December 19, 2014
Mayer beats Kuznetsov, advances to final 16 at Wimbledon
Argentine tennis player Leonardo Mayer qualified for Wimbledon’s last-16 stage as he beat Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) and 6-3 today.
Mayer, 27 year-old Corrientes native and 64 in the ATP world ranking, is the only Argentine representative left at the British Grand Slam.
“Kuznetsov made many mistakes today, and I played really well” Mayer told reporters after the game. The Russian player had previously eliminated Spaniard top ten David Ferrer.
“I never imagined my first time in a Grand Slam last-16 would be at Wimbledon. I didn’t even train in grass before coming here because I couldn’t do so in Argentina,” Mayer revealed.
The Argentine hope at Wimbledon will face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Monday, who beat Ucranian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Murray strolls into last 16
Champion Andy Murray declared he was fighting fit after steaming into the last 16 of Wimbledon with another show of force outclassing Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 6-3 6-2.
The home favourite, attempting to defend the title he won last year to become the first Briton to win the men's singles for 77 years, turned the late evening Centre Court duel into a one-sided romp.
Spinal surgery and his inability to reach a final since that surreal day last July meant there had been question marks over his ability to win back-to-back titles at the All England Club.
The third seed proved that he was up to the task of carrying the nation's hopes once more.
"I'd say I'm happy with where my body's at right now. Physically I feel good. My back feels much better than it did at this stage last year, so that's a big positive for me," said Murray, who had back surgery last September.
"I've spoken to a few people that have had surgeries... they said (it took) six to nine months from when they started playing again until they actually started to feel their best.
"I'm fairly happy with where I'm at just now."