The day had a surprise and that is why for the first time since 2013, Marin Cilic will not compete in Wimbledon’s second week. One of the favorites for the title and finalists last year in London lost a lead of 2-0 sets and was defeated by Guido Pella with 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) , 7-5 in the 2nd round of the tournament.
Cilic, No. 3 on the board and last year finalist at the British Grand Slam, measured four consecutive years at which he was at least until the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Now not only he will not be in the final 8, but he will not be in the 3rd round of the event.
With this victory, Pella for the first time in his career entered in the Wimbledon Round 3, and generally in a Grand Slam event.
On the other hand, Rafael Nadal made a good appearance at the Center Court to overcome without a losing set and Mikhail Kukushkin’s hurdle and secure a place for the 32 best of Wimbledon.
Nadal did not face any major problems with Kukushkin and took the victory with 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in 2 hours and 23 minutes to qualify for Wimbledon’s 3rd round.
That was the 45th victory for the 32-year-old Spaniard in the All England Club, in 55 games (45-10). In addition, he reached 239 victories at Grand Slam events, where he has a record 239-34.
With a very comfortable lead over Horacio Zeballos, Novak Djokovic secured his entry to Wimbledon’s “32” and reached 60 victories in the British Grand Slam.
Novak Djokovic defeated Horacio Zeballos with 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in 91 minutes and secured his qualification in the third round of Wimbledon.
Finally, Nick Kyrgios won Robin Haase with 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 in 96 minutes and qualified for Wimbledon’s third round for fourth time in his career.