The four highest-seeded players in action — including No. 2 Daniil Medvedev — all cruised in straight sets Thursday during second-round play at Wimbledon.
Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, No. 6 Roger Federer and No. 7 Matteo Berrettini also won handily to join Medvedev in the third round at the All England Club in London. Berrettini’s was the only match to eclipse the two-hour mark in his 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands.
Federer bounced back from his sluggish opener with a 7-6 (1), 6-1, 6-4 victory over Frenchman Richard Gasquet in one hour, 51 minutes. Medvedev rolled past Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in one hour, 35 minutes. And Zverev easily handled American Tennys Sandgren 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 in one hour, 45 minutes.
Federer blasted 10 aces and 50 winners in becoming the oldest male since 1975 (Ken Rosewall) to make it to the round of 32.
“It’s always a pleasure playing against (Gasquet),” Federer said. “I’m really happy with my level. Today was special.”
Medvedev broke the 18-year-old Alcaraz seven times in 15 opportunities but insisted the win wasn’t as easy as the score suggested.
“Carlos is an amazing player,” Medvedev said. “What he is doing is pretty special because in his first Grand Slams, he’s made a victory in Australian Open, made third round in Roland-Garros (and won a match here). My first four Grand Slams, I had actually only one victory and it was here in Wimbledon on center court.”
Only two seeded players fell Thursday. No. 13 Gael Monfils of France lost to Spain’s Pedro Martinez 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), and Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik downed No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4).
Eighth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain needed three hours, 33 minutes to fend off Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic’s rally, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 3-6, 6-3.
The 14th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland was a straight-sets winner over American Marcos Giron. Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 16th seed, defeated Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1. Chile’s Cristian Garin (No. 17) topped Marc Polmans of Australia 7-6 (3), 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5).
Among other seeded players, Italian No. 23 Lorenzo Sonego won in four sets, No. 29 Cameron Norrie of Great Britain won in straight sets, No. 31 Taylor Fritz needed five sets to defeat fellow American Steve Johnson, and No. 32 Marin Cilic of Croatia advanced in four sets.
–Field Level Media