As the rain halted the second round match between Nick Kyrgios and Dustin Brown just three points in over on Court 2, the first blockbuster clash of the day to get fully underway was Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro under the Centre Court roof.
And Delpoooooooo won! It was the Argentine’s first top 5 win since October 2013 as he came from a set down to beat an out-of-sorts Wawrinka, 3-6 6-3 7-6(2) 6-3. There wasn’t a lot to call between the pair in the stats but Delpo was the more consistent player after the first set and served generally better.
It was awesome to hear the sound of the ball being hit under the Centre Court and there were some crunching rallies. There were also a few fun moments, one involving an errant challenge from Stan.
And Delpo hahaha!
Here’s Delpo’s press conference…
The rain eventually abated for Kyrgios and Brown to resume on court 2. With so much going on, I was dipping in and out but what I saw of it was super entertaining… as expected! Kyrgios was shouting at his box when he went down two sets to one, but he came back to win in five, 6-7(3) 6-1 2-6 6-4 6-4. Brown came up with one of the shots of the day.
Kyrgios’s press conference was also eventful… but when has it ever been uneventful?!
With all the WTA drama for Venus and Serena, I was kind of late to notice the match on Court 1 between Novak Djokovic and Sam Querrey. At close of play, Querrey leads by two sets to love, 7-6(6) 6-1! I’m excited as i’ll be on Court No.1 tomorrow so will get to see how this one plays out. The rain seemed to come at a good time for Djokovic and while he faces a tough ask, i’ll genuinely be stunned if he doesn’t turn it around and win in five.
Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner and Lucas Pouille all won in straight sets and beat the rain to book their places in the last 32.
There were words exchanged at the end of the match between Feliciano Lopez and Fabio Fognini… drama, drama, drama! Lopez came from two sets down to score a 3-6 6-7(5) 6-3 6-3 6-3 in three hours and eight minutes.
In the final completed match of the day, Roger Federer comfortably saw off Dan Evans in straight sets under the Centre Court roof, 6-4 6-2 6-2. The only second round men’s match that didn’t finish featured Alexander Zverev and Mikhail Youzhny with the pair on serve early in the fifth set.
A few highlights from Thursday. In case you didn’t see it, Viktor Troicki had one almighty outburst. I remember when he forced the cameraman to show a mark in Rome three years ago but i’m still flabbergasted by his behaviour.
Grigor Dimitrov just started his third round match against Steve Johnson but here he is having Thursday’s shot of the day. I’m pleased to see him having some joy on a tennis court.