Stunning Upsets But Cream Rising To Top

| June 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Day 4 of the 2012 Wimbledon will always be remembered by tennis fans as the day an unheralded Lukas Rosol sent the planet’s second best tennis payer packing, but there were other brave performances that suggest upsets may be plentiful. The big question to be answered is whether Rosol has opened a floodgate where big serving overcomes baseline play.

If so, fasten your seatbelt and keep an eye on the game’s best servers.

Lukas Rosol Wimbledon 2012

Lukas Rosol ousted Rafael Nadal on day 4 at Wimbledon

The women’s draw is down to 33 players. It was a day of close matches where seeds were successful but not unscarred. Upsets were recorded by America’s Varvara Lepchenko, who surprised Russia’s 31 seed, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in a 7-6 (4), 6-4 display of power tennis.  In the end, it was the Varvara’s consistent pay that was the difference.  Lepchenko advances to meet defending champion Petra Kvitova who conquered her first round jitters at the expense of Britain’s Elena Baltacha 6-0, 6-4.  Baltacha is down and out at Wimbledon but received the good news that she will represent the home country in this year’s Summer Olympics.

In a match resumed from last night, Tsvetana Pironkova came back from one set down and down 1-3 in the second set to eek out a second set tiebreaker against top gun, Maria Sharapova. Maria bounced back with a baigle third set win.

Unseeded Ekaterina Makarova pushed hard but couldn’t quite solve Angelique Kerber who won clutch points in route to her 7-5, 6-3 victor.  If big serving is an asset, watch out for Kerber, the eight seed.

Serena Williams was never pushed by Melinda Czink 6-1, 6-4. Williams went on to score a lopsided win with sister Venus in a doubles match that makes them the team to beat. In the women’s match of the day, Yanina Wickmayer outlasted Galina Voskoboeva 4-6, 6-3, 8-6. Wickmayer overcame 18 aces to advance to a third round match with Tamira Paszek who downed Caroline Wozniacki in the first round and looks impressive.

The Men’s Draw

Strong performances were delivered by Americans Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish who both rode excellent serves to victory.  Roddick appeared to find his dominating serve in his 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-3 win over Bjorn Phau. Fish needed everything he had to overcome an erratic heart beat and Britain’s  James Ward 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3.

With Nadal gone, Andy Murray still faces many challenges but overcame a stubborn Ivo Karlovic in four.  Fifth seed Jo Willy Tsonga had some erratic lapses but downed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four.  Murray next faces veteran Marcos Baghdatis while Tsonga will meet Lukas Lakko, a five set winner over Jurgen Melzer.  Dangerous Juan Martin del Potro advanced as did 6 seed David Ferrer, Roddick’s next opponent. These fellows are all capable of a run to the semis. Sam Querrey and Milos Raonic are locked in a territorial fight as both players have chalked up more than 15 aces in a suspended match. We picked Raonic to emerge from this page and meet Djokovic in the finals. The Canadian needs to distance himself from Querrey quickly on Friday or face an uphill fight on Saturday.

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