By beating Dimitrov yesterday, Grega Zemlja became the first Slovenian player to have entered third round at Wimbledon where he challenged Juan Martin Del Potro on Court No. 12 today. In their only previous clash in Vienna 2012 final, the eighth-seeded Argentine denied his 55th-ranked opponent, claiming the title.
In an unspectacular opening set, the Slovene gifted Delpo a break point at 3-3, but made his way out of trouble with a well placed forehand shot, followed by a couple of service winners. The Argentine was growing stronger, whilst Zemlja faced another break point a few games later, this time his forehand let him down and Del Potro served out the set. The favorite’s performance remained solid and he waited patiently for his chances to double the lead. However, Zemlja’s serving left nothing to be desired either, so the second set went to a tie-break where Delpo stepped it up a notch again to completely dominate the thirteenth game, making the result two sets to love. The disillusioned Slovene’s game fell apart in the set number three in which he conceded 14 out of his 27 unforced errors. In the meantime, Del Potro was winning game after a game despite suffering a slight knee injury after trying to chase down a ball close to the umpire’s chair. He got back on his feet though and soon closed out the encounter with a 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-0 victory. He is to square off against Italian Andreas Seppi in the round of 16.For their H2H, click here: Del Potro vs Seppi Head to Head
Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych struggled in the first set against Kevin Anderson of South Africa, seed number twenty-seven. The Czech rescued four break points in his opening service game, yet he was tested again a couple of games later by Anderson who created a triple break point and eventually moved 3-1 ahead. There were no more upsets in the opener which the South African wrapped up with a hold to love. Berdych first managed to square things up with the help of a sixth game break in the second set before breaking the rival twice in the beginning of the third one. Anderson was not about to give up on the set just yet as he nearly made it 3-3, but he wasted a 40-0 advantage on Berdych’s serve and the Czech succeeded to stay one break in front for the rest of the set. The set number four was no walk in the park for the favorite either as he needed to come back after falling 5-2 behind. He thus pulled off a five straight games run to complete his comeback and progress into fourth round with 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. He will now take on unseeded Australian Bernard Tomic. You can see their H2H here: Berdych vs Tomic Head to Head
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