Day 3 in London marked in particular by the demonstration of the Serbian title holder and by the performances of the Tricolores decidedly in verve, like Caroline Garcia and Ugo Humbert.
The master of the place
Quickly done, well done. After his laborious start and a set conceded against the South Korean Soon-woo Kwon, 81st in the world, Novak Djokovic, three-time defending champion, went for the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis. A 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 success, without forcing and without ever conceding a break point. The six-time winner will find his young compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic (30th) in the third round.
“It’s a wall explained the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis about his executioner of the day Novak Djokovic. It feels like playing against a wall. He did everything well. He had a high percentage of first serves, he returned very well. He was good on the volley. He just made the situation uncomfortable for me. And tactically, he was above.»
The blue perfs
At 24, Humbert sees life green again at Wimbledon where he reached the 8th in 2019. In big trouble in recent months, the Messin has dominated the seeded 3 Casper Ruud, finalist at the last Roland-Garros (3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4). His first success against a top 10 Grand Slam. Place in the third round to the Belgian David Goffin (58th).
Caroline Garcia has, for her part, drops Briton and crowd favorite Emma Raducanu, seeded 11, swept 6-3, 6-3 by a Lyonnaise in full confidence who has just won seven consecutive victories.
As at Roland-Garros, the young Diane Parry, 19, crossed two laps. The Ile-de-France subdued the Japanese Mai Hontama, 139th in the world (6-3, 6-2). She gives herself the right to face in the third round the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, who outclassed Kawa 6-4, 6-0.
The blue defeats
Three of the five tricolors entered on Wednesday have passed the milestone of the second round. Quentin Halys and Adrian Mannarino remain at the quay, however. If Quentin Halys did not deserve against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, seeded 22, 7-6 (9-7), 0-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), Adrian Mannarino, who was celebrating his 34th birthday today exploded against American Tommy Paul (6-2, 6-2, 6-1) in less than two hours…
Passed close to the exit in the first round against Lennard Struff, the nugget Carlos Alcaraz, did not suffer too much this Wednesday against the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor (53rd) 6-4, 7-6 (7/0), 6-3 in 2:06. The Spaniard is already doing better than last year when he failed at this stage of the competition. The 7th in the world will try to confirm his rise on Friday against the German Oscar Otte (36th).
The Disillusion (British)
Despite the deafening support from the Center Court public, Andy Murray was taken out in the second round by big server John Isner (24th) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (3-7), 6-4. A disappointment for the 52nd in the world who harbored a lot of ambition and who had never known defeat against the 37-year-old American giant in nine confrontations
The American giant, John Isner, knocker in four sets of the darling of Wimbledon Andy Murray (6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4), made the powder speak more than ever with his service and became this Wednesday against the double winner the fifth player in history to score 1000 aces at Wimbledon.
Tamara Korpatsch and Harmony Tan will not be vacationing together. Grave of Serena Williams, Tuesday evening in the first round after a terrible duel of 3h10 of play, Harmony Tan, legitimately tired, decided to forfeit the doubles tournament where she was engaged alongside the German. The latter who will not cash the prize money, suddenly, did not digest and settled her accounts on Instagram. “I am very sad, disappointed and also very angry that I cannot play my first Grand Slam in doubles. And that’s really not fair to me. I didn’t deserve this. She asked me before the tournament if we wanted to play doubles and I said yes, I didn’t ask her, she asked me! If you’re tired after a 3 hour game the day before, you can’t be a professional player. It’s my opinion.”
Led 9 points to 7 in the super tie-break of the fifth set against the Czech Jiri Vesely, the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who in anger had thrown a ball in the sky after the loss of the fifteenth point of the super tie-break, was scooped a penalty point, synonymous with defeat. Terrible epilogue for the 37th in the world, winner in the previous round of Hubert Hurcacz, semi-finalist in title.
The Laver Cup (September 23-25) should have a great cast. Andy Murray joined Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The Big Four could be complete since Novak Djokovic seems ready. Asked about it during his press conference after his second round victory at Wimbledon, the current 3rd player in the world slipped. “It is a possibility, at the moment my agent is in communication with the organizers of the Laver Cup, there will be nothing official before Wimbledon.»
German Jule Niemeier, 97e world, who is only participating in her second Grand Slam tournament, swept the Estonian Anett Kontaveit, world number 3 and seed 2 (6-4, 6-0) in the 2nd round The 22-year-old German does not had never beaten a top 10 player before.
Nothing is going well for the winner of the 2017 edition and finalist of the 2015 edition. Seeded 9, the Spaniard Garbine Muguruza was taken out in two sets by the Belgian Greet Minnen, 88th in the world (6-4, 6 -0) in a first-round match that had to be rescheduled due to rain on Tuesday.
The political message
Qualified Wednesday for the 3rd round, Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, who fell compatriot Anhelina Kalinina, seeded 29 (3-6, 6-4, 6-3), was authorized to wear a ribbon in the national colors and took advantage of her press conference to denounce, according to her, the “lyingabout the missile strike that hit a shopping mall in Kremenchuk, killing at least 18 people.
One Williams chases another. Serena Williams, eliminated Tuesday by the Frenchwoman Harmony Tan in the first round of the singles, is no longer in the running but her big sister Venus will play the mixed doubles with Jamie Murray. Five times titled on the London grass in singles and twice at the US Open, Venus Williams, 42, has not played in singles since last August, and a defeat in the first round in Chicago.
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