Friday Wimbledon Update

By Jim McCoy Fri 28th June SportsTennisWimbledon
MURRAY VS. ROBREDO Olympic champion Andy Murray continued his perfect start to Wimbledon with a straight-sets victory over Tommy Robredo to reach the fourth round of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament on Friday. Playing under the retractable roof on Centre Court because of persistent rain, Murray was in control throughout and advanced with a clinical 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 win. The second-seeded Murray, who missed the French Open because of a back injury, has yet to lose a set at the All England Club this year. He warmed up for Wimbledon by winning at Queen's Club. After losing to Roger Federer in the final last year, he is again bidding to become the first Briton to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. STAKOVSKY VS. MELZER The player who stunned Roger Federer in one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets didn't stick around much longer. Two days after eliminating the seven-time champion on Centre Court, Sergiy Stakovsky fell to Jurgen Melzer in four sets. The 116th-ranked Ukrainian couldn't reproduce the serve-and-volley magic that stifled Federer, losing 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to the left-handed Austrian. Advancing to the third round were fourth-seeded David Ferrer and No. 13 Tommy Haas. No. 15 Nicolas Almagro was knocked out by Poland's Jerzy Janowicz. FERRER VS. BAUTISTA Fourth-seeded David Ferrer won an all-Spanish encounter against Roberto Bautista Agut onto reach the third round at Wimbledon for a sixth consecutive year. Ferrer advanced with a scrappy 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 win in a match originally scheduled for Thursday but pushed back because of rain. He will next face No. 26 Alexandr Dolgopolov. After losing in the French Open final to Rafael Nadal, Ferrer has struggled to switch from clay to grass. As the defending champion he lost in the first round at Rosmalen in his warmup tournament for Wimbledon and then was taken to four sets in his first-round match here. Ferrer said "I feel better than in the first day and last week. I'm improving my game on these courts." Ferrer's best result at Wimbledon was reaching the quarterfinals last year. KERBER VS. KANEPI Last year's semifinalist Angelique Kerber was sent packing in the second round of Wimbledon on Friday after being just two points from victory, joining the long list of seeded players who have crashed out at the All England Club this week. The seventh-seeded Kerber was up a set and ahead 5-1 in the tiebreak of the second set against the 46th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, but could not find a way to close out the match. She lost 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3. Kanepi, who reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2010, won five consecutive points in the tiebreak before taking the set then the first three games of the decider. Their match had been rescheduled from Thursday because of rain. HAAS VS. WANG Playing some of the best tennis of his career at age 35, Tommy Haas reached Wimbledon's third round for the first time since 2009, defeating 151st-ranked qualifier Jimmy Wang of Taiwan 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 Friday. The 13th-seeded Haas never faced a break point and needed only 1 1/2 hours to advance to a match against Feliciano Lopez on Saturday. Haas reached the Wimbledon semifinals four years ago but missed the grass-court tournament in 2010 because of a hip injury, one of a long series of health problems that sidelined him at various points. The German lost in the first round at the All England Club in 2011 and 2012. This month, Haas became the oldest French Open quarterfinalist since 1971. RISKE VS. RADWANSKA Wild-card entry Alison Riske of the U.S. reached the third round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, beating 44th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at Wimbledon on Friday. The match was postponed Thursday by rain. The 126th-ranked Riske, who turns 23 Wednesday, was 0-5 at major tournaments until advancing at the All England Club when her first-round opponent retired in the third set. On Friday, Riske broke in the final game, converting her third match point when Radwanska put a backhand into the net. Riske won the point on 33 of 48 trips to the net, accumulating a 43-16 edge in winners. Riske will play Saturday against four-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi. DIMITROV VS. ZELMJA Grigor Dimitrov, considered one of the rising stars in tennis, was eliminated in the second round at Wimbledon on Friday in a five-set, rain-delayed match that lasted more than four hours over two days. With girlfriend Maria Sharapova watching in the stands on Court 3, the 29th-seeded Bulgarian fell to 55th-ranked Slovenian Grega Zemlja 3-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 11-9. Zemlja hit a forehand passing shot on his sixth match point to become the first Slovenian to reach the third round at the All England Club. Also, Britain's Laura Robson beat Colombia's Mariana Duque-Marino 6-4, 6-1 under the closed roof on Centre Court to reach the third round. Dimitrov is known as "Baby Fed" for a style that resembles that of Roger Federer. But like Federer, who was stunned in the second round on Tuesday by Sergiy Stakhovsky, Dimitrov was out before the third round.

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