Querrey leads the way for American results on Wimbledon Day 6
A recap of the action on Day 6 on Saturday at Wimbledon 2016, including results, tweets, hot shots, photos and more.
• After being close to elimination on Friday, No. 18-seed Sloane Stephens returned to the court on Saturday and defeated Mandy Minella 3-6, 7-6(6), 8-6 to advance to the third round. Stephens saved match point in the second-set tiebreak before the match was called due to rain with the score level at 3-3 in the third set.
Other women's seeds also advanced on Saturday despite multiple rain stoppages, as No. 11-seed Timea Bacsinszky beat Monica Niculescu 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the third round and No. 4-seed Angelique Kerber defeated fellow countrywoman Carina Witthoeft in straight sets, 7-6, 6-1. She'll next face Misaki Doi, who beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 7-6, 6-3 on Day 6.
No. 5-seed Simona Halep advanced to the fourth round on Saturday, defeating No. 26-seed Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-3 in the first match on Centre Court.
"I'm really happy that I won this match. It was important for me," Halep said after the match. "It was a big challenge before this one. I knew she's in good form and she plays good tennis in this moment. She did a great job in French Open, so she had a lot of confidence before this match. But I went there just to play my best, to be aggressive because I knew that it's the only chance that I can win the match, to be aggressive and to do my game."
• In the men's tournament, No. 9-seed Marin Cilic finished his match that was suspended on Friday, defeating Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round. No. 5-seed Kei Nishikori also reached the fourth round on Saturday, beating Andrey Kuznetsov 7-5, 6-3, 7-5.
While Cilic and Nishikori advanced to the Round of 16, No. 24-seed Alexander Zverev took the court to resume his second round match on Saturday. The 19-year-old was able to pull out the win, beating Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2. His victory marked the completion of the men's second round of the tournament.
Seeded No. 28, Querrey ended Djokovic's bid for the calendar Grand Slam after Djokovic won the first two majors of the year at the Australian Open and French Open. Djokovic was looking to win his fourth Wimbledon title at the All England Club; Querrey has only made the fourth round at a Grand Slam three other times in his career.
“Well, just congratulation to Sam. He played a terrific match,” Djokovic said after the match. “He serves very well, as he usually does. I think that part of his game was brutal today. He made a lot of free points with the first serve. Just well done. He just overpowered me.”
Querrey's win ends Djokovic’s streak of 30 consecutive match wins at majors and the loss marks the Serb's earliest exit from since the 2009 French Open.
“It's an amazing feeling, obviously, to be able to hold four Grand Slams at the same time,” Djokovic said.”Coming into Wimbledon, obviously here, I knew that mentally it's not going to be easy to kind of re-motivate myself. But the importance of this tournament is so immense that, you know, you always find ways to really get inspired and prepare and try to give your best.
“Obviously my best wasn't enough this year.”
With the victory, Querrey became the first American to beat Djokovic at a Grand Slam event since Andy Roddick (2009) and the first American man to beat the No. 1 seed at a Grand Slam event since Andre Agassi defeated Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals of the 2002 U.S. Open.
• After Djokovic’s shocking loss, another former champion exited on Day 6, as Ekaterina Makarova took out No. 10-seed and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova 7-5, 7-6. Makarova advances to the third round with the win; the match was the last remaining women’s second rounder to be completed.
“I think that the tournament was really, like, weird for me this time. I couldn't really describe how. But I was waiting all day long almost every day to be scheduled on, and didn't really have a chance to finish or step on the court,” Kvitova said after the match. “I think it's when you still like waiting and your nerves are still going, it's always a little bit difficult with energy and everything. You just have to focus all day, which then maybe when you step on the court, you don't really have the energy afterwards.”
• No. 2-seed Andy Murray, the highest remaining seed in the men’s draw, took care of business against John Millman on Saturday, winning 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 10 minutes to advance to the fourth round.
He’ll face the winner of Nick Kyrgios-Feliciano Lopez, scheduled as the third match on No. 1 Court on Saturday.
• After Stephens' comeback win and Querrey's stunning upset, two more Americans followed suit and advanced on Day 6. Steve Johnson earned a solid 6-7(6), 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov to advance, while No. 9-seed Madison Keys powered through to the fourth round, defeating France's Alize Cornet 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
• More results: Nicolas Mahut d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Bernard Tomic d. Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-4, 6-4; Yaroslava Shvedova d. Sabine Lisicki 7-6(2), 6-1; Dominika Cibulkova d. Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-3; David Goffin d. Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1; Agnieszka Radwanska d. Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-1; Milos Raonic d. Jack Sock 7-6, 6-4, 7-6
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