Wimbledon 2018: Third seed Cilic beaten by Pella in second round

Arnold Nichols
July 6, 2018

This Saturday will see Rafael Nadal in the third round of Wimbledon for the eighth time in his career.

Djokovic overcame an apparent thigh problem to beat Horacio Zeballos 6-1 6-2 6-3, while top-ranked Nadal defeated Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4 6-3 6-4.

But Luke Bambridge and Katie Boulter were knocked out of the mixed doubles event at the first stage following two tie-break defeats in each set against Andrei Vasilevski and Arina Rodionova.

Serena Williams, the seven-time Wimbledon victor, is seeded 25th after her tentative return from the birth of her first child.

"So the rain helped me a lot".

"I felt much more confident in my game, I served better and I felt so pumped", said Pella, who reached the third round of a major for the first time. I always expect to come out and do the best I can do and that's all I can hope for'.

"I tried to hit the ball hard and fight for every ball and I think in the end that's why I won".


THe 32-year-old took 10 minutes to hold his opening service game and was still being asked questions by the world number 77 in the third when he slipped 3-1 behind in the face of some inspired shot-making by his opponent.

Keys, who was the US Open runner-up previous year, crashed out 7-5 5-7 6-4 to the Russian on a baking hot Court Three.

Kyrgios could next face lucky loser Bernard Tomic if his Australian compatriot can shock Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams could not pull off a third consecutive comeback, instead joining the parade of top-10 seeds on the way out of the Grand Slam tournament.

Guido Pella of Argentina came from two sets down to stun third-seeded Marin Cilic at Wimbledon on Thursday (Friday NZ Time), beating last year's finalist 3-6 1-6 6-4 7-6 (3) 7-5 in the second round.

Saisai ended a run of three successive first round losses at the All England Club when she beat compatriot Qiang Wang on Tuesday.

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