On Wednesday, four Brits advanced to the third round of Wimbledon. One of them, Johanna Konta, did so after winning the best match of the tournament.
In the first match of the day on Centre Court, we were treated to an epic battle between Johanna Konta and Donna Vekic. For 3h10, the sixth seed and the world N°58 played an immense battle, exchanging winner after winner, neither of them wanting to surrender.
In the end, the British number one prevailed 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-8, sealing the best match of Wimbledon so far, and one of the best of the season.
After the last ball fell, both players fell into a warm embrace, as the victor comforted her defeated rival in a true gesture of sportsmanship:
Thank you for this supreme and wonderful battle, ladies!
The third day of Wimbledon in photos
Murray wins an entertaining contest
World number one Andy Murray, for his part, was facing a good test in Dustin Brown. A test which he passed with flying colours, defeating the German 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in 1h36 of very entertaining tennis. If there were still doubts as to the state of the Scot’s hip, they have been completely dispelled after all the running and direction changing he did during this encounter.
Best shots of the match
In the third round, the defending champion will face Fabio Fognini, who dismissed Jiri Vesely 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-2.
Janowicz upsets Pouille, Nadal through comfortably
There has been one upset of importance, as Jerzy Janowicz topped 16th seed and a 2016 quarter-finalist Lucas Pouille 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1. Janowicz, a semifinalist back in 2013, will next face Benoît Paire, who defeated fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-4.
For his part, Rafael Nadal comfortably advanced after topping Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, 7-5. On Friday, the fourth seed will try to reach the second week against young Russian Karen Khachanov.
Four Brits in the third round… for now
On top of Murray and Konta, two other Brits advanced to the third round of the Championships. Heather Watson defeated 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-0, 6-4, whereas Aljaz Bedene topped Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
On Thursday, Kyle Edmund will try to become the fifth man from Great Britain to pass the second round. It will be a difficult order for Edmund, who will face Gaël Monfils in the first match on Centre Court.
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