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July, 3rd 2015
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Ladies Results

Top seed Serena Williams survived a poor serving day and 33 unforced errors to comeback from ahead and defeat Heather Watson 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in 2 hours 15 minutes.  Williams was up 6-2, 4-3 and lost the next 6 games to trail 3-0 in the 3rd set.  Serena then won 4 straight games to lead 4-3.  She lost the next two games giving Watson the opportunity to serve for the match.  Twice Watson was two points from victory but she could not hold serve and Williams came back to win the final 3 games to take the match.

Williams struggled with two areas of her game – 2nd serve and unforced errors.  She won just 16 of 39 2nd serve points (41%) and she donated 33 total unforced errors to Watson’s cause.  Serena lost serve 5 times but she came up big when she had to.  53 total winners to just 20 from Watson made the difference in the end.

4th seed Maria Sharapova defeated Irina-Camelia Begu 6-4, 6-3 in move into the second week.  Sharapova made the most of her chances, converting 4 of 5 break points.  It wasn’t a great match overall, both players had more unforced errors than winners, but Sharapova has advanced to the round of 16 without dropping a set.

6th seed Lucie Safarova came from behind to defeat Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 and advance to the second week.  Safarova played one bad service game (broken at love in the 6th game of the match) and that cost her the opening set.  Safarova faced only one more break point the rest of the match as she held 10 of her 11 service games.  Safarova hit 71% of her 1st serves in play, won 68% of those points and won 74% when she had to hit a 2nd serve.  She hit only 13 total winners, but forced 50 errors from Stephens with aggressive shots.

16th seed Venus Williams advanced to the second week of Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 with a 6-3, 6-2 won over Aleksandra Krunic.  Venus did not lose serve (9 service games), hit 21 total winners to 11 from Krunic.  Williams lost just 10 points in her 9 service games and first faced a break point when she was serving for the 1st set.  She saved 2 break points, served out the set and did not face a break point in the 2nd set.

23rd seed Victoria Azarenka scored a 6-4, 6-4 win over Kristina Mladenovic in 1 hour 39 minutes.  Azarenka held 9 of her 10 service games by saving 7 of the 8 break points she faced.  She hit 27 total winners and made just 13 unforced errors to advance to the 4th round.  As usual, Azarenka dominated her opponent’s 2nd serve – she won 14 of 17 (82%) and broke serve 3 times.

30th seed Belinda Bencic advanced to the 4th round with a hard fought 7-5, 7-5 victory over qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in 1 hour 49 minutes.  Bencic broke serve 6 times, hit 32 total winners (16 from her backhand), and made only 10 unforced errors.  Mattek-Sands jumped out to a 4-0 lead and was ahead 5-1 before Bencic found her range and ran off 6 straight games to take the first set 7-5.  After trading breaks in the middle of the 2nd set, Bencic broke for 6-5 and served out the match.

Men’s Results

Defending champ Novak Djokovic completed a routine first week at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over 27th seed Bernard Tomic.  Djokovic played his usual strong, solid game – 38 total winners, just 12 unforced errors – 15 aces – held all 14 of his service games, and he broke Tomic’s serve 4 times.

4th seed Stan Wawrinka rolled into the second week at Wimbledon with a convincing 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win over Fernando Verdasco.  Wawrinka has yet to lose serve in the tournament (47 service games) and has faced a total of 6 break points in 3 rounds.

14th seed Kevin Anderson started fast breaking Leonardo Mayer in the opening game of the match and used that momentum to propel him to the second week at Wimbledon.  Anderson won 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 by continuing his strong serving (22 aces – 15 of 16 service games won – faced just 3 break points).  51 total winners and just 11 unforced errors for Anderson who has held 54 of 57 service games in 3 rounds.

16th seed David Goffin moved into the final 16 without dropping a set as he easily handled Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.  Goffin has broken serve 17 times in 9 sets played and has held 37 of his 40 service games.

American wildcard Denis Kudla advanced to the 4th round with a 6-2, 6-7, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Santiago Giraldo.  Kudla held 19 of 22 service games and did not face a break point in the final two sets.  He was the aggressor through the match – 52 total winners to just 22 from Giraldo and 47 unforced errors to 21 from Giraldo.  Kudla has played over 8 and a half hours and played 14 sets, but he’s into the second week at a Grand Slam event for the first time in his career.

Upsets – Ladies’

Unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe crushed 22nd seed and former US Open champ Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-0 in 1 hour to advance to the 4th round of a Grand Slam event for the first time.  After a nervous start – 3 double faults in her opening service game to fall behind 2-0 – Vandeweghe ran off the final 12 games.  After leveling the match at 2 game all, Vandeweghe did not give Stosur a single game point opportunity.  Known for her big serve, Vandeweghe controlled the match with her solid baseline play and strong return game (17 total winners, 6 breaks in 7 return games played, won 25 of 42 baseline points).

34th ranked Zarina Diyas upset 14th seed Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 6-4 in 1 hour 51 minutes.  Diyas dominated when Petkovic had to hit a 2nd serve, winning 20 of 32 points (62%), leading to 4 breaks of Petkovic’s serve.  Diyas played well on the big points, saving 9 of the 11 break points she faced.

Upsets – Men

21st seed Richard Gasquet upset 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the round of 16.  Gasquet held his 15 service games by saving the 5 break points he faced.  He broke serve just three times – once per set – and that was all he needed.  Dimitrov has more winners (36 to 21) and also had more unforced errors (24 to 13) as Gasquet picked his spots to attack and made Dimitrov cover the entire court.  For the tournament Dimitrov had been running just over 9 meters per point – against Gasquet he had to run almost 12 meters per point.

26th seed Nick Kyrgios got revenge over 7th seed Milos Raonic who ended Kyrgios’ Wimbledon dreams last year.  Kyrgios had one of his best serving days to defeat Raonic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6, 6-3 to advance to the round of 16.  Kyrgios hit 34 aces and held 22 of his 23 service games – the only break of his serve came when he double faulted on set point at 5-6 to lose the first set.  Raonic was broken just twice, but that was enough to give Kyrgios the 2nd and 4th sets.

TO BE CONTINUED…

9th seed Marin Cilic and 17th seed John Isner are only 118 games short of Isner’s famous 5th set here 5 years ago.  The good news is they get to continue tomorrow.  The match is tied 10-10 in the 5th set at around 9:20 pm when it was stopped due to “Bad Light”.  The score with Cilic first is: 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 10-10.  They played 4 hours 16 minutes today.  There were 66 service games played with 3 total breaks of serve.  Cilic has 34 aces – Isner 33.  Cilic held 32 of 33 service games – Isner 31 of 33.  Overall, Cilic has outplayed Isner – 79 total winners to 66 – 34 unforced errors for Cilic, 50 for Isner.  They have played 415 points in the match and 62 of them have lasted more than 4 strokes.

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July, 2nd 2015
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Defending champ Novak Djokovic takes on the mercurial Aussie Bernard Tomic.  Tomic has a big serve and big forehand (28 aces – 30 forehand winners in two rounds), but he can be erratic and sometimes even plays as if he’s just not interested in the outcome.  So far he’s played solid steady tennis (only 34 unforced errors through 2 rounds – the same number as Djokovic).  If he’s engaged and focused, Tomic can be difficult to play as he will mix pace and spins to keep his opponent off balance.  Djokovic has never lost to Tomic (leads 3-0 in head to head matches) so it will take a special effort and a special performance from Tomic to pull an upset.  More likely we’ll see a Tomic meltdown as he withers under the relentless pressure of Djokovic’s game.

Big serving South African Kevin Anderson takes on Argentine Leonardo Mayer for spot in the final 16.  The 6’8” Anderson has powered in 57 aces in two rounds and has held 39 of his 41 service games.  Mayer has hit 24 aces and has lost serve just once in his opening two matches.  First serve is Anderson’s biggest weapon – Mayer has the bigger forehand.  First man to break serve wins.

6’6” tall 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic will be the little guy on court in his 3rd round match against 6’10” American John Isner.  Isner has hammered in 61 aces in his first two rounds and has held 30 of his 31 service games.  Cilic has hit 43 aces and has dropped serve 4 times.  Cilic will have the edge once the ball is in play where his forehand is his big weapon (34 forehand winners in 2 rounds).  Cilic has won all four of their previous meetings with every match featuring at least one tiebreak.  The last time they faced off in a Grand Slam (2011 Australian Open) Cilic won 9-7 in the fifth set.

In another battle of big serves, Milos Raonic takes on Nick Kyrgios.  They played here last year in the quarterfinals with Raonic prevailing in a tiebreak in the 4th set.  Raonic hit 54 aces and held 37 of 38 service games in his first two rounds – Kyrgios hit 28 aces and held 28 of 29 service games.  Last year Raonic hit 39 aces and faced just 1 break point against Kyrgios.  The pressure will be on Kyrgios to match Raonic’s serving.  Kyrgios will also need to put a bit more pressure on Raonic’s serve or the results will be the same as last year.

Stan Wawrinka has not dropped serve yet in the tournament as he faces the powerful lefty Fernando Verdasco in the 3rd round.  Verdasco has held 55 of 59 service games but has faced 22 break points in two rounds compared to just 2 break points against Wawrinka.  So it’s the big serve and big forehand of Wawrinka against the big serve and big forehand of Verdasco.  Since it’s righty versus lefty, it may well be the player with the better backhand will be the winner.

Serena and Venus Williams are one match away from their much anticipated meeting the fourth round.  Standing in the way of Serena is British favorite Heather Watson.  Watson does not have the firepower to hit with Serena so she’ll need to use variety and patience to try to pull the upset.  Serena has hit 15 aces and 42 total winners in two rounds and has held 16 of her 17 service games.  Watson has been broken 6 times and will need to have a great serving day to stay with the 5 time champ.

Venus faces Aleksandra Krunic who upset the 19th seed Sara Errani in the 2nd round.  Errani had a top serve speed of 89 mph – Venus has hit 122 mph and has averaged 110 mph on her first serve.  This will be quite a different challenge for Krunic.  Krunic can hit with power (10 aces and 37 forehand winners in 2 rounds), but it will be interesting to see how she handles facing the power of Venus.

Former world number 1 Victoria Azarenka continues her loud comeback against Kristina Mladenovic.  Mladenovic has been playing really well of late and is into the 3rd round at Wimbledon for the first time.  Her challenge against Azarenka will be to hold serve consistently.  She’s been broken 5 times in two rounds and has won just 38% when she’s had to hit a 2nd serve.  That won’t work against Azarenka who is one of the best returners in the game.  Azarenka won 65% on her opponent’s 2nd serves in the tournament and will look to attack on return whenever she gets the chance.

For a couple of possible upsets, look to the young Americans Coco Vandeweghe and Sloane Stephens.  Vandeweghe has powered in 25 aces in 2 rounds and has found her grass court game (she’s held 19 of 20 services games so far).  She faces Samantha Stosur who has struggled to find her grass court game (never past the 3rd round here in 12 previous tries).  Vandeweghe has won their last 2 meetings.

Stephens takes on Lucie Safarova who is coming off her best performance ever at a major as she reached the final of Roland Garros last month.  Stephens seems to have regained the form that got her to number 11 in the world just two years ago.  The key for Stephens has always been her consistency.  She has the power and athleticism to compete at the top of the game, it’s her ability to stay calm and focused that is in question.  So far here she’s made more total winners than unforced errors (37 to 36), always a good sign that she’s in better control on the court.  Safarova’s attacking lefty game will put that to the test.

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July, 2nd 2015
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Defending champ Petra Kvitova overpowered Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-0 in 58 minutes to get to the 3rd round.  Kvitova hit 23 total winners to 3 from Nara and did not face a break point.  She lost 9 points in her 7 service games.  Through two rounds Kvitova has lost 3 games, spent just 1 hour 34 minutes on court, and has not faced a break point against her serve.

21st seed Madison Keys has reached the 3rd round in a section of the draw with 3 unseeded players left.  Keys can reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon without facing a seeded opponent.  She’s already defeated players ranked 104 and 109, will face the 78th ranked player in the 3rd round and would face either number 65 or 122 for a spot in the quarterfinals.  A dream draw for the young American.

Keys did not make things easy for herself against Elizaveta Kulichkova, as she served for the match at 5-4 in the 2nd set and had to come back and win the set in a tiebreak.  Keys was once again the aggressor hitting 33 total winners and making 26 unforced errors (Kulichkova had just 13 total winners and 18 unforced errors).

After a rough start, 28th seed Jelena Jankovic rolled over Evgeniya Rodina 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 in 2 hours.  Jankovic had 18 total winners and 18 unforced errors in the opening set and had a combined 24 total winners and just 6 unforced errors in the final two sets.

15th seed Timea Bacsinszky lost just 7 total points in her 7 service games as she cruised into the 3rd round 6-2, 6-1 over Silvia Soler-Espinosa in 1 hour 2 minutes.  Bacsinszky has not faced a break point in reaching the 3rd round.

2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki overcame a shaky start to defeat Christina McHale 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in 1 hour 49 minutes.  Lisicki hit 8 aces, giving her 16 through 2 rounds and recorded a serve at 122 mph.  Lisicki had just 4 winners and 14 unforced errors in the opening set.  She had 21 winners and 20 unforced in the next two sets.

British wildcard James Ward advanced to the 3rd round at Wimbledon for the first time by virtue of being in the section where 7th seed David Ferrer pulled out just prior to the start of the tournament.  Next up for Ward is unseeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil.  Ward has relied on strong serving (held 37 of 38 service games through 2 rounds) especially under pressure (he’s saved 15 of 16 break points faced).

3rd seed Andy Murray cruised into the 3rd round 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 over Robin Haase in 1 hour 17 minutes.  Murray saved the only break point he faced in 12 service games, had 25 total winners and just 11 unforced errors.  He once again got away with averaging just 88 mph on his 2nd serve (26 mph slower than his average 1st serve).  Murray won 66% of his 2nd serve points by just spinning it in and letting his opponent have a go.  Will he be able to get away with that in the latter rounds, we’ll find out as the tournament progresses.

Three more Frenchmen join Richard Gasquet in the final 32 as Gilles Simon, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils all advanced to the 3rd round.  Tsonga did a better job converting his break chances (4 for 9) as he defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets.  Tsonga held 14 of his 15 service games as he saved 5 of the 6 break points he faced.  Simon required 4 set to advance but he did it with his return of serve, breaking his opponent in 10 of 16 service games.  Monfils defeated fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.  Monfils used his big serve and forehand (14 aces – 13 forehand winners) to overpower Mannarino and move into the 3rd round.

23rd seed Ivo Karlovic fired in 53 aces – held 32 of 34 service games and broke Alexandr Dolgopolov for the 4th time in the match to advance 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 13-11 in 3 hours 23 minutes.  In the final set Karlovic hit 22 of his 53 aces and lost just 8 points in his 12 service games of the set.  Karlovic now has 95 aces in two matches at Wimbledon this year.

Upsets – Ladies’

Magdalena Rybarikova upset the 8th seed Elena Makarova 6-2, 7-5 in 1 hour 15 minutes.  Rybarikova handled Makarova’s serve with ease, breaking her 5 times and winning half of Makarova’s total service points.  Rybarikova played one of her best matches of the year with 26 total winners and just 5 unforced errors.

 

25th seed Alize Cornet fell to 122nd ranked qualifier Olga Govortsova 7-6, 2-6, 6-1 in 2 hours 8 minutes.  Cornet, who upset Serena Williams last year at Wimbledon played a terrible 3rd set, winning just 6 points on her own serve and losing serve 3 times in the set.

 

Casey Dellacqua out hit the 17th seed Elina Svitolina 7-6, 6-3 in 1 hour 36 minutes.  Dellacqua was the aggressor throughout the match with 38 winners to just 11 for Svitolina.  Dellacqua also made 31 unforced errors, going for big shots and making more than missing.  She got away with the first set after putting just 37% of her 1st serves in play.  She picked it up in the 2nd set (61% in play) and picked up her aggressive play as well (13 winners in the 1st set, 25 in the 2nd set).

26th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova fell 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Kristyna Pliskova in 1 hour 40 minutes.  In a match decided by just 6 points over 3 sets, it was Pliskova’s first serve that was the difference maker.  She hit 8 aces and won 40 of 49 first serve points (82%).  In the final set she won 15 of 17 on her first serve.

Upsets – Men

Nikoloz Basilashvili – the 153rd ranked qualifier from Georgia (Tbilisi not Atlanta) – knocked off the 15th seed Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in 2 hours 56 minutes to advance to the 3rd round in only his second career Grand Slam event.  Lopez won more points (146 to 143), hit more total winners (58 to 50), fewer unforced errors (43 to 44), but in the final set he hit just 53% of his first serves in play and won only 5 of his 15 second serve points and that proved to be the difference.

For the fourth straight year, Rafael Nadal has lost to a player ranked in the 100’s – this time it was 102nd ranked German Dustin Brown.  Brown pressured Nadal throughout the match, coming to net at every opportunity and forcing Nadal to come up with winning shots – Nadal didn’t.  Brown finished 85 points at net and served and volleyed 99 times in his 119 service points.  Brown had 58 total winners – 25 coming at net – 16 off his serve – 9 approaches – 2 drop shots and 6 groundstrokes.  The aggressive serving stats told a big part of the story – Brown hit 22 aggressive 2nd serves out of 40 (55%) – Nadal hit 1 aggressive 2nd serve out of 37 (3%).

Defending champ Petra Kvitova overpowered Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-0 in 58 minutes to get to the 3rd round.  Kvitova hit 23 total winners to 3 from Nara and did not face a break point.  She lost 9 points in her 7 service games.  Through two rounds Kvitova has lost 3 games, spent just 1 hour 34 minutes on court, and has not faced a break point against her serve.

21st seed Madison Keys has reached the 3rd round in a section of the draw with 3 unseeded players left.  Keys can reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon without facing a seeded opponent.  She’s already defeated players ranked 104 and 109, will face the 78th ranked player in the 3rd round and would face either number 65 or 122 for a spot in the quarterfinals.  A dream draw for the young American.

Keys did not make things easy for herself against Elizaveta Kulichkova, as she served for the match at 5-4 in the 2nd set and had to come back and win the set in a tiebreak.  Keys was once again the aggressor hitting 33 total winners and making 26 unforced errors (Kulichkova had just 13 total winners and 18 unforced errors).

After a rough start, 28th seed Jelena Jankovic rolled over Evgeniya Rodina 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 in 2 hours.  Jankovic had 18 total winners and 18 unforced errors in the opening set and had a combined 24 total winners and just 6 unforced errors in the final two sets.

15th seed Timea Bacsinszky lost just 7 total points in her 7 service games as she cruised into the 3rd round 6-2, 6-1 over Silvia Soler-Espinosa in 1 hour 2 minutes.  Bacsinszky has not faced a break point in reaching the 3rd round.

2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki overcame a shaky start to defeat Christina McHale 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in 1 hour 49 minutes.  Lisicki hit 8 aces, giving her 16 through 2 rounds and recorded a serve at 122 mph.  Lisicki had just 4 winners and 14 unforced errors in the opening set.  She had 21 winners and 20 unforced in the next two sets.

British wildcard James Ward advanced to the 3rd round at Wimbledon for the first time by virtue of being in the section where 7th seed David Ferrer pulled out just prior to the start of the tournament.  Next up for Ward is unseeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil.  Ward has relied on strong serving (held 37 of 38 service games through 2 rounds) especially under pressure (he’s saved 15 of 16 break points faced).

3rd seed Andy Murray cruised into the 3rd round 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 over Robin Haase in 1 hour 17 minutes.  Murray saved the only break point he faced in 12 service games, had 25 total winners and just 11 unforced errors.  He once again got away with averaging just 88 mph on his 2nd serve (26 mph slower than his average 1st serve).  Murray won 66% of his 2nd serve points by just spinning it in and letting his opponent have a go.  Will he be able to get away with that in the latter rounds, we’ll find out as the tournament progresses.

Three more Frenchmen join Richard Gasquet in the final 32 as Gilles Simon, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils all advanced to the 3rd round.  Tsonga did a better job converting his break chances (4 for 9) as he defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets.  Tsonga held 14 of his 15 service games as he saved 5 of the 6 break points he faced.  Simon required 4 set to advance but he did it with his return of serve, breaking his opponent in 10 of 16 service games.  Monfils defeated fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.  Monfils used his big serve and forehand (14 aces – 13 forehand winners) to overpower Mannarino and move into the 3rd round.

23rd seed Ivo Karlovic fired in 53 aces – held 32 of 34 service games and broke Alexandr Dolgopolov for the 4th time in the match to advance 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 13-11 in 3 hours 23 minutes.  In the final set Karlovic hit 22 of his 53 aces and lost just 8 points in his 12 service games of the set.  Karlovic now has 95 aces in two matches at Wimbledon this year.

Upsets – Ladies’

Magdalena Rybarikova upset the 8th seed Elena Makarova 6-2, 7-5 in 1 hour 15 minutes.  Rybarikova handled Makarova’s serve with ease, breaking her 5 times and winning half of Makarova’s total service points.  Rybarikova played one of her best matches of the year with 26 total winners and just 5 unforced errors.

25th seed Alize Cornet fell to 122nd ranked qualifier Olga Govortsova 7-6, 2-6, 6-1 in 2 hours 8 minutes.  Cornet, who upset Serena Williams last year at Wimbledon played a terrible 3rd set, winning just 6 points on her own serve and losing serve 3 times in the set.

Casey Dellacqua out hit the 17th seed Elina Svitolina 7-6, 6-3 in 1 hour 36 minutes.  Dellacqua was the aggressor throughout the match with 38 winners to just 11 for Svitolina.  Dellacqua also made 31 unforced errors, going for big shots and making more than missing.  She got away with the first set after putting just 37% of her 1st serves in play.  She picked it up in the 2nd set (61% in play) and picked up her aggressive play as well (13 winners in the 1st set, 25 in the 2nd set).

26th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova fell 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Kristyna Pliskova in 1 hour 40 minutes.  In a match decided by just 6 points over 3 sets, it was Pliskova’s first serve that was the difference maker.  She hit 8 aces and won 40 of 49 first serve points (82%).  In the final set she won 15 of 17 on her first serve.

Upsets – Men

Nikoloz Basilashvili – the 153rd ranked qualifier from Georgia (Tbilisi not Atlanta) – knocked off the 15th seed Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in 2 hours 56 minutes to advance to the 3rd round in only his second career Grand Slam event.  Lopez won more points (146 to 143), hit more total winners (58 to 50), fewer unforced errors (43 to 44), but in the final set he hit just 53% of his first serves in play and won only 5 of his 15 second serve points and that proved to be the difference.

For the fourth straight year, Rafael Nadal has lost to a player ranked in the 100’s – this time it was 102nd ranked German Dustin Brown.  Brown pressured Nadal throughout the match, coming to net at every opportunity and forcing Nadal to come up with winning shots – Nadal didn’t.  Brown finished 85 points at net and served and volleyed 99 times in his 119 service points.  Brown had 58 total winners – 25 coming at net – 16 off his serve – 9 approaches – 2 drop shots and 6 groundstrokes.  The aggressive serving stats told a big part of the story – Brown hit 22 aggressive 2nd serves out of 40 (55%) – Nadal hit 1 aggressive 2nd serve out of 37 (3%).

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July, 2nd 2015
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Starting with the Ladies’ draw for Day 4, there are two of the top 16 seeds who are already gone from the bottom half of the draw – 3rd seed Simona Halep and 12th seed Eugenie Bouchard who faced each other in the semifinals here last year.  Quite a fall for both young stars and it opens up the draw.

Former US and French Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is the direct recipient of Halep’s departure as her first seeded opponent won’t be until at least the 4th round.  The 30 year old Kuznetsova, seeded 26th here, takes on 134th ranked Kristyna Pliskova in the 2nd round.

Former world number 1 Caroline Wozniaki takes on 83rd ranked Denis Allertova in the 2nd round.  Wozniaki, known for her defensive skills and a strong serving match in the first round, hitting 76% of her 1st serves in play, winning 72% of her 1st serve points and 70% when she had to hit a 2nd serve.  She’s never been past the 4th round at Wimbledon, but if she can continue that level of play she could have her best Championships ever.

The defending champion Petra Kvitova is at the bottom of the draw as the number 2 seed and she barely broke a sweat in her 36 minute opening round match.  Kvitova loves the grass as it accentuates her strengths, her slashing lefty serve and aggressive groundstrokes.  In her first round match Kvitova lost just 1 point on serve and that was on a double fault!  She’s definitely serving notice that she wants her third Wimbledon title.  The 6 foot tall Kvitova takes on 5 foot 1 inch Kurumi Nara and should be able to easily overpower her.  Her 3rd round opponent could be former world number 1 Jelena Jankovic.

The Men’s bottom half of the draw features 7 time Wimbledon champ Roger Federer as he takes on big serving American Sam Querrey.  Querrey fired in 30 aces in his opening round and will need to continue his hot serving against Federer.  Neither player faced a break point in his first round match so service breaks could be at a premium in this match up.

2013 Wimbledon champ Andy Murray takes on another 28 year old in Robin Haase in the 2nd round.  This will be their 5th meeting (Murray leads 3-1) but their first on grass.  Murray struggled a bit on 2nd serve in his first round match (just 48% won when he had to hit a 2nd serve) and he allowed his opponent to be the aggressor through most of the match (Kukushikin hit 108 aggressive groundstrokes to just 55 from Murray).  That could be a dangerous tactic on a surface that rewards risk taking.  Keep an eye on Murray to see if he takes steps to address these issues.

Two time Wimbledon champ Rafael Nadal has dropped to number 10 in the rankings and has lost to players ranked 144, 135 and 100 the last 3 years here (Kyrgios in 2014, Darcis in 2013, Rosol in 2012).  In his 2nd round match he faces 102nd ranked Dustin Brown who took out 2002 Wimbledon champ Lleyton Hewitt here in the 2nd round two years ago.

Brown is the type of player who will serve and volley on both first and 2nd serves and will come to net whenever he gets the chance.  This could put a lot of pressure on Nadal’s return of serve and ground game.  Nadal’s first round opponent Thomaz Bellucci served and volleyed just once and was not effective at net. The key to this match may well be Nadal’s forehand, a shot that defined his game in the past.  In the first round Rafa hit 11 forehand winners but made 22 forced and 14 unforced errors on that side.  If Brown can effectively attack Nadal’s forehand this could be a very interesting match.

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July, 1st 2015
18:15
 

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The defending champion Novak Djokovic was not defending in his 2nd round match, he was the aggressor.  54 aggressive forehands from Djokovic to just 29 from Nieminen helps to show how Djokovic dominated this match.  After dropping serve in the opening game of the match, Djokovic did not face another break point as he went on to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 victory.  Djokovic finished the match with 38 total winners and just 13 unforced errors as he controlled the baseline and the net.  After losing his opening service game Djokovic lost just 13 points in his final 13 service games.

Next up for Djokovic will be the 27th seed Aussie Bernard Tomic who advanced 7-6, 6-4, 7-6 over French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert.  Tomic used his big 1st serve and forehand to take the match as he held all 17 of his service games saving the 4 break points he faced.  Tomic had 18 forehand winners – 37 total winners and just 12 total unforced errors.

17th seed John Isner added 23 aces to the 38 he hit in his first round match to total 61 aces through 2 rounds.  His 2nd round 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Aussie wildcard Matthew Ebden took 1 hour 57 minutes as Isner advanced to the 3rd round at Wimbledon for just the second time.  Isner has reached the 4th round at the other 3 Grand Slam events and will be looking to reach the 4th round here for the first time.  Isner has held 30 of 31 service games and has faced just 3 break points in 2 matches.

7-6, 6-1, 6-1 must be the favorite score for 16th seed David Goffin as he has won both his matches here by that exact score.  Today he ended the dream of British wildcard Liam Brody.  Goffin has now held 25 of 26 service games while facing just 4 break points.  He’s earned 33 break points and converted 11 times in his first two rounds.

21st seed Richard Gasquet must love his draw so far, as he’s faced a qualifier in his first two rounds.  He’s lost 13 games in 6 sets played and has faced just 4 break points in 25 service games.  Gasquet has made a total of 28 unforced errors in 6 sets – fewer than 5 per set in reaching the 3rd round.  Things will get a bit tougher for Gasquet as next up for him is 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov who reached the semifinals here last year.  Gasquet has beaten Dimitrov the 4 times they’ve played, but this will be their first meeting on grass.

Two big servers – 7th seed Milos Raonic and 26th seed Nick Kyrgios both advanced to the third round where they’ll meet for the third time.  Last year it was Raonic prevailing in 4 tough sets in the quarterfinals.  In the 2nd round Raonic took out 37 year old Tommy Haas while Kyrgios handled Juan Monaco.  Raonic has 54 aces in two rounds and both players have lost serve just once in their first two matches.

 

5th seed Kei Nishikori withdrew from the Championships with a calf injury.  Santiago Giraldo advances to the third round at Wimbledon for the second year in a row.  Last year he was stopped by Roger Federer.  This year he’ll face an unseeded opponent in the 3rd round…and he’ll be well rested.

Unseeded Marcos Baghdatis advanced to the 3rd round the hard way – losing the first 2 sets and coming back to win in 5 sets 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in 3 hours 44 minutes over the Aussie qualifier John Millman.  After losing serve 5 times in the first 2 sets and then dropping serve to start the 3rd set, Baghdatis held his last 13 service games fighting off 3 break points in the final two sets.

14th seed Kevin Anderson won the serving battle with Marsel Ilhan 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.  Anderson did not face a break point in his 22 service games and managed to earn just 3 break points against Ilhan’s serve.  He converted twice – once each in the 3rd and 4th sets and that was the match.

9th seed Marin Cilic outlasted a feisty Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5 in 3 hours 34 minutes.  Cilic relied on his big first serve and forehand (28 aces – 22 forehand winners) and fought off 8 of the 11 break points he faced.  Berankis used his entire game to stay with Cilic (13 aces – 17 forehand winners – 11 backhand winners – 7 winners at net), but in the end he just didn’t have enough as he was broken for match on his 5th double fault.  Next up for Cilic is towering American John Isner.

4th seed Stan Wawrinka continued his strong serving as he advanced to the 3rd round without dropping serve.  Wawrinka has won 32 straight service games and faced a total of 2 break points.

When we last left you…

21st seed Madison Keys was tied with Stephanie Voegele at 1 set all and 2-2 in the 3rd set yesterday as the match was suspended due to “Bad Light”.  Keys had dominated the match with her power on serve and forehand (16 aces – 24 forehand winners), but had struggled with her 2nd serve (just 39% won) and her consistency at times.  Voegele had played solidly and had been aggressive when she has had the opportunity but this match had been decided on Keys’ racket (51 total winners – 22 unforced errors and 49 forced errors).

Today it was again Madison Keys who came out hitting and going for her shots.  She broke Voegele by forcing 3 errors and hitting a forehand winner to break at love.  Keys held serve for 4-2 and held on from there to take the match.  Keys finished the match with 77 aggressive forehands to just 19 from Voegele.  Keys had 61 total winners including 21 aces and made 30 total unforced errors.  Keys found her range on serve in the final set, not facing a break point and hitting 8 of her 21 aces.

4th seed Maria Sharapova had an easy time with Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp 6-3, 6-1 in 1 hour 5 minutes.  Sharapova dominated with her power – 46 points won with aggressive play to just 21 by Hogenkamp.  Sharapova’s one weakness, her 2nd serve, was her only issue as she donated 8 double faults and won just 5 of 17 points when she had to hit a 2nd serve.

The great British hope Heather Watson advanced to the third round 6-4, 6-2 over Daniela Hantuchova.  Watson broke serve 5 times and dominated when Hantuchova had to hit a 2nd serve (Watson won 15 of 19).  Next up for Watson is the world number 1 Serena Williams.

30th seed Belinda Bencic once again required 3 sets to claim victory, this time she did it in style taking the 3rd set 6-0 overe Anna-Lena Friedsam.  After splitting the first two sets 7-5, 4-6, Bencic found her game and lost just 8 points in the final set with just 1 unforced error in the set.

14th seed Andrea Petkovic handled Mariana Duque-Marino with relative ease, 6-3, 6-1 in 1 hour 7 minutes.  Not quite as easy as her 39 minute first round match but Petkovic once again dominated with her serve and forehand.  Duque-Marino did manage to win a few points against Petko’s first serve and was able to break her once, but that wasn’t enough.  Petkovic held 7 of her 8 service games and broke Duque-Marino 5 times.  Petkovic next faced Zarina Diyas who upset 24th seed Flavia Pennetta in the first round.

Former world number 1 Victoria Azarenka cruised into the 3rd round with a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 win over Kristen Flipkens.  Azarenka broke serve 5 times, won 82% of her first serve points and had 21 winners to just 13 unforced errors.

6th seed Lucie Safarova rolled into the 3rd round 6-2, 6-3 over Su-Wei Hsieh.  Safarova got her lefty serve working – she lost just 9 points in 8 service games and did not face a break point.

Top seed Serena Williams needed just 59 minutes to defeat Timea Babos 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the 3rd round.  Williams fired 12 aces, won 82% of her 1st serves and did not lose serve in the match.  She broke Babos 4 times, converting 4 of her 6 break points.  Serena also dominated when Babos had to hit a 2nd serve – winning 13 of 21 points.  23 total winners and just 9 unforced errors for Williams – a very solid match.

16th seed Venus Williams advanced to the 3rd round with a tough 7-6, 6-4 win over Yulia Putintseva in 1 hour 57 minutes.  Venus needed all her power (122 mph 1st serve) and placement (29 total winners) to get past Putintseva.  Williams held 10 of her 11 service games by fighting off 7 of the 8 break points she faced.  Venus capitalized on her own break chances, converting 2 of 3.  How close was the match?  Total points was 82 for Williams, 80 for Putintseva.

Sloane Stephens played a solid, steady match to advance over fellow American Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-4.  Solid and steady are not words usually associated with Stephens’ game, but she has toned down her all or nothing style and it’s working for her.  17 total winners and 17 unforced errors – 75% 1st serve points won – 55% 2nd serve points won and she converted 5 of her 6 break points – pretty solid play.

Jelena Ostapenko could not reproduce the level of play that allowed her to dominate the 9th seed Carla Suarez Navarro in the first round.  After a 30 winner – 16 unforced error performance, Ostapenko hit 22 winners and made 31 unforced errors to fall to Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 7-5. Mladenovic broke serve 6 times and played a solid match with 16 total winners and 18 unforced errors.  It was Ostapenko’s  2nd serve and backhand that let her down – 10 double faults and 13 backhand unforced errors.

Upsets – Ladies’

Qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands used her doubles skills and her all court game to upset the 7th seed Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour 10 minutes.  Mattek-Sands won 29 of her 38 net approaches and served and volleyed 14 times – Ivanovic ventured to the net only 9 times in the match.  Mattek-Sands had 32 total winners – 19 of them were volleys.  30 year old Mattek-Sands next faces the 18 year old 30th seed Belinda Bencic for a spot in the final 16 at Wimbledon.

19th seed Sara Errani fell to 82nd ranked Aleksandra Krunic 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 in 2 hours 7 minutes.  Errani struggled with her serve as she usually does (top serve speed only 89 mph).  Errani was broken 7 times in 14 service games as she faced 16 break points.  Krunic used her power to keep Errani on the defensive – 59 total winners for Krunic, only 25 from Errani.  Krunic’s forehand was the big shot of the match – she hit 82 aggressive forehands including 29 forehand winners.

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