Henman, Nadal top list of 2nd-round upsets

Bracciali irks Roddick before match suspended

S. Williams struggles

Wimbledon

June 24, 2005|By Charles Bricker | Charles Bricker,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL

WIMBLEDON, England - There was perhaps 10 minutes of playable light left on this uncommonly warm Thursday, just enough time for Andy Roddick to whack a few more unreturnable serves and restore order to a Wimbledon that had been turned on its ear all afternoon by a succession of upstart players.

Incredibly, after dominating the free-swinging Italian Daniele Bracciali with his 130-140 mph blasts, Roddick's serve was taken apart in a third-set tiebreak and, instead of going to the locker room yesterday with a cozy ride into the third round, he found himself having to come back today and plot a way to finish off a very dangerous opponent.

When Roddick's backhand crosscourt landed well wide of the sideline, pulling Bracciali to within 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (3), the match was in suspension because of darkness, and it took the young man from Boca Raton, Fla., about 15 seconds to stuff his racket into his bag and angrily exit stage left.

What a day it was.

Tim Henman, local hero: out to Dmitry Tursunov, the No. 152-ranked player on the ATP Tour, 3-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6.

Andy Murray, the excitable, 18-year-old Scottish answer to Roddick: into the third round with a significant upset of No. 14 Radek Stepanek, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Serena Williams: another balky three-set performance this time against No. 124-ranked Mara Santangelo, who came to London with only four regular tour wins this season, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

And French Open champion Rafael Nadal, gone: beaten by Gilles Muller, the only player from Luxembourg to win a Grand Slam match in the Open Era, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Few expected Nadal to win Wimbledon, or even reach the second week. But a Luxembourgian? "He play better than me today. That's happen," the disarming Spaniard said in his evolving English.

"I think I am playing good on grass, no? I need to improve some things, but when I do I can win a lot of matches here because I am fast. I need to improve my volley. I need to improve my serve. I need to improve my confidence with the game on grass."

What Williams needs is to shake a lot of rust off her game. She looked horrible in the opening set, lacking her usual speed or consistency while Santangelo exploited every opening.

According to Williams, she has a hairline fracture and "right now I'm just playing through the pain and just seeing how it goes. Some days it feels good. As long as I tape it, it's OK. Then, some days it gets a little cold and it gets a little strange feeling."

Williams, seeded fourth, reached the third round with No. 2 Maria Sharapova, who used a 14-point streak at the end of the first set and beginning of the second to crush 15-year-old Sesil Karatancheva, 6-0, 6-1.

Serena is trying to use this first week to find some rhythm, and it did seem to start coming in the third set. She next plays fellow American Jill Craybas, and she and sister Venus are now one round away from facing each other in the round of 16.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is a Tribune Publishing newspaper.

Results

At Wimbledon, England

Men's singles

Second round

Andy Roddick (2) leads Daniele Bracciali, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (3), susp., darkness. Gilles Muller def. Rafael Nadal (4), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Dmitry Tursunov def. Tim Henman (6), 3-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6. Sebastien Grosjean (9) def. Victor Hanescu, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Thomas Johansson (12) def. Andrei Pavel, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (4). Andrew Murray def. Radek Stepanek (14), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Guillermo Coria (15) def. Xavier Malisse, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4. David Nalbandian (18) def. Karol Kucera, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3. Richard Gasquet (27) def. Gilles Elseneer, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-2. Jiri Novak (28) def. Fabrice Santoro, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Max Mirnyi def. Olivier Rochus (33), 7-6 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (3). Igor Andreev def. Davide Sanguinetti, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Jurgen Melzer def. Alex Calatrava, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1. Alexander Popp def. Wayne Arthurs, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 14-12. Janko Tipsarevic def. Lu Yen-hsun, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. Novak Djokovic def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 3-6, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-4.

Women's singles

Second round

Maria Sharapova (2) def. Sesil Karatancheva, 6-0, 6-1. Serena Williams (4) def. Mara Santangelo, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nadia Petrova (8) def. Severine Beltrame, 6-1, 6-2. Kveta Peschke def. Vera Zvonareva (11), 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. Mary Pierce (12) def. Julia Vakulenko, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 9-7. Venus Williams (14) def. Nicole Pratt, 7-5, 6-3. Nathalie Dechy (16) def. Jane O'Donoghue, 6-2, 6-1. Ana Ivanovic (19) def. Stephanie Foretz, 6-4, 6-3. Daniela Hantuchova (20) def. Shahar Peer, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Flavia Pennetta (26) def. Gisela Dulko, 6-2, 6-4. Jill Craybas def. Marion Bartoli (29), 6-1, 6-4. Cara Black def. Virginie Razzano (32), 6-4, 7-6 (5). Eleni Daniilidou def. Laura Granville, 6-2, 6-0. Katarina Srebotnik def. Cho Yoon-jeong, 7-5, 6-4. Alyona Bondarenko def. Tatiana Panova, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Conchita Martinez def. Kristina Brandi, 6-2, 6-3.

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