Wawrinka Reaches Fourth Round; Lopez Withstands 52 Aces
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
Stan Wawrinka won the first of what could be three matches in three days for the Swiss at Wimbledon as he dismissed Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Monday.
After rain forced the third-round match to be cancelled on Saturday, Wawrinka will now contest his fourth-round match on Tuesday against Feliciano Lopez, who also played his third-round contest Tuesday, with the victor to play the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
The fifth-seeded Wawrinka has only dropped one set en route to the last 16 and dominated an ailing Istomin, who called the doctor onto court in the second set, by hitting 12 aces and winning 83 per cent of his first serve points.
"Firstly, it was important to win," said Wawrinka. "But the way I played in three sets was perfect today for me, perfect start to do it quickly. I'm playing well."
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The 28-year-old Wawrinka won his first Grand Slam championship at the start of the year at the Australian Open, beating Rafael Nadal in the final. The Swiss has a 27-7 match record on the season, also winning his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy in Monte-Carlo (d. Federer).
The 32-year-old Lopez continued his great run of form on the grass as he reached the Wimbledon fourth round for the sixth time with a 6-7(8), 7-6(6), 7-6(3), 7-5 victory over John Isner. Lopez went on to reach the quarter-finals in 2005 (l. to Hewitt), 2008 (l. to Safin) and 2011 (l. to Murray).
Isner's exit means that no American men or women are through to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time since 1911.
The Spaniard has won 12 of his past 13 matches, all on grass. He finished runner-up to Grigor Dimitrov at The Queen’s Club, squandering one match point, and retained his Eastbourne title the following week (d. Gasquet). In toppling Isner, the left-hander withstood 52 aces, firing 34 of his own, and made only 10 unforced errors.
"[There were] a lot of aces. [It was] at tough match to play," said Lopez. "I knew it was going to be like this. I knew we were going to play a lot of tie-breaks, so this is the match I was excepting to play. Luckily I made it. I'm very happy to go through. It was a very difficult one for me today.
"When you beat players like John, when you go through a difficult match like this, you have to be proud of yourself. To beat Johnny on that court is such is difficult task, and I made it."
Lopez trails Wawrinka 2-3 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, though this will be their first grass-court meeting.
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