve, which is tough. His movement is obviously incredible. For a big guy, he backs up and beats you with movement and shot making,” said Querrey. “Those are his best assets. He’s a guy that can hit passing shots from 10 feet behind the baseline.

“He can win a lot of those cat-and-mouse points where you’re running side to side. He’s going to win some of those points on Friday, and I’ll be ready for that. I’m just going to hopefully keep coming at him with big serves, big forehands, and big backhands.”

Russian Daniil Medveved was also a winner before the rains came which halted a half-dozen matches.

Marin Cilic led by two sets but was down a break. Kevin Anderson was up 2 sets to 1 on Andreas Seppi. Stan Wawrinka was trying to avoid crashing out in straights to qualifier Thomas Fabbiano and Philipp Kohlschreiber was up a set and led in the second breaker against Gilles Muller.

On Thursday, the second round concludes with Rafael Nadal taking on Mikhail Kukushkin, Novak Djokovic dueling with Horacio Zeballos, Juan Martin del Potro facing Feliciano Lopez and British No. 1 Kyle Edmund testing former Stanford standout Bradley Klahn.

Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev, Kei Nishikori and Denis Shapovalov will also see action.

THURSDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Mikhail Kukushkin v Rafael Nadal
2. Johanna Konta v Dominika Cibulkova
3. Kyle Edmund v Bradley Klahn

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Marin Cilic v Guido Pella
2. Simona Halep v Saisai Zheng
3. Juan Martin Del Potro v Feliciano Lopez
4. Taylor Fritz v Alexander Zverev

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Katie Boulter v Naomi Osaka
2. Andreas Seppi v Kevin Anderson
3. Horacio Zeballos v Novak Djokovic
4. Bernard Tomic v Kei Nishikori
5. Garbine Muguruza v Alison Van Uytvanck


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95 Comments for Federer, Raonic Advance On Wet Wednesday At Wimbledon; Nadal, Djokovic On Thurs.

chofer Says:

The match of tomorrow is Delpo and Feli Lopez. Bar none. If they don’t get Central Court treatment I’ll be very dissapointed:))


chofer Says:

Instead, Kyle Edmund v Bradley Klahn get the “treatment”. Sure British people are delighted. I’ll change to court 1.

Irony of Ironies: Sampras.Courier final in 94 was halted by Brit headlines like “Bore on the 4th, of July” (That was the date of their final) Tomorrow an unknown American who surely is no Sampras and a Courier doppelganger will take central stage. I wanna see those headlines on Friday.


el_matador Says:

chofer,I was worried it would not get even court 1😂..I’m ok with court 1 as they telecast only matches from centre court & court 1 in ma country..will be a very difficult match..deliciano was born for grass..vamos delpo!!


j-kath Says:

Chofer: Not all British people are delighted. Don’t dislike Kyle but there’s lots of other players I’d rather watch…as for Johanna Konta – her service action irritates me.


chofer Says:

Oh J-kath

It was a joke on the Brits and their tabloid headlines (at that time, full with envy imo) I’d rather watch a new version of Henman than Edmund (Courier never was my cup of tea, and I can’t tell them both apart! Spooky!) and the poor American, who is he? What if the match is a dud? Will The Sun mock it? So many questions:))

The real action is on Court 1. Does it have a roof, btw?


el_matador Says:

chofer,
as far as I know,court 1 will have roof from nxt year


Willow Says:

I Might be in a minority but i quite like Kyle, okay he hasnt got this huge personality, but the guy seems quite self disciplined, level headed, and has a strong work ethic, as for Jo Konta well i agree on the service motion, but i think she moves well with good court coverage, and i like the way she hesitates before going for a winner to see which way her opponent is moving, i think shes very smart, still JMO ….


gonzalowski Says:

I’d prefer Delpo – Feli on central, too

flying ants on court?? 😖😖 you do not see that kind of thing in clay 😃


Tennisfan20 Says:

Very nervous about todays match. Kukushkin is very dangerous opponent.


Tennisfan20 Says:

My cable suck due to bad weather and storm ,anyone got stream?


Berghain Says:

Go to sportscategory. Com
Make sure you have pop-up and adblock installed.


el_matador Says:

pella is making some passing shots like rafa & has just come from 2 sets down to force a 5th against behemoth cilic..awesome mate😍


Okiegal Says:

Is Kuku related to Radek Stepanek?? They certainly do favor….especially from a side view…….


AndyMira Says:

Miss Okie!…hehe..No Boss!..They both not related…Kuku is from Kazakhstan while Radek is from Czech republic…


Daniel Says:

Cilic 2 points away from losing serving down 4-5.

Djoko on fire.

Nadal facing triple BP now, but as Kuku can’t serve big, just a inor hiccup.


skeezer Says:

Kush is too Kush for Nadal,he is no threat.
Ciilc came up HUGE facing a couple of match points.


Margot Says:

Cilic looking very nervous and wobbly. Just served a double, 30-40


Daniel Says:

Kuku is 1/11 in BP, had he been a tad bit better match could be more competitive.

Kyrgios 2 sets up.


Madmax Says:

close, close, close. What is going on with Marin?

No contest for Rafa. Straightforward and making some shots look too easy.


skeezer Says:

@el_matador

PELLA!


Margot Says:

And out goes Cilic. Played so well last night, a different player today, just overcome with nerves.


Daniel Says:

Cilic out. wow, did not see that coming after the easy forst 2 sets. So much for his chances at #1 with 1200 pts dropping.

Huge opening for Raonic to reach semis.


skeezer Says:

Cilic just produced way too many un forced errors towards the end. Played some nervy tennis at times….


Margot Says:

Didn’t like Pella’s crafty slices one little bit. Overnight coaching paying off for Pella.


el_matador Says:

guido pella u beauty!!vamos!!..now plz dnt lose in the nxt round!


Madmax Says:

Tennisfan20 Says:
Very nervous about todays match. Kukushkin is very dangerous opponent.

July 5th, 2018 at 8:15 am

Tennis fan? On what basis. Kukushkin? No real threat, but we all know that anything can happen in matches, takes one bad day. Nothing to worry about with Nadal though. He is playing /played like a dream!


skeezer Says:

All factors considered, that is probably going to be the upset of the tournament.


chofer Says:

I to0ldya real action is on court 1! I fear for Delpo now, he he.

Willow

I like Kyle myself. I just cant believe how much he reminds me of the American, tennis-wise and body-wise. I would check if he’s not his illegal son:)) He’s like Sebastian Korda and Peter Korda… the look alike, play alike…Hmmm_))

Personally I think he’s heading for top 10. I just wish he hadn’t the same traits in tennis I didn’t like about his father… err Courier, I mean. That BH is a little bit imnproved though.

Can’t belive Cilic is down, still. Did he play that bad? Someone?


AndyMira Says:

M!…And there goes one of our Brackets!..Hahaha…Oh God!!…Wimby is crazy!…No other slams have a surprise results like this!…


Daniel Says:

Indeed, Wimbledon first week always produces some upsets.

Not seeing matches, but I know Kuku has no serve and hit pretty flat shots from both wings, hence so many BPs in several of Nadals service games, but Nadal is holding when it matters and borke back the minute Kuku went 3-1


skeezer Says:

chofer,
imho he was missing some easy balls towards the end. Pella in his off court interview admitted he (Cilic) was off compared to yesterday. Basically he got tight in the end, Pella fed off that and credit to him played well and hung in there. You know……Cilic.


chofer Says:

skeezer!

You know……Cilic. That’s the catchprase, isn’t it? Still, I see some bettors falling down from tall buildings this year. Be alert but mostly be very, very afraid:))

So many upsets so far. Too many.


chofer Says:

You all bracket nerds, apart from Raonic, who’s profitting that side of the draw. Quick.


Okiegal Says:

@AM 9:30………Being from different countries doesn’t mean a thing…… don’t forget , I do genealogy research! One of their great great grandmothers might have had an affair with one of their great great grandfathers in Timbuktu……just saying…. stranger things have happened……LOL!! 🤪🤪🤪


Okiegal Says:

How are the bracket challenges working out for everyone?? Lol This Wimby has been a tricky one……

Eeek Trainer called out for Novak……


chofer Says:

Margot

Are you seeing this live?


Margot Says:

yes


Daniel Says:

Nadal and Kyrgios closing in straights.

Djoko about to do the same.

Curious to see how Zverev and DelPo will fare today, but this side of the draw seems big names are holding up, while Dimi, Wawa, Thiem and Cilic already dropped in top half.

Fed has a lot of big serves on his path, most likely Querrey or Anderson QF than Isner or Raonic semis.


Margot Says:

Chofer, you want info re Cilic? Or another.
Eek Kath, Rafa said he played much better than when you saw him…:0


chofer Says:

Margot

Oh, I’ve been told he was an UFEs machine today. I was thinking you were at the lawns.


chofer Says:

Daniel

Raonic all the way, then. Isner relays too much on TBs and best of three days at Wimbledon. He’ll get spent by later rounds.


Margot Says:

OMG no! I wish…..Saw live as on TV “live.” Cilic played so well last night. Today yes, back of nerves. Conditions are different and he’s had 12 hours to think about it.
Meanwhile Halep is also loading up the errors.


Okiegal Says:

The kurious kase of Kyrgios….. Head case….I can’t figure this dude out?? He’s two sets up….. ahead in the third…. shakes his head negatively always…. barking at his box…. I have to ask why???? … and oh so talented!! I think he had 42 aces in his first match….. everybody better watch out!!


Margot Says:

LOl AM, you hear what OK say?…..;)


RZ Says:

Apparently all of us Tennis-Xers picking Cilic to do well at Wimbledon was too much. At least we are all in it together in terms of having ruined brackets, as everyone except one person had Cilic getting to the semis at least. That one person may now very well win the bracket!

As for Kukushkin, he’s like a poor-man’s Kohlschrieber. When he’s on, he has the game to cause an upset, but more often than not, plays to his ranking.


AndyMira Says:

M…Yeah!I hear what Mizz Okie said….But,about what?


Margot Says:

RZ: Cilic certainly “flattered to deceive.” Carnage in my bracketS! Really glad I did 25 now…;)
AM: About “look out Naughty Nick is about.” I’ve got him doing rather well in one pick…
Meanwhile Shapo is strutting his stuff and bashing Paire mercilessly. Paire obviously has a leg injury judging by the heavy strapping.


AndyMira Says:

Mizz Okie 10:31am….Hehehehe….Yeah!…U’re right Boss!!…

Hey….Is it possible that u’re my lost aunty from my great great great great foster grandma Mizz Okie?


Okiegal Says:

@AM…..Anything with reproduction is possible!! Lol


AndyMira Says:

M!…Oh yeaaahhhh!!….Hehehehe…You’re the one that RZ refer as 1 soul picked Nicky as a winner??Hahahaha….Good luck M!…But,imo his road a little bit tough ahead..with Sascha in 4th & possibly Novak in QF…But,all the best to u Boss!!


Okiegal Says:

I love to watch Halep now that she’s pulled herself together and worked on her past demons. Hey, she got her head straight….finally! I love her coach too… he’s my favorite commentator!on!. Go Halep…..and Serena!


RZ Says:

@Margot – my theory is that if Andy had stayed in the draw, Paire might have withdrawn based on his injury. He probably stayed in because he liked his chances against a LL


RZ Says:

Okie – I agree re: Cahill. He’s one of my favorite commentators.


Margot Says:

Paire has decided his leg is fine now after all and serves for the 2nd set.


Giles Says:

Delpo serve serve. 🙄🙄🙄🙄 Sooooo boring.


Van Persie Says:

^^ Delpo can return as well. Broke Feli a few times ;)


Margot Says:

And out goes Denis. Boo hoo :(


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

I told you so, a few weeks ago….that Shapo won’t go far this Wimbly :D
Surprised about Cilic. Did not expect this


Van Persie Says:

DelPo should be finalist from this half. From what I have seen today.


Margot Says:

Never mind VP, his time will come. Now another head case, Gulbis, has decided to play some tennis….leads 2-0 in final set. Perhaps he’ll win, certainly capable.


Margot Says:

I’ve got JMDP going very deep……watch him lose now….;)


Van Persie Says:

JMDP will lead you far, if you have chosen him :)


chofer Says:

Margot

He’s not losing today. Paire is the tickiest of opponents. I’ve always said Kyrgios lacks a “pattern” in his game. Paire doesn’t even know what pattern means.


chofer Says:

What matters here is that Steve Tignor picked him as the “bust” of the tournament.
That should overcome Margot’s wishes ten times:))


Margot Says:

Chofer: which “him” and what are my “wishes?”


Daniel Says:

Djoko only lost 6 games in each match. He is sharp.

A lot of potential reat matches ahead:

QF
- Fed vs Queerey / Anderson
- Djoko x Kyrgios Or Djoko x Zverev
- DelPo x Nadal

Semis
- Fed x Raonic
- Delpo x Djoko or Djoko x Nadal or Kyrgios x Nadal


chofer Says:

I thought VP was calling you a “jinxer”? Or did I get that wrong?:))

I’m not keeping track of predictions here. Mine are terrible, too.

In that case, it’s about HIM getting far.


Margot Says:

If only I had the power to jinx, chofer, Andy would have 20 slams now, at least. ;) I’ve got JMDP getting to the semis, I think.


RZ Says:

Not surprised that DelPo won, but surprised that he won so easily. Then again, I should have been suspicious that F-Lo was not in the doubles draw.


Van Persie Says:

If Djoko will survive somehow his quarter, he will not pass DelPo. Rafa did not impress me much today.
I also do not see this DelPo loosing to Zverev or Nick in semis.
DelPo my fave for the title.


Van Persie Says:

Very good procentage for DelPo on 1st serve. I think he did now lose any point on 1st serve…


Margot Says:

VP: whispers very softly, “I’d quite like to have a new champion.”


Van Persie Says:

Percentage, sorry…have a problem with that word :D


Van Persie Says:

I would love to see Djoko winning this, but he’s not there yet. Would lije to be wrong, but would not dislike DelPo as champion here as well :)


Margot Says:

And the nuttiest nutter of them all wins! I think jalep will be pleased, she always used to like him.


Okiegal Says:

@RZ…….In one of her interviews, she told about him walking out on her. If I knew that I had forgotten. This was the turning point for her. That must have got her attention….. she started to work on her head and restored order. Thank goodness for Cahill’s insight, she got it together! I love to watch her play!


Daniel Says:

I hear you VP

DelPo winning Wimbledon would be amazing after everything he went through. He has 2 semis out of last 4 Slams, so he is iching closer.

Djoko to me os safe in QF. Kachanov won’t botherm him much me thinks. There is where the fun begins in this side. Actually sooner with Kyrgios vs Zverev R16


RZ Says:

@Okie – I heard that story too about Halep. “Tough love” strategy that worked to both their advantages.


Margot Says:

Fritz is playing lights out, Daniel. Little is certain in this Wimbledon!


Madmax Says:

Bit naughty with the time today Rafa. Really have to try and be fair about these things.

What is the history between the umpire and Rafa, Rafa fans? Seriously. Usually Rafa gets on with everyone, but why so testy with this umpire?

“Nadal has in the past asked for umpire Carlos Bernardes not to officiate his matches”


Margot Says:

Mad Max: Very fast lights out tennis going on between Sascha and Taylor. No time to breathe! You watching?


j-kath Says:

Oh dear, oh dear….Taylor and Sasha…..can’t believe this.


Margot Says:

Looks as if Sascha is going out. Taylor Fritz just played the most amazing tie break. If you weren’t watching you missed a treat! What a timely break for Sascha.


Madmax Says:

Margot, I am. Dual screen. Highlights delayed from wimby. I’m watching the women’s match right now. I think it’s an awesome match. Uytvank looks like she is going to take it. Gotta dig deep now from the reigning Wimby champion. She is on the brink of defeat.


Madmax Says:

She’s out. Oh My Godness.


Madmax Says:

Unbelievable.


RZ Says:

Sascha might be saved if they don’t finish this match tonight, though they still have some light and the guys are playing at a fast pace.


RZ Says:

Play suspended. let’s see if Fritz can come back playing as aggressively tomorrow.


j-kath Says:

Margot: Absolutely stunned by Fritz (and remember him getting married at E-tower and the baby….had forgotten all about it – but, what a performance tonight…best contest yet, which reminds me….you at 10.42am….

You said: Eek Kath, Rafa said he played much better than when you saw him…:0″

….didn’t see him today – apart from maybe 10 mins.???? Whatever, so much going on and so exciting…really excited by the lovely Taylor…fingers crossed he replicates his game tomorrow.


Humble Rafa Says:

Did Young Papa Fritz have a baby at 13? He is only 20 now. He will be a grand father in his 30s. MAGA.


skeezer Says:

^you should mind feeding your cats. Tip; they need cat food, not talk food.


Okiegal Says:

Meow!!! 🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈


Madmax Says:

Margot Says:
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/wimbledon-2018-jack-sock-live-online-watch-video-upset-outburst-controversy-order-play-schedule-a8430781.html
How come Naughty Nick gets fined but nothing happens to Sock? Like EVER!
Just askin

July 5th, 2018 at 9:36 am

Margot,

probably because he asked for a pardon from Trump – what else?


Margot Says:

Lol Madmax! Nothing would surprise me about Trump!

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