The 4th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Gentlemen’s Singles Draw

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

2nd seed Novak Djokovic (SRB) breezed past Adam Pavlasek (CZE) 6-2 6-2 6-1 without breaking a sweat and will be surprised to see that his next opponent is not Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG). The 29th seed crashed out of the tournament in straight sets 6-4 6-4 7-6 to world number 589 Ernests Gulbis (LAT) who is also coming back from injury.

3rd seed Roger Federer (SUI) played world number 79 Dusan Lajovic (SRB). The effort of taking the first set to a tie-break against the 7 time Wimbledon Champion proved too much for the Serb, who quickly lost the breaker to 0, and the following sets. Final score 7-6 6-3 6-2. Federer meets 27th seed Mischa Zverev (GER) who scraped through in 5 sets against Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-1 6-2 2-6 3-6 6-4.

6th seed Milos Raonic (CAN) made his way into the third round, beating Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) in 4 sets 3-6 7-6 6-4 7-5. Raonic will face 25th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) who narrowly came past 19 year old Andrey Rublev (RUS) in a difficult 5 set match 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-3 6-4.

Talented 8th seed Dominic Thiem (AUT) made it past former quarter finalist Gilles Simon (FRA) 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-4 despite losing the first set. He now plays 20 year old Jared Donaldson (USA) who knocked out 32nd seed Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-4 7-6 6-7 6-2.

Qualifier Sebastian Ofner (AUT) produced the shock of the day in the gentlemen’s draw, despatching 17th seed Jack Sock (USA) in a tough 5 sets, taking the first two sets 6-3 6-4, before Sock came back to take the next two sets 6-3 6-2. Ofner won the final set convincingly 6-2 to complete the upset. He will play Next Gen star and 10th seed Alexander Zverev (GER) who had no trouble against Frances Tiafoe (USA) winning 6-3 6-4 6-3.

Another retirement as Steve Darcis (BEL) managed only 18 mins and 3 games against David Ferrer (ESP) before succumbing to a back injury. Ferrer plays 11th seed Tomas Berdych (CZE) who dropped a set on his way past Ryan Harrison (USA), beating him 6-4 6-3 6-7 6-3.

In what was probably the best shot of the day, 13th seed Grigor Dimitrov sealed an easy victory against crowd favourite Marcos Baghdatis (CYP). In a display of sublime tennis, Dimitrov made the anything but boring Baghdatis look ordinary, beating him 6-3 6-2 6-1. Dimitrov will play the diminutive Dudi Sela (ISR) who battled past 23rd seed big John Isner (USA) in 5 sets 6-7 7-6 5-7 7-6 6-3.

Local lad Kyle Edmund (GBR) started well against entertainer and 15th seed Gael Monfils (FRA), pushing the first set into a tie-break. Unfortunately, Edmund played a poor tie-break and Monfils won the breaker comfortably 7-1. Perhaps it was the disappointment of losing the first set in that fashion after working so hard that meant Edmund’s level never quite recovered. Monfils never looked troubled and even gave a few points away showboating, winning eventually 7-6 6-4 6-4. He will play fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino (FRA) who came through in some controversy after a 5 set contest against Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 6-1 5-7 4-6 7-6 6-2. Mannarino was docked a point for “shoving” a ball boy at a change of ends.

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