Thursday, 30 June 2016

Djoker & Fed into Round Three

As I watch tennis being played on Day 4 at Wimbledon 2016, I can almost feel the smiles on spectators as they collectively push thoughts of further rain out of their minds - for now at least.

Day 3 was a shocker with only 18 matches reaching conclusion, and 13 of those were incomplete from the day before that, some requiring just a few games or a single set for finality.  Five matches were played from go to whoa, including two second round matches - Novak Djokovic defeated Adrian Mannarino in a surprisingly high quality clash, especially considering the early stage of the tournament, straight sets still the method of victory. 
Roger Federer destroyed the fairy tale run of English tennis coach Marcus Willis, ranked in the late 700s, who won three pre-qualifying, then 3 rounds of Wimbledon Qualifying to make Round One of the main draw.

The other three start to finish matches involved successful first round ventures by third seed Aga Radwanska, seventh seed Belinda Bencic and tenth seed Petra Kvitova.

Among the matches to be completed from Day 2, 19th seed Bernard Tomic survived a five setter against Verdasco, 10th seed Tomas Berdych and 8th seed Dominic Thiem both won through, as did 16th seeded English player Johanna Konta and 2014 finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

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