BIG BLOW! Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori End Their Wimbledon Championships 2021 Run

Published 07/01/2021, 2:07 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov during his quarter final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Kei Nishikori reached a milestone on Wednesday, as he won the 100th Grand Slam match of his career. However, that was as far as he got, as the Japanese national he lost to Jordan Thompson of Australia. In another match, Grigor Dimitrov suffered a loss against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in the second round.

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Jordan avenged the loss of his Australian counterpart, Alexei Popyrin, who’d lost to Nishikori in the first round. Thompson won the game with ease despite Kei putting up a fight.

While Nishikori managed to get himself on the scoreboard, it was in vain as he lost the match 5-7, 4-6, 7-5, 3-6.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Japan’s Kei Nishikori in action during his first round match against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin Pool via REUTERS/Ian Walton

Kei Nishikori latest big name to fall at Wimbledon Championships 2021

A series of upsets have occurred at the Wimbledon Championships this year, and Kei Nishikori is the most recent prey. His opponent, Thompson hit 12 aces, compared to Nishikori’s five.

As far as the service percentages are concerned, both players were even in the points won on their first and second serves.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov receives medical attention during his quarter final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Grigor Dimitrov joins the list with a loss against Bublik

Grigor lost his second round match against Alexander Bublik, as the Kazakh national won without dropping a set. Even though the match was close, the World No.38 won the tiebreakers in the second and third set. Bublik dominated the game, getting 34 aces, whereas the Bulgarian got only four aces.

Grigor, who has had an injury laden career, continued his bleak run of form after having pulled out of the French Open due to an injury.

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Jordan and Alexander are through to the third round. And while the Kazakh waits for his next opponent, Jordan will be playing against Ilya Ivashka of Belarus.

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