Wimbledon 2021 Day 6: Medvedev beats Cilic in five-set thriller; Federer, Barty win

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WELCOME TO DAY 6 OF WIMBLEDON 2021: The first weekend of Wimbledon begins on July 3 at the All England Club in London, England. Day 5 proved to be an entertaining one as Denis Kudla played his heart out during a straight-set defeat to defending champion Novak Djokovic in their third-round clash. It was a historic day for India as there four Indians on the same court at the same for the first time in a Wimbledon game. More action awaits on day 6, which will see Roger Federer, women’s top seed Ash Barty and teen sensation Coco Gauff in action. Expect more entertainment from another fun-filled day on the grass courts of Wimbeldon.

1) Let the games begin….only if the rain allows

Play at Wimbledon has been suspended because of rain.

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Seventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini and former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber were among the players in third-round action on the outer courts when play was halted.

Matches on Centre Court and No. 1 Court had yet to start.

There were several rain delays during the first two days of the tournament but the weather had been dry since then.

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2) We are back underway. Take 2: Let the games begin

Play has resumed at Wimbledon after a rain delay of about 90 minutes.

Sorana Cirstea was playing Britain’s Emma Raducanu on No. 1 Court in the third round.

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Coco Gauff and Roger Federer were set to play their third-round matches on Centre Court later.

3) Kerber comes from behind to win

Former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber turned her third-round match around completely after a rain delay to beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 2-6, 6-0, 6-1. Kerber trailed 5-1 in the first set when play was halted for about 90 minutes but dominated her Belarusian opponent when the match resumed. Kerber is the only former women’s champion left in the draw.

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4) Gauff wins, no surprises this time

Coco Gauff is back into the second week of Wimbledon.

The 17-year-old American matched her breakout result from 2019 by reaching the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kaja Juvan on Centre Court. Gauff finished with 21 winners and broke her opponent five times. Gauff will face former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber on Monday.

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5) Emma Raducanu scripts history

Emma Raducanu became the youngest British woman to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon in the Open era. The 18-year-old Raducanu converted her third match point to beat veteran Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 7-5 on No. 1 Court. She is playing in her first Grand Slam tournament.

6) Sania Mirza, Bethanie and Mattek-Sands knocked out

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After a promising start to their Wimbledon 20201 campaign with a resounding straight-set win in their first round, women’s doubles pair in Sania Mirza and Bethanei Mattek-Sands have been knocked out of the tournament in the second. They lost to 4-6,3-6 to the Russian pair of Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina.

7) Kyrgios retires, tournament ends

In what came as a surprise, Australia’s tennis star Nick Kyrgios retired during this third-round clash against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime due to an abdominal injury. After winning the first set 6-2, he lost the second 1-6 and called it quits before the start of the third.

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8) Ostapenko crashes out, war of words seen

In-form Jelena Ostapenko’s Wimbledon hopes were dashed in a stormy defeat by Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round on Saturday, with the players exchanging angry words at the net. Latvian Ostapenko, winner of the Eastbourne grasscourt title and a dark horse at Wimbledon, went down 4-6 6-4 6-2 against the world number 75.

9) Barbora Krejcikova’s juggernaut continue

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Barbora Krejcikova continued her extraordinary transformation from doubles specialist to world-class singles player as she reached the last 16 at Wimbledon on Saturday. The Czech, who came from nowhere to win the French Open last month, outlasted Latvian Anastasija Sevastova 7-6(1) 3-6 7-5 in a two-and-a-half battle on Court Three.

10) Federer too good for Norrie

Roger Federer continued his quest to become only the second player in history to win nine Wimbledon singles titles – after Martina Navratilova – with a 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4 win over local favourite Cameron Norrie. The sixth-seeded Swiss also reached the round of 16 at a Grand Slam for the 69th time in his career.

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11) Sacha Zverev wins

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev beat American Taylor Fritz 6-7(3) 6-4 6-3 7-6(4) on Saturday to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon and match his best performance at the grasscourt Grand Slam.

12) Ashleigh Barty wins

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World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty made an easy work of her Czech opponent Kateřina Siniaková in the third round. Barty defeated Siniakova 6-3, 7-5 to progress to the fourth round.

13) At last…Daniil Medvedev wins

After 3 hours and 36 minutes, Daniil Medvedev scripts an exceptional come-from-behind victory to beat Marin Cilic 6-7, 3-6, 6-3,6-3,6-2 on court 1.

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(more results awaited)

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