Wimbledon | Broady exits; Alcaraz, Medvedev and Djokovic progress

At one point on Friday, the three Brits were all in action on separate courts making it difficult to follow progress but after the disappointing exits of Cameron Norrie and Andy Murray, it was left to Liam Broady to try and keep home hopes alive at this year’s Championships.

For all three of those results to happen on the same day is pretty rough Liam Broady

Prior to his meeting with Denis Shapovalov, Broady – who had just beaten the fourth seeded Casper Ruud – admitted it would be tough against the Canadian “… but with a crowd like this, why not? Why not have a go again?”

His victory over the Norwegian had been on Centre Court but his third-round encounter was pushed out to Court No.2 and the crowd did its utmost to give him the lift he required but to no avail as Shapovalov ended the 29-year-old’s run by beating him 4-6 6-2 7-5 7-5. Broady had the chance to go two sets to one up but was broken when serving for the third set which tipped the match in favour of his opponent.

Denis Shapovalov kept his cool throughout

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Broady though, leaves this year’s Championships as the most successful British male having made round three while his countrymen were disappointed in the second round. However that fact couldn’t ease the pain of defeat.

“Not particularly, no. It kind of makes it worse that we’ve all lost on the same day, as well,” Broady said.

“Obviously I’d have preferred for us all to have won. Probably would have felt a bit better if we’d staggered what days we lost on, whereas now it’s a bit of a Debbie Downer, isn’t it?

“For all three of those results to happen on the same day is pretty rough.

“Obviously to make third round, being ranked 140 in the world, beating Constant Lestienne first round, that’s an upset in itself. Doing it in straight sets was amazing as well.

“Then obviously to beat Casper on Centre yesterday, it feels like it was a week ago already.

“Then really it’s difficult going on court less than 24 hours after you finish a five-set match on Centre in that way. Such an emotional and stressful match. Then straight back out there against a top, top grass-court player.

“Denis was just the better player, better man out there today. But, again, I think I can take the positives from it.

“The hard court season now is an amazing opportunity for me. Even if I could win one of the Challengers or have a deep run at one of the ATPs, I could be top 100 before the US Open.

“That’s the goal at the end of the day.”

And those positives are leaving SW19 with a cheque for £131,000 and a major ranking boost which should assure him of a direct entry into the US Open next month.

Carlos Alcaraz continues to gain grass court experience

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Carlos Alcaraz made his first appearance this year on Centre Court and enjoyed every minute of it as he took out Alexandre Muller 6-4 7-6(2) 6-3 and march into the third round and continues to build his confidence on grass.

“I’m really, really happy to play here again and this time with a win” Alcaraz said remembering that the last time he played on that court, on his debut last year, he lost to Jannik Sinner.

“It’s really, really important to start the tournament well, having great feelings. I’m playing really, really well on grass. I’m not an experienced guy as maybe other players, but I’m enjoying playing on grass.”

There were patches inn the two-hour and 32-miute encounter where his inexperience showed but in the main he was way better that his opponent who spends most of his time on the Challenger circuit.

Many of his future opponents will have watched the match with great interest as Alcaraz made 41 unforced errors but as with all great champions, the 20-year-old Spaniard knew exactly what to do when the danger lurked. For instance, in the second set tie break he produced a variety of shots to sweep into 6-0 lead and set up six set points.

Muller saved a couple before the top seed closed it out with a half-volley and go two sets up.

Muller certainly tried his best and in the third set had break points at 5-3 which had he converted, might well have presented Alcaraz with problems.

Daniil Medvedev was also in action and should have wrapped up his match against Adrian Mannarino when leading by a set and 4-2 on Friday, but the Frenchman fought back to 4-4 when play on No.2 Court was suspended by bad light at 9.02pm.

On resumption the following day, the Russian third seed, was taken into a tiebreak where he ensured the match didn’t extend past three sets, securing it 6-3 6-3 7-6(5) and admitted that he had been in a similar situation a couple of years ago when playing Hubert Hurkacz. He lost that match when play resumed the following day.

Novak Djokovic (R) and Stan Wawrinka two long-standing rivals meet on grass for the first time

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There was some nostalgia in the evening when Novak Djokovic took on Stan Wawrinka on Centre Court under the closed roof in what was their first ever meeting on grass.

At 38-years-of-age, Wawrinka still enjoys his tennis and like Andy Murray, believes he can still make a mark on the game but not against the 24-time grand slam champion.

Djokovic dominated the Swiss three-time grand slam winner from the first moments and even when he led in the third set tie-breaker, he was swept aside for the Serb to post a 6-3 6-1 7-6(5) result.

“He was two points from extending this match to another day. It looked really good for me in the first two sets but he raised his level and I dropped mine,” Djokovic admitted.

“Now I need to focus all my physical and emotional energy into the next match (against Hubert Hurkacz). Hubie has a tremendously powerful serve and is very tough on the big occasion. My thoughts are directed only to him. I can always play better. I always have a couple of gears in me that I can take higher and keep playing better.”

In other action the sixth seeded Holger Rune overcame Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3 7-6(3) 6-4; the seventh seeded Andrey Rublev was tested by the 2022 quarterfinalist David Goffin 6-3 6-7(6) 7-6(5) 6-2.

Jannik Sinner (8) after dropping the first, cruised Quentin Halys 3-6 6-2 6-3,6-4 and former semi finalist Hubert Hurkacz upended the 14th-seeded Lorenzo Musetti 7-6(4) 6-4 6-4.

Italy’s Matteo Berrettini rolled past Alex De Minaur (15) 6-3 6-4 6-4. And will face ton Saturday Alexander Zverev (19) whoeliminated Yosuke Watanuki of Japan 6-4 5-7 6-2 6-2.

Finally Alexander Bublik (23) beat qualifier Maximilian Marterer 6-4 6-1 7-6(4) and Nicolas Jarry (25) had to fight off 30-year-old Jason Kubler of Australia 7-5 5-7 6-3 6-4.



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