ATP Wimbledon: Opelka edges Wawrinka. Raonic, Medvedev and Goffin advance


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ATP Wimbledon: Opelka edges Wawrinka. Raonic, Medvedev and Goffin advance

The 15th seed and a former Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic is through to the third round for the sixth time in a row, prevailing against Robin Haase 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 in two hours and 33 minutes. The Canadian blasted 32 aces and had 64 winners and 34 unforced errors, injuring the left leg but still sealing the deal in straight sets.

Haase gave his best to stay in touch, hitting more winners than unforced errors and losing the edge in the pivotal moments, scoring one break and suffering two from eight opportunities given to Milos to end his run in the second round.

Haase grabbed a break in the 11th game to serve for the opening set, only to get broken in the next game, losing focus in the tie break that Raonic won 7-1 for a great escape. The Dutchman fended off three break points at the beginning of the second set and they both served well until 5-5, with Milos rattling off 12 of the last 13 points for a 7-5, delivering a break in game 11 for a considerable advantage.

They both stayed unbroken in the third set to set up a tie break that the Canadian clinched 7-4 with a single mini-break to book the place in the third round. The giant server Reilly Opelka is through to the third round on Wimbledon debut, edging Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 in three hours and 13 minutes.

It was one of the best encounters since the start of the tournament, with brave and aggressive hitting from both and more than 100 winners overall. The American landed 23 aces and repelled ten out of 12 break points, battling on the same level with the more experienced Swiss and delivering three breaks of serve to cross the finish line ahead of Stan who won five points more than Reilly.

The match kicked off with ten commanding holds on both sides before Opelka earned a break in game 11, taking 12 of the last 16 points for a 7-5. Stan bounced back in set number two with a break in game four and gained momentum ahead of the third set where he lost only two points behind the initial shot, stealing Opelka's serve in the third game to move closer to the finish line.

Facing the exit door, Reilly repelled three break points at the start of the fourth set, recovering his game and breaking Stan out of nowhere at 5-4 to send the clash into a decider. There, the American saved a break point at 6-6, delivering the crucial break in the next game to seal the deal and move into the third round.

The 11th seed Daniil Medvedev will play in the last 32 at Wimbledon for the second straight year, ousting a qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 31 minutes in a high-quality contest. They both had more winners than unforced errors thanks to booming serves and it was the Russian who had the upper hand after losing the opener (wasted a set point in the tie break), breaking Alexei five times to control the scoreboard and ring the triumph home in four sets.

The 21st seed David Goffin took down Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 41 minutes, taming his shots nicely and suffering only one break. Chardy couldn't match those numbers, getting broken six times to propel the Belgian towards the best result here since 2016.

Thomas Fabbiano survived a stern Ivo Karlovic test, beating the veteran 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in three hours and seven minutes, fending off a break point at 4-4 in the decider to break Ivo a few minutes later, repeating the third round he reached here a year ago.

The veteran hit 38 aces but his serve didn't work like in the first round, facing seven break points and giving it away three times, once in every set he lost. Antalya finalist Miomir Kecmanovic had to retire after the second set against Benoit Paire while Jiri Vesely and Hubert Hurkacz claimed similar wins in just under three hours to advance into the third round.