All across Europe the biggest names in tennis have been in action once again as they prepare for Wimbledon with some upsets ahead of the third major of the year putting question marks over their chances.
On a day where there were upsets there was also a big statement win and that was from the top seed in London, Stefanos Tsitsipas. Roger Federer also had a big fight as his bid for a 10th title in Halle continues.
I came into this tournament with some doubts to be honest about what he can do on grass as I haven’t seen much of him on the grass but I have been impressed. He had to come back today to get through British number one Kyle Edmund and did so quite comprehensively. His second match against Chardy was a bigger test of his skills and he answered the questions the Frenchman through at him really well to come from a set down to win two tie-break sets.
Across the country in Birmingham the world number one Naomi Osaka fell in straight sets against a very in-form Yulia Putintseva who beat her last year 6-3 6-3 but went one better winning 6-3 6-2 against the top seed. Naomi was obviously not happy and refused to do her press afterwards so will be fined!
Moving over to the sunny Mallorca and we have Maria Sharapova. The Russian who claimed her first grass court win in four years fell to a convincing Angie Kerber in straight sets. The German has been far from convincing this season but hit just 5 unforced errors against Maria who hit 31…
Back over to London and Stan Wawrinka is out. Nicolas Mahut from a set down produced incredible grass court tennis to make it to the quarter finals of Queens Club 12 years on from his defeat to Roddick in the final. The quality from the Frenchman especially at the net was magnificent. Shame he has only been given a Wimbledon qualifying wildcard.
Finally, a trip to Halle.
We had one marathon in London involving Tsitsipas but it was the 7 time Wimbledon champion who had a big battle on his hands against former Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. They were neck and neck going into the third set until Federer orchestrated an opportunity at 5-5 to sneak the win against the Frenchman.