It’s Magic Monday! Today is just a crazy day of tennis. Everything clashes with EVERYTHING. It’s going to be awesome and infuriating in equal measures. It’s unlikely that i’ll be able to watch anything in full so i’ve decided to keep this page up on mootennis.com and update it with the results and snippets of matches that I get to watch. Hopefully it will be of use to those who aren’t lucky enough to watch the coverage today. Enjoy today everybody… 😀
21:09pm: I hope you’ve enjoyed this first live post for Moo’s Tennis Blog covering what has been a crazy day of tennis. Women’s quarter-finals and the resumption of Djokovic-Anderson to look forward to on Tuesday 😀
21:05pm: And we are done for the day! Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson are halted at two sets all. Anderson played really well in the first two sets. I’m still reliving that point he played on set point in the second set tiebreak where he TOTALLY WENT FOR IT! Unfortunately the letdown came right at the start of the third set and it’s been Djokovic all the way since then. There was some great tennis to enjoy though at the end and the crowd were loving it. A fifth set will be played tomorrow.
19:39: Roger’s through to a last eight meeting with Gilles Simon… Federer defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets, 6-2 6-2 6-3 in one hour and 25 minutes. Bautista Agut took a nasty tumble in the second set but was able to carry on. I was enjoying mixed doubles on court 17 where Lukasz Kubot and Andrea Hlavackova edged out the pair of Madison Keys and Nick Kyrgios, 10-8 in the third set. We have just one singles match remaining with Novak Djokovic currently a set down to Kevin Anderson…
18:50pm: In a minor upset, Gilles Simon absolutely takes apart Tomas Berdych in straight sets, 6-3 6-2 6-2. In a strangely flat and subdued display from Berdych, Simon took full advantage and hit just 11 unforced errors in one hour and 56 minutes to reach his first Wimbledon quarter-final. Gilles has been playing some really solid tennis in the last month and will play either Roger Federer or Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarters. Just the top two left to close out singles action on Magic Monday…
18:45pm: Marin Cilic is into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the second consecutive year with a four set victory over the gutsy American, Denis Kudla, 6-4 4-6 6-3 7-5. I’ve missed a few men’s matches today but this has to be my favourite men’s match of the day so far; the fourth set was fantastic. There were plenty of lengthy games with Kudla giving it his all with a really brave effort. On one point, Cilic somehow recovered a Kudla smash which saw the American diving to get the ball. On another point, Kudla forfeited a point when he touched the net after a valiant effort to run up to the net. After finally breaking, Cilic served it out in style to love. Just three matches remaining, we are nearly there…
17:49pm: Andy Murray is also into the quarters where he will play Vasek Pospisil. Murray needed four sets to defeat Ivo Karlovic, 7-6(7) 6-4 5-7 6-4. Murray looked in control and had break points in that third set to go ahead. However, Karlovic stuck about and converted on his set point in the third set, forcing Murray long with a deep slice that just caught the line. The final set was fun and there were some great points. Murray sealed the break of serve with a hawkeye challenge that confirmed one of Karlovic’s balls was out. Karlovic prolonged the match with a superb half volley down match point but Murray served out the match to 15.
17:40pm: First result for a while with four men’s matches on at the moment… Stan Wawrinka continues to be at his clincial best, dispatching David Goffin in straight sets, 7-6(3) 7-6(7) 6-4 in the second match on No.1 Court. It wasn’t Stan’s best tennis as he hit 34 unforced errors in the first two sets. Goffin played some really tidy tennis but didn’t quite have it on the crucial points. In the second set tiebreak, Stan produced a magnificent hotshot, a sliced backhand passing shot and then drew the error from Goffin on set point. Goffin was up a break in the third set but Wawrinka came back to maintain his efficient route through the draw for the loss of no sets. Stan plays Reeshard in the quarters… that sounds fun!
16:37pm: And the women’s quarter-finals are set! Take a bow, Garbine Muguruza who has knocked out Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki back-to-back. Muguruza served an ace out wide to beat Wozniacki, 6-4 6-4. Wozniacki had her chances in the last game and hit a second serve return into the net on break point. The telling stat was Muguruza with 23 out of 28 points won at the net. She advanced up the court so well against Angie as well. She also went to town on Caro’s second serve. The Dane is still searching for a first quarter-final at Wimbledon. The quarter-finals all look great… Serena-Vika, Maria-CoCo, Timea-Garbine and Aga-Madison. I just cannot call those bottom half quarters!!!
16:00pm: The seventh of the women’s match is complete with Victoria Azarenka booking a tantalising quarter-final with Serena Williams. Azarenka defeated Belinda Bencic in straight sets, 6-2 6-3. Belinda has had a stunning grass court season and gave it her all. As always, and one of the reasons I like her, is she is SO classy in defeat. Talking of classy, this was just that from Azarenka. She dug out of a *0-40 service game in the first set and then refocused after getting broken in the second set to close out the match in style. She was aggressive and consistent, and took advantage of Bencic’s weakness which currently is the serve. Azarenka has flown under the radar playing all of her matches on the outside courts. Surely she’s on Centre on Tuesday?! Serena v Vika promises to be one to look forward to on Tuesday.
15:51pm: After being handed a breadstick opening set by Monica Niculescu, Timea Bacsinszky showed her character to find a way back, prevailing, 1-6 7-5 6-2 to record just her second win over the Romanian in six matches. Bacsinszky struggled to deal with Niculescu’s forehand slice and stunning defence. Bacsinszky needed two attempts at closing out the second set and then made her pressure tell in the decider. Bacsinszky has made back-to-back Grand Slam quarter-finals and let out a HUGE scream on match point. She looked so emotional at the end! Well done Timea 🙂
15:40pm: In the best match of the day so far, Agnieszka Radwanska produced a superb performance to take out Jelena Jankovic in a gruelling two setter, 7-5 6-4. The rallies in this match were off the scale. Two crazy stats from the first set… Radwanska hit 22 winners and Jankovic played 25 points at the net (winning 16 of them). Jankovic went up a break, playing delightful tennis, but Radwanska, crafty and aggressive, worked her way back into the set. She failed to serve it out at the first time of asking but converted on the second occasion. Radwanska went up a break in the second set with a number of WOW hotshots. Jankovic had a brief resurgence to get back on serve, but Radwanska refocused to serve out the match in straight sets. JJ lost it a bit with the umpire at the end when she was forced to have a second serve down break point at 4-4 after a third time violation for slow play. It was a peak JJ throughout as she was smiling a lot at some of Aza’s wizardry.
The final stats reflected the awesomeness of this match with a combined 62 winners (Aga 32 to Jelena 30) and so many points up at the net. Aga v Madison QF will be fascinating. Originally I was bigging up Madison but that performance from Aga cannot be ignored…
14:53pm: In a match that I watched none of (haha) Maria Sharapova books a quarter-final date with CoCo Vandeweghe after a straight sets win over Zarina Diyas, 6-4 6-4 on No.1 Court. Diyas had break points for a double break lead in the second set but Sharapova recovers to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time since 2011.
14:40pm: Richard Gasquet takes out Nick Kyrgios in four eventful sets, 7-5 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(6). Gasquet played some stunning tennis at the start of the match as Kyrgios’s head dropped in the second. He even got booed by the crowd and rightfully so as he clearly tanked a few points. Kyrgios saved two match points to win the third set as Reeshard angrily smashed his racquet. The Frenchman though held his nerve in the fourth set to complete a superb win and reach the quarters where he will play Stan Wawrinka or David Goffin in the quarters. Azarenka-Bencic and Wozniacki-Muguruza are both starting now and I CANNOT KEEP UP. Aga-JJ has been amazing so far!!!
14:26pm: In the all Williams clash, Serena produces a masterful performance to defeat Venus, 6-4 6-3. The second set was going with serve but Serena cranked it up a notch to win the last three games in super quick time. It was a decent match quality-wise and Serena looked in pretty superb form. Her serve was motoring at the end and her groundstrokes were on point. Watch out the rest of the field! In the first completed men’s results, Vasek Pospisil comes from two sets down to defeat Viktor Troicki. An amazing effort from the Canadian player who is into a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time in his career!
13:33pm: And the second result is an upset as CoCo Vandeweghe reaches her first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 7-6(1) 7-6(4) victory over Lucie Safarova. I’m sad for Lucie who had her chances; she served for the first set at *5-4 but played a poor game as she hit a double fault and three errors long to get broken to 15. This gave Vandeweghe a big confidence boost and she romped through the first set tiebreak as Lucie went away. The second set reminded me of the Eastbourne match against Domi. Lucie had her chances with break point but couldn’t convert. While she broke a hesitant CoCo back to get back level at 4-4, it was the big serving American who played the better tennis in the tiebreaks and deserved the win.
13:25 pm: Madison Keys is the first winner of the day, coming from a set down to beat Olga Govortsova, 3-6 6-4 6-1. Govortsova played some solid tennis for a set and a half, but Keys was messy, producing so many wild errors with little margin. Keys hung in though, much like she has done for the tournament, and had a couple of big holds to stay ahead in the second set. As Govortsova served at *4-5, she left a Keys lob that she could have EASILY got to and landed midway up the court. Keys went on to take the set, producing some miraculous defence on the set point. She hit a defensive lob just clipping the line and then pounded a forehand winner away with a huge scream.
Govortsova went up an early break in the decider, but Keys played some of her best tennis of the match to break back and then didn’t lose a game, claiming a virtual bagel. Keys hasn’t been impressive but she’s taken advantage of a very favourable draw to reach her first Wimbledon quarter-final. Keys will play Agnieszka Radwanska or Jelena Jankovic in the quarters.
11:30am: And here we go, the players are out on court! I’m starting with Safarova v Vandeweghe and Kyrgios v Gasquet but it’s going to get messy soon when Centre and No.1 Court start. Stay tuned for updates during the day when matches finish.
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