The 3rd Day at Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Draw

In the day’s controversial match, Next Gen star Daniil Medvedev (RUS) who knocked out 5th seed Wawrinka in the first round, lost his cool in a tense 5 set contest on the non-Hawk-Eye outer courts. His opponent, world number 124 Ruben Bemelmans (BEL), was the benefactor of 5 chair umpire overrules in quick succession, leaving Medvedev questioning the integrity of the chair and calling for her replacement. The tournament officials denied his request and the match continued, Medvedev losing 4 games on the trot and gaining a racquet violation to add to his frustrations. He lost the match 6-4 6-2 3-6 2-6 6-3 and proceeded to make a further spectacle of himself by tossing coins at the umpire to suggest a bribe had taken place. In the post-match conference Medvedev admitted to being wrong and apologised to everyone involved. It wasn’t enough to spare him a $14,500 fine for his conduct and the racquet violation that damaged the delicate playing surface. Bemelmans will face Kevin Anderson (RSA) who made short work of Adreas Seppi (ITA) 6-3 7-6 6-3.

Number 1 seed Andy Murray (GBR) and crowd favourite Dustin Brown (GER) had the tough job of following Konta on Centre Court, and for a while it looked like it might live up to the hype. Brown’s showstopping plays and flamboyant style were great to watch, but Murray stayed the course and in the end Brown made mistakes at crucial moments. You feel that if Brown applied himself properly he’d be a real great but he’s too busy enjoying himself, and why not. A thoroughly enjoyable but all too short match, Murray winning 6-3 6-2 6-1. The number 1 seed will face the 28th seed Fabio Fognini (ITA) who came through in straight sets against Jiri Vesely (CZE) 7-6 6-4 6-2.

The 4th seed Rafael Nadal (ESP) put in another impressive display against former teenage prodigy Donald Young (USA). You get the feeling it wouldn’t have mattered who was at the other side of the net, the result would have been the same. Be it the nerves, the occasion, the opponent, Young was missing in the first 2 sets. He picked his game up in the third, but it was too little too late. Nadal advances 6-4 6-2 7-5 to face talented Next Gen star and 30th seed Karen Kachanov (RUS). The Russian is making slightly harder work of his draw after a 5 set first round match and a 4 set second round match. He beat Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 3-6 7-6 7-6 7-5.

Following up an impressive win against the 21st seed Ivo Karlovic (CRO), Aljaz Bedene (GBR) went through to the third round beating his good friend Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3 and faces 16th seed Gilles Muller (LUX). Muller had a tough 5 set second round against Lukas Rosol (CZE) coming through in the end 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-3 9-7.

7th seed Marin Cilic (CRO) goes through without dropping a set despite being pushed by Florian Mayer (GER) 7-6 6-4 7-5. Cilic will play 26th seed Steve Johnson (USA) who overcame Radu Albot (MDA) 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-3.

9th seed Kei Nishikori (JPN) advances despite dropping a set to Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 6-4 6-7 6-1 7-6 and will face 18th seed Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) who also dropped a set to world number 140 Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 6-2 6-1 3-6 6-3.

12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) is safely through, despatching qualifier Simone Bolelli (ITA) in straight sets 6-1 7-5 6-2. He’ll play 24th seed Sam Querrey (USA) who beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-3.

Last year’s quarter finalist 14th seed Lucas Pouille (FRA) ended his 2017 run against Jerzy Janowicz (POL) who has fallen down the rankings in recent years. The Frenchman lost in 4 sets 7-6 7-6 3-6 6-1. Janowicz will face another Frenchman after Benoit Paire (FRA) beat compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 7-6 6-1 6-4.

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