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Darcis Falls In Wimbledon Qualifying; Americans, Australians Advance

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Smyczek© Getty ImagesTim Smyczek leads five Americans into the final round of qualifying.

Steve Darcis upset World No. 1 Rafael Nadal last year at Wimbledon, but will not have an opportunity to make a statement at this year’s Championships.

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The Belgian’s bid for a main draw berth came to an end Tuesday as he fell to German Daniel Brands 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the second round of qualifying. Darcis has not played a tour-level main draw match since suffering a right shoulder injury during his victory over the two-time Wimbledon champion.

Five Americans and four Australians kept their hopes alive going into the final round of qualifying.

Tim Smyczek, the No. 3 seed, defeated Italian Flavio Cipolla 6-4, 6-3 and will next face compatriot Alex Kuznetsov, who edged Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva 7-6(5), 7-6(4). Denis Kudla, Ryan Harrison and Rajeev Ram rounded out the American winners.

James Duckworth prevailed against Uzbekistan’s Farrukh Dustov 4-6, 7-6(5), 8-6 to preserve a perfect day for the Australian contingent. Alex Bolt, Samuel Groth and Luke Saville also advanced.

Miloslav Mecir Jr., whose father reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 1988, moved within one win of his tournament main draw debut after defeating Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-2. He next plays Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Frenchman Marc Gicquel, the oldest player in the draw at 37 years of age, will attempt to qualify for the third time in the past four years when he faces Croatian Ante Pavic. Meanwhile, Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli, who played in the Halle doubles final alongside Roger Federer on Sunday, will confront Japan’s Yuichi Sugita.

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