Fritz’s forehand calls the shots here, and a charming winner from the back of the court kicks off the second set. Gray does have some magic in his locker, however, and executes a superb skillful drop kick while gliding across the grass, which helps lift his spirits from 0-30.
On court 2, Badosa won the first set 6-3 against Bara and Kvitova didn’t lag against Bogdan – she broke and led 2-1 in the second set, having come through the first set.
Fritz wins the first set against Gray 6-3. Alastair Gray forced Taylor Fritz to work hard to serve for that opening set but failed to seize his opportunities and a backhand into the net sealed the victory for the American on court 12. Gray had six balls break in this set but did not convert. any of them.
It becomes a real problem. Spain’s No.17 seed, who was due to face Daniel Elahi Galan later today, is the latest to retire. Here’s the story from PA Media:
Roberto Bautista Agut has become the third player to announce he has withdrawn from Wimbledon after testing positive for Covid-19.
The No.17-seeded Spaniard was due to face Daniel Elahi Galan in the second round on Court Three on Thursday. The Colombian will receive a package.
Bautista Agut wrote on Twitter: “I tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately the symptoms are not very serious, but I think it’s the best decision. Thank you for your help. Hope to come back soon .”
Bautista Agut follows two former finalists, Matteo Berrettini and Marin Cilic, who both withdrew before the first round.
Although not known as a grass courter, Bautista Agut achieved his best result at a Grand Slam when he reached the semi-finals here in 2019, as he beat world number one Daniil Medvedev en route to the final of the ATP Tour event in Mallorca. Last week.
Players are not required to test themselves at Wimbledon this year, or even withdraw if they test positive, but they have been asked to be respectful of their teammates and those they come into contact with.
Britain’s Alastair Gray fights to stay in the first set against a broken down Taylor Fritz, but digs a hole in his final game, which he seals with a confident ace to cut the deficit to 3-5.
On court n°2 a flurry of breaks as women’s fourth seed Padosa took an early break against Romania’s Irina Bara, Bara quickly fell back but then lost her subsequent service game and Badosa now leads 5-2. Kvitova meanwhile won the first set against Bogdan 6-1, although she had to work hard for it in her last service game, saving a few break points.
An early break for Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion, against Ana Bogdan. She took a 3-0 lead in the first set. After winning at Eastbourne last weekend and thriving here in the past, the 25-seeded Czech looks to be one to watch once again.
A first setback for the Briton Alastair Gray. The No. 11 seed, Taylor Fritz, beat him and leads 2-0.
Pre-action reading, and we have plenty.
Here’s Barney Ronay on Emma Raducanu making friends in defeat:
Despite all the attention on Murray and Raducanu, Simon Cambers recounts Great Britain’s best start to Wimbledon since 1984:
And here is Paul MacInnes’ Wimbledon Diary, including a forgetful Ugo Humbert and exporting the Henman Hill experience to Brooklyn:
Here is the order of play on courts 2 and 3. The complete list is here.
Court No. 2
Paula Badosa (4) against Irina Bara
Filip Krajinovic (26) against Nick Kyrgios
Harriet Dart vs. Jessica Pegula (8)
(Not before 5pm BST) Kirsten Flipkens vs. Simona Halep (16)
Court No. 3
Ana Bogdan vs. Petra Kvitova (25)
Liam Broady vs. Diego Schwartzman (12)
Daniel Galan against Roberto Bautista Agut (17)
Hello everyone, and welcome to day four at the All England Club. Now that some of late night drama’s greatest kings and queens have been eliminated, what’s in store for us today? Plenty, of course, with British interest on center court in the first place as Katie Boulter takes on sixth seed Karolina Pliskova. Boulter never went beyond the second round while the Czech was of course runner-up last year. It is therefore a formidable challenge for the British world No. 118. After that, Rafa Nadal will face non-seeded Lithuanian Ričardas Berankis and Coca Gauff, the No. 11 seed in the women’s draw, takes on Mihaela Buzărnescu of Romania.
On court No. 1, Stefanos Tsitsipas, the men’s No. 4 seed, takes on Australian Jordan Thompson before the relentless Iga Swiatek looks to continue his superb winning streak when she takes on unseeded Dutchman Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove. Rising British star Jack Draper then completes proceedings when he takes on No. 19 seed Alex de Minaur of Australia.
There’s plenty of action on the outdoor courts before the show courts kick off at 1.30pm, with Paula Badosa, Petra Kvitova and Britain’s Alastair Gray among those in action. We’ll keep you posted on these and more.