Ivanovic Out-ovic at Wimbledon; Federer v Hewitt Next
by Staff | June 27th, 2008, 11:31 pm

Federer Lines Up Hewitt Next at Wimbledon

World No. 1 Roger Federer eased into the Round of 16 on Friday at Wimbledon, defeating Frenchman Marc Gicquel 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 and setting up a meeting with former No. 1 and Wimbledon champ Lleyton Hewitt.
The Swiss, entering the All England Club after a subpar first half of the year, says he is more than ready to win a record sixth Wimbledon title in a row.

“I think I know what it takes to win Slams or to go far,” Federer said. So I have the proper preparation. I have the belief…Playing at Wimbledon always creates extra pressure because it’s what’s closest to my heart…I want to prove it to myself I can do it again here.”

The No. 20 Hewitt advanced after a straight-set win over Simone Bolelli.

Two tour veterans orchestrated upsets Friday, with Croatian Mario “Baby Goran” Ancic topping No. 5 David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6 (3), and Marat Safin seeing out No. 29 Andreas Seppi 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4.

Seeded winners Friday were (10) Marcos Baghdatis (d. Simon Stadler), (13) Stan Wawrinka (d. Mischa Zverev who retired after the second), (22) Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco (d. (11) Tomas Berdych, bagel in the third), and (31) Feliciano Lopez, who ushered out the last American in the men’s draw, Bobby Reynolds 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

Highlights of Saturday play are former world No. 2 Tommy Haas vs. (12) Andy Murray, (2) Rafael Nadal vs. (27) Nicolas Kiefer, (8) Richard “Baby Fed” Gasquet vs. Gilles Simon in an all-French, the Roddick-killer Janko Tipsarevic vs. (25) Dmitry Tursunov, (16) Radek “The Worm” Stepanek vs. (17) Mikhail Youzhny, and (14) Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. Croat threat Marin Cilic.

World No. 1 Ivanovic and 2007 Runner-Up Bartoli Exit at Wimbledon

World No. 1 and French Open champ Ana Ivanovic admitted she lacked confidence and felt a grasscourt rookie in making a third-round exit Friday at Wimbledon, falling 6-1, 6-4 to China’s No. 133-ranked Jie Zheng.

“It was very, very emotional past couple of weeks for me. It also took a little bit toll on me,” Ivanovic said of her French Open triumph less than a month ago. “I didn’t have as good preparation as I had hoped for because I had to have some time off, as well. It took some time to adjust to the grass…I was a little bit holding back.”

Also upset was last year’s runner-up, No. 11 seed Marion Bartoli, who was ousted 6-4, 6-1 by surging American Bethanie Mattek, who sets up a match with Serena Williams.

“The last couple months I think I’ve stepped up a couple levels,” Mattek said. “It’s really come down to me just being mentally tough in my matches. I think what’s tough about me is I just make my opponents play every single point. Regardless if I hit a winner the previous point or if I miss the previous point I’ll show up for the next point. I think that’s really what’s carried me through a lot of these matches, especially a lot of the close ones.”

Seeds advancing Friday were (4) Svetlana Kuznetsova (d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova), (6) Serena Williams (d. (29) Amelie Mauresmo), (8) Anna Chakvetadze (d. Evgeniya Rodina), (14) Agnieszka Radwanska (d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova), and (18) Agnes Szavay (d. Anabel Medina Garrigues in three).

Saturday highlights include (2) Jelena Jankovic vs. (31) Caroline Wozniacki, (7) Venus Williams vs. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, and (24) Shahar Peer vs. (9) Dinara Safina.

Roger Federer keeps winning on grass. He’s up to 61 straight on turf and 37 consecutive match wins at Wimbledon…

Ana Ivanovic hasn’t lost before the fourth round at a Slam since the 2007 Australia…

Ana Ivanovic will lose No. 1 if Jelena Jankovic reaches the semifinal or Sveta Kuznetsova reaches the final…

Svetlana Kuznetsova turned 23 on Friday…

Rafael Nadal has won 19 straight matches…

Zheng Jie becomes the first Chinese player to beat a world No. 1….

Lleyton Hewitt and Mario Ancic have only had their serves broken once in three matches…

Jelena Jankovic could become No. 1 without reaching a Grand Slam final. She’s three wins away…[edited: correction final, not semifinal]

Venus Williams has won nine straight matches at Wimbledon, and 18 of her last 19…

No American man in the Wimbledon fourth round for the third time in the last six years (2002, 2006)…

The 10 retirements in the men’s draw equal the 2002 US Open for most retirements in the Open Era at a Slam…

Weather Saturday: Rain possible, cool conditions…

ATP Player Council representative, Tennis Channel commentator and former player Justin Gimelstob has apologized to everyone within range for his lad mag-like comments on a U.S. radio show, where he said he will make World TeamTennis opponent Anna Kournikova cry, called her a “bitch,” and said he would like to see his brother have sex with Kournikova. “There is no excuse and I am extremely disappointed in myself,” Gimelstob said. “I take full responsibility for all the words that came out of my mouth, and, while I can’t take them back, I hope my heartfelt remorse can begin to heal the wounds felt by many. Among the targets of my comments was Anna Kournikova, not to mention a general disregard and disrespect toward women. They all deserve and have my deepest apologies. While I see how it could be implied by my remarks, I assure you that I have the utmost respect for women.” Nicole Vaidisova, who Gimelstob referred to as a “well-developed young lady,” told reporters at Wimbledon, “I know his sense of humour a little bit. I know he kind of talks like that a little bit. So I can cut him some slack.”

Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic — both blew off all the Wimbledon warm-up tournaments — good thinking…

From SI.com’s Jon Wertheim: “Over the years, many of you have asked, “When will a gay male player finally come out of the closet?” Now, one has. Francisco Rodriguez, a South American whose ranking topped out at No. 373, is the subject of a story by writer David Torope in the August issue of Out magazine.”…

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18 Comments for Ivanovic Out-ovic at Wimbledon; Federer v Hewitt Next

JCF Says:

“I hope my heartfelt remorse can begin to heal the wounds felt by many. Among the targets of my comments was Anna Kournikova, not to mention a general disregard and disrespect toward women. They all deserve and have my deepest apologies. While I see how it could be implied by my remarks, I assure you that I have the utmost respect for women.”

Heartfelt remorse.. oh SURE. Deepest apologies? HAH. Utmost respect for women? Who is he trying to kid? If any of this was true, he would never have made those comments in the first place.

Not buying it Justin. You should be fired.

adding to above:... Says:

and Francisco Rodriguez should be banned form tennis but the world isnt fair

Singh-is-King Says:

I’m sure Jelena Jankovic has reached a few semifinals. Perhaps you meant ‘Grandslam Final’, it would be quite interesting but she’ll have to beat Venus in the quarters for that to happen.

TA (Tom) Says:

Jankovic leads 4-3 in her head-to-head with Venus and won their only meeting on grass in the 3rd round of Wimbledon 2006: 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-4.

gonesy Says:

“Jelena Jankovic could become No. 1 without reaching a Grand Slam semifinal” – Jankovic would have to reach the Wimby semi to become No.1 so that’s impossible!

Kelly Thomas Says:

Justin made comments on a radio show in Atlanta as well that were not positive about Women…two weeks ago…his apology does not fit with his actions!

Alain Says:

So I guess the question now is “When will a gay male who anyone’s heard of come out of the closet?”

PJ Says:

“adding to above:… Says:

and Francisco Rodriguez should be banned form tennis but the world isnt fair”

Gotta love ignorance. Obviously, the guy is pretty much unheard of, but good for him. It has to start somewhere.

Dan Martin Says:

Rainer “Wolfcastle” Schuettler is playing like it is Jan. 2003 again. Double J vs. Venus should be fun if form holds. Gimelstob will be lucky if this does not cost him his SI.com gig (Hey you can hire me – I am not even 1/10 the tennis player or 1/10 the misogynist that Gimelstob seems to be. I do think I could beat Jon Wertheim in 2 sets regardless of surface.

Petrova looks solid to this point. It would be good to see her realize some of her potential.

Tipsarevic is keeping all of the fans of Russian literature happy even if he just beat a Russian.

tenski Says:

We just switched from ESPN coverage to NBC..OMG but NBC just sucks

jane Says:

YES they do suck – to cut into live tennis and play taped? UGH.

Von Says:

Dan Martin:

It appears that Schuettler has gotten his second tennis wind at 30. I agree that he is playing as if it is 2003 at the AO where he beat Andy Roddick at the semis.

I think Gimelstob will hold onto his SI.com gig — his father makes a lot of donations. We live in a world gone mad with absolutely very little thought or respect for human dignity. Money speaks. That said, i don’t think you should start licking your chops entertaining any thoughts of getting that gig. However, sometimes justice prevails.

trilby Says:

Jane, I completely agree about ESPN/NBC. This business of interrupting live matches for taped is ridiculous! It wasn’t even a particularly interesting match but perhaps the purpose was to show US audiences one of the few remaining American players left in the singles. I thought when NBC did this at the FO it was an aberration but I guess not.

blah Says:

Stepanek is such an effing…

The round of 16 looks to have good matches,and the 3rd section is wide open Cilic and Tipsarevic?

Bottom part is great, Rafa v.s. Youzhny Gasquet v.s. Murray.

TD (Tam) Says:

Gimelstob should be fired.

sardino Says:

I don’t know why Serena was complaining about Gimelstob’s comment. Did she come out and say anything about her own father’s racist statements? Double standard?
“But if you get some little white no-good trasher in America like Tracy Austin or Chris Evert, who cannot hit the ball, they (the media) will claim this is great,” he said.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/23737912 /

JCF Says:

Wow… as much as Richard Williams slanders other people for racism, he sure is a hypocrite.

bobby Says:

I think that justin made a fool of himself by making such comments.I never expected such comments from a modern sport loving american man.In India we have many such fools.I now came to know that USA also is not that much better of in this male chauvanistic aspect.Such a shame.

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