WIMBLEDON 2015 - My highlights: Day Three
Wimbledon just does not disappoint. Day three was full of brilliant tennis, epic matches, huge upsets, and strawberries and cream, of course! Today was the hottest day in Britain ever recorded in history. For an average person it's difficult to just be outside, imagine playing a match in such conditions. I admire those players.
Started the day with high hopes and Liam Broady vs David Goffin of Belgium. After his epic five set win Liam suddenly became the centre of everyone's attention. He started very well and was able to keep up with Goffin in the first set which ended in a tiebreak. Unfortunately yet understandably he was outplayed by his more experienced opponent in the 2nd and 3rd sets. It was a great experience for him to play a match of this level and I'm sure he's learned a lot from it. I wish him all the success in the future tournaments. He's shown he's got potential.
Day three was good for the Aussies – Sam Stosur, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios all won their matches in straight sets.
Seeds going out: The big serving Coco Vanderweghe defeated Karolina Pliskova seed no. 11. Her serve was extremely crucial in her game, finished the match with a huge ace. She'll play Sam Stosur next. It will be interesting to see that encounter as both players have great serving skills.
Ana Ivanovic seed no. 7 was knocked out by a Bethanie Mattek-Sands currently ranked 158. I'd call it the upset of the day. Sara Errani also a seeded player (no. 19) was eliminated today by Aleksandra Krunic of Russia, currently no. 82 in the world. The matched went on the distance but it was Krunic who looked more calm, patient and determined winning 6:2 in the deciding set.
Speaking of serve – Milos Raonic of Canada holds now a record for the third fastest serve in Wimbledon history after one of his serves was clocked at 145 mph! Would not want to be hit by that ball. Scary when you're standing opposite the net or even worse when you're a line judge and the ball is coming right at you.
British no. 1 Heather Watson won her second round match against Daniela Hantuchova on Court no. 1. She showed a lot of mental toughness after losing her own serve broke right back, and defended a few break points very well. Next she'll playing Serena and faces the toughest test of her career.
The day wouldn't be complete without a tough 5 set matches. Marin Cilic seed no. 9 had to battle with the heat and Ricardis Berankis of Lithuania. Cilic fired 28 aces and 66 winners to send his opponent home. Despite putting up a great fight the match ended in heartbreak for Berankis who double faulted on the match point. An encounter worthy the Centre Court, that's for sure.
Fernando Verdasco won in 5 sets against no. 32 seed Dominic Theim of Austria. This is a huge win for the veteran left-handed player from Madrid. It's always nice to see the older players put up a good fight.
Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Richard Gasquet, John Isner, Leondardo Mayer all won their matches in 3 sets. Round 3 awaits.
Serena needed just 59 minutes to cruise into the 3rd round. There was no room for slow start or errors. Serena played a clinical 2 sets of tennis against the big serving doubles specialist Timea Babos of Hungary. With 12 aces to 2 double faults, 23 winners, and fastest serve clocked at 123 mph Serena looked comfortable and relaxed but she knows she has a tough match ahead of her. Playing against a home player is never easy but Serena's experience playing on a big stage will definitely gives her an advantage.
Venus was put to a test by Yulia Putinsteva of Russia in a close 2 set match. She's ranked 95 but the match was much closer than you might think. She fired 27 winners to Venus' 29 and was solid on serve. A five-time Wimbledon champion at age of 35 looks as good on grass as ever. The years have come and gone but Venus is still very much here – looking strong mentally and physically.