After a day of unthinkable upsets at Wimbledon, the favorites regained control on Thursday.
But it wasn't all about the stars on Day 4, as the weather became a factor for the first time, halting play on the outer courts and forcing officials to close the roof over Centre Court, via Wimbledon:
Before the showers arrived, though, a pair of unseeded youngsters booked their tickets to the third round. On the women's side, teenager Madison Keys stayed alive, earning a straight-sets win to set up a clash with fellow Thursday winner Agnieszka Radwanska this weekend.
In the men's draw, 20-year-old Bernard Tomic took out American James Blake easily in straight sets.
Here we'll get you caught up on anything you may have missed on Thursday, taking a closer look at what unfolded on Day 4 at the All England Club.
Notable Day 4 Scores
|Novak Djokovic (1) defeats Bobby Reynolds||7-6 (7-2), 6-3, 6-1|
|Tomas Berdych (7) defeats Daniel Brands||7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-2|
|Juan Martin del Potro (8) defeats Jesse Levine||6-2, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3|
|Richard Gasquet (9) defeats Go Soeda||6-0, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3|
|Kei Nishikori (12) defeats Leonardo Mayer||7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-2|
|Igor Sijsling defeats Milos Raonic (17)||7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)|
|Andreas Seppi (23) defeats Michael Llodra||7-5, retired|
|Bernard Tomic defeats James Blake||6-3, 6-4, 7-5|
|Serena Williams (1) defeats Caroline Garcia||6-3, 6-2|
|Agnieszka Radwanska (4) defeats Mathilde Johansson||6-1, 6-3|
|Li Na (6) defeats Simona Halep||6-2, 1-6, 6-0|
|Samantha Stosur (14) defeats Olga Puchkova||6-2, 6-2|
|Dominika Cibulkova (18) defeats Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor||6-0, 6-1|
|Sabine Lisicki (23) defeats Elena Vesnina||6-3, 6-1|
|Madison Keys defeats Mona Barthel (30)||6-4, 6-2|
|Kimiko Date-Krumm defeats Alexandra Cadantu||6-4, 7-5|
Rain Cuts Day 4 Action Short on Outer Courts
For the first time in four days at Wimbledon, weather came into play as afternoon showers forced tournament officials to close the roof above Centre Court and postpone the rest of the day's matches on the outer courts, according to the event's official Twitter account:
Play has been abandoned on the outside courts at #Wimbledon due to rain. We'll let you have tomorrow's order of play as soon as we have it.— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 27, 2013
The showers started off light with drizzle that made for a slick surface, but it wasn't enough to halt play on every court, via Wimbledon:
But as the rain began falling more rapidly, the grounds crew started covering the courts, via Wimbledon:
With the roof closed, action continued on Centre Court as men's overall top seed Novak Djokovic took on American Bobby Reynolds in the day's last scheduled match on the main stage.
There were only a small handful of singles matches that were still in progress before the showers arrived on Thursday. Those matches will likely finish up early in the day on Friday.
Serena Williams Cruises Through Second Round
Defending Wimbledon champion Serena Williams saw what happened to the favorites on Day 3, and she played an inspired match against second-round opponent Caroline Garcia on Thursday, beating the French teenager in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 (via Wimbledon):
#Serena Williams safely through 6-3 6-2 over Caroline Garcia— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 27, 2013
Williams recorded nine aces in the victory and connected on twice as many winners as Garcia (30-15).
As is usually the case for Serena on grass, her serve was a huge weapon on Day 4. In addition to the aces, the five-time champion put 71 percent of her first serves into the box, winning 86 percent of those points.
Williams will take on Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm in the third round on Saturday, via Wimbledon:
The American star hasn't lost in the third round of this event since 2005 when she was upset by Jill Craybas.
Novak Djokovic Breezes Past Last American in Men's Draw
In the process of earning a spot in the third round on Thursday, men's top seed Novak Djokovic ensured that no American man would reach the third round at Wimbledon in 2013.
Djokovic's routine straight-sets victory over Bobby Reynolds means that for the first time since 1911, the United States will not be represented in the third round of the men's singles draw at the All England Club, via Wimbledon:
1911 was the last year that at least one American started the men’s singles, and no American man reached the 3rd round at #Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 27, 2013
Although Reynolds hung tough in the first set, forcing a tiebreak, Djokovic quickly flipped the switch, winning the tiebreak 7-2 before going on to drop just four games over the final two sets.
Agnieszka Radwanska Advances to Face Madison Keys
2011 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska reached the third round at the All England Club for the second straight year on Thursday, topping unseeded challenger Mathilde Johansson in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, via Wimbledon:
Although Johansson struck nearly twice as many winners as Radwanska, the fourth-seeded Pole played a clean match (committing just seven unforced errors) and dominated on return, winning 53 percent of her return points and breaking Johansson five times in the match.
Radwanska will have a day off before taking on American teenager Madison Keys on Saturday.
Despite making her first-ever appearance in the Wimbledon main draw in 2013, Keys has yet to drop a set heading into her clash with Radwanska.
Kimiko Date-Krumm Becomes Oldest Woman in Open Era to Reach Third Round
Kimiko Date-Krumm, who is nearing 43 years old, became the oldest woman in the Open era to reach the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday, beating out Alexandra Cadantu in straight sets, via Wimbledon:
Date-Krumm reached the Wimbledon semifinals way back in 1996, but she hadn't been past the second round since then. Next up, she'll be assigned the challenging task of playing Serena Williams.
But even if she falls on Saturday, her impressive run will go down as one of the more memorable Wimbledon journeys.
Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro Roll into Third Round
With three of the top six seeds in the men's draw having already been eliminated, the door has opened for former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro at Wimbledon.
The two big names rolled on Thursday at the All England Club.
After winning a dramatic first-set tiebreak in his second-round clash with Daniel Brands, Berdych cruised, taking the final two sets easily to secure a berth in the third round, via Wimbledon:
Up next for Berdych is 27th-seeded South African Kevin Anderson, who has reached the fourth round at each of the season's previous two Grand Slams.
Meanwhile on Centre Court, Del Potro had his way against Canadian challenger Jesse Levine, earning a straight-sets victory to reach the third round at SW19 for the third straight year, via Wimbledon:
Delpo played a fantastic all-around match on Thursday, putting nearly 70 percent of his first serves into the box and connecting on several monster forehand winners. He would finish the match with 37 winners to just 13 unforced errors.
Although he didn't go to the net a ton, he was efficient when he did, winning 6-of-10 points up close.
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