Wednesday 18 October 2017 / 09:24 AM

WIMBLEDON DAY 2 WRAP: FED’s MILESTONE, TOMIC’S MELTDOWN

Roger Federer headlined day two action as he began his quest for an eighth Wimbledon title. Novak Djokovic also featured in play, while Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova were the highest ranked women to advance on Tuesday.

Federer was cruising 6-3, 3-0 when Dolgopolov retired with an ankle injury. Despite only being on the court for 42 minutes, Federer managed to hit yet another milestone during his illustrious career – his 10,000th ace.

“It’s surreal,” Federer told ESPN. “It puts me up there with the likes of Ivanisevic and Karlovic, to whom I look up to and think they have the most unbelievable serve.”

The seven-time Wimbledon champion enters this year’s Championship as one of the strong favourites for the title, especially after his recent win in Halle. Federer boasts a 25-2 win-loss record for the season, which includes his incredible feat at the Australian Open. He is now on track to face Dusan Lajovic on his way to a potential quarterfinal against Milos Raonic.

Novak Djokovic also kicked off his campaign on Tuesday with a 6-3, 2-0 (ret) win against Martin Klizan. Twelve months ago Djokovic entered the Grand Slam off the back of consecutive major victories – having already won the Australian Open and French Open. However, it’s a very different Djokovic entering Wimbledon this year. He may have recently won the Eastbourne trophy, but it’s fair to say Djokovic hasn’t been as invincible as his former self at recent Grand Slams. He suffered a shock second round defeat in Melbourne to start the year, before Dominic Thiem made light work of him in the Roland Garros quarterfinal.

But Djokovic – a three time Wimbledon champion – can certainly not be overlooked for this year’s championship. He’ll face Adam Pavlasek next, before a potential third round showdown against Juan Martin del Potro.

Meanwhile, in the women’s field, top seeds Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova both eased through to the second round after straight set victories. Kerber is attempting to match (or go one better) than her final appearance last year and she will continue her quest against Kirsten Flipkens on Thursday. Pliskova will face Magdalena Rybarikova.

AUSSIE TRACKER

Unfortunately just one of five Aussies featuring in day two action managed to keep their campaign alive.

Mischa Zverev def Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Tomic’s woes have continued as he failed to be competitive against Zverev. Less than a week ago Tomic defeated the World No. 30 in straight sets at Eastbourne, but he couldn’t replicate the feat at the All England Club, as his win-loss record for the season dropped to a dismal 9-15. As if things couldn’t get any worse for Tomic, his ranking is also expected to plummet after the loss, given he had reached the Wimbledon fourth round last year. But it seems the 24-year-old Aussie could not care less.

“I don’t know why, but I felt a little bit bored out there, to be completely honest with you,” he said in his post match news conference.

“I feel holding a trophy or doing well, it doesn’t satisfy me anymore … It’s not there. I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth-round US Open or I lose first round.

“This is one of the biggest tournaments in the world that I have done really well in my career and … I just couldn’t find anything,” Tomic said.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas def Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4)

Jordan Thompson entered the Grand Slam carrying some momentum from his standout performance at the Queen’s Club, where he managed to upset World No. 1 Andy Murray in what was described as the match of his life. But Thompson couldn’t muster the same form at the All England Club, as he is still yet to win a main draw match at the Grand Slam.

Juan Martin del Potro def Thanasi Kokkinakis 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 4-6

Kokkinakis put up an inspiring challenge against Juan Martin del Potro, but ultimately it was the experience of the flat-hitting Argentine that ensured he kept his tournament alive. After a long injury lay-off Kokkinakis was searching for his first Grand Slam win since the 2015 French Open.

Petra Martic def Daria Gavrilova a 4-6, 6-2, 8-10

Perhaps the biggest Aussie shock, top ranked Australian women’s player Daria Gavrilova bowed out after a 4-6, 6-2, 8-10 loss to the unseeded Petra Martic. Gavrilova reached the Wimbledon third round last year and now faces a drop in the rankings.

Arina Rodionova def Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6, 7-6 (8), 9-7

After earning her place in the main draw through the qualifying rounds, Arina Rodionova continued her fairy-tale run, saving seven match points to upset 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. It marked Rodionova’s first ever Grand Slam win.

Day 2 upsets – Top seeds who bundled out:

Richard Gasquet (22) lost to David Ferrer 3-6, 4-6 7-5, 2-6

Lauren Davis (28) lost to Varvara Lepchenko 4-6, 5-7

Kiki Bertens (23) lost to Sorana Cirstea 7-6 (4), 7-5

Shuai Zhang (30) lost to Viktorija Golubic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-1

Day 3 schedule:

CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM

  1. Johanna Konta (GBR) [6] v Donna Vekic (CRO)
  2. Andy Murray (GBR) [1] v Dustin Brown (GER)
  3. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4] v Donald Young (USA)

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM

  1. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [9] v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
  2. Qiang Wang (CHN) v Venus Williams (USA) [10]
  3. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) v Simona Halep (ROU) [2]

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM

  1. Heather Watson (GBR) v Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [18]
  2. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12] v Simone Bolelli (ITA)
  3. Florian Mayer (GER) v Marin Cilic (CRO) [7]

NO.3 COURT – 11:30AM

  1. Elena Vesnina (RUS) [15] v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
  2. Aljaz Bedene (GBR) v Damir Dzumhur (BIH)
  3. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Lucas Pouille (FRA) [14]
  4. Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Madison Keys (USA) [17]

COURT 12 – 11:30AM

  1. Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Gilles Muller (LUX) [16]
  2. Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Fabio Fognini (ITA) [28]
  3. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Elina Svitolina (UKR) [4]
  4. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [13] v Francoise Abanda (CAN)

COURT 18 – 11:30AM

  1. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [8] v Jennifer Brady (USA)
  2. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) v Sam Querrey (USA) [24]
  3. Steve Johnson (USA) [26] v Radu Albot (MDA)
  4. Caroline Garcia (FRA) [21] v Ana Bogdan (ROU)

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