In a match spanning four hours over two days, Grega Zemlja pulled off yet another shock in this surprising first week at Wimbledon defeating Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 7-6 3-6 6-4 11-9. It began so well for Dimitrov, breaking in his first return game of the match and holding until the end to take a one set lead. Dimitrov really should have took control of the match deep in the second but would fail to convert from 0-40 at 5-5, going on to lose a tie break. The pair traded sets once more before the action really got going late into the fifth.
After holding for 7-6, Zemlja carved out two match points in the following game. Both were saved, the latter with a questionable line call on a slice that may well have gone long but remained unchallenged. Three more match points would come and go at 9-8 and it looked like the Slovenian would pay when he fell down a break point himself but showed nerves of steel to hit a service winner and eventually held. Zemlja earned a sixth match point and made no mistake this time round, hitting a forehand winner down the line to take the match.
David Ferrer made hard work of Roberto Bautista-Agut, needing four sets to defeat his countryman 6-3 3-6 7-6 7-5. After the pair traded breaks early on, it would be fairly even – only a single Ferrer break at 4-3 settling the first set thanks to a forehand winner down the line. He would make hard work of serving it out, needing three to take advantage and go one set up.
Bautista-Agut continued to fight and would eventually be rewarded in the eighth game of the set. Two break points came up for him and he would be gifted the second after Ferrer double faulted the game away before Bautista-Agut served it out to tie the match up. The third was fairly scrappy, with both players breaking each other twice so would settle for a tiebreak. Ferrer was more solid in the breaker, taking advantage of numerous errors from his opponent.
Ferrer closed it out in another tight fourth set, breaking for *6-5 to break Bautista-Agut’s spirit. Ferrer served it out to move into the next round where he plays Alexandr Dolgopolov.
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