End of the third round in London, with a tricolor feat, a beautiful blue story that continues, an incredible showdown and a legend more alive than ever.
The electric confrontation
It was announced and did not fail. There was electricity in the air between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas. And Nick Kyrgios, the lowest ranked (40th) had the last word against Stefanos Tsitsipas, 5th in the world after an electric match won by 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-3, 7 – 6 (9 /). 7). With entertainment on the court, London audience more dissipated than usual and maximum tension between the two players (penalty point, insults …). The Australian will meet in the round of 16 the American Brandon Nakashima (56th).
The living legend
After two hard days, Rafael Nadal calmed down against the Italian Lorenzo Sonego, devastated by 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. “This is my best match since the start of the tournament, against the best of my three rivals so far. I’m glad I increased my level of play“The 36-year-old Spaniard commented that he will try to gain more momentum in the eighth position against Bands van de Zandschulp. The Grand Slam calendar is still possible.
Alizé Cornet managed to overthrow Iga Swiatek in the third round, ending the Polish streak of 37 consecutive victories. With art and manners. The 32-year-old Frenchwoman defeated the invincible Pole 6-4, 6-2. “ After winning my second round, I had this belief that it could be me who would break his streak. I thought the lawn was the best opportunity to do that. Because it’s probably its worst surface. »Winning bet.
Fairy Tale by Harmony Tan
In the middle of a rally against Britain’s Katie Boulter, swept 6-1 and 6-1, Serena Williams’ most serious continues her incredible career at Wimbledon. And you still can’t believe it. Mostly because he crushed his opponent in 51 minutes. Simply the fastest win since the start of the tournament.
Lamentations of Gasquet
Beaten by Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp (25th) by 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-1, Gasquet lamented to the press his many missed opportunities in the first round. Richard Gasquet was betrayed for his service at key moments this Saturday against the 25th in the world, with no more and no less than nine double fouls. And especially in the first set when he led 5-3. Biterrois scored five points out of seven, but committed four double fouls, including three in a row to offer the break to their rival …
Three Frenchmen qualified for the round of 16 at Wimbledon, having not been to London since 2005 (Mauresmo, Pierce and Dechy).
The other statistic
With Taylor Fritz’s 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (3) win over Alex Molcan, there are now four Americans in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. A first since 1995 (Agassi, Martin, Sampras and Courier).
The shock of female painting
Spaniard Paula Badosa overtook grass specialist Petra Kvitova, a double winner at Church Road (7-5, 7-6). The 4th player in the world will be in 8e final another winner of the 2019 test Simona Halep, quiet faller of Magdalena Frech 6-4, 6-1.
American Coco Gauff, 12th in the world and finalist in the last Roland-Garros, was eliminated on Saturday in the third round by her compatriot Amanda Anisimova (25th) 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6 – 1. A small surprise because after his career at Roland-Garros, he presented himself on the London turf as one of the title contenders. It is Anisimova, then, who will challenge the Harmony Tan tricolor surprise.
“On Thursday, I learned that my father had only booked home until Friday. He thought he would eliminate me sooner. I had to look for a hotel quickly, there was very little availability, but I was able to find one at a hotel next to the club. said smiling Ajla Tomljanovic, qualified for the next round after her victory against Barbora Krejcikova. 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 The Australian will try to extend her stay in London against Alizé Cornet in the round of 16.