Wimbledon Day 4: Federer proves too strong for Lajovic, Rybarikova stuns third seed Pliskova

Australian Open champion Roger Federer overcame a slow start on day four at SW19, as the Swiss man brushed aside Dusan Lajovic to keep hopes of a record eighth Wimbledon title alive.

The 35-year-old fell 2-0 down in the opening set against the world number 79, but Federer broke right back to force the first set into a tie-break, where he won all seven games as he began to reach top gear on Centre Court.

Roger Federer is chasing his first title at Wimbledon since 2012
image: rte.ie

There was no way back for the Serbian from there, as the 18-time grand slam champion cruised into the third round by hitting nine aces and 30 winners in a 7-6 (7/0) 6-3 6-2 straight sets win.

Next up for Federer in a test against Germany’s Mischa Zverev, as the 27th seed recovered from letting two-set lead slip to clinch a hard-fought 6-1 6-2 2-6 3-6 6-4 victory against Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin.

The German’s younger brother Alexander Zverev also made no mistake in securing his place in the last 32 with a comfortable 6-3 6-4 6-3 win against American opponent Frances Tiafoe.

Three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic also eased into the third round, as the second seed enjoyed a routine straight sets win over Adam Pavlasek.

22-year-old Czech Pavlasek rarely threatened the Serbian in their 90 minute encounter, as the 12-time grand slam champion raced to a 6-2 6-2 6-1 victory over the world number 136.

Second seed Djokovic will now face a test against Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis in the third round, after the world number 589 stunned Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7/3).

Last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic had to dig deep once again in his second round match at Wimbledon, as the Canadian came from a set down to beat Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny.3-6 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 7-5 to keep hopes of a first grand slam title alive.

Promising Austrian Dominic Thiem also kep his hopes of a first major title alive, as the eighth seed had to come from behind to see off the threat of Frenchman Gilles Simon 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-4.

Czech Thomas Berdych also had to fight hard to secure his spot in the last 32, as the 2010 Wimbledon finalist held off a comeback by American Ryan Harrison to win 6-4 6-3 6-7 (8/10) 6-3.

However Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund failed to reach the third round, as 15th seed Gaels Monfils outclassed the 22-year-old 7-6 (7/1) 6-4 6-4. to deny five British players reaching the last 32 for the first time in 20 years.

There was better news for former Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov, as the 13th seed proved too strong for Marcos Baghdatis winning 6-3 6-2 6-1 to keep hopes of a first grand slam title on track.

David Ferrer is also into the next round after just 18 minutes played on Court 17, as Belgian opponent Steve Darcis pulled out due to a back problem 3-0 down in the first set.

There was a much tougher day at the office for Ferrer’s compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas, as the 25th seed was pushed all the way by Russian Andrey Rublev to emerge a 7-5 6-7 (6/8) 4-6 6-3 6-4 winner in five sets.

Jack Sock was not so lucky in his five set encounter against Austrian Sebastian Ofner, as the 21-year-old held off a huge comeback by the American to stun the 17th seed 6-3 6-4 3-6 2-6 6-2..

Sock’s fellow American John Isner also fell to a second round elimination, as Israel’s Dudi Sela twice came from behind to pull off a 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/5)  5-7 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 upset win against the 23rd seed.

There was a big shock in women’s action, as third seed Karolina Pliskova‘s hopes of a maiden grand slam title came to end with defeat to world number 87 Magdalena Rybarikova.

Beaten US Open finalist Pliskova looked to be causing after winning the first set and a break up in the second, but her errors soon proved costly as Slovak Rybarikova came from behind to seal a thrilling 3-6 7-5 6-2 win with a backhand winner after two hours and 18 minutes.

Top seed Angelique Kerber made sure she did not follow Pliskova in suffering another early exit at a grand slam tournament, as she edged out Kirsten Flipkens to keep hopes of a first Wimbledon title alive.

The German looked to be cruising when a set up and leading 5-3 in the second but Belgian Flipkens broke to level for 5-5, before Kerber broke back immediately and overcame a tricky final game to seal a close fought 7-5 7-5 win.

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska had to dig deep to avoid an early exit at Wimbledon, as the ninth seed came from a set down to clinch a 5-7 7-6 (9/7) 6-3 win over American Christina McHale.

There was a much better outing for former French Open winner Garbine Murgurza, as the 2015 Wimbledon finalist proved too strong for Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer winning 6-2 6-4 to keep hopes of a second grand slam title alive.

Seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova also cruised into the third round at Wimbledon, as the Russian saw off the threat of compatriot Ekaterina Makarova to progress to the last 32.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki encountered no major problems in her second round clash, as the Dane swept aside Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-3 6-4 to stay on track for a first grand slam title.

French Open semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky enjoyed an ever more dominant win over Kristina Kucova, as the Swiss woman dropped just one game in a convincing 6-1 6-0 win against her Slovak opponent.

Karolina Pliskova has never progressed beyond the second round at Wimbledon
image: mundodeportivo.com

However, it was the end of the road for American Bethanie Mattek-Sands as she collapsed on court with a serious knee injury, after slipping at the start of a deciding set against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea.

Mattek-Sands doubles partner Lucie Safarova also crashed out of the competition, as American Shelby Rogers came from behind to pick up a surprise 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-3 win against the Czech.

Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic was another one to fall second round exit at Wimbledon, as American Alison Riske came from a set down to stun the 12th seed 2-6 6-4 6-4.

Riske is joined in the last 32 by compatriot Coco Vandeweghe, as the 25-year-old  wasted little time in securing her spot in the next round with a comfortable 6-4 6-2 win against Germany’s Tatjana Maria.

You can check out more results from day four of the action at SW19 at this link.

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