The 5th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Gentlemen’s Singles Draw

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Number 1 seed Andy Murray (GBR) faced 28th seed Fabio Fognini (ITA), both of whom are known to have the occasional outburst on court. Murray raced to a 1 set lead 6-2 only for the momentum to swing the Italian’s way in the second, taking it 6-4. Murray seemed to be back on track as he took the third set 6-1 but yet again the Italian came back. Fognini had set points at 5-2 in the fourth set, but in a remarkable comeback, Murray won the next 5 games to take the set 7-5 and the match 6-2 4-6 6-1 7-5. He meets Benoit Paire (FRA) who made easy work of Jerzy Janowicz (POL) in straight sets 6-2 7-6 6-3.

Two time champion and 5 time finalist Rafael Nadal (ESP) faced Next Gen star and 30th seed Karen Khachanov (RUS). The talented 21 year old Russian got a bruising lesson in tennis, losing the first two sets 6-4 6-1. He fought back in the third set to force Nadal into a tie-break, but Nadal’s class shone through and he won in straight sets 6-4 6-1 7-6. The 4th seed will face fellow left-hander 16th seed Gilles Muller (LUX) who ended the promising campaign of Aljaz Bedene (GBR). The strange match ended in straight sets 7-6 7-5 6-4 without either player looking particularly happy with their performance. Muller gestured his annoyance to his team regularly in a Murrayesque display.

9th seed Kei Nishikori (JPN) made another terrible start in his match against 18th seed Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP). He lost the first 2 sets 6-4 7-6, then picked himself up to take the third set 6-3. Nishikori was ahead a break in the fourth set, and there were hopes of a fifth set, before the 9th seed displayed a total lack of belief to lose 6-3. Bautista Agut will meet 7th seed Marin Cilic (CRO), who continued quietly moving through the draw, beating an emotional 26th seed Steve Johnson (USA) in straight sets 6-4 7-6 6-4.

12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) has a great Wimbledon pedigree, reaching the quarter finals 4 times, including last year. He faced 24th seed Sam Querrey (USA) who also reached the quarter finals last year. Perhaps unsurprisingly because of their records for 5 setters, it was an epic battle, one we will have to wait to see the outcome of as bad light suspended play in the final set. The winner will play Kevin Anderson (RSA) who saw off the world number 124 Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) in straight sets 7-6 6-4 7-6.

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