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Now we're going to take you over to Wimbledon for a running commentary
on the all English championships. Championship tennis played an
absolutely crucial part in when colour was introduced.
Well, we had to do something a bit special to celebrate 90 years of
Wimbledon on the BBC. It is 80 years since BBC television coverage began
and 30 years since Pat Cash won the singles title in that headband.
After the drama of Andy Murray's late-night victory on Centre Court
yesterday, we have a typical middle Saturday to look forward to today.
Fascinating watchers from all over the All-England Club. There are up
to six on the red button depending on your provider, and uninterrupted
on the BBC sport app, website and connected TVs. It is another lovely
day here and we have just made our way down to the members lawn which
is rather nice. Mark Petchey is with me. Everyone is having a nice drink
and a nice lunch. Worst spots to be! Shall we stay here for a bit? I saw
that big job and I was keen. We all breathed a sigh of relief last night
because that match did get rather tetchy at times. I thought it would
be difficult. Having watched Flamini play
a lot you feel the short punchy ground strokes he has, he generates
a lot of power, and it is not always easy to get through him. You thought
Andy Murray's serve would be tight -- having watched Fognini play. He
played so well in the last few games. And the momentum was such a
huge feature in or these matches. Look at that raw! We have seen that
a few times over the years. There is some passion at that years of age.
And everyone was jumping up out of their seats. He had to dig deep. Dig
deep and play great tennis. It is not always about working hard, it is
about playing well. His forehand looked good down the stretch.
Mentally, it is the one thing Andy has over five B -- Fabio Fognini. He
has been more fluctuating through the course of a match. He has had a
wonderful career but Murray is just tougher. It is that fight that is
the difference between the great champions and those below. It is the
pricing, when you watch out here and we have watched him over the last
decade, when I first met him there were a lot of people in Tennessee
thought he was a bit soft. When I started working with him for the
last ten months, a lot of people said they had watched him in June
years and he did not have the inner fight at times. I was
surprised to hear it because what I had witnessed at Queen's and
Wimbledon that year was very different. And what I saw over the
next year developed into what has become completely different from
that opinion. He has got the very slow walk and he doesn't talk very
quickly, he doesn't embrace the publicity side of it. I think Andy
always had a plan in his own mind. He was in a hurry, but it wasn't the
great Russian that some people perhaps felt he should have been. He
obviously had the knee issue that he needed to look after early on in his
career. He wanted to get his body in the best possible shape for the
longevity of his career as well. I think there were people who perhaps
underestimated his own tennis IQ and also his career IQ about where he
wanted to take himself, because at the end of the day, he is the leader
of whichever team is around him. He has grown. Now you interview him and
his sense of humour and everything comes out. I guess you didn't see
that at the start that he does have a dry sense of humour and it is best
to take the Mickey out of him because he will give it back in
heaps. And Lendl as well. You would not want to cross swords with both
of them at the same time. It is probably why they get on so well.
There were so many scenarios going on in our mind last night, will be
be bad light? Will they have to close the roof? Will it be difficult
for Murray? I guess Andy was not thinking about that. He was just
thinking about the next point and staying in the present which is a
huge skill at the end of the day. We have him chasing every single ball,
points which were won on court and also in the gym as well, in terms of
the pace and his first step around the court and his ability to return
the ball. Not great pace on it but great depth. This was the one he
challenged, he didn't have any challenges left! That is beautiful
Fabio. When we look back at the postcards of his career, that will
be what we remember. Why did he stop?! For the record, it was in
anyway, he would not have won the point. We have learned so much about
Andy and where he is. Everybody saying he has not had many matches
on the grass, not a of matchplay and not much confidence, answered
yesterday. I think he did in Paris as well. Andy is at that stage in
his career, even if he has not had great weeks leading up to it, in a
major it will elicit more from him. It was disappointing not to get more
matches at Queen's but it was not the end of the world. The draw came
out and it was favourable to allow himself to be fit enough to get
through the first week. Fognini outhit him in Rome in terms of some
considerable margin in terms of power. There was a danger that could
happen yesterday. I was surprised how well Fognini played on grass, I
did not expect that. The grass is lower. I talked to John Millman and
he said he feels this is the slowest major in terms of the speed. It did
not help against Rafa but it helps Rafa to some degree because the ball
sits up that much higher. I think all of those types of players are
dangerous on grass. Absolutely. We have some breaking news now. We have
lost Boris Becker. He is apparently on his way to us. If anybody can see
him in the grounds, can you tell him to come down to ask! He is by some
white umbrellas but as you can see, there are quite a few white
umbrellas here! Hopefully he will be here soon. I have seen him this
morning so I know he is by some white umbrellas but as you can see,
there are quite a few white umbrellas here! Hopefully he will be
here soon. I have seen him this morning so I know he's here. Murray
was very outspoken. There has been all sorts of talk about court 18 and
the grass. Let's see what Andy had to say about Centre Court last
night. The court, I don't think was in as good as condition as previous
years. There were quite a few spots on the court, just behind the
baseline and in front of the baseline where there are quite big
lumps of grass, there which I den member really being the case. --
which I don't remember being the case. I don't know if it is to do
with the weather they have had over the last few weeks and months. It
has been pretty hot, pretty extreme conditions, not much rain, so I
don't know if that has affected it, you know. But the court, when I
played the first match, was great, and I think it is just getting a bit
beaten up. Well, we have had exceptional weather. We have had a
very hot June. It is almost memories of 1976 and this will affect grass.
It will affect grass. There was a lot of talk from players and they
felt the grass was playing more differently in that regard. They
shut the roof the other day to try and keep the son of fit and protect
it a little bit more. Andy has been a father longer resident of Centre
Court so he is well placed to qualify the comments he has made.
Nadal felt it was the same, Federer I know feels it is pretty much the
same. It is a difficult one to understand. Is there anything in the
fact that the junior 's these days do not grow up playing on grass so
the movement is different? It is a controlled slide on a clay court.
You cannot do that on a grass court. Does it affect it? Someone who has
just slipped in. We have found him! We sent an SOS saying has anyone
seen Boris? I was in the players lounge. They do not allow us in
there, only champions. Good to see you and Mark. We were just talking
about the state of the courts but I would love to get your opinion on
Murray and how impressed you were? I thought he officially entered
Wimbledon. There was enough torque about the hip and physicality and
whether he was fit enough. I think that has to be put aside. He was
tested by an amazing unpredictable Fabio Fognini. The atmosphere
reminded me a little bit of what is going to come. The atmosphere was
electrifying. He really had to pull out his best tennis to come back
because he did not want to play a set. Fabio was playing without
anything to lose -- he did not want to play a fifth set. Tennis wise I
thought the second set was poor. For him to come back and know how have
two days off, I think he really entered Wimbledon 2017. Does a match
like that test you mentally? Will it help? It will help a lot. He did not
have the best of years. He had some heartbreaking losses. When you come
back from something like this, it really lifts your spirits and
confidence. He will have two days off so I am sure by Monday we will
see a different Murray. OK, we will talk more. We have to look ahead to
today. Wonderful matches on the show courts once again as we expect at
Wimbledon on the middle Saturday. First it is Agnieszka Radwanska. And
a revised Ernests Gulbis. And then Roger Federer up against the older
brother of Sasha, Mischa Zverev. Dominic team, everyone talking about
this young man. And on the outside courts. Look at the score between
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Sam Querrey. They are in the fifth and final set.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has got to come out and serve to stay in the match.
It was because of bad night last night.
It seems a lot cooler than it has done during the week. Let's find out
the weather with Ben Rich. It is a little bit cooler but the crowds are
now gathering behind me on Henman Hill and the outfit of the day does
seem to be shorts and I think they have made the right choice because
the cloud has started to break up quite nicely. Through the day it
will give us some spells sunshine. We will not get up to 30 or 31
degrees as we have had over the last few days, but we will get something
like 26. It will feel very humid I expect. There is a very small chance
of catching a shower, less than 5%, so I think on balance we will be OK.
It will be fine into the evening. Tomorrow, no play but it should be a
decent day. Some showers later in the day. Next week there is a
greater chance of showers. It will not be a complete wash-out. The good
news for players and spectators alike, it should be a bit cooler.
Thank you. The ground staff have been flooding the courts, they will
really need that day off tomorrow. Before we look back to Jo Konta's
match, that great win, it has been an incredible five days at
Wimbledon. Clare Balding has the story so far.
Week one at Wimbledon started with a flurry of questions. First of all
were either Britain's number fit enough to play? In a wide-open
winning's drawer, who would take the step forward onto to the big stage?
And was it time for the new generation to finally make their
mark? Or where the old boards still going strong? One week on we started
to get our answers. It turns out that hip hip Murray, Andy's Cobblers
just how he walks. Johanna Konta has also proved her fitness and she
needed it in a marathon match against Donna Vekic. Even a feast of
flying ants did not throw her off. The Brits look in rude health but
players lacking fitness caused a bit of a stir. Controversial withdrawals
facilitated -- facilitated Novak and Roger's early matches. Daniel-macro
was not short of change and he threw it under the umpire's chair in
objection to five over rules which went against him, but he ended up
$14,500 poorer thanks to a hefty fine -- Daniil Medvedev. Bernard
Tomic picked up a fine having called a medical time-out, not for a
physical ailment but to find a doctor who could help him with his
motivation. I am bored out there. The young guns are nearly ready but
the old guard are not moving on just yet. Federer is doing his best
Benjamin But an impression. He is certainly not toast yet. His old
rival Rafa Nadal have come back to the grasp refreshed, scampering and
scurrying his way back into our hearts. He even does his own
supermarket shopping. Novak is on a quest for love and understanding.
And the three-time champ is showing he is strong enough. For the women,
anyone could win. The question is who believes? Petra Kvitova's fairy
tale return was all too fleeting. And the Serena shaped hole in the
draw is proving hard to fill. Baby talk is all the rage as Mandy
Minella knocked up in round one, it was announced that she was 4.5
months pregnant. And Victoria Azarenka's new son Leo has been
watching her practice as she embarks on what she calls her second career.
Now ranked 678, the former world number one had a battle royal
against Heather Watson on Centre Court. Only one former champion is
left fighting for the Venus rose water dish, and it is Venus herself.
Troubled off the court by grief, could she find freedom on the court?
Venus Williams marches on to round four. The bookies make it a
wide-open market, but whisper it quietly, the top of their list and
favourite is British. Could it be 40 years after Virginia Wade, we are
all shouting, come on, Konta! Get ready to make a racket in week two.
I am glad Clare whispered that because I am fearful of putting
pressure on Jo Konta. She is one of the favourites to take it? She
definitely is. Jo has been playing that kind of tennis for a couple of
years. That is why she is installed as favourite because the quality of
her tennis is world-class. She is very solid from the back of the
court, she is well programmed in what she has to do and that takes
some of the pressure off. It illegally it's the pressure when you
have a good plan. Yesterday, she look good -- it illegally is the
pressure. She had a good opponent she was expected to beat but she
really kept the level of play. She did. The three hours must have
affected her mentally and physically but we could not tell. Of course
everybody asks and now, does she feel like the favourite? Of course
she is playing in Wimbledon and she wants to win Wimbledon but she keeps
it on the download. She goes about business. She is a very methodical
fighter. She does what she is supposed to do. You were in the
coach's corner. She is your girl. She played well. She played well.
She is between coaches. You have to confuse the algorithm when you take
on Jo. She is smart tactically. She served very differently against
Donna Vekic. She is so tight to the line. Her accuracy is amazing. It is
up there with one of the best serves in the world. It is not in Serena's
class but it is not far behind it. Lets hear what Jo had to say after
the match. Johanna, reflecting on your first
week at Wimbledon, what is your report? I feel quite honestly very
blessed that I got to play two matches on Court One and a great
battle on Centre Court. I got to play on the two biggest stages in
the world so I feel very humbled by that and also excited to have come
through some very tough matches. I have given myself a chance to come
back and play on Monday. It is your first time in the fourth round of
Wimbledon, you have two clear days to get your head around things, how
proud will you be walking back on Monday knowing there are only 15
other women in the draw? I am here with the intention of making it a
full two weeks. I am preparing the best I can, training the best I can
and competing the best I can. How would you rate the competition ahead
in the second week, starting with Caroline Garcia who is a young
player, Andy Murray described her a couple of years ago as a future
number one. Issued at good? She is a very good player and she is playing
with a lot of confidence. She made the last eight in Paris. She is
definitely playing well on the big stages. I looking forward to playing
her. I have played her once so I am looking forward to another chance to
play someone who is in good form and will challenge me.
She is certainly a difficult player. We will do what we have done for
Murray for years and years, we will plot Jo Konta's route to the final.
We will have a look at the draw. Simona Halep at the bottom, she is
the number two seed but unproven on grass. Look who is in the draw,
Venus Williams. She is the only former champion left in the draw, a
five-time winner. The only youngster is Ana Konjuh. After Panko won the
French Open, I fancy her chances as well.
-- Ostapenko won the French Open. Garcia will not be looking any
further in the draw. That is our job. We all hated it when we were
players but now we are doing it! You don't get to win this title or any
major title with it being easy and you should also embrace the
pressure. What a great opportunity it is for Jo and she is playing the
tennis of her life but Garcia has got the personality to believe she
can compete and play her best on the biggest stage. How about that
experience with Venus being the only champion? No one really mentions her
as being one of the favourites. She is a five-time champion and she did
reach the Australian Open final a few months ago. I want to say that
almost anybody can win it. It used to be Serena and then a big, big
difference to the rest. Serena is pregnant and not playing, so anybody
can get onto the run, including Jo Konta, can lift the trophy. That is
the opportunity and that is what everybody should think about. Of
course she will have to beat Garcia but deep down, it is another week to
go to grab history. That is a good line. No one is talking about
Ostapenko and yet talk about how slow these courts are. She has
played not her best tennis and already at such a tender age she is
able to win. She is able to play big and she takes the match out of your
hands as she did so thrillingly at the French Open. I think we are
talking about everyone, we are just unsure who to go with because we all
look so bad as experts because everyone we picked on... I started
with Kvitova and then Pliskova. We said two and now we are going up to
six. I would have said the same names, Kvitova and Pliskova. I want
to throw another name in, Ana Konjuh. Remember Ostapenko, no
Wansbeck about her and she went on to win her very first title. Ana
Konjuh, a strong woman, very talented, 19 years old. I am just
saying. It could be another you, it could be another teenager lifting
the trophy. Is that what you are saying?
I don't think it is impossible. The way women's tennis is going you
don't have clear-cut favourites any more which is a good thing. Every
other week there is a new one coming. It is really anybody's game.
Haven't the women's matches been incredible this week? Now we are
moving on to the men's. Novak Djokovic has a new Wimbledon
champion by his side, it is Andre Agassi. Jonathan has been talking to
him. It is like yesterday but a lifetime
ago. It is so strange. It is like kids, you see a baby and you
remember everything you went through but you think wow, that was a long
time ago. I get to take it in now from a whole different perspective.
It is funny to have the context of the full experience. I bet you never
thought with your long hair and your baseball cap that you would be back
as a coach? It is fair enough, I don't -- you never know where life
is going to take you! I don't know if I would call it coaching. It is
not about full-time, it is not about teaching him how to win but we have
seen it enough times. It is about finding the parts which help him
feel clear so he is able to execute his best game and with conviction.
He is a good coach in that respect. What is the one thing, if there is
one thing that you are trying to get him to do? Clarity and fight. To
believe that good things are ahead, that you are going to get better
every day. If we fight and we start thinking about the other side of the
Court a bit more. There is a human over there that have to beat you. To
know what I mean? That is what I like to with Novak. I like to see
when he is out there feeling clear, he is remarkable. And he has Murray
as a rival for the title, Nadal and Roger Federer as well. In the year
of your last Grand Slam title, he won his first, 2003. Can you believe
that here he is 14 years later coming in as many people's
favourite? No question about it. Roger, what he's doing is quite
frankly unexplainable! I have stopped predicting him because I
have been wrong so many times. It does not surprise me any more but
constantly amazes me. It is great for the game to see these guys going
after each other. Hopefully we will see it this fortnight when we have
those guys pushing at the end. Talking of Roger Federer, I have a
confession to make. I said he had won 17 Grand Slams. I have been
saying it for so many years. I got told off and I severely told myself.
I had interviewed him about his 18th, what is wrong with me?!
A winner's mentality. Andre is a winner and proven champion. I think
it is responsibility on Novak's side not to let his man down. Andre knows
what it takes, he understands the nuances between winning and losing.
Once you are in a semifinal, he is not going to be happy, my job is
done, Andre wants to win. That clarity of thought. He said clarity
and fight. He is only satisfied when you hold the trophy up and that
comes with bringing Andre Agassi on board. Going back to what Andre was
saying about the edge and clarity of thought, why is that important? If
you look at Roger and Novak's career, in terms of total career
points won, and we think our dominant they have been, they have
won 54% only of the total points played in tennis. If you look at
Roger's best year, statistically in 2006, when he made 16 out of 17
tournament finals on Novak, 2015 when he swept the board. They won
56% of points only. You talk about the edge, it is wafer thin at times.
The big difference with Novak in the last 12 months, maybe not serving as
accurately, but it is winning big points, and when it goes, even for
top players, the losses start racking up. He has look good, but he
look good at the French Open and then had a match that came out of
nowhere. Suddenly he threw in a really bad match. The problem with
coming back to number one, is the weeks and months of repetitive
tennis at matches. It does not happen overnight. Something happened
when he kicked out the old coaching staff after Monte Carlo. He called
it a shock therapy. He started to play better in Madrid and Rome. It
is adding pieces to the puzzle. I don't think emotionally at the
French Open he was ready. He looked good in the first two matches, so he
is starting to look like a champion again. He is on one of the
championship courts, with Mario Ancic, one of his two coaches. It
reminds me of Andy Murray, he has Lendl, former champion, and good
friend Jamie Delgado. Mario knows a lot about tennis, as well. It is a
great balance. If you know Mario, he is a wonderful person, intellectual.
He has diverted into a different career but follows the game, and he
knows Novak well. There is more to coaching them hitting forehands and
backhand Pele. It is about finding balance which is the most important
thing for Novak right now -- and the backhands. Ernests Gulbis is playing
well. He comes from nowhere. Ranked at 18. A tricky opponent for Novak
Djokovic. A big serve and forehand. He will be on Centre Court later.
Those lucky enough to have a ticket for Centre Court can look forward to
seeing Djokovic and Roger Federer. So much talk about the men's top
five. All over the age of 30. 51 of the last 54 Grand Slam singles
titles have been won by Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, Federer or the
drinker. What can the Next Generation do to challenge the old
order -- and Stan Wawrinka. We have been in an era of the last almost
ten years with an incredible dominance. This has never happened
in the past. Four guys winning almost all the Grand Slams. How can
someone sneaking? Impossible? These champions, when they play young
players, they are very careful not to give them one chance, not to let
them hope they can go through. The top four are just too good. They try
everything to keep us down. If you want to win a slam you have to beat
at least two of them. I had it in Paris. The Djokovic, in a good
match. Two days later I had to play Nadal, so that is very tough. The
first time you play someone like Roger or Rafa, it is scary, you do
not know what will happen, if you will lose 6-1, 6-1, something like
that. What they have done in tennis history is amazing. The first time
you play someone like them, it is intimidating. This generation we
have has probably a better chance to win Grand Slams because the old
generation is getting old! I have to say also that we can see two players
that have the skills to win Grand Slams. Clearly I am thinking about
Zverev and Dominic Thiem. Those two have skills to win a slam.
The next gen, younger guys coming up, they can do damage. It can start
any time, maybe this year at Wimbledon.
In the past, when you had two big weapons, like a big serve and
forehand, you were able to get easy points and win big titles without
being a complete player. Boris Becker is the first to comes to my
mind at Wimbledon. After that it took him many years to have a
complete game. COMMENTATOR: The young man, the first unseeded player
to win the championship. Tennis has changed in the last ten,
15 years. It takes a lot of years to build your physical and to be able
to play long matches and rallies and be able to win a slam. We have to
accept that. We have to look at them progressing and slowly but surely,
be excited to see the parts of the puzzle get in place for them to be
champions and still the Rafas, Rogers, Novaks and Murrays are here
still so the young ones have to wait. Dominic Thiem and Sascha
Zverev, so much expected of them. Sasha is 20, Dominic Thiem 23. They
are heading to the top. Four career titles to eight career titles. It is
hard to break through in this era, because as we saw with Rafa Roger,
they take time off and come back better than ever.
It was tough in any era. To get through McEnroes, Lendls, Jimmy
Connors, was difficult. It is always difficult for young ones to come
through and Patrick is right. The older generation are really
protecting, because they keep coming back. Who would have thought last
year, Rafa injured, Roger injuring himself in the semifinal, for them
to be dominating this year, a year old, that is the thing now, you have
the older legends who have changed the game and the young challenging
for the position. It makes for great matches. Dominic Thiem has been a
semifinalist in a Grand Slam at the French Open. A beautiful player. He
is, but the harsh reality is they are not as good as the top players.
They have improvements to make. Why have Roger and Rafa dominated? Roger
is hitting over it more, particularly on the return, not
slicing, and Rafa was a better player at the French Open with his
forehand this year than he has been in previous nine Grand Slams,
statistically, so they have to improve their game to beat them. It
is not just hard work. Dominic Thiem has a wonderful game. He has. He
knocked out Djokovic in the court is fair and square and is knocking at
the door the loudest. Sascha Zverev, winning four titles, three titles
already this year, he is also there. Why wait for next year if you can
win this year? It is not about how old you are, but how and if you are
in the quarterfinal, 20 or 35, you want to win. Sascha Zverev has the
arrogance and confidence to be a champion. He has the personality and
game I believe that he will do it. It is a process. He has so much
game, but his serve, for his height, is not as accurate as he needs and I
remember when Andy played Federer in Bangkok the first time, he was
surprised he did not feel Roger hit the ball that hard, but Andy became
a better player, not just through hard work, but a better player on
his forehand side particularly to stop beating Roger. This is what the
Next Generation have got to come. When I say arrogance, I mean it as a
compliment. You need to have self belief. It is a lonely place. You
are playing Andy Murray. You have to believe in yourself. Arrogance is
important up to a level. Patrick saying it took you a while to be a
complete player, do you agree? That is not completely wrong. He made a
point, because I did become a better player in 1988, because I had a weak
backhand. I had weak footwork. Players were exposing my weakness,
which was my backhand. I have to say he is right! We have Grigor Dimitrov
against Dudi Sela at 11:30am. That is starting. Grigor Dimitrov makes
the game looks so easy. Just enjoy this, because he has so many shots
in his armoury. Cool as you like, just behind the back. Brilliant.
And then the match point. If you are going to win a match in style, this
is the way to do it and Boris, you will be impressed with this dive.
Again, a lot of sympathy points in my corner for winning the way he
ought to be winning by diving to the match point.
LAUGHTER We talk about young players.
He is one of the young ones and when we talk about the over 30s, he is
another who could make... We have talked about him many years. He has
had fluctuations and not being consistent as the top guys, but if
you watch the match with Rafa down under, this year, it was some
contest and if he produces that tennis on the grass, he is a
contender. He looked good in the opening matches. Playing Sela, who
defeated John Isner in his last match. We will show you match point.
He is a good player but John Isner is so difficult to be with that huge
serve. I would like to see them shake hands at the end, you get the
impression of what Dudi Sela has achieved. I love the commentator at
the end, David beats Goliath. Five foot nine Dudi Sela against six foot
ten John Isner. The little 'un won. A character. Absolutely had the
crowd on his feet -- their feet. To win a match like that against John
on grass courts, phenomenal. Disappointed for John at the same
time, but good to see the serve has not dominated the landscape
completely. Dimitrov, Sela? I like Grigor Dimitrov's chances. He has
many weapons. Shot selection is key. With John Isner, you do not touch
the return, 25 minutes. I like Grigor Dimitrov's chances. We have
shown you where the members' lawn is, Boris. We found it! We are
heading to Court Number 3. In the commentary box, John Lloyd.
A great start from Sela. Had the ridiculous height difference with
John Isner. A little bit closer to Dimitrov. How do you think the
Israeli will approach this? He has had two Goodwins, particularly
against John Isner, so he is confident. I always think he is a
tidy player, Dudi Sela, not any big weapon.
He is a real grinder. He moves well, gets a lot of balls back. First
serve is not big, he will not serve to many aces, but he places it well,
and he will run all day long, if necessary. That is the ace I said he
would not serve, and he did! The commentator's curse. Interesting to
say about his opponent, the win against Marcel Granollers in the
first round where he said he mixed up the spins and got his opponent
out of rhythm. Is that what he will look to do against Dimitrov? I think
he will. He knows that Dimitrov will come at him and has big weapons. But
it is a great court, look at this. It used to be the home of the old
Court Number Two, the graveyard court. All of the seeds would quake
at night when they knew they had a match on the old Court Number Two,
but not any more. A lot of the spectators have been
queueing for a fair while. They were doing a Mexican wave before the
players came out. He has been serving well in the
championship so far. He has still to drop a set, Dimitrov.
The first point against serve. I am guessing for Dimitrov, he will look
to get forward as much as possible. I think so. He has so much power in
his game. His big first serve, it sets him up well. A good 1- -- 1-2
strike player. Both players holding serve comfortably.
That is aggressive from Sela. The forehand early.
A lot of support against John Isner, his coaching team.
That is too good. Dudi Sela really getting pushed back deep. You can
see how deep he is, he will have to be careful, standing that far back.
He opens himself up for angles. Fantastic overhead. That really is.
That ball seemed to hang in the air about half an hour. He had a lot of
time to think. Very good approach. He comes in. This is the one that
seemed to hang. Well done. He snapped that away.
He is so compact. The way he plays. As I said before, he is tidy. He
works the point around so well and it was not an easy volley. Right by
the service line. To drop that short... On break point down. It was
an excellent volley. This is the side he struggled
without Queen's, the backhand side, but not at that height. It was the
high backhands that caused him problems, but from that height, no
problem. Beautiful shot. It is an early break for the 13
seed. A good start for the Bulgarian.
Dimitrov was a junior Wimbledon winner, one of three left in the
draw, along with Gael Monfils and Federer. What have you made of his
career? He got to world number eight, a couple of semifinals in
Grand Slams but initially, a lot of people talked about him possibly
being one another one. Baby Federer and all of that, which I think he
felt difficult to deal with for a while. For a while, all of the talk
was, when will he win his first Grand Slam, and how many? Now he is
in a position where people do not talk about him as much and I think
he almost enjoys that. There are enough top guys who can worry about
that. He is almost sneaking through a little and I think he is now
thinking he is ready. Before his game break down at crucial stages.
Plus, he is in a good era, it is not as if he lost to people who were not
good. I think it could have done better. I think mentally he was not
ready in his own mind, but I think he thinks now he is set.
Dimitrov's coach. He used to work with Andy Murray.
A very good start this year with his new client. Just talking about
winning a slam, you feel the window of opportunity is getting greater as
the likes of Djokovic and Federer and Dahl get older. Exactly. --
Nadal get older. At least for Sela, he will have a
few more rallies in this match than against John Isner. You have to
wonder about fatigue, after two long matches. He said he was tired after
the first match against Marcel Granollers. And then a four hours
marathon with John Isner in the previous round.
It has been a positive start from Dimitrov, who backs up the early
break. Everything looking pretty comfortable for him at the moment.
It looks like there is not a lot, at the moment Dudi Sela does not have
the power and pace to Hertz Dimitrov. Dimitrov looks like he is
in control and can manoeuvre the ball around when he wants to. Dudi
Sela is a fighter. He will stay out there as long as possible and get
balls back and if Dimitrov loses concentration a little bit, he will
be there. You feel at the moment he is unable
to get the ball to the backhand side of Dimitrov. Being dictated by the
Bulgarian off the forehand. Oh, how hard did he hit that
forehand? This is a good backhand. Look how deep he is. A clean winner
from that position. That is powerful. Fantastic forehand.
Oh, wow. He can do no wrong right now. He is so quick. Look how far he
was past the baseline. Good preparation. He had the racket
ready. Just guided it down the line. Oh, yes. Right now, it has got to be
that good to win a point from Dimitrov! Fantastic forehand.
Well, a double fault hands Dimitrov another break. And he is in control
of the opening set. SUE BARKER: Very much one-way
traffic on Court Number 3. We will be back with that match. We will
tell you what is happening on Court Number Two. The former French Open
champion has a break of serve. The 14th seed up against Cyrano Sir
Steer -- Cirstea. We will keep you up-to-date with that one, but back
we go to Court Number 3. It will be tough for him today,
John. Two five set matches back-to-back. It is very tough for
him. He looks tired already. He does not seem to have enough weapons to
hurt Dimitrov, who looks in stunning form and very sharp from the
beginning. He needs to get into backhand against backhand duels
because that is his best shot, but at the moment, Dimitrov is opening
up with the forehand. He has a nice variation with the backhand, John.
So Dimitrov bossing the first set so far, up a couple of breaks already.
A little shot from Sela and allowing Dimitrov to control the point.
Anything he can do to stem the tide at the moment? I think he will have
to get a little bit closer to the baseline and try and take some time
away from Dimitrov at the moment. He is giving Dimitrov too much time to
work these rallies around. Dimitrov is in that habit of running
round the forehand so well the backhand side of the court, there is
little opening now and again for Sela to go down the line if he gets
the chance. He could just do that! Exactly,
why's it so difficult?! See how early he took that. I'm not saying a
chip in charge, but stay closer in the baseline wants the rally starts.
Too good. Frustration for Sela who played one read a good point.
The 13th seed is one game away from taking the opening set. A change of
racket for Dimitrov which is quite interesting. A change of balls will
be after the next game. Maybe this is his close for the set. Maybe he
thinks he is not playing that well, only up to 5-1. Did not like that
racket! Dudi Sela gives him the thumbs up
there as if to say, that was a pretty good shot, mate! Look at
this. You can understand that error from
Sela. The last point he played was excellent and yet still lost it.
Sela looks like he doesn't quite know what has hit him. He is caught
between a rock and a hard place right now. He has just missed that
and he has challenged it. Judging by the shake of the head it is more in
hope than belief. There you go, it is long. It will be three set points
for Grigor Dimitrov. A bit of a slip there. There have
been a few more slips on the courts this week than usual.
That is a lightning quick set of tennis. Grigor Dimitrov playing some
stunning stuff on Court Three and he has taken the opener in just 23
minutes, by six games to one. I think he just called for the trainer
there, Dudi Sela, as well. I think I heard him say that so we will see. I
think he has some problems in the upper thigh. He has some problems
against the opponent he is playing! Have we started the match? That was
so quick. UMPIRE: Ladies and gentlemen, the
physio has been called to court. He got battered in that set. I think he
will have to take more chances and move up because he cannot stay with
him on the baseline. The forehand of Dimitrov is just carving him up at
the moment. I do think he will have to go down to the line on Dimitrov
and take some risks and get him out of court a bit because at the moment
it is just one way traffic. This set was amazing for Dimitrov.
It was so easy for him. Not many errors from either player. The
problem with Sela, on his first serve, he is only winning 46% of the
points and only 33% on the second serve, whereas Dimitrov is 89% and
80%, so he is complete domination at the moment so this is one way
traffic. Sela, you see this match and you have to admire his career.
He gets no cheap points on his serve. He have to grind out every
point. It is tough and he has had two amazing wins in this tournament
already, but I cannot see how it will happen today. It does not seem
possible. I get that how he will turn around the match. It is not his
game style. But you have to walk on court with a plan B and a plan C.
You have to try something otherwise all it is is staying out on the
court and waiting for the inevitable. The other warriors he
has one two out of six net points. He is getting no joy. This is the
problem with this system we have. You have so many courts and you call
for the trainer but it takes five minutes sometimes for the trainer to
get here and then you have to start all the other stuff and it goes on
too long. I don't know a way out of it other than don't allow trainers
on the court. This stuff about having ten minutes between points,
which it sometimes works out to be that long, it is just not right. It
is not right for the opponent, the player who is injured, the
spectators, everybody. On that, what will Dimitrov be thinking right now,
if it is a ten minute gap? Here comes the trainer now. Dimitrov is
just thinking concentration, keep his mind on the job and keep focus.
The only thing you can look at and the only way he can lose is if he
loses concentration and get sloppy. It looks like some sort of thigh
injury. That has been a lot of wear and tear on the body for Sela. It is
tough on grass courts as well. He was on a seven match winning run
coming into Wimbledon, two five set matches as well, and on grass it is
tough on the legs in particular? It is a lot of tennis for him.
WHISLTES. He should have put a towel around him to stop that! A change of
shirt for the Bulgarian. Look at that. He plays three or four of
those shots when you go, really? Is that possible? Just like Federer.
People used to say when you watch Federer, isn't it boring because he
wins so easily and you say no, because there will always be shots
like that, like Dimitrov just played which are ridiculous. He had a
backhand grip for that for what the lush -- he had a backhand grip for
that forehand. It is an off court medical time-out. I know when there
is rain, for players who are waiting to come on and play matches, they
often say they will play cards and do things to take their brain of
tennis. If it is going to be a long gap here, to keep yourself fully
focused and concentrated for seven or eight minutes as Dimitrov might,
it is quite tiring. I think it is. He is going to have a few minutes
now, just relax and do think about it too much. As the clock gets
closer, just start refocusing again on the job. He is playing so well
right now. The only thing that could hurt him is this disruption. Just a
reminder he got through to the semifinals once before at Wimbledon.
That was in 2014. He beat Andy Murray in three sets. He has only
once got past the third round. SUE BARKER: Well, we are coming to
the end of our transmission here on BBC Two. We will be back at one
o'clock. If you want to continue watching this match, we will be over
on BBC One in a couple of minutes. While they are off court, we will
take this opportunity to show you what is happening over on Court
Number Two with Garbine Muguruza. She has a game built for grass. A
former finalist here and French Open champion and she is flying in this
first match against a tricky opponent, Sorana Cirstea. She is
serving for the first set. Over on Court number 12, Svetlana
Kuznetsova, the seventh seed. It is an serve in the third set but
you can never count out that Lana Kuznetsova. That matches on the red
button and the BBC website. We have more to look forward to later today
with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on Centre Court. If you want
to carry on watching the match with Dimitrov and Sela it will be on BBC
One in a couple of minutes. From all of us at Wimbledon, goodbye.
Sue Barker presents live action from middle Saturday as the remaining players look to book a place in the fourth round. Last year eventual finalist Milos Raonic dispatched American Jack Sock in straight sets to progress to the last 16.