WIMBLEDON 2015 - My highlights: Day Four
What a day! Wimbledon wouldn't be Wimbledon without a rain delay Luckily the morning shower didn't postpone first matches of the day for too long. A little after 12 p.m we were off.
A good day for British players. James Ward was first on Court no. 2 and lived up to everyone's high expectations. He won in 4 sets defeating Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic who's currently ranked 46. This is arguably the biggest win of James Ward's career, as a reward he not only gets to play in the 3rd one of a major for the first time, but will also achieve a career high ranking within the world's best 100. Ward's Fed Cup experience was crucial today. He played well and kept cool during the entire match. Rankings today are a funny thing, on one hand they don't lie, on the other just because one player is ranked lower than another it doesn't mean they can't win.
Andy Murray played on Court no. 1 today against Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Haase is an experienced player and there were flashes of his brilliance present on court today. But flashes are not enough when you play against someone like Andy Murray. It was clear from the first point that Haase couldn't find his feet. Andy, who's a good mover, had an answer for every shot. Haase's awakening in the 3rd set was just too little, too little. Andy won comfortably in 3 sets – 6:1 6:1 6:4.
Roger was back on Centre today playing Sam Querrey. From the start of the match Sam looked focused and calm and served well but when you play against Roger, even your best may just not be enough. Roger is in such a good form, he loves playing on grass, and won in Halle, in a pre-Wimbledon warm up tournament. When he plays like this, there are a few players who can dream of doing damage to him.
Good day at the office for Gael Monfils. He literally flew into the 3rd round defeating his compatriot Adrian Mannarino in straight sets. The match was tight at times but with his amazing shot making and athletic abilities Gael was unstoppable. Such an entertaining character. Gilles Simon in 4 and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in comfortable 3 sets also advance to the next round. Unfortunately Nicolas Mahut was defeated by Tomas Berdych in straight sets. And here was me hoping for a Isner/Mahut encounter again...
The defending champion Petra Kvitova won again, this time against Kurumi Nara of Japan. Actually, she didn't win, she executed her on Court no.1 losing just 2 games in 57 minutes. They are as different as you can possibly imagine. Petra standing at 6ft overpowered and outplayed 5ft 1in Kurumi in every possible way. I actually felt sorry for the petite Japanese player. Radwanska also won is straight sets and needed just 48 minutes to send her opponent home.
Upsets of the day in the ladies draw – of course and quite a few – Kristyna Pliskova knocked out seed no. 26 Svietlana Kuznetsova, Magdalena Rybarikova sent seed no. 8 Ekaterina Makarova home, Olga Govortsova from Belaurus ranked no 122 won in 3 sets against Alize Cornet (seeded 25) and Australian Casey Dellacqua pulled of a nice win over seed no.17 Elina Svitolina from Ukraine
Upsets always happen but I don't think anyone on Centre Court was ready to witness the biggest upset of the tournament so far. Dustin Brown defeated Rafa Nadal. Yes, Rafa. On one hand it's a shock but on the other... Ever since his injury Rafa has been struggling to comeback to his old form, yes he shows flashes of brilliance and still plays very well but something is missing. At the same time you have to admire Dustin Brown. I admit before watching this match I didn't know much about him. Now it's time we all find out who he is. He's earned it in a very impressive manner. Ranked just outside Top 100 at 102, he is an amazing mover and his serve volley skills are insane. He is able to bring his best doubles' skills to a singles match and make such a good use of them. I'm sure his constant presence at the net drove Rafa crazy. He was literally in his face during the whole match. He had a clear game plan and he executed it perfectly. Solid on serve, fast, and confident player. Maybe this win is the career defining moment for him?