Welcome to Day 3 of Wimbledon 2022. Days 1 and 2 were played at breakneck speed, but now that we are in Round 2 things are calming down a bit. Instead of 64 games, we get a slightly less crazy 32. Novak Djokovic will play, as will Emma Raducanu, Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula, Frances Tiafoe, Andy Murray and Reilly Opelka.
For more on what happened on Day 2, click here.
Check out the biggest news from Day 3 below.
Murray loses to Isner
It’s heartbreak again for two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who lost to American John Isner after an inspirational effort. The UK native and sentimental favorite got so close but just couldn’t beat Isner, who won 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3(7), 6-4. Isner, who is 37, and Murray, who is 35 and has a metal hip, both know their playing days are numbered and they put on a great show on center court. Isner’s return fired on all cylinders, and Murray’s grit and determination energized the already friendly crowd. After losing steam in the first set, Murray battled to a draw in the second set, but only scored four points in the tiebreak. Murray needed to win if he wanted to go extra time, and he won the tie-break with authority and well-deserved celebration.
But Murray still had a lot to gain if he wanted to advance to Round 3. And unfortunately, he didn’t do enough. He had a chance to take the lead in the fourth set, but it eluded him. After that, it was as if the energy that Murray was playing with was gone. He won a few more matches, but Isner, who hadn’t been broken the whole match, finished the set and clinched his ticket to Round 3.
The defeat was also heartbreaking for the British public, who had seen Emma Raducanu lose on center court just before Murray and Isner started play. Cameron Norrie, the highest-ranked British player remaining in the men’s draw, is the country’s best hope for a domestic winner after winning on Wednesday.
For Isner, it was probably the best match he had played in his entire career, including his two record Wimbledon matches which lasted six and 11 hours. He started his post-match comments by admitting he’s definitely not a better tennis player than Murray, although he could have been a bit better on Wednesday. He also called Murray an inspiration to all tennis players and one of the best to ever play the game, which is the highest compliment he could pay such a legend.
Alcaraz in Round 2 with victory over Griekspoor
Carlos Alcaraz emerged victorious in his match against Tallon Griekspoor, winning 6-4, 7-6(0), 6-3. Alcaraz got in trouble more than once against Griekspoor, with the pair playing evenly matched tennis for most of the contest. At first, neither player was able to keep their momentum going from game to game. Whenever one of them took an advantage, the other took it back. Even after Alcaraz won the first set, he felt like he had to start from scratch. They equalized in the second set, but it looked like Alcaraz was finally gaining ground when they won the tiebreaker 7-0. He started the third set tying 2-2 with Griekspoor, but that’s when he finally pulled away to seal the win.
Raducanu upset by Garcia
Caroline Garcia of France beat No. 10 Emma Raducanu of Great Britain in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in the second round. Garcia’s aggressive returns helped her dominate in the first set after winning 53% of Raducanu’s serves. Raducanu took a 2-1 lead early in the second set before dropping four of the next six sets and losing. It was a short spell at Wimbledon for the 19-year-old Briton, who has been plagued by injuries, coaching changes and intense press scrutiny since her US Open breakthrough in 2021.
Sakkari moves on with Tomova loss
Maria Sakkari equaled her best result at Wimbledon after beating Viktoriya Tomova 6-4, 6-3 in the second round. She played with confidence, going to the net 27 times in a game that was never as close as the scoreline indicated. Sakkari has two Grand Slam modes: full throttle or early exit. She went out early at Roland Garros last month with a second-round loss and couldn’t make it past the second round at Wimbledon last year. But she reached the semi-finals of two other Grand Slams last year, and she’s aiming even higher now. Her section of the draw is wide open, so if she can keep playing like she did on Wednesday, she has a great chance of advancing to the final rounds.
Djokovic easily beats Kokkinakis
Novak Djokovic may have become himself again. The No. 1 seed ran through Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets, beating him 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. Kokkinakis had a high mountain to climb to find some sort of weakness he could exploit, because Djokovic has so few when he’s at the top of his game. Kokkinakis had a push in the second set, and it looked like the momentum could change, but Djokovic fended that off so easily. He played cleanly, which is exactly what he needs to do on these grass pitches. It’s been 1,812 days since Djokovic’s last loss at Wimbledon, and it will be another two days until another contender attempts to reset that clock. Good luck to them, because Djokovic is not slowing down for anyone.
Pegula defeats Vekić in the first round
Jessica Pegula, the highest-ranked American in the competition, defeated Donna Vekić of Croatia in straight sets after their opening match time on Tuesday was postponed due to weather. Pegula, seeded eighth, easily won the first set but needed a tiebreaker in the second set to win the match, 6-3, 7(7)-6(2).
Ruud absent after loss to Humbert
Casper Ruud’s time at Wimbledon 2022 is over. The No. 3 seed lost to unseeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert in a four-set battle, with Humbert winning 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4. Initially, it didn’t look like Ruud was in much danger. He won the first set, but couldn’t overpower Humbert in the second. Then Ruud lost in a very tight third set, and his comeback attempt in the fourth just wasn’t enough. Ruud, who reached the French Open final last month (only to be beaten by Rafael Nadal), will have to try to improve on his career-best result in the second round in 2023.
Tiafoe overtakes Marterer
American Frances Tiafoe had no problem beating Germany’s Maximilian Marterer, securing a 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) win in just one hour and 36 minutes. Tiafoe, the No. 23 seed, has already beaten his best result at Wimbledon, which was a second-round exit in 2021. The 24-year-old has looked excellent in his two matches so far and is part of of a fleet of American men. trying to end the Grand Slam quarter-final drought. The last time an American reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam was in 2020, when Tennys Sandgren lost to Roger Federer at the Australian Open.
Kontaveit upset in straight sets by Niemeier
Anett Kontaveit, seeded No. 2 at Wimbledon and ranked No. 3 in the world, was eliminated in straight sets on Wednesday by Jule Niemeier, the player world No. 97. It was a fairly comprehensive victory for Niemeier, who beat Kontaveit 6-4, 6-0 in just 58 minutes. Kontaveit was competitive in the first set, but completely ran out of steam in the second. It does not appear that she was injured, although she withdrew from Berlin and Eastbourne earlier this month because she was dealing with the after-effects of COVID-19. It’s unclear if she’s still dealing with it and if it affected her performance in the second round.
Other notable results
Ons Jabeur, seeded No. 3, advances to the third round after beating Katarzyna Kawa 6-4, 6-0 in a 64-minute game.
Americans Alison Riske-Amritraj, Tommy Paul and Steve Johnson all advanced to Round 3.
Jannik Sinner beat Swede Mikael Ymer to earn his ticket to the next round.
Angelique Kerber, the 2018 Wimbledon champion, defeated Magda Linette 6-3, 6-3 and heads into the third set.