Rune rallies, Fritz fires into third round at Wimbledon

Rune rallies, Fritz fires into third round at Wimbledon

Fritz will play Mallorca champion Tabilo in third round

Holger Rune reacted to an early setback in style on Thursday to book his third-round spot at Wimbledon.

The 15th-seeded Dane rallied for an ultimately commanding 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 triumph against Thiago Seyboth Wild at the grass-court major. Rune broke his opponent’s serve five times across the second, third and fourth sets to register a two-hour, 10-minute victory on Court 18.

“It was good,” said Rune when reflecting on his performance in his post-match press conference. “The first set was difficult. He played very freely, didn’t make many mistakes, and put me under a lot of pressure. So definitely I had to adjust on a few things, but I did, and I improvised. So I’m happy with the victory.”

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Rune, who equalled his best Grand Slam result by reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2023, is now 24-13 for the season. Although he is competing as the World No. 15 — his lowest PIF ATP Ranking since October 2022 — at SW19, the Dane will be buoyed by the way he has seen off Soonwoo Kwon and Seyboth Wild on the London grass.

His next opponent will be Quentin Halys. The big-serving French qualifier upset 21st seed Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round for the second consecutive year.

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Another Top 20 star, Taylor Fritz, also needed four sets to book his third-round spot. The American overcame Arthur Rinderknech 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to improve to 8-1 on grass this year, a tally that includes winning the Eastbourne title for the third time.

It was the second major in a row in which Fritz and Rinderknech had met in the second round. Their meeting at Roland Garros in late May also ended with a four-set victory for the American, and he now leads Rinderknech 2-0 in the pair’s Lexus ATP Head2Head series.

Fritz will take on another recent grass-court titlist, Mallorca champion Alejandro Tabilo, in the third round. Tabilo downed Flavio Cobolli 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 4-6, 4-6, 6-4.

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