Check out the most important news from day 4 below.
Coco Gauff advances to third round in straight sets
Coco Gauff bounced back during her second round match at Wimbledon. Gauff defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the third round of the event.
It was a big win for Gauff, who three sets needed to get past her first-round opponent, Elena-Gabriela Ruse.
Gauff commanded Buzarnescu and took 10 aces during the match.
Gauff is looking to make another deep run in a tournament after finishing second at the 2022 French Open. Until that event, Gauff had her most success at Wimbledon. She has advanced to the fourth round of the event twice, in 2019 and 2021.
With the win, Gauff will face Amanda Anisimova in the next round.
Rafael Nadal through to third round at Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal ran into problems in the second round against Ricardas Berankis, but eventually came out on top on Thursday. Nadal defeated Berankis in four sets 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the third round.
It was not a dominant performance for Nadal, who mostly traded games with Berankis throughout the match. Both players won three games in a row at one point in the game, but neither built a huge lead.
When Nadal had to come through, he delivered.
Although Nadal had four double faults, his serve was largely on point, with 13 aces against Berankis.
With the win, Nadal will face Lorenzo Sonego in the third round.
Swiatek shows toughness in victory over Pattinama Kerkhove
For a while, it looked like Iga Swiatek’s 36-game winning streak would end against Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove. The world No. 1 spent the entire match in the danger zone, but still came out with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win, her 37th straight. That is the longest this century and the longest since Martina Hingis in 1997.
Swiatek was in trouble from the start. She won the first game, but then lost four of the next five games. With Swiatek’s winning streak, it’s weird to see her without a lead, even at the start of a match. She seemed quite nervous and Pattinama Kerkhove broke her twice as she missed several backhands wide. Swiatek came together after trailing 4-2, winning the next four games to seal the first set. But Pattinama Kerkhove was not ready yet. Just when it looked like Swiatek had figured it out, Pattinama Kerkhove kept pushing. When Swiatek went down 4-3 in the second set, Swiatek started to get visibly angry with himself. Pattinama Kerkhove eventually won the set, something only a handful of players had managed to do during her four-month winning streak.
She didn’t have it any easier in the last set, and fought hard against Pattinama Kerkhove in the first two games alone. But she grabbed the third game and broke Pattinama Kerkhove in the fourth game to lead 3-1. Pattinama Kerkhove kept trying to climb his way back into the set, but Swiatek managed to fight it out and win.
Pliskova eliminated after shocking loss to Boulter
Karolina Pliskova lost to Katie Boulter in the first round at Eastbourne on June 21, and that recent history was repeated on Thursday when Pliskova lost to Boulter again, this time in the second round. Boulter, who hails from the UK, won 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4. It was clear early on that Boulter would be a problem for the No. 6 seed Pliskova. Pliskova managed to fend her off in the first set, but Boulter fought back from that one set deficit to win the second set in a tiebreak. It was so close in the third and final set, but Pliskova couldn’t keep up. Boulter won the last three games to upset Pliskova for the second time in two weeks.
Pegula beats Dart
Jessica Pegula, the highest placed American woman at Wimbledon at number 8, overcame a serious challenge from Harriet Dart and won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Pegula managed to climb out of a one set hole to win the match, which is impressive considering her first round match took place just 24 hours earlier. Her match against Donna Vekic was postponed to the first day of round 2, and although it was a straight-sets win, it lasted 90 minutes and included a tiebreak in the second set. Playing three sets against Dart the next day is not the ideal setup for Wimbledon, but Pegula was up to the challenge.
Tsitsipas beats Thompson in straight sets
Stefanos Tsitsipas plays the kind of tennis that could see him into the final rounds of the All England Club. The number 4 seed easily defeated Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and four minutes. The only real problem he had was in the final set, when Thompson started matching Tsitsipas game-for-game. He came close to extending the game to a fourth set, but Tsitsipas answered back and won the last two games to secure the match. He came to Wimbledon just days after winning the Mallorca Open and the momentum has stayed with him.
Fritz equals best result with victory over Gray
No. 11 Taylor Fritz had a highlight in his 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-3 win over Alastair Gray. At the set point in the second set, the top-ranking American man lay down to hit a ball that Gray had assumed would not be returned at all. Gray started to cheer and ran away from the net when Fritz hit the ball, which went over the net and landed well at least 20 feet away from him.
Now having equaled his best result at Wimbledon, Fritz is part of a flotilla of men’s singles players looking to end the US drought in the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam.
Badosa works beyond Bara
Paula Badosa, the women’s number 4, defeated Irina Bara 6-3, 6-2 to make it to the third round. The score makes it look like it was a pretty easy win for Badosa, but it doesn’t show what a serious challenger Bara was. In her Wimbledon debut, Bara’s drop shot and network were dazzling, and she wasn’t afraid to get into long rallies. Badosa has tremendous power, however, which serves two purposes: she literally overpowers her opponent with her power, and the ability to handle that power puts her opponents on the defensive as soon as they stop on the field. Bara’s attempts to match Badosa didn’t go well, resulting in 23 unforced errors. Badosa will face Karolina Pliskova, the number 25, on Saturday.
Kyrgios records strong win vs. Krajinovic
Nick Kyrgios didn’t mess around in his 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win over Filip Krajinovic. He barely missed a beat and stayed focused throughout the match (apart from one interaction with the chair umpire, which is a standard feature of every Kyrgios event). He made 10 unforced errors, hit 50 winners and his first serve win rate was a whopping 93%. The furthest Kyrgios has ever gone at Wimbledon was the quarterfinals in 2014, eight years ago. This year it feels different. Everyone in the men’s draw should be careful as Kyrgios seems determined to match or even surpass his best result, and he has a real chance of doing it.
Denis Shapovalov and Diego Schwartzman fall in second round
The men’s braces experienced two other significant disruptions on Thursday. Denis Shapovalov and Diego Schwartzman were both upset in the second round of the tournament.
Schwartzman fell first, losing to Liam Broady in five sets. Broady took the first set 6-2, but Schwartzman fought back to take the next two. With his tournament life on the line, Broady rallied to win a tight fourth set 7-6. Broady then took the final set 6-1.
Unforced errors were a problem for Schwartzman, who came in as number 12 in the event. He had six double faults during the game.
Shapovalov, No. 13 entering Wimbledon, had similar problems. He suffered eight double errors in a four-set loss to American Brandon Nakashima. Shapovalov left the first set 6-2, but recovered to equalize with a 6-4 win in the second set. Nakashima took control in the third set and won 6-1. Shapovalov tried to rally again in the fourth, but narrowly lost 7-6.
Other Notable Results
• Barbora Krejcikova advanced to the third round of Wimbledon on Thursday, beating Viktorija Golubic in two sets (6-3, 6-4). Krejcikova, number 13, delivered three aces during the match. She will face Swiatek in round 3.
• Simona Halep reached the third round of the tournament on Thursday with a victory over Kirsten Flipkens. Halep defeated Flipkens in straight sets (7-5, 6-4). With the win, Halep will face Badosa in round 3.
• In addition to Nakashima, a number of other prominent Americans moved up in the men’s standings. Jensen Brooksby defeated Benjamin Bronzi in straight sets and Taylor Fritz defeated Alastair Gray in straight sets to continue. Another American will also make it to the third round, as Maxime Cressy and Jack Sock take it on Thursday.
• Two American men lost in the second round on Thursday. Marcos Giron fell to Alex Molcan in straight sets. Mackenzie McDonald also lost, falling in four sets to Richard Gasquet.