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Murray and Nishikori remain steadfast

The British Andy Murray and the Japanese Kei Nishikori remain firm at Wimbledon, where this Thursday they beat the Taiwanese Yen-Hsun Lu and the French Julien Benneteau, respectively, and where the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza ran out of energy and said goodbye in silence.
Murray remains unbeaten in the grass season. After winning Queen’s for the fifth time, today they signed their seventh consecutive victory on this surface where they have not been defeated so far this session.
His last victim fell 6-3, 6-2 and 6-1 in 100 minutes. Turf specialist, the now disciple of Ivan Lendl is already only three victories out of 100, and safely on the scoreboard, letting fewer and fewer games slip away. Against his first adversary, Liam Broady, he lost nine, and today six.
The Australian John Millman will be his next rival, after defeating the French Benoit Paire, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
Nishikori also did not give in to the experienced Julien Bennetau. A victory by 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and 6-2 against the Frenchman who has entered the table with a ranking protected by injury (it is 547), allowed him to advance and now he will face the Russian Andrei Kuznetsov, winner against the dangerous Luxembourgian Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
The Frenchman Richard Gasquet (7), the Canadian Milos Raonic (6) and the Croatian Marin Cilic (9) also advanced, while five favorites packed their bags: the Spanish David Ferrer (13), the Serbian Victor Troicki (25) and the French Gilles Simon (16) and Paire (26). And in the last game, when the shadows were already falling, the Czech Jiri Vesely defeated the Austrian Dominic Thiem, eighth seed, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (3).
Victor Troicki, starred in the tense moment of the day. He lost to Spanish Albert Ramos 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 2-6 and 6-3 in two hours and 55 minutes, to reach the third round, his best performance in this Grand Slam.
Troicki starred in a final match worthy of John McEnroe himself, when he protested a dubious Ramos serve that led to match point. “Look at the ball, it’s not marked,” he shouted several times, and at the end of the game he faced the judge and said: “Do you know what you’ve done? What’s wrong with you? You’re horrible.”
In the women’s draw, the biggest setback was suffered by Garbiñe Muguruza, finalist last year and champion of Roland Garros in this one. The second seed ran out of energy, lacked the spark with which she won in Paris and left Wimbledon in the second round.
Lack of shine, with obvious gestures that she was not comfortable, and perhaps even ill, Garbiñe yielded to the Slovak Jana Cepelova, 124 in the world, from the previous phase and who had won in Seville in an ITF tournament in 2011, by 6 -3 and 6-2 in 59 minutes, on court number one of the All England Club venue.
Garbiñe’s disaster was huge, although she took it without drama, “without depression,” as she herself later described. The Spanish had already had to suffer to save her first match against the Italian Camila Giorgi, in three sets, but this Thursday the lack of strength, and perhaps a mental exhaustion after winning her first Grand Slam in Paris three weeks ago, turned into a devilish cocktail, and the Spanish finished with 22 unforced errors.
Polish Agnieszka Radwanska, third seed, advanced, saving three match points against Croatian Ana Konjuh to win 6-2, 4-6 and 9-7. Konjuh starred in one of the day’s scenes by sustaining an ankle injury at the end of the match when he stepped on a ball in his attempt to reach it. The Croatian twisted in pain, cried inconsolably, but got up and finished the match, while “Aga”, intelligent and merciless, played laps.
The German Angelique Kerber (4), the Romanian Simona Halep (5), the Italian Roberta Vinci (6), and the Spanish Carla Suárez (12) also won, but, in addition to Muguruza, the Swiss Belinda Bencic (7), the Czech Karolina Pliskova (15), the British Johanna Konta (16), the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (17), the Italian Sara Errani (21), the Serbian Jelena Jankovic (22), the French Carline Garcia (30) and the German Andrea Petkovic (32). EFE.

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