Hingis, Blake are victims of upsets

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WIMBLEDON, England - Until Friday, Laura Granville went five years without winning a third-round Grand Slam match against anyone, much less Martina Hingis. Knocking off the 1997 Wimbledon champion made all the American's toiling in tennis' minor leagues worth it.

Roger Federer had no trouble beating former No. 1 Marat Safin during the third round. Federer won in straight sets.  Associated Press
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Roger Federer had no trouble beating former No. 1 Marat Safin during the third round. Federer won in straight sets.

Until Friday, No. 9-seeded James Blake was gaining confidence and thinking he was ready for an extended stay at the All England Club. Instead, he lost, making Andy Roddick the only U.S. man left in the tournament.

Until Friday, Janko Tipsarevic had never beaten anyone ranked higher than 20th, never won three consecutive matches at any tournament. Now he can boast of saving a match point en route to beating No. 5 Fernando Gonzalez, the Australian Open runner-up.

Until Friday, this year's Wimbledon was missing much in the way of unexpected results. And while four-time defending champion Roger Federer got past Marat Safin, as expected; and Roddick beat Fernando Ver-dasco, as expected; and Serena Williams and Justine Henin won, too, the draws did begin to look a little different.

That's thanks in part to Granville, who is ranked 77th and arrived at the All England Club with a losing record in 2007. She upset No. 9 Hingis 6-4, 6-2 to reach the fourth round of a major for the second time in 23 tries.

In the meantime, a lack of success sent her in search of victories at smaller Challenger events.

"There are points where you ask yourself, 'Why am I doing this? Why am I here in the middle of Oklahoma, with two people watching?'" said Granville, who won NCAA singles titles for Stanford in 2000 and 2001. "But I think that's what keeps me going - I feel like I haven't reached my potential. I haven't played my best tennis yet."

Hingis missed more than a month before Wimbledon with injuries and seemed a tad slow.

"I just didn't want to miss Wimbledon," she said. "Probably at the end of the day, it wasn't, like, the smartest thing."

Blake was, in many ways, his own undoing in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss to No. 20 Juan Carlos Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion. The American double-faulted eight times, and totaled 29 unforced errors.

"I felt pretty confident today. But he clearly felt better," Blake said. "I don't think I played that badly. He played exceptional tennis."

Tipsarevic also paid his dues on the Challenger circuit, and he entered the day with a 49-60 career record, 0-7 against top 10 opponents. But he overcame a 5-2 deficit in the fifth set, and eventually completed his 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6 win with a 128 mph ace.


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