Fourth seed David Ferrer today came through a tough clash with fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the Wimbledon third round.
Just weeks after defeat to another compatriot, Rafael Nadal, in the French Open final, the 31-year-old clay-court expert came out on top in what was just the 10th all-Spanish men’s singles match played on the All England Club turf.
The delayed second-round tussle was by no means easy for Ferrer. Looking rusty, he was made to work by world number 60 Bautista Agut and took just under three hours to win through 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 7-5 on Court One.
Elsewhere, an unhappy Grigor Dimitrov exited Wimbledon at the second-round stage as the weather played havoc with his match against Grega Zemlja.
The pair were hauled off court yesterday evening because of the rain with Dimitrov set to serve to stay in a deciding set at 9-8 down.
The drizzle of today stopped them returning until 1.30pm on Court Three, two hours later than scheduled, and as soon as they put a foot on the grass the rain started again.
Dimitrov took a fall in the opening game to offer up a match point to his opponent and, even though he saved that, he was broken the next time he had the serve and lost 11-9.
Tommy Haas, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Jeremy Chardy won the other outstanding second-round matches today.
In the third round, Roger Federer’s conqueror Sergiy Stakhovsky went out 6-2 2-6 7-5 6-3 to Jurgen Melzer, while Jerzy Janowicz also progressed.
The Pole overcame 15th seed Nicolas Almagro on Centre Court, winning in straight sets – 7-6 (8/6) 6-3 6-4.