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Kuznetsov Upsets Ferrer At Wimbledon; Tsonga/Querrey Locked In Fifth Set

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Kuznetsov© AFP/Getty ImagesAndrey Kuznetsov records the biggest win of his career at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov recorded the biggest win of his career on Wednesday at The Championships.

Kuznetsov, who is currently No. 118 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, won back-to-back grass-court matches for the first time with a 6-7(5), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 7-ranked David Ferrer, one of the most consistent players on the ATP World Tour in recent years.

It was Ferrer’s earliest loss at a Grand Slam championship since the 2010 Australian Open when he fell to Marcos Baghdatis in the second round.

Ferrer, who picked up a stomach bug at Roland Garros, had not played on grass prior to arriving at the All England Club. He admitted, “I lost because my opponent was better. I think I played a good game, but he surprised to me and… [hit] a lot of winners. In the important moments, he was more aggressive than me.” The Spaniard drops to a 19-11 record in fifth sets.

The 23-year-old Kuznetsov won the 2009 Wimbledon junior title. He is contesting his eighth major championship (4-7 overall record).

He will now challenge Leonardo Mayer, who blocked 2006 semi-finalist Marcos Baghdatis’ path with 51 winners – including 16 aces – in a 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Sam Querrey will resume their second-round battle Thursday after the match was suspended at 9-all due to darkness. The 14th-seeded Frenchman had twice rallied from behind, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-7(4), 6-3, and saved a match point in the decisive set at 5-6, 30/40.

Tsonga and Querrey had both been forced off the court by rain in their first-round matches Monday, and completed their victories by playing just one more game Tuesday.

When play was called for the first time Wednesday, at 8-all in the fifth set, both players asked to continue. Tsonga held a break point in the ensuing game, but could not capitalise. The match was suspended at 9:23pm after three hours and 21 minutes.

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