Defending champion Andy Murray of Britain advanced at Wimbledon, while John Isner’s exit left no American players in the last 16 for the first time since 1911.
Murray went to his first tiebreak of the tournament to defeat South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) after the Centre Court roof was closed for a second time today. Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
Isner was beaten by Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 at the All England Club in southwest London. Isner, best known for playing the longest match in tennis history four years ago, lost even as he hit 52 aces, the third-highest ever at Wimbledon and the most in a four-set match.
The ninth-seeded player had been the lone American left in the singles draw after Madison Keys withdrew from the tournament with a thigh injury before the resumption of her third-round match against Yaroslava Shedova. The Kazakhstan player had been leading 7-6 (7-5), 6-6 when the match was stopped for darkness two days ago.
The 19-year-old Keys, who won a grass-court event in Eastbourne, England, in the run-up to Wimbledon was the last U.S. woman to exit following the surprise defeat of five-time champion Serena Williams in the third round. Keys withdrew with a muscle strain in her adductor, telling reporters she made the decision after she’d tried in vain to warm up this morning.
“I had so much tape on me I could barely walk,” Keys, 19, said in a news conference. “It just wasn’t happening.”
Earlier in the day, Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, the current Australian Open champion, criticized tournament organizers after a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in a third-round match postponed from Saturday.
Like Isner and Lopez, Wawrinka had to wait two days to play after a four-hour rain delay. There was no play yesterday as is traditional on the middle Sunday of Wimbledon. That means Wawrinka and Lopez face potential back-to-back matches in a best-of-five format tomorrow and on Wednesday.
Wawrinka said he was disappointed with the schedule change and that playing three matches in as many days is “terrible for the body.”
“I know if I want to get through, it’s going to be a really tough week,” he said. Referees “don’t listen to the player. They just do what they think is good for them.”
Grigor Dimitrov, the 11th-seeded Bulgarian who won a Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen’s Club in London this month, beat Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer in straight sets to face Murray in the quarterfinals.
Eugenie Bouchard, a former Wimbledon junior champion, beat Alize Cornet, who ousted Serena Williams, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 to become the first Canadian to move to the Wimbledon quarterfinals since tennis turned professional in 1968. She’ll play the winner of the match between Maria Sharapova of Russia and Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Bouchard lost a three-set semifinal at the French Open to eventual champion Sharapova this month and also reached the semifinals of the Australian Open.
Sharapova and Kerber will play first on Centre Court tomorrow after their match was among several canceled as rain interrupted play again. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will also play their fourth-round matches originally planned for today.
Sabine Lisicki, the German finalist from last year, beat former French Open winner Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in three sets, while Petra Kvitova, the 2011 champion, moved to her fifth consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal with a win over China’s Peng Shuai.
Kvitova is one of four Czech women into the last 16. At least one will be in the semifinals because Kvitova plays Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who ousted former top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in straight sets today after knocking second seed Li Na out of the third round.
Women’s fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, a former runner-up from Poland, lost to Russian Ekaterina Makarova.
Cornet caused the biggest surprise of the tournament when she ousted five-time champion Serena Williams in the previous round. After winning two of the four major tournaments last year, the top-seeded Williams has yet to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal this season. She’s still in the doubles with her sister Venus, also a five-time Wimbledon singles winner.
Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena’s coach, told the British Broadcasting Corp. earlier today that the 32-year-old American didn’t have “the right mindset,” when she played Cornet and that she had been lacking in “competitiveness” in recent months. He added there was nothing wrong with Williams physically.