Wimbledon day four: Andy Murray jumps on the Emma Raducanu bandwagon, Richard Gasquet’s ripper
Roger Federer and Ashleigh Barty secured their place in the third round at Wimbledon on what proved another memorable day for Great Britain.
Eight-time singles champion Federer was slow to start but eventually moved through the gears to beat Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7-1), 6-1, 6-4 on Centre Court.
It was a similar story for top seed Barty who was not at her best but got the job done in straight sets against Anna Blinkova.
While there were shock defeats for Elina Svitolina and Victoria Azarenka, it was the last remaining Briton in the women’s draw who took the headlines late in the day.
Eighteen-year-old Emma Raducanu produced an array of winners to claim the biggest victory of her career with a 6-2 6-4 triumph over world No 42 Marketa Vondrousova and Cameron Norrie also reached round three in straight sets to earn a meeting with Federer.
Here we look at the events of day four.
Tweet of the day
Let’s go @EmmaRaducanu👏🔥
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) July 1, 2021
Quote of the day
“It means a lot to be back here on Centre, this court makes me the most nervous than any court in the world. There is no other court like Centre Court at Wimbledon.” – Coco Gauff
Picture of the day
Shot of the day
Stat of the day
— LTA (@the_LTA) July 1, 2021
The ATP has announced further updates to the 2021 ATP Tour Q4 calendar.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) July 1, 2021
Once again the ATP and WTA calendar will largely avoid China and Japan post the US Open due to continued Covid-19 concerns and travel restrictions.
Discussions are still under way over the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen and Rolex Shanghai Masters events but for the second straight year there will be little action in the Chinese mainland or Japan.
As a result, the Paribas Open in Indian Wells in October will feature both men and women but proof of a full vaccination will be required to enter the tournament.
Men: Gael Monfils (13), Grigor Dimitrov (18)
Women: Elina Svitolina (3), Victoria Azarenka (12), Maria Sakkari (15), Daria Kasatkina (31)
Day five order of play
FRIDAY’S ORDER OF PLAY (No.1 Court, FROM 13.00 BST)
Samsonova vs Stephens
Djokovic vs Kudla
Mertens vs Keys#Wimbledon
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 1, 2021
Day five weather watch
24 degrees – Sunny intervals changing to light showers by lunchtime (Met Office)
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