Wimbledon has been rocked by crazy weather and even crazier upsets, but Day 6 at the All England Club was pretty straightforward. Play proceeded uninterrupted and most of the favorites prevailed, highlighted by No. 1 seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.
The skies were also clear and blue, according to this photo courtesy of Wimbledon on Twitter, which was a departure from the previous couple of days in London.
Djokovic made quick work of France's Jeremy Chardy, while Williams had little problem with Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm.
Both Djokovic and Williams are heavy favorites moving forward due in part to the chaos that has occurred around them. They both showed why they are deserving of their top-seed status regardless.
Several other contenders moved on as well, with No. 4 David Ferrer outlasting No. 26 Alexandr Dolgopolov in five sets. On the women's side, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska escaped with a three-set win over American Madison Keys as she attempts to make it back to the Wimbledon final for a second consecutive year.
Even though Saturday at Wimbledon wasn't the roller coaster ride that fans have grown accustomed to over the past week, there was plenty of high-level play and there is reason to be excited about the tournament moving forward.
Here are all the results for men's and women's singles play from Day 6 at Wimbledon, as well as the biggest storylines that played out.
Men's Singles Results
|No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. No. 28 Jeremy Chardy||6-3, 6-2, 6-2||3rd Round|
|No. 4 David Ferrer def. No. 26 Alexandr Dolgopolov||6-7, 7-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2||3rd Round|
|No. 7 Tomas Berdych def. No. 27 Kevin Anderson||3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5||3rd Round|
|No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro def. Grega Zemlja||7-5, 7-6, 6-0||3rd Round|
|Bernard Tomic def. No. 9 Richard Gasquet||7-6, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6||3rd Round|
|No. 23 Andreas Seppi def. No. 12 Kei Nishikori||3-6, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3||3rd Round|
|No. 13 Tommy Haas def. Feliciano Lopez||4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4||3rd Round|
|No. 20 Mikhail Youzhny def. Viktor Troicki||6-3, 6-4, 7-5||3rd Round|
|Kenny De Schepper def. No. 22 Juan Monaco||6-4, 7-6, 6-4||3rd Round|
|Lukasz Kubot def. No. 25 Benoit Paire||6-1, 6-3, 6-4||3rd Round|
|Fernando Verdasco def. Ernests Gulbis||6-2, 6-4, 6-4||3rd Round|
|Ivan Dodig def. Igor Sijsling||6-0, 6-1, 1-0; Ret.||3rd Round|
Women's Singles Results
|No. 1 Serena Williams def. Kimiko Date-Krumm||6-2, 6-0||3rd Round|
|No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska def. Madison Keys||7-5, 4-6, 6-3||3rd Round|
|No. 6 Li Na def. No. 32 Klara Zakopalova||4-6, 6-0, 8-6||3rd Round|
|No. 8 Petra Kvitova def. No. 25 Ekaterina Makarova||6-3, 2-6, 6-3||3rd Round|
|No. 11 Roberta Vinci def. No. 18 Dominika Cibulkova||6-1, 6-3||3rd Round|
|No. 23 Sabine Lisicki def. No. 14 Samantha Stosur||4-6, 6-2, 6-1||3rd Round|
|No. 17 Sloane Stephens def. Petra Cetkovska||7-6, 0-6, 6-4||3rd Round|
|Monica Puig def. Eva Birnerova||4-6, 6-3, 6-4||3rd Round|
|Tsvetana Pironkova def. Petra Martic||6-1, 4-6, 6-2||3rd Round|
|Laura Robson def. Marina Erakovic||1-6, 7-5, 6-3||3rd Round|
|Kaia Kanepi def. Alison Riske||6-2, 6-3||3rd Round|
Djokovic Rolls into Second Round
Djoker's quest was off to a great start heading into Saturday and he kept it going as he breezed past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in straight sets. He will now take on Tommy Haas in the Round of 16.
Chardy is no pushover as the No. 28 seed in this tournament, but the Serbian star made him look like a qualifier. Djokovic broke Chardy's serve five times and incredibly lost just six points on his own serve. Djokovic committed just three unforced errors for the entire match and didn't have any error at all 64 minutes in.
Djokovic's performance was so strong that it even seemed to surprise him.
Chardy is known for having one of the better serves on tour, but Djokovic neutralized it throughout the match and was rarely caught off balance.
Nole has a tough test ahead of him, as Haas is playing excellent tennis and has a solid record against Djokovic. While Djokovic holds the advantage at 6-3, Haas beat him in the Sony Ericsson Open final back in March and at Wimbledon in 2009.
Djokovic is fully aware of that and doesn't believe that he should be considered a definitive favorite.
Based on the way Djokovic played against Chardy, though, it is very hard to imagine him slipping up and falling short of his ultimate goal.
Serena Extends Streak of Dominance
There was no doubt that Serena Williams was a huge favorite heading into her third-round match against 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm. The Japanese veteran surprised a lot of people by making it as far as she did, but the power of Williams proved to be too much as the American advanced to the Round of 16 in straight sets.
The fact that Date-Krumm is still playing is an accomplishment in and of itself.
She made her Wimbledon debut all the way back in 1989 and she reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 in 1995. Most 42-year-old female players play infrequently for fun if they play at all, but Date-Krumm is still playing at a high level against the best players in the world.
Even so, she was simply no match for Serena.
Date-Krumm attempted to use smoke and mirrors to give Williams trouble. And while she did frustrate Serena at times with a serve-and-volley approach, it wasn't even close to being enough.
Date-Krumm was going for the 400th win of her lengthy career, while Williams was going for her 600th. It was Serena who ultimately reached the milestone, though, and reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in the process.
Williams has a tricky matchup against No. 23 Sabine Lisicki in the next round, so she can't afford to celebrate this victory for long. The German is a great grass-court player who reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2011. She is one of the few players who can come close to matching Serena from a power perspective, so it should be an interesting match.
Serena has been nearly unstoppable over the past year, though, and all signs point to her rolling to a sixth Wimbledon title.
Stephens Keeps Wimbledon Hopes Alive
American Sloane Stephens was supposed to finish her third-round match against Czech Republic's Petra Cetkovska on Friday, but rain caused tournament officials to suspend play after two sets.
Stephens, the No. 17 seed, won the first set, but she was blanked in the second by Cetkovska and appeared to be on the verge of being ousted. Being able to sleep on it clearly helped Stephens, though, as she battled back to defeat Cetkovska.
While Stephens was able to scratch and claw her way into the Round of 16, it was far from a vintage performance on her part. After losing all six games in the second set, Stephens dropped the next two to start the third, according to Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times.
Sloane Stephens loses eight straight games but survives Cetkovska 7-6, 0-6, 6-4. Win is a win, but burn the tapes, that was ugly. #wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 29, 2013
Stephens used will and determination to right the ship, but she may not be able to do that moving forward. She is certainly a talented player, but her opponents are going to get tougher as the tournament progresses.
With that said, Stephens will likely be favored against Puerto Rican upstart Monica Puig in the fourth round.
There is a lot of pressure on Stephens' shoulders as she and Serena are the only Americans remaining. Madison Keys dropped a tough three-setter against Agnieszka Radwanska and Alison Riske was thwarted by Kaia Kanepi.
Still, looking ahead, an all-American female final could be in the cards.
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