October 10, 2015

Brits Serve Up a 2-1 Lead Going into Last Day of Davis Cup Quarterfinal

By Ros Satar

(July 18, 2015) LONDON, UK – Great Britain gave themselves the best chance of advancing in the Davis Cup since the 1980’s after they beat the French to set up a 2-1 lead going into the final day.


Although Britain had nominated doubles specialists Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot, there was a widely held consensus that in order for the Brits to give themselves the best possible chance, Andy Murray had to play.


Yet he himself had said that he would have to be very honest with the team about how he felt after a long European swing, which saw him win his first titles on clay, Queen’s and then bowing out at the semi-final stage of Wimbledon.


His older brother Jamie had the best success of his career to date, making the Wimbledon men’s doubles final with his Australian partner John Peers. He, along with Inglot had paired up in Glasgow earlier in the year, but lost to the Bryan Brothers in a close affair against the United States.


Right down to the wire, the decision was made that the Murray brothers would face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut in Saturday’s pivotal rubber, and early on it looked as though this might not be the wisest choice, as Andy Murray was broken in the opening game of the match, the French not relinquishing the advantage.


The second set was a much tighter affair between the sides, with the Brits finally earning their first break point to hit the front for the first time in the match, and with a far more boisterous crowd than yesterday, the atmosphere was electric as Britain leveled.


There was drama to come through, as the court has had very little time to recover to be ready for the tie, and over the course of the two days the players have been taking tumbles. The younger Murray had already tweaked his groin in his first match, and an awkward slip rendered him face down in the grass, not to mention some embarrassingly painful looking manipulation afterward.


Yet as the pair battled through a tense tie-break to secure a 2-1 lead, Murray minor was leaping around pumped and getting the crowd behind him. It must have worked as the brothers quickly notched up a 5-0 lead, with the French registering a game on the board, and even pushing Jamie’s serve to a break point, before the doubles specialist stole the day with the final winner on match point – final score 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-1


It was a subdued Arnaud Clement who met with the press to defend his choices, and of course he can field Richard Gasquet in place of Gilles Simon tomorrow for the fourth rubber, leaving Tsonga to face James Ward if it comes to a fifth rubber.


Definitely not subdued was Jamie Murray whose confidence after his Wimbledon run spilled over as he made the most of being chief speaker after today’s result.


He said: “I think the crowd were great from first to the last point. Obviously that tie-break proved critical. I don’t really even remember much about it to be honest other than Andy getting that serve back and Mahut diving, and turning round and seeing Andy six feet off the ground. But you know, that’s the thing [about] home support – it’s brilliant to have it and I think as long as we’re playing home ties, everyone that’s coming to watch us should be there and cheering as loud as they can and trying to help the players, because it does really help us to perform as best we possibly can.”


Andy now has to try and get himself in gear for the earlier start on Sunday, especially with mixed reports about weather closing in, although no one wants this to push through into next week.


He said: “Got to make sure tonight conserve as much energy as possible, go back, recover properly. Get a good night’s sleep and hopefully come out tomorrow and feel good when I get up. Obviously right now after that match, it’s hard not to feel good.


“But I’ve also played matches where you do have a massive high, a massive adrenalin rush during the match and in the evening you can feel quite fatigued as well. I’ve been through that before. Just deal with whatever cards I’m dealt tomorrow when I wake up and hopefully play a good match.”


The final day starts with Murray facing either Richard Gasquet or Gilles Simon in the fourth rubber, and if it comes down to a fifth and decisive rubber, James Ward will face Tsonga.


Ros Satar is a British sports journalist covering tennis, and can also be found at Britwatch Sports.


Andy Murray Levels Great Britain versus France Davis Cup Tie at 1-1

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By Ros Satar

(July 17, 2015) LONDON, UK – It was always going to be a tough ask for James Ward to tackle France’s highest ranked singles player (mind you, they are all stacked one after the other in the rankings).


With the fans kitted out in red and blue T-shirts, it was les Bleus who took first blood, as Gilles Simon edged past Ward in the first two sets with a single break, just having to up the level of intensity a little.


The third set was a runaway though by French standards as Simon closed out the first rubber comfortably under two hours, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.


The Frenchman is no stranger to these courts this year, having reached the semi-finals here earlier this year, before going on to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.


Ward had no option really but to praise his some-time hitting partner as ‘crafty’. He said: “He hits the ball very flat and moves very well, so even if guys are serving well, he returns well, he makes a lot of balls. And he’s pretty crafty, he puts the ball in places that are not always easy to attack from.”


The disappointment was evident in his body-language as he admitted that he and tea, captain Leon Smith had agreed upon tactics for the game, that just hadn’t worked out well today.


Ward said: “The guy moves very well, and even when I feel like I’m being aggressive, you can’t go too much because he gets a lot of balls back. And as I say it was very windy, it was moving around a lot there, so to time the ball perfect is very difficult. Sometimes you’re more worried about getting the ball in than trying to go for a winner and close to the line because the margins are small.”


So it was left to Andy Murray to level the tie, with a competitive first set just edged as Jo-Wilfred Tsonga went off the boil, spraying some wild forehands generously around the court.


There was a hope for the French though, as Tsonga broke at the start of the second set, and as the pair battled into a second set tie-break it looked again as though the French had the upper hand.


A strong fight-back from Murray saw them swap set points between them until finally an unforced error from Tsonga put the Brits in a commanding 2 set to love lead. From there it seemed to get away from Tsonga very quickly, with a nervy serve out by Murray at the end to level the tie.


He said: “I thought I did well. I mean the atmosphere helps. The crowd was great today, especially the important moments and yeah I was happy with the job I did today. I didn’t feel like I played amazing. I played some good shots at important times but it was very tough conditions today. It was extremely windy on the court today and swirling around a lot so it wasn’t easy to play very well.”


It remains to be seen what possible permutations come out for either teams for what is sure to be the pivotal doubles rubber on Saturday.

Ros Satar is a British sports journalist covering tennis, and can also be found at Britwatch Sports.


French Pull Surprise at Davis Cup Draw Versus Great Britain


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By Ros Satar

LONDON, UK – The BNP Paribas offices in Central London played host to the draw ceremony for the Davis Cup quarter-final tie between Great Britain and France


France perhaps pulled off the biggest surprise of all by announcing that the French No. 1 and No. 2 would be Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, leaving Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet off the side.


The British team were predictably in good spirits, laughing at in-jokes, and explaining away the strength in depth that the French have got, and always acknowledging that at any time, team captain Arnaud Clement could change his mind.


James Ward has the task of starting the whole tie off, and with a close history between his coach and Simon’s, the pair probably know their games inside out.


“I know him better than the other guys, I practice with him a lot so he knows my game just as well as I know his. I just need to stay aggressive and try and play my game and not worry too much about him, and yeah see how we get on.”


Simon agreed when asked in the French team’s press conference, adding: “I know what to expect, it will be hard but I think it will be a good match.”


The main focus of course is on Murray, who admitted yesterday that it had taken a few days to get over the Wimbledon semi-final loss to Roger Federer. But within the banter of the team, he was able to put his finger on what to expect when he plays the second rubber on Friday.


“He’s an explosive player, he can serve big, he can get to the net quickly, he can be dangerous,” he said. “The things that I’ll look for is to try and play a very consistent match from start to finish. If his level drops at times where he makes a few errors, try to capitalize on that, but he’s a tough tough guy to beat on this surface.”


There is always the option of adding Andy to the doubles mix, instead of Dominic Inglot who had to struggle to get fit in time for Wimbledon, and a lot will now depend on how that first rubber kicks off.


But one thing was clear – this was a team effort, and not a chance for Andy only to fill any hole in his trophy cabinet.


He said: “I wouldn’t say winning this year is the chance of the lifetime because we’re playing against a great team. It’s not like this is an amazing opportunity because the draw has opened up, this is an easy match or we have an easy path through to the final. It is extremely tough tie, beating the States was hard as well, and yeah it’s an opportunity obviously, but opportunity of a lifetime for me personally, no I don’t agree with that at all.”


As part of the team effort, the team are altogether in a hotel, fostering the team spirit we have seen when they greet the press for these draw conferences. Equally, the French team are just as motivated after their loss to the Swiss last year in the final.


The tie will start on Friday – James Ward v Gilles Simon followed by Andy Murray versus Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The doubles is expected to be Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot versus Nicolas Mahut and Richard Gasquet, with the reverse singles on Sunday starting with Murray versus Simon.


Ros Satar is a British sports journalist covering tennis, and can also be found at Britwatch Sports.


Fighting talk from the French and the British ahead of the Davis Cup Quarterfinal



By Ros Satar

LONDON, England – Arnaud Clement fields a team of players who believes can handle any surface thrown at them, as he prepares to face Great Britain at home at Queen’s club for the quarter-final of the Davis Cup.


The team comprising of Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Nicholas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert met with the press ahead of the draw, to talk about their preparations.


Last year’s finalists may be more traditionally associated with the clay of Roland Garros, but their players are no slouches on the grass, as team captain


Arnaud Clement explained: “You know for our team, to play on grass, hard court, indoor court or clay court it’s almost the same. My players are good on all surface and reach finals and won tournaments on all the surface all over the world so for us, I think they chose grass because it’s the best surface for Great Britain.”


He may have some early injury worries, as Gilles Simon was spotted limping off court an hour before the press conference, although he played down questions about his condition joking that he was in great shape and had not wanted to play anymore.


Conditions have veered between bouts of rain and sun making the rested courts at Queen’s probably a little slick.


Gasquet, who bowed out to eventual champion Novak Djokovic after a five set quarter-final against recently crowned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka gave himself a well-earned rest ahead of the tie.


He said: “I stopped three days and started again yesterday. I’m feeling great. I like to play on grass and playing well. And I’m in great shape now and ready for the weekend.”


With two of the British team also in the latter stages of the tournament, team Captain Leon Smith was quick to point out that no matter how much match research and planning he or Clement had done, it would all come down to the three days, saying: “The players are so well known. Anyway you can plan as much as you want but it will be much more down to what happens on the day and trying to react. These guys are trying to do the most important part, which is playing. It’s going to be up to us to do the best as possible on the day.”


That being said, the nature of Andy Murray’s defeat at the hands of Roger Federer on perhaps a flawless day of serving still was weighing heavy on his mind.


He said: “I still thought about it most days, yeah. I did say at the time, the guy served over 80% the first and third set. That’s won’t happen to me for the rest of the year.


“You have to look at the match and see what’s happened and analyse it a little bit and look at the tournament as a whole, and Queen’s as well and think about those things and see what I can do better in the future. It doesn’t take one day, there’s a lot of preparation goes into those events and you need to take your time. When you are finished you need to analyse what’s gone right and wrong and things you can do to improve in the future.”


There was far less bravado from the British side, but their camaraderie and results over the past few ties have helped make them a formidable unite when combined.


Murray continued: “I would say in the last couple of years, everyone’s played their part and all of the matches that have been played, obviously James has won some big singles marches. Even though Jamie and Dom didn’t get the win in Glasgow, they played a great match against the Bryan bros and I think over the last couple of years we’ve had some great performances and I think this is our level now, as a team, and this weekend is going to be a tough ask against four top grass court players. They’re all really really good players, it’s going to be a tough challenge for us but we have an opportunity win it with playing our best level.”


The draw will take place on Thursday, with play starting at Queen’s Club London on Friday.


Ros Satar is a British sports journalist covering tennis, and can also be found at Britwatch Sports.




Novak Djokovic Tops Roger Federer for Third Wimbledon Title and Ninth Major

(July 12, 2015) Novak Djokovic defended last year’s Wimbledon title with a 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Roger Federer for his third Wimbledon crown, ninth major title, sixth tournament win of the year and 54th overall career title. He’s the first man since Federer, to defend his Wimbledon title. The Serbian, world No 1 has evened his head-to-head record against the Swiss at 20-20.

The win for the 28-year-old prevented the seven-time champion, 34-year-old Federer from claiming a record eighth crown at the All-England Club.

Djokovic is now tied with his coach Boris Becker with three Wimbledon titles.

It was Djokovic’s 200th Grand Slam match win and he is now in eighth place overall on the all-time Grand Slam winners list with nine majors.

“It’s a great privilege to play against Roger, who is a great champion,” Djokovic said to BBC television after the match. “He has done so much for our sport on and off the court. It’s a great honor to play him again. I was aware coming onto the court, that Roger would play his best when it matters the most. He pushes you to limits.”

“Novak not only played great today, but also this year, last year and the year before that!” Federer said. “Well done, Novak, you deserved it. At the end he was rock solid. I didn’t play bad myself, so I can be very happy. That’s the way it goes. Once more, it has been a privilege to play here.”

Federer went up a break in the first set only to be broken right back. At 5-6 Djokovic saved to set points and went on a run where he won 14 of 15 points. Djokovic dominated the tiebreak 7-1.

In the second set, Djokovic had 7 set points and failed to close it out, with Federer edging out the Serb in the second set tiebreak 12-10.

Djokovic took away Federer’s momentum in the third set breaking the Swiss’ serve in the third game and held on to win the third set 6-4. The set was interrupted for a rain delay at 3-2.

Djokovic broke Federer’s serve in the fifth game of the fourth set and again in the ninth game to close out the set (6-3) and the match.

“It was always going to be tough for both players to start the first set, second set and third set,” Federer said.  “It’s always a mental and physical challenge to keep going, keep going.

“We both I think had chances.  I don’t remember quite how it went.  I think it went back and forth.  I saved a couple of breakpoints early which I think was big for me to stay with him. Then I think I had chances myself maybe. Then he got the break on a forehand I should not miss.

“It was a different atmosphere then.  Also from the crowd.  Everything went into the breaker.  You slowly got to build it up in the beginning of the third.

“But definitely were a few games where it was close for both guys.  Maybe at the end the key of the match, but who knows.

“Yeah, definitely would have been nice to stay with him there at that point or even go a break ahead.”

“Second set tiebreak,” Djokovic said, “it was frustrating obviously not to be able to close it out.  Very, very frustrated on the changeover because I knew that I cannot let this happen against Roger in the finals of Wimbledon because this might be my last chance in the match.

“But, again, managed to regroup, had a little bit more time, especially in the rain delay.  That’s where I got my thoughts together and went back to the basics and played a really, really good match after that.”

Reflecting on his accomplishments, Djokovic said: “I think there is no reason not to be satisfied with what I have achieved.  In contrary, I’m thrilled and very proud with all the success that I had so far in the career, everything I reached.  If you would ask me as a 14‑year‑old back in Serbia trying to find my way, you know, that this is how I’m going to end up at 28, of course I would sign the deal and take it right away.

“There were a couple of Grand Slam finals that I think I could have won. But, again, having said that, everything happens for a reason.  I try to learn from every experience, especially the ones that don’t end up victorious for me.  I’m going to keep going.

“I’m 28.  I feel good. I don’t feel old.  I have hopefully many more years in front of me.  I’m going to try to push my own limits and see how far I can go really with titles and with myself playing on this high level.”

Asked about Djokovic’s position among the tennis greats, Federer said: “Moving up. We don’t know who is what, all these things.  But he’s clearly making a big name for himself, you know, having won as many times now as he has in these different slams.  But also his streak at world No. 3, 2, 1, keeping it up, keeping it going, winning a lot of titles time and time again.

“Staying injury‑free now for him is crucial.  Clearly he’s going to be one of the top guys.  Where, we’ll still have to wait and see.  I’m sure he still has many more great years ahead of him.”

“I’m extremely proud,” Djokovic said.  “It’s a huge relief.  That’s the first feeling that I will feel after the tournament.  Whether I’m winning it or losing it, in finals, or whenever I finish, it’s just a huge relief.

“Especially in the Grand Slams, you know, you play every second day, but you have to encounter many different things on and off the court.  It’s biggest events in sport.  So many people asking you different questions.  There’s expectations from yourself, your team, people around you.

“Yeah, you know, you need to be able to accept it and live with that.  It’s not easy because it takes a lot of energy from you and from every aspect. So that’s the first thing, is a relief, it’s over.

“And obviously it’s nicer when you get to have the trophy with it, as well.



Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Reach Wimbledon Final with Straight Set Victories

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(July 10, 2015)

It will be a repeat of last year’s Wimbledon Gentlemen’s final on Sunday when No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces No. 2 Roger Federer. Both men had straight set wins in their respective semifinals on Friday.

Two-time winner Djokovic defeated No. 21 seed Richard Gasquet 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-4 to book a spot in his fourth Wimbledon final and his 17th major championship final. Seven-time Wimbledon titlist Federer bested 2013 champion Andy Murray 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.

“The first set was really close,” said Djokovic who played the first semifinal of the day. “I thought Richard played some really good tennis, especially from the backhand side. It was really difficult for me at times to play any kind of ball to his backhand side because he was really going for it, especially down the line. He made a lot of winners. He used the chipped backhand, slice variety as well.”

“Winning the first set tiebreak was psychologically very helpful for the rest of the match.”

“I tried to do my best,” Gasquet said.  “I did a good first set.  I did some great backhand.

“But, of course, I would like to do a little bit better then after that.  I tried to be aggressive.  I try my best.  I did a good match.  It was tough to do better.  Sometimes I did mistakes in the tiebreak, of course.  Some backhand I could put on the court.

“It was 2‑All, then it was 7‑2 very fast after that.  It wasn’t good.  He never miss on some returns.  He serves well.  That’s why he’s No. 1 in the world.”

The second semifinal of the day provided stunning hitting and rallies of the highest quality by both players. Despite the straight-set score the match was extremely close.

“Andy’s been playing very well for the season,” Federer said to the BBC after the match. “There is so much expectation riding on the match. I’m unbelievably happy. I played so well in the biggest occasion today.

“I’ve been serving very well for the entire tournament. I wasn’t broken against one of the best returners. I kept the pressure up and went for my shots. I mixed it up like I usually do and kept pushing forward and staying focused. It all worked out really well.”

“He served fantastic, apart from the first game where I had the chance there,” Murray said. “Didn’t really have any opportunities. Then, you know, that puts pressure on you.”

“Obviously I got broken right at the end all of the sets. But I didn’t actually play a bad match. Played pretty well.”

“Today I was clearly able to play very well from the start,” Federer elaborated.  “The beginning was always going to be an important part of the game.  I had to save breakpoint first, then I was able to start rolling on my serve.  Played a great game to break.

“So, I mean, definitely one of the best matches I’ve played in my career.  I don’t know, the first set, I don’t remember point by point, but it was definitely really, really solid.”


The win puts the Swiss in his 10th final at the All-England Club, 26th Grand Slam final, which will make him the oldest finalist at 33, since 39-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1974. He is seeking a record 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major.

“Doesn’t matter whether it’s No. 8 or No. 1,” Federer said, “Wimbledon finals is always a big occasion.”

Federer on playing Djokovic in the final: “Well, I mean, it’s great to play Novak anywhere these days, you know, because he’s a great player.  He’s had great success, unbelievable success actually, throughout his career.  But especially now the last few years, he’s been unbelievably dominant, especially on the hard courts, then he improved on the grass.  On the clay, he’s one of the best, if not the best.

“He’s become very match‑tough.  He always shows up.  It’s tough to beat him.  You know, he’s been very injury‑free.  He’s been good for the game.

“For me, I don’t really think about the match we played against each other last year.  I just remember it was unbelievably thrilling.  The crowd really got into it.

“I’m just happy personally for myself to be back in a finals.  Whoever that’s going to be against, it’s always a big occasion.  That is Novak, the world No. 1, it obviously adds something extra.”

“I need to keep it up for one more match,” Federer said, “to really make it the perfect couple of weeks.”

The Serb, who comes into the final as the defending champion, will be playing in his fourth Wimbledon final.


Djokovic, Federer and Murray Advance to Wimbledon Semis, Wawrinka Knocked out in Five Sets by Gasquet


(June 8, 2015) Top three seeds Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray reach the semifinals of Wimbledon easily on Wednesday with straight set wins. Richard Gasquet spoiled a potential “top four” party in the last four, when he upset No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in five sets 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.

For the Frenchman, this will be his third major semifinal. “I’m the worst,” Gasquet said with a grin, “when you see Federer, Djokovic and Murray and me. There is something, I want to enjoy it.”

Gasquet will face off against Djokovic, who reached his 27 Grand Slam semifinal, defeating U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. It was the world No. 1’s 650th win on tour and 50th at Wimbledon.

“I came out with the right intensity, moved well all over the court, tried to get as many returns back in play,” said Djokovic. “I didn’t allow Marin to come back to the match. It was a close game when I was serving for the set. I think that helped my confidence to feel better afterwards.”

“It was great to watch them go backhand-to-backhand today,” said Djokovic about the Wawrinka – Gasquet match. “Some great points, great exchanges.”

Djokovic discussing his match-up against Gasquet said, “the experience of being in these final stages of Wimbledon many times is going to help me.” The Serb is 11-1 against Gasquet.

Andy Murray reached his 150th match won at a Grand Slam on Wednesday when he stopped Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. For the Canadian Posposil, it was his first appearance in a major quarterfinal.

Murray said of the win: “I needed to (step up) because at times, (he) was serving really well, (which) made it very difficult for me. Then I just managed to, at a few key moments, come up with some good shots. Third set was tricky, as well, because I had a bunch of break points. When you don’t take them, obviously you start to think about that a little bit. Overall, it was a good match.”


Murray will face Roger Federer for place in the final. Federer bested Gilles Simon, the 12th seed 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 to reach his 10th Wimbledon semifinal and 37th major semifinal overall, to keep his hopes of winning a record eighth title at the All-England Club alive.

Federer won his last major at Wimbledon in 2012 when he defeated Murray, but then about a month later, Murray defeated Federer for the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

“We both like to look back at that summer,” said Federer. “Me, not so much at the Olympics; him, probably not so much at Wimbledon.”

Federer is 12-11 against Murray and is 9-0 in Wimbledon semifinals.

“I’m very happy to be in the semis again,” said Federer. “The road is long getting here. But still I feel like I’m fresh and I’ve got energy left in the tank for hopefully a great match with Andy and then we’ll see. But I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s been good so far. I felt like I played a very solid last year or so, especially on the grass I’ve done very well. I’m happy to keep it up here now. This is obviously now crunch time when you want to show if your game’s really up to par.”


Jelena Jankovic Upsets Defending Champion Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon

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(July 4, 2015) Former No. 1, 28th seed Jelena Jankovic pulled off the biggest upset of the Wimbledon fortnight on the Ladies’ side when she defeated No. 2 and defending champion Petra Kvitova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

The Czech looked to be confidently cruising past the Serbian, with a 6-3, 4-2 lead, but Jankovic turned the match around from that point onward.

“Playing on grass is very difficult for me. It does not come natural,” Jankovic said. “I just tried to stay one point at a time, just hang in there, stay positive and fight, and I made it. But playing on Centre Court against the defending champion was just unbelievable. I’m really really happy to win this match!”

“I’m overwhelmed. I’m so excited. My heart is still pumping,” Jankovic said after the match.

“It didn’t matter how badly I was playing or what was happening out there, I really just tried to stay one point at a time and fight, and when I won that second set I knew I just had to keep going out there.

“When I won, I couldn’t believe what just happened. I lost to Petra the last time we played in Rome, and I know she plays amazing here. But that’s what this sport is all about. It’s such a great excitement for me – I’m so glad I was able to win and this gives me a lot of confidence the rest of the tournament.”

For Kvitova who also won Wimbledon in 2011, this was her earliest exit from the All-England Club since 2009.

“I’m not really sure what happened out there,” Kvitova said in press. “Suddenly I felt like she’s coming back, playing a little bit aggressive.

“Suddenly from my side, I didn’t have answer for it. My serve didn’t help me at all this time, as well. I was really struggling with each shot which I played.”

“But I don’t think that I lost today because I was defending champion from last year,” Kvitova said.  “I don’t think is really the thing why.

“I think that she really played a good match.  Looked a little bit on the other side when I played Venus last year, when I was the worst player in the first two sets, then I won.  This time just turn the other side for her.”

“Here I am in the fourth round, in the second week of Wimbledon,” Jankovic said.  “I just beat a defending champion.  I mean, it’s unbelievable.  You know, I don’t think I can ask for more.  I hope to keep going.”

“I think I always believe in myself, no matter what.  Like I said, if I’m healthy, if I can put that work in on a daily basis and work hard, improve.

“You know, to be honest, right now I’m not at the level I want to be at. First of all, physically I have to get a lot stronger a lot faster.  As I said before, getting injured, not being able to go to the gym, to spend some time on the practice court.  I will need some time to get to the form, to the level I want to be at, and where I can be. That’s what will satisfy my, you know, needs and wishes.

“So we’ll see.  I always think I can do it.  I’m not old. I’m still young at heart.  I look pretty good, so why not (laughter)?  I mean, give me a break, guys.  What’s old?”

“I’m very determined.  Like I said, I want to get, you know, to where I think I belong.  I’ve done it in the past.  I’ve been many years in the top 10, I’ve been No. 1 in the world, I’ve played against all these players.

“Like I said, just if I’m able to work hard and believe in myself, hopefully my time will come again.”

Other winners on the Ladies’ side included fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki over Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2, No. 20 Garbine Muguruza dismissed 2012 semifinalist Angelique Kerber 7-6 (12), 1-6, 6-2, No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 15 Timea Bacsinszky, No. 21 Madison Keys, Olga Govortsova and Monica Niculescu also advanced.

Seven-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer dropped a set to advance to the round of 16 beating hard-hitting Sam Groth 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

Groth hit the second fastest serve in Wimbledon history – 147 mph.

No. 3 Andy Murray beat No. 25 Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.  Seppi received a visit from a trainer to work on his lower right leg, and won the next six game. Murray also received a medical time out for a stiff right shoulder after trailing 1-0 in the fourth set, and then took next six game to win the match.

Dustin Brown, the qualifier who upset Rafael Nadal, lost his very next match to 22nd seed Viktor Troicki 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3.

“Obviously having the pleasure and being able to play on Centre Court and then to play a match like that (on Thursday), doesn’t make a difference if I lost today or not, no one will ever be able to take that away from me,” said Brown.

“I think I played well and I wouldn’t compare it to any other matches.  That’s what I said after winning against (Rendy) Lu, and Rafa (Nadal), it’s always a totally different match.  I’m happy with my tournament.  When I came to quallies, someone would have said sign here for beating Rafa, making second round and qualifying, I would have signed that paper.”

Completing a match held over from Friday at 10-10 in the fifth due to darkness, Marin Cilic bested John Isner 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-7 (4), 12-10

Also Saturday, Wimbledon’s marathon man fell short this time. John Isner, the American who won the longest tennis match in history in 2010, lost 12-10 in the fifth set to U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic. The Croat beat Isner 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-7 (4), 12-10 in a match that resumed Saturday at 10-10.

“Marathon man” Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010, the longest match in tennis history.

No. 12 seed Gilles Simon defeated French countryman No. 18 seed Gael Monfils in five sets, in a match which had to be moved from
Court 1  when darkness came early in the fourth set, and completed under the roof of Centre Court.

Other men moving in to the fourth round: Vasek Pospisil, No. 23 Ivo Karlovic and No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut.

Ladies Singles – Third Round

(28) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (2) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 36 75 64
(5) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (31) Camila Giorgi (ITA) 62 62
(20) Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. (10) Angelique Kerber (GER) 76(12) 16 62
(13) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
(15) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. (18) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 63 62
(21) Madison Keys (USA) d. Tatjana Maria (GER) 64 64
(Q) Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 76(4) 63
Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Krystina Pliskova (CZE) 63 75

Gentlemen’s Singles

Third Round – Third Round

[2] Roger Federer (SUI) d. Sam Groth (AUS) 64 64 67(5) 62
[3] Andy Murray (GBR) d. [25] Andreas Seppi (ITA) 62 62 16 61
[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Pablo Andujar (ESP) 46 60 63 76(3)
[9] Marin Cilic (CRO) d. [17] John Isner (USA) 76(4) 67(6) 64 67(4) 12-10
[12] Gilles Simon (FRA) vs. [18] Gael Monfils (FRA)
[23] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d. [13] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 76(3) 46 76(2) 76(9)
[20] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 76(4) 61 60
[22] Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Dustin Brown (GER) 64 76(3) 46 63
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 36 26 63 86


Federer, Murray and Kvitova Have Easy Wins to Move into Third Round at Wimbledon


(July 2, 2015) Roger Federer won his 75th match at Wimbledon while Andy Murray also won in straight sets to advance to the third round of Wimbledon on Thursday.

Roger Federer going for an eighth title at the All-England Club, defeated American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. The Swiss is second behind Jimmy Connors (84) for most wins at Wimbledon in the Open Era.

The highlight of the match came when Federer hit a “tweener” lob over Querrey’s head leading 4-2 in the second set.

“It’s rare that it happens, so when you get them you’ve got to pull it off,” Federer said.

“It all happens very quickly.  I can’t put it on super slow and go, All right, what’s best?  ‘Cause I guess so many things shoot through your mind like, Well, what’s the score?  Is it 30‑Love?  Is it Love‑30?  Love‑30, I wouldn’t have hit a shot like that, no chance.  I probably would have adjusted, changed my grip and tried to hit a normal forehand or gone around and hit a normal backhand.


“What the situation was, I had the grip in hand.  It was an open grip, you know, one for a slice I would think, or one you scoop it.  But then I was like I feel better almost shuffling my feet and giving myself, with the right grip, without changing that anymore, to hitting a lob.


“Easiest way for me was somehow through the legs rather than coming to a complete standstill and then hitting a lob, which he would have seen where it was going to go.  Through the legs, you’re not sure if it’s going to come short or high.  I got lucky.  I hit it perfect.


“Yeah, I felt like there was a chance, legitimate chance, to win the point.  And it was fun.  It just happened to be the right thing.  I picked the right side.  Like I said, I got lucky also to be there.”


Third seed Murray is making a bid for his second Wimbledon title made easy work of Robin Haase 6-1, 6-1, 6-4,.


Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall was given one of Murray’s wristbands at the end of the by Richard Lewis, the chief executive officer of The Championships who caught the wrists bands.


“I heard that she was coming today,” Murray said.  “I saw her briefly after the match.


“But the wristband actually hit the chairman of Wimbledon.  He was there with her.  Normally you see who catches it.  Then the Duchess opened up her bag and my wristband was in there, so he obviously had given it to her.”


Another former champion had an easy day on Thursday and that was defending champion Petra Kvitova. She dismantled Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-2, 6-0. The world No. 2 has dropped only three games in the tournament.


“It wasn’t really easy,” Kvitova said.  “I mean, of course, the score look very easy.  But few games which we play was really close.


“I’m just glad that I won.  That’s important, you know, counting is the last point.  I still have a lot of space where I can improve for the next match. That’s a good sign, as well.


“Of course, the next match will be tough again, and tougher and tougher, if I’m going to stay in the tournament.  I have to be prepared for everything.”


There were upsets on the Ladies’ side of the draw on day four of Wimbledon. Eighth seed Ekaterina Makarova lost to Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-2, 7-5, Svetlana Kuznetsova lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Kristyna Pliskova,  No.17 seed Elina Svitolina fell to Casey Dellacqua, 7-6(3), 6-3,  and No.25 seed Alizé Cornet was osted by Belarusian qualifier Olga Govortsova, 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-1.

Seeded winners on the day included: No.5 seed Caroline Wozniacki, No.10 seed Angelique Kerber, No.13 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No.15 seed Timea Bacsinszky, No.18 seed Sabine Lisicki, No.20 seed Garbiñe Muguruza, No.21 seed Madison Keys, No.28 seed Jelena Jankovic and No.31 seed Camila Giorgi.


Ladies’ Singles – Second Round

(2) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Kurumi Nara (JPN) 62 60
(5) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Denisa Allertova (CZE) 61 76(6)
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (8) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 75
(10) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 75 62
(13) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 60 62
(15) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 61
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. (17) Elina Svitolina (UKR) 76(3) 63
(18) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Christina McHale (USA) 26 75 61
(20) Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 63 46 62
(21) Madison Keys (USA) d. Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 64 64
(Q) Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. (25) Alize Cornet (FRA) 76(6) 26 61
Krystina Pliskova (CZE) d. (26) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 36 63 64
(28) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 67(4) 61 63
(31) Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 60 76(5)
Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 63 63
Tatjana Maria (GER) d (Q) Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) 16 62 108

Gentlemen’s Singles – Second Round

[2] Roger Federer (SUI) d. Sam Querrey (USA) 64 62 62
[3] Andy Murray (GBR) d. Robin Haase (NED) 61 61 64
[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 61 64 64
Dustin Brown (GER) d. [10] Rafael Nadal (ESP) 75 36 64 64
[12] Gilles Simon (FRA) d. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 61 61 67(5) 61
[13] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 63 64 64
Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) d. [15] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 75 36 63 26 64
[18] Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 76(5) 63 75
[20] Roberto Bautista-Agut (ESP) d. Benoit Paire (FRA) 26 46 63 63 63
[22] Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 64 36 62 64
[23] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 57 63 64 67(4) 13-11
[25] Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Borna Coric (CRO) 46 64 67(3) 61 61
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. [30] Fabio Fognini (ITA) 63 64 16 63
James Ward (GBR) d. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 62 76(4) 36 63
Pablo Andujar (ESP) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 64 16 46 76(4) 64
Sam Groth (AUS) d. James Duckworth (AUS) 75 64 76(6)


Former Champions Federer, Murray, Nadal and Kvitova Post First Round Victories at Wimbledon

(June 30, 2015) Former Wimbledon champions Petra Kvitova Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray all won their opening matches at Wimbledon on Tuesday in straight sets.

Defending Ladies’ champion Kvitova by tradition had the honor of playing the first match on Centre Court on the second day. She totally dominated Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-0 in a mere 35 minutes, losing only one point on her serve.

“I have to say sorry to them,” she said about the fans and the quick match. Unfortunately maybe for people was a little bit quicker.  My parents came.  The first 35 minutes, I have to say sorry to them.

“I think they are happy anyway.”

“I’m glad how I played today.  I don’t think I need any more, like, practice today.  I have a practice tomorrow.  I think it’s just fine.  To relax again after the sickness I had, it’s still in a good way.”


Seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer, making his 63 straight major, also made quick work over Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. The Swiss needed only 68 minutes.

“I was happy I played aggressive,” he said. “I must say I’m very happy, always, to win like that.”

“Somehow the streak is still alive and I’m also very proud of the fact that I never retired from a match once it started,” he said. “Those two stats I care about and hope I can keep them up for the remainder of my career.”


Two-time champion and 10th seed Nadal moved past Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

“Here the feeling in Wimbledon is so special, and playing on grass, too,” Nadal said. “So always is very emotional when you hit some good shots in this beautiful club.”

“I think I played okay; played well, played solid,” said Nadal. “I am a little bit more confident now than I was few months ago. [It’s] just day by day for me. Obviously victories help.”

2013 Wimbledon winner Andy Murray defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-4

“I didn’t necessarily feel nervy,” said Murray about the match. “I lost my serve a bit in the end of that second set. There was a period where I missed like 10 or 12 first serves in a row and let him back into it there. Then he played some really good stuff at times and was going for his shots. I found it difficult to play aggressive tennis out there.”

Other men’s winners on the day were No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 22 Viktor Troicki, No. 23 Ivo Karlovic, No. 25 Andreas Seppi and No. 30 Fabio Fognini.

Wimbledon – Gentlemen’s Singles Results for June 30, 2015

[2] Roger Federer (SUI) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 61 63 63
[3] Andy Murray (GBR) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 76(3) 64
[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 62 67(8) 76(3) 76(5)
[10] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 64 62 64
[12] Gilles Simon (FRA) d. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 64 64 75
[13] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Gilles Muller (LUX) 76(8) 67(3) 64 36 62
[15] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) d. Steve Darcis (BEL) 62 76(4) 64
[18] Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 64 64 75
[20] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 61 63 76(6)
[22] Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 61 64 36 63
[23] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d. Elias Ymer (SWE) 67(2) 62 64 76(2)
[25] Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Brydan Klein (GBR) 63 62 62
Pablo Andujar (ESP) d. [29] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 36 64 36 75 64
[30] Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Tim Smyczek (USA) 64 63 62
Sam Groth (AUS) d. [31] Jack Sock (USA) 63 36 63 63
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) d. Kyle Edmund (GBR) 76(4) 61 62
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 62 62 32 Ret.
Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 76(2) 63 76(4)
Robin Haase (NED) d. Alejandro Falla (COL) 62 36 64 62
Aljaz Bedene (SLO) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 75 16 46 63 64
Dustin Brown (GER) d. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 36 63 75 64
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) d. Michael Berrer (GER) 67(4) 60 64 61
Borna Coric (CRO) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 46 76(5) 62 16 97
James Duckworth (AUS) d. Malek Jaziri (TUN) 76(2) 62 36 36 75
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) d. Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 76(4) 64 36 75
Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 76(7) 76(6) 64
Benoit Paire (FRA) d. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 64 64 63
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. Vincent Millot (FRA) 76(2) 36 67(4) 76(4) 63
Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) d. Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 64 76(3) 62
James Ward (GBR) d. Luca Vanni (ITA) 67(4) 62 64 63
Sam Querrey (USA) d. Igor Sijsling (NED) 75 63 64