Wimbledon 2018 headlines from day 4: Garbine Muguruza, Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka crash out; Nick Kyrgios gets served

Hannah Wilks in Wimbledon 5 Jul 2018
  • The top stories from day four at Wimbledon 2018
  • Garbine Muguruza, Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka were among yet more seeds to crash out of The Championships
  • Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep and more stayed strong
Marin Cilic slipped, fell - and exited the tournament at the hands of Guido Pella

Yet more seeds joined the casualty list on Thursday 5 July as defending champion Garbine Muguruza and Queen's Club champion Marin Cilic, among others, slumped to shock defeats, but Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep and more booked their places in the third round.

The first rain of the tournament late on Wednesday meant that some matches were delayed to Thursday or had to be finished on day four - meaning that Thursday 5 July was even more packed with wild and sometimes wacky tennis action than the days preceding it. 
Seeds continue to fall in record numbers with some high-profile names among the latest casualties, but there are also some great third rounds to look forward to on Friday and Saturday.
Here are the biggest stories from day four at Wimbledon 2018. 

Suspended sentences fall heavy on Cilic and Wawrinka

Two matches that were rained off and rescheduled for completion on Thursday developed in unexpected ways as the players returned for the second act, leaving two of the big-name players in the men's draw - Grand Slam champions Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka - exiting the tournament in the second round.

The biggest shock was undoubtedly the defeat of Cilic, who was many people's favourite to take the title after finishing runner-up in 2017 and beating Novak Djokovic in the final of Queen's Club a few weeks ago. Cilic cruised through the first two sets against Argentina's Guido Pella on Wednesday, but then the rain came. The two were on serve in the third set, and in a frustrating, confusing situation on No. 1 Court, ended up playing on after anybody else on Wednesday night - long enough for Cilic, rattled by a heavy fall on the slippery grass, to be broken by Pella. 

When they resumed on Thursday, Cilic couldn't do anything right and Pella could do no wrong. The Argentine, who had barely won a match on grass in his career, completed the upset, winning 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-5. 

Stan Wawrinka, the three-time Grand Slam champion who lacks only a Wimbledon title to complete the career Grand Slam, had already caused a shock at the tournament when he knocked sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov out in the first round. But Wawrinka is still searching for anything like his usual form after knee surgeries late in 2017, and he dropped the first two sets to Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano on Wednesday night. He was unable to find the answers overnight and ended up losing in straight sets despite having multiple set points in the first and third sets.

Muguruza out, Zverev on the brink

Scheduled late on No. 1 and No. 2 Courts, both defending champion Garbine Muguruza and Alexander Zverev found themselves in trouble as the sun set and the skies darkened on Thursday night. 

Muguruza, who won her maiden Wimbledon title 12 months ago defeating Venus Williams in the final, crashed out at the hands of Alison van Uytvanck, a former French Open quarterfinalist who delivered a performance of exceptional quality to defeat the third seed, 7-5, 2-6, 1-6.

Zverev took the first set against fellow young gun Taylor Fritz, but was broken to lose the second and then could not win a point in the third-set tie break. Fritz led 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(0) when play was suspended due to darkness - leaving Zverev needing to win the next two sets to avoid a second-round defeat.

Juicy third-rounds set

Amidst all the chaos, some mouthwatering third-round clashes were set in both the men's and the women's draws, building anticipation for Saturday.

While Great Britain's top female player, Johanna Konta, went out in straight sets to Dominika Cibulkova, Konta's male counterpart Kyle Edmund did not follow suit - although he faced much less formidable opposition. Edmund defeated Bradley Klahn 6-4, 7-6(0), 6-2 to set up a promising third-round clash with Novak Djokovic, who beat Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. Djokovic needed treatment on a left knee issue late in the match against Zeballos - hopefully that won't get in the way of his rematch with Edmund, who beat Djokovic at the Madrid Masters in May.

Nottingham champion Ashleigh Barty, the 17th seed, won the clash of junior Wimbledon champions, ousting the 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 7-5. 

Barty will face Indian Wells runner-up Daria Kasatkina, the rising Russian who, like Barty, has an exciting all-court game full of variety, for a place in the fourth round. There is now huge opportunity in this section of the draw for one of these young women to make their first Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Kei Nishikori hasn't always played his best at the All-England Club and has had his injury problems in 2018, but the former US Open runner-up won a great battle against Bernard Tomic - a former quarterfinalist in the draw as a qualifier and rebuilding his career after a stint in the jungle on Australian I'm a Celebrity - 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(7), 7-5 to set up an exciting clash against another Australian who's made it to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon: The volatile Nick Kyrgios, who beat Robin Haase in straight sets.

2016 Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber, the 11th seed, is now the highest seed left in her quarter - but she had to survive a real scare from last year's junior Wimbledon champion Claire Liu, coming back from a set down to beat the impressive American teenager 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Kerber's reward is a third-round match with Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka, the explosive Japanese-American player who knocked Kerber out of last year's US Open ...

Many people were predicting an early exit for fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro, who has often been vulnerable to early defeats at the All-England Club and faced former Queen's Club champion Feliciano Lopez in the second round. 

In the event, though, del Potro completely crushed a woeful Lopez, who was never in the match, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, only losing a handful of points on his serve in the match. The Argentine will face the mercurial (but brilliant) Benoit Paire in the third round after Paire, who had match points on Roger Federer on grass a few weeks ago, beat rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov.

'Demon' is the nickname of young Australian star Alex de Minaur, the 19-year-old who's been shooting up the rankings, finishing runner-up in the Surbiton Challenger on grass and winning the Nottingham Challenger in the run-up to Wimbledon.

De Minaur defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 6-7(8), 7-5, 6-3 to reach the third round of Wimbledon on his debut. His reward? A third-round clash with Rafael Nadal - and a congratulatory tweet from Wolverine:

Nick Kyrgios gets served

It was a great day for Australia, who saw Ash Barty, Nick Kyrgios, Daria Gavrilova, Alex de Minaur and Matthew Ebden all come through their second-round matches. Only Tomic and Sam Stosur did not win their matches on Thursday - and given that Stosur lost to Gavrilova, that wasn't too tough for the Aussies to swallow. 

But even when he wins in a fuss-free fashion, as he did on Thursday over Robin Haase, Nick Kyrgios always finds a way to make things entertaining. The former quarterfinalist took exception to being called for a foot fault - only to be on the receiving end of a truly brilliant verbal volley from umpire James Keothavong: 

Kyrgios took it well, though.

'The dive was everything.'

There's been a lot of chat about diving at the World Cup - but in tennis diving is a very different, and much more honourable, thing. 

There's a long and proud tradition of players flinging caution to the wind and their bodies on to the turf in a bid to reach that impossible ball and volley it back for a winner - think Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker. But even those legendary practitioners of the diving art would have appreciated this effort from rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had to leave it all on the court in a bid to secure a win over the USA's Jared Donaldson.

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Wimbledon 2018 headlines from day 4: Garbine Muguruza, Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka crash out; Nick Kyrgios gets served

Yet more seeds joined the casualty list on Thursday 5 July as defending champion Garbine Muguruza and Queen's Club champion Marin Cilic, among others, slumped to shock defeats, but Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep and more booked their places in the third round

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