GAME, SET AND MATCH! – FEDERER 7-6 6-1 6-4 GASQUET
Federer serves out the match with an ace to take the game to 15 and complete a solid straight sets victory over an old foe in Gasquet in one hour and 51 minutes. The Swiss made an out-of-sorts start but really found rhythm from the tie break onwards. He will now meet GB’s Cam Norrie in round three.
FEDERER 7-6 6-1 5-4 GASQUET
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Gasquet almost implodes from 30-0 up but Federer can’t take advantage on a first match point. The Frenchman lives to fight at least another couple of minutes as he survives from deuce to pose the serve-out question.
FEDERER 7-6 6-1 5-3 GASQUET
Federer backs up the break with a rampant love hold and he’s one game away from round three.
BREAK! – FEDERER 7-6 6-1 4-3 GASQUET
That’s a giveaway and it could well spell the end for Gasquet now. First he hooks a wild forehand wide at 30-30 to cough up break point and then dumps a horrible dropshot into the net.
FEDERER 7-6 6-1 3-3 GASQUET
No such drama for Federer. He lashes an ace down the middle T to conclude a simple and effective hold to 15. He’s served so well since the tie break.
FEDERER 7-6 6-1 2-2 GASQUET
Federer barely breaks sweat as he dashes through another love hold. He’s certainly ironed out some of the early glitches he was enduring.
FEDERER 7-6 6-1 1-2 GASQUET
The Frenchman just about comes out on top in a couple of eye-catching rallies from the baseline. He nudges the board and is already more competitive than in the previous set.
FEDERER 7-6 6-1 1-1 GASQUET
You know Roger’s rocking when he ghosts into the net to follow up a serve with a delicate stun volley. Quite sublime and a very comfortable hold to 15.
SET! – FEDERER 7-6 6-1 GASQUET
A couple of shanks off both flanks from Fed offer Gasquet a glimmer. The Frenchman can’t take the break as he arrows a backhand just long. Federer produces an audacious dropshot to earn set point and duly hammers down a big serve to take a 2-0 lead.
FEDERER 7-6 5-1 GASQUET
It’s the evening and far too late for a bagel. Gasquet avoids it with a hold to 30. Federer will now serve for a breadstick instead.
FEDERER 7-6 5-0 GASQUET
Love hold – tick. Double break backed up - tick. Two-set lead? Imminent.
BREAK! - FEDERER 7-6 4-0 GASQUET
This is a real purple patch! Gssquet shanks a backhand off court and coughs up another break point. He tries to kick a serve to the body but Federer reads it and guides a glorious return winner up the line for the double break.
FEDERER 7-6 3-0 GASQUET
The Swiss makes no mistake as he roars to a love hold and consolidate.
BREAK! – FEDERER 7-6 2-0 GASQUET
Richard raises his hands in the air and drinks in the adulation of the crowd after corking a breathtaking backhand up the line from a defensive position to make 40-0. The momentum is with the Frenchman but Federer drags himself back into it with some sharp returning. The Swiss makes deuce and a dropshot error somehow sees him clock up break point. The pair exchange crosscourt backhands in the ensuing rally and it’s Gasquet who blinks first. How on earth did Federer win that game? Incredible.
FEDERER 7-6 1-0 GASQUET
An inside-out forehand with a devilishly short crosscourt angle claims a tricky hold for Federer as clutch serving gets him out of danger from break point down. More frustration for Gasquet who has now had a few openings on the FedEx serve.
SET! – FEDERER 7-6 GASQUET
That’s an emphatic tie break from Federer after he struggled to get out of second gear for much of the opening set. He takes it 7-1 and has the Centre Court on its feet in appreciation.
FEDERER 6-6 GASQUET
Richard wastes a chance to apply some pressure when he doesn’t do enough at the net and ends up blocking a volley long at 15-15. Federer shows him how to do it by gliding into the net and guiding his volley into the open space. Gasquet can’t make deuce and it’s into a tie break we go!
FEDERER 5-6 GASQUET
Federer finally threatens with some smart anticipation and a forehand winner for 15-30. Gasquet responds with an ace down the middle T and a wonderful, disguised drop shot that sees the former world number one slip at his baseline. He’s okay and manages to press Gasquet to deuce. However, the Frenchman sizzles a trademark backhand to take charge and secures the minimum of a tie break with a service winner.
FEDERER 5-5 GASQUET
Are we heading for a tie break? Federer looks unfazed as he surges through a game to 15. There’s been very little to bother the server for much of this set, but will someone find something extra to snatch it at the death?
FEDERER 4-5 GASQUET
The Swiss Maestro’s return game just isn’t there right now. Gasquet cruises through another hold to 15. Federer must now face scoreboard pressure and hold to stay in the set.
FEDERER 4-4 GASQUET
Federer rolls back the years with a dominant charge and put-away at the net before caressing a delightful, crosscourt backhand winner. An avoidable error on the forehand close to the net gets Gasquet interested at 40-30 but the Frenchman can’t handle a deep slide to his right flank and the Swiss prevails.
FEDERER 3-4 GASQUET
Federer is almost too conservative at 0-15 and fails to apply any heat. Gasquet reels off four competent points and looks the more solid as we enter the business end of the set. Can Federer raises it a notch when it matters most?
FEDERER 3-3 GASQUET
It’s far from vintage Federer and quite a strange sight at Wimbledon even though we all know he’s had surgery and was off the tour for some time. He’s bound to be rusty but leans on some cheap points off his serve to dig it out from deuce.
FEDERER 2-3 GASQUET
After the drama of the opening two games it’s been more straight forward – and less exciting if truth be told. Gasquet has a few malfunctions on serve but still has too much as he takes the game to 30 to nudge the board in his favour again.
FEDERER 2-2 GASQUET
Snap! Federer finds better rhythm with the first serve and begins to show more confidence on the forehand. He drops just the one point as he breezes through to hold.
FEDERER 1-2 GASQUET
That's far more routine. Gasquet surges to a hold to 15. The world number 56 has a wretched record against FedEx but will on doubt have looked at the Mannarino match quite closely and noted clear weaknesses he could expose if Federer doesn’t raise his level.
FEDERER 1-1 GASQUET
That was a nervy game for Fedfans. The Swiss has to fend off three break points as Gasquet’s backhand purrs. The Frenchman is angry with himself when he slaps a backhand up the line into the net on his third opportunity and rightly so. Federer accepts the reprieve and follows up a crafty dropshot with a beastly wide serve.
MAKE WAY FOR THE LORD OF THE LAWN
Last up on Centre Court this evening we’ve got the eight-time champion Roger Federer against Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
H2H: This is their 21st meeting with Federer owning the match-up 18-2. Fed has won the last 10 in a row. The Swiss has also emerged victorious in their two previous showdowns at Wimbledon, winning in straight sets in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
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GAME, SET AND MATCH! – GAUFF 6-4 6-3 VESNINA
The 17-year-old breaks again and claims victory on her second match point as the Russian double faults at the worst possible time. The No.20 seed is into round three with an impressive straight sets victory in one hour and 10 minutes against the former semi finalist here.
GAUFF 6-4 5-3 VESNINA
Elena will feel she’s hugely unfortunate there. She blows a poor backhand into the net at 15-30 but is then left smiling ruefully as Gauff improvises with a scoop shot that loops into the air, hits the top of the net cord and dribbles over. The American then nails a crosscourt backhand that seems to bounce awkwardly for the Russian to move within a game of victory.
GAUFF 6-4 4-3 VESNINA
Pure ‘Tekkers’ from Vesnina. She glides into the net and puts away a supreme, angled volley to keep her hopes alive. At the change of ends she has another massage on her back from the physio. It’s going to be a tall order to combat both that and Gauff - although there have been a few signs the teenager is getting a bit tight at times.
GAUFF 6-4 4-2 VESNINA
That’s a very, very big hold for Gauff. A pair of double faults have her wobbling all over the show at 15-30 but she manages to come out on top in a brilliant rally to cork a wrong-footing backhand winner. The big serve then returns with a flourish and she maintains her advantage.
GAUFF 6-4 3-2 VESNINA
The MTO seems to have got Elena motoring again. She looks assured and up for the battle as she holds to 30 to stay in touch. Can Gauff regain her focus and keep her at arm’s length?
BREAK! – GAUFF 6-4 3-1 VESNINA
That’s a howler from Gauff and Vesnina has a lifeline. The American appears set to back up her double break at 30-0 and 40-30 but can’t get over the line. Vesnina finds a big return and forehand winner to earn a BP and Gauff hands it to her on a plate when she takes too long deciding on a mid-court forehand and inexplicably dumps it into the net.
BREAK! – GAUFF 6-4 3-0 VESNINA
It’s one-way traffic. Vesnina defends hard from her baseline but is almost left doing the splits as Gauff pushes her from one corner to the other. The American forces the error and that’s another break. Cue a call for the physio and then a medical time-out from Vesnina. She seems to be having trouble with her back.
GAUFF 6-4 2-0 VESNINA
Elena lashes erratically at a return and sees it clatter into the net. It means Gauff consolidates to 15 and she looks the more assured at the moment after the lift of winning such a close opening set.
BREAK! – GAUFF 6-4 1-0 VESNINA
That was far too tame and error-strewn from Vesnina. She slaps a weak backhand into the net to follow up a double fault and hands over an instant break at the start of Set 2.
SET! – GAUFF 6-4 VESNINA
The 17-year-old holds her nerve from 30-30 to serve out the opener in 32 minutes.
GAUFF 5-4 VESNINA
Rapid. Vesnina rediscovers her serving mojo and then sizzles a backhand winner right up the line to rattle through a lightning love hold.
GAUFF 5-3 VESNINA
That’s rather splendid. A standing readjustment to cork a backhand to the opposite corner seals a hold to 15 for Gauff as he consolidates with aplomb. Over 70 per cent of her first serves aren’t being returned which doesn’t make good reading for Vesnina’s camp.
BREAK! – GAUFF 4-3 VESNINA
It’s the No.20 seed who strikes first! Vesnina comes under the cosh for the first time and faces two break points when she throws down an untimely double fault. She plays a fine tactic trying to fend off the first but then overcooks her backhand pass and sees it miss by a whisker. Advantage Gauff!
GAUFF 3-3 VESNINA
That’s clutch serving. Gauff dumps a volley into the net and coughs up two break points. The serve blasts the American out of danger and gets her over the line from deuce, but Vesnina will rue a miss on her second BP when she skewed a tight forehand into the net from a mid-court position.
GAUFF 2-3 VESNINA
It’s another heart in mouth moment at this year’s tournament as Gauff takes a tumble trying to find a forehand on the run. She gives a thumbs up as she gets to her feet but can’t do much to worry Vesnina. It’s another rampant hold for the Russian.
GAUFF 2-2 VESNINA
A first double fault does little to ruffle Coco’s feathers as a pair of aces do the heavy lifting in a quick-fire hold. Not much to engage the crowd just yet.
GAUFF 1-2 VESNINA
The serve is purring for Vesnina in these opening exchanges and it’s another very simple and effective hold for the 34-year-old Russian.
GAUFF 1-1 VESNINA
It’s not so routine for Coco as she has to rally from 15-30 and then deuce. A wide ace – a second of the game – pulls the teenager level.
GAUFF 0-1 VESNINA
Elena kicks off with an ace and benefits from some forced mistiming from Gauff to make a positive and untroubled start.
IT'S COCO TIME!
Second up on Centre Court we’ve got teenage starlet, Coco Gauff. The American No.20 seed meets Russia’s Elena Vesnina, a former semi finalist (2016) here.
REWIND: Back in 2019, a 15-year-old Gauff announced herself to the wider world with a first round Wimbledon win over former champion Venus Williams
GAME, SET AND MATCH! – BARTY 6-4 6-3 BLINKOVA
Drama. A Barty forehand is called out on match point. She challenges... and it’s IN! Barty waits for the umpire's call, and bows her head in irritation when she won’t hand her the win. They replay the point but Blinkova drills long and the victory is achieved just seconds later. The world number one struggled for rhythm at times but gets the job done in one hour and 30 minutes and now meets Katerina Siniakova in round three.
BARTY 6-4 5-3 BLINKOVA
That’s a BIG hold. Barty hits clutch mode at just the right moments with a series of forehand and backhand winners. She fends off four break points before a fifth ace puts her on track to consolidate. She’s been very patchy today but is now just one game from victory.
BREAK! – BARTY 6-4 4-3 BLINKOVA
That’s sublime! Barty produces an audacious lob that clips the baseline to earn another break opportunity. A deep forehand is called long but the Aussie's challenge shows it to be in. The world number one shakes her head in frustration but re-focuses in time to take control of the replayed point and pass a crisp backhand winner up Blinkova’s right flank to take charge.
BARTY 6-4 3-3 BLINKOVA
The Aussie needed to find her serve – and she does just that. The first serve lands more frequently and dashes to a solid hold. Finely poised.
BREAK! - BARTY 6-4 2-2 BLINKOVA
That’s a shocker from Barty. The second serve has been woeful and it costs her here. Two more double faults – including one on BP – see her gift the game to her opponent, who gave herself a chance with a couple of brilliant forehand winners. If Barty does get through this match she’s going to have to spend some time sorting out that serve on the practise court.
BARTY 6-4 2-1 BLINKOVA
The world number 89 gets on the board. She has to work mighty hard for it, rampaging around the court to try and nullify Barty’s variety. A lovely volley at the net puts her in charge from deuce before Barty lets her off the hook by slapping a tame forehand into the net.
BARTY 6-4 2-0 BLINKOVA
Barty consolidates after a mid-game wobble and a sixth double fault of the contest. She’s far from her best but just about doing enough at the moment.
BREAK! – BARTY 6-4 1-0 BLINKOVA
Barty blasts her way to triple break point but can’t make it count. Blinkova reaches the sanctuary of deuce but then double faults to offer the Aussie a fourth opportunity. This time she gets the job done, flashing a forehand winner up the line after a crunching crosscourt backhand had pulled her opponent way off court.
SET! – BARTY 6-4 BLINKOVA
It’s been far from routine and all rather scrappy but Barty finds form at a key moment to blitz through a love hold and secure th4 opener in 41 minutes.
BREAK! – BARTY 5-4 BLINKOVA
The Barty slice and dice fails once again on break point but Blinkova suddenly gets equally wobbly and the top seed manages to edge in front once again with a break from deuce. She will now serve for the set.
BREAK! – BARTY 4-4 BLINKOVA
It’s such a mixed bag from Barty. Two more double faults take her tally to five already and don’t help her in a topsy-turvy game. She turns 0-30 around to assume a winning position on two occasions but can’t maintain enough consistency. Blinkova takes advantage and earns the break back when the Aussie slices tamely into the net.
BREAK! – BARTY 4-3 BLINKOVA
That’s much more like it from Barty. A short, slice drop shot bamboozles Blinkova to snare triple break point and this time there is no recovery from the Russian. Barty chases down a drop shot and shows great hands to pick it up and guide a winner up the line to break to love.
BARTY 3-3 BLINKOVA
The Barty forehand is doing some damage but it’s also misfiring at times. It’s making for a nervy and somewhat patchy display from the world number one so far. It does enough to get her over the line here though. All square.
BARTY 2-2 BLINKOVA
The top seed slaps down a pair of aces and then sees a wicked crosscourt slice force another error out of the Russian to consolidate and achieve parity on the scoreboard.
BREAK! – BARTY 0-2 BLINKOVA
Barty’s radar is way off in these early stages. A trio of double faults leave her with it all to do as the world number 89 steals an immediate advantage with a break at the second time of asking.
BARTY 0-1 BLINKOVA
That’s do nicely. The underdog conjures up a service winner before a cute, wrong-footing volley sees her open her account to 30 at the first attempt. If the Russian has any early butterflies that should help settle them.
Come on in to the Barty Party
First up on Centre Court we’ve got world number one, Ash Barty against Russia’s world number 89, Anna Blinkova.
The 22 year old Blinkova is currently matching her best run at Wimbledon as she also made round two in 2019. The deepest she has gone in a Grand Slam is the third round of Roland Garros in two years ago.
Blinkova earned her shot at the top seed by defeating Hungary's Timea Babos 6-2 6-2 in round one.
Barty made round two after defeating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 6-1 in what was the Spaniard's 11th and final Wimbledon singles appearance following cancer treatment last year.
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Day four of the main draw at Wimbledon sees Roger Federer, Coco Gauff, Daniil Medvedev and Ash Barty among the big names in action at SW19.
Analysis from day three
Nick Kyrgios suffered a very nasty fall during his first-round win over Ugo Humbert at Wimbledon and Mats Wilander was left stunned by his recovery and victory.
Eurosport expert Wilander was left amazed by the fact that Kyrgios could win through, particularly given his lack of match action over the last two years and since he participated in the Australian Open earlier in the season.
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"I know he is naturally gifted and talented, and he understands tennis most probably as good as anyone, ever," Wilander told Eurosport at Wimbledon. "He understands what he can do with a tennis ball.
It is incredible that he can do that after having not played a match in such a long time.
"But still, you would need some kind of repetitions under these kinds of circumstances and he hasn't had them, but he is just a big-match player.
"He obviously loves Wimbledon! It's easy for him, and he hits the middle of the racket so often. It is just so effortless the way he hits it. Can he get out of bed tomorrow? That is the question!"
The Championships at the All England Club had to be cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic without a ball being hit.
In 2019, Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in what was a match for the ages to lift his fifth Wimbledon title, while Simona Halep overcame Serena Williams to win the women's title two years ago.
Who is going to triumph this year?
Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite to make it three Grand Slams on the bounce after his triumphs at the Australian Open and French Open.
The women's draw is more wide open and Serena Williams and Ash Barty are the joint-favourites, according to the bookies.
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