Marquee names were in early action on both sides of the draw on Day 4 at the 2014 Wimbledon championships. Thus far, all of the biggest names have avoided upsets, but the evening session and future rounds could still contain some surprises.
For a look at all of the results from Day 4's early action, click here.
The New York Times' Ben Rothenberg admired Williams' performance:
Simple, exquisite tennis from Serena Williams today, routing Chanelle Scheepers 6-1, 6-1 in just *49 minutes*. Welcome back. #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 26, 2014
With the win, Williams blasted her way into the third round, where she will face Alize Cornet of France. Cornet knocked off Petra Cetkovska in three sets to earn a shot at the world No. 1. Williams delivered eight aces in her rout of Scheepers and looks to be in fine form.
It should be noted, Williams has won three of the four meetings with Cornet in their careers, but the 24-year-old from France was victorious in the most recent meeting.
Cornet beat Williams in straight sets in Dubai back in January. Williams will still be the favorite, but Cornet should have something to build on heading in.
After losing the first set to Lukas Rosol on Thursday, Rafael Nadal had some anxious moments. He had lost to Rosol at Wimbledon in 2012, and Rosol seemed confident before the match that he could drop Nadal again.
Per IOL, Rosol said: “It’s Nadal who has to win, I have nothing to lose. I can create another surprise. I want to impose my style on him. The shorter the rallies, the better for me.”
Early on, Rosol seemed well on his way to making good on his promise. He took the first set 6-4. Slowly but surely, Nadal began to gain momentum.
The nine-time French Open champion took a hard-fought second set 7-6 (6) and captured the third set 6-4. Rosol didn't go quietly in the fourth set, but Nadal had enough to put the tough Czechoslovakian away.
Rafa finished up a tough early test at Wimbledon, winning the fourth set 6-4. He'll face Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin in the third round.
Tsonga Wins a Marathon
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is like a magnet for classic, marathon matches. He added another to his growing collection on Thursday. After three hours and 43 minutes of action, Tsonga outlasted American Sam Querrey 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 14-12.
The fifth set took 83 minutes alone.
The two big servers made the match chock full of aces. In total, there were 70, with Tsonga delivering 37. Tsonga can only hope he has something left in the tank for his third-round match. Jimmy Wang awaits after he pulled the minor upset over Mikhail Youzhny.
The two men have never played head-to-head, but the third round is the furthest Wang has ever advanced at Wimbledon or any other Grand Slam.
Tsonga will be the heavy favorite. It would benefit him to make quick work of Wang if possible. Stringing together too many taxing early matches can be draining.
Stay tuned for more information on Wimbledon action leading up to the men's and women's championship.
All stat references per Wimbledon.com.