Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wimbledon 2011 - Third and Fourth Rounds

Juan Martin Del Potro
Number one Rafael Nadal beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6, 7-6, 6-0 in the third round Friday/Saturday.  On Monday Rafa took on Juan Martin Del Potro, the 24th seeded player from Argentina who is looking to climb the rankings.  Del Potro beat Gilles Simon of France 7-6, 7-6, 7-5 in the third round, but on Monday he did not have the same luck as he lost to Nadal 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.  The game was intense and they both had thier ups and downs.  Delpo definetly had a shot at winning this one especially when Rafa had a bit of a knee injury.  Tempers flared for both players as Nadal argued a point.  It is unusual for him to get angry about it like he did, especially at Wimbledon.  As Nadal got back to his usual ways Del Potro showed his anger and frustration of the long and physically draining match by smashing his racquet down during a change over.

Nadal after he defeated Del Potro.
No. 2 ranked Novak Dkojovic has to put up a tough fight against Marcos Baghdatis.  Novak won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and in the fourth round he had no problem beating Michael Llodra of France 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.  Novak will take on Bernard Tomic of Australia in the quarters and honestly Tomic doesn't have a chance.

Novak after he beat Llodra.
Federer beat David Nalbandian in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in his third rounder.  Fed had more of a challenge in the fourth round but still came out victorious, beating Mikhail Youzhhny of Russia 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.  Roger will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the quarterfinals.

Fed playing against Youzhny.
Andy Murray has kept the dreams of the British alive of being the first person from Britain to win Wimbledon in a long long time.  He beat Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 and went on to beat No. 17 Richard Gasquet of France who I thought would give him problems, but Murray prevailed 7-6, 6-3, 6-2.  Murray will play Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the quarters and you got to give the edge to Murray in that one.

No. 5 Robin Soderling was upset in the third round losing to Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.

No. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic beat Alex Bogomolov Jr. of the USA quite easily 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.  Berdych who is last years runner up failed to equal or beat that bench mark when he lost to the American Mardy Fish in the fourth round.  Mardy will play Nadal in the quarterfinals.

Mardy pumps his fist after a winner against Berdych.
Ferrer dodged a bullet when he was almost upset by Ryan Harrison back in the second round and in the third round he took care of business, beating Karol Beck of Slovakia 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.  In the fourth round though he didnt have such luck, losing to the Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 4-6, 6-7.

Tsonga after he upset Ferrer.
No. 8 Andy Roddick of the US could not reach it back to the final of Wimbledon like he did in 2009 after his third round loss to Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-7, 6-7, 4-6.

Gael Monfils who is seeded number nine also lost in the third round to Lukasz Kubot 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 3-6.


  1. Great article, completely missed the 3rd round

  2. Del Potro was very, very close. He could have won. And coming from almost a year of not playing, and against Nadal, that's really something. We argentinians hope to see him play at the level that made him win US Open again :)

  3. Things are shaping up I see! Will be fierce from now on!

  4. never really been into tennis though i played in HS, thanks for the update of how things are going though in the tennis world!

  5. Dzoko is going to win mark my words :S

  6. Bloody Nadal. How does he dare to defeat Del Potro? Wimbledon has lost interest for me... until the semis.

  7. Tsonga looks happy as hell, but why shouldn't he be? lol

  8. Tennis is an amazing sport, Nadal is very skilled.