THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Berdych, Isner Make Shock Exits
by ATP Staff|
Latvian Ernests Gulbis, currently No. 87 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, overcame Berdych 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 7-6(4) in two hours and 34 minutes.
Gulbis hit 30 aces and 62 winners, converting one of seven break point opportunities for his first Grand Slam championship match win since the 2011 US Open. He is now 6-12 on the season. It was Berdych's first opening round loss at Wimbledon since his debut in 2004 (l. to Benneteau).
Colombian Alejandro Falla caused an upset when he saved one match point to knock out Isner 6-4, 6-7(7) 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-5 in three hours and 12 minutes.
Falla saved one match point at 6-7 in the fourth set tie-break. Isner hit 31 aces, including a serve timed at 139 miles per hour, but could only convert two of his nine break point opportunities.
"I had my chances," said Isner. "It's all on me. Was just not great on my part. I felt fine coming into here. It's just now I get out there sometimes, and lately it's happening quite a lot, [that] I'm just so clouded. I just can't seem to figure things out. I'm my own worst enemy out there. It's all mental for me, and it's pretty poor on my part."
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