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Wimbledon, Day 3: Djokovic tested as Ferrer goes down

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It was a day full of fun matches and some surprising upsets at Wimbledon on Wednesday, and we start with a great second-round win for Venus Williams.

The five-time champion took down Karumi Nara 7-6 (4), 6-1 to advance to the third round of Wimbledon for the first time since 2011, and was able to win a close doubles match with sister Serena to get to the second round in that draw.

Andy Murray cruised in his second-round match over Blaz Rola 6-1, 6-1, 6-0, the fewest games dropped in a match over the course of Murray's career at Wimbledon.

Novak Djokovic was part of one of the most exciting matches of the day when he faced a stubborn Radek Stepanek who took the third set tiebreaker and continued the momentum into the fourth where he pushed Djokovic to the brink of a fifth set before Novak hit a ridiculous winner on match point that went to Hawkeye before it was confirmed the match was his.

Djokovic and Stepanek both embraced as they met at net, a sign of respect from both players who battled it out in an extremely exciting four-set match on Centre Court.

The story of this third day at Wimbledon might be the play of 16-year-old Ana Konjuh, who won her second round match to advance to the third round in her first ever appearance at Wimbledon. Konjuh leaned on 18 aces in her three-set win over Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, and will now face Caroline Wozniacki in the third round.

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The match of day on Wednesday at Wimbledon didn't even end, with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and American Sam Querrey tied 9-9 in the fifth set as darkness pushed it to Thursday.

The match would have been suspended at 8-8, but Querrey pleaded with the chair umpire after the match was called for darkness to give the men two more games before they called it. The decision nearly came back to bite Querrey, who faced a break point in that 17th game before eventually winning it only to see Tsonga take his service game and move on another day tied at 9-9.

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While winning a Grand Slam is something David Ferrer has yet to do, his play at the big four has been impressive over the last four seasons. Ferrer came into Wimbledon with a streak of 10 straight visits to a Grand Slam quarterfinal and 16 straight visits to the fourth round at Grand Slams, but both ended at the hands of Andrey Kuznetsov.

Kuznetsov, a 22-year-old Russian who won the Boys' Singles title at Wimbledon in '09, took down Ferrer 6-7 (5), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a match that was dominated at the end by Kuznetsov.

Ferrer said after his match that Kuznetsov surprised him, and the winners in the final two sets were just too much for Ferrer to handle.

Kuznetsov now advances past the second round for the first time at a Grand Slam and will face Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in the third round.

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“It’s very special for me because I saw the Venus like when I was a child,” 22-year-old Kurumi Nara of Japan said after her loss to Venus Williams on Wednesday, showing much repect for the five-time champion of this Grand Slam

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Radek Stepanek gives Novak Djokovic a hug after their epic second round match on Wednesday at Wimbledon — Getty Images

Radek Stepanek gives Novak Djokovic a hug after their epic second round match on Wednesday at Wimbledon — Getty …

 

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attends the Casey Dellacqua versus Agnieszka Radwanska match — Getty Images

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attends the Casey Dellacqua versus Agnieszka Radwanska match — Getty Images

 

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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are all set to play on Thursday at Wimbledon, and with the conclusion of the Tsonga-Querrey match to conclude, it should be a great Day 4 on the grass.

Coverage begins at 7 AM ET on ESPN for those in the U.S.

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