Ferrer, Haas sublime; Federer's conquerer gone
David Ferrer came out on top in an all-Spanish second round match at Wimbledon, getting the better of a baseline battle to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 3-6 7-6(4) 7-5 today.
When fourth seed Ferrer claimed the first set after 43 minutes, there was no hint that the 60th-ranked Bautista Agut could upset the country's pecking order and reach the third round of a grand slam for the first time.
But his clever shot-making drew a string of unforced errors from this year's French Open finalist Ferrer in the second set and he tenaciously dug-in to take the third set to a tiebreak.
However, Ferrer kept his nerve to regain the lead, broke in the 11th game of the fourth set and closed it out to set up a third-round match against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Playing some of the best tennis of his career at age 35, Tommy Haas reached Wimbledon's third round for the first time since 2009, defeating 151st-ranked qualifier Jimmy Wang of Taiwan 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.
The 13th-seeded Haas never faced a break point and needed only 1 1/2 hours to advance to a match against Feliciano Lopez tomorrow.
Haas reached the Wimbledon semifinals four years ago but missed the grass-court tournament in 2010 because of a hip injury, one of a long series of health problems that sidelined him at various points.
The German lost in the first round at the All England Club in 2011 and 2012. This month, Haas became the oldest French Open quarterfinalist since 1971.
The man who knocked Roger Federer out of Wimbledon is going home himself. Sergiy Stakhovsky fell 6-2 2-6 7-5 6-3 to Jurgen Melzer in the third round at the All England Club.
Stakhovsky, the 116th-ranked Ukrainian, used his serve-and-volley style to handcuff Federer in a four-set stunner on Centre Court, sending the seven-time champion home after the second round and snapping his string of 36 straight appearances in Grand Slam quarterfinals.
Two days later, Stakhovsky couldn't produce any of the same magic against the 37th-ranked Melzer of Austria.
In his win over Federer, Stakhovsky got 72 percent of his first serves in and won 65 percent of his points at the net. Today, he got 62 percent of his first serves in and won 58 percent of the net points.
- Reuters, AP