The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles’ wife, opted to shun her usual place in the Centre Court’s Royal Box on Thursday (NZT Friday) to watch Andy Murray play his second-round match on Court One alongside Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook.
“I started the match off very well”.
Haase, 28, held confidently in his opening game but was soon under pressure, mistiming a forehand to drop serve in game three.
The seven-time champion struggled with Querrey’s serve in the first set before breaking for a 5-4 lead, and then dominated the last two sets.
Haase, ranked 78th, could not find anything like the form that saw him beat Murray in 2008, or more recently French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in March.
Women: Sabine Lisicki (Ger) bt Christina McHale (USA) 2-6 7-5 6-1, Timea Bacsinszky (Sui) bt Silvia Soler Espinosa (Esp) 6-2 6-1, Olga Govortsova (Blr) bt Alize Cornet (Fra) 7-6 (8-6) 2-6 6-1, Garbine Muguruza (Esp) bt Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Cro) 6-3 4-6 6-2, Angelique Kerber (Ger) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) 7-5 6-2.
Britain’s Ward advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.
Brown had played Nadal once before, beating the Spaniard 6-4, 6-1 on grass in Halle, Germany, last year.
“By no means is it a foregone conclusion that Andy will be getting through to the semi-finals because he still needs to play great tennis, but I do think that will happen”.
The third set was a tighter affair, but Murray was always in control and in around an hour and a half the match was done and dusted and the Scot could look ahead to the third round.
“I thought there were some things I could have done better in the first round but my opponent Kukushkin was playing unbelievably aggressive and made it very hard for me to impose myself on the match”, Murray said courtside.
“I’ve obviously had some tough matches with him in the past”.
“I wanted to make sure”, said Murray.
The only time Federer has lost before the third round at a Grand Slam in his last 48 major appearances was at 2013 Wimbledon, when he was defeated by Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round. He broke six times and saved the only break point he faced. It’s the first time since 2002 that two British men have gone past the second round at Wimbledon.
Wozniacki, who has never got beyond the last 16 at Wimbledon, next takes on Italian 31st seed Camila Giorgi. She finally converted her second match point in the tiebreaker with a backhand volley victor.
Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of Wimbledon by dread-locked German qualifier Dustin Brown on Thursday, his fourth successive humiliation at the All England Club.
Yesterday’s action started late due to rain, which came as a welcome relief to fans and players who had endured record temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.