Wimbledon has produced a bevy of edge-of-your-seat action and jaw-dropping moments through one week on the grass at the All England Club. Over that span, we’ve seen plenty of awe-inspiring performances and a handful of shocking upsets.
Now, only 16 players remain in both the men’s and women’s brackets, and that number will dwindle when the world’s biggest stars return to action on Monday. So, before things get underway once more from London, let’s take a glance at some of the most notable scores from Wimbledon’s first week:
All of those results came from a mixture of shocking and brilliant performances through three rounds at the All England Club. We should expect much more of the same in the rounds to come, but let’s first look back at a few matches that deserve another mention.
Round 2: (2) Roger Federer def. Sam Querrey, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Roger Federer has emerged victorious in seven Wimbledon finals, and considering the way he looked against Sam Querrey in the second round this year, we shouldn’t be surprised if he goes on to take an eighth.
The No. 2 seed dominated every aspect of this match. He won 79 percent of his first-serve points, 41 percent of his receiving points and 19 of a possible 22 net points while accumulating 32 winners and just 10 unforced errors. There was also the matter of this remarkable shot, courtesy of Gaspar Lanca of Tennis Portugal:
After the match, Federer explained his mindset when he hit that incredible lob between his legs during a press conference, via Wimbledon.com:
It all happens very quickly. I can’t put it on super slow and go, All right, what’s best? ‘Cause I guess so many things shoot through your mind like, Well, what’s the score? Is it 30‑Love? Is it Love‑30? Love‑30, I wouldn’t have hit a shot like that, no chance. I probably would have adjusted, changed my grip and tried to hit a normal forehand or gone around and hit a normal backhand.
What the situation was, I had the grip in hand. It was an open grip, you know, one for a slice I would think, or one you scoop it. But then I was like I feel better almost shuffling my feet and giving myself, with the right grip, without changing that anymore, to hitting a lob.
Federer went on to take down Sam Groth in his next match. He dropped his first set of the tournament in that contest but still was in command throughout. Next on the slate is No. 20 Roberto Bautista-Agut in the round of 16.
Round 2: Dustin Brown def. (10) Rafael Nadal, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
This match led many to question Rafael Nadal’s ability to contend in Grand Slams going forward. He’s clearly struggling with his form, and based on what we saw against Dustin Brown, he doesn’t appear close to getting it back.
Nadal’s service game was off, as he won just 69 percent of his first-serve points despite landing 72 percent in play. He was even worse on the return, winning only 31 percent of his receiving points and allowing Brown to accumulate 13 aces. The Spaniard was also inconsistent when he decided to get aggressive, winning 26 of a possible 41 net points.
The No. 10 seed spoke of his expectations for himself going forward during a post-match press conference, via Wimbledon.com:
I don’t know. I know I am going to every tournament with the right motivation, working well. I think I made all the things well to prepare here this tournament. Losing in Roland Garros, going straight to Stuttgart and Queen’s, then came here very early to prepare the tournament. So I lost. Sad today for that, obviously.
But end of the day, that’s sport. Good moments, bad moments. Obviously today is a bad moment for me. Just I need to accept these kind of things that can happen. I did all my career. Keep going. You know, it’s not the end. Is a sad moment for me, as I said before. But life continues. My career, too. I have to keep going and working more than ever to try to change that dynamic.
We’ll see if Nadal can get back on track before the U.S. Open at the end of August. As for Brown, his Cinderella story wasn’t to be, as he fell to No. 22 Viktor Troicki in the third round.
Round 3: (28) Jelena Jankovic def. (2) Petra Kvitova, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
This was the biggest shock of Wimbledon’s first week. Not because Jelena Jankovic isn’t a good player—the former world No. 1 has had a stellar career—but more so because of Petra Kvitova‘s body of work leading up to this third-round clash.
The two-time Wimbledon champion was in impeccable form through the first two rounds, handily taking down Kiki Bertens and Kurumi Nara in straight sets while only dropping a total of three games. Kvitova‘s comfort level of playing on grass was well on display; however, Jankovic‘s wasn’t, as she struggled through her first two contests.
Kvitova‘s serve was on point against Jankovic, as she won 73 percent of her first-serve points, but the serve from the No. 28 seed proved to be far more dangerous. The Serb won 74 percent of her first-serve points and limited Kvitova to winning just 29 percent of her receiving points. Jankovic‘s in-form serve was also a big factor in the usually steady Kvitova‘s 21 unforced errors.
An elated Jankovic shared her feelings after the match during a press conference, via Wimbledon.com: “I cannot stop smiling. I’m really, really happy. I was just happy to be playing and competing on grass. Grass is not my favourite surface, and Petra plays so well on it. I think it’s her favorite surface. It shows by winning two Wimbledon titles.”
Interestingly enough, Jankovic will take on another opponent who has been surging at Wimbledon in the round of 16. The No. 28 seed is set to meet No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska, who has yet to drop a set through three matches at the All England Club.
All match statistics courtesy of Wimbledon.com.