Reigning champion Andy Murray raced past his second round opponent Blaz Rola of Slovenia in eighty-three minutes in Wimbledon today. The third seed home crowd favorite kept his serve intact throughout the encounter and surrendered only two games in total. The World no. 92 Slovene – he previously defeated Pablo Andujar in his debut match at the All England Club – thus posed no threat whatsoever as the highest-ranked British player opened each set with an early break and put icing on the cake of an overwhelming victory with a third-set bagel. He won 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 to set up a round three meeting with Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, seed number twenty-seven.
The Roland Garros semi-finalist Ernests Gulbis suffered an early exit after a straight sets defeat against 90th-ranked Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. The latter started brightly by breaking in the initial game of the clash before converting the very first set point. He was even more convincing in the second where he broke twice to complete a four straight games run and double the lead. The twelfth-seed Latvian rescued a match point in the set three to take it to the distance, yet Stakhovsky prevailed in the ensuing tie-break to seal a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (5) triumph and reach the round of 32 where he will square off against Jeremy Chardy of France.
“He served well in the match,” said Gulbis. “Nothing was working from my side. Two of my biggest weapons, my serve and return, weren’t there. I couldn’t get any free points from my serve. A lot of credit to Sergiy. That’s why he beat Roger last year on grass. The guy has a good game plan. He comes in, he chips the ball, he takes out the pace.”
Seventh-seeded David Ferrer was also knocked out of Wimbledon this afternoon as Russian Andrey Kuznetsov, ranked 118th, came from a set behind a couple of times before wrapping up the proceedings by winning 6-7 (5), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Eleventh seed Grigor Dimitrov, who already lifted three trophies in 2014, turned in a fine performance to eliminate the 20-year-old Australian Luke Saville. The best Bulgarian tennis player broke four times in three sets and converted the second match point to win 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. He will now play twenty-first seed Ukrainian Aleksandr Dolgopolov.