Juan Martin del Potro sent Stan Wawrinka crashing out of Wimbledon on Friday as the Argentine served his way to a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3 victory.
Wawrinka's puzzling struggles at SW19 continued as he failed to improve on his best finish at England's grand slam, which is a quarter-final exit, a feat he achieved in both 2014 and 2015.
While del Potro was impressive on the day, landing a high percentage of first serves in-play and striking pure baseline winners regularly, Wawrinka was below par.
It is incredibly hard to make sense of his mediocre record at Wimbledon as he possesses all the attributes of a fine grass-court player. His aggression and ability to hit winners at will are perfectly suited to the surface.
The match got off to an ominous start for Del Potro as he lost the opener 3-6, slipping up on serve once.
However, at 2-1 in the second stanza, Del Potro broke for the first time in the match and that proved to be a big moment as he went on to level matters.
The third was a topsy-turvy affair as four breaks in the first four games had the Centre Court crowd on the edge of their seats. However, order was restored soon their after and the players edged their way toward a tie-breaker- which del Potro claimed comfortably.
Firmly in control of the match and brimming with confidence, the 2009 US Open champion exerted enormous pressure on his Swiss opponent in the third and it eventually told as he converted his third break-point of the set to lead at 5-3.
Del Potro would make no mistake in serving out the match and is full value for his place in the third round.
"My hands are shaking. I feel alive"
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This was del Potro’s first win against a top-five player in the Emirates ATP Rankings since he defeated Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Shanghai three years ago.
The 1.98 meter giant will meet with Lucas Pouille next after the Frenchman triumphed over Donald Young in straight sets.
Elsewhere, on a yet another rain affected day, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomás Berdych both booked their spots in the third round after emphatic conquests over Juan Monaco and Benjamin Becker respectively.