Australian Jordan Thompson is having fun with a career-best run at Wimbledon, the place he has superior to the third spherical for a primary time.
London, UK, 2 July 2021 | Leigh Rogers
Jordan Thompson has continued his career-best run at Wimbledon, progressing into the third spherical.
The Australian eradicated world No.14 Casper Ruud in a five-set opening-round battle yesterday, marking his first Grand Slam victory towards a top-15 ranked opponent.
In the present day the 27-year-old achieved one other breakthrough, recording his first Grand Slam win towards a significant finalist. And as soon as once more, Thompson needed to struggle onerous to beat a high quality opponent.
Thompson was tremendous spectacular in a 7-5 6-4 5-7 6-3 victory towards Japan’s Kei Nishikori, a former world No.4 and a US Open finalist in 2014.
It appeared Thompson was going to attain a straight-sets win when he edged forward 4-1 within the third set, however Nishikori proved his class to push the match right into a fourth set.
The momentum swung early within the fourth set – Thompson went forward 3-1, just for world No.53 Nishikori to stage at 3-all.
Nevertheless it was Thompson who stepped up within the remaining levels, breaking to like within the eighth recreation. From there, the world No.78 dutifully served out victory after three hours and 5 minutes on courtroom.
Thompson completed the match with 38 winners and simply 22 unforced errors, proving too stable for the two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist. The Australian, who had by no means progressed previous the primary spherical in 4 earlier visits to the All England Membership, additionally served 12 aces and received 81 per cent of first serve factors.
“Issues can change shortly. Walked in yesterday, by no means received a match at Wimbledon, immediately within the third spherical enjoying one of many higher matches I’ve performed in my profession,” mentioned Thompson.
“A hell of an achievement, positively. Nishikori is likely one of the greatest on the earth. I served and returned very effectively, performed good grass-court tennis. It’s in my prime 10 wins.”
Thompson now faces world No.79 Ilya Ivashka of Belarus within the third spherical.
Aussies in motion – Wimbledon
Gents’s singles, second spherical
Jordan Thompson (AUS) d Kei Nishikori (JPN) 7-5 6-4 5-7 6-3
James Duckworth (AUS) d Sam Querrey (USA) 7-5 6-7(4) 6-3 6-2
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d Gianluca Mager (ITA) 7-6(7) 6-4 6-4
 Cristian Garin (CHI) d [Q] Marc Polmans (AUS) 7-6(3) 6-2 2-6 7-6(5)
 Cameron Norrie (GBR) d [WC] Alex Bolt (AUS) 6-3 6-1 6-2
Girls’ singles, second spherical
 Ash Barty (AUS) d Anna Blinkova (RUS) 6-4 6-3
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) d Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-4 0-6 6-3
Gents’s singles, third spherical
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v Ilya Ivashka (BLR)
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v  Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
James Duckworth (AUS) v  Lorenzo Sonego (ITA)
Girls’ singles, third spherical
 Ash Barty (AUS) v Katerina Siniakova (CZE)
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
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