Wimbledon, Day 7: Andy Roddick Out After Lu Yen-Hsun Pulls Off Stunning Upset

SB Nation's Ben Rothenberg breaks down the action from Day 7 at Wimbledon.

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Wimbledon: No 2 Rafael Nadal Notches Easy Win Over Paul-Henri Mathieu

No. 2 Rafael Nadal has reached his 14th quarterfinal in his last sixteen majors with an extremely convincing 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over unseeded Paul-Henri Mathieu.

After needing five sets to win each of his past two matches, Nadal was in control quickly in all three sets against Mathieu, getting an early break in each frame and never looking back.

Nadal acknowledged in his post match interview with the BBC that he will need to “serve really well” if he is going to have a shot against No. 6 Robin Soderling in their quarterfinal showdown on this fast surface.

But with Soderling’s struggles today against David Ferrer, another Spaniard who is best on clay, Nadal is probably feeling better about the match-up than he was yesterday.


Wimbledon: No. 5 Andy Roddick Upset By Lu Yen-Hsun, 9-7 In Fifth Set

Three-time Wimbledon finalist No. 5 Andy Roddick suffered a shock upset at the hands of Taiwanese No. 82 Lu Yen-Hsun, falling 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 9-7 on Court 2.

Lu had not lost a set going into this match, and used his serve, speed, and forehand with lethal effect throughout the match.

Similar to his loss in the 2009 Wimbledon final to Roger Federer, Roddick was not broken until the final game of the match.

The shock loss will likely put Roddick a few spots lower on the rankings as his points from the 2009 final fall off.

Roddick’s loss combined with Sam Querrey’s loss to Andy Murray mean that there are no more men left in the Gentlemen’s Singles draw at Wimbledon. Both Venus and Serena Williams remain alive in the Ladies’ Singles.

Lu will now face No. 3 Novak Djokovic in a surprising quarterfinal match-up, bucking the conventional wisdom that had Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt reaching that stage of the tournament.


Wimbledon: Patient No. 4 Andy Murray Beats No. 18 Sam Querrey, Makes Third Straight Wimbledon Quarterfinal

No. 4 Andy Murray is into his third consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 over American No. 18 Sam Querrey.

Querrey was down a break 2-5 in the first set, but rallied to even the frame at 5-5, and even had triple break point on Murray’s serve at 0-40. But Querrey couldn’t finish the job, and folded as a steadier Murray took the first set 7-5.

From there, it was a lot more of Murray scrambling behind the baseline until an inevitable Querrey winner or error ended the point.

It was enough for today, but it won’t be enough for Murray to beat Tsonga in the quarterfinals or Soderling in the semis.


Wimbledon: No. 3 Novak Djokovic Recovers, Beats No. 14 Lleyton Hewitt In Four

Whatever treatment No. 3 Novak Djokovic received in the third set must have worked, as Djokovic seemed fully recovered by the fourth set, finishing off a somewhat surprising win over No. 14 Lleyton Hewitt, 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Djokovic was able to keep rallies short with aggressive play, limiting the 2002 Wimbledon champion’s ability to counterpunch as effectively as he can.

When asked after the loss if he could tell if anything was wrong with Djokovic, Hewitt said “I don’t know. He’s always got something.”


Wimbledon: No. 5 Andy Roddick Forces Fifth Set Against Lu Yen-Hsun

Another set without a break led to the third consecutive tiebreak in the match. Roddick again started the tiebreak loosely, hitting a backhand into the net to give Lu a minibreak lead, which he extended to 3-0.

But Roddick earned the minibreak back to level the tiebreak at 3-3, and at 5-5 a Lu error gave Roddick set point, which Roddick promptly won with an ace out wide to level the match at two sets apiece and keep his Wimbledon run alive.

Lu will be serving first in the decisive fifth set.


Wimbledon: No. 5 Andy Roddick Trails Lu Yen-Hsun Two Sets To One

A second straight lousy tiebreak has put No. 5 Andy Roddick on the brink of elimination in the fourth round against unseeded Lu Yen-Hsun.

Roddick won the first set 6-4, with the only break match but has dropped the last two in tiebreaks to put himself in a big hole on Court 2.

Lu has a couple big wins to his name in his career, including beating Andy Murray in the first round of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. But this would be by far his biggest career move at a grand slam.


Wimbledon: No. 1 Serena Williams Beats No. 16 Maria Sharapova In Straight Sets, Moves Into Quarterfinals

No. 1 Serena Williams beat No. 16 Maria Sharapova 7-6(9), 6-4 in a marquee fourth round match on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

The story in the second set was the serve. Serena’s serve was absolutely unflappable, never facing a break point. Sharapova served relatively well as well, but a couple ill-timed double faults in the third game of the set helped Serena secure the one break she needed on what was the only break point either player had in the second set.

Serena moves on, but Sharapova has a lot of positives to take away from the loss. Her serve held up better than it has in the past year or so, and she effectively matched Serena’s power and depth off the ground. If she had just been able to convert one of those three set points she had in the first frame, this would have been an entirely different match.

Serena next faces No. 9 Li Na in what is sure to be a tricky quarterfinal. The winner of that match gets what should be an absolute cupcake in the semifinal vs. the winner of Kaia Kanepi vs. Petra Kvitova.


Wimbledon: Petra Kvitova Dominates No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-0

Unseeded Petra Kvitova absolutely obliterated No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki, upsetting the No. 3 seed 6-2, 6-0 in only 46 minutes on Court 2.

The two had the same number of unforced errors (11), but the extremely passive Wozniacki was only able to hit four winners to Kvitova’s 23.

On the back of that lack of aggression, Wozniacki only won five total points in the second set, an absolutely embarrassing statistic for any player, much less a top five player facing an unseeded opponent.

This sort of loss is exactly the sort of vulnerability that has made me skeptical of Wozniacki’s credentials as a top player. If Wozniacki comes across an aggressive player who is playing well, Wozniacki will lose every time. The inconsistency of the WTA is such that this scenario doesn’t happen as often as it should, but when it does it can be ugly to watch.

No. 30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was unable to play consistent enough tennis to oust Wozniacki in the previous round, but Kvitova made no mistake whatsoever in routing the best player in the history of Denmark.

Kvitova faces the winner of Kaia Kanepi and Klara Zakopalova in the quarterfinal of the extremely open second quarter of the draw. If it is Kanepi who makes it through, it would be the second time Kvitova has played her in the second week of a grand slam. A bizarre factoid for two players as anonymous as Kvitova and Kanepi, to be sure.


Wimbledon: No. 1 Roger Federer Pounds No. 16 Jurgen Melzer In Easy Straight Sets

No. 1 Roger Federer registered his most routine victory of the tournament thus far in the fourth round, beating No. 16 Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

Despite the fact that both Federer and Melzer are veterans of over a decade on the ATP Tour, it was the first time the two had played.

There was a notion spread by commentators that Melzer would be able to trouble Federer with his big lefty serve, but it did not play out that way at all. Federer broke Melzer’s serve five times, and was never broken himself.

Federer next plays the winner of No. 12 Tomas Berdych and Daniel Brands in the quarterfinal.


Wimbledon: Kim Clijsters Comes Back To Beat No. 17 Justine Henin In Three Sets

No. 8 Kim Clijsters has defeated No. 17 Justine Henin 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles draw.

The second set was a complete reversal of the first, with Clijsters getting a break early and never looking back, adding a second break of the Henin serve for good measure.

Both women played some of their best stuff early in the third, but it was Clijsters who secured the set’s only break in the eighth game. Clijsters was able to dictate play with her more penetrating shots, and efficiently served out the set 6-3 to win the match.

The loss will certainly be a bitter pill to swallow for Henin, who has said that she only came back from retirement to have a chance to win Wimbledon. To lose decisively to a player like Clijsters whom she had previously owned on the biggest stages can’t be easy.


Wimbledon: No. 2 Venus Williams Survives Scare From Jarmila Groth

No. 2 Venus Williams survived a tough challenge in her fourth round match against Jarmila Groth, winning 6-4, 7-6(5) to advance tho her fourth straight Wimbledon quarterfinal.

A tough first set gave way to an even tough er second set, with Groth breaking Venus’ serve in the first game to gain an early break advantage that stood for a long time.

But after eight straight holds from there, the second set chaotically ended with three straight breaks. Groth served for the set twice, at 5-4 and 6-5, but was unable to muster even a set point either time.

Venus raced out to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak, but Groth dug in and forced several errors from Williams to level the ‘breaker at 4-4.

But Venus’ experience won over, and the five-time Wimbledon champion closed out the tiebreak 7-5 courtesy of a couple nervous-looking shots from Groth when it mattered most.

Groth hits her serve, forehand, and backhand extremely hard and flat, and has recently been able to harness her tremendous power in a way she wasn’t able to early in her career.

The potent offense clearly unnerved Williams, who appeared far more agitated than she normally does on court. She even challenged several line calls something she almost never does.

But a win is a win. Venus should face an easier opponent in the quarterfinal in either No. 13 Marion Bartoli or Tsvetana Pironkova. Pironkova famously beat Venus in the first round of the 2006 Australian Open, but Venus’ prowess on grass should be enough to get through that match as well.


Wimbledon: No. 4 Jelena Jankovic Injured, Retires Against No. 21 Vera Zvonareva

Having lost nine of the match’s ten games, No. 4 Jelena Jankovic has retired from her fourth round match against No. 21 Vera Zvonareva trailing 6-1, 3-0.

Jankovic appeared to hurt herself in the first set, losing her footing on the chewed up back of the court and falling awkwardly to the ground. The fall appeared to have affected her back primarily, tightening it up and severely hampering her serve.

Jankovic then double faulted three times on break points, and eventually after a lengthy visit from the trainer, decided she could not continue.

The retirement puts Zvonareva (who has had more than her fair share of injuries as well) into the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time, where she will face the winner of the upcoming Kim Clijsters-Justine Henin blockbuster.

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