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Welcome to Wimbledon here on BBC Two, we are with you throughout the
afternoon and into the evening. Wins for Muguruza and Dimitrov, but we
are going to head for live tennis. Gael
Monfils is playing against Mannarino. Mannarino, a player who
has the ability to beat the big players, he has done it before. He
beat Lopez in the last round. Although Lopez retired on that
occasion. A tough five-setter where he was fined ?7,000 for barging into
a ballboy. Fined for unsportsman-like behaviour. There
have been so many Frenchmen who have impressed. Jamie, what is it about
the French? They always have such a big crop of players at the Grand
Slams, it is always the discussion around the nation, would you rather
have a few years where you have a champion and less players around the
top hundred or I think they have 11 or 12 inside the top 100, that is
just incredible. The winner of this plays the winner of Gulbis and
Djokovic. A player who reached the third round in 1996. One thing about
Monfils in that second round match, I thought he was extremely focussed.
I don't know if this is something he has been talking with with his coach
or whether it was a respect for the Centre Court atmosphere and the
stage he was playing on. So, on so many occasions when you watch
Monfils, you're not sure what you will get. He can play any shot at
any time. That is what makes him so exciting to watch. John Long from
Australia is in charge of this one. Court 12 is always one of the
popular outside courts. Plenty of seeds have come and gone here. Just
takes just over a thousand spectators. Many of these have been
queueing through the night as always and the weather again slightly
cloudy, but plenty of sunshine as there has been all week. We have
missed about half an hour of play on that opening day so far.
Gael Monfils bidding to reach the fourth round for the first time hear
at Wimbledon. Got to this stage five times before. Never gone that extra
mile. Nice to serve at a decent pace, Gael
Monfils. That is a wonderful finish from Mannarino, using that wonderful
forehand of his to guide it down the line.
Not that time. Aside from that forehand winner, they have both been
very tentative in this opening game. Wow this net... Getting in on the
act in the opening service game. Monfils holds.
That was a cagey start from both players, you will see as the match
goes on, how comfortable Mannarino is on the grass. A very short swing.
And you will see his flat trajectory is very effective on this surface.
Mannarino at 51 in the world. Lives in Malta. This is his seventh
Wimbledon. Last year knocked out by Novak Djokovic in the second round.
UMPIRE: Mr Mannarino challenging the call. The ball was called in.
Mr Mannarino has two challenges remaining.
Had just enough pace, Monfils was taking all the pace off every shot.
The longest rally with 21 shots. But everything comes back with slice,
asking Mannarino to inject the pace. I wonder if that is going to be a
tactic for Monfils in the match. I'm almost laughing watching him play
that point, you think he has got so much time and he has this ability to
put some serious pace on the ball. Lovely touch from Mannarino. Monfils
well behind the baseline, taken out by that delicious slice.
Not bad, 121mph from Adrian Mannarin.
He is hoping to reach the last 16 for the second time.
It has been a cagey start from Monfils.
A couple of missed returns as well in the opening two service games
from Mannarino. That backhand return, you wouldn't expect him to
miss too many of those. He looks out of sorts. There is not
much the umpire can do about it. I think complaining that the ballboy
took forever to find the ball. Five times the ball has clipped the
net and we are only into the third game of the match!
He hasn't had to do a lot to earn this break point, Mannarino.
First serve to the rescue for Monfils.
Scrappy game, but a fine finish from Gael Monfils.
He is still talking about the ballboy who couldn't find the ball.
He is still stuck in first gear isn't he? Even just the chats he is
having with the umpire shows you from what was a very focussed
performance against Kyle Edmunds in the fist rounds, you can deal from
his demeanour, this is the type of a match that is much more of a
challenge. His career is littered with these types of performances. He
Los being on o' - loves being on the big stage. The Centre Court match
perfect for him. Out here on Court 12, it is still a great court to
play on, but it is against somebody he knows very well, it is much more
lore key, there is not much interest in it. For him it is a very
different and more difficult mental challenge. Mannarino comes here,
both come here in decent form. He reached the final in Turkey on the
grass. Monfils obviously got to the final
at Eastbourne. He lost to Novak Djokovic in the final.
Good patient tennis from Mannarino. Always looked in control of the
point. Lovely grass court tennis from Mannarino. Following that
backhand into the net. Not an easy smash. But dealt with that well.
Beautiful touch. Watched that like a hawk on to his racket. I looked like
he was maybe a bit slow behind this, but watching his opponent all the
time. You can tell by Mannarino, he is
using all the different aspects of grass court tennis. Look how wide he
is serving out here. No chance. Very assured service game
from Adrian Mannarino. Missed it, should have come in
behind that last shot. There was more intensity to Gael Monfils, you
can tell by the sound of the ball off his racket on the forehand side.
It shows the different gears that he can find. The question is whether he
will use it. Three break points for Adrian
Mannarino. Wow! Fabulous forehand. From Adrian
Mannarino, gives him the early break on Court 12.
He has a wonderfully care free forehand doesn't he, Adrian
Mannarino. Not too flustered with it. It is not the prettiest forehand
you will ever see, but on this surface, because it's so flat, it is
so effective. With both of his ground strokes, forehand and back.
You can see from here the back swing is so short, there is a lot of pace
coming off the court and he can use that on either wing beautifully. A
good point on Adrian Mannarino is to say OK his ranking is around 50 at
the moment, he has been higher, but almost on this surface you can add a
lot of spaces on top of that, because on top of what his actual
game style in terms of swings, actually add the left-handedness to
that and you will see his serve is not the quickest, but it is hard to
read and it spins off the court. He is a nightmare for any player on
this surface. He has never beaten two seeded players at a Grand Slam
before. If he carries on like this, who knows?
It is a lonely place being a coach. Gael Monfils' coach in the black
T-shirt. Bet he can't believe his luck,
Jamie? Yes, it is looking like a very difficult afternoon ahead for
Gael Monfils. We talked about the difficulties Adrian Mannarino
possesses. It is so important that Monfils has a plan for this match.
And it looks at this moment like he doesn't!
Spraying every ground stroke wide at the moment. Look at that - ten
unforced errors in just six games. That is the shot. Which we have been
used to from Gael Monfils. But it has just been missing.
That is the type of shot Monfils can get out of this game.
Beautiful! Over the highest part of the net. Wonderful forehand from
Monfils. What a display of skill and strength and timing. That ball
barely got above his shoe laces. How can you account for this? The
way wardness from Monfils. I think those who have watched him play down
the years have got used to it. He can go AWOL during sets and then a
click of a finger he can be back in. Sometimes it is a frustration for
his fans who have seen so much brilliance from him over the years.
Can you imagine being his coach? Where you might have had a plan,
done all the preparation, discussed what was good in the previous match
and then certainly from a viewer's point of view, looking at the first,
how long have we been playing, 20 on minutes, and you just think, well,
it looks like he hasn't come out of second or third gear and the
question is, why not? And nobody really knows other than him!
Adrian Mannarino with the new balls. And the break.
If every single tennis player was the same and you knew what you were
going to get every time, it would be a boring sport to watch!
Still serving out wide, Adrian Mannarino.
That was a tentative point from both players. Very passive from Monfils.
Oh, no! He had done all the hard work. And now he has two break
points to defend. Monfils got very lucky in that point. Look at that
slice - it is not doing anything, it is sitting up. The pressure of
15-30. At some point, one of these players
will start hitting the ball with some conviction!
UMPIRE: Mr Monfils challenging the call. It was a pushed backhand.
There was no intent behind that shot and it might be his undoing.
Equally, what was Monfils doing challenging that? Two break points
saved. Who's going to take this match by
the scruff of the neck? It's there to be taken by somebody.
Now that's good old-fashioned grass court tennis. A great use of the
left-handed advantage. Closed this ball down. A lot of commitment and
conviction on that volley. Fabulous from Monfils! A brutal
example of how you turn defence into attack. Yeah, the first flash of
brilliance so far in this match from Monfils. Mannarino doing a good job
of making him hit one more ball. Monfils up to the task of putting
that smash away. This time he gets it!
Forehand did enough damage and Monfils is back on level terms.
Court 12 on the middle Saturday here at Wimbledon.
That sound is really causing Monfils problems.
Loads of space down the line, Mannarino chose to go across court.
Oh! Wonderful bit of flair there from Monfils, all in vain in the
end, but the crowd loved it. The nonchalance of that.
That came is basically Gale Monfils in a nutshell. I was about to say I
was getting ready for the change of ends, more conviction to Monfils
having got the break back and then at 40-0 no need for the trick shot,
no chance of winning the point off it. It's absolutely, you are
correct, it sums him up in a nutshell. But also makes him very
difficult to play against because you actually, how do you get rhythm
against that? You are not sure what's happening. That ball wasn't
at full stretch, it wasn't too much pace, he could have easily picked
that up. But the crowd love him for it. He has been taking lessons from
Dustin Brown who he actually played at Roland Garos when he beat him it
was his 400th Tour level win. And yet he has never progressed beyond a
semifinal in a major, has six titles on the ATP Tour, the last one in
2016 in Washington. And never reached the fourth round here. Can
he banish those demons? From 4-2 down, to 5-4 up.
That's a great shot. No angle to work with for Mannarino there.
Both these players really struggling for rhythm. We have been on court
over half an hour now. There is definitely an understanding
in Monfils' play that Mannarino struggles to generate his own pace
but it's finding the balance between doing enough with those shots so
that you are not giving too much of an advantage to the opponent.
Yeah, beautifully orchestrated point that time from Monfils. Chose his
moment to attack and now it's a set point.
Both these two are making really hard work of this opening set.
It's infuriating for Monfils. He's deliberately trying to take the pace
off this ball and asking this man in the picture to inject it, that time
it didn't work out and Mannarino holds.
Great rally. What a great chase even from Adrian Mannarino. I thought it
was a bit of a lost cause, but a great effort.
Boy did he need that game, he leads 6-5 in this opening set.
STUDIO: Tense time on court 12. We will be back with this match. We can
show you what's been happening elsewhere. Querrey has gone through
against Tsonga. He needed to hold serve to stay in the match but he
was broken so Querrey is through and it's the same thing happened to
Tsonga at the French Open when he came out the next day and lost his
serve in the 4th set. So it's Querrey through to face Kevin
Anderson in the next round. A couple of matches on Centre Court.
That match is live on BBC One. On court number one last year's
finalist Raonic is 5-4 up Ramos-Vinolas, that
is on the red button. The body language is speaking
volumes here. Head down, shoulders hunched.
Gosh! Mannarino has the last laugh. Another one of those points that's
good to watch but you have to question what Gael Monfils is doing.
Nevertheless, good finish from Mannarino.
We head to a tie-break. Monfils will start. But who will finish?
He can look half-hearted and ininterested sometimes, Gael
Monfils. Didn't really get his feet right for
that shot. Only played a set and he looks exhausted.
A 10th forehand unforced error from the racket of gael Monfils. I think
that's 16 overall. Certainly a couple more of those in this
tie-of-break would be enough to lose the set now.
Oh, he should be finishing those off and he just got another piece of
luck. A 19-shot rally when no one really wanted to take it on.
He finally opens the shoulders and let's rip. That's the one-two punch
with a big serve and big forehand that you do think that Monfils would
be able to repeat over and over again, especially on this surface,
you could win so many points in that manner. Certainly hasn't
materialised in this match so far. That's beautiful from Mannarino.
Stayed low on it and then whipped it up. That's one of Mannarino's best
forehands of the match so far. A bit of extra work with his feet to get
up to that ball. It gave him a bit more pace.
A good healthy crowd here on 12. Just about 1,000 packed in here.
Are they going to watch an upset? The world number 51, Adrian
Mannarino, with the advantage in this tie-break.
Oh! Wow! Look at the execution on this. What
was so impressive was how aggressive, you could hear the spin
of the ball touching the strings. Look at that catching the line, a
little puff of white something, not chalk.
Now Mannarino has three opportunities to take this first
set. It has been a cagey 50 minutes. Neither player really wanting to
seize the initiative. Two chances on his serve.
He takes it with the first. A mediocre set but it belongs to
Adrian Mannarino. The intensity has been lacking,
Jamie. In the end, Adrian Mannarino did just enough. You look for the
yellow on these graphics. To be honest, it's one side, a bit on the
other. Yeah, that's the summary of the set. Nothing massively sticking
out. Normally you look at serve dominance, no amazing numbers from
either player. What you do look at is the unforced
error count from Gael Monfils of 17 and a few of those at big times. In
a way, in the context of this match, and Mannarino trying to cause an
upset, the biggest - potentially the biggest moment of that set was at
4-2, he was 15-30 and short forehand he missed, a potential chance for
double break. Monfils obviously got back into the set. From Mannarino's
point of view and his state of mind to win that set, having had that
leading position, is absolutely massive. If he had lost that first
set I think the chances of causing an upset would have gone down
considerably. Confirmation of the break points
won. Monfils has had six opportunities.
And his coach is lost for words. He has the chance to set the tone in
this second set. He will be serving first. A busy bustling court here,
Court 12 alongside Court Two. That's more like it from Monfils.
Approached that with a degree of confidence there.
Perfect example of how a left-hander can wreak havoc with his serve on
the grass. Meat and drink for Mannarino. He
takes the opening game of this second set.
STUDIO: Little between these Frenchmen on court 12. It is
advantage Mannarino at the moment. We are going to leave that match at
the moment. I am not sure... We are going to leave this match. It
continues on the red button. This match continues on the red button.
And on the BBC Sport website. We are going to leave it and head
over to Court Two where Kerber is taking on Rodgers. Rodgers, who lost
in the first round for the past two years, but she is a quarter-finalist
at the French Open and defeated Halep in the Australian Open. The
top seed in the picture is in some trouble here. Let's drop in and join
it. A nice disguise on that backhand
shot from Kerber. She has been the victim of two equally as good from
her opponent, Kerber. Oh! Well played! Shelby Rogers, but
what good running by the No 1 seed. That is what it takes to take a
point off the world No 1. That created the opportunity to hit into
the open court and just too much space for Kerber to recover.
She is battling well to hold her advantage. And by a break in the
third game of the match. Good variety in the serving
department. The first ace from Kerber.
First love game. And very much the first uncontested game up to now
it's been even Steven with the No 1 seed being asked a lot of questions
by the No 70 in the rankings. This is Angelique Kerber's tenth
Wimbledon, that runner up finish in 2016, when she won two other Grand
Slams in that year. It has been her best year on Tour so far. The
gentleman on the right, Torben Beltz is that gentleman in the white hat,
he is Angelique Kerber's coach. No 1 player in the world.
The crowd swelling at news of the No 1 seed being a break down gets
around the lawns and... Rogers to serve with new balls.
Will she live to regret that? She wasn't trying to hit a winner off
that ball, just trying to get it back deep and in good court position
and ended up pushing it long. Well at the moment she is being
matched when they get into an end to end rally.
She did a better job on that second serve than the first serve. The
first serve was a pit of -- bit of a push. The second one went away from
the Rogers backhand. There was a long conversation in
that last game, Kerber, with her coach.
Well that's been a very interesting half hour. And Kerber, she hasn't
dropped a set so far in the Championship, four in four in the
first game. And then 7-5, 7-5 in the second round. Her opponent having
opportunities. It is a question, Liz, whether Shelby Rogers will take
her opportunities in the next game. She has to continue doing what she
has been doing up to this point. Good serving, good use of the court.
She will need to keep an eye on the unforced errors, Shelby Rogers,
because now in the match she has got nine winners and three unforced
errors. That is a good ratio for her. She hits back off the -- big
off the ground and quite flat. It is a great opportunity to win the first
set for Rogers. Getting quite a lot of encouragement it would seem from
the crowd. Such a contrast between court
position in that point. Kerber on the baseline or inside the baseline.
Rogers just a long way behind the baseline, scurrying from side to
side. Kerber just dominating that point.
No. Just a quick look up at a coach. A bit of a brain fade there from
Kerber! Don't think that was the right shot to be selected. I think
he would agree with you. Suddenly got much harder for Rogers.
Just in the moment. Can I win this set? Can I carry on calmly as I have
been playing so far? Forget about the position.
UMPIRE: Miss Kerber is challenging the call. Won't be any joy here for
Kerber. Gives her more time to clear her head.
Just listen to the crowd's reaction! They have been sensing that this
could be a surprise right from the word go. And they can feel it.
I didn't think Rogers had done quite enough that last point on that slow
ball, I thought she was going to go for something bigger, but she went
straight back to Kerber. Kerber had to hit an awkward forehand. She
didn't give herself a huge amount of room to hit the forehand and that's
what drew the error. Shelby Rogers is giving Kerber everything she can
handle. Instead of going for the big one it was right in the hitting zone
almost of Kerber and she just pulled it wide. Good variety though from
Rogers. Good serving. She's had a bit of change of pace from time to
time. And there is two points in that first set. The second serve
points won for Rogers, 55%. She would like to improve that.
If she can keep the unforced errors under control, Shelby Rogers, she
will be right there in this match. Oh yes! Smart play from Rogers. It
was the volley that won the point, but it was the sliced backhand from
Rogers that made it really difficult for Kerber. Just had to pop it up
and Rogers was there. Ah! Just couldn't quite get the
smash away, Kerber, the second one she struck better than the first one
and then Rogers unable to drag it back into the court.
It is a bit of an understatement to say Angelique Kerber needed that
start. She finished the game better than she started. A let caught she
got and a couple of awkward over heads, it could have been a
different result. It could be, the fact she did manage to win it. But
her opponent is certainly playing well.
I thought that would have been a worth a challenge. Yes, indeed.
That is well long. The task has got a little bit harder suddenly for
Rogers. That is a weapon that can get her
back on course. Oh! She wouldn't like a replay of
that. She just wiped her grip at the end of that with her skirt, as if to
say, Gee, maybe my grip slipped. She is wearing sweat bands on both
wrists though. Most of the players these day get
the ball person to give them the towel almost after every point, but
both these girls are playing rather quickly between points. And bless
them for that! Less than the required 20 seconds! Oh, that's
finely done. Ace No 3 was a bit of a wobbly game.
She held her nerve. No sign it must be said that of Kerber being
particularly troubled, except with the scoreboard.
Again at 79mph that second serve, really just in the middle of the
square there for Rogers. Well struck return. Immediately Kerber on the
defensive. A big point this one. Well struck. Right in the hitting
zone for Rogers. Didn't have to move at all. Just turned the shoulders.
Two break points. Oh! She knew what she wanted to do,
Rogers, just the execution. She saw Kerber was a long way behind the
baseline and thought, I'm just going to play the drop shot.
Well... Couple of big shots from Rogers. I think just got the feeling
that maybe Kerber was just trying to sort of find her way early in the
second set and then that lady to her credit, winner and then another
winner. So that is ten winners for Shelby Rogers and two came in that
game and other forceable shots. That is how she has got to this position
against the No 1 player in the world. It is a lovely court this No
2. Changed them around. 2 and 3. 2 used to be much closer. Now in the
distance. But the crowd seem to love it and it has an atmosphere. Which
the old Court Two has lost. I'm getting a nod from a much more
experienced person. No one liked playing on the Court 3 thousand that
used to be Court Two. Not so many of the old names. Is there to be a
shock here? Must be thinking, I'm the one who
should be making my opponent run around the place! She is having to
do more than her fair share, thanks to this lady's quality and composure
and just general good tennis. Amazing what confidence can do,
Barry. Shelby Rogers had never won a match in two previous attempts at
Wimbledon. And she is in the third round for the first time and playing
like she is completely at home on a grass court.
And again. Just winners rolling off the Rogers racket.
Have they come to the right place for the story of the day? Well
that's her first love game. Flashed by and she's 3-1 to the good. A set
and 3-1. The No 1 seed certainly in trouble.
She did well to reach it but she had no chance of controlling it. This is
a desperate slice backhand from Kerber. She's tried to outhit
Rodgers, hasn't been successful in that department so that's a new look
from Kerber, behind the baseline to hit that.
Rodgers probably thinks, you know what, why not? It's hard to run
around a lefty serve that is swinging into you, though.
A 10th forehand winner from Rogers. It's been a good weapon for her.
On the WTO tour these days a coach can come down and have a little
pow-wow or read the riot act or what not. I don't like that. I don't, I
wonder what you would be saying to Kerber if you were in that position?
I like the fact you can't do it at Grand Slams, it's part of the
problem-solving process of having to win a match. Kerber is behind the
pump. 11 winners to Rogers '21. She's got
to make sure she goes through the process here, Kerber, and not try
and focus too much on what the score is at this point. She has to find a
way to solve the riddle of breaking Rogers' serve. She needs to solve it
pretty soon. The coach will probably be thinking
no time like the present. Love the way she does that! Looks as
though she's going to give it a real wallop and then gets out the frying
pan and pushes it forward! Just controlled.
The serve's good. I think the umpire is right again. It was called out.
It was overruled by the umpire, correctly.
On the line. She better keep a count, we know what happens if you
lose count of how many challenges you have left.
Oh! The ball just seemed to get away from her. It completely stopped, the
ball. Kerber just didn't make the required adjustment. A step too far
away. Terrific game from Rogers there.
Kerb certificate going to serve with new balls and Rogers is getting a
new restring. And hoping that racket serves her as well as the previous
one. She has to establish some authority here, Kerber.
It appears to be very difficult for her.
Just rolling that second serve in, Kerber. No racket head speed. The
toss gets out in front and it just becomes a push, the serve.
You get the feeling that one break's not enough here in this second set.
You feel like Rogers needs the insurance of the second break. Two
unforced errors. 73mph that serve. That's not going
to bother anybody. A chance for Rogers to lead 5-2.
That's better from Kerber. She desperately needed that. She got
away with a slow second serve, though, Kerber. Just 75mph.
You have to say that from a spectator's point of view that keeps
the pot boiling nicely. You would think Kerber is yet to be able to
break the Rogers' serve and if you have a set and 5-2 and you haven't
lost serve, the match is yours for the taking, isn't it? But to her
Kerber is a fighter. There is the fist pump after that last point. You
don't get to number one by letting tough matches go. Fight to the end.
There might be one or two, am I being unfair, that would be
surprised she is at number one with the service she offers quite often?
Yes, but the other parts of her game, retrieving, big hitting, they
make up for the lack of pace on the serve. The serve isn't always like
that. From time to time Kerber can serve very effectively. It's just
when she gets tight it tends to get short and soft. Those two words
would not apply to the serve of Shelby Rogers so far. Can she
continue a successful run? That's a good mix-up. Kerber was
looking for the one back to the backhand side and Rogers just went
the other way. She didn't move on to the ball.
She's waiting for the ball to come to her, Kerber. Was one step too far
away from the ball. Great tennis! Terrific point. Kerber
was completely out of that point, at least two, maybe three times, and
found a way. And then hit the winner. Rogers on the full stretch.
There is the stab from Kerber. Is it going to make the difference? Break
point for the number one seed. The best player in the world in the
ladies game at the moment, according to the rankings, has found herself.
Rogers had 30-0 in that game, just a little bit cautious, wasn't she?
This time she does give it a wallop. She's hit a lot of balls the last
couple of games where she has hit the big shot and hasn't moved
forward. On this point she does exactly that.
She's seemingly unphased by the fortunes of the last game.
She will be feeling a lot better now, Angelique Kerber. How fortunes
can change. Suddenly the outsider has to serve to stay in the set. Ten
minutes ago, or maybe more, Shelby Rogers had a point or 5-2 and in the
last couple of games Kerber has won three games in a row now, the last
couple of games Rogers has hit the big shot and just hasn't made the
move forward. You know this lady on screen is one of the best
retrievers, she's going to get everything back. You really do need
to come in and finish the point. We saw her do it once in that last
game. It's easy to be critical, but if she could make herself come
forward on those balls, rather than giving Kerber too many bites at the
cherry to stay in the point. The crowd certainly are well involved in
this ladies third round match. You can just see the wheels going in
Rogers' head, I need to stay aggressive, I need to stay positive.
Tremendous return from Kerber. Just getting the back edge of the line.
There is a let-off. That serve, once again, hit slow, it was on the line.
If I was Rogers I would be right inside the baseline, making Kerber
look at me on these second serves. And again, you know the serve is
shaky. Often that second serve is the best
opportunity you have in the point to hit a really aggressive shot.
Oh! You just don't know what's going to come next. Angelique looks up to
the sun as if to say the sun got in my eyes, maybe it was a quick glance
down the other end, Rogers was covering the forehand.
Quite a lot of stories in this game. 5-5.
There were opportunities there for the unseeded player. She tried to be
aggressive, Rogers, off that second serve and it just was awkward enough
because it was curling into her. It's hard to run around on that
second court when you are playing a lefty to hit a forehand off that
shot. But at this stage of a match the subtlies are just so small. I
feel like Rogers needed to intimidate a little bit more when
she has the opportunity on the Kerber second serve. She hasn't won
a singles match at Wimbledon before this year. First round in Nottingham
she lost. So really didn't have much form coming into the Championships,
Rogers. She's ranked number 10 only in the United States.
But she seemed to have the right attitude when she came out.
She's proved she has confidence. And she has - she will keep believing.
She was hardly balanced to play that.
Just got the edge of of the line, that forehand from Rogers, I think.
It was more out than in. But it just got a piece.
Just what she needed, a big first serve.
Kerber did a great job of getting that first serve back, it was right
in the corner. Making her opponent play another ball.
Well, you could argue both those shots were misguided. The first
actually played the second she didn't guide into play.
Tremendous from Rogers. Just catching Kerber in that forehand
corner. Big hitting from both ladies at this stage in the match.
So the crowd have been increasingly excited and now comes the tie-break.
To up the atmosphere even more. Kerber will open it.
Big hitting from the number one player of the world. That's the shot
that won the point. First success for the server in this
tie-break. 4-1, it always looks such an
advantage, but it's only one break. APPLAUSE
UMPIRE: 5-1. A tired looking shot there from Shelby Rogers there in
that last point. She's covered a lot of court here, but physically,
Kerber looks like the one that is getting stronger than Rogers.
Looking a little weary. A run of five points for the number one seed.
Rogers has to make this one count, surely.
APPLAUSE UMPIRE: 6-1, Miss Kerber. But she
doesn't. Five opportunities. For Angelique Kerber to tie this match
at one set all. COMMENTATOR: Just waiting for the
departure of an unwelcome guest that's quite small and that cannot
be seen on camera, but has now departed.
Not good enough. Not good enough for her, Angelique Kerber. UMPIRE: One
set all. COMMENTATOR: For so long it looked
as though she might be the victim of a big upset, but she's steadied the
ship and she now has a third set to play. Carry herself through to round
four, if she can. That's why she's the world number one because she
knows the big points and how to win them. We will be right back with
this match. We can update you with results from earlier.
That's a good solution to the problem for Shelby Rogers, to be
able to come forward and make those winning volleys. I'd like to see her
do it just a little bit more. That's the type you saw in the first
set-and-a-half from Shelby Rogers, just forcing the play and moving
forward. UMPIRE: The ball was called in.
Maybe it did get a piece of the line. We're going to see a
challenge. UMPIRE: Advantage. Fighting for everything she's worth
here, Shelby Rogers, she knows she has to hold here. The momentum of
this match has really changed quite significantly after that tie-break.
UMPIRE: Advantage Miss Kerber. COMMENTATOR: Fourth break point for
Kerber. UMPIRE: Advantage Miss Kerber.
COMMENTATOR: And a fifth. That one didn't go over. Angelique
Kerber, she's just making Shelby Rogers play every single ball.
Tremendous amount of pressure on Rogers now. Sixth opportunity for
Kerber to break in this game. Ah.
UMPIRE: Deuce. That's a soft unforced error from
Kerber. Is She certainly has made a play for
the last couple of points. Up until then, Kerber had just been really
tough in this game. Rogers has a game point.
APPLAUSE Great care and happiness. A little
bit slow, wasn't she, Rogers, to get up to that. Too much court for her
to cover in the next ball. So many of the Rogers forehands went
up the line. This time she went back across court. Kerber was there,
though. Seventh break point. Opening game now into the 13th minute.
Oh what a shame that it should end a game like that. How crucial will it
prove to be? First double fault for the match, for Shelby Rogers, right
there. That's a disappointing way for her to lose the serve she
struggled vie landly. -- valiantly. Haven't seen that before from
Rogers, to be able to smack the return of serve and come to the net.
Cuts down the amount of time that Kerber has to hit that next shot.
Second serve is getting softer and softer from Kerber.
The first serve that time was just 80mph, 84mph. The second one was
70mph. Shelby Rogers has really got to pay attention to that and be
aware that Kerber is feeling it on the serve.
UMPIRE: Fault. Miss Kerber is challenging the ball. It was called
fault. By the preverbal whisker. There is a
moth, or some kind of bug still bothering Kerber.
Is That's a terrific point from Shelby Rogers.
Oh! She's living dangerously, isn't she,
Kerber. Second serve, break point. UMPIRE: Advantage Miss Kerber. Game,
Miss Kerber. New balls, please. Miss Kerber leads 2-0. Happy position in
spite of her play. It's not brilliant from Kerber. What is
brilliant is the fact she's fighting hard. The tennis itself isn't
brilliant. The last two points from Shelby Rogers became too much, two
unforced errors and the game has gone.
UMPIRE: Game, Miss Rogers. Miss Kerber leads, two games to one,
final set. Big applause for that hold
confidently by Rogers. Second serve was 11mph. That's a bit of a
difference, isn't it, between the two? We've talked about Rogers
throughout this match. She has some terrific weapons. She's hit big from
the back of the court. She's had the serve there, but it's the unforced
errors. There they are right there from Rogers.
Certainly, when you are playing against the number one player in the
world, 36 unforced errors is just way too many.
Um pipe: Time. If you look at that stat alone. It's quite amazing we
are in the third set here. Because the winners have been there as well
for a lot of the match, but just have abandoned her in the tie-break,
Rogers. So back on the job, again. Kerber just with her nose in front,
at the moment. Nice point from Rogers. Continuing
to go after it here. It's all-or-nothing, really. Playing
against someone who is on the top of the tree of women's tennis.
Second let called and a point from Rogers. The crowd in unison.
Certainly enjoying the contest. Oh. She gave her a chance, but
Kerber couldn't take it. Just when you thought Kerber was
getting on top, Rogers comes straight back at her with a good
game. That second serve of Kerber's though, if she happens to get
through this match, it just is really a problem for her.
20 forehand winners from Rogers in this match.
UMPIRE: Out. Ms Kerber is challenging the call on the
baseline. The ball was called out. I haven't seen an umpire overrule more
with Hawk-Eye in the court than this guy has. He's done a great job.
UMPIRE: Ms Kerber has two challenges remaining. I think he's been right
every time. He has. He hasn't missed a beat. The umpires are so reluctant
to overrule when they have Hawk-Eye. Just when you thought maybe Shelby
Rogers had run her race - Did we doubt her? Come on. Well, look at
unforced error count. Sure, sure. It's incredibly high. We did doubt
her for a little bit. But maybe we shouldn't have! The balance between
winners and errors is fascinating. In a way, that makes her interesting
to watch. The difficult thing for Kerber is that she has to come out
and serve, which has been the Achilles heel. There's the unforced
errors Kerber has to get a high percentage
of first serves in here. Shelby Rogers has to look to be aggressive
off the second serve, which has been in the 70mph range. All the pressure
on the world number one Well played Shelby Rogers.
Aggressive grass court point, waiting for the short ball and the
volley into the open court. Unlucky there for Rogers, she had
the right idea. Big return off the second serve. Just couldn't quite
get it far enough away from Kerber to make her stretch.
UMPIRE: Fault. He's right. He is right.
Shelby Rogers is the player to make all the plays and Angelique Kerber
is the one that's just trying to hang in.
Got the feeling she really didn't want to hit that slice drop shot,
but she did. Full credit to Shelby Rogers.
Just ticked over the two-hour mark, this match.
Just a little bit late getting to that ball, wasn't she, Shelby
Rogers, just didn't quite decide early enough. It ended up to be
dropping by the time she got to it. APPLAUSE
You have to hand it to her, Angelique Kerber. Beautifully timed
drop shot. Oh! She didn't hesitate here,
Rogers. She started to move forward as soon as she hit the big forehand,
therefore she was in good position to hit the swinging volley.
UMPIRE: Ms Rogers is challenging the ball on the baseline. The ball was
called in. She thought it was out. Did Shelby actually make a... Two
break points. UMPIRE: Ms Rogers has two challenges
remaining. The crowd want her to do this. Can
you feel it. The crowd enjoy this style of play. It's all or nothing,
it's big hitting. It's been a contest which has had so
much to predict any outcome, even with the number one player in the
world having gained the advantage. That would be a mistake. You would
have thought once Kerber won that second set handily and then she got
that early break, but in the third said - but the serve, the serve is
the problem for Kerber. It doesn't have as much on it as it
needs to. More winners than the number of unforced errors, that's
the key for Rogers in this match. Kerber is doing what Kerber does
best - that is just making her opponent play one more shot,
covering the court well. Nothing dramatic.
A beautiful afternoon, wonderful tennis match.
Oh, couldn't get to it, Rogers! Terrific point. Both girls just
digging out everything they possibly can, a couple of shots there were
really awkward. Battled all along because of
themselves and in spite of themselves. Certainly has you on the
edge of the seat. No. It's becoming quite a telling
weapon in this third set. That drop shot has served her well, Kerber,
off that backhand side. Shelby Rogers has given so much, on
the edge of defeat here. But you wouldn't know it.
Can't see that style changing any time soon, all or nothing from
Rogers. Oh, dear. Her serve has been such a
good weapon for Rogers. That's only the second one of the match, only
the second double. She was nowhere to be seen then,
Kerber. Completely fooled by that. She's determined she's going to make
her serve out for it. Because she knows what might happen.
Beaten at her own game. And not for the first time. It's been such a
feature of this match, the big hitting from Rogers. The unforced
errors have been quite substantial also. But gee, when that ball goes
in and stays hit. Well! I think she might be a bit
nervous. I think she may be. The most remarkable thing about
Angelique Kerber, when she serves, is that the serve is rolling in,
75mph, but she backs it up so incredibly well. We've seen, haven't
we, in this match, that Shelby Rogers, she's been having a crack at
the return and Kerber, to her credit, is just steadfast on the
baseline. From the second serve to the ground strokes, such a big
discrepancy in the Kerber game. What she does, she does so well, making
her opponent play and making them hit to the corners and if Shelby
Rogers is equal to the task, she can very easily break serve here.
Excellent for the ladies game, this contest.
Terrific first point. Good exchange from the baseline. Rogers was in
trouble. She got back into the point. Then she just went for the
slice, thought she'd drop it in short, just lacked the execution.
No surprise that Kerber has got two first serves in. She really knows
how important that is in this game. And the slice drop shot off the
backhand side scores her another point.
Another first serve from Kerber. Very well placed.
Two match points for the number one seed.
Oh, it's long! And Kerber is through. And the crowd stand to both
of them. It's been a wonderful contest. Punch and counterpunch,
brilliant success and great fallibility. Somehow she's still in
the Championship, but she must be wondering quite how. Her opponent
Shelby Rogers who makes her exit very quickly, contributed so much
and she knows she could, maybe should have won.
The crowd enjoying an entertaining match there. Kerber from a set and a
break down. All Shelby Rogers will be asking herself some questions
about what happened in that second set. She got negative. Angelique
Kerber has gone through to the second week of Wimbledon.
Milos Raonic has cruised through into the second week of the
Championships. She beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas. He goes through to
face either Afner or Alexander Zverev. Raonic, last year's's runner
up is safely through. -- That was on Ofner. Number one court. Radwanska
was winning on Centre Court, beating Baches Baches. Baches Baches took
the first set. After that it was all over Radwanska. -- Bacsinszky. She
raised the level of her play. . She is through to the second week after
a roller-coaster of a year. Another through to Monday is the 24th seed
with a big serve. She is marching through the Championships.
Riske won that match. Her coach, Pat Cash will be delighted.
She will keep an eye on this match. She faces the winner of this one.
Caroline Wozniacki up against Anett Kontaveit. If you want to watch that
one, you can, it's on the Red Button.
Kontaveit has a break of serve there. We are heading over to Court
12 this entertaining match between the two Frenchmen.
Monfils against Mannarino. We can join this match. We can join it in
the company of Jamie Baker and Jameses Burgess.
COMMENTATOR: Monfils serving to stay in the fourth set.
Genius from Monfils. We've seen flashes of this over the last three
hours That's definitely one of the best. He's got nothing to lose at
the moment. He was broken in the second game of
this fourth set, having been 3-5 down in the third he took it 7-5.
Then just had an uncharacteristic three minutes.
Umunna: Game, Monfils. Mannarino leads.
COMMENTATOR: Court 12, on the middle Saturday of Wimbledon. This match
has ebbed and flowed. These two were very cagey for the first hour. They
let rip and the ground strokes came thundering down the court. Mannarino
taking the first set. Back came Monfils, far more assured, hugely
entertaining. Then just when he thought he had the match in his
pocket, Mannarino has struck back, serving to take us to a fifth set.
UMPIRE: Mannarino is challenging the call.
COMMENTATOR: The umpire is from Australia in the chair. Oh! Just.
Just long. UMPIRE 30-0, Mr Mannarino has two
challenges remaining. Three set points. Points. Oh, no. A
little careless with that one. He had break points and set points
of his own in the previous set. In the end, it was Monfils who took it.
This is where he needs his concentration, more than ever.
We are going all the way. We're going to a decider. As we enter
another hour, here on Court 12. Based on what you've seen, Jamie
Baker, who do you think has what it takes to enter the fourth round?
It's a very tough one to call. I mean, there has been so many shifts
and swings and momentum in this match. I think when you look back
across... Interestingly, set for in terms of stats they were similar to
set one to where Monfils kind of really wasn't at the races. I think,
when you look across the course of the three hours, the way Monfils
started you thought there was a real danger he might actually go out in
straight-sets. You didn't know whether he was
genuinely going to get his teeth into the match. From Mannarino's
point at view, at the worst, he could have won all four of these
sets legitimately. What has been impressive from his point of view,
is that he's stuck with this and he has got a chance in this fifth set.
UMPIRE: Time. Mannarino came through a tough second round match, won it
6-2 in the fifth. Gale Monfils hasn't dropped a set but he's lost
all three Fife set matches here at Wimbledon. -- Gael Monfils.
UMPIRE: Can I ask you to take your seats, please, thank you. He's's
never reached the fourth round here either. Five times to the third
round, but no further. Just on the line. We've seen this a
lot the serve volley. He has had a lot of success on it.
Mannarino has this forehand which he hits so flat, it creeps over the
net. Monfils, again, another moment of
madness. He was like this similarly in the last set.
Brilliant time for an ace, using that slice to good effect. The man
in the black T-shirt there, bottom left of your picture, Monfils'
coach. Oh, brilliant put away by Mannarino. But Monfils will be
kicking himself. There have been moments in this
match when Monfils has just checked out. Yeah, it's quite incredible.
OK, that was a good point from Mannarino to finish and break point,
but the real important times in the match, you know, he's got the
opportunity to serve first in this fifth set to get his nose in front.
Two or three just inexplicable errors gifting it to Mannarino.
Having wrestled the momentum almost gifted it back to his opponent. It's
a very hard sport. Lovely body serve there from Mannarino. Hasn't got the
hardest serve or the fastest, but it's a very canny serve.
Plenty of conviction from this man. It's like a slap that forehand, real
whip to it that time. Oh, he had to watch it, didn't he?
That was fantastic sprinting to the net by Mannarino. It's woken the
crowd up. There's the serve and volley again on the first point from
Monfils. That time getting the better of his opponent.
Now where has that shot been? It's the most outrageous skill to produce
that power from that position. Yeah, that's much more like it.
Complete control of the point. Really good movement from Monfils.
Got up to this ball. He got his body through it. 12 ace for Monfils.
-- Twelfth ace for Monfils. Maddening to watch Monfils, you have
a man who seems to just drift out one moment for an hour or so.
Straight back in. Hit shots from the middle of the racquet and then look
totally uninterested. Its with a nts until really the end of the second
set where he produced a couple of big shots and the crowd really got
behind him and there was like, OK, thank you, this is what we've come
out to see, to support you. Talked about it earlier in the match, it's
a different prospect for him than what he had in the second round
begins Kyle Edmund. He loves the big stages in the world. That is where
he plays his big tennis. He said after his second round victory he
doesn't like the grass. He is struggling to cope with the
movement, the mentality, saying he's guilty of thinking too much. Well,
at the moment, he may not be here next week. He's never been here in
the second week of Wimbledon. The 15th see seed in real trouble here
on Court 12. His compatriot, Adrian Mannarino 2-1 up.
Oh, he's made it! He was out of the point virtually, ten second ago.
APPLAUSE Brilliant tennis from both players.
This forehand down-the-line, one of Monfils' best in the whole match.
Seals the deal that time. Once again, it's pinpoint accuracy from
Mannarino's ground strokes. It's not the pace that does the damage, it's
accuracy and it's the flight on the ball. Stays very low on this
grass-court. Again, Mannarino likes to serve out
wide for that first serve, then comes closer for the second.
It's just a dreadful shot from Monfils. No commitment to that
return, at all. Well, Mannarino is dictating the
tempo and the energy here at the moment.
A penny for the thoughts of the 15th seed now. Staring down the barrel in
this fifth set. What's he got left in the tank? He's
never won five sets here at Wimbledon. Does he believe he can
win? Hello, that might wake him up! Ever
the showman, Gael Monfils. UMPIRE: Game Monfils. Mannarino
leads 3-2. We have been talking about this throughout the match,
Jamie, he loves a stage, Gael Monfils there might be an element
he's out on Court 12, not Centre, not 1, not even Court 2 against a
player that probably not many people have heard of and it just doesn't
excite him. It doesn't motivate him. Which is extraordinary when be you
consider we are here at Wimbledon and there's a fourth round place at
stake? It's not exciting enough. It's almost like to come out here,
having had the good win in the second round, on the big court, to
come out here and win three, four and three without any fuss, not much
noise, those are not the kind of days, the kind of occasions that
Gael Monfils is playing tennis for it. It did look a bit like that in
the start. Now we're in the fifth set, a break down, the court is
packed. More noise now and energy in the court.
You would expect him now, it's like the difficult parts of his match
where it might have been flat are over. It's the fifth set.
He knows the cam are and the spotlight are on him. Will he
produce his best tennis to get back into this match? -- Cameras.
Mannarino has other ideas. World ranking of 51.
Very passive from Monfils, but wonderful from Mannarino. He's in
total control at the moment. Take that! He is doing all the
running in this match, Adrian Mannarino.
UMPIRE: Game, Mannarino. Mannarino leads 4-2. Final set.
Big moment now for Mannarino. He's reached the fourth round just once
before. Well Monfils has just gone missing.
He's a shadow of the player seeded 15 here at Wimbledon.
APPLAUSE Fantastic point and forehand winner
from Monfils there, but does it do enough to cancel out all the loose
play? Oh, yeah. We've been saying
throughout the match, when he presses forward, when he takes the
initiative, Monfils is a different player.
He's come back from being down once before in this match, can he do it
now? Oh, no. A very, very nervy shot
there from Adrian Mannarino. It's totally understandable. He's 4-2 up,
in the deciding set, against the 15th seed.
UMPIRE: Advantage, Mannarino. Once again, having dug in and made enough
balls on that last break point, Monfils a brain cram drop shot at
deuce. One more chance for Mannarino.
Oh, and he's got the luck as well. It could be a defining break.
Mannarino here, on Court 12, he leads 5-2 in the final set against
Gael Monfils, the number 15 seed. He can't quite believe it, can he? I
think he felt in the middle of this match he had the authority and the
control. He was hitting it harder. He was hitting it flatter. There was
an injection of energy. But since about the third set, it's just
evaporated. The main point is the timing of those lapses. Having
somehow managed to get 2-1 lead, at the start of that fourth set, he put
in a really cheap game. It looked like Mannarino was starting to
physically falter as well. He got a bit of hope. I think, we obviously
are talking a lot about Monfils' performance here. I think it's worth
highlighting how difficult a player Mannarino is to play on the grass.
Not just his game style and the way he makes things difficult for the
opponent, but also the fact that he's left-handed and the different
angles that presents for Monfils. He's been a very difficult player to
play against. Serving for the match. You can't control them. They have a
mind of their own. Two pointsway.
That was brilliant from Mannarino. The pace, the angle, the pressure!
He has been by far the braver, here on Court 12.
Just one more point. And that's what he's thinking. A
place for the fourth round awaits. Wow! Nerve-wracking stuff.
Monfils is still in it, just. Oh! That is absolutely sublime! He
had no right to hit that shot! And once again from Adrian
Mannarino, the shot of the week. A second match point.
He's done it! Fortune favours the brave.
Adrian Mannarino for the second time into the fourth round at Wimbledon
after three hours, 31 minutes of pulsating tennis.
Gale, the 15th seed is out. Once again, that record, I'm afraid
it's come back to haunt him. He fails to go beyond and win in five
sets. But the day belongs to this man in your picture. The world
number 51, Adrian Mannarino. He must be exhausted. Yet never five
setter for Adrian Mannarino. But what entertainment out on the court.
The crowd really enjoying that. Super points at the end.
This was the player fined $9,000 when he bumped into the ball boy.
But guaranteed ?137,000. So he will not mind too much. But Gael Monfils
is out of the tournament once again. He has not yet fulfilled his
potential at the championships but Adrian Mannarino is back on Monday.
A day of rest well earned by Adrian Mannarino.
Over on BBC One, we are watching Centre Court, Novak Djokovic in
action against Ernests Gulbis. That match is on BBC One.
There is Gulbis and there's the crowd and Djokovic. That's on BBC
One. We are heading over to court number
one. There is a story brewing here as the former world number one,
Caroline Wozniacki is a set and a break down to Anett Kontaviet who
beat her on the grass last year. So we are dropping in to watch this one
with Sam Smith and Chris Bradnam. This is the classic case of the
counterpuncher against the player. Kontaviet has all of the answers
today. The last five games, it's become very one-sided.
Wozniacki can't find the answers. She came in with huge confidence.
Winning 37 matches, qualifying in ITFs.
Winner in Rome. Winner in Stuttgart.
This is a must-win service game, Sam.
Mentally out here, Wozniacki is the far superior of the two. But she
can't get this into a street fight, not at the moment.
The crowd are trying hard for this popular player, as she gets on the
scoreboard again. Just to repeat what we were saying
earlier, Sam, she cannot have her father come and have a chat to her
right now about how to solve this power conundrum. She's got to work
it out for herself. We haven't seen her doing much different. She's
battling away, or Kontaviet is going to get tight and open the door for
her. She is an outstanding match player.
If you look in terms of statistics on tour, the player that saves most
of the break points and converts most break points, usually, Caroline
Wozniacki is at the top of that list. She is a player that works
things out. She has options here. I would like to see her use flight.
She's got to hold her ground on the baseline. The ball is coming at her,
it is big, heavy, listen to the sound of it, you know it's hard. Or
she could take it along the deck with that little backhand.
So, after just 47 minutes, Kontaviet, the boss, in this
remaining third round, the only one left as a set and 2-1.
A very famous man back in the states, David Lee. The San Antonio
basketball player. He is also pretty tall. But pretty
much anonymous here wandering around at Wimbledon!
That's a switcher. Well, she always loved watching
Martina Hingis play when she was growing up. Thinking about how she
worked out her matches on court, and didn't need any help.
Well, got a little lucky. It's another one of those, got to
hold serve, here games. The problem has been behind the second serve for
Wozniacki. Four from 15, Kontaviet, she's hammered it.
Getting just over 55% of first serves in.
First time she's ever won main draw matches here at Wimbledon,
Kontaviet. This first round. The last three years in 14, qualified
and won the first round. So this is a huge breakthrough.
She's keep pushing, Caroline. It's a little exasperating the way she's
playing. But she loves competing. This is what she wants to do.
Sleaze just going to keep working away, trying to stay close.
-- she's. I sense she knows there are enough
errors in the Kontaviet game to make the second set very interesting.
Importantly, it's that close on that scoreboard.
Such a steady rise up the rankings for Kontaviet, Sam, hasn't it? It's
always a good thing. You tend to stay there. She won the title before
coming here. Beating Wozniacki on a grass court last year in her only
previous meeting in Nottingham. She has huge self-belief.
She was a very good junior. Winning the Volvo championships, and the
junior slam. It is the perfect launch pad to go into the pros. I
think I remember seeing her the first time at a $10,000 event in
Edinburgh. It was a pretty awful day. I saw this figure practicing on
an outside court. I wondered who it was. I didn't know, didn't check,
then later I saw it out on the match court. That already was a sign that
is someone that really wanted it. Glenn Sharpe is her coach. He has
done a terrific job. Sometimes it's tough love in the communication. But
what a player, though. This is a serious threat against the
world number two. These are a seven mile an hour
difference. And that is Kontaviet hitting the ball harder than average
than Novak Djokovic! Well she can take pace off when she
needs to as well. A real thinker on the court.
The ball isn't totally flat on it, she's got some cover on it as well.
By cover, I mean she's prepared to hit the back of the ball and play
with some spin to give her some margin. Super.
Hasn't blinked yet and why would she, she's beaten the world number
one and the world number six this year. I know this is Wimbledon but
she's been a fourth round two years ago, qualified against Venus
Williams, she likes the big stage. Four from 17 now on the second
serve. That second serve is just getting
munched, isn't it. So noticeable with Kontaviet. Eve no-one the
knock-out. Respect out here but great intent had she can come out
and blow Caroline out of the court. The difference a first serve makes.
Most of them in that game. Plenty more coming back into this
new-look Court One. Kontaviet has played pretty much the perfect
match, hasn't she Sam. She's got 60% first serves in. Would like a little
more than that. Over a quarter of first serves and tough enough for
Wozniacki to crack that nut. Let's see if you can have a go at it
to see if she can chase it down. She just feels she a close enough
here. She has kept it to the one break. Done well. The percentage is
up 20% from the opening set that gives her a fighting chance. What
she's looking for is what Sharapova says "a little door" to open. That's
all she needs. She's close enough. Sometimes Wozniacki must think to
herself "why can't these up and comers hit the ball sole?" New balls
in play. I would say that I trust the
forehand more than I trust the backhand of Kontaviet. It will be
interesting to see in the clutch where Wozniacki directs traffic.
Eit. It will be interesting to see in the clutch where Wozniacki
directs traffic. Must have held her breath for a
second. But she was up to the task.
Oh, dear, good job she made that volley.
Outstanding. An hour and a minute and she's away.
One game away from the fourth round at Wimbledon.
I was amazed in that last game Wozniacki hit to the forehand. I
don't think she's really figured out, it was a pretty long time ago
that they played. I'm very surprised at this.
Whenever she misses like that, there's not much of a reaction. His
eyes narrow, Glenn Sharpe but I don't think she judges herself, she
just improves herself. And now to ask the serve it out
question. It is a big question, Sam. She
played a brilliant service game in her last service game.
Yes, I think it slightly worries, me, though, when she has been 4-2 up
and 5-3 up, Wozniacki has been able to get through the games quickly. I
was vetting on court yesterday, watching Venus Williams, sitting
next to a former Wimbledon champion, Anne Jones, chatting about one thing
or another. She said that tennis match is all about pressure. It's
about when you apply it. For me, in this, we were chatting about the
Watson, Azarenka battle, a feeling that Watson lost the match at start
of the second match because she didn't apply pressure coming from
the third set, I would say at 4-2, Kontaveit did not apply pressure.
She almost allowed Wozniacki to get through quickly. Wozniacki is coming
off a love service game now, I think it will be hard to serve out as
she's not applied the pressure. Red-faced for two reasons,
gentlemen. She got it! Four poise in a row.
Wozniacki is back in the second set. What a smart game from the former
World Number 1 who used to win 60, 70 matches a year for fun in 2010,
20 11. Now watch Wozniacki applied pressure right here.
Two very positive points. It is great to see Kontaveit looking to be
so proactive, but she is taking some big risks, playing for lines.
Oh! It takes your breath away. They make them tough in Estonia, this is
a great reset from Kontaveit. Three more break points.
Caroline loves the situation. This is what she plays for, out and out
competitor. She doesn't fear the lower ranked players, she doesn't
fear anyone, she just gets on with what she knows she has to do.
In the last 15 minutes, there have been so many errors from this
backhand of Kontaveit. You can't show too much weakness against a
former World Number 1. Fabulous! She will serve for the
match again. She has got another chance. She
trusts herself, doesn't she? And the fact she doesn't judge herself when
she makes errors. Heather Watson yesterday when her forehand was
letting her down and is today it is Kontaveit's backhand, but you felt
Heather was being tough on herself with the errors. You don't get that
with Kontaveit. I think it is different mentalities and styles,
making mistakes is part of their game. They have to do that because
they go for big shots. If you are a safer and more reactive player like
Wozniacki and Heather Watson, and J Lane Jankovic, a lot of
counterpunches out there, they really don't tolerate missing --
Jelena Jankovic. It hurts them so much.
Second time Kontaveit serves for the match.
In the opening set, Caroline was losing a lot of the shorter points,
now she is winning the majority of them. That is a big turnaround.
Three breaks of serve in a row, she never knows when she is beaten,
Wozniacki. She did look a little tight in that
game, Kontaveit. Just fantastic resistance from this woman. To force
the tie-break. She played a tie-break in Nottingham
last year on the grass, in their previous meeting. Kontaveit the
winner of that match, but she lost the tie-break in the opening set.
Well, she has got to back herself all the way now, hasn't she? It
sounds easy to say, very difficult to do and there can't be a moment of
doubt out here. She has not taken those out of the
air, back row one, she allows Wozniacki to defend, at our peril. I
believe Caroline has the street fight she was looking for! She has
been behind in the scoreline don't forget this entire match. And she is
still behind in the scoreline, until she manages to level if she can
level up this second set. Getting a reaction from the box. Ten
minutes ago, this woman was two points from winning the match. It is
now one set all. Your thoughts? Well, how many years have we set
here and watched Caroline Wozniacki do what we have just seen? She just
about kept Kontaveit in range. She was getting pummelled all over the
place, but there is a lot to be said for hanging in. That is her
mentality. That is the environment she has been brought up in, a very
sporting and competitive home life, in a very healthy way. And she does
it not just for a couple of matches, she does it for every single match
and practice session. More serves in for the first serve, that was the
big difference for Caroline Wozniacki, just protected the second
serve, although she did take a hammering, but she did not have to
play as many second serves. It was a more proactive set in many ways, I'm
surprised it was five winners. With numbers like that, how on Earth did
Kontaveit lose that second serve? Look at the breaks won. A World
Number 1, two time grand slam final is coming you don't get many
chances. She makes you self-doubt because her defence is very good, do
we need to see anything technically different from the Estonian to win
this match now? She has a big problem now, when that ball is
floating in the air, she has the transition and finish the point. She
has been a little guilty of restarting a point from the back of
the court. Still smiling, Glenn Schaap. Or is he squinting?
Kontaveit, this is a pretty important service game at the start
of set three. It is good footwork to release the
forehand. Just looking down at this young
Estonian now, you say what the she have to do? I don't believe she
knows what she is going to do out here and the fact the forehand is
starting to miss which has brought her so much success is a big worry
if you are a Kontaveit fan. Wozniacki is clocking all of this.
Having not got the win in two sets and is now up against it at the
start of the third. It was interesting in the tie-break
Wozniacki hits second service Commission was not looking to run
round and unleash the forehand, like it almost got a little too big for
her at that time. Something for him to ponder over in the development of
this young future star. Yes, you will note that yes, she has beaten
Angelique Kerber this year, but that was a tour event. Beating a top
player in a grand slam is a different ball game.
The applying now for the big prizes, Caroline Wozniacki. She has achieved
the goal, it wasn't to win slams originally, it was to be World
Number 1. She has had a number of injuries these last few years so I
think she feels like she is playing on borrowed time. Stayed down on
that beautifully. It is a wonderful one for the photographers. Look at
this. Look at Wozniacki controlling the
tempo now of this match. Playing a little quicker between points. The
top players, they know all the tricks of the trade!
This is how good it is going to have to beat to win points against
Wozniacki, the dynamic of this match has completely changed.
Well, Kontaveit now has to do a Wozniacki in this set and stay tight
on the scoreboard. This is a must win service game. For Wozniacki the
go-ahead, with all her experience, that is a tall mountain. Dashed to
go ahead. Kontaveit, over the last hour and a
half, has begun to realise what an believable the solid base game
Wozniacki has and what she brings to the court, very tough to break down.
Superb! So quick. So determined. Her basic flat speed is nothing
exceptional. But there is a hunger and a desire to move. She loves the
physical part of the game and she sees everything so early.
Just occasionally on that backhand, when Kontaveit is very stressed, her
racket gets very close to the body and she almost has to fight the
ball. Look at the wake Caroline plays, how beautifully positioned
she is in relation to her body when she strikes the backhand. She really
keeps her hands away from her. She got away with it. Back on the
scoreboard. That is a big hold. It gives her a
chance. Yes, like a Wozniacki in the opening set and the second, just
keeping it to one break. Super shots, it just shows you how
physical this sport is, the demands it makes new. Point after point
after point. Very tough again today. Mental strength is going to make a
difference, it always does. And certainly, for the winner of this
title, which is so open, who wants to be the favourite? Not many hands
go up. New balls in play for Wozniacki.
Serving with the break. 2-1, final set. One hour and 35 minutes played.
That was a wonderful pick-up. It is a huge return. So much easy power.
Instance challenge. It bodes well normally. It was swinging away,
wasn't it? What a great call from the line
judge! No fist pump, look at that. Wozniacki has two challenges
remaining. Still a lot of pressure on the
Wozniacki second serve. It went up by 20%. It needs to stay high in the
decider. To do it. Too strong. Break point.
Back of his seat has been unemployed for quite a time.
When I watch Caroline, you do not get this level of mental toughness
overnight. This has been schooled since June your days. The
competitive environment she grew up in with two sportspeople in Mum and
dad is a big factor, but she has done this from day one engineers.
Junior champion here 11 years ago. She was a couple of match point down
in the semifinal to Radwanska's little sister. She is tough. It has
taken a lot of training backed up with superb physical condition. In
the same quarter as Rob balaclava as a senior.
Another many battle won by the Dean save the break point.
Again, another one of those shot back points of less than four shots.
She was not winning those in the first and it has changed in the
second and that is one of the reasons that she is in front.
Hesitated. You know she is going to win the longer points because by the
lover stomach averages it is harder and harder to hit against her.
Insurance points. Caroline Wozniacki is the boss of
the third round. It has taken an hour and 43 minutes
but there is breathing space. Gritting her teeth. Making her
opponent self-doubt as only she can. A great counterpuncher who has added
a bit of aggression. Look at what this means. So much to admire. It
would be a shame it was the act he hangs up a racket without a Grand
Slam title. An ambassador on and off the court. All of these top players
who have got pretty close, they are all scrabbling as fast as they can
be Serena comes back. Saying, we better get a move on. It is
stressing them all out. She was 5-3 down in the second set and has only
lost two games. After an hour and three quarters,
Wozniacki 4-1, double break, final set.
Such a smart play in terms of pattern from Bosnia Aki. You get the
return down the line, straight onto the open play. I love her patterns.
That is maybe why she does not go in much. If she loses, and it looks
like she will, then this is the learning window, isn't it? That she
is going to have a transition game because these big ground shots will
take her foreword. That is terribly polite, isn't it?
Yes. That is just a mental error. Just
not able to sustain the intensity and the intent that she began this
match with. That seems a very long time ago.
Around 40 minutes ago, Kontaveit was a set and 5-4, 30-0, two points from
the next round. She is serving to stay in the match.
I feel this young lady has just realised how hard it is to try to
hit through and pass Caroline Wozniacki and the lot of the pace
has gone out of her ground strokes and is the first set. If you're
going to pass Caroline you have to do it in two sets and you have to
keep up the average speed. Good preparation against Wozniacki is
hitting on a wall for three hours. You just saw there, you just felt
sometimes contemplate when Wozniacki was 40-0 did not compete that well
and almost felt the game had gone. With Wozniacki it is just reset, it
does not matter the score, she will try to drag every game back.
Looking to get the job done right here. She never lets you brave. That
is what all the top players do. What have I got to do? Please with
very little emotion, Caroline, it is all business.
Every time she is playing a point, after it Kontaveit is causing
high-rise. This is a very late tactical change-up. Yes.
Match point saved. Contemplate's turned to hang in this third round.
A while ago, you said, let's see how Kontaveit finishes. Your thoughts? I
think she did very well to hang in there. She is learning the
difference mentally between she is at 38 in the world and with the top
ten player, that is why Wozniacki is back in the top ten now the injuries
and out of the way and she has her team sorted out and she has done a
lot of work on her forehand. Caroline has been very smart. She
has talked a lot about time in the gym. Not as many hours on the
practice good because she is very aware she has to manage her body
because her body has been through a lot more than maybe an out and out
striker. She has run over 2000 metres and thus match. So many of
those are short sharks prints. She is warming up. No smiles yet from
Team Wozniacki. They might be just a couple of minutes away. For the
first time, Wozniacki serving for the match after an hour and 55
minutes. This court is really getting baked
and hardening up. At the start of the Championships it was maybe a bit
harder than previous years because of the heat with three heatwave we
had in mid June. Caroline struggles off of her forehand side to generate
much of her own. That was a little sloppy from
Wozniacki. You would imagine she would target the backhand to close
out this match. Which has been the more unreliable author is Tony on.
Close. Challenged. Match point or break point. The ball was called
out. Kontaveit as two challenges
remaining. Match point Wozniacki. Kontaveit... That is why clothing is
so tough. Kontaveit can hit lots of shots to nothing because she is not
under any pressure, not the sort of pleasure she was under when she was
a set and 5-3. Look out. -- look how intense Caroline is getting. With
every match point that comes and goes it is going to get harder.
It is challenged. The reaction from Wozniacki, she felt she has made
this. Not sure. She has won it. These mile at last. Just over two
hours. Eight case of what might have been for the 21-year-old. For a
Caroline Wozniacki, she never knows when she is beaten. What the
fantastic win. She has given herself a six chance to join the last eight
club at Wimbledon. She is through to the second week at Wimbledon. When
you look at the last 16, she is one of the most mentally tough players
out there and one of the great competitors left in the
Championships. Contemplate learned a valuable lessons. She fancied her
chances. She was not good enough and did not apply the pressure when she
had the opportunity and if you do not do that against the best players
in the world you end up paying for it. You will end up hearing a lot
more from Kontaveit. Remember the name. If you look at the last 16
line-up, considering the upsets we have had, the wonderful matches,
three and CD players, Rob Burrow call -- Rybarikova. The form book
has not been too bad. Wozniacki plays another good hitter. Good
practice for that. Look at the faces. That young lad. I have got
Caroline's autograph. Can I have one? She is fantastic for the game.
You mentioned the number one spot. She finished 2010 and 2011 at number
one. About a Grand Slam. She got some criticism for that. She has
supported women's tennis through and through. I do not think... People
would not be disappointed if Wozniacki won Wimbledon this year.
What would happen back in Denmark? She has had her ups and downs with
injuries and she lost some form a few years ago but she is so good at
bouncing back and tiny in there and believe they have come right in the
end. As a young player that is what you want to follow. That is an
example. A comeback win two points from defeat. She is with Phil Jones.
Congratulations. How did you manage to turn that around? I have no idea.
She was playing really well. I wasn't playing my best tennis. I was
trying. It wasn't going my way. I could not get many serves in. I did
not feel myself. I felt I had to keep digging deep and she started to
get nervous towards the end of the second set and I went for it. I had
nothing to lose. I got lucky. In the third set I played really well. What
is going through your mind at the end of the second set? You have to
get the returns deep. That is all I was thinking. Do not let anything
pass you. I was lucky to get that one. Into the fourth round for a
sixth time. You want to join the last eight club desperately. Your
thoughts? Yes. It is really strange. I love playing on grass and I have
not managed to get past the fourth round many times. Hopefully this
year. A great warm up for your next match against a big hitter, it will
stand you in good stead. It is going to be difficult but I am happy to
have escape this one. Looking forward to the next one. The door is
open. You know what it is like to reach a Grand Slam final. Will that
give you an edge? I think of the next match, one match at the time,
not too far ahead. I have been playing great tennis but I have to
say in the moment. You have been on a great role, keep it going. Thank
you. She will be delighted to keep herself out of trouble, two points
away from going out of the Championships, but champions managed
to raise their game and she did that at the end of the second set and
took control in the third set. 6-2. A big smile, she is desperate to get
to the quarterfinals. She watched it as a kid and she wants to go into
the tournament further next week. On Centre Court, this match on BBC One,
2-0 and Novak Djokovic had a break point but he is serving to stay in
the set. On BBC Two we are going to drop in on court three. He was the
man of the moment last year. Marcus Willis battled his way through
qualifying and then played Fiddler on Centre Court. His fairy tale came
through. -- Roger Federer. Up against the number two seeds. They
lost the first set but they have raised through the second set. Let
us join our commentators. Court number three, the defending
champions, Herbert and Mahut, cruising in the first set and then
they had a fright, the British wildcards, Willis and Clarke, 6-1,
winning the second set and we are tied at one set all. Serving the new
balls. They have been very impressive, to come back from the
first set when the French pair were far better.
Yes, they showed a lot of character in the second set to snatch that
6-1, but there was good energy from Clarke and Willis, they have been
bounding around gleefully, having the time of their lives, lovely way
to spend a Saturday early evening. No better place.
One year ago, Marcus was playing Roger Federer on Centre Court. He
thought his chance might have gone. He lost to Marchenko in qualifying,
the final round, as well. And in the doubles, five set winners in the
first round and doing well, here. Catching the line. They have had a
lot of things going their way but you make your own mark. Yes, moments
of brilliance and inspiration from the British pair, both standing back
respectfully on the serve of Mahut but the French men have been below
par at times and the British pair have taken advantage.
As you can hear, from the noise of the crowd in attendance, four times
as many as at the start, this is one of three matches today that did not
have any court assignment to begin with. And they put them on the show
court at six o'clock on a Saturday evening.
The defending champions on the board again in the third set.
What has been interesting, we were saying that throughout the
tournament, Clarke and Willis hitting 23 aces, Mahut and Herbert,
just nine. An interesting point, the French taking the speed of Mack the
serve to dictate the first set thereafter, normally the volley and
the British pair are really cracking down, six aces, opposed to their
opponents with only two. Very dictatorial off the serve.
Encouraging for the partisan crowd, who are understandably getting right
behind them. We have had a fault and a correction. And the challenge.
Yes, understandably. That was a bit long. Let us have a look. Come on!
They will take it! Even reverse the Hawk might have struggled to see
that that one was in. Hawk-Eye was not named after ruthless, but that
is a nice touch. -- ruthless. I think Clarke, Lewis was frozen in
disbelief at his partner had missed that volley but he could not see
beyond the Frenchman in his way. He was obscured as well, having a
little nap? Stay awake! Support your boys! This is not a typical Saturday
afternoon weather. Says the Scotsman! Factor 400!
This is a big moment in the match for Clarke and Willis, they had
momentum after winning the second set 6-1. The French are plenty of
support in attendance as well. That is the box for Mahut, just behind
the Blitz. -- the British pair. Willis has always had that type of
skill and that was sublime, solos with his hands, look at that, that
takes a lot of self trust. -- so loose with his hands. He has done it
again. We mentioned he is very much, I asked what the secret was to
having that touch at the net and he said his legs. Yes, you must pick
the right sort of ball, if it is coming to very fast it is very
difficult to hit the drop volley off map. The signal behind the back from
Marcus. Big point for the defending champions. That was an untimely
double fault from Clarke, hopefully he can redeem himself landing the
first served. The French team with a break point opportunity early in
this third set. He has been rock solid at the net.
Winning three points from their in this game alone. Very few empty
seats and there are a lot of people waiting to get in outside. This will
probably be filled up very shortly. That point was set up by a fabulous
return of serve by Nicolas Mahut. It really was and the log from Willis
was good but this man is so sprightly to get over his backhand
side and turn that into the forehand smash quickly. The second
opportunity for the French. That is a good call, to say to
Marcus, leave it. That is a family of Clarke. Not bad,
what are you doing today? I am going to see Jay, playing at Wimbledon.
Nice! Then you get them coming out of the woodwork. Maybe a couple,
perhaps for your granny. It is every player's... If you can play at
Wimbledon... It keeps all of your friends quite. Exactly the same!
They have done it again! The umpire says they made the return
but they are disputing that. That was a stern look from the
umpire in the chair, first served. -- first serve.
What about Jade Clarke by Derek? Smiling. It makes it so much more
entertaining when you are the boys watching are thoroughly enjoying it.
It is there to see some humour and emotion, isn't it? Another tennis we
see sometimes is a little bit expressionless. -- some of the
tennis we see. Well played by Marcus. He had to be careful when he
slept that he did not touch the net, which he did not. Saving two break
points. Deadlock on the scoreboard and there is a lot of energy around
the British camp right now. Really closing down then it quickly,
Willis, just that little stumble afterwards but the ball was dead and
buried. There was an issue. -- there was no issue. If, for any reason,
the ball had not gone over, bounced on the other side of the net, that
would be a requirement for the eagle eye umpire to see what came first,
touching the net or the ball dropping onto the net.
We have had a lot of talk this week about the court and the weather and
the dryness of the court as well. We have had a look, what do you think?
The courts are looking good. I think there has been a little bit of
complaint from the players but not much, just because they are dry but
they are playing very well. I think there is a lot of residue, dust and
loose grass and the end of the play of the day but they have this
massive vacuum cleaner that can claim all of the court. Part of the
ritual at the end of play. -- they can clean up all of the court. Even
if it gets dusty around the baseline, the vacuum cleaners will
pick all of that up. And they are playing very fast as well. That is
like a wicket, where he is standing. The courts also get watered every
night as well. They are on service. Beautiful look, shall court number
three, and beyond, in the distance, Court Number Two. As we have the
players balcony, and just inside, the restaurant, they often spill
over the top to enjoy some of the play. Formerly the graveyard court,
Court Number Two. These traditional ears would love this to be the
graveyard court was taking on the second seeds, the defending
champions with this French pair. Great effort so far. We have lost a
number of seeds already, the Bryan brothers are out. Jamie Murray
losing against Bruno Suarez, cell... And the 15th seeds are also gone. In
the same have, at the foot of the draw. And right at the foot of
Wimbledon, if you have not been here, you do not realise the climb
that is required to get to court number 18, were in the depths, at
the bottom of Church Road. He mentioned earlier a lot of people
waiting outside to get in some is a little delay. Here you go, take your
time. Job done. And we will get under way again.
It is a pretty steep climb from here to Murray Mount or Henman Hill. Yes,
and often it can take a while because of the hustle and bustle,
you have to go weaving around three different people. Dominic Thiem and
Donaldson getting under way, but Djokovic and Gulbis also playing on
Centre Court. That is a good serve, from Marcus. Djokovic delighted, his
second seeds starters, having not posted great results but he is
through against Gulbis. -- second seed status. He just took a little
bit of back that serve, Marcus Willis, his variety on the service
game has been excellent, keeping his opponents guessing. Just 93 mph but
it is precision rather than power. He continents with his partner is
very well, left and right, difficult for the contenders to get any
rhythm. Swinging one-way from Marcus and the other from Clarke. They had
a fine victory in the first game, great noise, they were taking their
shoes off and everything. But as a reference to last year... There is a
challenge coming here. -- that is a reference to last year.
There was a complaint from Marcus that maybe that should have been
spotted and the call should not have been made. They have done very well
with their challenges, so far, the British pair.
The majority of these fans, if they had not seen these teams before,
which is the number two seeds and which is the wildcard? You could not
say with confidence which was which? There is a massive disparity between
the rankings as well. The immediate challenge from Clarke.
The French pair pretty confident that clipped the line. Let us see.
Going pretty gung ho with the challenges!
That was unlucky. When that came off his racquet, it did look like it
might be in. Just enough spin to take that out.
Size 13 feet! Just as well he has co-sponsorship and clothing deal!
That was a good service from the defending champions. 3-2, the third
set. I wonder, this is the first time
that Herbert and Mahut have come to Wimbledon as defending champions,
the additional pressure perhaps telling a little bit? Because
performances of late have not been to the standard they have set
themselves? It is difficult to get performance consistency, there are
so many good teams out there, they are just pecking at your heels all
the time, especially when you are this heralded team at the French
pair. It is just tough to retain that level of consistency that you
could see with Jamie Murray and Bruno Suarez, going out last
night... It is very difficult. Taking that 7-5 in the end. It is
amazing, testament to the depth of men's tennis, you have the British
wild card pair, here. 708 in the world, and Clarke, 882. And they are
contesting this match really well. Up against the second seeds. And the
reigning champions! Quite outstanding. Clarke serving at 2-3
in the third set. Maybe they have not reached the
standards they have set themselves, Wellington onto Grand Slams, they
had that fine win in the first round, taking out Gonzalez and
Donald Young, who reached the final of the French Open before losing to
Harrelson and Venus. They have been using this formation
quite a lot on the serve of Clarke. What it means is that when Marcus is
down that the net, the returners do not know which way she will go, left
or right, and her fears quick off the mark, he can pick off the return
of the net and he is so a deft -- adept with half volleys and his
artistry. He can normally get the volley away. But if he gets that
wrong, he gets burned. The return tactic against this is normally to
hammer the return down blind. -- down the line. But away from Clarke
to secure another point. Look at that fine first volley. Mahut tried
to intervene but his body weight was going backwards and Clarke could
stamp all over that one. Into the Open court.
Marcus has been serving well. But also Clarke. Three games each. The
third set. There could be some after son having to be applied later this
evening! -- after son. She already has the water and the
sunglasses... Nicely done. Monday and Tuesday in the village, there
were more than a few red faces and red arms and various other things.
It is not just what that some people are drinking as well! Their souvenir
glasses. -- water that some people are drinking.
The French team have been without written in the serving deliveries,
yielding six double faults already, very uncharacteristic, not just
getting the run of the challenges either. The British are just
clipping the lines, all-important lines. That is nice from the
languid, six foot four tall Herbert. What about that return from Clarke?
That was like a missile! That was very loud on the microphone! He
really got a hold of that. Keeping that nice and low. How could you not
enjoy yourself? The cloud has gobbled up the sun
temporarily, which is a rarity for this week. It has been sun-kissed
throughout and the players will probably welcome that little relief
from the dazzling sunshine. The temperatures have been kinder to
date, a little bit lower, 26 degrees. Very little breeze. Ideal
for the ball tosses and the like. I guess a lot of these fans will be
getting ahead of themselves with a possible British wind? Who knows? --
possible British winners. Nice to have some doubles on BBC Two, plenty
more next week but we are leaving this, to continue watching you can
do so on the Red Button and also on the website. I am sure you will
understand we were moving, heading straight to Centre Court to see the
18 time grand slam champion, seven times Wimbledon champion, Roger
Federer, in his match against Mischa Zverev, the brother of Sasha. They
have just got under way. You have only missed one point. Tim Henman
and Mark Petchey are with this one. Encouraging start, the opening point
from Zverez against the Roger Federer server. -- serve.
There will be more of what that came from today, the serve and volley
tactics will be limited, you would feel, on a fairly frequent basis by
Zverez. He could not have hit that approach
any better, Zverez. Hypothetically, that is a good tactic if you can
play strong to the forehand to open up the backhand. And especially
being left-handed, you have a chance to come forward. But you have to go
into the forehand of Roger Federer with some firepower.
UMPIRE: Game Federer. First point went Mischa's way. The next four
went Federer's. That type of rally that develops is
something that Zverev will be keen not to allow to happen on his own
service games here. It was a clinic in Australia how he
returned the Zverev serve after Zverev had earlier put out Murray in
the tournament. One of their differences is how
close Federer stayed to the baseline consistently on the return not
giving Zverev time to get in. Federer sending a couple of early
messages with those passing shots. For a big guy at the net, sometimes
it's easier to react and dive to the side. Not as easy to get your body
out of the way down the middle. He will have considered that a real
chance to give himself the first break point of the match.
Interesting to note just how often he went into the body of Federer
with his first serve, almost 50% of the time on the deuce side.
Because Federer stays on the baseline, that's why he's trying to
tuck him up there with the bigger serve.
He's created two break points against Federer this year and broken
once. That's better. Had he taken Tim
Henman's advice he might have got a couple of break points early in this
match. That first serve was actually out. Hawk-Eye tells us.
Tough to see how Zverev will have an impact in the rallies when he's
playing from nine feet behind the baseline.
Little more challenging for Federer but a hold all the same.
SUE BARKER: Federer 2-1 up. We'll be right back on centre. One result to
bring you. Younger brother Sascha is through winning in straight sets
against Ofner of Austria. He will next take on Milos Raonic, last
year's finalist on Monday. That will be in the Fourth Round on Monday.
Just 20 years of age. Many people's tip to be a world number one. More
of him on Monday. Over on Court No 1, another of the
up-and-coming youngsters, 23-year-old Dominic Thiem, who is
trying to break into the top five. He's seeded eight at these
championships. It is a look ahead to the future, his opponent just 20
years of age, Donaldson. That match is on the red button and BBC Sport
website. Over on court 2, we've got Martina
Hingis here. She is partnering Jamie Murray in the doubles. He
disappointingly lost in the men's doubles yesterday. They are the top
seed in the Mixed Doubles. They are taking on a British pair. They're
5-3 up. That match is on the red button. That's what's happening
elsewhere, back we go. COMMENTATOR: Federer just finding
his way into this match, just checking what sort of different
tactics Zverev is bringing to the party tonight.
Slightly awkward time of day at the far end for another ten minutes or
so. Just classic return against the
serve, volley. That's the danger when you don't
find the body, goes into the pocket. 124mph and Zverev has only taken a
couple of steps into the court. He's always had a good record
against left handers if they're not from Majorca in Spain. Career-wise
he's won 115 matches and lost 36. 23 of those against Rafa. If we take
Federer from when he really became the player he is... That we see
today from when he won Wimbledon in 2003, he is 92 match victories
against left handers with just 26 losses. Of course, 23 of those to
Nadal. I'm not going to make you name the
three. I'd be impressed if you even got one
actually. I'm putting my thinking cap on.
An empty court. Zverev nowhere to be seen and trailing Federer in his
wake at the moment. 4-1 already. This is the hardest you've worked in
many years, isn't it, Tim? You've got me going now! It's a good trivia
one. Three lefties since 2003? While you think about that, here's
another thought, why do you think it is that Zverev has decided since
Australia to move so deep against Federer off the return? He's moved
on his second serve six metres further back. In Australia, super
aggressive, up inside the baseline. He's gone so much deeper against it.
What would be the logic for that? I can't answer that question because
if you ask me, it's a mistake. The one thing that you can do more
easily on a hard court is take the ball earlier because you've got a
perfect bounce. On a grass court, after six days of play, it's not
always easy to take the ball early. If Zverev is going to play this far
behind the baseline, when they get into rallies, where the serve is
taken out of the equation, I'd be surprise today he won 20% of the
points -- surprised if he won 20% of the
points. I'm going to throw out my first
lefty - didn't he in Asia lose to Vinolas? That's correct.
You've got me totally distracted now. I'm not even watching this
match! A shout out to Wayne Arthurs. No. It is with a country with an A,
Austrian. Kubec? Meltzer. Put me out of my misery. Delbonas as well. In
the midst of changing racquets in 2013.
He will be happy he's had the opportunity to play out here on the
Centre Court. There was a time in his career where he was thinking of
stopping. He had wrist fractures, fractured
ribs, herniated disc in his back. It's phenomenal that he is out here,
partly due to his brother's love of tennis and his willingness to
support Mischa to get him back. It's just not meant to look that
easy. Exactly what I was thinking. Federer trying to work over Zverev's
forehand. I think it's easier for Zverev to take his chip backhand
earlier, play into the forehand keeping him further behind the
baseline. A terrific return. Federer unsure,
for once, what to do. Caught in two minds whether to play
the ball as a volley or pick up the half-volley.
Just the second break of the Federer serve this year. You Deserve This
House earned it well. -- Zverev earned it well. He was
ranked inside the world's top 50 in 2009, courtesy of those injuries and
lack of motivation dropped all the way outside the ATP top 1,000 by
March 2015. For him to be back this year with a career high of 29
earlier, currently playing at 30 in the world, is just a wonderful story
for the Zverev family which has a few more chatters to be written by
the younger brother as well. But now the focus on Mischa. Father on the
right in the white cap. His mum behind. Not always watching. Down in
Australia, fortunate to be there this year, she was having a little
stroll, while Sasha was out there in a tight battle. She wasn't wanting
to watch. Willing to watch her son against Federer.
Going to go a long way long. With Federer going down the middle on a
few passing shots, you're eager to react, basically couldn't get his
racquet out of the way of it. Clinically put away. Trying to
utilise those skills at the net, find the angles rather than the
pace. Linesperson taking another direct
hit. All credit to Zverev, 4-1 first set,
looked like Federer could run away with things. He's dug his heels in,
played a couple of great games to get the score back level.
Good pressure being applied by Federer.
The way he's stepping into the backhand and really being
aggressive, that's been a definite change this year.
UMPIRE: Correction. Called out, overruled by the chair.
107mph forehand winner which unleashed the power.
As you say, Tim, his ability to step in this year, particularly on the
return and hit over it and there's his backhand in full flow, it's been
a major winning shot this year. It certainly has. In some respects
that's a slightly easier backhand when the ball is low. The one that's
really been impressive is when it's up high, shoulder high, with the
one-handed backhand and certainly when it's come from a left-hander
with heavy spin, not easy to do. But I really feel that Federer is
looking to be more aggressive on that side.
That's why Zverev wants to get to the net, he will be punished off the
backhand side as well as the forehand, also the spin rate, the
control he has compared to Zverev. That looks like one of your forehand
spin rates. That could be slice as well! Nine games in, looking at the
stats, first serve percentage for Zverev 82%. It's not as if he's just
rolling it into the middle of the box. He's being aggressive. He'd
like to keep that up. Things moving along at quite a pace.
Just 28 minutes for the first ten games.
It's almost like he used the change of pace on that forehand, looped it
high, kept the ball deep. Not something you expect to see on a
grass court. Certainly not oblivious to the
pressure at times, Federer. Live by their sword, die by their
sword. You know when Federer is up against it, he's going to be
aggressive, not scared to finish the point at net
What a phenomenal rally and such a good point as well.
Smart tennis from Zverev. Very deep return. He has an opportunity to
press Federer with the backhand and this sets up another break point
opportunity. UMPIRE: Mr Federer challenging the
call. Right in front of us. There was no confidence. The call was a
little bit late. That is why. You could hear just how important
that was to Federer. So easy in these situations to say
that it is Federer who has gone off the ball rather than give credit to
his opponent, who is employing these deeper tactics and when he finds the
time he has a nice blend with his backhand, pushing some and hitting
some of them as well. He has certainly surprised me with some of
the baseline exchanges, he has stayed in there and when he has the
opportunity to move forward he has done so. Federer is in a match right
now. The foundation has been laid by the serve of Zverev, 77% first
serves in the court. You can see Federer pulling out a tissue from
his bag. He is not 100%, I do not think, health-wise. It was picked up
after his last match, doing his interviews. Struggling a little bit
with the cold. It was given to him by one of his boys. I am sure he
appreciated that! Such a difficult ball to volley,
there was no pace, dipping quickly. And that big second serve at 40-0.
Not looking so clever right now. He served a double fault. Suddenly back
at deuce and no two points away from losing the first set.
In the end, they did not come back to haunt him but it did make life
tougher going into the tie-break. Of course, they played a tie-break in
their last outing which Federer won. Even the best in the world need a
little bit of luck at times! He gets so many crisp returns you do not
expect to see that mis-hit, recognised with the apology from
Federer. Definitely out. Another great
pick-up from Zverev. He has got three challengers, this
is purely for peace of mind at this stage in the set.
He accomplishes the goal of hanging onto both service points in style as
well. In his previous service game he missed a few first serves but,
come the tie-break, time and again that finds its mark.
He really has not frequented the middle on his serve at all in the
opening set, Zverev, but in the tie-breaker he has gone there and a
couple of times he has kept Federer guessing on the return.
Again, he has gone there a couple of times in this tie-breaker he gets to
within one point of Federer. He did a great job of sticking in the first
set early on and he has done a great job of sticking in this tie-break.
Slight benefit with the serve and volley on his second serve in the
set that Zverev thought he might come in and he dropped the return
little bit short. Potentially thinking about that. And Federer
pounced. He used the dimensions of the court
to perfection, corner to corner. That brings up three set points.
Subtlety. And, then after, severe power, directed straight at Zverev
and the opening set goes to the 18 time grand slam charging. --
champion. SUE BARKER: Roger Federer takes the
first set on the tie-break. This happened a short time ago, Martina
Hingis in the Mixed Doubles with Jamie Murray, the top seeds. Looking
at Martina Hingis, winning five grand slam singles championships, 17
grand slam doubles championships in the women's doubles and the Mixed
Doubles, winning 6-3, 6-0. Very much the favourites to take the title,
Jamie Murray and by Tina Hingis. On Court Number One, Dominic Thiem has
taken the first set 7-5, on serve in the second, so much expected of this
young man, one of the youngsters tipped for the top, that is the
feature match on the Red Button. And back to the match we were watching
on BBC Two, with Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis, Jay Clarke is just 18
and Marcus Willis is making such a name for himself, getting through
qualifying last year and playing Federer, 2-1 up against the
defending champions and the number two seeds, that could be a big story
and if you want to watch that, it's on the Red Button and the website.
And over on Court 12, defending champions in the Mixed Doubles,
Heather Watson, going well. 4-1 up with two breaks in the first set.
Also on the Red Button and the website. That is what is happening
around the grounds. Back to the main court.
This has been a highly entertaining opening set, the sort of tennis
perhaps we do not see enough of these days, the role serving and
volleying of Zverev, and more sporadic from Federer but some
wonderful passing shots. Some subtle tennis. Some wonderful strategy
employed by both men out there. Lots to savour.
It was going slow enough to see this one.
That sometimes is when you don't make the shot, you put the thought
into the bind over an opponent that you might go there again and Federer
are shaping up to make another lob and Zverev was backing off, but he
was strong enough to pick up that volley, one of the strongest,
fittest players out there, Zverev. Sometimes when serving and
volleying, the faster the return comes, the easier it is and Federer
took off the pace and Zverev had to keep that half volley deep.
UMPIRE: Thank you, Madam, can we have the ball back? Thank you. You
can throw it! I do not think the lady who picked the ball up was
particularly keen to give it back! She had hidden it behind her! Behind
her back! Trying to keep a souvenir. The shot is still open, isn't it?
These tennis balls are quite expensive.
Strong start. To get up and running. 77 and three, Roger Federer, when
winning the opening set at Wimbledon, his losses to Jo Wilfried
Tsonga in 2011, he was 2-0 up and the winner in 2013 and Novak
Djokovic in the final of 2014 but it is not an occurrence or I lead that
happens too often. That he loses. Zverev will have his work cut out.
We talk about little steps and getting into position, he is one of
the best are taking a big step to cover a lot of ground to get to the
ball but he needs to. -- that he needs to. Quick between points, in
terms of pace. You can see how he has changed his return profile
against the serve and volley today, in his opening rounds, just 53%,
getting the ball back into play to get a chance to play and today he
has had to go after it with Zverev coming after him, almost nightly 3%,
he has been driving through the ball. -- 93%.
Different attacks need different defences and that is why the
top-flight stay at the top because they can't find whatever is thrown
at them through the course of the Grand Slam, he has got away with
this, Fergus Murphy decided there was no hindrance, strictly speaking
that probably should have been replayed.
That was shot that losing talent. Such class and quick thinking
because that was another terrific pick-up from Zverev. Look at that.
It looked like he could defend the situation against anyone and against
anybody else he would have. Unbelievable shot. And this is a
break point. That is saved. With an immaculate delivery. Terrific tussle
at the start of the second. I thought this might be a dying art,
the serve and volley play, but we certainly do not want this to go out
because it is exhilarating. It creates such a shotmaking skills
from your opponent, as well. If there is any consolation for
Zverev right now, he is forcing Federer to produce perfection. The
unfortunate news for the German is that he is delivering.
That was a stunning returning game and it stunned the German.
Sheer excellence from Federer in that particular game, Zverev did
nothing wrong, serving well on the break point after getting passed by
that wonderful backhand from Federer. And Zverev will be
wondering, what else can he do to keep this match as competitive as it
currently is? And all is very well with this man's
world. This is why - look at this, what a pick-up from Zverev, he cuts
down the angles, you think, until Federer produces that. Pure
instinct, isn't it? And a little bit of talent thrown in as well.
He doesn't have the raw power of Zverev on the forehand side that is
younger brother does, Federer did not give him anything, 90 mph on his
second serve, that is pretty routine for him.
It is not really easy, psychologically, for Zverev, he has
played a lot of good tennis and he is down one set and a break and he
might start to push a little bit too hard. In actual fact, he just has to
keep doing the same thing and hope that the levels from Federer drop a
little bit. And that feels like me hope, the way
that Federer is playing. Not a lot of it based on reality. He has
beaten Nishikori, David Ferrer, Morena Baccarin Australia, Stan
Wawrinka. He has got quality, this man. -- Andy Murray in Australia.
I'm not surprised his backers are, having to bend for so many of these
low volleys. -- his back is sore. Quality second serve, 104mph, deep,
sliding into the body. If he misses his spot by six inches
it will be in the hitting zone of Federer's return.
UMPIRE: Game, Zverev. Nice, gritty hold
The 29-year-old is still very much competitive. They said he got a
little tired in the start of the third set in the previous round.
Said his opponent started reading his serve, but ended up going five.
Maybe just feeling a little bit, as you say Tim. Federer not only hits
the winners, but he forces you to work so incredibly hard all the time
with the amount of balls that he's getting back into court at the
height he's getting them into court as well.
That's the challenge when you're playing Federer on any surface. He
can hurt you in so many ways. He's got such a good serve. He hits his
spots. Get the ball back into play, dominating with his forehand.
He's not scared to come forward. He's a great athlete. Not many areas
to attack. Federer halfway to victory after a
set-and-a-half here. UMPIRE: Mr Federer challenging the
call, left far side line. The ball was called out. I think he missed
one of these in '98, but not since! UMPIRE: Mr Federer has two
challenges remaining. Swing and a miss as it just holds up
and jumps up off the line. He's been in imperious form in this
second set, has not put a foot wrong.
That last volley brings up his third hold of the second set. Zverev needs
to find a way to get competitive here in the second set and find a
way to break back. At this stage is there anything he
can do or is he solely reliant on Federer just dropping off the kind
of performance that we're seeing from him right now? It would
certainly help Zverev's cause if Federer missed a few first serves,
which doesn't happen too often at the business ends of these sets. If
he does see some second serves, I think he's got to put himself in a
position at the net where Federer is trying to beat him with his
backhand. It's easier said than done.
Just managed the one point against the serve in this second set has
Zverev. That was off a first serve. That is a slight problem as well,
because he doesn't have the real power and Federer sees him so far
behind the baseline. You see the pace that Federer starts running
after he hits that serve. He gets so tight to the net.
Just so clever. Talk about keeping good depth in tennis. But it was the
shortness of that ball that caused the problem for Zverev. And it was
intentional. Zverev using the slice, Federer able to sneak in. Tight to
the net again. APPLAUSE
It's good tennis from Federer, don't get me wrong. Down a set and a
break, against possibly the greatest grass court player in history, he's
got to be prepared to take a few risks.
UMPIRE: Game Federer. Standing seven, eight feet behind the
baseline to return the second serve. I don't think it's going to be
successful. Catches win matches.
UMPIRE: Game Zverev. He'll be hoping that I don't say
that after the next game, otherwise it is a long, long journey back for
Mischa Zverev down two sets to love. To be fair that would have been
harder to drop. Even in front of 15,000 people.
Seven and one against the Zverev family's, Federer, as they pop over
to see the throngs of people out here. What a pleasure that the
weather has been so fabulous so that people can enjoy that particular
spot here at Wimbledon. So many magical little corners of this
wonderful ground. That is arguably the most famous after Centre Court
these days. Sent back with such accuracy this
ball here from Zverev. Little short on the approach. Still had to be
executed the passing shot. I don't think that really shot
through like the previous serve on the ad side. That one he just
miscalculated. That brings up set point.
UMPIRE: Game and second set Federer. Wide-open space to hit that final
forehand into and it brings up a two sets to love lead for Federer. SUE
BARKER: Roger looking good again on Centre Court. We'll be right back
with that match. We can show you what's happening on Court No 1.
Dominic Thiem is two sets to love up against Donaldson, two of the young
players on the tour. That match is on the red button and available on
the website. What a story this match is on Court
3, where Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis from Britain had three match
points against the defending champions, Herbert and Mahut. They
weren't able to take it and now they've dropped the fourth set. That
is our feature match on the red button.
One result to bring you, good news for Heather Watson and her partner,
they have put out the 13th seeds 6-1, 6-3. Such a good partnership
these two and going through the championships well here again. The
defending champions safely through. That's what's been happening
elsewhere. Back we go to Centre Court.
COMMENTATOR: Eyes firmly on the prize, not wanting to take a longer
detour than necessary today to get himself through to the Fourth Round.
It's only Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Novak Djokovic who know how to come
back from the situation that is in front of Mischa Zverev right now.
Trailing two sets to love. A number of good body second serves
at about 104mph. That is eightmph slower. That's the difference. Gives
them the chance to swifl out of the way and -- swivel out of the way and
hit a shot like that. Hasn't really bothered about where
Zverev is at the net. He's gone with raw power, sometimes straight at the
German. Good hold for Zverev at the start of
this third set. I can't fault him in the way he's gone about his own
service games. For me, the return games, when he's got the opportunity
to be more aggressive on second serve is something that he could
possibly change. To be quite honest, the second serve of Federer is
possibly going to be the shortest ball he gets.
He ended up having to produce a fairly decent shot there, but at the
same time, you can see part of the problem for Zverev, when he stays so
deep, he is unable to really capitalise on a short ball from
Federer early in the rally as well. He was chasing to get up to his
UMPIRE: Game Federer. Just let the court do the work and it takes all
the bounce out of the ball. UMPIRE: New balls please.
Zverev is still sticking in here at the start of the third. I can't see
his fitness coach, who works with the Zverev brothers. I don't think
he's back out from working with Sasha on his cool round and recovery
- oh, there he is, in the glasses on the left-hand side. Can you see him
in the blue shirt. What a wonderful job he's been doing and over the
years as well, working of course, with Andy Murray along with others.
He's one of the best in the business.
That's the one-two combination from Federer down low, force your
opponent to hit the ball up and then try to pick him off.
Mum and dad urging their elder son on.
Jez Green waxes lyrical about Mischa's fitness. He says he's one
of the strongest and fastest he's ever worked with.
If you can't put your racquet on the ball, it doesn't matter what your
physical attributes are. That was as clean as they come
And the pressure too much for Zverev. Federer breaks early in the
third. SUE BARKER: So a break of serve for the seven-time champion on
Centre Court. There's a story brewing over on court number three
where Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis, this is break point in the second
game of the fifth set. Against the number two seeds and the defending
champions! Amazing scenes out on court number three. They are loving
it out there. They've already had three match points in the fourth
set, which they lost. It's in the fifth set. They are now 2-0 up and
points for 3-0 up actually. So that is the score at the moment. Jay
Clarke and Marcus Willis there. That's our feature match on the red
button. More good news it is all happening,
with British winners all over the place outside. Smith and Skupski
there. That's what's happening outside. Back we go.
What a story that would be on Court 3, looking like a wise decision from
the wildcard committee. It's been interesting to look at
Zverev's profile here. We talked about the second serve. But it's
been a lot deeper his profile returning the first serve from
Federer compared to Australia. About four metres deeper than when he was
down under. He's making less returns today from a deeper position against
Federer, winning less points as well.
There is that quote from Winston Churchill, you should occasionally
look at the results from a strategy and we can see this beautiful view
of Centre Court, maybe the strategy from Zverev needs to be taken and
about. I am sure Federer is that enough pressure on serve today. --
has felt enough pressure. He delayed the swing up the ball but
the ball was not delayed once it touched the racquet, it fired past
Zverev. Not only that, look at his footwork
after the return, he covered the drop shot if Zverev was going to go
there, well inside the baseline. Again, it is how he sees the ball
but quickly, to manufacturing the perfect type of turn off that serve.
He has been hitting through the majority of the balls and he
definitely drops in there, with nothing on it.
Quality from Zverev but the footwork and then the power to beat him from
that far behind the baseline... Well played, Zverev. Good
perseverance to defend that error. Perseverance pays off back. -- pays
off. SUE BARKER: With the break of serve
in the third set. Following this match, it has been an eventful day,
Clare Balding will have to day at Wimbledon and all of the highlights
from earlier. The middle Saturday of Wimbledon has a fantastic
atmosphere, loads of people get here because they cannot during the week
and we will have the best on court action and what the big names have
to say and the shot of the day and anything that has been happening on
social media. In theory, I will be joined by Boris Becker and Martina
Navratilova. But where is Boris? SUE BARKER: We lost Boris Becker
this morning. We were on the members lawn and he was on the players land.
All of the highlights will follow the conclusion of this match.
That was the end of the classic point although this time the hotdog
did not produce the winner, as it has done so many times in his
career. He was virtually smiling in that rally. Any other athlete that
is more relaxed in the heat of battle... ?
He can afford to be a little bit relaxed, it is not as though his
greatness is in any dispute at all, it is just a question of how great
people will describe him when he finally decides to hang up his
racquet. That day has receded quite far away after the way he has played
in 2017. Some wondered if he would even make it through to the lagoon
politics. People are now talking Tokyo. -- the Rio Olympics.
This is meant to be the third round of Wimbledon, not an exhibition! He
appears to be everywhere at times. A gentle stroll to the chair from
Federer, not even waiting to see if his opponent finish that. --
finished that off. He looks relaxed but there is clearly an intensity
that still burns brightly within him. Absolutely. Coming up to ten
past eight on Saturday, he wants to make sure he finishes this off and
move himself into the second week. It is hard to see what, if anything,
Zverev can do to delay that particular passage. His father,
Robert, in the background. They love their time here at Wimbledon. That
would not be out of place in squash. His 500 and 55 match record is not
necessarily 100% accurate but Amir Khan certainly exude confidence on
the squash court, as he does on the tennis court. A couple of games from
victory. The reaction from Zverev said it
all. That had to be going right. The lines are there to be hit. They will
certainly need repainting after this match! -- had to be going out.
That is the problem, he was caught on little bit stranded deep off the
baseline. Federer serving and volleying beautifully on the second
serve. You don't need to worry about what
your opponent is doing whenever you hit the ball but hard, do you? Just
picked a spot and whack it. The wrong shot from Federer. He
should have gone around the net post!
The first time on Centre Court for Zverev and he has acquitted himself
pretty well against one of the best players of all time on this surface.
But you feel that his time out here is closing very shortly after the
next game. He has taken on Federer five times and is yet to win one
set. He has taken him to the tie-break on three occasions. In
fact, there is only one other left-hander in the world who has
managed to beat Federer more than once. Rafa Nadal is the obvious one
but Franco Scolari managed to get a couple against Federer but it is not
that left-handers have any sort of advantage against this man. Even
limit which on the right-hand side. And the fitness trainer. What a
fantastic job he has done with the Swiss stars, they're both look like
they have not lost one step over the years. Federer has not put a foot
wrong today. He was challenged in the opening set and he responded.
After one hour and 48 minutes, he is serving for the match.
Perfection, he finishes off the challenge from Zverev. Roger Federer
moves through to a meeting with Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round.
That was a lovely contest. Old school tennis being deployed by
Zverev. But once again, he fights off most challengers in some style.
Federer will take the plaudits but I think Zverev but in a very good
performance, digging his heels in in the first set, fine serve and volley
tennis. But it did not take long for Federer to continue to go through
the gears. Another straight sets win. And through to the second week.
An attractive match, enjoyed by everyone, including his wife. And
his parents. An attractive match on Monday as well. In prospect, with
Grigor Dimitrov, the Bulgarian started the year strongly and has
yet to win against Federer. 5-0 is the statistic there. A lot of people
will tune in to watch those two face-off against each other. Over
1100 matches won on tour and how many million autographs has he
signed over the years? And he continues to do so, his love of the
sport undiminished. The miles he has flown, the miles on the clock in
terms of his body. Yet he does not seem to have lost any of the joy
that the experiences and he steps onto any court around the world,
particularly this one. A very special place for him over the
years. A lot of smiles within Centre Court,
so many fans here. He wins in straight sets. And he will discuss
that win with Lee McKenzie. Congratulations. Three sets in under
two hours, Zverev trying to throw everything at you but at times he
had him ducking for cover. A lighted? I thought it was a good
match, it was fun to play against a serve and volley player, you will
see Lance and passing shots and drop shots so I thought it was nice to
see that again and the crowds were unbelievable again and Mischa Zverev
is a great guy and we really fed off each other, very happy. On paper it
is the toughest had at Wimbledon so far. Do you feel battle hardened
heading into the second week and do you need to be? Yes, it is important
to get through the first week with a good feeling and I think I got that,
first with the walkover, that did not give me much information but I
saved my energy. Crucial energy, looking down the stretch but we have
one round at a time and I must say it is always the first goal to get
to the second week so I made that today. I am very happy to just sit
back and relax today and come back stronger on Monday. Grigor Dimitrov
in the next round, he has been likened to you in the past but has
never beaten you in the five times you have met. Will he be tough?
Every time I play against him he is stronger than before. He is in the
perfect age, he is starting to understand his game best, he is
physically strong, mentally he took the next step, that is what you
expect from a player of his calibre. He had a Great Run in Australia,
almost beat Rafa Nadal in the semifinals, we almost could have
played in the finals. I am ready for a tough one but I am sure it will be
another exciting match because he is a great shotmaker. Well done.
SUE BARKER: What a glorious match that will be. Two of the best ball
strikers in the world. Zverev played his part, you can tell the great
friends but Roger Federer marches on into the second week, yet again,
with another straight sets win on Centre Court Federer is on his way.
From the superstore on Centre Court, to a big story that is taking place
on Court number three. The British duo, the wildcards, Jay Clarke, just
18, and Marcus Willis, the fairy tale story last year, up against the
number two seeds, defending champions, Mahut and Herbert. It is
for- two to the British team in the fifth and final set. And Jay Clarke
is serving, Mark Donaldson and ball hand on commentary.
Challengers have been their friend today, for the most part. They have
had a fair bit of good fortune. Especially with the first couple of
sets. Yes, good return. Acknowledged by both Jay Clarke and Marcus. A
very good player, Herbert. There is keenness in their step, the French
are marching around in the return positions, there is good energy.
They took an extra bit of time, Jay Clarke calling Marcus back. Just for
confirmation. That is a superb serve. And the pressure as well, it
hits one of our cameramen. There is a big smile on his face as well. It
is actually the cameraman bringing you that shot right there!
Unperturbed. By the violent tennis ball!
What have you! Packed house on a Saturday night. Never mind U2 and
Knowle Gallagher at Twickenham! This is what it is all about! -- Knowle
Gallagher. One of the easier call stomach. That was a big point, that
is a gift for Mahut. They cannot sit still in the Willis
Clarke camp, it is getting twitchy. Our heart rate monitor would be very
interesting! And Ball is gone. -- dot ball is gone. -- that ball. 5-2.
And one game away, the defending champions in big trouble!
People still spilling into the court to catch a glance of this, it really
is would be a seismic result for the British pair, the wildcards, who
would have thought this? This is how they secured the last game to get to
5-2. Wonderful kick serve from Jay Clarke and terrific hand skills from
Marcus Willis, who has been so inventive at that. So effective
together, look at the energy they have created. If they can turn this
around, then Jay Clarke will make even more headlines in the Derby
Telegraph! After coming back from two sets down in the first round...
They find themselves just one game away.
What a return from Jay Clarke! Causing confusion down the middle,
which is normally reinforced in doubles but because the service
partner went for the cross, it caused a little confusion. Solid
return from Jay Clarke. And it is caught and returned. These
two have been playing together forever and they have achieved a
heck of a lot, the other two on the side of the net, they got together
just weeks ago! So, after three hours and ten
minutes, at 11 minutes past eight on a glorious Saturday evening, the man
who made so many headlines last year, Marcus Willis, will serve. His
18-year-old partner, Jay Clarke, might just be moments away from
history. The finishing line, although inside,
is proving hard to cross right now. -- in sight. He is a kid, he is a
teenager, but he just knew what he had to do. That was incredibly
mature. That timely cross and exquisitely put away. Still work to
do. The Patriots really getting behind
the British wildcards. In comes Herbert. What a serve!
Again, the slice down the T brings up match point! 40-30. They might
look calm. Inside, it is a different story.
Witness the wildcards sending this crowd wild! The defending champions
go out! SUE BARKER: Look at the family
celebrating in the crowd. Massive scenes on Court number three. The
crowd on their feet, they have seen the British wildcards but out the
defending champions, what an incredible story this is! Well done
to Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis. Wonderful scenes out there and I am
sure they will be celebrating for the rest of the weekend. What a way
to finish this first week here at Wimbledon. Clare Balding is next
with Today at Wimbledon, stay tuned for that and I will be back on
Monday for more from 11:30am on BBC Two. Goodbye!