Mens Wimbledon Round of 32 Results Pt 2
Ilya Ivashka d Jordan Thompson 6-4 6-4 6-4
Pre-match predictions favoured the Belarusian player, but not by much. It was around right as Ivashka outserved the Aussie, and had a much stronger forehand. The Aussie did well to break back in crucial occasions, but it was not enough, as Ivashka broke 6/7 (86%) compared to the Aussie's 3/4 (75%).
Hubert Hurkacz (14) d Alexander Bublik 6-3 6-4 6-2
Entering the match, neither player had been broken in the first two rounds, but something had to give. The slight favourite was Hurkacz, but it was a coin flip as both players are known to be in and out of matches mentally. Hurkacz came out on top, continuing the unbroken streak, not even providing a break point opportunity for the Kazakhstani player. Bublik only serving at 43%, meaning his big weapon of his serve was not in play, allowing Hurkacz to pounce.
Felix Auger-Aliassime (16) d Nick Kyrgios 2-6 6-1 (WALKOVER)
Kyrgios settled any doubters in the first set, showing that despite Felix winning 11 matches on grass this month, form can be reckoned with. Kyrgios showing everyone why he was the former world no 13, in a clinical display for the first set. The fairytale ended not long after, as the Aussie suffered from an abdominal strain that forced him to retire from the match.
Matteo Berrettini d Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-4 6-4
Berrettini continuing to look in fine form in London, serving 20 aces, and breaking once in each set to sweep Bedene in the 3rd Round. Berrettini is not as efficient in break point opportunities (3/9) (33%), but only gave the world no 64 two opportunities to break back, saving both opportunities. Berrettini faces Ivashka in the Round of 16, coming out as clear favourite, reaching his equal best performance here at Wimbledon. Berrettini's serve was a cracker, on average winning 85% on his serves, meaning the Slovenian only won 14 points on Berrettini's 15 service games.
Lorenzo Sonego (23) d James Duckworth 6-3 6-4 6-4
Sonego continues his steady run in London, not having a very strong opponent yet. Sonego serving brilliantly, winning an average of 91% points on his serve. His 4th Round opponent is no other than Roger Federer, who could definitely give Roger a run for his money!
Roger Federer (6) d Cam Norrie (29) 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4
Many bookies had Norrie as big underdog, but Norrie proved he had some capacity to win. Federer started off strong, but as the match progressed, the tides slowly changed, and Norrie won the 3rd set and was serving first in the 4th. The audience knew Roger wanted to finish the match sooner rather than later, and Norrie knew this too. To the Brit's dismay, Roger clinched a break late in the 4th set, and served it out well, making Federer enjoying his 18th 4th Round match at Wimbledon.
Alexander Zverev (4) d Taylor Fritz (31) 6-7(3) 6-4 6-3 7-6(4)
The 4th seed started slow as he can be known for, but picked up the gears later in the match. These two are good friends, but Zverev did not let that get in the way for much longer, as he took the second and third in good stead, and finished the match in 4. Fritz's surgery recovery seems to be quite good, so it is expected in the coming tournaments he recovers to full fitness and playing ability.
Daniil Medvedev (2) d Marin Cilic (32) 6-7(3) 3-6 6-3 6-3 6-2
Talking about starting slow, Medvedev did just that, but as said yesterday, the top players can sometimes toy with opponents, especially when getting thrown off mentally, and bringing themselves back. Often players of higher levels think they can afford to throw a set, knowing they will eventually win, and it would not be surprising if the world no 2 did this. Medvedev crucially broke twice in the third set, to serve for the fourth, and retain the momentum shift. Cilic honestly played quite well, but am not sure if Medvedev gave him the opportunity by not playing his best tennis initially.