The tumultuous ups and downs of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships continued on Thursday.
In the three prior tournament days, we already witnessed several ranked players ousted early from the All England Club. That trend continued on Day 4.
No. 13 Richard Gasquet was on the unfortunate end of a big upset against Australian Nick Kyrgios, losing in dramatic fashion after five sets. The same could be said for the ladies' side, as No. 15 Carla Suarez Navarro was upended in three sets by Zarina Diyas.
With those disastrous results in mind, one question must be asked: How did Wimbledon's top competitors fare during the early portion of Thursday's action?
Here's a look at a few early notable results.
(2) Rafael Nadal def. Lukas Rosol; 4-6, 7(8)-6(6), 6-4, 6-4
It was an ominous start for Nadal during Thursday's match against the 6'5", hard-hitting Rosol.
Nadal fell rather easily in the first set, as Rosol kept up a magnificent serve, winning 14 of 16 first-serve points and three aces while banging 13 winners across Nadal's end of the court.
Once the Czech took the first set, memories of his upset win over Nadal in 2012 came surging back.
But, as great players do, Nadal rebounded beautifully. Wimbledon tweeted the turning point of the match:
After some fine returns on Rosol's commanding serves, Nadal applied pressure and forced his opponent into some untimely errors. With the momentum now on Nadal's side, he continued to conquer during the remaining sets.
The No. 2 seed went on the attack throughout the match, winning 13 of 19 net points. His serve and volley statistics were nice as well, as Nadal won 75 percent of his first-serve points and 58 percent of medium rallies.
It wasn't an easy win, and, during a press conference after the match, via Alix Ramsay of Wimbledon.com, Nadal shared his thoughts:
"I was just trying to fight. I was waiting for my moment, trying to find my moment. He was serving very well—that always happens on the grass. That second set was very important for me. To be two sets down against a player like Rosol is very dangerous."
With the four-set victory, Nadal moves on to face Mikhail Kukushkin in the third round.
(1) Serena Williams def. Chanelle Scheepers; 6-1, 6-1
The way Williams has been playing at the All England Club so far, Scheepers was lucky to have earned two game wins against the No. 1 seed.
Williams made short work of Scheepers, defeating her in just 49 minutes on Thursday. In a near-flawless performance, the world No. 1 looked great on both the serve and volley, winning 19 of 23 first-serve points and 10 of 12 net points while winning 59 percent of her first-serve return points.
Producer Jonathan Sothcott tweeted his impression of the match:
After the match, Williams appeared to still have a chip on her shoulder when speaking with the media during a press conference, via Kate Battersby of Wimbledon.com:
I'm trying to figure out when this [press conference] is going to end. I'm really losing focus up here. The longer these interviews go—maybe that's why at Wimbledon they have them long. This is getting—the questions change from tennis to Novak and then Rafa. It's no longer about the match. Is this the last question?
Perhaps Williams' impending redemption from her early exit at the French Open still weighs heavily on her mind. Either way, she's set to face No. 25 Alize Cornet in Round 3 and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Wimbledon appears to be Williams' to lose.
(5) Stan Wawrinka def. Yen-Hsun Lu; 7(8)-6(6), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
To say Wawrinka hasn't exactly been in top form lately may be a huge understatement.
Since winning at Monte Carlo, he's been struggling with his game, which was most evident during his early departure at Roland Garros.
After a nice showing in Round 1, the No. 5 seed struggled once more on Thursday, this time against Chinese Taipei's Lu.
Wawrinka struggled with his accuracy throughout the match, as he only managed to keep 49 percent of his first serves in bounds. He had a bit of a roller-coaster day in terms of serving and volleying, winning 79 percent of his first serves, 17 of 28 net points and five of 10 break points.
Tennis Inside Out tweeted the reaction of coach Magnus Norman to part of Wawrinka's performance:
Furthering his inconsistency, the world No. 3 racked up 40 unforced errors to Lu's 31 over the duration of the match.
Late in the match, Wawrinka showed great signs of resilience to gain the win; however, his form must improve if he is to continue to advance against Denis Istomin in the third round.
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