Well hello there, Magic Monday! The craziest day of tennis has finally arrived and hurrah, the weather’s looking set fair. All 16 singles matches across the women’s and men’s draws will be played today. You can keep up-to-date with all the results as they come in with this live post on mootennis.com, which will be continually updated from 11.30am during the day. For last year’s Magic Monday post click HERE… Enjoyyy! 😀
21:27pm: I hope you enjoyed today’s Magic Monday live blog! I’m hoping to post a media round-up from today as well four women’s quarter-final previews (threee already up!). Today has been a busy day but i’m loving being able to devote all my time for the tennis. From Tuesday, it will be time to relax for my last two days off work!
21:24pm: What a dramatic end to the day! Jiri Vesely wins a quite remarkable fourth set tiebreak to level up his fourth round match against Tomas Berdych at two sets all. Vesely wasted a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak and Berdych even had two match points; however Vesely recovered to claim the tiebreak, which had its fair share of drama as Hawkeye could not be used in the gloomy conditions. Vesely has saved five match points having been down *5-6 *0-40. Berdych demanded for the match to played on Centre Court but he didn’t get his wish.
19:06pm: Ohhh that was disappointing. In one of the most anticipated matches of the day, Murray cruises through in straight sets against Nick Kyrgios, 7-5 6-1 6-4. Murray plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals. The only remaining singles match is Tomas Berdych v Jiri Vesely out on court 3 where Berdych is serving for the second set. Vesely won the opener…
18:43pm: Murray is cruising over on Centre Court against Kyrgios… I had a fear that this might be a letdown and it’s going that way right now. Another winner today is Lucas Pouille who has beaten Bernard Tomic in five sets, 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 10-8. An amazing effort from Pouille who I had out in R1 in my draw! He’d never won on grass before so I felt I had a valid reason haha!
18:19pm: Oh gosh, Richard Gasquet has just retired 😦 A back injury again for the Frenchman it would seem and another Wimbledon quarter-final for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who was leading 4-2 in the first set. A real bummer for Reeshard but also the No.1 Court crowd. Tsonga will play the winner of Andy Murray-Nick Kyrgios. Murray is up a set and a break on Centre Court. Bernard Tomic- Lucas Pouille on Court 12 is into extra-time and it’s a fun watch right now!
18:04pm: Milos Raonic comes back from two sets down to beat David Goffin, 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the second time in his career. I was worried for a moment there but a big win for Raonic with such an opening in his draw. Next up is Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals.
17:59pm: So the women’s quarters are now set! I think my favourite one is actually Cibulkova v Vesnina but I wonder what they will have left in the tank.
17:57pm: The women’s quarter-finals are set as Elena Vesnina reaches her first Slam quarter-final, serving it out at the second time of asking against doubles partner and good friend, Ekaterina Makarova, 5-7 6-1 9-7 in two hours and 47 minutes. What a day for Court 3 who got the two matches of the day as this followed Radwanska-Cibulkova. Makarova-Vesnina was a super entertaining match!
Vesnina kept her cool after getting a time violation to play two superb points to hold to 4-4 in the third set. Peak Vesnina was in the house with a backhand crosscourt winner and a gorgeous drop shot winner to break to *5-4. Serving for a first Slam quarter-final, Vesnina understandably felt the nerves and was broken to 30. She hit a smash into the ground later on with Makarova inching ahead on serve. Makarova saved two break points in an epic six deuce game to hold to 7-6… but full credit to the 29-year-old, Vesnina who held facing scoreboard pressure at *5-6 and *6-7. After another valiant hold from Vesnina, she went on to win the last ten (!) points of the match.
17:45pm: Venus follows sister, Serena into the quarter-finals, recovering from a really sluggish start to win in two tight sets, 7-6(3) 6-4. There was a wonderful match point and a big beaming smile from Venus, who is into a first Wimby quarter-final since 2010! The third women’s quarter is now set with Venus to play Yaroslava Shvedova on Tuesday.
16:53pm: A good time for the Williams sisters! Venus has bagged the opening set over Suárez Navarro on the tiebreak, 7-6(3) while Serena didn’t drop a game under the Centre Court roof, bulldozing home for a 7-5 6-0 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova. A good point from Lindsay Davenport in the commentary that with having to play three consecutive days, it has been ideal for Serena to finish these matches quickly to stay fresh. She absolutely dominated at the end against Kuznetsova, dropping just five points in the second set. The second of the women’s quarters is now set as Serena will play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday.
16:38pm: Play is underway again… Serena has steadied the ship to win the final two games of the first game against Kuznetsova to claim it, 7-5. Vesnina DID get that double break and has won the second set, 6-1 against Makarova.
16:16pm: Raiiiinnnnnn! This is a surprise because I didn’t see it on the forecast. The roof is already coming over on Centre but the other courts were still playing on for a time. Venus Williams has come back from a double break, 0-3* deficit to force a first set tiebreak against Carla Suárez Navarro. Venus looked extremely sluggish at the start but has started to move now (!) and was 4-2 up in the TB when play was suspended. Vesnina has come roaring back in the second set against Makarova and is on the verge of the double break up 4-1* 40-40*. Serena-Sveta should be restarting soon under the roof where Serena has just broken back to 5-5 in the first set.
15:57pm: Perhaps an upset brewing in the men’s draw? David Goffin is two sets up on Milos Raonic. With Djokovic going out early and Raonic producing some remarkably clean performances so far this tournament, that would be a surprise. Goffin leads, 6-4 6-3…
15:55pm: The results slowing down for now with the final three women’s matches on court. Serena and Venus are both up on the top two courts and struggling… but don’t forget about the fourth rounder on court 3 between Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. It’s been a high quality match so far with Makarova recovering from a 2-4 deficit to finally close out the first set, 7-5. The pair combined for 29 winners and 12 unforced errors in the opener so if you can, pull up a stream 🙂
15:15pm: Sam Querrey backs up his win over Novak Djokovic with a comfortable straight sets win over Nicolas Mahut, 6-4 7-6(5) 6-4. I’m really surprised by that one, I thought there would be a letdown! Kudos to Sam…
15:09pm: Simona Halep is into the Wimbledon quarter-finals and she’ll play Angelique Kerber on Tuesday. Halep beat a struggling, Madison Keys, 6-7(5) 6-4 6-3. Poor Madison seemed to pick up a leg injury in the third set but Halep stayed focused to close out the match. Halep twice failed to serve out the first set and missed four set points. The final four games of the first set all featured breaks with both players showing remarkable defence each securing a break with a lob winner. Halep looked a little lost as Keys worked into a set and a break lead but she fought her way back to win the second set. Halep needed just the one break of serve in the third set to complete the win in one hour and 56 minutes.
15:03pm: The first of the men’s quarter-finals is all set and will see Roger Federer play Marin Cilic. It will be the first time they have played since Cilic produced an exceptional display in the US Open semi-finals en route to winning his first Slam. Federer overcame the Nottingham champion, Steve Johnson, 6-2 6-3 7-5 in the first match on Centre Court.
15:01pm: Gutted to see Lucie Safarova go out but full credit to Yaroslava Shvedova who plays another superb match, winning through, 6-2 6-4. Shvedova didn’t face a break point and while she served exceptionally well, it was another disappointing return day for Lucie. Still, reaching the fourth round is a great achievement after all Lucie has been through. If Shvedova can stay focused and on top of her nerves, she’s dangerous!
14:55pm: Wow, I think that’s the match of the year… Dominika Cibulkova serves out the win over Agnieszka Radwanska at the third time of asking, 6-3 5-7 9-7. Cibulkova missed a match point up 6-3 *5-4 and Radwanska promptly soared back to take the second set. Radwanska had the momentum at the start of the third set but Cibulkova had a few gutsy holds and began to find the rhythm on her groundstrokes again. After the pair exchanged breaks to 4-4, Radwanska saved three break points in the game at 4-4, coming up with the shot of the match on a reactive forehand winner. Radwanska saved another five break points at 5-5 to stay ahead.
But Cibulkova showed some quite remarkable resilence to get over the missed break point opportunities. She saved a match point of her own to hold to 6-6. The quality in the third set was just incredible. I’m using all these superlatives but it just doesn’t do it justice. Cibulkova was playing PEAK tennis and Radwanska kept coming up with the goods. Cibulkova failed to serve out the match at *7-6 but after breaking yet again to serve for it at *8-7, Cibulkova finally put away another forehand winner
Absolutely thrilled to see such a warm embrace as well. A wonderful advertisement for the WTA…
14:31pm: Sorry for the lack of updates but Radwanska-Cibulkova has been FANTASTIC and i’m hooked! Match of the year contender, for sure. Both players have had match points and the quality in the third set has been OFF THE CHART! Currently 7-7 with Cibulkova failing to serve it out at *7-6.
14:12pm: It’s all happening right now! Gutted for Kei Nishikori who has been forced to retire down 1-6 1-5 in his fourth round match. Marin Cilic is into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the third consecutive year.
13:25pm: Now things are getting crazy! Halep-Keys is underway and Shvedova-Safarova has also just started! Cibukova had a match point against Radwanska in the second set up 6-3 *5-4 but dropped her serve in a marathon tenth game. Cibulkova got a little tight but it was a superb turnaround from Radwanska who came up with some big winners and forceful play. Can Domi come back? Going to be tough now…
13:01pm: Wow, didn’t see this one coming! My brother told me to watch out for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova after she comfortably saw off Timea Bacsinszky on Sunday… looks like I should have paid him more attention! The Russian player produced another superb performance to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time in her career. In fact, it is the first time Pavs is into a Slam quarter-final since the 2011 US Open. Pavs defeated the in-form, CoCo Vandeweghe, 6-3 6-3. CoCo just couldn’t get anything going in this match and with just 49% of first serves in, barely won more than half of the points on her normally lethal serve. Too clean from Pavs…
12:51pm: We have our first winner of the day! Angelique Kerber beats Misaki Doi, 6-3 6-1 to book her place in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. Kerber was solid in the opener but took control in the second set with some more aggressive play, hitting 17 winners to 9 unforced errors; she finished the match with a lovely wrong-footing forehand winner. A great tournament for Doi, but just too many errors in the end.
12:28pm: Another 6-3 scoreline! Dominika Cibulkova looks in irresistible form so far with some brutal hitting, particularly from the forehand side. It was an encouraging start but Radwanska is going to have to do something different to get Cibulkova out of her rhythm right now. I didn’t realise Domi leads match wins in 2016 and in this form, she’s heading to #33. Still, it’s far too early to write off Aga just yet…
12:22pm: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova wins the first singles set of the day, 6-3 over an error-strewn, CoCo Vandeweghe so far. The Australian Open champion, Angelique Kerber is also up a set on Misaki Doi, 6-3. Kerber hit one magnificent forehand passing shot in that set and while Doi is looking more aggressive in the rallies, she is committing far too many unforced errors to contend with Kerber right now.
11:30am: The first singles matches of the day are now coming onto court! We have Angelique Kerber v Misaki Doi on court 2 and arguably the best women’s match of the day between Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova starting over on court 3 (Preview HERE). Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v CoCo Vandeweghe opens on court 18. It’s a busy start but things will get kerrrrazy when Centre and No.1 Court begin at 1pm.