One of the biggest and best days of the tennis year has come and gone and it did not disappoint with a range of upsets and electrifying tennis. My feature match was also a cracker between Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev which ended up going to five sets.
One of the first results to roll in was probably the best WTA match of the day as Garbine Muguruza reached her second Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Angelique Kerber. I was disappointed for Kerber because she probably played the best she has this year and Muguruza was still the better player. By virtue of the defeat Kerber will no longer be the world number one after this week and it will go to Simona Halep if she reaches the semifinals but if not it will go to Karolina Pliskova. Kerber was almost unplayable in the first set and she was in control for most of it despite not getting the break until Muguruza’s last service game of the set. Kerber was the better player for the majority of the second set and she had quite a few opportunities to go a break up but she wasn’t able to and in the end Muguruza played a great return game to get her first break of the match and force a decider. The two were very even in the final set and they traded breaks a couple of times on the way to Kerber serving at 5-4 down, which was when she got a bit tight which let Muguruza pounce and take the tightly contested match.
Another very tight women’s match that was completed today saw the home favourite Johanna Konta survive another thriller to come through 7-6(7-3), 4-6, 6-4 against Caroline Garcia. Both women were getting tight when it came for them to close out sets but in the end it was just Konta who was the most consistent. Konta started strongly as she went up a break and then had the opportunity to serve out the set at 5-4 but Garcia kept going for her shots and forced a tiebreaker. Konta managed to pull it together for the tiebreaker and moved through it rather swiftly to get a one set lead. It was Garcia’s turn to start strongly in the second as she stormed through the early stages to lead 1-5. This is when Garcia started to get nervous and she made an ample amount of unforced errors. Konta managed to get it back on serve but when the Brit was serving at 4-5 down, Garcia put in enough balls to get the game and the set. The decider was another tight set and it came down to Garcia’s nerves as the Frenchwoman was broken while serving to stay in the match at 5-4 down and Konta became the first British woman since 1984 to reach a Wimbledon quarterfinal.
The match of the tournament so far was also completed today and it resulted in the biggest men’s upset of the tournament so far as Gilles Muller fought past Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13. This win can all be put down to the great play from Muller because Nadal really did not play that badly. The first two sets were decided by one break of serve each and Nadal wasn’t really given any look at Muller’s serve. Muller didn’t really get nervous in the final two sets but Nadal lifted his game and he managed to hit a lot more backhand winners on the way to getting one break in each set to force a fifth. The fifth set was very entertaining and even though I think that Nadal was probably the stronger overall Muller just wasn’t letting his serve get broken. Nadal had a number of break point opportunities but he wasn’t able to break and eventually while serving at 14-13 down, Nadal got broken and Muller sealed the biggest win of his career to make his first grand slam quarterfinal.
The king of Wimbledon, Roger Federer, continued his bid for the title as he got past someone with a similar game style of him in Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Dimitrov always seems to get nervous and not bring his best level when he plays Federer and that was no different today. Dimitrov was able to hold up pretty well at the beginning of the match and he didn’t let Federer get the break until 4-4 when Roger broke and then served it out. It was full steam ahead for Federer in the second set as he was bossing Dimitrov around the court with pure strength and he ended up getting the set with the double break. Federer took his foot off the break for the third set and he was just experimenting and having fun out there. He was still too strong for Dimitrov and despite trading breaks midway through the set Federer ended up getting the break that captured him the match to lead 5-4. After serving it out he had a glint in his eye and he has to be fancying his chances with Rafa out and the rest of the field being slightly below him in recent form and level.