And as for the men…

Jun 28, 2011

As for the men’s side of things, they haven’t been without their drama either. Bernard Tomic has caused a stir by beating Xavier Malisse in a four set stunner in the fourth round. His biggest upset, though, was his defeat of Robin Soderling on Saturday. This set Tomic on the road to a fantastic Wimbledon run. He is the youngest man to reach this round since 1990, when Michael Chang got to the same point in the tournament. Tomic was first noticed when he won at the US and Australian Open junior tournaments, and seems to have made a dreamy transition into the men’s tournaments. Malisse was under pressure from the word go, and despite some surges he lost 6-1 7-5 6-4 to the 18 year old. Tomic cites his confidence as a men’s player, leaving behind his junior game.

Mardy Fish got through against Tomas Berdych, which was a relative shock seeing as the Czech world number 6 was a finalist at Wimbledon last year. Fish was dominant in serve, hitting 23 aces, and it certainly played a part in keeping Berdych at bay. He has reached the quarter finals of a tournament for the first time since Feliciano Lopez had a scare against Lukasz Kubot, losing the first two sets before rallying to win 3-6 3-7 (5-7) 7-6 (9-7) 7-5 7-5.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also made it through against David Ferrer, who outranked him but couldn’t outplay him on the day. The big four were up next, with Murray progressing well against Richard Gasquet of France. Britain remain holding their breath. Djokovic played a convincing game against Llodra, winning in straight sets. Despite a few wobbles here and then he looks set to – if not win – then do well. Rafael Nadal’s match against Juan Martin del Potro was one of highs and lows, with the Spaniard playing fantastically but with an awful injury that looked set to ruin everything. He said he felt his heel go crunch, and the crowd waited with baited breath as the trainer came on, as well as the tournament doctor, to discuss how best to deal with it. And then del Potro, maybe feeling a little left out, took his own terrible tumble. He went down on his hip and had to be helped up by the trainer, but eventually got back into the game only to have Nadal sweep past him into the next round.

Thankfully Nadal’s foot appears to be doing well, and after a scan he revealed on his Facebook page that everything looked fine and he was fit and ready to continue with the tournament. His worldwide fans breathe a sigh of relief.

Written by: SophieG

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