No.7 seed Spaniard David Ferrer and the 5th seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France booked their place in the last 16 of this year’s Wimbledon Championships.
Ferrer, who won last week’s tournament in Hertogenbosch, defeated American Andy Roddick as he came back from a set down to win 2-6 7-6 (8) 6-4 6-3.
This might have been the last Wimbledon appearance for the former world no.1 Roddick, who didn’t want to reveal too much about his future plans. When asked whether he will be back next year, he let everyone guessing.
“I don’t have a definitive answer, I can’t give you much else,” said the three time Wimbledon finalist.
Roddick got off to a superb start and stormed to a first set win, reviving some memories from his very best years here at the All England Club. In the second set tiebreak, he had two opportunities to go two sets up, but Ferrer kept his cool and averted both of them, just before levelling the match.
The crucial break in the third set came in the seventh game and the Spaniard’s resilience eventually started to pay off. Not only did he manage to hold his serve for the rest of the afternoon, but by taking Roddick’s twice more, he sailed to a superb victory.
Next up for Ferrer will be Argentine Del Potro, who eliminated Kei Nishikori of Japan in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (3) 6-1. With this win, the 2009 US Open Champion improved his head to head record against the Japanese to 3-0.
Also through to the next round is last year’s semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after a strong 6-4 6-3 6-3 display against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia. The Frenchman took control of the match from the very beginning and holding his serve till the end, he set up a last 16 encounter against American Mardy Fish.