Andrey Kuznetsov stuns 7th seed David Ferrer at Wimbledon

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Wimbledon, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Andrey Kuznetsov recorded the biggest win of his career, ousting seventh seed David Ferrer, 6-7(5), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the second round at Wimbledon.

Currently No. 118 in the ATP rankings, Kuznetsov won back-to-back grass-court matches for the first time in his career.

The Russian will now challenge Leonardo Mayer, who hit 51 winners and 16 aces in a 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Marcos Baghdatis.

It was Ferrer’s earliest loss at a Grand Slam championship since the 2010 Australian Open when he fell to Marcos Baghdatis in the second round.

Ferrer, who picked up a stomach bug at Roland Garros, had not played on grass prior to arriving at the All England Club.

Meanwhile, top seed Novak Djokovic earned a place in the third round with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(5) win over Radek Stepanek for his 40th match win at Wimbledon. He will next face Gilles Simon, a 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-4 winner over Robin Haase.

Defending champion Andy Murray also surged into the third round via a 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 win over Blaz Rola in just 83 minutes. He will next play No. 27 seed Roberto Bautista Agut, a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victor over Jan Hernych.

Sergiy Stakhovsky took out 12th seed Ernests Gulbis, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(5), for a place in the third round where he will play Jeremy Chardy, who held on to beat Marinko Matosevic 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 7-6(9), 4-6, 7-5 in four hours and 15 minutes.

Other winners were Grigor Dimitrov, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, Fabio Fognini, Jimmy Wang and Kevin Anderson.

On the women’s side, Australian Open champion and second seed Li Na advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Yvonne Meusburger in just over an hour.

Li, who converted 6-of-10 break-point opportunities and held a 33-4 advantage in winners, will meet Barbora Zahlavova Strycova a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Elena Vesnina.

Former Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska and 2011 titlist Petra Kvitova also made it to the third round but former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was ousted.

Radwanska defeated Casey Dellacqua, 6-4, 6-0; Kvitova drubbed Mona Barthel, 6-2, 6-0; while Bojana Jovanovski knocked out a rusty Azarenka, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

Other second-round winners were Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Ekaterina Makarova, Lucie Safarova, Caroline Garcia, Peng Shuai, Ana Konjuh and Tereza Smitkova.

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