Saturday marked the end of the third round at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.
Roger Federer dazzled, with his all-court tennis, in the 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 dismantling of the talented, Frenchman, Lucas Pouille in the third round.
Rafael Nadal employed the baseline, clay-court brand of, tennis to decimate and overpower Joe Wilfred Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.
In the women’s draw, Serena Williams finally discovered form to oust the dangerous and powerful Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4.
Ashleigh Barty, on the other hand, imposed her game quite comprehensively in the 6-1, 6-1 domination of Harriet Dart.
Ashleigh Barty was dominant in her 6-1, 6-1, route of Harriet Dart.
Harriet Dart, the young Brit, was outplayed and outhit by the world’s best in the third. Ashleigh Barty fired 11 aces and 23 winners as compared to 0 and 5 by Dart. Barty also won 57 total points as compared to 27 by Harriet.
Alison Riske, a grass court specialist, beat Donna Vekic in the first and Belinda Bencic in the third to earn a shot against Barty in the fourth round.
Conclusion: Ashleigh Barty over Alison Riske in 3.
Serena Williams found form against Julia Goerges in the third.
Kaja Juvan, the 18 years old and 133 ranked Slovenian, stretched Serena Williams into the third in the second round. Kaja converted 100% of her break-point opportunities and enjoyed a better first serve percentage than Serena.
Serena found her form and dominated Julia Goerges, a talented, powerful, and dangerous opponent, with an easy 6-3, 6-4 victory in the third. Williams will play the 30 years old and 31 ranked Carla Suarez Navarro in the fourth.
Conclusion: Carla is 6-0 against Serena Williams and if Serena’s form lasts beyond the third and holds into the fourth, Navarro will be at the receiving end of a straight set walloping form the queen.
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Roger Federer dazzled with his all court performance in the third.
Roger Federer gave the talented and dangerous, Frenchman, Lucas Pouille a masterclass in grass-court tennis on Saturday. Lucas Pouille reached the quarterfinals at the Championships in 2016 and is no slouch on the grass. He has an effective all court game and is not uncomfortable at the net.
Federer played at a different level in the third.
Roger Federer, however, was at a higher level and won 20 more points than Pouile. Roger was better from the baseline, mid-court, and even at the net. Many of their ferocious baseline exchanges ended with Roger finishing the points at the net. Pouille played well but was outclassed by the Maestro in straight. The match was a delight to watch and very different from the boring baseline, albeit dominating, tennis played the other top players.
Roger will meet, the in form and 20 ranked, Matteo Berrettini next. Berrettini has been playing well since the start of the grass court season and won the Mercedes Cup in June.
Conclusion: Roger Federer will win, only if he brings his absolute best against Berrettini in the fourth.
Rafael Nadal decimated J W Tsonga with his baseline tennis.
Rafael Nadal’s predictable baseline game wreaked its devastation upon the inconsistent Tsonga who couldn’t hold a rally beyond 3 shots. Joe couldn’t even create a break-point opportunity in the match. Tsonga was completely outplayed by Rafa who converted 5 of his 11 break-points. Nadal also fired 18 more winners and won 36 more points than Tsonga.
Nadal will face Joao Sousa who has never made the fourth round, at the Championships, before. Sousa played well enough to take Cilic out in straight sets and can trouble Nadal a little.
Conclusion: The bull is grazing well on the grass and should prevail in three, or four, sets.