Alcaraz Escapes Jarry In 4 At Wimbledon, Davidovich Fokina F’s Up; Djokovic v Hurkacz

by Staff | July 8th, 2023, 5:05 pm
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Carlos Alcaraz passed his first big test Saturday at Wimbledon overcoming a 4-1 deficit in the fourth to beat Nicolas Jarry 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-5.

The 6-foot-6 Jarry, who lost in three to Alcaraz in South American earlier in the year, bombed 15 aces but couldn’t capitalize on a 4-1 lead in the fourth.

“It was really, really tough,” Alcaraz said after. “Nico is a really great player. He’s playing really well. We’ve played before and that was a tough match. He deserves to be at the top of the game.

“I’m just really happy with the level that I played to get through this match. And I’m really happy for the level of energy that both of us received from the crowd.

“The key was to stay focused all the time. I knew I would have my chances. In the third set he missed an easy ball and I would say thanks to that I won. It was really close – he has great touch. I would say the key is to believe all the time and stay focused all the time.”

Alcaraz returns to the fourth round at Wimbledon where he will go up against an even bigger server in Matteo Berrettini. The Italian star eased past Alexander Zverev 6-3, 7-6(4), 7-6(5).

Berrettini, who made Wimbledon finals in his last appearance, won it on his 15th ace. He never lost serve belting 36 winners to 22 unforced. Just three points separated the two.

While Frances Tiafoe had his match suspended due to rain with Grigor Dimitrov down two sets, they opponent got through. Holger Rune survived two match points to defeat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6[10-8].

The Spaniard held match points at 4-6 on Rune’s serve in the fifth. Then in the breaker led 6-2 and y 8-5. Serving 8-all, Davidovich Fokina somehow decided it was a good time to try an underhand serve and come to the net behind it! Rune said thank you, and ripped a forehand pass to get to match point. It was one of the most flabbergasting decisions in Grand Slam history.

Former No. 1 Daniil Medvedev rallied from a set down to deny Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Medvedev is into his second Wimbledon fourth round where he’ll take on Jiri Lehecka who held off Tommy Paul 6-2, 7-6(7-2), 6-7(5-7), 6-7(9-11), 6-2.

“That was a tough match. Marton plays well on grass,” Medvedev said. “He has played in a quarterfinal here, which I haven’t done yet. I’m happy to get through as I have big motivation to do well.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas backed up his big win over Andy Murray with a good results over Laslo Djere 6-4, 7-6(7-5), 6-4. Up next will be the big surprise of the tournament, Christopher Eubanks. The 6-foot-7 American served 23 aces to get past Christopher O’Connell 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 7-6(2) to make the final 16 in his Wimbledon debut.

Tomorrow, Novak Djokovic continues his march toward more history against former semifinal Hurbert Hurkacz. The Polish star has yet to drop serve at Wimbledon but is 0-5 against Djokovic, winning just two sets.

No. 7 Andrey Rublev will battle No. 23 Alexander Bublik, No. 8 Jannik Sinner collides with Daniel Elahi Galan and No. 26 Denis Shapovalov meets Roman Safiullin.

Andrey Rublev [7] v Alexander Bublik (KAZ) [23]
Iga Swiatek (POL) [1] v Belinda Bencic (SUI) [14]
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) [17] v Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
Jessica Pegula (USA) [4] v Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
Jannik Sinner (ITA) [8] v Daniel Elahi Galan (COL)
Victoria Azarenka [19] v Elina Svitolina (UKR)

NO.2 COURT – 11:00AM
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) v Marie Bouzkova (CZE) [32]
Not Before: 12:30pm
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [21] leads Frances Tiafoe (USA) [10] To Finish 6-2 6-3 1-2
Roman Safiullin v Denis Shapovalov (CAN) [26]

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One Comment for Alcaraz Escapes Jarry In 4 At Wimbledon, Davidovich Fokina F’s Up; Djokovic v Hurkacz

skeezer Says:

Watching Carlos on grass, it’s obvious he is still learning and his weakest surface. Jarry had the bigger GC game, but could not be consistent with it. Carlos has to develop a better serving game on grass.

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