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Wimbledon 2021: Kay Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov sent a package in the second round

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The Japanese Kay Nishikori

Wimbledon’s campaign by unsown Japanese Kay Nishikori ended prematurely on Thursday with his defeat by Jordan Thompson of Australia in the second round.

World No. 53 Nishikori, a two-time quarterfinalist here in 2018 and 2019, lost to Thompson in four sets, 5-6, 4-6, 7-5, 3-6.

The experienced Japanese served five double faults and made 49 unforced errors compared to 22 from his opponent. Although he scored a better first serve than his opponent, Nishikori could only score 64% points on his first serve compared to 81% from Thompson.

Earlier, in the first round, Nishikori defeated Alexei Popirin of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

On Thursday, No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria was also expelled. His goal was shown by Alexander Bublik from Kazakhstan, who won 6-4, 7-6, 7-6. The Kazakh hit 34 aces against Dimitrov’s four.

Spain’s eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut lost a pair after winning the first two sets of his second-round match. He advanced after winning a nervous jingle in five sets against Serbia’s Miomir Ketsmanovic – going through the race with bruises 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-3.

Earlier, world number 6 Alexander Zverev defeated American Tennis Sandgren 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 45 minutes to qualify for the third round. However, 13th seed Gael Monfis lost to Spaniard Pedro Martinez in four sets.

Zverev, who lost in the second round of the Halle Open, scored 13 aces and made only two double faults. Tennis Sandgren hit eight aces and made six double faults.

The 24-year-old German, who is yet to win a Grand Slam title, converted five of the 10 break points.

Seventh seed Matteo Beretini scored a hard-fought 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over Bottic Van de Zandshulp to qualify for the third round.

The Italian shot 20 aces against seven de Zandshulp. He also won 83 percent of points in the first serve.

Although he could only convert two of the seven break points, he was still better than the Dutch player, who failed to convert even one of his nine break points.

Chile’s 17th seed Christian Garin reached the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in his career after beating Australian Mark Polmans 7-6 (3), 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5) in four sets.

Martinez surprised 13th seed Frenchman Monfils with 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) to qualify for the third round. Although Monfils’ game was energetic, as he shot 21 aces against six from Martinez and also won more in the first service, he still failed.

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