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Wimbledon 2022: Nakashima, Paul, Tiafoe break new ground to reach Round 4

Victoria Chiesa | July 02, 2022


American men have been winning en masse at Wimbledon this year, and if you ask Frances Tiafoe, that's no coincidence. 

 

"I think we always feed off each other," Tiafoe said after beating Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time. "We all believe it, all believe we can be even doing better than what we are doing currently. One guy does well, next guy wants to step up. It's all good. I think we just gotta keep going."

 

As it turns out, they're pushing each other into the second week: after eight American men reached Round 3 at Wimbledon, the most to get that far at a major since the 1996 US Open, four are through to Round 4. It's the most American men through to the last 16 at the All-England Club since 1999. They include Taylor Fritz, who, as the No. 11 seed, is the highest-ranked among them and hasn't lost a set so far; after beating Slovakia's Alex Molcan on Saturday, he said he was motivated by the fact he was the last to play. 

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"I'm the match day following all those guys," he said, "so coming out the next day, it pumps me up to match what those guys are doing."

 

The men weren't the only story of Round 3; Amanda Anisimova edged Coco Gauff in a thrilling three-set match on Centre Court to reach the second week, too. Read on for more highlights for Team USA:

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Amanda Anisimova beats Coco Gauff in all-American Round 3

Generation next was generation now for the U.S. women on Saturday on Centre Court when Coco Gauff and Amanda Anisimova played a thrilling Round 3 match that guaranteed that at least one American woman would reach the second week.

 

After two hours and eight minutes, Anisimova came out the winner by a 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1 final score. 

 

"It's my first time playing on Centre Court. It's the most special day, I think, of my career," an emotional Anisimova said after the match. "It's just a huge privilege to play on this court ... playing Coco. She's an amazing player and just got to the finals of a Grand Slam. Before the match, I was just trying to prepare myself to soak in this moment whether I win or lose. Winning today is just so special.

 

"I think the worst thing for a tennis player is to lose 7-6 in the first set ... It's really important to just bounce back and give everything I have. It was very easy to do, especially on this court, even though it was extremely exhausting."

Both women had leads in a tight first set: Gauff at 3-0 and Anisimova at 4-3, with a break. Later in the tiebreak, Anisimova also led 4-1 before Gauff authored a great escape. Anisimova regrouped admirably after that for the comeback; she broke Gauff three times in the second set and twice in the decider. Anisimova and Gauff have now split their first two matches on the pro tour.

 

In her third Wimbledon, Anisimova is having her best-ever run; she reached the second round in her debut in 2019. Anisimova will next face France's Harmony Tan, who's backed up her high-profile Round 1 win against Serena Williams with her own best-ever Grand Slam showing. 

Brandon Nakashima, Tommy Paul reach first major fourth round

In the 12th Grand Slam of his career, Tommy Paul is through to the second week for the first time. Paul, seeded No. 30, hasn't lost a set through the first three rounds, and broke new ground thanks to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Czech Jiri Vesely on Friday. 

 

Paul's best previous result at a major came two years ago at the Australian Open, where he reached Round 3. He's making his main-draw debut at Wimbledon this year, and he might get a chance to play on the hallowed grounds of Centre Court next. He'll face No. 9 seed Cameron Norrie, the top-ranked British man, for a spot in the quarterfinals. Norrie's won two of their three career meetings, including earlier this year in the semifinals in Delray Beach, Fla.

 

Joining him in Round 4 in the bottom half, in his second Wimbledon, is 20-year-old Brandon Nakashima. 

Paul celebrates after winning Round 3. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images.

Nakashima followed up his Round 3 upset of 2021 semifinalist Denis Shapovalov with a straight-sets win over Colombia's Daniel Galan, ranked No. 109. Up next for Nakashima is Australia's Nick Krygios, who upset No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a dramatic four-setter in the third round.

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Gauff, Jack Sock: It started with a tweet

It started with a tweet. When Coco Gauff put a call on Twitter for a Wimbledon mixed doubles partner, Jack Sock said they had the potential to be a "decent team." Their Round 1 match was better than decent. The two Americans needed just 50 minutes on Saturday to defeat British wild cards Kyle Edmund and Olivia Nicholls, 6-4, 6-1.

 

They're one of four all-American doubles teams still alive in the three draws after the tournament's first six days.

 

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Playing mixed doubles hours after her loss to Anisimova, Gauff credited Sock with helping her bounce back after her singles defeat. Sock was also beaten in singles on Saturday; he lost in five sets, and over four hours, to Aussie Jason Kubler.

"Right after the match I was so disappointed," she said. "Then I was, like, I'm still in mixed, I'm going to just have fun out there. I had a lot of fun. I was laughing, smiling on every point. With the intensity of singles and even doubles, it's not really often.

 

"I was really nervous to play with him just because he's really good. I didn't want to mess up. ... For me, it was kind of crazy to play with him. It was definitely a bucket list for me and I'm glad I was able to do that. I hope that we can keep winning."

 

TEAM USA SINGLES RESULTS | 2022 WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS, ROUND THREE 

 

WOMEN

  1. Petra Martic (CRO) def. (8) Jessica Pegula 6-2, 7-6(5)

  2. (20) Amanda Anisimova def. (11) Coco Gauff 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1

  3. Marie Bouzkova (CZE) def. (28) Alison Riske-Amritraj 6-2, 6-3

 

MEN

  1. (11) Taylor Fritz def. Alex Molcan (SVK) 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(3)

  2. (23) Frances Tiafoe def. Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 3-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(3), 6-4

  3. Cristian Garin (CHI) def. (29) Jenson Brooksby 6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

  4. (30) Tommy Paul def. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

  5. Brandon Nakashima def. Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) 6-4, 6-4, 6-1

  6. (9) Cameron Norrie (GBR) def. Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-1, 6-0

  7. (Q) Jason Kubler (AUS) def. (Q) Jack Sock 6-2, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3

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