Nadal Knocks Out Kyrgios At Wimbledon, Federer Rolls; Raonic v Opelka Fri.
by Staff | July 4th, 2019, 6:06 pm
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The much-anticipated showdown between rivals Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios lived up to the billing Thursday at Wimbledon. While Kyrgios’s results and ranking is well below Nadal’s standards, you can throw that out because the Australian gets up for big matches like this, and he did today.

Nadal cruised early and dominated the first set. Kyrgios snuck out a break and things got real interesting from there. Neither player could make any progress on serve in the last two sets and two breaker wins pushed the match in favor of Nadal for a 6-3, 3-6, 7-3(5), 7-6(3).

“Been a tough match obviously against a very tough opponent,” said Nadal. “Very happy the way that I hold the pressure. Very happy the way I played the tie-breaks with the right determination.”

Kyrgios was well-tempered and kept the antics to a minimum — he did win two underhand serves and failed to apologize for taking a rip at Rafa at the net. He did unload on the chair umpire early on after the dropping the first, eventual drawing a violation, but otherwise he was well-behaved and played well, mixing in a good amount of drop shots and big forehands.

“I’m always willing to go out there and try and put on a show. I know people that bought a ticket today probably had a great day,” said Kyrgios. “At times today, I was looking around: This is Wimbledon, playing Rafa. … But I’ll probably wake up tomorrow, there will be something negative about it, for sure.”

Nadal kept the focus and came out in front in a big test. Nadal will now have another against another power player in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who hasn’t dropped a set in two matches.

Earlier in the day, Roger Federer flew into the third round beating British wildcard Jay Clarke 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-2.

“It was a good start to the match, which is always nice, especially after the last game, trying to do a better job there,” Federer said. “I was trying to be more aggressive than in my previous match. I was able to do that. Also the reaction was good again in the third [set]. Obviously was a bit tight in the second, but I was able to hold my nerve and serve well when I had to.”

Federer now gets Frenchmen Lucas Pouille on Saturday.

On this Fourth of July, American men had a mixed day. Last year’s semifinalist John Isner ran out of gas against Mikhail Kukushkin falling in five sets 6-4, 6-7(3), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

“It’s very disappointing to lose,” said Isner who was playing his first event since Miami. “I think my lack of preparation certainly showed today. I knew something like that was very possible. Unfortunately, that was the case today. The most important thing is my foot’s fine. My fitness definitely not there. There’s no doubt. I was just able to put weight on my foot about 10 days before the tournament, so this is the first time I was able to put all my weight on my foot. It had been a long time on the shelf.”

Tennys Sandgren and Steve Johnson did win five setters. Gilles Simon served for it in the fifth but gagged giving Sandgren a 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 8-6 win. Johnson ousted Alex De Minaur 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. He’ll now face Kei Nishikori.

Sam Querrey looked real good in a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Andrey Rublev.

Former finalist Marin Cilic poor season continued after a straight set loss to Joao Sousa.

2006 Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis called it a career after losing to Matteo Berrettini.

In a late doubles match, Andy Murray and Pierre-Hugues Herber made a successful debut winning in four sets over Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert.

On tap Friday for the start of the third round, big men Rielly Opelka and former finalist Milos Raonic collide. Novak Djokovic continues his title defense against his French Open first round opponent, Hubert Hurkacz.

Kevin Anderson resumes his comeback as he faces Guido Pella and 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime faces fellow youngster Ugo Humbert.

FRIDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
1 Kevin Anderson (RSA) [4] 33 vs Guido Pella (ARG) [26] 40
2 Simona Halep (ROU) [7] 97 vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 102
3 Polona Hercog (SLO) 107 vs Cori Gauff (USA) 110

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
1 Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) [28] 89 vs Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [3] 96
2 Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] 1 vs Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 7
3 Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) [19] 9 vs Ugo Humbert (FRA) 15


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32 Comments for Nadal Knocks Out Kyrgios At Wimbledon, Federer Rolls; Raonic v Opelka Fri.

skeezer Says:

Querrey did well last Wimby also, no?
Look out!
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Krygios would have fared better staying out of the pub the night before. The lack luster first set was the difference whilst Rafa was ready from the get go.


Daniel Says:

Anderson and Kachanov out. the trend of top seeds falling esch day continues.

Who will fall tomorrow?

The only one with any grass pedigree left in Djoko’s aide is Raonic and he recovering from injury. One of Raonic, Agut, Paire or Pella (wtf) will ve Djoko’s opponent in semis.


Daniel Says:

What a point by Djoko to break, 6-5 and serve.


RZ Says:

@Daniel – also (can’t remember if it was that point or the previous one), what a poorly placed overhead by Hurkacz, right at Djoker and not fast or hard.


Van Persie Says:

oh man, I have to switch now amd them from Halep to Nole. Nole will prevail today. Am curious about Halep-Azarenka outcome. Vika is in good form.


RZ Says:

@VP – I had been looking forward to Halep-Azarenka but it didn’t end up being a good match sadly.


Van Persie Says:

RZ, yep, I expected more from Vika tbh. She is still far from her best. I was even sure she would win today

and Hurkacz delivers more than expected. Not the easiest match for Nole


Daniel Says:

Hurkacz takes the second set breaker after a luckt net cord at 5-5. Tough match for Novak. He is playlng well, has the serve and on grass he is dangerous.
Djoko needs to up the level a notch or a bad service game by Hurkacz. At least Djoko was not broken so far.


j-kath Says:

Novak – a bit slow to reach his best, but moving up the tempo now. He’ll take it in 4 sets.


Van Persie Says:

Nole’s usual meltdowns in the early rounds… it is also hot in London now, I understood.
Hope he does not play with fire and closes this in 4.


skeezer Says:

Rafa drew 2 QF’ers at FO.
Absolutely mind boggling. #rigged


Giles Says:

Skeezer. Stay in the present pls.


RZ Says:

Hercog-Gauff is some good stuff (though really Hercog should have closed out the match).


Daniel Says:

Djoko will not plau a Top 14 Seed until finals and if Aliassime loses today and Raonic doesn’t reach final he will reach finals without a top 20 seed faced.

Actually he can reach semis without playing a seed player if Humbert next round and Verdasco QF.

Dream draw for him and he should take charge. But most likelly Fedla in finals.


Dave Says:

You are definitely right Daniel. This is a dream draw for Djokovic now. Not just with the seeds. But the guys that give him the most trouble. I actually thought if Wawrinka made it to the Semi’s he would have given him the most trouble because of how he plays him at majors. They haven’t had one blowout against each other at majors in a long time. Also, Medvedev plays him tough every time. So if we are going by the match up aspect at this time, Djokovic won’t want to play Bautista Agut the most out of any of the players left on that side. I can’t put Raonic as the guy to cause Djokovic trouble as he has never won a match against him and I just don’t see him not choking in the Semi’s against Djokovic.


Dave Says:

Also, The Federer side has to play 7 matches in 13 days. No extra day off. I don’t think that will be an issue for Nadal. But if Federer gets caught in any long matches, it will have an effect on him by the Finals.


RZ Says:

Apparently Andy and Serena’s mixed doubles match won’t be today after all.


RZ Says:

In case anyone didn’t see the GIF of the errant sprinkler on Court 15, this is pretty funny. https://twitter.com/doublefault28/status/1147203771870654465


Daniel Says:

Agree Dave,

Oddily, Agut seems the most dangerous right now for Djoko. With Djoko’s amazing return he will neutralize Raonic.


Van Persie Says:

Gauff is really impresive, dirst time I saw one of her matches. She could win Wimbledon, given the WTA theae days

Nole to play Humbert most likely… and we are talking here about RBA as potential danger in the late rounds of a GS for Nole.
When the big 4 will no longer b ein picture, ATP will look like the actual WTA most likely 😉


RZ Says:

@VP, I agree that Gauff is impressive. Hercog helped her out a bit but it wasn’t like Hercog handed it to her. Gauff still had to play to win the match and took advantage of the opportunity.


Van Persie Says:

The Nr. 1 in WTA, whom I like a lot, played cricket 2 years ago…. who will be Nr. 1 in ATP in a few years? :)


Dave Says:

I would say Bautista Agut is the favorite to make the Semi Finals. And that is odd to say at Wimbledon. He is so consistent. He will be to relentless for Paire. And off the ground, Raonic won’t be able to win the baseline battle. I actually think Pella and Bautista Agut would have the potential to be a grueling battle.


j-kath Says:

RZ/VP: Yes…oh yes -watched her and like the audience wanted her to win. But can’t make up my mind whether she is going to rise as a star in our tennis sky immediately. My view is influenced by the public celebration that a star is born…but the “chosen” often melts into the mix. However, it is her determined facial expression matched with an upgrade in her play that makes me wonder if we do indeed have a new Serena.


Wog Boy Says:

All off the (dodgy) Polish tradies from London were on court 1 cheering Hurkacz;)


RZ Says:

Tourneytopia is being a little slow with its updates to the Bracket, but after the 2nd round, there was a 3-way tie for first place between Rajesh, AndyMira, and Farah Diba (a.k.a AndyMira again, unless I’m mistaken). With all the upsets, the standings could easily change depending on our picks.


j-kath Says:

I still have faith in the “elder guard” alphabetically Novak/Rafa/Roger. At the risk of alienating some posters the most impressive so far has been Rafa. My reasoning is based primarily on the ability of the opposition each has had to overcome.


Wog Boy Says:

JK, I am with you on Rafa, I think this is his one to lose. I don’t like that Nole’s draw became as it became, he doesn’t perform that well in that kind of situation and if he makes it to the final he will be underprepared and Rafa will be battle hardened.


Madmax Says:

Rafa fans – Willow and Oki – where are you girls?

I said early on that I knew Rafa would school Nic, but I had not a clue that Nic would continue is really stupid vendetta against Rafa. See here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/48877052

As I said earlier, the guy is a jerk and I hope he gets fined for this. He admits to hitting a ball straight at Rafa, and for what? and why? We all know he is a walking temper tantrum, but until he fixes his temperament, it means that he will never, ever reach the heights he is capable of.

Rafa was a professional at the net, and as expected Nic was less so – but his press conference, please watch – just shows that the kid has got a lot – and I mean, a lot – of growing up to do. He should fix this by the time he is 60 I reckon.


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax….I’m here, still reading comments occasionally. Regarding the hit at Rafa…… his response was that he could handle a shot like that because he was a professional but dangerous for everyone else. Nick also said after points he would talk to his box and call him Ralf. I thought that was strange. He said he’s just not as serious about tennis as he should be……doesn’t put that much effort into it. Has too many other interest, I suppose. What a shame as he has so much talent. The media won’t let it die. Rafa said yesterday he was really tired of the Nick story. So am I. It’s done and dusted…….time to move on.


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