Federer, Murray, Nadal on show
Ex- finalist Agnieszka Radwanska needed just 49 minutes to win her second-round match at Wimbledon on Thursday.
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND-As befits a 17-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer is so magisterial, so imperious, so serene.
Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal target places in the Wimbledon third round today following a dramatic third day which had seen record temperatures and the evacuation of Centre Court.
The best moment of the second seed’s highlight reel came in the second set when he played an audacious lob through his legs at the baseline with the racquet behind his back.
Earlier, seventime victor and second seed Federer eased to a 64, 62, 62 win over Sam Querrey of the United States, the world number 36 who has now lost all three times he has played the Swiss and has yet to win a set.
The 33-year-old’s audacious piece of skill brought gasps from the crowd and admiration from Querrey, who was so impressed he said he felt like walking around the net to “high-five” his opponent.
“You want to go over and give him a high five sometimes, but you can’t do that”.
“It was the ideal shot”.
That left the 39-year-old in a good position to avoid missing the cut in consecutive PGA Tour events for the first time in his illustrious career, albeit four shots behind clubhouse leader Scott Langley who carded a flawless 62. “But then I was like, I feel better nearly shuffling my feet”.
With the momentum now with him, Federer broke at the first time of asking in the second when Querrey put a drop-shot at the net wide.
“Everything is going online, and everyone has smartphones and tablets”, said Mitzi Ingram Evans, deputy championships manager at the All England Club. There’s also a relief I’m playing well here at Wimbledon.
They had not played each other for many a year, and Querrey had not won a set in either match.
“This year I was ready to compete well and I was playing well before that tournament”.
“I saw her briefly after the match”, Murray said. “Then the Duchess opened up her bag and my wristband was in there, so he (Brook) obviously had given it to her”.
Defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova also enjoyed an easy run into round 3.
Fourth seeded Sharapova made the last 16 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu and goes on to tackle either Germany’s 14th seed Andrea Petkovic or unseeded Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan for a spot in the quarter-finals.
David Goffin is the first player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki almost blew a big lead before recovering to beat Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 7-6 (6). She finally converted her second match point in the tiebreaker with a backhand volley victor.
All the time in the world, in a match that was over in under an hour and a half, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. “In the end of the day, I won”.
“I am a good loser but I will keep going”.
After dismissing Babos on Centre Court – where a small electrical fire in a mechanical room set off alarms once play was done for the day – Serena was able to settle in front of a TV to watch Venus finish off Putintseva.