Kuznetsov Upsets Ferrer At Wimbledon; Tsonga/Querrey Locked In Fifth Set
by ATP Staff|
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).
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.