Sunday 25 February 2018 / 03:00 AM


On a day where Australia’s Bernard Tomic was fined the second biggest amount in Wimbledon history, things were a lot brighter on the court for the top ranked players at the Championships.

Roger Federer continued his pursuit of an eighth Wimbledon title and a record breaking 19th Grand Slam with a 7-6 (0), 6-3, 6-2 victory against Dusan Lajovic on Thursday.

Despite being broken in his first service game of the match, Federer recovered from a shaky start to set up a third round battle with 27th ranked Mischa Zverev.

“I think in the third round I will feel better again,” Federer said following the win.

“It’s weird how sometimes you can be way more nervous for a second round than, say, for a final, believe it or not.

“I’m happy I got through this one feeling the way I did, because in a way it’s strange playing this way when you’re so tense. Yet you have nothing to lose or in a way, that’s what I’m telling myself, just play freely.

“It’s not just that simple once you get out there.”

Federer and Zverev have already played against each other twice this year, including once already at a Grand Slam – the Australian Open. Federer won that battle in straight sets. Zverev had entered the meeting off the back of his career-best victory against Andy Murray, but he ultimately couldn’t complete two of the biggest upsets in a row. Federer then won their most recent match in Halle in straight sets as well, 7-6 (4), 6-4, on his way to the title.

Novak Djokovic also kept his campaign for a fourth Wimbledon title alive, as he defeated Adam Pavlasek 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. Fellow top seeds Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem, Tomas Berdych, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Gael Monfils all advanced, while 29th ranked Juan Martin del Potro and 23rd seed John Isner bundled out.

Women’s top seed Angelique Kerber continued her run with a straight set 7-5, 7-5 win against Kirsten Flipkens but World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova suffered a shock loss to Magdalena Rybarikova and 12th ranked Kristina Mladenovic also crashed out against Alison Riske. Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Garbine Muguruza, Timea Bacsinszky all advanced.

In the other major news of day four Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a sickening knee injury during her match against Sorana Cirstea. In the opening game of the deciding set Mattek-Sands collapsed and was left screaming in agony.

“Help me! Help me please! I need help please! F***!” she screamed as medics ran on court to help her.

“F*** it hurts, f*** me it hurts. Have you given me any f****** painkillers?”

As she was leaving the court, she could be heard saying: “These painkillers are not working. Please knock me out, please knock me out.”


There are officially no more Ausralians left in singles action, as our last hope Arina Rodionova crashed out against Zarina Diyas, despite leading 5-1 in the second set.

Arina Rodionova lost to Zarina Diyas: 4-6, 6-7 (4)

Bernard Tomic’s off-court woes 

Off court Bernard Tomic was also fined $20,000 for the comments he made regarding “not trying” and “being bored” in his first round loss. He was also dumped by major sponsor Head.

“We were extremely disappointed with the statements made at Wimbledon by one of our sponsored athletes, Bernard Tomic,” Head said in a statement.

“His opinions in no way reflect our own attitude for tennis, our passion, professionalism and respect for the game. Therefore, we have decided to discontinue our collaboration with Bernard Tomic.”

Day 4 upsets – Top seeds who bundled out

Karolina Pliskova (3) lost to Magdalena Rybarikova: 6-3, 7-5, 2-6

Kristina Mladenovic (12) lost to Alison Riske 6-2, 4-6, 4-6

Daria Kasatkina (29) lost to Anett Kontaveit 3-6, 2-6

John Isner (23) lost to Dudi Sela 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7=5, 6-7 (5), 3-6

Juan Martin del Potro (29) lost to Ernest Gulbis 4-6, 4-6, 6-7 (3)

Day 5 schedule:


  1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v Heather Watson (GBR)
  2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4] v Karen Khachanov (RUS) [30]
  3. Andy Murray (GBR) [1] v Fabio Fognini (ITA) [28]

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM

  1. Steve Johnson (USA) [26] v Marin Cilic (CRO) [7]
  2. Johanna Konta (GBR) [6] v Maria Sakkari (GRE)
  3. Naomi Osaka (JPN) v Venus Williams (USA) [10]

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM

  1. Aljaz Bedene (GBR) v Gilles Muller (LUX) [16]
  2. Shuai Peng (CHN) v Simona Halep (ROU) [2]
  3. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [13] v Camila Giorgi (ITA)
  4. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12] v Sam Querrey (USA) [24]

NO.3 COURT – 11:30AM

  1. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [9] v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [18]
  2. Carina Witthoeft (GER) v Elina Svitolina (UKR) [4]
  3. Natela Dzalamidze (RUS) / Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) v Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) [3] / Martina Hingis (SUI) [3]

COURT 12 – 11:30AM

  1. Oceane Dodin (FRA) / Tatjana Maria (GER) v Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [2] / Elena Vesnina (RUS) [2]
  2. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [8] v Ana Konjuh (CRO) [27]
  3. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) [8] / Casey Dellacqua (AUS) [8] v Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) / Misaki Doi (JPN)
  4. Kevin Anderson (RSA) v Ruben Bemelmans (BEL)

COURT 18 – 11:30AM

  1. Caroline Garcia (FRA) [21] v Madison Brengle (USA) Not Before: 1:00pm
  2. Andreja Klepac (SLO) [15] / Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) [15] v Mona Barthel (GER) / Anett Kontaveit (EST)

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