The Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, the Argentine Diego Schwartzman and the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza won this Wednesday in the Wimbledon tournament, the third Grand Slam of the season, different fates than the American Sofia Kenin and the Spanish Pablo Carreño, who were eliminated.
The Serbian, world number 1 and five-time winner of the London event, qualified for the third round by calmly getting rid of South African Kevin Anderson (102nd in the ATP rankings) with a triple 6-3.
The duel between the two tennis players was the repetition of their final at Wimbledon-2018 in which the Serbian won with ease by 6-2, 6-2 and 7-6 (7/3).
“I felt comfortable with my serve and knew that on long exchanges I would have an advantage,” analyzed Djokovic. “It had to be solid and not take too many risks. I’ve done better than I thought, “he said.
The one from Belgrade will face the American Denis Kudla (N.114 and coming from the previous round), who beat the Italian Andreas Seppi (N.90) 6-2, 6-4 and 6-2.
Despite some falls due to slips from which he was completely unharmed, Djokovic controlled at all times this Wednesday’s game.
For his part, Argentine Schwartzman (11th in the world) beat local Liam Broady (143rd) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in his second round match and will play against him in the next stage. Hungarian Marton Fucsovics (48th).
On his side, Italian Matteo Berrettini, world number 9, needed four sets to surrender Argentine Guido Pella (N.59) by a result of 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
– Carreño, Kenin and Andreescu, KO –
Carreño, world number 13, did not imitate him. The Spanish prolonged his poor results in the grass Grand Slam for another year, after falling 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 7-5 against a difficult opponent on this surface, the American Sam Querrey (N. 54).
The one who did win this Wednesday was the Chilean Cristian Garín, favorite number 17 in the London appointment, although he needed to rush the five sets to overcome the Spanish Bernabé Zapata (N.125) by 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Garín will face off in the second round with Australian Marc Polmans (N.154), another classified from the previous round, as Zapata.
In the last match of the day, Briton Andy Murray (former world number one, current 118th) overcame the second round after winning 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-2 over German Oscar Otte (151st ).
In the women’s draw, Svitolina, number 5 in the WTA ranking, used three sets (6-3, 2-6, 6-3) to defeat the Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck (N.57) and in the second round she will face the Polish Magda Linette (N.44).
Canada’s Bianca Andreescu, world number 7, could not fulfill her role of fifth favorite and was crushed 6-2, 6-1 by France’s Alizé Cornet (N.58) this Wednesday.
The American Sofia Kenin, world number 6, was also eliminated, in her case when she lost to her compatriot Madison Brengle (82nd) 6-2, 6-4.
– Colombian joys –
The Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, champion of Wimbledon in 2017 and world number 12, advanced to the third round when she beat the Dutch Lesley Kerkhove (90th) 6-1, 6-4 without excessive complications.
The also Spanish Paula Badosa (N.33), a recent Roland Garros quarter-finalist, defeated her compatriot Aliona Bolsava in a hard-working three-set match (6-2, 5-7, 6-2) in the first round.
Colombian María Camila Osorio advanced to the third round, coming from the qualifying rounds, which surprised the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova (36th) by 7-5 and 6-2.
Osorio will play in her next match against the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, fourth in the world.
The other good news for Colombia came from Daniel Elahi Galán (112th), who beat Argentine Federico Coria (87th) in his first round match, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.
In addition to the farewells to Guido Pella and Federico Coria, Argentina lost in the individual draws of this Wimbledon to Nadia Podoroska (39th), Juan Ignacio Londero (129th), Marco Trungelliti (205th), defeated this Wednesday.
Schwartzman’s victory avoided a tragic Wednesday for the Albiceleste delegation in London. (AFP)