German Alexander Zverev defeated Tennys Sandgren from the US with 7:5, 6:2, 6:3 in 1:45 hours. The German played a very attacking game and was in control at all times. Sandgren managed to keep the match even with Zverev until 5:5 in the first set. The US-American served well and was solid from the baseline, but Zverev just had the more significant opportunities.
A few days later, Zverev faced another US-American opponent on the court, Taylor Fritz
The world number six from Germany defeated Fritz with 6:7 (3:7), 6:4, 6:3, 7:6 (7:4). There were virtually no chances for the return players in the duel between two strong servers at first. Zverev only had two break opportunities right at the start but failed to capitalize on them. Zverev started being frustrated and received a warning when he angrily hit a ball away at the start of the second set. This outburst seemed to affect, the German immediately gave away the first break for 3:1, but he snatched the next one ice-cold to level the set. Zverev increased the pressure from the baseline and hardly made any errors. The two break opportunities in the second set’s fifth game remained the only ones for Fritz in the entire match. In the fourth set, the tiebreak had to decide the game and left Zverev as the winner. Today, Zverev will face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. In the third round, the world’s number 19 opponent, Australian Nick Kyrgios, had to retire injured after two sets.
The Russian world number two, Daniil Medvedev, won against the former finalist Marin Cilic from Croatia with 6:7 (3:7), 3:6, 6:3, 6:3, 6:2 despite being 0:2 behind in the first set. Medvedev will meet Hubert Hurkacz of Poland today.
What about the tennis superstar Roger Federer?
The Swiss reached the round of 16 for the 18th time after defeating Britain’s Cameron Norrie with 6:4, 6:4, 5:7 and 6:4. Federer’s next opponent is Lorenzo Sonego from Italy.
What about women tennis in London?
Andrea Petkovic from Germany lost to Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic, the French Open winner from this year, with 5:7, 4:6. The German was able to keep the match even for long stretches. However, she was unable to do the same in the decisive moments.
After a massive improvement in her performance, Angelique Kerber is through to the round of 16. The German initially struggled in her third-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus. However, Kerber was a different player after a break caused by rain and defeated Sasnovich with 2:6, 6:0, 6:1. In the first part of the match, Sasnovich took more risks and did not make any errors. Whilst Kerber acted almost exclusively on the defensive. At 1:5, the match hat to be interrupted, and the players had to leave the court. This break seemed to give Kerber the chance to regroup. After an hour and a half, the game resumed, and Kerber showed a different game. She forced Sasnovich into errors with more power and better returns and gave her the maximum penalty with a 6:0. Sasnovich was visibly impressed and had no chance against Kerber’s dominance in the third set. After 75 minutes, Kerber converted the first match point.
What about French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova?
Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic remains unstoppable and has now won 15 matches in a row. TKrejcikova advanced to the Wimbledon round of 16 for the first time by defeating Anastasija Sevastova from Latvia with 7:6 (7:1), 3:6 and 7:5. Her next opponent is the Australian world number one, Ashleigh Barty. Barty won against Czech Katerina Siniakova with 6:3, 7:5 in London.