Hey guys, sorry I wasn’t able to get my preview and picks up, something came up last night and I was unable to get to a computer. With that said, Day 6 was a very busy day, with 12 third round matches being played. The quality of tennis really rises at this point of the tournament, so it was a joy to watch. Let’s take a look at some of the best matches from Saturday.
Ferrer Comes Back In Style- Before the match even started, many knew that this match would be a good one. Alexandr Dolgopolov is a lot of fun to watch, with his vary spins and paces. He’ll hit one extreme slice backhand, and then the next ball he’ll step up and crush it flat. On grass, that extreme slice stays extra low, and his flat shots get through the court a little quicker. The first two sets went to tiebreakers, where the players each took one. Ferrer served for the first two sets, but got abnormally tight and was broken each time. Dolgopolov raced through the third set winning in 6-2, as Ferrer’s ankle appeared slightly hampered. Ferrer came right back however, taking the 4th set 6-1. After being down 1-2 in the 5th, Ferrer rallied to win 5 straight games and take the epic match.
Djokovic Clinical- Jeremy Chardy was the first seed Djokovic has faced thus far, and he made him look like a chump. Through two sets, he had lost less than a handful of points on serve. He took the mtach 6-3 6-2 6-2, and made an incredible 3 unforced errors. The stats at Wimbledon are a little more generous than other tournaments, but that stat is still unreal. He will have his first real test in the round of 16 when he faces Tommy Haas.
Bernie Gets a Big Win- I’ve been very critical of Bernard Tomic in the past, but I was actually impressed by his performance today. Richard Gasquet is a very capable player on grass, but Tomic took out the #9 seed in 4 tight sets. The final scoreline was 7-6(9) 5-7 7-5 7-6(7), but Gasquet actaully won 13 more points than Tomic. That just shows how much better Bernie played he big points. He will play Tomas Berdych next, who got through a tough 4 setter against Kevin Anderson.
Seppi Flying Under the Radar- As I’ve watched the ESPN coverage all week, I’m not sure if they talked about Andreas Seppi once. He came back from down 2 sets to 1 today, in an impressive effort over the young Kei Nishikori. Final Scoreline was 3-6 6-3 6-7(4) 6-1 6-4. He gets Juan Martin Del Potro in the 4th round.
My Picks… since I wasn’t able to make picks for Saturday’s matches, I guess I was 0 for 8.