At the end of a long and eventful day at Wimbledon Friday, the U.S. men had one and a half men still contending in the singles draw. Not that bad, considering only seven had made it in the first place.
Leading the way, so far, was unheralded wild-card entry Denis Kudla, who made his way into the round of 16 of a major for the first time.
The Fairfax, Va., player beat
Kudla left the Wimbledon grounds not knowing who his next opponent would be. So did everybody else.
Kudla will next face the winner of the
Cilic, last year's
Wimbledon plays no fifth-set tiebreakers, so the players will carry on Saturday. Isner was involved in the longest match played here, or anywhere, with an 11-hour 5-minute victory, over three days, against Nicholas Mahut in 2010. Isner won that fifth set, 70-68.
Isner-Cilic was a typical Wimbledon big-server match, one of those that always seems to be in search of a break point. There were few in this one, with three of the first four sets going to a tiebreaker and Cilic winning the other set, the third, 6-4.
Cruising along, and probably oblivious to all this, was top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who beat
Also in cruise control was women's No. 4
The U.S. women's prospects had a mixed day.
San Diego's CoCo Vandeweghe pulled a stunner on former U.S. Open champion
The Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike of Camarillo, the top-seeded men's doubles team, got past two other U.S. players, defeating Steve Johnson and
Last year, Kyrgios eliminated