Wimbledon 2018: Marin Cilic knocked out, Nadal and Djokovic advance

first_imgThird seed and last year’s runner-up Marin Cilic crashed out of the Wimbledon 2018 in the second round on Thursday. However, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic recorded comfortable victories to move into the third round.Cilic won the first two sets and looked like registering a convincing victory but Guido Pella of Argentina made a superb comeback to beat the Croatian 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5 on No.1 Court in 3 hours and 13 minutes.Pella, who has very limited experience on grass and had lost to Cilic in three sets at the 2015 U.S. Open in their only previous meeting, was undoubtedly helped by Wednesdays rain interruptions.”Yesterday he was playing so, so good, hitting the ball so hard that I couldn’t do anything, Pella said.Also read – Wimbledon 2018: Simona Halep cruises into 3rd round, Eugenie Bouchard out”So the rain helped me a lot. Today I played differently, tried to be more aggressive, he started to feel uncomfortable. I tried to hit the ball hard and fight for every ball and I think in the end that’s why I won.”Every time you play this kind of player, they try to break your serve in the first game and that’s what he got in the first two sets.”NADAL LABOURS TO VICTORYThe scoreboard said 6-4 6-3 6-4 to Rafael Nadal but it was an uneasy two-and-a-half hours for the Spanish world number one as he laboured past Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin into the third round. Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory (Reuters Photo)Two-time champion Nadal, 32, never quite got to grips with the unorthodox Kazakh’s low, skidding shots and faced 13 break points in an entertaining Centre Court contest.advertisementAlso read – What distracted Eugenie Bouchard during her first round Wimbledon winHad Kukushkin converted a few more of them it could have got really complicated for Nadal, who is still finding his grasscourt game after claiming an 11th French Open title.Nadal took 10 minutes to hold his opening service game and was still being asked questions by the world number 77 in the third when he slipped 3-1 behind in the face of some inspired shot-making by his opponent.The 17-times Grand Slam champion dug in though and managed to avoid being dragged further into the afternoon, claiming victory when Kukushkin’s forehand smacked into the net tape.Nadal will face Australian teenager Alex De Minaur next.Also read – Gerard Pique unwinds at Wimbledon after Spain’s World Cup 2018 exitWAWRINKA CRASHES OUTStan Wawrinka’s poor run at recent Grand Slams continued when the Swiss lost 7-6(7) 6-3 7-6(6) against Italian journeyman Thomas Fabbiano.Wawrinka, winner of three Grand Slam tournaments, trailed by two sets overnight but was 6-5 ahead in the third when play resumed in muggy conditions.He then had two set points in the tiebreak but could not convert either, spraying one backhand well wide, and the 29-year-old qualifier Fabbiano completed the biggest victory of his career.Since reaching least year’s French Open final Wawrinka has tumbled down the rankings from three to his current 224, mainly as a consequence of the knee surgery he required last year.He lost in the first round of the French Open this year, the second round in Australia and at last year’s Wimbledon he was knocked out in round one. He did not play the U.S. Open.Fabbiano, ranked 133rd, goes on to play either American Jared Donaldson or Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round — the furthest he has ever been in a Grand Slam.Also read – World Cup 2018: Lethargic Switzerland got what they deserved, feels FedererDJOKOVIC OVERCOMES THIGH PROBLEM TO ADVANCENovak Djokovic battled past a thigh problem to beat Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. Novak Djokovic in action in the second round (Reuters Photo)Djokovic called for a trainer and had his left leg massaged when leading 4-3 in the third set. But he easily held serve in the next game and broke Zeballos again to close out the match.ISNER TAKES FIVE SETS TO WINJohn Isner almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory but survived to beat Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelman in a delayed second-round match.The American ninth seed eventually won 6-1 6-4 6-7(3) 6-7(6) 7-5 but he came desperately close to another Wimbledon failure.On Wednesday, he led two sets to love and held a match point in the third set but the 105th-ranked Bemelmans stormed back to win two tiebreaks and level the match before rain intervened.On the resumption Bemelmans came close to a big shock when Isner served at 4-5 and trailed 15-40 but he saved both match points with booming aces, two of the 64 he sent down — the fourth highest total ever at Wimbledon.advertisementAlso read – Wimbledon 2018: Ball girl hit by 217-kmph serve, consoled by playersBemelmans tightened up at 4-5 and double-faulted on the way to being broken and Isner wrapped up victory, despite facing a break point, in the following game as he forced an error.Isner now has the chance to record his best Wimbledon performance, having never been past the third round.To achieve that he will have to get past Moldovan Radu Albot who beat Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in five sets.OTHER RESULTS:Nick Kyrgios beat Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4, 7-5Straight sets victory. Straight into the third [email protected] cruises through against Robin Haase, winning 6-3, 6-4, 7-5#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/PPHb9uOT6LWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018Diego Schwartzman lost to Jiri Vesely 3-6, 4-6, 6-7(3)Denis Shapovalov lost to Benoit Paire 6-0, 2-6, 4-6, 6-7(3)Kei Nishikori beat Bernard Tomic 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(7), 7-5Battle [email protected] seals his spot in the third round at #Wimbledon after a tough encounter against Bernard Tomic.Nick Kyrgios awaits next… pic.twitter.com/CIwhYvtnspWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018Juan Martin del Potro beat Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1, 6-2Kyle Edmund beat Bradley Klahn 6-4, 7-6(0), 6-2Fabio Fognini beat Simone Bolelli 6-3, 6-4, 6-1Alexander Zverev trailing Taylor Fritz 6-4, 5-7, 6-7(0) [match suspended]Sleep tight, Centre Court. #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/2MXdOqEqbyWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018last_img

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