Roger Federer showed his class in dispatching Australia’s Sam Groth to progress to Wimbledon’s fourth round, whilst Rafael Nadal conquerer, Dustin Brown, crashes out in straight sets to Viktor Troicki.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 4, 2015) (AELTC) – Roger Federer showed that you need more in your arsenal than a bullet serve if you want to seriously trouble the grasscourt masters these days as he snuffed out the threat of Sam Groth in four sets at Wimbledon on Saturday (July 4).
Federer’s Australian opponent holds the record for the fastest ever delivery in tennis and regularly launched 140mph missiles but only briefly threatened the Swiss’s serene progress to the fourth round and eventually succumbed 6-4 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2.
Groth briefly slowed Federer’s bid for a record eighth Wimbledon title by holding serve throughout the third set and forcing a tiebreak that he clinched when the second seed misjudged a forehand at set point.
Yet Federer was in no mood to let his stranglehold slip and broke for a 2-0 lead in the fourth and then again to close out the match.
The imposing figure of Groth rekindles memories of the dominant figures at Wimbledon in the 1990s when a sledgehammer serve could propel you into the latter stages at the All England Club.
Nowadays, however, the pinnacle of the men’s game is populated with more refined talents and none more so than Federer, whose bid for an 18th grand slam title looks compelling on the evidence of Wimbledon’s opening week.
He scythed through the first two sets against Groth breaking once in both and even out-aced the Australian 6-3 in the second.
Groth, whose fastest delivery of 147 mph fell just short of Taylor Dent’s 2010 Wimbledon record of 148, held his nerve throughout the third, but his inability to lay a glove on the Federer serve proved his ultimate downfall in the match.
He could not engineer a single break point throughout the two hour 16 minute contest and was put to the sword when Federer fired a rasping return on match point that dipped into Groth’s shoelaces as he charged to the net.
Dustin Brown’s Wimbledon flame fizzled out in a four-set defeat by Viktor Troicki, two days after the dreadlocked journeyman illuminated the All England Club by beating twice champion Rafa Nadal.
The 30-year-old German and his distinctive waist-length hair sent tremors through SW19 when he roughed up the Spaniard with a serve-volley barrage to reach the third round, but the 22nd-seeded Troicki brought the fairytale to an abrupt end.
The Serb wrapped up a 6-4 7-6(3) 4-6 6-3 win to add Brown’s name to a group of players who beat Nadal when ranked 100 or below and then exited the tournament at the very next stage.
Following on from Lukas Rosol (100), Steve Darcis (135) and Nick Kyrgios (144), the 102nd-ranked Brown failed to build on his stunning upset and was brought down to earth with a bump in two hours and 13 minutes on a sun-baked Court Three.
Away from the grandeur of Wimbledon’s prime arenas, Brown’s serve-volley game, which had the tennis purists purring when he beat Nadal, failed to cut through the canny Troicki’s defences.
After losing the first two sets and briefly fighting back to reduce the deficit, Brown was broken twice in the fourth set and served an untimely double fault to end the contest.
Troicki, who equalled his best grand slam performance by reaching the round of 16, will now face either Britain’s James Ward or Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.