Serena, Fish, Bryan Bros, Huber, King, and Ditty Roll on Day 3 at Wimbledon; Querrey, Spadea, Craybas, Dent, Ram, Martin, Kops-Jones and Spears Eliminated
Day 3 at Wimbledon
US Men Singles:
Sam Querrey had the opportunity of his life today up a set and a break on Centre Court at Wimbledon, but momentum turned on the first point with Querrey serving at 5-3 in the second as he watched a miss-hit, yet playable, topper catch the baseline. Sam remarked in his post match interview that the subsequent break was due to the net-cord that went Cilic’s way on break point. In retrospect, the tone was set on the first point when Querrey didn’t make a play on the miss-hit ball.
Querrey clocked a 141 mph serve today while making 71% of his first serves and winning 77% of those points. Cilic only made 58% of his first servers, but Querrey could only convert 3 of 15 break point opportunities while Cilic converted 4 of his 7 break chances. With this in mind, our quote of the day comes from Tommy Haas during today’s ESPN2 interview “Every time I go on the court and I play against my opponent all you worry about is trying to win the big points and leave the court as a winner and if I can do that I’m happy, and if not then I pack my bags and go home”
At 4-5 in the fifth, as Querrey was serving to stay in the match, it was Cilic making the aggressive moves and although Querrey had won the first 17 points on his serve in the 5th set, he played his favorite down the line running forehand but missed the sideline by an inch and proceeded to play conservatively for what turned out to be the final three points of the match. Sam Querrey’s final Centre Court score was 6-4, 6-7(3), 3-6, 7-6(4), 4-6.
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Taylor Dent lost a very tight two day, 5 set match to Daniel Gimeno-Traver from Spain, 5-7, 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(3), 4-6. Although Dent double faulted 21 times today, he still won 51% of second serve points indicating that he won 66% of the 70 aggressive second serves that landed in. The key stat for Dent is the upside down winner to error ratio of 42 winners to 74 errors particularly in the 5th set where Dent had 6 winners to 10 unforced errors and Gimeno-Traver managed 9 winners and only 5 unforced errors.
Vince Spadea lost to the 29th seed, Igor Andreev 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
Mardy Fish is the only American left on the Federer side of the draw as Fish defeated Janko Tipsarevic from Serbia 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
US Women Singles:
Jill Craybas lost to Virginie Razzano (26) 3 & 0. They each made 68% of their 1st serves, but Craybas only won 41% of her 1st serve points and only 33 of her 2nd serve points. Craybas made 19 unforced errors to Razzano’s 17, but Razzano riffled 24 winners overpowering Craybas who managed only 10 winners on the day.
Serena Williams defeated Jarmila Groth 2 & 1 . Groth had 24 unforced errors vs 6 for Serena. Serena jumped on the Groth second serve as Groth could only win 27% of her 2nd serve points. While Serena won 81% of her first serve points, Williams only won 45% of her 2nd serve points which may become an issue as Williams proceeds.
US Men Doubles:
Rajeev Ram (w/ Zovko) was eliminated by Melo & Sa, the #11 seeds 4, 6(4) & 3
Bryan Brothers, #1 seed, defeated Vemic/Zverev 3, 4 & 3
David Martin (w/Scherrer) was eliminated by Bogdanovic/Ward 4, 4 & 4
US Women Doubles:
Julie Ditty (w/Dzehalevich) advanced over Vaidisova/Hrdinova 7-5, 6-7(10), 7-5
Vania King (w/Groenefeld) defeated Grandin/Czink 4 & 3
Huber (w/Black) def Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 1 & 4