The third round of Wimbledon had a ‘super day’ this Friday that was key for the two Spaniards who continued in the tournament: Roberto Bautista Y Garbiñe Muguruza. The Spanish gave in to Jabeur and says goodbye to the English grass. Bautista, for his part, beat Koepfer in three sets and will face Shapovalov, Murray’s executioner, in the second round.
Garbiñe says goodbye to the tournament
The 2017 champion could not extend her candidacy for the Wimbledon title and, in the third round match, she lost to Tunisian Ons Jabeur (5-7, 6-3 and 6-2) who achieved access to the round of 16.
The Spanish, who got back on track after a great first set, could not get among the top sixteen four years later, in her first match at the center since she opened it in the 2018 edition. The Tunisian ended up coming back from the match and was led the second and third sets.
Bautista flies into eighths
Roberto Bautista qualified this Friday for the round of 16 of the Wimbledon tournament for the fourth time in his career by defeating German Dominik Koepfer 7-5, 6-1 and 7-6 (4).
The Castellón tennis player, who played for the third consecutive day after his match against Miomir Kecmanovic resumed this Thursday, did not notice the ravages of physical effort and got rid of Koepfer in three contested sets.
The first was not without tension, where Bautista was three times ‘break’ down and Koepfer got to serve to score it, but in a spectacular comeback, the Spanish took the last three games to give a fundamental blow to the game.
Because the inertia of this served him to devastate in the second by a devastating 6-1 and, although, it seems that the game was already going on the fast track, Koepfer, who gave war to Roger Federer in Paris, traced a ‘break ‘adverse in the first and came to have a set point and serve to go to the fourth.
But Bautista made another comeback. He escaped the German’s trap and in the tiebreaker he ended up tilting the game towards his side, getting closer and closer to the semifinals he defends in 2019.
At the moment it is already in the second week of the tournament and will return to court next Monday, to measure the winner of the duel between the Canadian Denis Shapovalov and the British Andy Murray, a match that will close the center court this Friday.
The Serbian Novak Djokovic is already in the second week of Wimbledon after a solid and worked victory against the American Denis Kudla by 6-4, 6-3 and 7-6 (7).
The Serbian, with his 17th straight win at the All England Club, is making leaps and bounds at Wimbledon, where he aims to equal the record of 20 Grand Slams held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Against Kudla he gave another lesson, this time away from the center court, by the participation in it of the British Dan Evans. He was moved to court 1, the second in importance of the tournament. The Serbian did not mind the change. Kudla had almost impossible, a priori, to give any kind of surprise, coming from the previous one and ranked number 114 in the world. Djokovic was in charge of confirming it.
Shapovalov charges Murray and Bautista will be measured
The Canadian Denis Shapovalov ended the odyssey of the British Andy Murray at Wimbledon, who he eliminated from the tournament in a resounding way, after winning 6-4, 6-3 and 6-2.
Shapovalov took advantage of a too passive and touched Murray, unable to land winners (16). Not even the heat of the center court, at the maximum of 50% capacity allowed, made Murray make another epic night.
The quickness of his legs and greater explosiveness of Shapovalov melted Murray, far from the competitive level of the match, both because of the load of matches he accumulated, especially with the five-set match against Oscar Otte, and because of the prosthesis in his hip and the time off the slopes. This Wimbledon was the first tournament in more than three months for Dunblane’s, who arrived as a guest, and managed to pass two rounds, far exceeding expectations.
It also did not help him that the roof of the plant was closed due to the arrival of the night after the second set. He could not compete face to face with Shapovalov, also fresher for having passed without playing the second round due to the retirement of Spanish Pablo Andújar. In two hours and 36 minutes, he closed his pass to the second week and closed the way to Murray, who at 35 years said goodbye to his thirteenth Wimbledon.
Shapovalov will be Roberto Bautista’s rival in the round of 16, after the Spaniard defeated German Dominik Koepfer in three sets.