WIMBLEDON 2015 – My highlights: Day Six
Another beautiful day at Wimbledon with the perfect weather and high quality tennis form the best players in the world.
I was very excited about the match between 22nd seed Victor Troicki and Dustin Brown, THE man who sent Rafael Nadal packing. It was a great encounter, very tight at times but it was Troicki who found a way to beat Brown's game. He had answers for Brown's volleys and was no pushover at the net. His high quality serving allowed only a few small chances for Brown to break and at the end of the day he just couldn't impose his game style on his opponent. Brown's struggle with his own serve only added to his misery on court. Out goes the man of the moment. His achievement was extraordinary but his fairytale came to end very quickly.
On Centre today Roger was up against the big serving Aussie Sam Groth. I have to say Aussies have the best fans ever. The Fanatics are simply brilliant. First two sets to Roger 6:4 6:4, only one break needed in each set to secure a 2-0 lead in sets. But Groth didn't want to go out without a fight and forced a tiebreak in the 3rd set. One mistake from Roger was enough to win it 7:5. Groth seemed to be more fired up and inspired but Roger had answers for every shot. Groth's massive serve was not enough to threaten Federer. But Groth had his moment of glory on Centre too – his fastest serve of the day was clocked at 147 mph. Impressive!
Today we saw the conclusion of Cilic vs Isner, the match was suspended last night due to low light at 10 all. Cilic was serving first and won the game rather easily. Isner had a disadvantage of serving from behind and struggled with his own serve and lost it very quickly. Before we had time to blink it was 12-10 and Cilic was through to the 4th round. Today wasn't John's day, and to add to his heartbreak and misery, he ended the match with a double fault. His third of the entire match. The worst timing ever.
James Ward was out on No. 1 Court battling for a place in 4th round with Vasek Pospisil. James lost the first set 4:6 and then suddenly out of nowhere he came up with some of his best shots and won next two set to 3 and 2 respectively. In 4th set the momentum shifted again to Pospisil who won the 4th set to 3 to force a decider. The Canadian broke Ward's serve and found himself serving for the match at 6-7 in the 5th set .He did it and won yet another 5 set match at Wimbledon this week. Ward gave it all out there today but I'm sure he feels hugely disappointed, he knows that match was winnable.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga leaves Wimbledon following his loss to the BIG serving Croatian player, Ivo Karlovic, Tsonga played a good match, and didn't lose any of his serve games but Karlovic won the match in the tiebreak when Tsonga was not able to deliver his first serve across the net. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga has the right to feel even more disappointment. He may have actually had a chance to force the match to a decider had the empire spotted a double hit by the Croatian. Karlovic is a dangerous player and his massive serve is a huge threat to any opponent he's playing against – 41 aces in one match send a clear message – be afraid, be very afraid. Have I mention that the guy is 36 years old?
Andy Murray played on Centre this evening against Andreas Seppi from Italy. What a weird match that was... Andy started perfectly and quickly earned himself a 2-0 lead in sets. And then in the 3rd set his opponent asked for a medical timeout. Don't know what happened then and there but Andy couldn't get back to his game, and struggled in that set losing 6 games in a row. In the 4th when Seppi was leading 1-0 on serve, it was Andy's turn to call a physio to work on his shoulder, and guess what, when the medical timeout ended so did all of Andy's problems. Suddenly he was back to his form from the first 2 sets. He cruised through that set winning 6 games in a row and the whole match in 4 sets. Andy will now face Ivo Karlovic on Monday for a spot in quarters.
The French encounter between Gilles Simon (seed 12) and Gael Monfils (seed 18) is yet another example of how quickly things can turn around in a tennis match. The match started in the early evening on No. 1 Court. Monfils cruised through the first set winning it comfortably 6:3. Nice, but when you play best out of 5 sets, one set is just one small step. Simon won the second set easily to level the match 1 set all. He also won the 3rd set in a tiebreak. Due to low light match was suspended and the players moved to a half empty Centre Court. With the roof closed and the lights on the play resumed. Gael was first up to serve and he did it in an amazing style, blasting aces left and right. Simon struggled to adapt to the new conditions and lost the 4th set 2-6. And then it all changed again – Simon with his patient game pressured Gael to make a lot of risky shots resulting in lots of unenforced errors. Monfils struggled to control the ball and ended up over hitting his shots, frustrated with his game he couldn’t find the rhythm and hold his serve, on the match point he slipped and fell surrendering the final set 2-6 to Simon. Another fine example of how quickly momentum shifts during a match. Both men played some incredible tennis and what an entertaining match it was!
Ladies, ladies, ladies. Upsets, upsets, upsets. Jelena Jankovic, who's currently ranked 30 caused the upset of the day on the Centre Court. She was losing set to love, 2-4 in the second to the defending champion and managed to turn things around to win the match in 3 sets – 3:6 7:5 6:4. Wanted another example of shifting momentum? There you have it. Earlier this week Petra cruised through her opening match in 35 minutes, she didn't spend an hour on court in her second round match, she looked so very strong, focused, unbeatable even. I would have never thought she could be eliminated, let alone in the first week of this tournament.
Timea Bacsiniszky caused another upset of the day by eliminating one of the favourites, Sabine Lisicki. She won in straight sets 6:3 6:2 and was very convincing. Her French Open run to the semi-finals was no accident. The girl's got game. Garbine Muguruza battled past another German player Angelique Kerber (seed 10) winning in 3 sets.
Madison Keys, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caro Wozniacki also advance to the second week of the tournament.
Sunday's a day off for the players, for the grass and for me...