Serena Williams remained the last U.S. singles tennis player standing Thursday in the London Olympics at Wimbledon. But John Isner gave it a great try, losing to yet another Roger Federer magic moment.
Williams coasted past former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-0, 6-3, continuing her dominance of the women’s bracket. She hit 30 winners, including six aces, and will face off in the semifinals against current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Azarenka beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber, 6-4, 7-5.
Isner, the 6-foot-9 rising U.S. men’s star, stretched No. 1 Federer to a second-set tiebreaker, but lost, 6-4, 7-6 (5). The final point of the tiebreaker might be an omen for what lies ahead. Isner served on the first match point and Federer hit a clean backhand that clipped the net cord and fell over for the winning point.
“I felt bad, but relieved,” Federer said of the lucky shot. “The whole big serving thing [of Isner] was over.”
It was Isner’s first match on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, but certainly not his first experience at Wimbledon. In 2010, he and Nicolas Mahut of France played a record three-day marathon, on Court 18, that ended with a 70-68 fifth-set victory for Isner.