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Wimbledon: Tiafoe Reaches 4th Round For First Time, And Coco Headed For 3rd by Cousin9999: 8:30am On Jul 02, 2022
It wasn’t easy for charismatic American Frances Tiafoe to keep his cool or put up with the one-man-show antics of his opponent, the powerful-serving Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan, on No. 2 Court with a berth in the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships at stake. Remarkably, though, Tiafoe kept his focus when it mattered the most.

The No. 23 seed Tiafoe came back from a set down to win, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3), 6-4, and reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time in his fifth appearance at the All England Club.

By the middle of the fourth set, the 38th-ranked Bublik pulled out all of his tricks of the trade – dink shots, chip shots, spin and slice, underarm serves. There were plenty of those. It threw off Tiafoe’s timing for a few games. However, Tiafoe recovered and came on strong at the finish. He left the court smiling.

The 28th-ranked Tiafoe hit 45 winners and converted three of nine break points against Bublik, who slammed 25 aces and struck 71 winners but also made 45 unforced errors. Tiafoe outpointed his opponent 148-142.

“It was definitely a tough one,” Tiafoe said in his on-court interview. “At the end, when he was spinning in underarm serves and those antics, I was close to losing my head. I was glad I got through that. He’s a very good player, very talented. There is no game plan against that.

“Obviously, you’ve just got to take care of your side of the court. It’s not easy because he can hit some crazy shots and before you know it, you’re back on serve. And he had a break point to serve for the fourth. I was very happy to get out of there, very lucky and played some good points at the end. But, yeah, there is no game plan for it.”

Next, Tiafoe will face No. 58 David Goffin of Belgium, who came from a set down to beat No. 112 Ugo Humbert of France, 4-6 7-5, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours and 45 minutes on Court 18.

Coco Gauff is into round three of Wimbledon after an impressive straight sets win over Mihaela Buzarnescu.

The teenager, who burst onto the scene at just 15 when she beat Venus Williams in 2019, wowed the Centre Court crowd once more with a 6-2 6-3 win.

Gauff seized the early break leaving Buzarnescu trailing 3-1 after just 12 minutes.

Some devastating serving saw the 18-year-old a hold to love for 5-2 was followed by a break for the set.
The American was made to wait for the start of the second set as her opponent required a long comfort break.
The delay seemed to do little to halt Gauff’s momentum as she continued to put pressure on Buzarnescu’s serve while dominating on her own.

The Romanian’s resistance was finally broken as she sent a forehand wide on a lengthy rally for 5-3 and handing Gauff the opportunity to serve for the match.
Gauff raced through the final game with another hold to love, finishing with two stunning aces to bring the Centre Court crowd to their feet.

Re: Wimbledon: Tiafoe Reaches 4th Round For First Time, And Coco Headed For 3rd by Nobody: 8:51am On Jul 02, 2022
Tennis is like WWE. Full of actors and actresses. One set they serve well, the next set they forget how to hold a racket.

All the matches are fixed according to a particular story line. Stay away from this sham of a sport.

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