LONDON, July 5, 2017
Defending champion Andy Murray maintained his record of always reaching the third round at Wimbledon, beating Germany’s Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court on Wednesday.
The world No. 1 was wary of the threat posed by Brown, who has defeated a former champion here before – overcoming Rafael Nadal in the second round in 2015. Finding his form again on grass, Brown ended a four-match losing streak at the majors after defeating Joao Sousa in four sets on Monday.
Murray, however, proved to be rock solid throughout the encounter. He hit 31 winners to just five unforced errors, breaking Brown five times to advance in one hour and 36 minutes.
“I was getting a lot of free points there. I served a lot bigger than I did in the first round which was good, he wasn’t able to attack my second serve like he tries to do. So that was positive,” Murray was pleased afterwards.
“I moved pretty well, too. Against guys that play a lot of drop shots and come forward, you need to move well and I did that.”
Next up for Murray could be another tricky affair, taking on the tournament’s number 28 Fabio Fognini, who edged past Jiri Vesely 7-6, 6-4, 6-2. The 30-year-old Italian fired 11 aces and didn’t drop serve to seal victory in one hour and 47 minutes.
Rafael Nadal has reached the third round at Wimbledon for only the second time since he finished runner-up in London in 2011. The 31-year-old Spaniard defeated US-American lefthander Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 in the final match on centre court. Nadal won 80 per cent of his first service points and broke serve five times to prevail in two hours and 11 minutes.
“I played a solid match. I am happy to reach the third round without dropping a set,” Nadal told and added:
“I want to improve day by day and I just try to enjoy every moment here.” The fourth seed from Mallorca will next take on Russia’s Karen Khachanov.
Medvedev Loses The Plot
Daniil Medvedev, who stunned third seed Stan Wawrinka in the opening round to celebrate his first Grand Slam match win, had a meltdown after losing his second round encounter against Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium, when the Russian youngster was throwing coins towards the umpire after some questionable decisions, what seemed to look like implying bribery.
Medvedev was 2-0 up in the deciding set but suddenly found himself 5-2 down, becoming more and more irate with the umpire’s decisions. The 21-year-old asked for her to be removed, but the supervisor denied. After he lost the match, Medvedev got his wallet out and started throwing coins at the bottom of the umpire’s chair.
The Moscow native eventually apologized for his behaviour in his post-match press conference.
From the man himself!
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