On Wednesday, defending champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round at Wimbledon for the 16th time, while longtime rival Andy Murray left the All England Club earlier than ever before.
Top seed Djokovic defeated Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who was rated 79th, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, and will now play Serbian native Miomir Kecmanovic for a spot in the round of 16.
“I’m very happy with my performance. I started very well, solid from the back of the court,” said Djokovic, who is looking to join Pete Sampras as a seven-time Wimbledon champion.
“I made him work for every point and worked him around the court,” added the 20-time major winner.
Before the match, Kokkinakis compared Djokovic to a “brick wall.”
“It was one-way traffic. I got chopped today,” said the 26-year-old Australian after his Center Court torment.
The 2013 and 2016 winner and former world No. 1 Murray lost to John Isner in the second round 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (3/7), 6-4.
Isner, a semifinals in 2018, blasted 36 aces and a total of 82 winners over Murray, who is currently ranked 52.
“He didn’t give me lots of chances,” said Murray, whose previous earliest exits came in the third round in 2005 and 2021.
“My game was in a good place. I felt good on the court, just couldn’t get the win.”
Isner, 37, was magnanimous following his first victory over the Briton in nine matches.
“I am most definitely not a better tennis player than Andy Murray. I might have been a little bit better than him today,” said the American.
Isner increased his lifetime total of aces to 13,724 and is now only four aces short of Ivo Karlovic’s record.
Casper Ruud, the third seed and the runner-up at the French Open, was defeated by 112th-ranked Ugo Humbert, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4, and was no longer eligible to play Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
But by making it to the third round for the first time, Spanish youth Carlos Alcaraz maintained his path to competing against the six-time champion in the final eight.
Alcaraz, who is only 19 years old, defeated Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor 6-4, 7-6 (7/0), and 6-3.
The flashy Spanish shotmaker will next compete against Oscar Otte of Germany for a spot in the round of 16.
Isner now has 13,724 aces overall, leaving him just four aces short of Ivo Karlovic’s record.
Third seed Casper Ruud, who finished second at the French Open, lost against 112th-ranked Ugo Humbert by scores of 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, and 6-4. As a result, he was no longer qualified to face Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
But young Spanish fighter Carlos Alcaraz kept on his path to facing the six-time champion in the final eight by making it to the third round for the first time.
Tallon Griekspoor, a Dutchman, was defeated by Alcaraz, a 19-year-old, 6-4, 7-6 (7/0), and 6-3.
The dazzling German Shotmaker Oscar Otte will be the next competitor for a berth in the round of 16.
Kontaveit experienced another Grand Slam to forget when she was defeated 6-4, 6-0 by Julie Niemeier of Germany.
In 29 attempts, Kontaveit has just once reached the quarterfinals of a major.
The 2017 winner, Muguruza, was defeated by Greet Minnen of Belgium in their postponed first-round match 6-4, 6-0.
Raducanu was defeated 6-3, 6-3 by France’s 55th-ranked Caroline Garcia as she sought to become the first female champion for Britain at the All England Club in 45 years.
“I really enjoyed playing on Centre Court, it was my first time and very special,” said Garcia, who fired 25 winners past the British teenager.
Ons Jabeur, the third seed, and Maria Sakkari, the fifth seed, did not experience any such tragedies as they advanced in straight sets to the round of 32.
Anhelina Kalinina, a fellow Ukrainian, was defeated by Lesia Tsurenko in three sets for the victory, advancing her to the third round for the second time.
Tsurenko, who was rated 101st, proudly displayed a ribbon on her clothing in the national colors of Ukraine.
“It was a big court. Two Ukrainian players, but a lot of people were watching us. We felt amazing support,” said Tsurenko after her 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win.
“Today on the way from hotel to the club, we got a driver,” she added. “She has taken two people from Ukraine into her house.
“I think it’s amazing when people help Ukrainians so much.”