ATP Wimbledon: Tsitsipas crashes out. Medvedev, Karlovic, Verdasco advance


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ATP Wimbledon: Tsitsipas crashes out. Medvedev, Karlovic, Verdasco advance

Competing at the 57th consecutive Grand Slam tournament, Andreas Seppi has made a winning start at Wimbledon, beating Nicolas Jarry 6-3, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 in two hours and 23 minutes. The Italian hit 32 winners and 16 unforced errors, facing only two break points and dominating in the sets he won with six breaks that propelled him into the second round, dropping only eight points behind the initial shot in sets three and four!

Robin Haase needed just 81 minutes to dismiss Jozef Kovalik 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 after 35 winners and only five unforced errors, staying far in front of the Slovak all the time and never losing serve. On the other hand, he broke Kovalik seven times to race over the finish line and book the place in the second round.

After Alexander Zverev, another top-10 star had to leave the event after the very first round, with Thomas Fabbiano taking down the 7th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in three hours and 23 minutes, continuing where he left at Wimbledon last year after playing in the third round.

Fabbiano won eight points more than the young gun, suffering only two breaks from ten opportunities offered to Stefanos and earning five breaks from 11 chances to send the Greek out. Both players had more winners than unforced errors and it was the Italian who had the drive in the pivotal moments to deliver the earliest exit at Slams for Stefanos since the Australian Open 1998.

Fabbiano completed the first set with two great holds in games eight and ten, breaking Tsitsipas between that for a 6-4, unable to repeat that in set number two where Stefanos lost just five points on serve, breaking in game six to level the overall score.

Thomas was back at his best in the third set, allowing the Greek four points on the return and stealing his serve in game ten for a 6-4 and a massive step towards the finish line. Nothing could have separated them in the fourth set, producing 12 commanding holds and entering the tie break where Stefanos fended off two match points, prevailing 10-8 to set up a decider where he should have had the edge.

Instead of that, Fabbiano rattled off the last five games, winning 16 of the final 21 points for the first top-10 win at the age of 30. The oldest player in the main draw at Wimbledon since 1975, Ivo Karlovic was at his best once again despite turning 40 in February, beating Andrea Arnaboldi 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 in an hour and 41 minutes, becoming the oldest Grand Slam match winner since 1978!

The Croat fired 21 aces and never faced a break point, stealing the Italian's serve once in sets one and two and moving over the top with two mini-breaks in the third set tie break to seal the deal in straight sets and enter the last 64.

A qualifier Alexei Popyrin ousted Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6, 7-5, 6-2, playing better and better as the match progressed and securing the victory in the third straight Grand Slam event. Hubert Hurkacz scored an expected 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Dusan Lajovic while the other Pole Kamil Majchrzak lost to Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in what is the 65th consecutive Grand Slam appearance for the Spaniard, catching Roger Federer on that achievement.

The 11th seed Daniil Medvedev had to dig deep against the Italian Paolo Lorenzi, moving forward with a 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 victory and avoiding spending more time on the court.