I have been writing Federer off for sometime now, but this was a fantastic performance from the Fed Express. Berdych is a player who has given him plenty of problems in the past and after his victory of Harrison I expected this to be a stern test. Federer blitzed him, no two ways about it, the Forehand looking particularly good. The aggression was relentless for the hour and a half they were on Court. Berdych commented “This was an absolute lesson … how to be absolutely aggressive on the court. “……absolutely schooled basically! The big question will be can Federer continue to play at this high level. It doesn’t get any easier here now. He plays Kei Nishikori next after he eased past Lukas Lacko in three, Murray should then follow if he navigates his way past him. Federer 6/2 6/4 6/4. It was looking like Dan Evans was going to steal the headlines again after his victory over Bernard Tomic. Evans once again showed variety and great net play in dismantling the Australian 7/5 7/6(2) 7/6 (3). He was pumped for this and despite the odd lapse in concentration played some high quality stuff. Its great to see someone coming in and finishing the point off at the net. He glided in time after time against Tomic and eventually wrapped him up in knots. Tomic was too passive as has been the way with him. The Player who was more aggressive and wanted it more Won. I did start laughing after seeing one of his interviews post match. I love the way he just answer questions normally, says what he’s thinking. He was asked about Tomic’s Dad, who once said that Evans wasn’t good enough to practice with his Son. Evans response was that they had been having a bit of a go again in this match and he didn’t know what their problem was, in light of the fact he had beaten his son twice in a Grand Slam now .Brilliant!! Evans and Tomic seem to share respect for each other though.It’s Evans First appearance in the Last 16 of a Slam and much deserved, he’s taken a lot of criticism in the past but he has a growing list of big Wins under his belt now. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga is his opponent after he beat Jack Sock. Sock was disappointing here and maybe this was the standard match too far, he’s effectively playing his third week in a row. Tsonga in truth just did everything a little better, just as he did in their US Open encounter last year. Four Sets was enough. The fact Murray hasn’t been mentioned yet shows that he’s been ultra professional in getting rid of Sam Querrey. It looked like Murray weathered a bit of a storm early on here but once settled he went about his business. Murray’s ankle was fine, though he said it was a little sore at the start. Murray 6/4 6/2 6/4. Mischa Zverev is his Fourth Round opponent after he beat the woeful Malek Jaziri in Four sets. Zverev took the last 11 games here, the Tunisian seemed to lose it totally from a winning position. Wawrinka also looked below par against Troicki. Its very rare for me not to think this when I see Stan play these days, but I also know his level has been known too increase at the business end. You just cant tell when its going to be. He fell over the line here against Troicki in a Fourth Set Breaker having already served for it. He plays Andreas Seppi next after he beat Steve Darcis.
I have to start my round up of the Women’s with a quote form Ying-Ying Duan in the lead up to her Match against Venus Williams “I don’t know anything about Venus’s play. I’ve never seen her play. I don’t really watch that much tennis, so I think my coach will do the job to try to tell me what to do on the court. So I’ll take one day off tomorrow and let the coach do the job.” Venus beat her up 6/1 6/0, her Coach maybe in for it! I mean seriously that cannot be true, she must have an idea how Venus plays? Do you know now?? Absolute madness! Venus said after “This is her first time in the third round,” said Williams. “It’s a lot of pressure for her.” Haha. She plays Mona Barthel next as the German qualifier upset Ashleigh Barty. Angie Kerber put in her most commanding performance to date, she beat Kristyna Pliskova 6/0 6/4. Pliskova looked nervous early on here and didn’t put up too much resistance in the First Set. She played a lot better in the Second Set but Kerber just had too much. The serve still isn’t firing though and she did have a bit of a lapse in Second after gifting her opponent a break back. Coco Vandweghe came from the brink of defeat against Eugenie Bouchard. Coco trailed 2/4 in the decider and then started to land with some heavy blows with her forehand, her First Serve and Kick Serve causing Bouchard all kinds of problems by the end. Another one of those entertaining blow for blow contests. Let’s see if Coco can impose her game onAngie and score regularly on the German’s serve. She only knows one way to play and that’s what makes her great to watch. Garbine Muguruza put in another improved effort against Anastasija Sevastova whom defeated her at last Year’s US Open. The Spaniard served well in this and dominated Sevastova who didn’t really have any answer for her consistency and power, 6/4 6/2. Sorana Cirstea is her next opponent after she beat Alison Riske in straight sets. Earlier on in the day Svetlana Kunzetsova outlasted Jelena Jankovic 6/4 5/7 9/7, in a match lasting over three and a half hours. Kuzzy looked to have this done in straights before completely folding. She fought back from a break down in the decide in match that had a few swings. Kuznetsova took a medical timeout at 5-5 in Third but this didn’t appear serious. She faces fellow compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova next as she upset Elina Svitolina. As you would expect both players serves deserted them at times during this one but both looked solid off the ground. Pavy took advantage of Svitolina’s Second Serve and was aggressive off the ground and prevailed 7/5 4/6 6/3.
Andy Del Potro