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Match results from Day 4 of Wimbledon 2011, where (brace yourselves for a terrible shock) afternoon showers have delayed multiple matches at the All England Club.
Roger Federer def. Adrian Mannarino, 6-2 6-3 6-2. If possible, this match was even more lopsided than the scoreboard indicated. With the Centre Court roof closed against the rain that washed out most of the rest of the day's action, the two were able to complete their play at the leisurely hour of 9:25. And Federer was clearly at his ease: the penultimate point was an undisputed ace, and he made Mannarino look downright silly on match point, with a caper that made announcers openly swoon and reminisce of the days of Sampras. Next up for the Maestro: A potential trap match with No. 28 David Nalbandian.
Other Day 4 match results, from those lucky few that actually played to completion, featured a number of mid-draw upsets: No. 18 Mikhail Youzhny dispatched Somdev Devvarman in straight sets, but No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 26 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, No. 20 Florian Mayer, and No. 13 Viktor Troicki all fell to unseeded opponents.
Players affected by Thursday's rain delay include No. 5 Maria Sharapova, No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, and No. 9 Marion Bartoli, whose second-round matched were canceled outright, along with the Bryan brothers, whose first-round doubles match was delayed for the third time. Unseeded American Ryan Harrison, who's taken No. 7 David Ferrer to four sets so far, and No. 11 Jurgen Melzer, himself in a fourth set against Dmitry Tursunov, will complete their matches Friday (all together now: weather permitting).
Day 5 of Wimbledon 2011 will commence play Friday morning, at 7 a.m. EDT.
No. 16 Nicolas Almagro 7-6(3), 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-3. Returning to the site of his epic match against Nicolas Mahut, Court 18 wasn't nearly as magical for John Isner in his second round match on Day 4 of Wimbledon 2011.
The only real nostalgic part of the experience was Isner's serving, which was just as ineffective as it was during his eleven-hour match with Mahut. Not only did Isner not break Almagro's serve at any point, he never even had a break point opportunity. That looked like it might change when he had 15-30 on the Spaniard's serve in the final game, but Almagro served hard up the "T" to secure the hold and the win.
After winning match point, Almagro went nuts, screaming and fistpumping maniacally toward his box. After the hand shake, he screamed and fistpumped some more. For him to get to the third round of the major on his worst surface is nice, but dude, you're a top twenty player--act like you've been there before (which he has, in 2009).
Despite his enormous serve, Isner has still never made it past the second round at Wimbledon. He needs a big American hard court season (always his best time of year) in a bad way.
WC Sabine Lisicki def. No. 3 Li Na -- 3-6, 6-4, 8-6. For the second time in three years, Sabine Lisicki has defeated the reigning French Open champion at Wimbledon.
Having previously defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round of Wimbledon 2009, Lisicki today scored a far more impressive win in the second round of the 2011 tournament, saving two match points on her way to upsetting Li Na 8-6 in the third set. Li, the No. 3 seed in the Ladies' Singles draw, became the highest seed to crash out of Wimbledon 2011.
The battle of the two most recent champions of the grass court event in Birmingham was dictated by serve throughout, with Li clinching the first set 6-3 by a single break. But Lisicki found range on her returns in the second set, racing out to a 5-2 lead and eventually taking the set 6-4 on her second break. Li looked to regain control midway through the final frame, breaking Lisicki in the fifth game for a 3-2 lead that she was able to extend to 5-3.
The battle of the two most recent champions of the grass court event in Birmingham was dictated by serve throughout, with Li clinching the first set 6-3 by a single break.
But Lisicki found range on her returns in the second set, racing out to a 5-2 lead and eventually taking the set 6-4 on her second break.
Li looked to regain control midway through the final frame, breaking Lisicki in the fifth game for a 3-2 lead that she was able to extend to 5-3.
Serving at 3-5, down double match point at 15-40, Lisicki put on the best serving display I've ever seen by a woman not named Serena Williams, smacking bomb after bomb to win four straight points when it counted most, maxing out with an ace at an incredible 124 MPH. Lisicki hit 17 aces in the match, and now leads the women's field with a total of 25 through the first two rounds.
Li was clearly shaken by Lisicki's nervy play, and shakily was broken for 5-5, leveling the match.
Serving at break point at 5-5, Lisicki took a ball out of the air that she should have let drop, hitting an ill-advised swinging forehand volley that sailed well wide, giving Li her second chance to serve for the win.
But Li's forehand completely abandoned her (as had her husband, who departed the stadium several games earlier), and error after error allowed Lisicki to level the match once again at 6-6.
Lisicki's service mojo returned in her next game, serving her way to a 7-6 edge and putting Li up against the wall for the first time. And on her third match point of the game, Lisicki finally came through, and collapsed to the ground with joy as Li's final shot sailed wide and long.
For a player who exited the 2011 French Open on a stretcher due to cramping, and the 2009 US Open in a wheelchair due to an ankle injury, getting to exit the court with an enormous smile and a headline-making upset has to be an incredible feeling.
Lisicki, who needed a wild card to enter the main draw of the tournament, next faces unheralded Japanese player Misaki Doi. Liscki should win that one easily, one would assume, and could face Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round, and potentially Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.
LL Ryan Harrison Leads No. 7 David Ferrer 7-6(6). Lucky Loser Ryan Harrison has taken the first set from No. 7 David Ferrer, winning the tiebreak 8-6. Harrison saved two set points in the breaker before finally clinching the set.
Both players have hit some spectacular shots in this match thus far, with Ferrer's less aggressive style allowing for some pretty long rallies (by grass standards). Harrison has been able to produce winners from all parts of the court, especially off of his runnig forehand.
Harrison has long said that grass is his favorite surface, and so it was a bit of a surprise when he lost in the final round of qualifying Wimbledon qualifying to unknown German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe.
Grass is Ferrer's worst surface by far, so he was always considered fairly ripe for an upset here. But for a player who didn't even make it through qualifying to beat him would be a pretty big surprise.
No. 5 Robin Soderling def. Lleyton Hewitt 6-7(5), 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4. No. 5 Robin Soderling outlasted one of the best fighters in the history of men's tennis in his second round Gentlemen's Singles match at Wimbledon 2011, defeating 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt in five sets under the roof of Centre Court.
Even in the years past his prime, Hewitt has always been able to bring some pretty special tennis to Wimbledon. The sliding ball works extremely well with his flat, quick strokes, and he was able to jump out to a shocking two-set lead over the fifth-seeded Swede.
But Soderling, who can often seem mopey when losing on the court, refused to fold. Soderling broke late in the third set on his first break point opportunity of the match, and took the fourth as well to force a fifth and final set.
Momentum seemed to swing hugely in Hewitt's favor early in the fifth, as he was able to break Soderling's serve in the third game for only the second time in the match for a 2-1 lead. But Soderling struck back immediately, breaking right back in the fourth game to level the set at 2-2 and get back the momentum that he would not lose.
Serving to stay in the fifth set at 4-5, Hewitt saw two forehand winners from Soderling whip past him, then put two forehand errors of his own to be broken at love to end the match. Soderling fell to his knees in relief and celebration, and continued with several more fist pumps after the handshake.
Soderling has two extremely tough opponents thus far in Hewitt and Philipp Petzschner, but things should get easier in his next few rounds, until a likely match up with Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.
If this does turn out to be Hewitt's final match at Wimbledon, it's an effort of which he should be pretty proud. Sadly, he's more likely to be haunted by it forever.
After losing the first set of his second round match against Olivier Rochus yesterday, No. 24 Juan Martin del Potro took off his shoes and flung them into the crowd, sending one clear out of the stadium and another into a spectator's head.
More players should try this tactic, because del Potro only lost five games from that point on, finding his footing remarkably to close out the match 6-7(7), 6-1, 6-0, 6-4.
Rochus is an incredibly dangerous player on grass, having once held four match points against Roger Federer at Halle in the midst of Federer's sixty-five match win streak on turf. And del Potro has never been anything more than a mediocre player on grass, having never made it past the second round of Wimbledon.
But something clearly clicked for del Potro today, and if he truly has figured out grass, the whole men's field needs to get very scared very fast.
Del Potro next faces No. 16 Gilles Simon, with a drool-worthy fourth round clash against No. 1 Rafael Nadal still possible for Monday.
No. 2 Novak Djokovic def. Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Novak Djokovic continued his march toward the ATP No. 1 ranking Thursday at the All-England Club, sauntering into the third round with an extremely routine 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over big serving South African Kevin Anderson on Court 1.
Djokovic didn't have much trouble with Anderson's powerful serve in today's windy conditions, though, breaking the 6'8'' Anderson's serve five times in the three sets.
Anderson, who played college tennis at Illinois, beat Djokovic in 2008 at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, at a time when Djokovic was riding high with recent titles at the Australian Open and Indian Wells. But Djokovic was far more prepared this time around, and was able to outclass Anderson in most every aspect of the match.
Djokovic's next match could be considerably tougher, as he faces the winner of 2006 Wimbledon semifinalist No. 32 Marcos Baghdatis and last week's Eastbourne champion Andreas Seppi.
Match results from Day 4 of Wimbledon 2011, where it's not pouring down rain ... yet!
• No. 7 Serena Williams def. Simona Halep, 3-6 6-2 6-1. As long as she keeps pulling out those monster serves to her advantage when it counts, I suppose Serena can keep taking it easy in her early sets. The four-time Championships champ won 88% of her first-serve points in the second round, though she notched only seven aces compared to 13 in her tilt with Aravane Rezai. She'll face either No. 26 Maria Kirilenko or Tamarine Tanasugarn in Round 3.
• No. 18 Ana Ivanovic def. Eleni Daniilidou, 6-3 6-0. Is Ivanovic back on form or have her opponents in the Championships thus far just been unspeakable cupcakes? No reason it can't be both, especially since grass is far from her best surface. Ivanovic draws the winner of Agnieszka Radwanska-Petra Cetkovska next.
Other matches of note from early Day 4 action:
• No. 6 Francesca Schiavone def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 7-5 6-3.
• No. 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Alexandra Dulgheru, 6-0 6-2.
• Nadia Petrova def. No. 14 Anastasia Pavlyuchnkova, 6-3 6-3.
• No. 16 Julia Goerges def. Mathilde Johansson
• No. 19 Yanina Wickmayer def. Anna Tatishvili, 3-6 6-4 6-2.
Tamira Paszek def. Christina McHale, 6-4 6-1.
Second-round play continues Thursday, Day 4 of Wimbledon 2011 at the All England Club, with tournament action beginning at 7 a.m. EDT. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and Caroline Wozniacki will all be featured in televised Championships action. Today's TV schedule (view the full fortnight's schedule here):
• 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT: First-round play (ESPN2)
2011 Wimbledon matches can also be viewed for free online on ESPN3. Live scores can be found throughout the day on the tournament's official website.
Scheduled Day 4 matches on Centre Court:
• No. 5 Robin Söderling vs. Lleyton Hewitt
• No. 3 Li Na vs. Sabine Lisicki
• No. 3 Roger Federer vs. Adrian Mannarino
Scheduled matches on Court 1:
• No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. Kevin Anderson
• No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Grigor Dimitrov
• No. 5 Maria Sharapova vs. Laura Robson
Scheduled matches on Court 2:
• No. 7 Serena Williams vs. Simona Halep
• No. 7 David Ferrer vs. Ryan Harrison
• No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Virginie Razzano
• No. 20 Peng Shuai vs. Elena Baltacha
Top-seeded matches elsewhere include, in the men's field:
• No. 11 Jurgen Melzer vs. Dmitry Tursunov
• No. 13 Viktor Troicki vs. Lu Yen-Hsun
• No. 16 Nicolas Almagro vs. John Isner
• No. 18 Mikhail Youzhny vs. Somdev Devvarman
• No. 19 Michael Llodra vs. Ricardo Mello
And in Day 4 action in the women's draw:
• No. 6 Francesca Schiavone vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
• No. 9 Marion Bartoli vs. Lourdes Dominguez Lino
• No. 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
• No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Petra Cetkovska
• No. 14 Anastasia Pavlyuchnkova vs. Nadia Petrova
• No. 16 Julia Goerges vs. Mathilde Johansson
• No. 18 Ana Ivanovic vs. Eleni Daniilidou
• No. 19 Yanina Wickmayer vs. Anna Tatishvili
Apart from Serena, Harrison, and Isner, Americans in action today include Christina McHale vs. Tamira Paszek, and the Bryan brothers in their delayed second-round doubles match versus Maximo Gonzalez and Potito Starace.
Stay tuned to this StoryStream for results from Day 4 of Wimbledon 2011 as matches are completed.