Top seed Hall bounced out of Wimbledon
London, 22 June II
WORLD number one Jason Hall has become the second top seeded player in as many years to fall in the round of 64 at Wimbledon after the tournament favourite was stunned 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6 by unheralded Norwegian Tom Vollan.
The three-time Grand Slam champion was an almost unbackable favourite after his dominant first round performance, but things looked awry early as Vollan broke in the first game. The world number 46 was always going to pose a different challenge for Hall, but it was clear that Hall had in some ways underestimated his opponent.
After dropping the first set, it looked like business as usual for the American star who stormed through the second set 6-1.
However, Norway's second best player had other ideas and refused to be bullied by the American. He fired down seven third set aces and broke serve twice to inch towards a most unlikely victory.
Despite going down a double break early in the fourth, Hall still kept his hopes alive as he snatched a break off the unflappable Vollan serve. Unfortunately for the top seed - and the tournament organisers - he was blown off the court by some sensational hitting from the Norwegian who converted his first match point with an almightly forehand down the line.
Hall's exit opens up the top section of the draw as Vollan now meets Spain's Ion Andueza. Andueza was taken deep into a fifth set before ousting 30th seed Dmitry Orlov of Russia 6-0, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 9-7.