Manic Monday delivers at Wimbledon once again, it will be the last ‘Manic Monday’ where all R4 matches are played following a break on Sunday as play will take place on the middle Sunday starting in 2022 and it delivered!
Marton Fucsovics gets revenge!
the Russian, Andrey Rublev is a man who seems to be here, there and everywhere. The 23 year old has played a lot of tennis and won 6 titles since the beginning of 2020 becoming the Master of the ATP 500’s in particular.
Cracking the big ones has been a problem, has it been a case of too much tennis? Since the beginning of 2020 and without competition for around 8 months of last year (including the off season) he has played 121 matches, 98 in singles.
Marton was sick of the sight of Rublev, he even told him in March he was fed up of playing him. March Madness saw the Hungarian fall to the Russian four times:
4-6 6-7 – Rotterdam
Walkover – Qatar
5-6 2-6 – Dubai
2-6 1-6 – Miami
Then came Wimbledon, arguably the most important? Two sets to one down the Hungarian who has a knack for major upsets won 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-0 6-3 to make it through to the final eight.
Khachanov comes through a wild fifth to ruin Korda’s birthday celebration!
Seb Korda might be thinking, “what could have been?” following his exit on his 21st birthday in what was a tense match but one which in the fifth set in-particular went a little wild.
12 breaks of serve in the fifth set as we hit 14 games. It took a good battle to a very messy ending, it was turning into a set of tennis where the winner would have to up their game for the final eight.
Khachanov is on his best run at Wimbledon making the final eight, I’ve been waiting for something to click, I do think his game lacks variety to be top ten but now has a wonderful opportunity to make the final four.
Is Pliskova a contender?
No sets dropped and through to the quarter finals at Wimbledon for the very first time which for someone with her game on grass that is quite surprising.
I’m a big believer of you can only beat who is in front of you, you cannot play everyone else’s draw but I do think as we hit the business end the questions will be asked. Not to forget, it has almost been 5 years since she beat a top ten ranked player in a Grand Slam.
The way she is playing you wouldn’t rule her out and she will have her eye on the semi-finals!
Viktorija Golubic‘ run continues!
A first time semi-finalist is confirmed, either Viktorija Golubic or Karolina Pliskova.
The 28 year old from Switzerland has continued her wonderful season and wonderful run in London with a straight sets win over Madison Keys.
The Swiss had won just 4 matches in 17 previous Grand Slam appearances, this last week she has now won 4 on the bounce to make her first Grand Slam quarter final! A wonderful achievement!
Ons Jabeur continues to write history!
Well, not a bad run of results for Ons Jabeur:
Peterson – 6-2 6-1
Venus – 7-5 6-0
Muguruza – 5-7 6-3 6-2
Swiatek – 5-7 6-1 6-1
Three major champions and two Wimbledon champions taken out. She was in fine form against Swiatek on Monday morning. After a big slip up from 5-4 up in the first set she recovered perfectly showing her variety and ability to mix things up causing trouble for the Pole.
The Barty Party rolls on!
Four out of four for Ash Barty, the world number one has taken out the recent Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova 7-5 6-3.
As the week has gone on the Aussie has looked better and better, looking at the draw right now I think she should be a safe bet for a place in the final four. Ash will have an eye on the Kerber/Muchova match but has to get her bit done first!
Felix through in five!
A first Grand Slam quarter final awaits Felix Auger Aliassime against his very good friend Matteo Berrettini after going the long way around to see of Sascha Zverev.
The Canadian had to fight very hard, he was 1-4 down and set point down in the first set but rallied to get the opening set on the board and led by two sets.
It did look like Felix would go onto dominate following a stumble from Zverev but it seemed to spur him on and level the match at two sets each.
We had a rain delay but thankfully for Felix it didn’t slow him down and breaking at 3-3 put the Canadian in a good position with back to back service holds to knock out Zverev.