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Judy Murray At Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:57pm
Judy Murray, mother of Andy and Jamie, discusses his sons' chances for success at their home Grand Slam. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com.

Tsonga And Ivanisevic Live At Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:57pm
How does former champion Goran Ivanisevic like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's Wimbledon chances? Video courtesy Wimbledon.com

Murray Warmup Routine Live At Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:57pm
How does Andy Murray prepare to face a left-hander on the grass of SW19? Video courtesy Wimbledon.com.

Gasquet Sweeps Past Bedene Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:57pm
Richard Gasquet beats Aljaz Bedene in three sets in his first-round match. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com

Kyrgios Tops Stepanek Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:57pm
Nick Kyrgios overcomes a challenge from veteran Radek Stepanek in the first round. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com

Gasquet Advances To Wimbledon Second Round

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:51pm

Seventh seed Richard Gasquet recorded his 20th match win of the season on Tuesday by beating Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 12 minutes at The Championships. He will next play Marcel Granollers or Victor Estrella Burgos in the second round.

Gasquet got off to the best possible start, opening up a 3-0 lead. Despite losing his serve to 30 at 4-2, the Frenchman broke for a second time in the first set. Gasquet took a 3-2 lead in the second set, then saved three break points in a 17-point sixth game. He failed to convert five break point opportunities for a 3-0 advantage in the third set as Bedene, currently No. 56 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, clung on in a 19-point hold. Gasquet broke in the final game with a fine high backhand volley winner.

"I think I played well," said the Frenchman. "To win in three sets, it's a good match for me. I'm very happy with the way I played because I know he's a dangerous player." Gasquet is a two-time semi-finalist at the All England Club, having reached the last four in 2007 (l. to Federer) and last year (l. to Djokovic). He is now 26-10 overall at Wimbledon. Bedene had been bidding to secure his 50th tour-level match win.

Elswhere, Gasquet's compatriot, No. 12 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, struck 41 winners past Inigo Cervantes in a 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-4 victory. "I'm very satisfied," said Tsonga. "It's good to be back on court after this month out. It was not easy, of course, because when you haven't played for a while, you are always looking for the good shot." The 2011-2012 semi-finalist next challenges Taro Daniel or Juan Monaco.

Victor Troicki, the No. 25 seed, who reached the Wimbledon fourth round in 2012 and 2015, knocked out qualifier Tristan Lamasine 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 36 minutes. He now faces Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who overcame Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Wawrinka Survives Fighting Fritz

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:38pm

Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka moved through a tricky first-round encounter on Tuesday at Wimbledon with #NextGen star Taylor Fritz, overcoming a mid-match surge from the American to advance, 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4.

"Everybody's looking for the new generation. [Fritz] is already No. 60 in the world. It's quite impressive to be there already," said Wawrinka. "He has a lot of potential and a big chance to be higher in the next few years."

Wawrinka saved the only break point of the opening set at 4-4 as both players traded routine service holds. A forehand winner gave Wawrinka a mini-break to lead 4/2 in the tie-break and he rode that slight lead to the opening set. The two-time Grand Slam champion broke Fritz to start the second set and continued to apply pressure in his return games, breaking Fritz twice more to take a commanding two-sets lead.

The Swiss star held break points in two of the American’s service games in the third set, but they each continued to hold serve to force another tie-break. Fritz earned a mini-break on the first point of the tie-break as Wawrinka let his guard down, hitting four unforced errors to allow his teenage opponent to grab a lifeline.

Wawrinka rebounded brilliantly by breaking his opponent to love to start the fourth set and dropped just four points in the first four games. Fritz got one of the breaks back with a backhand return winner, but the fourth seed maintained his lead and closed out the match on his first try.

Next up for Wawrinka is an appetising second-round match against Juan Martin del Potro, who convincingly moved past Stephane Robert of France 6-1, 7-5, 6-0. The Argentine won the final nine games of the match and dropped just seven points in the third set without hitting a single unforced error. The victory gives him his first win at Wimbledon since his semi-final run in 2013.

"I am feeling so glad to play at Wimbledon again," said del Potro. "I had great supporters today at my match. Everywhere I'm playing, the fans are supporting me a lot. They don't care if I win or lose. They just want to see me playing again. That's great for me."

Del Potro leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head 3-2 and has won their past three matches, but they haven’t played in over four years. Del Potro won their only career grass-court meeting at Wimbledon in 2008, a straight-sets victory for the Argentine in the second round.

Fourteenth seed Roberto Bautista Agut held the lead throughout his match against Jordan Thompson of Australia to move into the second round, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. The Spaniard has reached the fourth round in his past four Grand Slam appearances. 

Next up for him is Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan, a straight-sets winner over Martin Klizan of Slovakia, 7-6(7), 7-6(5), 6-4. Kukushkin won their only previous career meeting, but they haven’t played in over six years.

Nineteenth seed Bernard Tomic will finish his match with Spaniard Fernando Verdasco on Friday after play was suspended due to rain with Verdasco serving, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 0-0. Both players have excelled at Wimbledon, with Tomic reaching the quarter-finals in 2011 and Verdasco matching that feat in 2013.




Wawrinka Survives Fighting Fritz

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:38pm

Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka moved through a tricky first-round against #NextGen star Taylor Fritz, overcoming a mid-match surge from the American to advance, 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4.

Wawrinka saved the only break point of the opening set at 4-4 as both players traded routine service holds. A forehand winner gave Wawrinka a mini-break to lead 4/2 in the tie-break and he rode that slight lead to the opening set. The two-time Grand Slam champion broke Fritz to start the second set and continued to apply pressure in his return games, breaking Fritz twice more to take a commanding two-sets lead.

The Swiss star held break points in two of the American’s service games in the third set, but they each continued to hold serve to force another tie-break. Fritz earned a mini-break on the first point of the tie-break as Wawrinka let his guard down, hitting four unforced errors to allow his teenage opponent to grab a lifeline.

Wawrinka rebounded brilliantly by breaking his opponent to love to start the fourth set and dropped just four points in the first four games. Fritz got one of the breaks back with a backhand return winner, but the fourth seed maintained his lead and closed out the match on his first try.

Next up for Wawrinka is an appetising second-round match against Juan Martin del Potro, who convincingly moved past Stephane Robert of France 6-1, 7-5, 6-0. The Argentine won the final nine games of the match and dropped just seven points in the third set without hitting a single unforced error. The victory gives him his first win at Wimbledon since his semi-final run in 2013.

Del Potro leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head 3-2 and has won their last three matches, but they haven’t played in over four years. Del Potro won their only career grass-court meeting at Wimbledon in 2008, a straight-sets victory for the Argentine in the second round.

Gilles Muller Uncovered 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:31pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot catches up with Gilles Muller, who is playing some of the best tennis of his career.

Isner FedEx ATP Player Profile 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:13pm
John Isner explains how luck played a role during his early professional career.

Marcos Baghdatis Reveals 'The Last Time'

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:00pm

It’s hard to get Marcos Baghdatis to be serious. But in between the giggles, the popular Cypriot, who plays John Isner in the Wimbledon first round today, shares with ATPWorldTour.com ‘The Last Time’…

I cooked for myself?
I guess when I was home last time, maybe breakfast or something. Some eggs or something. I don't really cook a lot. My wife does a bit and we live with my parents so they do a bit.

I paid to rent a court or buy tennis balls?
One or two months ago in Zagreb. I paid for the court to play for an hour.

I shared a hotel room with another player?
That was back when I was playing Challengers in Brazil and that player was Dudi Sela. It was in 2004, just before the Olympics. Was I a good roommate? I wasn't, but he was! I'm just joking!

I cried at a movie?
I cry sometimes at X-Factor or Britain's Got Talent, but not at movies! [Dissolves into hysterics]. There are some nice stories there! What's so funny?! [Fans himself]. When Simon [Cowell] cries, it's funny!

I went to a football match?
Hmmm, I don't remember. It's been a long time. I have two kids at home! Oh actually, I went last November with my daughter in Cyprus to watch my local team.

I changed a nappy?
I guess two and a half years ago, when my first daughter, Zahara, was born...

You didn't change any for Baby No. 2?
No, never...

Were you that bad first time round?
Yes! My wife does everything so I don't interfere in her business!

Richard Gasquet Wins First Round At Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 9:48am
Richard Gasquet reflects on his first-round win over Brit Aljaz Bedene. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com.

Dustin Brown Wins First Round Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 9:48am
Dustin Brown stops by the Live At Wimbledon studio to talk about his five-set win on Tuesday. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com.

NextGen Taylor Fritz Makes Wimbledon 2016 Debut

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 9:46am
NextGen player Taylor Fritz talks about making his Wimbledon debut. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com.

Willis Looks Forward To Federer Clash Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 9:31am
Marcus Willis will face 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the second round. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com.

Young Fan Enjoys Wimbledon 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 9:30am
As a young British fan shows, it's never too early to learn all about Wimbledon. Video courtesy Wimbledon.com.

Watch: Melzer Strikes Tweener Lob at Marburg Challenger 2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 8:49am
Watch hot shot from the ATP Challenger Tour event in Marburg, Germany, as 2016 match wins leader Gerald Melzer fires a stunning between-the-legs winner.

Wimbledon 2016

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 10:13pm

Federer On Willis: 'Kind Of Stories We Need In Our Sport'

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 10:04pm

Count Roger Federer among the growing number of Marcus Willis fans at Wimbledon.

Federer, who won his first-round contest in straight sets over Argentine Guido Pella, said he's thrilled for the 25-year-old Willis, a tennis teaching pro who had to win six matches in pre-qualifying and qualifying to make it to Wimbledon. On Monday, Willis also won his first-round match, sweeping World No. 54 Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

“I think it's one of the best stories in a long time in our sport,” Federer said after his first-round match. “This is the kind of stories we need in our sport.”

As much as Federer appreciates Willis, who was a Top 15 junior but lacked the drive he now possesses, the Swiss star would be OK if the feel-good story ended on Wednesday. That's when the seven-time champion will face Willis, No. 772 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

“I'm very excited to be playing him, actually. It's not something that I get to do very often,” Federer said.

The second-round match will be a rare first for Federer, who has played more than 1,300 tour-level matches and is making his 18th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon. The 88-time titlist has faced up-and-coming players or players with very low Emirates ATP Rankings, but never before has he faced someone who still teaches tennis to kids and adults on the side for £30 an hour.

“This match is different. It's picked up on momentum. People will hear about it. People will know about it. Naturally they're going to support him. Rightfully so, because I think it's a very cool story myself. It's going to make the match difficult,” Federer said. “I saw him play today. He plays well. It's not like he couldn't play. Otherwise he wouldn't be where he is. It's going to be interesting. Plus he is serve and volleying, which I love to see. He came up with some great, great shots. To beat a guy of Berankis' caliber in straight sets shows you how tough he is.”

Federer, who has served and volleyed a bit in his day, also delivered a scouting report on Willis, who likely will have to cancel more lessons to play against Federer. “A little bit more old school, using the slice, chipping the returns. Dangerous off the back... Saw some nice touch at the net,” Federer said. “First couple of days, it's tricky to play anybody here at Wimbledon... I think his game is perfectly suited for these kind of conditions right now.”

Federer, whose story has been told thousands of times over the years, would even like to ask a few questions to Willis. “I just like the idea of him... It would be nice for him to tell me exactly how it went, the decision to enter pre-quallies. What went through his mind really, why he wanted to quit tennis, take up coaching... It's just an interesting concept,” Federer said. “There's a lot of cool things that are part of the story.”

Federer, who's playing in only his seventh tournament of the season because of injuries, has said he has few expectations for this Wimbledon. He, like Willis, will be hoping for a great atmosphere and a good match in the second round. “If he gets more support, that's awesome. If I get more support, that's nice,” Federer said. “I hope he can play as good as he can and that I also can play a good match and everybody enjoys themselves.”

Federer Opens Wimbledon Campaign

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 6:59pm

Roger Federer brought his best tennis when needed to open his 18th consecutive Wimbledon with a 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-3 win over Argentine Guido Pella.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion never faced a break point against Pella, who is now 0-4 in tour-level grass-court matches. But Federer also struggled to break the left-hander, going one for nine on break points. Finally, at 4-3 in the third set, the third seed broke Pella and served out the set at love.

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“I was very happy with the way I played. If I would have used my chances earlier in the first and second set, maybe things would have been a bit easier. But I think Pella did a good job,” Federer said. “It's an intense match. It's the first round. It's new grass. It's always going to be a tough match. I'm happy I made it in three straight sets.”

His win sets up a dream second-round matchup for Brit qualifier Marcus Willis, No. 772 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Willis had to go through pre-qualifying at Wimbledon and has had to cancel teaching lessons to continue playing at the Grand Slam.

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The World No. 3 will look to continue his march to history. Federer, who has lost to Novak Djokovic in the past two Wimbledon finals, is trying to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon crowns. The 34 year old also now has 303 Grand Slam wins, putting him three wins away from tying Martina Navratilova for the most Grand Slam wins.

“I'm super pleased to be here and happy in a different way to Marcus,” Federer said, “but I'm happy myself to be here in the second round.”

Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov prevailed against Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3) to advance to the second round. Dolgopolov, the 30th seed, nearly doubled his winners to unforced errors, 45 to 24. He next will face Brit Daniel Evans, who outlasted German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-6(7), 7-5.

David Goffin advanced to the second round at The Championships for the second consecutive year. Goffin, the 11th seed, swept British wild card Alexander Ward 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 31 minutes.

The 25-year-old Goffin is fresh off his best showing at a Grand Slam when he reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros earlier this month (l. to Thiem). The Belgian enjoyed his deepest run at Wimbledon last year when he made the fourth round (l. to Wawrinka).

Goffin next will face French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who came back to beat Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Denis Istomin, who lost in the first round in Nottingham last week, upset 20th seed Kevin Anderson 4-6, 6-7(13), 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-3. Istomin broke the South African three times in the three-hour and 35-minute match. The Uzbekistani next will face Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, who outlasted Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3, 7-6(6), 5-7, 3-6, 6-3.