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fourth seed, has gone. Beaten by Gilles Muller, 34 years old. Let's
hear from him now. Many congratulations. How do you
feel after that epic match against one of the game's great players?
Tired! It was a long match. I was two sets up. Rafa stepped it up and
that the end it was just a big battle. I had match points, I
believe I had four and didn't make them so it was getting really tough.
I was also watching the sky because I was feeling it would be over
pretty soon. When I had the last two match points, I said give it a shot,
go 100%. Great feeling to win. Rafa came back from two sets down and its
2-2, a lot of people think Rafa will win. How did you keep your composure
and your belief in the fifth set? I didn't feel like I played bad in the
fourth set so I told myself to keep it up and if it's not happening,
he's just too good. I started serving a bit better, maybe. At the
end it's just the matter of a few points here and there. It's tough to
say what made the difference at the end. When you won, what was the
feeling like knowing you had done it in such a big match with so much at
stake? I don't know, I haven't really realised what just happened!
It's a great feeling. I was worried it would be over pretty soon. I was
thinking about what to do, to come back the next day and finished the
match. I'm just glad it's over and I'm in the quarterfinals. Were you
aware of Prince Felix of Luxembourg in the stands? I heard he was going
to come. We know each other, he's a big tennis fan, the Royal family of
big tennis players. Great fun to have him here. Well played.
Gilles Muller, the 16th seed, from Luxembourg, has knocked out Rafael
Nadal. Four hours and 48 minutes. 15-13 in the fifth set. Wimbledon
have just announced there will be no further played tonight. Novak
Djokovic, who was due to follow that match, will have to come back
tomorrow. It's a huge result for Muller. He's got a good record on
grass this year but everyone thought Nadal was in the form of his life,
having won his tenth French Open championship. John McEnroe and Tracy
Austin are with me. All of the last 16 apart from Djokovic and man Arena
in action. Your reaction? Nadal was playing great leading up to this
tournament. He was unbelievable on the clay. You get a better idea of
how tough a customer this guy is on this surface at 34. Like a fine
wine, better than ever. His serve is awesome. I was amazed, he's got
sweet Handscomb he stays back more, but the biggest surprise is how fit
he looked. At 13-13, taking it to Rafa Navarro, the fittest, toughest,
most energised person. -- Rafale Nadal. After dropping macro four
match points. Most mortals will say, against Nadal, I give in. He hung
with it, unbelievable effort. Incredible fitness, mentally and
physically, but also patients. An hour and a half later he gets
another match point. And to be able to sustain it against Rafa who keeps
coming at you. It's a phenomenal story for Gilles Muller. 34 years
old and had never won tour title until this year. He finally won in
Sydney and another grass court event. You can be so fit in your
mid-30s and now the biggest match in his career. Why didn't we think of
that? At 25 we were the hill! 34 and he is way better than ever. His
ground strokes were amazing. He was solid from the back court. It's been
the most fantastic day of tennis and it's only just finished. There's a
little thing busying -- buzzing in front of the camera! We will try to
wrap up as many matches as we can between now and 9:30pm. We will
start with the British number one on the women's side trying to reach her
first quarter final at Wimbledon. On court, Johanna Konta rarely let
the mask slip. We hardly get to peer beyond the professional veneer. What
a battle! What resilience? But there was another Johanna Konta. She bakes
cakes. She's been handing out muffins to her coaching team. The
best on tour, she claims. Maybe it's useful preparation because Wimbledon
is all about rising at the right time!
When it comes to the big occasions, Konta has been proving is she is
nerveless. She stays calm and in the moment and she broke in the opening
game, racing to a 3-1 lead. And she served for the first set at 5-4, but
then Garsdale woke up and soon they were into a first set tie-break.
Brilliant. Not only great anticipation from Konta, but then
she had to execute. A shot that establishes a couple of
mini-breaks in this first set tie-break.
UMPIRE: Miss Konta is challenging the ball. It felt out. Close, but it
felt out. At this stage, I think it's all
about handling the nerves. You've got to remind yourself to have good
footwork. Maybe a little extra spin on your shots, but continue to have
the same racket head speed. Interesting hearing Konta quoting
Billie Jean King over the last -- Billie Jean King over the last
couple of days, saying pressure is a privilege.
She's halfway there. Jo Konta, halfway there, to a Wimbledon
quarterfinal. She's won the first set on the tie-break.
(STUDIO) a roar from Konta as she took that tie-break, but at the
start of the second set it was all Caroline Garcia. The Frenchwoman
broke serve twice to race into a 5-1 lead, but Konta won three games in a
row to close the gap. Konta refusing to allow the second
set to end. She then held serve to make it 4-5, but Garcia still had
the advantage and this is her serving for the second set.
You get extra nervous at this moment, you keep it simple, go to
simple patterns, crosscourt, good footwork.
Continue to target the Konta forehand.
No nerves so far. No, she has been good and strong, much to the delight
of her father. An hour and 37 minutes, three points to take us
into a third set. Well played. She had the mental
resolve to get the job done. We are level at a set apiece.
Into the decider and there have been no breaks of serve, no break points
or even deuces. Garcia is serving at 4-5 down so needing to hold again to
stay in the match. Great technique and depth on this
backhand volley. You can see Konta trying to read the
serve. Just a little swing towards the left and it went to the right.
What were you doing in 1984? You may not even have been born. That was
the last time a British woman reached the quarterfinals of
Wimbledon. Jo Konta, Wimbledon quarterfinalist?
--! The first since another Jo, Jo
Durie, all those years ago. There are always momentum shifts and I
felt like I shifted them are meant in my favour, although I lost the
second set in the end. It made her start the third set on a more even
keel. I felt very clear on what I was trying to achieve. I was
definitely not disheartened by going into a third and really looked
forward to having another battle. People talk about the crowd and the
impact and the adrenaline it creates. Did you feel it make a
difference today? Obviously a home crowd is that much more emotionally
invested and living and dying with your points. The support I felt was
frankly phenomenal. It was so nice talking to her after that win. A
terrific result, a great run at Wimbledon. I think she was shocked
when that game was over so quickly. I thought she might have expected it
to go on. They had both been holding quite easily. Garcia had been
serving so well and she became more aggressive in the second set. To me
Garcia has a lot of weapons but in the past it's been a little brittle
in the crucial situations and we saw that in the last game. She didn't
get enough balls in play and Jo fought so well. Before coming into
this year 's Wimbledon she had only won one match at Wimbledon and lost
five times. That shows how much she's improved and most of it is
between the ears. My understanding, and I'm not real close to this, it
shows the sports psychology aspect. Clearly she's been talking to a
group of people for some time and that seems to have real -- made a
real impact in her ability to dig deeper. Especially here. For the
first time there's all this focus on her. She seems to be unravelled by
it. She's ready. She's not 18 or 19. This is very difficult. Garcia knows
what it's like to have pressure from home Grand Slam, at the French Open.
She shares that with others. For Konta, Heather Watson played so
well, but for the most point it's all about Konta, she's in the top
ten. It's new to her and she seems to be handling it with ease. I she's
enjoying it. Ostapenko won the French, that allowed other people
like us to discuss how many women could win the tournament. In effect
it took some pressure off her. We are like, anybody could win. She's
one of them, but she's only one of those people. Despite you look at
the odds from the bookmakers, as of this morning she was the favourite,
so considering she had only won one match at Wimbledon, that's amazing.
She's the first British woman in the quarterfinals 1984, long before Jo
herself was born, she was born in 1991! Now to the men's number one.
Andy Murray was up against the Frenchman called Benoit Paire, he of
the luxurious facial hair. He said in the past he's found Wimbledon
displays in but he was very pleased to be on Centre Court today. He had
an early break of serve, he broke Murray in the third game of the
first set. Some beautiful play from Paire, but
Murray wasn't having any of that. He broke straight back. They broke each
other once more a piece on the way to a tie-break. The world number one
and defending champion took it in convincing fashion, 7-1.
Murray has faced a few of these players where he knows to expect the
unexpected. An early break for Murray in the second set, Paire
break back, another break for Murray in the night and that was him
serving for the second set at 5-4. We will join it here.
I know how he feels. Went back for a second bite after that as well. He
really is uptight, but he knows if he can hang on here, it's 2-0.
Off a second serve. Not for a moment, not for a single nanosecond,
was Paire up in that rally. Wonderful pressure from Murray. Two
points from a two set to lead, again.
The moment he gave Paire the initiative back at the Frenchman
took advantage. This time Paire quick to challenge.
It was a driven backhand from Andy Murray. He is break point down. If
this is out, we are back at 5-5. No, no, all good. Steady!
Speculative challenge. From Benoit Paire. He has one challenge
remaining. Back to deuce. UMPIRE: Let, first service.
Two sets to Andy Murray, who fights off break points in that game. This
is not easy, but he is two sets up. Andrew Castle and Boris Becker with
the commentary. It didn't take long for Murray to wrap things up.
After two hours and 21 minutes. Murray didn't necessarily look
comfortable, but he was happy with his performance. I thought I played
well today. Maybe a couple of sloppy service games in the first set, but
that was by far the best IT at the ball so far in the tournament so
really pleased with that. He's not easy to play. He's got one of the
best backhands and he can play every shot. It's not always easy to see
where you should put the ball, tactics aren't easy. With the
build-up into Wimbledon, the injury, if somebody had said at that point
you would be in the quarterfinals with the level of tennis you were
playing, would you have taken that? For sure. Two weeks ago I was
resting. I was a little bit concerned. When you have issues a
few days before a big event, it's frustrating. I managed it well and
I've played some good stuff. Today was the best I've played so far in
the tournament. Yeah. I'm doing well.
What he says and how he says it don't necessarily marry but do you
think it is the best he has played so far? Who am I to argue with him
about that? He has played some awkward players in the first few
rounds than anyone, from Dustin Brown to Fabio Fognini and now
Benoit Paire. You can't make this up. You have got to sustain
intensity and that is what he is able to do. It is what the great
players do often enough to beat those type of players.
I thought he moved pretty well as well. When Benoit Paire put him on
the run, I thought he did a good job. Paire will show him a lot of
drop shots and drop volleys. For the most part, he was very good at that.
And he is still here in these Championships. Rafa Nadal is not.
Absolutely and that is important. At the beginning of the tournament,
there were questions about Andy Murray. He was staying off the court
because of that hip and he is still clearly limping in between points
but the movement looks beautiful. He just guts it out and now, the draw
is pretty wide open. Sam Querrey in the quarters. Three days he couldn't
play! Federer couldn't play for six months and he won the Australian
Open. Yes but three days is hard to take off. It is tough. We will look
at the draw in a moment. Novak Djokovic's match will now be at 12pm
tomorrow. Bad forecast for tomorrow, I suspect the roof will be closed.
Followed by the women's quarterfinals. Andre Marriner Deano
against Djokovic tomorrow. You had this golden opportunity to
put Novak Djokovic, three times champion on Centre Court, the crowd
would have loved that. You can't say the crowd in Court One didn't get
their money 's worth. They kept stalling and changing their mind. It
is going on, it is coming off,. Are not great for Djokovic, sitting
around watching. There might have been a problem with... Henman Hill
was absolutely crowded. Everybody moving over there. We have a lot of
matches to wrap up. For the last two years,
Serena Williams has dominated the women's Championships and two
of her victims were facing each Angelique Kerber is the top-seeded
and top ranked player here. Playing really aggressive tennis and there
was some great stuff out there. We join it in the tenth game of the
second set. With Chris Bradman
and Louise Pleming. She missed it. Through the middle of
court. Wow. Pretty courageous, obviously.
Good play and good serve. Muguruza moving outside the court, created
that gap. They have got a third set. Muguruza
with just one break. She takes the second set 6-4 in 45 minutes.
So into a deciding set where both players had
They both started to serve better and they've passed the two-hour mark
as we join it with Muguruza having held for a 5-4 lead so Kerber
She has been aggressive from the first shot, Muguruza.
That was an interesting shot as well. Straight through the middle of
the court. He is going to fall off his chair in
a minute! The match in the crowd is 50-50 as
well. Muguruza has stayed faithful to what
she did best. Through to her second quarter final at Wimbledon. I went
out there and I wanted the match so I made it happen.
I wanted it so much that I didn't want to lose my opportunity. At the
beginning, I didn't feel comfortable on the grasp the concept was so new
to me but with that final and over the years, everything changed and I
feel like much better and more in control now.
Jelena Ostapenko, took the first set against Elina Svitolina 6-3.
She had her first match point at 5-2. But it certainly took a few to
get her through. What do you like about Ostapenko? I like her
fearlessness. Just 20 years old and she hits so big and she is trying to
add a little bit more of the nuances to her game. When she doesn't have
to hit so big and so close to the line every single point. But look at
that fight. She has won 11 Grand Slam matches in a row and she is not
having that lull. How many times have we seen someone win a major and
then they can't handle the expectations. She still seems to be
playing the game and going after her shots. Was that her eighth match
point? That is what I like best about her. No matter what happens,
she keeps battling and digging more and it is like, OK, I blew the first
seven, I mean a lot of people can't handle that without couple, much
less seven. She is tough as nails. Yes she is.
An incredible amount of talent on show in the women's draw,
the Wimbledon title within grasp for many of them.
Phil Jones assesses some other performances,
starting with a pairing from different generations.
1997, Venus Williams playing her first match. We were only just
getting to know a wizard called Harry. That Christmas, Croatia's Ana
Konjuh was born and now she took on Venus Williams on Centre Court. How
do you hold your own against the powerful? With a show of power of
your own. Ana Konjuh was not overawed by her opponent all the
stage. But Venus is relentless. Pressure applied by Venus Williams
at Wimbledon so often tells. You didn't need to be Hawk-Eye to see
the experience, the only teenager left in the last 16. Losing just two
break points all match. Neither were taken. After 63 minutes, it was
over. In her 20th Wimbledon, now 85 career victories here. Just one
behind sister Serena Williams. At 37, Venus Williams now the oldest
woman since Martina Navratilova in 1994, to reach the last eight at
Wimbledon. Svetlana Kuznetsova was also born in the 80s. The second
oldest woman in the draw, aged 32, showed that Abbadi about old dogs
and new tricks isn't always true. The seven seed from Russia rushing
through. Victoria Azarenka gave birth to son Leo last December and
the quarterfinal berth here would have been a mother of all comebacks.
Simona Halep is not one for sentimentality, though. Keeping the
unforced error count to 11 as Azarenka made 32 and frustration
showed. Perhaps why the world number to beat the former world number one
in straight sets. Halep on course to break her Grand Slam title stopped.
17 victories in 18 matches on grass this summer and counting for an
seeded Magdalena Rybarikova. Career threatening injury took Grand Slam
quarterfinalist inside a year for the Slovakian at the 36 time of
trying. So stunning a tale, there have been more plausible fairy
stories. Rybarikova next faces Coco Vandeweghe. A Californian girl now
of sunny disposition and golden strokes. She was too dazzling for
Caroline Wozniacki who tried every which way but never reached the
quarterfinal here. Vandeweghe's grass court group apparently has
knowledge. She is a contender. CLARE BALDING: This could be her big
moment. The halls beeping for her! She is very confident and she has
the weapons. Any time you have a former champion like Pat Cash... I
talk to him today and he said he is working on her mental state. She
sometimes gets a little tough and down on herself. No matter what the
situation, he said you have got to be positive and he is also working
on her volleys and her smashes. She was coming to the net so frequently
today, it was amazing. She's up against Magdalena Rybarikova, one of
the stories of the Championship. It is a tremendous run but if you said
to Coco Vandeweghe, this is who you are playing, you would think that
would be OK. Venus Williams is older than virtually all the others put
together. She would be my favourite from the beginning. Anyone that has
won it five times and been in a couple of other finals, and goes to
Australia and gets to the finals at her age, why is it that everyone is
saying... Remember what happened the Thursday before the tournament. The
car accident and all of that, we don't note to go into the details
but each match that has gone by, Venus is feeling more comfortable
and really serving well today. Top-seeded player left in its Simona
Halep and this is who Johanna Konta has the play. Her movement is
fantastic. So fast around the court. Nothing gets past her. The question
for me would be how she emotionally handles the fact she was 7-3 up
against Ostapenko in the finals of the French. I give her credit that
she has rebounded but this will be like the real test. When things get
tight, how deep can she dig right now given what just happened? Best
way to get over it. I have had that similar thing happen and if you can
somehow come back and win this, you can at least temporarily forget it.
You still talk about that! Yes you have really got over it! It was the
fourth set! Back to Centre Court and Roger
Federer against Grigor Dimitrov was hotly anticipated
but the seven-time champion wasted no time winning
the first two sets 6-4, 6-2. And we pick it up with Federer
leading Dimitrov 5-4 in the third and serving
for the match. No stress game here so far. Another
number to amaze you, it would be Federer going to do his 50th Grand
Slam quarterfinal. He is playing so quickly, we still
don't know his quarterfinal opponent Raonic, but it will surely be Roger
Federer in the last eight. Roger Federer does it again as he
has done so many times before. Moves through and moves on at Wimbledon.
Grigor Dimitrov humbled, perhaps he will have his day in the future but
it is not this day. This day belongs to Roger Federer again. No late
dramatics from him. The crowd loved it, how good was he today? He is
incredible. I have watched him for 15 years and I still wonder how he
does it and make it look so easy. Pretty smooth. Dimitrov was playing
really well coming into this match and Roger just swatted him away.
Roger hasn't lost a set yet in the 35, that has got to be helpful. That
was the teacher giving the student a lesson once again. Everyone loves
Roger. Disappointed with what he had to offer, I know Roger smothered him
but not nearly enough. The big news today is that Rafa Nadal is out,
beaten five sets, 15-13 in the fifth by Gilles Muller of Luxembourg and
this is what Rafa had to say today. He played well, I think I didn't
play my best, the first couple of sets I made a few mistakes that then
I was playing all the time against the score. Difficult against a
player like him. Well done to him. He played well and especially in the
fifth, he played great. I was fighting until the last ball. I
think with the right attitude, probably was not my best match but
at the same time, I played against a very comfortable opponent. After the
press conference, Rafa spoke to us. Looking ahead, definitely coming
back next year? I don't know, let's wait, but just happy to field the
support of the crowd. I don't know. Wimbledon remains a lot and we will
see. Chances are he will be here, surely?
These interviewers... LAUGHTER It is all our fault! I am always the
one who had my foot in my mouth, how does it come back to me? With these
dumb questions! Let's wrap up some of the other action in the men's
last 16. Paddy Gearey brings
you the best of the action. Like any festival, there is more to
Wimbledon than the headliners. Look down the bill to the other stages
and you will find entertaining names, intriguing games. Some
hipsters headed to court 12 to see Marin Cilic, critically acclaimed
but without a smash hit. Fancy to be the breakthrough this year. That is
audacious. Number seven seed went straight through, Roberto Bautista
Agut. This is all over in less than an hour and three quarters that it
might have been quicker had Cilic gone a little easier for bouncing. I
can't remember Cilic bouncing just as that! Cilic still hasn't lost a
set. Cilic could be a winner in that form. Maybe you are into your big
repetitive beats. Caught a team home to the lengthiest encore, now
housing two giants. Kevin Anderson and Sam Querrey. 62 aces over five
sets. There was a story behind the serving. Querrey had four match
points in the fourth set, Anderson saved them all. But the American
then cranked up the volume. Querrey into the last eight, same stage he
started. Pick the right venue and you might see a cracker. Court
three, 2010 finalist Berdych took the first set against Dominic Thiem.
At 23, Thiem already world number eight but he may not be that well
known to everyone. This shot sums him up. That is a crowd pleaser. He
won the second in a tie-break and also the fourth. 31-year-old
Berdych's first victory over a top ten play on grass since that
Wimbledon final. Sometimes the old ones are the best. Satisfaction to
see in the next big thing before they fill stadiums. Court Number
Two, Alexander Zverev, a player many think it has everything you need to
win a Grand Slam. There are few stiffer test of your class on grass
than last year's filelist Milos Raonic. Twice the Canadian hauled
himself back. In effect, he had Zverev where you wanted him.
Breaking the young man twice then finishing him. They may have seen
the future on court two but now, it remains just that, the future.
I know Milos Raonic is your man. I am upset Alexander Zverev is gone. I
love him. Me too. I believe in the next few years, he will be the best
player in the world. He said he is tired of hearing that. He is going
to hear it until years. He said for three years, people have been
telling me, you learn so much from these losses and they will make you
better. We love that he is so competitive. This guy is a future
number one. He needs to beef up a little bit. He is working on that
and he does all the right things. I believe and hope it will happen. A
great character. But he has to win a little. Milos Raonic plane Federer,
can he beaten? I believe it will be a tall order because Roger Federer
is the greatest player that ever lived and everyone will want him to
win. When the racket is taken out of your hands, the top guys, they don't
like a guy that can do that and Milos Raonic can do that. One of the
all-time greats serves, he moves well and the volley has really
improved. It won't be easy. But he has a shot. Andy Murray against Sam
Querrey in the quarterfinal. Andy Murray obviously Toomey will win but
Sam Querrey has the shot. Gilles Muller against Marin Cilic.
Marin Cilic. Marin Cilic. Raonic against Federer. I would take the
fifth. I am going with Federer. Tomas Berdych will play Andre
Mannarino or Djokovic. We don't know that because Rafa has gone but we
will still give him this shot because he is shot of the day.
This is more than just one shot, this is a fantastic rally. It really
was a fantastic match all round but what a crosscourt volley that is.
Quote of the day from Johanna Konta, one of the big stories. She wanted
to talk about baking today. White chocolate and raspberry
muffins today. Very positive feedback. As my best muffins yet. I
am feeling quite happy with how I am growing as a muffin baker. I
definitely feel I am continuously reinvesting the knowledge that I am
picking up from a previous batches. Are you living with these muffins
moment by moment? Yes, staying very present, on each ingredient, at a
time, I feel like I am really taking the best out of my tennis career and
putting it into muffin making. Her baking is getting better and better,
as is her tennis. She will play in her first Wimbledon quarterfinal
tomorrow. Play will start earlier, at 12, with the one men's last 16
match which was played today. -- which wasn't played today. I think
Venus Williams wins that match and Johanna Konta wins her match. These
matches on Court One might get moved to Centre Court because of heavy
rain due tomorrow. I think Muguruza wins that match. I am saying cocoa.
The Americans are both saying Coco Vandeweghe to win. Mainly cloudy on
Tuesday morning with a risk of showery rain, still with them drier
interludes possible. Who knows what will happen tomorrow.
One of the greatest days of tennis ever today. Goodbye to Rafa and
goodbye from us. 'From the heights
of the Scottish Highlands 'to the shores of East Anglia,
I've travelled across Britain...' '..to learn about the food I cook
for my family...'
Clare Balding is your host for highlights of the day's play from the Wimbledon Championships. Clare and her illustrious guests dissect the day's key talking points and discuss this year's quarter-finalists.