Wimbledon 2015: Grass Clippings Days 5 & 6

Upset Alert

On Friday there were upsets aplenty.  Richard Gasquet took out last year's semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov with no fuss, while Nick Kyrgios beat another semifinalist in Milos Raonic.  On the women's side, American Coco Vandeweghe demolished 2011 US Open champ Sam Stosur while Zarina Diyas knocked out Andrea Petkovic.

Things were somewhat quieter on Saturday, with only two real upsets to speak of.  Former world number one Jelena Jankoic toppled defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and rising star Garbine Muguruza beat Angelique Kerber.

Golden Oldie

Ivo Karlovic isn't the oldest player on the pro tour, but at 36 he's definitely a grizzled veteran.  Still, he's playing some of his best tennis and made it to his first Wimbledon fourth round since 2009 with Saturday's win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.  Dr. Ivo became the first player to record 40+ aces in three matches in a row and he's the oldest player to make it to the fourth round of Wimbledon since 1976.

Colorful Character

Anyone who's been paying attention to tennis should agree that Nick Kyrgios is a colorful character, but on Friday, Wimbledon ironically told him his apparel violated the club's all-white dress code when he donned an official green-and-purple Wimbledon logo headband.

John Isner & the Marathon

American John Isner continued to uphold his reputation for long, drawn-out matches during his two-day battle with Marin Cilic.  The two players started on Friday and wrapped up on Saturday with Cilic coming out on top 12-10 in the fifth set.  The four hour thirty-one minute match was the longest of the tournament so far.

By the Numbers

Through the first three rounds, here is Wimbledon by the numbers:

  • There have been 224 singles matches played and 91 required more than the minimum number of sets.

  • The 112 matches of the men's first three rounds were comprised of 418 sets, 4173 games, and 25,306 points. There were 77 tie breaks played.  On the women's side, the first 112 matches were comprised of 258 sets, 2438 games, and 15,721 points.  The women played 26 tie breaks.

  • Lucie Hradecka is the women's serve speed leader with a 125 MPH bomb while Sam Groth is the leader for the men with a 147 MPH serve (one MPH short of the Wimbledon record held by Taylor Dent).

  • Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber have the longest women's rally at 33 shots, while Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon hit 34 shots on the men's side.

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