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Week one at Wimbledon was packed with action. But today, it shifts up
a gear. The last 16 in the men's and women's all play, big names,
champions wherever you look. It is a day like no other in the Grand Slam
calendar. Stick with us, you won't want to take your eyes off it. This
is magical, Manic Monday. It is that sort of day, there is so
much happening here at the All England Club. It is my favourite day
of the Championships, my favourite day of any Grand Slam. And knows a
prize that the queues were so long this morning, because there's great
tennis on all the courts here today. Here comes Jo Konta, with the
pressure building in the second week of Wimbledon. She's looking relaxed.
Rafael Nadal, also arriving, he certainly knows how to handle the
pressure, the two-time champion, up against Gilles Muller today, who has
served 72 aces so far. Caroline Garcia is facing Jo Konta today. She
reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, and said then that she
thought the pressure of being a hometown player. No pressure on her
today. This is 19-year-old Ana Konjuh, and grass really could be
her best surface. She is the youngest player left in the drawer,
and she's facing the oldest player left, Venus Williams, five-time
champion and the only former champion left in the winning score.
All eyes are on this court again, in the corner, where Andy Murray likes
to be, with his team, doing some gentle serves a. He has been there
for about 40 minutes or so. There's Ivan Lendl. Everybody looking for
the limp, but as Tim keeps telling me, it is not what happens between
the points, it is only what happens during the points which matters, and
he has looked so good so far at Wimbledon. It is a lovely day here.
Here we are in pink! What a day this is, Tracy Austin, isn't it lovely?
This is THE best day of the Grand Slams, because you have the men and
women laying all on one-day. It a feast for everyone. You have just
been out on the practice courts, we've got superstars practising
everywhere. Murray, on his favourite court. Yeah, he's keeping his
routine. It is my favourite day. It is not so brilliant when you've got
to make the schedules, you're going to upset some people! It's almost as
if you haven't enough show courts. Have got so many a lot of matches. A
good day to have a ticket. It certainly is. Being out here, this
is where matches are won and lost. This is where it happens. Yesterday
I sat right up there in the clubhouse, and think that's the best
seat in the house on Sunday, because from 11 o'clock until about two
o'clock, you see everybody coming through, and you know someone is
coming as in other cameras are focused on them. What I found
interesting was how everybody is so different when they practise for
their 40 minutes of. Some are more intense than others, I love to see
how they try to get their form. And this is where it is different. The
other Grand Slams, you play on Sunday, whereas here, you have the
day off. The girls and guys can come in here and have a practice, as you
say, and the sort of regroup. It is almost like a tournament of two
hearts. Tim, you may have your hill here, but I heard from a member that
Aorangi Park, before it was called that, was actually a field, and
apparently, it was called Barker's Field. I am prepared to go with
that! I think it is only fitting, because I played most of my best
tennis on the practice courts! Let's have a look at who will be playing
today. Offending champion and top seed Andy Murray has won his last 25
matches against French players. Benoit Paire will be trying to break
that streak today. Jo Konta is aiming to become the first British
woman to reach the quarterfinals since 1984. She faces France's
Caroline Garcia, who is yet to drop a set in these Championships. Former
Queen's Club champion Mahgoub Dimitrov says he's paying better
tennis than ever this year. But he will need to be, because he faces
the great Roger Federer this afternoon. Teenager Ana Konjuh is
the youngest player left in the draw, born in 1997, the year Venus
Williams made her Wimbledon debut. Rafa Nadal is yet to drop a set so
far this year and he faces fellow left-hander Gilles Muller, who at 34
is in the best form of his career. World number one angelic further has
had to battle her way into the second week. She plays another
former finalist, Djokovic ago rather, who has looked impressive so
far. Adrian Mannarino is the lowest ranked player left in the draw and
the Frenchman is dangerous on grass. Can he stop Novak reaching the
quarterfinals for the ninth time? Those are the matchups, and let's
show you where they will be. If you have a ticket for Centre Court...
Equally impressive, over 11 court, Jo Konta is first up, followed by
Rafa and then Novak. Getting it under way on Court No. 2,
the world number one, Angelique Kerber.
And on Court No. 3, plenty of experience in that first match. And
still it comes. French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, can she cause
another big upset, when she takes on the number four seed, Elina
Svitolina? And don't forget, you can watch
every match and every point across the BBC platforms. Wherever you are,
the website, social media, 5 Live, they will keep you up to date as
well. Depending on your TV provider, you can watch six matches on the red
button. Let's just show you what is happening right now. Because the
matches are beginning to get under way. This is out on Court No. 2, and
we will be going to this one fairly soon - Angelique
Kerber up against Muguruza, who mini people are tipping could be the
champion here, including myself! On Court No. 3, they're just completing
their warm up. Over on Court Number 12, it's Jelena Ostapenko. Over on
Court No. 18, we will be keeping an eye on the only qualifier left in
the draw, Petra Martic. It is absolutely exhausting getting
through all of those, Tracy! It is all happening, it is incredible. It
is, we have Angelique Kerber against Muguruza, the two ladies who lost to
Serena Williams in the last two finals, and they are playing in the
fourth round, it's mouthwatering. In the bottom half of the glaucoma you
have Victoria Azarenka, the mother coming back, and playing against
Simona Halep. Think that is an incredible matchup. Azarenka is only
in her second tournament back, but she's starting to play. Both of
those ladies are former semifinalists. And a huge day for Jo
Konta? It is, she has had an impressive first week. She had a
fantastic match on Centre Court against Vekic. I feel her form is
progressing so nicely. She's serving well, progressive from the back of
the court, so hopefully she can continue that for the rest of the
week. We came here thinking Kvitova, and then Pliskova, they've both gone
out. Let's take a look at the leading ladies now, with Lee
McKenzie. This year, it is more wide open than ever. By the end of the
second round, over half the women's seeds had fallen. Serena Williams is
pregnant, Maria Sharapova absent. No single person is dominating women's
tennis, no-one is invincible. The young sharks are circling. They're
fearless, with nothing to lose. For the older players, it is their
experience that is now their strength. There's so many names in
the mix, it is almost like the Grand National. There is no girl where I
say, this one will be in the final. It is very hard. It feels that
anybody can beat anybody else. There's 16 women left in the draw,
and I legitimately think there's ten who have the chance to win the
title. As we enter the second week, who are the danger women we should
be looking out for? You have Simona Halep Mahut got to the semifinals a
couple of years ago. Angelique Kerber has not played that well, but
she's fighting her way through. Muguruza, who won the French Open
last year, finalist at Wimbledon a couple of years ago. But she has not
been consistently playing at the elite level this year create Johanna
Konta is being looked at as a favourite here, but she has also
been playing very consistently, and I think that's something which could
be the difference maker. I think she has every potential to win. An
outsider for me would be Coco Vandeweghe, who has a huge serve.
Venus Williams I would say still has a lot of weapons in even though
she's the oldest woman in the draw. As the five-time former champion,
her game can translate, and she can win next Saturday. It is all going
to come down to whoever can take the moment and take the extra motivation
of knowing, maybe Serena is not here, Sharapova is not here, but I'm
good enough to win a Grand Slam. That's what it comes down to, trying
to win those seven matches in a row. There is no such thing as a sure
thing when it comes to the Grand National, and at Wimbledon, in the
ladies this year, it's the same story. It is so exciting, because
it's so wide-open? It is, the only former champion you have is Venus,
and she's 37. If we look at the top half of the draw first, that's such
a tough match for Angelique Kerber against Muguruza. But also, Coco she
can blow people off court on grass. She really can. Caroline Wozniacki,
an in Gribble story, she was 74 in the world last year, and now, she's
back in the top ten. Never been true to the quarterfinals here before.
Yeah, not really the game to translate onto this surface. This
19-year-old Ana Konjuh is something special, isn't she? She really is.
She seems to love grass, and now playing against Venus. Franco wasn't
even born when Venus played her first major. She hits the ball so
hard and so flat. Jelena Ostapenko wins the French Open, nobody really
puts her in as a favourite? She was such an outlier at the French Open,
number 47 in the world when she won. Fearless, just turned 20, and she's
continuing on this path of winning these 3-set matches and playing with
such mental toughness. She's someone you have got to pay attention to,
because I think grass is a better service for her than clay, because
she hits so hard and flat. Simona Halep, Tim, she's quite small,
compared to some of the other women. She is, but again, she's a great
ball striker, and works with Darren Cave Hill. Darren is someone I've
known for a long time. I spoke to him before the tournament and he
said she was still struggling to get over the French Open final, but the
best way to get over that is to get back on court and through to the
second week. I don't think there is the same level of focus on her heavy
she is the world number two. I would like to see her go through. We have
been discussing the women. Now, we can join Phil Jones to have a look
at the men. Week one, and the famous four started firing. In week two, it
is time for them to go into overdrive. We are not sure if the
champion is in full working order. Second seed Novak Djokovic seems to
be back near his finely tuned best as he pursues a fourth Wimbledon
title. Rafa Nadal, seeded fourth, has found the straightest of roads
into the second week for sub a relaxed Rafa is a dangerous Rafa.
Roger Federer is polling, hardly troubled so far. And if anyone knows
how to accelerate through the gears, Federer does. It is Grigor Dimitrov
up next for the Swiss great. Can the Bulgarian who shocked Andy Murray
here three years ago derail one of the big four once more? Milos Raonic
has funded his way into the second week, his serve in excellent working
order. But he will have a tough game against Alexander Zverev, tipped as
a future champion. Marin Cilic, three wins, no sets dropped and
showing the requisite engineering for a title push. He looks fast, fit
and focused. Austrian Dominic Keane was unsure whether he had the wheels
for grass. But the French Open semifinalist looks to have adapted
well to this to range of it is time to put pedal to the metal in pursuit
of the ultimate prize. Tim, discuss! It is amazing, you look at all these
matchups, and there's some good ones. I can't see anything else
other than the big four. That's not necessarily going out on a limb! It
will be either Federer, Nadal, Murray or Djokovic! Certainly
Federer and no doubt, their level was outstanding in the first week.
Murray, a bit similar to the French Open, where he came in without any
great form, but has got through his matches. Again, I think he will come
through today against Benoit Paire. I think Raonic against Zverev will
be very, very interesting. Two huge servers. Raonic has got grass court
pedigree but Zverev is hugely promising. Has not dropped a set,
either. Lefty against lefty, you don't see that so often. Gilles
Muller has had a great grass court season, but I don't see him winning,
I think he could get a set but I think Rafa is playing too well.
Hitting the ball so aggressively, serving well. Easy on the eye,
Grigor Dimitrov against Roger Federer, similar styles.
Technically, easy on the eye! Absolutely! Just to clear that up!
But again, I think they've got very similar styles, they've both got all
the shots, but I just think Federer is a better version right now. Is --
Grigor Dimitrov started the year off so well, it is good to see him back
on track, he hasn't lost a set. You mentioned easy on the eye, but they
are not easy on the ear, as we found out!
# Never let you go! # After all that we've been through
# I will make it up to you # I promise... Cut! Stick to tennis!
I think we've heard enough! On the piano is Tommy Haas's father-in-law.
What do you think of that, Tim? I think we can safely say, don't give
up the day job. But it also goes to show how good the technology is,
because that has definitely been enhanced. Do you think? Without
doubt! Let's take a look at the stats going into this second week,
how many seeds are left. Well, there are 13 in both the men's draw and
the women Straw. Seven of those titles on the women's
side belong to Venus Williams. 14 nations represented in the fourth
round. Any surprises, what do you see today, maybe Coco Vandeweghe,
what do you think? I'm just excited to sit back and watch it all unfold.
There are so many matches on the lower courts as well. So many stars,
they really have to spread them out. Certainly, Coco Vandeweghe against
Wozniacki is a popular match -- a popcorn match. What is a popcorn
match? Just something to watch. Muguruza has been playing much
better, and she has not been to the final of any tournament since
winning the French Open last year. That's not really handling the
attention very well. And yet, this tournament, Conchita Martinez in the
box with her, she seems to be a little bit,. She hasn't lost a set.
When she dialled in, she's very tough to beat. Angelique Kerber,
number one in the world, in danger of losing that ranking. She fought
her way through the last ground, so maybe she will find confidence from
that. Lots of popcorn matches in the men's, and big servers as well, Sam
Querrey against Kevin Anderson! Yeah, there are going to be a couple
of tie-breaks there. Hopefully someone breaks in the fifth,
otherwise we could be here for a couple of days with that one! But
outside of the top four, I'm interested in Raonic against Zverev,
we've got Raonic warming up just over there. Two players who play
very well on grass, another one to watch out for. And Zverev, 20 years
of age, he's had a fantastic year, winning Rome, getting through to the
finals at Halle, a number one in waiting. Absolutely, there is no
doubt in my mind. He's looking to the long-term, working with Andy's
former fitness trainer. He said, let's give this two years. You have
the fundamentals, you hit the ball so well. But you're 6ft 6ins,
needing to add a bit more muscle. And so they slowly got him at it,
without a lot of pressure, slowly he's moved up the rankings. You look
at him, with all the weapons, you think, future number one. Briefly,
Benoit Paire, plays Andy Murray today, a difficult opponent? Yeah,
expect the unexpected. He's got that French flair, no doubt about it. An
unbelievable to hand it back and, a Shakey forehand, and over five sets,
I think Andy will be too good. He could get a set, but I see Murray
coming through. That makes us feel very good! Thank you very much, both
of you! We have been loving the sunshine, but I watched Carol
Kirkwood this morning, and she mentioned me at least twice today...
Today, we have a lovely moment, 22 Celsius, blue skies. Up until one
o'clock, there is a 20% risk of showers. Up to six at this evening,
the risk does up to about 30%. But that still means there is a 70%
chance it could stay dry. Moving into the evening, the risk
diminishes once again, and temperature comes down a little bit.
Tomorrow, it is quite a different story. We will start the day cloudy
with splashes of rain. And as we go through the day, especially from
mid-afternoon onwards, there is the risk of some heavy and persistent
rain. That risk is 80%, so not so good. But on Wednesday, the rain
fears and the sun comes back out, Sue. We will go with those
percentages, 70% it's going to be dry today! We will be keeping you
up-to-date with all the matches in the last 16, but we're heading out
to Court No. 2 to see the world number one Angelique Kerber,
surprisingly has not won title this year. But she playing well, up
against another former runner-up, Muguruza. It is on serve in the
first set. Let's join our commentators, Louise Pleming,
alongside Chris Brunt and. A repeat of the match they played
against each other here in the third round two years ago, when Muguruza
made the final. Such a big match, big names, playing
early in a Grand Slam, fourth round. Just missing that one, Angelique
Kerber, but I like how she's going into that forehand of Muguruza, and
then looking for the backhand down the line, to get her out of
position. Called out. No challenge. Angelique
Kerber challenge on the very first point of the match, and got it
wrong. There's couple of things we will be
looking for today, to see what Muguruza can do, and one of those
is, how many times can she come forward off the right ball? On this
one, Angelique Kerber had too much time. She's got the options, to go
crosscourt, or to use the lob. Again has to be careful op which
ball she's going to move forward on, because Kerber is ready.
Poor positioning. That's the other thing that Kerber needs to take care
of. That creates opportunities for Muguruza. Two things I'm really
focussing on is the amount of times forwards and how far Kerber is
behind that baseline. There's amazing presence on court -
this woman - regal. Yes, all attitude, isn't it? Terrific
attitude. Just over 4,000 seats - a full
house, pretty much full. That's where Kerber must take some
risks today. She has to be the one that's going to change up the flight
of the ball. She has to go down the flight of the line more often today
than Muguruza. It is a little breezy, but nothing
serious. A lot of clarity about Muguruza, how
she has to play today. She's clear of the game-plan. Can she continue
to execute it as well as she's in the past?
Now, what is fascinating, is you have said Louise, is how often will
Muguruza come forward to the net? She did it a lot against Kerber
here. No question about it. In 2015, I remember seeing her come forwards
about 72, 73 times, which is phenomenal. Can just notice here
where the hit point is in comparison. Hugely different from
Muguruza. The amount of times she can get inside that baseline and
limit the time that two metres behind. Look where Kerber is
tracking. That is opening up opportunities for Muguruza to go
through the three-quarter part of the court. It is an interesting
stat. That conversation must have been had with Kerber. She has to be
able to redirect the balls from Muguruza and take time away.
Second stint in the Kerber corner. Do you agree with that? Totally. I
think when Muguruza first came to our attention is when she beat
Serena Williams at the French Open, 2014. 6-2, 6-2. She did it by taking
the returns in early. She beat her again, obviously n the final here.
Lost to her in the final here two years ago.
These stats are interesting though, This young lady does not cruise
through the court as much as Muguruza. She needs that assistance
by standing up closer. To create power - good play again
from Muguruza. Well, that is exactly what Muguruza
does not like. She does not want to be the one backhand of Kerber,
pushing her around the court. She wants to dictate.
Eight unforced error from Muguruza, from one from Kerber. Does has to
get the balance right, Muguruza. Martinez looks more nervous than the
two players - the former champion. Too much time again for the pass.
Here is the first break point. That is the reason why Muguruza must
come in on the backhand side. When you are tracking across on the
backhand side you cannot see your opponent coming in on the forehand,
it's a different -- coming in. On the forehand, it's a different
Didn't even look up. She may be expecting it.
20 seconds between points allowed. UMPIRE: Advantage Miss Muguruza.
It is moving to 25 minutes from next year, men and women, in all events.
First mini-battle is won by Muguruza. Leads first set.
SUE BARKER: What a tight match this is on court number two. On this busy
day we will take you around the grounds. On court 12 Jelena
Ostapenko, a break of serve up. She was two breaks of serve up. So
Svitolina had one back. That match is on the red button. And on the BBC
Sport website. On court number three, Kuznetsova is serving for the
first set against Radwanska. Such a versatile player, Svetlana and
always tough to beat. She's on the BBC Sport website. On court 18
Magdalena Rybarikova. She has just broken back. So it is back on serve,
4-4 against Petra Martic, the only unseeded match in the last 16. We
will keep you up-to-date with that. And you may not know who that man
is, but you will know him very well by the end of the afternoon because
he will face Andy Murray. That is Benoit Paire, from France.
So, that match second on Centre Court. There are wonderful matches
all day long. We've so much to get through. You can find it on our BBC
platforms, the app, 5 Live. Wherever you are, you can follow Wimbledon
today. Hawk-Eye tells us that Muguruza was
up to 28 seconds between every point in that last game.
Close! I think the crowd were encouraging the challenge there.
This is the third part of game for Muguruza which she needs to take
care of. That backhand down-the-line can do damage today. She can hit
that on a dime. She really wants this game,
Muguruza. Dealing with love to break right here.
She needs to take care of how many errors she's going to play today.
Literally hitting a brick wall, Kerber.
Looking to get after the second serve.
Wonderful memories for Conchita. Champion here, '94.
Phenomenal tennis now. Terrific improvising from Kerber. Again just
showing what a brick wall she is. How good her defensive skills are. A
tough smash there from Muguruza. Nerves of steel. Really let that get
low. But executing... Missed it.
It did look wide. UMPIRE: The ball was called out.
Huk eye is busy. -- Hawk-Eye is busy.
APPLAUSE A super battle. The contrast.
Again, for me, Muguruza has to be particularly careful which side she
comes in. You can just see Kerber - her chest is open to the court on
that forehand. She can see her opponent coming in and attacking.
That gives her options. 7-13 now going forwards. Already up
to 13. She knows it will be tricky. Kerber's so good at making it
awkward. Will she keep doing it? Can she beat Kerber from the back of
the court? And she will continue to. This is a
good point, but Muguruza, the last couple of volleys, she's just let
that ball drop a little bit. She needs to keep moving in on top of
the net. Two of her four aces have been that
one. Just missing. She wants to be the aggressive
player out there. But she is, at times, just a little impatient,
Muguruza. Those numbers are starting to rack
up a little for the Spaniard. That's the side that will make more
errors. She's in some trouble.
Two more break points for Kerber. Of course, Louise, finalist for the
last two years, these two. But a fourth round this year, mainly
because Muguruza has slipped down the ranking, struggling to find a
game. They both have that in common, haven't they? Absolutely. After
success. Yes. You have to wonder what it is - is it a little mental
fatigue for Kerber who goes day in, day out, competing at the highest
level. Like a Djokovic, who is just so pure with the way they play.
Their mentality is tough. They just always turn up. I think ticking
every box day-to-day wears you out. I think it is just a little mental
debris we have seen from Kerber over the last six months. I think she'll
definitely push through it. She's such a great competitor. It is like
building a business. Building it is easy. Staying there, it's much more
difficult. What has Kerber improved in her game since being world number
one? Is there anything? She has to take care of a few things. I don't
know that she's improved anything. She has to be careful about where
she stands. It is a stunning day again in SW 19.
Kerber serving for the first set. I think today Kerber needs to
continually be not reluctant in going down-the-line. She has to
You have to wonder is Muguruza getting in two minds - am I getting
too aggressive? Am I making too many errors? Such a fine balance.
Needs a lot more of that. Particularly off the second serve.
Did everything absolutely correctly there Muguruza. Came in on the back
end side. Could just see that ball sitting up. Takes a good swing at
this one, then lets that ball drop. Two set points.
Has to trust herself, Muguruza. Kerber's great at making her
opponent self-doubt. That's been missing too much today,
that shot. Well done!
APPLAUSE first set in 43 minutes.
SUE BARKER: Angelique Kerber, such a good match player. We will be back
with this match. It is a busy day here and for Andy Murray, second on
Centre Court. Johanna Konta is out as well.
Jo was out on a practise court earlier today.
Konta has a tough opponent today. It is 2-2 in the head-to-head. Yes, a
very tricky match. Garcia won 7-6 in the final set. A lot of tension in
it. Garcia came off court saying she played the better points in the
tie-break that bit better. Garcia has a big serve, big ground strokes
and aggressive return of serve. In many ways you could say she's
similar to Johanna Konta, although I would say Johanna Konta does
everything a little bit better. The sound from the strings of Konta's
ball it sounds good. She's been in incredible form of late. She's never
got to the second week of Wimbledon. How much more will the pressure will
building inside her? No question it will be building. She has all these
kind of processes, formulas and a mind set she applies to every single
match. I think that is what has impressed everybody. We all want to
know what is going on. She gives nothing away. She takes care of what
she's doing on her side of the court and does not worry about the option.
She only worries about what she can control. At the moment, whatever
that formula is, it is definitely working. It certainly is. Thank you.
Svetlana Kuznetsova has taken the first set against Eiger Radwanska.
Jelena Ostapenko has also taken the first set of her match against
Svitolina. Back we go. Louise, you do a lot of coaching,
what would you have said to Muguruza at that sit down? She's got to find
bigger targets, just be patient. It's that self-doubt. Be she's just
not executing at the net. It is, it's a little self-doubt and
frustration as well. Playing nowhere near as much
doubles, these days, the gurus at - is that hurting her now?
I would love to see the difference, when she comes in on the backhand
side, how many times she will converting, as opposed to on the
forehand side. She furnished 2015 at number three, I wonder what an!
Martinez thinks about the singles-doubles combo.
It's interesting, it's a completely different complexion from 2015.
Right now, Muguruza would have won that first set.
Winning three quarters of the points behind this solid first serve. This
is just the tenth second serve she's had to hit.
And they do come. Especially when opponents get on to
her second serve. What I think Kerber likes about this
match is the fact that she's the number one player in the world, and
she's been carrying so much expectation over the last 12 months,
I think this match she would possibly even feel like the
underdog. It has taken a lot of pressure off her, and she's playing
some great tennis. That's a part of her tennis she has not coped with,
the mental side since becoming world number one.
Last year, three Grand Slam finals, winning two of them. It was always
going to be something to follow! Beating Serena at the Australian,
losing to her at the US Open. Again, Kerber is just so solid. Her
placement is so efficient. Just trying to press that little bit
too much, Garbine Muguruza. Another break point.
You win Grand Slams, you become the number one player in the world, and
your coaching team says, what can we improve quality you look at Kebede
she really hasn't improved that much. In fact her game, mentally,
has fallen apart somewhat. Great serving from Muguruza. You look at a
player like Ana Ivanovic, wins the French, comes the number one player
in the world, and they were thinking, what can we improve? And
that took so much confidence away from her.
Emerging, you're the number one player in the world, you've won a
Grand Slam, and you need to go back to, I need to get better. And she
didn't take that conversation well at all.
Fantastic hold, Muguruza leads 2-1, second set. This is a real battle.
We will be right back with that. SUE BARKER: We are going to update
you know with what is going on elsewhere. Kuznetsova took the first
set, but it's on serving the second. They have just had a marathon game,
lasting over ten minutes Radwanska saving four break points. That match
is on the red button and on the website. And also, on Court Number
12, Jelena Ostapenko, she's just faced a break point against
Svitolina. It's 2-2 in the second. Over on Court No. 18, they have had
a break apiece in the second set. Deep in thought, Muguruza, that was
a good hold, saving the break point in the last game.
Again, that's where she is really hurting herself today, those
unforced errors. And now Angelique Kerber has made
one. She's been so solid off that win today.
Sometimes you wish you could merge a counterpuncher with a big striker
into one, and you've got the perfect player! Yes!
That's where you've got to be really careful, as a coach. The message you
give to your athlete, some players take things in extremes and some
take the message very subtly. For me, today, Muguruza has taken it a
little bit too far on the extreme side of things. Because she needs to
be aggressive, but she also needs to build the point. She's been a bit
too aggressive. Like that. Yeah, and that is the art
of coaching, being able to know how your athlete absorbs things, their
personality. She's getting more and more uptight! It's not an easy job!
It's much easier to play, I think she's thinking right now!
She has shown America enormous amount of emotion on court,
Muguruza. Should have made it, really. If you
start missing so many volleys... Sheep tracks this perfectly, but
again, everything starts to tighten up a little bit when you start
missing so many. 12 out of 25. I was just going to say before that
point, Chris, Muguruza, if she's to come forward, she had to set up the
pattern into the forehand to open up the backhand, and then move
forwards. If she doesn't do that, she's a sitting duck for Kerber.
CHRIS BRADNAM: Was that panic? LOUISE PLEMING: Yeah, I think so. It
feels like she can't compete from the back, she's not as solid, she's
missing too many points today. Just not timing it quite right there,
Muguruza. It is a very, very one day again. It
has been building up for the last two or three days. They do an
amazing job, it does occasionally happen.
It's a crowd pleaser! Well, this will help Garbine, just being able
to put this one away, get back some confidence that she's got the right
game plan. Another break point saved for
Muguruza. Just going back to the point chairs
we see Muguruza moving forward beautifully onto this one, I asked
Martina Navratilova not long ago her thoughts on the fact that top
singles players slavery little doubles these days. Martina played
all of it, in days when the prize money was nothing like today, her
opinion was, play both, especially as Muguruza did so well playing both
two years ago, but play less tournaments. Your thoughts? Because
it is the way she plays, she loves to come forwards? I see the
argument. I think for a player like Garbine Muguruza, it is a fine line.
For the big hitters, I feel the players who play with more power,
they need to play a little bit more often to keep the momentum and
confidence. But look at the change here now. Angelique Kerber in 2015,
40 5% up inside the court. I should take a step back there. This is the
comparison, and she is up in the court, no question about it. It has
been Kerber that has been stepping back and HER contact point has been
further back in the court. Muguruza has just made too many errors.
But I think that's a good point, Martina Navratilova thinking it is a
good idea to play singles and doubles, there is no question, it
does help the movement forward, it keeps you sharper at the net.
Back in behind the movement of Kerber. She loves to run open court,
Kerber. She keeps coming back! She has got a
tracking device on that like it, hasn't she, Chris?! Phenomenal
mover. When you see players practising
against a wall for three hours... Just pushing that forehand wide,
she's so frustrated with herself, Muguruza, she can hardly believe it.
She said she wasn't happy with her forehand in that first match.
But you talk about a brick wall, Chris, and so many of the past
champions have all practised on a brick wall. Martina Navratilova
always talks about how she played against a brick wall. Roger Federer,
and unfortunately around our countryside, we're losing those
brick walls, they're being knocked down partially in Australia. Juniors
always used to play on them, especially at busy times, because
they had no right of way on the courts, the adults were on them.
Yeah. The court has shrunk, Kerber has
done that to Muguruza, she's made her feel like a postage stamp. Shame
that quick, that good at anticipating where you're going to
hit the ball. Muguruza has felt the pressure to be
more aggressive, trying to take time away from her opponent. She's hit a
lot of winners today, but it has really been negated by the errors.
That's nice. Just being a bit more steady in her rallies, to wait for
the right shot. To use these backhand - the backhand is really on
today. It's her first break point. That's a gruelling point. It is
about 25, 36 Celsius at the moment, in the shade - there's not a lot of
it on this court. That's right. You can just see both
players just taking a little extra time.
SUE BARKER: What a match this is, such high quality tennis. We're
going to move away from it, though. Jo Konta will be walking out on
Court No. 1 in a moment. You can continue to watch this match,
though, on the website or on the red button. Elsewhere, Jelena Ostapenko
is out on Court Number 12, just one game away, in fact just two points,
away from going through to the quarterfinals. That's a feature
match on the red button. Over on Court No. 3, Svetlana Kuznetsova has
just broken Agnieszka Radwanska. That's also on the red button and on
the BBC Sport website. Over on Court No. 18, it is the qualifier Martic,
the qualifier, who has taken the second set. That one is also on the
website. You can probably hear a big cheer,
Johanna Konta coming out to take on Garcia, through to the second week
of Wimbledon for the first time. A big welcome. Not a big crowd on
Court One but still a big welcome for Britain's number one.
That was just a short time ago and Tracy Austin is standing with me out
on Court Number One. This is a tricky match for Johanna Konta. It
is, Caroline Garcia plays well on grass, she did well last year and
has had a good year so far, Grand Slam quarterfinals in her home
country, that is a breakthrough for her, second week of a Grand Slam for
the second Grand Slam, she must be full of confidence. I've got to
think that contest, she is playing so well, I've been really impressed
with where she has come so quickly. Only two or three years ago she was
outside the top 100, we didn't really know who Johanna Konta was
and as of last year she broke into the top ten and seems to be managing
the whole situation beautifully. This is a lot because for Caroline
Garcia she has lots of pressure playing in the French Open but she
can share the pressure with Mladenovic and Cornet and a few
other French women. For Johanna Konta, Heather played well but it's
pretty much all on Johanna Konta's shoulders. They are getting ready
for the coin toss. You talked about how Johanna Konta has improved, she
got a sports psychologist involved a few years ago. Mentally she has
evolved and improved but she keeps on improving all of her game, the
big backhand has improved and her movement has really improved. She
has gotten stronger, she's become a better athlete and always had a good
backhand, especially across the court but the forehand could be
brittle so she could rely on that stroke much more now. It all comes
back to... It is a weapon now. It is but it all comes back to the
mentality and that sports psychologist. She can really trust
herself in the big moments and we saw that in the second round here
against Donna Vekic. That was a tight match and lots of British
people became fans of Johanna Konta the way she was able to handle that
situation. Vekic played incredible tennis, so powerful, both young
ladies serving big, and that's probably the biggest weapon Johanna
Konta has, her serve, her ability to serve her way out of trouble.
Caroline Garcia's Selt doesn't look the best, it is stuttering as a
service motion but that is a weapon too. It is stilted and kind of
manufactured but again she is a great athlete. In fact Andy Murray
about six years ago, when Garcia beat Sharapova at the French Open
and Andy Murray Tuohy did, not sure, it was a good tweet in the end
because it put pressure on Garcia but he tweeted about the fact that
this is a future world number one. It's interesting because the mental
part is what Garcia has struggled with as well, when got a big moments
she would kind of flinch and blink at the big moments. She has just
started, she won the French Open in doubles last year with Mladenovic, a
big win in her home country. May be playing on the big stage there and
finally getting through has kind of loosened her up. That is Caroline
Garcia up against John Konta, certainly enjoying her time on the
grass. Didn't do well at Birmingham, Edgbaston but came good at
Eastbourne playing well and the first week she has been impressive.
Let's see her story so far. COMMENTATOR: Welcome to Court One,
Johanna Konta, British 11, world number seven, high hopes for her. --
British number one. She has to break now and she has the double break in
this first set. Very businesslike performance from Johanna Konta. A
challenge from chez Siu Wai and it's an ace to win the match for Johanna
Konta and it's a very tidy and impressive performance. -- she Siu
Wai. Vekic now in the driving seat in the opening set. What a comeback,
Konta takes the opening set 7-6. It is long. What a fightback from
Croatia's Donna Vekic, she levels the match and takes the second set.
It is supercompetitive out there. Fabulous combination hitting. Donna
Vekic takes a little tumble. Konta is composed as ever and hangs on.
What a battle and what resilience. Well played. First set to the
British number one. Jo Konta, three down, four to go. To end 40 years of
you know what. We certainly know what, do we? It
was interesting, I read about her coach who writes down the tactics
and makes her learn them and then recite them to him before she goes
on the court just so it is in the brain. It's important as an athlete
to know what is the best way for you to get in your zone. When I used to
play I used to write things I needed to do down and keep looking at them.
For Johanna Konta she worked with that mental coach and she knows what
she must do to feel comfortable and relaxed when she goes out to be in
her comfort zone. He wasn't happy with the tie-break she played
against Garcia in Indian Wells earlier this year when she lost a
third set tie-break 7-1. He said you drop your head and you were negative
and it's all about the body language and showing the opponent. It's
interesting because Johanna Konta is normally so good at that, you can't
tell whether it is 1-1 in the first set or a 5-5 in the third set, she
goes about her business. That is what I've been so impressed with.
You went through it, and all the expectations of the British public,
and I feel it is just starting to open up now because they didn't pay
much attention when she won Stanford Lasky. May be the truth tennis fans,
or even Sydney this year, Miami was the biggest title in the spring.
When she beat Vekic there were lots of eyes watching that match and the
way she was able to come through in the tight moments and she faced
break points in the late stages of the third and came up with the
clutch serves and that's really crucial. She was down 0- 33 times.
Caroline Garcia has an aggressive game, it is a game that is good for
grass. Absolutely and that's what it's about today, who can take the
initiative, serve well, they've both be serving extremely well but who
can get the next strike? This was her early in the tournament, that is
her serve. It is good placement as well with that serve. Absolutely and
that for both players who can serve to all four corners of the box and
looking for the second shot to start to dictate play. They are more than
willing to move forward and that's important on the grass to finish off
points at the net and both players have been doing that. Look at that
footwork, Unibet alertness and willingness to look forward and
finish points off. I will say that Garcia has had a fortunate draw. She
has played three lower ranked players, in the third round, who
took out Kvitova. This is very much a step up for Garcia playing Konta,
the ball will come at her much harder. I think that Wim Fissette
will say you had to give the ball deep and not let her attack and keep
on the baseline. Deep and make her move. Tracy, you've got to go and do
some work. Tracy is on her way to the commentary box because the
players are about to come out to play. We will watch that and we are
ready for this. Tracy Austin is on her way to join Nick Mullins for
this one. COMMENTATOR: Caroline Garcia,
23-year-old Frenchwoman, from Lea, just outside the world's top 20 just
now, the country's best player come up against Britain's number one --
Lyon. Here is the sixth seed, sharing top billing and the
morning's headlines, two Britain is embarking on the second week of
Wimbledon, Andy Murray across on Centre Court later. Right now Jo
Konta has all the attention to herself.
Konta won the toss and invited Garcia to serve first.
My goodness. Caroline Garcia's serve is one of her big assets. And she is
being taken to the cleaners early on here by Jo Konta. Three break right
at the start. Perfect start to Jo Konta's week, a
week that she hopes will end up being the week of her life.
Tracy Austin has hopped across into the commentary box, good afternoon,
Tracey. Afternoon. It is a busy players' box but the
most important person is on the left-hand side, a relatively new
coach, the Belgian, Wim Fissette, who took over at the start of the
year to help evolve her game. That is her boyfriend Jackson Wade. In
the sunshine, in the fourth round at Wimbledon, Johanna Konta to serve.
This really is going to be a server's duel. Caroline Garcia's
father. Louis Paul. Dad and coach. Right now being her coach is the
most dumb at most important thing. -- the most important thing.
Gosh, that's really impressive. Gently working her way into this
match. Just so focused, alert, great footwork, and striking the ball
cleanly so soon. Beforehand has improved immensely
for Jo Konta. That's still the weaker side. That's the side her
opponents will stand by to target. The backhand is so solid. -- the
forehand. Terrific pick-ups from Konta.
Excellent depth from Garcia but short take-back. No problem with
those deep shots. I guess one of the things we will
have all noticed early in these opening exchanges is how low both
players get to the ball, Wim Fissette will enjoy that,
flexibility in the news, almost seeing the ball at head height.
That's so important to get down with the legs, use the legs for power,
also helps you get the racket head down in case you need to adjust to
an awkward bounce at the last moment.
15 years ago Andy Murray picked out as a potential number one, pushing
Maria Sharapova all the way at the French Open. Has the attributes to
do that, still hasn't quite broken into the world's top 20. It is a
huge compliment that can also bring a lot of pressure as well.
Interesting Garcia has an abbreviated motion. But she still
gets to the important point. Trophy homes, good knee Ben Gummer upper
body turn -- good knee bend, upper body turned.
Yes, I'm sure as much as Caroline Garcia will have been thrilled to
hear that from Andy Murray a few years back she might be cheesed off
every time she plays now we always have to mention that fact.
But it's that kind of serve and so much else about her game that
prompted Andy Murray to suggest she might be the world's best one-day.
Garcia is on the board, Konta with an early break of serve in this
fourth-round match leads to- one. SUE BARKER: Konta leaves on Court
One. Venus Williams on the Centre Court winning on serve against Ana
Konjuh. That match is on the BBC sport website and a red button.
Cracking match on Court two, 1-1 between Angelique Kerber and Garbine
Muguruza. Muguruza took the second set 6-4 and has... No, she is
serving so it is not a break point but that matches on the red button,
the featured match on the red button. Over on Court 12 Jelena
Ostapenko has actually lost five match points in her match against
Elina Svitolina and it's in the tie-break. That matches on the red
button on the BBC bbc.co.uk/sport stop the French Open champion. That
is on Court 12. Over on Court 18 and Magdalena Rybarikova on serve in the
third and final set. One of those players will be through to the
Wimbledon quarterfinal for the first time. One of those we will update
you with but one result to bring you is Kuznetsova has beaten Radwanska
in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, yet to drop a set at the Championships. Big
smile, through to her first Wimbledon quarterfinal in ten years.
She's the first through to the quarterfinals. Back the go.
COMMENTATOR: Jo Konta might be carrying the rather undefinable
weight of expectation today heading into the second week, so impressive
at the back end of the first week. It was the second round wrestle with
Donna Vekic that was the big one third hours. I think that was the
best match of the first week, certainly on the women's side. So
much drama and the points were being won it wasn't because of unforced
errors, incredibly aggressive tennis.
That win against Vekic is the only time she's appeared on Centre Court
so far this fortnight. This is the third time she's been on number one.
Contact continuing to have easy service games, only lost one point
on serve. Early days but that's a really good sign.
Rather resigned look on the face of the French woman at the moment, such
is the level of Konta's game. Garcia must be getting frustrated because
she is sending the ball is back with tremendous pace and depth and Konta
with the lower legs, lower body getting down so well and absorbing
the pace and sending them back with interest. And accuracy.
First strike tennis, big serve gets the week reply and the second shot
takes control. Hm, Garcia got caught there. The
slight hesitation cost her. Hitting the tape, just got a little
out of Konta's strikes, didn't adjust with the left wrist to bring
the ball back in play. Well played, Garcia. Still Konta
with the break, 3-2. A woman who is getting used to
turning the pages of British tennis history. She's the first since Laura
Robson to get into this second week, four years ago that Robson got
there. This is the opportunity, I'm sure you know, if you've read the
papers and listen to the radio and us this morning, an opportunity for
her to become the first British quarterfinalist since Joe Drury. Do
we need to mention 40 years since Virginia? Let's start with the
quarterfinals and Joe Drury, shall we? Yes. This is very makeable and
doable, amazing how quickly Konta has begun to become comfortable in
this position as part of the elite in the game. She's done so much work
off the court. In the mental department, that is really what she
needed. She is a quick student. She just looks so comfortable out on
court managing everything. Tracy Austin talking about Konta's
progression as a player. She was out of the top 100 a few years ago
semifinalist last year in Australia, her big Grand Slam breakthrough,
quarterfinalist in Melbourne this year, lost to the eventual champion
Serena Williams. Breaking new ground here at Wimbledon.
She is swinging hard and swinging with confidence at the moment.
She might think about challenging that. Marija Cicak puts her finger
out decisively indicating it was wide and Konta takes that claim.
Confirmation as well that our friends at Hawk-Eye tell us it was
out. That was right on the line. Applause
from the dad, from the coach. Smart return, deep down the middle. If you
don't get the line you get them brown patches and the awkward bounce
too. It is one thing to serve big but to
be able to serve big at clutch moments, that's the added element
for the best servers in the game. That's a brilliant return.
Blistering. She just has a little more time facing the second serve,
89 mph instead of over 100, which is the norm for the Konta first serve.
It is a breezy day. It is rattling the effects microphones.
A missile to the Konta forehand, she was late.
That is the big serve to save that crucial break point. She saved seven
of 11 break points that she has faced in the tournament so far, make
that eight of 12. Hmm. Konta having to dig, but did
well in that service game, applause from her coach and hitting partner
as well, Andrew Fitzpatrick. You might have been imagining talking
about strengthening that, and it is what separates those were excellent
and those who become champions. That is really the difference at the end
of the day, who handles the big moments, and particularly on the
grass court, opportunities, and go very quickly, and you have to try to
capitalise on those small windows. Those break points, keep the focus.
She has to make sure that you doesn't make contact on the other
side of the net. Great job by Garcia there.
See, I think shot selection is still needed to be improved for Garcia,
that was a hard ball coming across the court, and she tried to hit it
up the line accurately - that is high risk. Go deep and hard back to
middle or crosscourt. Made that one, but a lot of risk to it. It is one
of the things that Wim Fissette was being very honest about, saying that
Garcia has all the shots, a very big selection to choose from, but it is
the timing - knowing when to play which one.
I think that is what Andy Murray saw, the ability for Garcia to
strike the ball well, hit the ball cleanly, good athlete, has weapons.
But she has oftentimes been brittle in the past - it is getting better
in the big moments. The best thing you can do as a
player, if you do not feel confident in big moments, is have certain
patterns that you go to for comfort, and I feel like Konta knows - she
gets a bowl, OK, these are the places that I can hit the ball to,
really clear with that. A shake of a French faced, Konta still ahead 4-3.
-- fist. It is interesting you talked about the mental approach,
Tracy, and how much stronger Jo Konta has become, but she was
rattled in Indian Wells by Garcia when she lost the third set. One of
the few occasions this year when somebody has actually managed to
wheedle their way into the mind of Konta, and she will remember that,
Konta, and so will Garcia. Absolutely, but with Konta, she is
such a quick learner, and she is so interested in getting better, she
always talks about the mantra. In press conferences, there are several
things you will hear every single press conference, I just go out
every day and try to improve as a tennis player. Small goals like
that, and it takes the big picture focus and pressure off, and are so
many players do that in order to take the expectations away. And you
really have to learn about yourself as a person and as a player, and
that is why it takes usually a couple of years for players to feel
more comfortable on tour. What they like to do on a off days, I saw Jo
practising yesterday about 11 until 12, then probably off for the rest
of the day, just resting. Catching Poldark, that is what she has been
doing, her favourite show at the moment. She has been carrying
assault around Wimbledon, on and off the court, with such confidence, she
has been chatting about her new flat up the road in Putney, baking
muffins, watching Poldark. She is in a good place at the moment, a good
place in his first set with a break of serve, 4-3.
APPLAUSE Into the forehand again,
predominantly on that side, a little more than half of the time going to
the forehand wing, about 60-40, the forehand wing on this side.
And I think that is because the forehand of Garcia is not quite as
sturdy. Doesn't get to the contact us consistently as she does on the
backhand, Garcia. Oh! She hasn't hit a backhand in
this game yet. My goodness, she wrapped herself around this.
Hmm. And after the adventure that was Konta's previous service game,
having to fend off a break point, that one much more straightforward.
It so often happens in a match - the player who serves the opening game
gets broken, a few extra nerves, and it was Garcia who lost her serve
that opening game, played from behind ever since. Here she is,
serving to stay in this first set. A lot of rhythm to this match, very
quick points. Vice Konta is managing to get those
returns of serve in very well, running at 76% in this one. Yes, she
is reading the return very well, she is on it, and depth has been
phenomenal, just so dialled in. Konta has only made three unforced
errors. The focus is extraordinary from Konta.
Watcher at every point, she finishes, she looks down at the
ground, she might looked up at her support box, but no clue about
anybody else in the stadium - that is exactly the way you want it, just
going through her routine before each point.
UMPIRE: Let, first serve. Garcia getting an astounding 86% of her
first serves in. And she withstood the mental
pressure well, Caroline Garcia, and she will force Konta to serve for
the set. A little technical masterclass, Tracy, on this Garcia
serve. She is an -- unusual in that she does not touch the ball with a
racket. The abbreviated motion there, when she gets to that point,
with the left knee bent, legs quite close together, but the left arm
reaching up, beautifully extended, and then get the left hip out over
the baseline, continues to dip down and then push forward and -- uncoils
with her whole upper body. Over the top of the ball and lands on the
left foot, inside the court for the next couple of minutes we will be
concentrating on the serve of Johanna Konta, and if it goes well,
she will be a set to the good in the next few minutes. Here it is, 5-4.
Once again on the second serve, the depth of the return from the French
player. Nice start from Garcia, putting a little pressure on Konta,
down 0-15. Yes, nicely done, because she was
under enormous pressure from the return. That was a heck of a pick-up
from Konta there, a laser beam of a return, and then Konta had all the
time in the world for the pass. A couple of second serves this game,
and Garcia has attacked, she has played a very aggressive game.
APPLAUSE A bit more aggressive, taking
control of the conversation earlier, Tracy.
Yeah, no signs of nerve, Konta, going back to her game plan.
111 mph down break point, really impressive.
She has had to take the long route. Here is a set point for Konta.
Tough for those watching - imagine what it is like to be playing!
APPLAUSE And again, you cannot say enough of
the quality of the return, and again it is on the second serve.
That is the key, Garcia all of a sudden having more time to produce
the return. Oh, late goal. It is confirmed by
the umpire that it was out from her view, but Caroline Garcia wants to
double-check. She has got three challenges up her sleeve, so she
might as well, such a critical point. Oh, it is in!
Oh, now Jo Konta wants to talk about this, because the ball was called
out, and she would say that she has stopped playing. The umpire was
saying that it was so late that it did not
disrupt hub she registered her objections but the objections were
turned back. The break of serve has gone.
Back on serve. Pretty crucial point there, Hawk-Eye still in play.
So let's sea of con two can dismiss that last game and move forward. --
so let's sea if those shots not hit with as much
authority from Konta. Lost this game mentally, three
unforced errors before this game. Let's have a listen to that moment
when the challenge was made, and Jo Konta said, what made you think,
Marija Cicak, that I would challenge before the ball was called out?
Let's listen to the audio on this. Pretty much simultaneously, maybe
Konta just a little air and of just a little ahead of the call. So the
call came after Konta hit the ball and struck the ball, and that is
what's Marija Cicak is saying. Konta did challenge it, but in challenging
it, it turned out that the ball was good. Eventually, Miss Garcia luck
that Marija Cicak and said, was that in or out, and she said I think it
was long, but if you want to challenge, and she said sure,
because she had three remaining. And it was in by just a few blades of
grass. Look at that, that is the manufacturer's name, that is in by
the depth of the ink! SUE BARKER: We are leaving this match on BBC Two,
but it is over on BBC One now. Well, such a busy day here, we are going
to round up the scores for you here on BBC Two in just a moment, but
back to the match we were watching earlier between Angelique Kerber and
Garbine Muguruza, it is an serve, Muguruza leading 4-3, so let's
rejoin the commentary team. Topsy-turvy final set continuing,
Kerber twice a break up, Muguruza ahead for the first time.
APPLAUSE Real conviction there, we know
Kerber has not moved forward that much in this match, but she has been
solid when she has to. 5-7. Comfortable hold. And with
Muguruza holding four break points, saving four in the last service
game, maybe she was just taking a bit of a breather there. They are
locked again. Yeah, it has been so tight, this third set.
Could have closed in a little bit more, Muguruza, not to allow this
want to bounce. That is the toughest volley - a couple of steps in, she
just stops to early. Not an easy shot, relying on a good bounce
there. Just look at that scoreboard still,
we have been saying that so much in this match, so tight!
Still believing, that is the best way, Muguruza, forwards. That is
incredible, isn't it? What a number, 16 for Muguruza, just one for
Kerber. Kerber has been to the net seven times, Muguruza 52 times!
Really good service game here from Muguruza. Serving at 64% first
serves. A smile? From can cheat? Or was it a grimace? -- Conchita.
Former Wimbledon Championships Conchita Martinez has played every
single shot, the Davis Cup and Fed Cup champion, long while retired,
but after this match she will have an ice bath, go and see the physio
to get rid of the tension before she has to go again. She has to play
legends this week as well, of course she will. But I think the difference
for Muguruza is she said it has just been great to be able to speak to
Conchita Wurst matches, she said I trust what she says, she's done it,
she's won it, and she can help Muguruza incredibly this week. They
have a really good relationship and there is lots of trust built up and
that is key for the coach- player relationship, you must 100% trust
what your coach is saying and the fact she has done it, 94, she beaten
body pretty good in that final as well. Allowing Martina to win her
tenth Wimbledon. Been a great asset for Muguruza this week, Conchita
Martinez. The crowd rallying for both. Kerber
to stay in the match. Smart play again from Muguruza. I
love what she is doing, back channelling all of those balls
through the middle of the court forcing Kerber to come up with
something a little special. Fortune will favour the brave in
these situations. That was a very interesting shot from Kerber under
pressure. She has not wavered from her mindset
and game plan today. She has been aggressive from the first shot,
Muguruza. That was an interesting shot from
Muguruza, straight through the middle but not beforehand, of the
back-end. -- not the forehand, off the back-end. Two quarterfinal
points. Torben Beltz is going to fall off
his chair if he's not careful. UMPIRE: Game, set and match, Miss
Muguruza. You can see what it means. The
battle of the finalists from the last two years is over, Muguruza has
done, she gritted her teeth, stayed faithful to the way she does best,
the winning smile says it all. She is through to her second
quarterfinal at Wimbledon. Very much a woman of conviction to the way she
has needed to play today, Garbine Muguruza. Very impressive. 4-6, 6-4,
6-4 in two hours and 20 gruelling minutes. SUE BARKER: What a
wonderful match of those watching on court two, what a treat,
high-quality tennis, and Muguruza goes through. Well, this is the busy
day when all last 16 matches are being played. This match is on Court
One, Britain's Jo Konta took the first set in a tie-break 7-3 against
Caroline Garcia. That matches live on BBC One if you want to watch it.
Over on Court 3 Coco Vandeweghe is serving, she was a break of serve up
against the former world number one Caroline Wozniacki and it is now
back on serve. That is on the red button and website. Overall on Court
12 Marin Cilic in your picture has a break of serve, although facing a
break point against poverty Bautista Agut. The 18th seed. Over on Court
18, the battle of the big servers, Sam Querrey, former champion at
Queen's. That is on serve. That is on the red button and BBC sport
website. We are going to head off to Centre Court, where Andy Murray will
be second on court and he may be getting ready now because Venus
Williams is one game away from going through to the last eight. We are
going to stay with this one on centre and join and Smith and Gigi
Salmon for this one. It has been an impressive display
from Venus Williams, 18 year age gap between these two in their first
meeting. The experience of Venus Williams shining through.
Under pressure, treble match point down and country-macro hangs in
there. -- Konjuh. Not finished yet. Treble match point down,
country-macro has shown some mettle. She has shown calmness, she is a
huge ball striker, as you've seen in the last few minutes she hits the
ball harder than Williams. But for the majority of the 59
minutes they have been it has been Venus running the show and serving
brilliantly. Konjuh a little naive strategically against one of the
greats. Not an awful lot Konjuh could have
done about that. Well saved from the 19-year-old from
Croatia. She faced triple match point to Venus Williams but she came
up with some serve this and the match goes on. -- came up with some
serves. Still very much, though, Sam Smith, Venus Williams in control of
this one. Yes, she just fancied a little longer out here on her
favourite court. I was about to shower her with praise with a
wonderful service performance, managing it from the baseline with
young Konjuh. It's such a privilege to have Billie Jean King at this
year's Wimbledon 50 years on, I'm sure she went mind me saying, since
she won the triple Crown, singles, doubles and mixed and did it all
again in 1973. It is something Anyika Onuora was on four at the
start of this one, still in the doubles and mixed but I fear it
might be stretched too far with the triple Crown this year. -- Konjuh.
But we've got to stay positive. Peter Simple now for Konjuh, she
must break the Williams serve but it doesn't look that simple after that
race. She will struggle because Williams has most of the time serve
down the middle of that T and Konjuh seems to lack standing outside by
the double strand lines. -- tramlines. She has had a couple of
break points, Konjuh, in the second set. It is possible. She can get
herself into that position. To do so I would suggest she shifts
over towards that side. I'm sounding like a broken record. I think she
likes it out there. A couple more match points for Venus Williams. She
had three on the Konjuhserve and now has three on her own.
There it is. Just over an hour, the five-time Wimbledon Championships or
her box, including her mother, are on their feet because Venus Williams
is back in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. An excellent
performance from Venus Williams. She has done the twirl, takes her seat.
Sam Smith, it is incredible what we continue to see from Venus Williams
year after year. She's 37 years of age but the hunger and is still
there in spades. She doesn't think it's remarkable. But for Konjuh, she
played her first Wimbledon in 97. Williams was expected to have a good
run here. I don't think she is happy with her last eight finish. I think
there is much more to come from Williams, watched by one of her
biggest fans and supporters, she will know that Billie Jean was up
there. Venus is nicely coming on to the boil at this year's Wimbledon.
What a tasty quarterfinal match against the French Open champion
Jelena Ostapenko. Venus Williams is used to big hitting by now.
So, Venus Williams, five times champion, the only former champion
left in the ladies tournament is through to the last eight at
Wimbledon once again at the age of 37. And still a contender for a
Grand Slam title. A 12 from Venus and she is through to the
quarterfinals tomorrow. We have been promised we may get a little rain
later, there are a few clouds around but everyone still enjoying the
Wimbledon experience and even if you have a ground passed today it is so
wonderful, so much happening around the All-England Club today on this
Alnwick Monday, as we call it, and you can obviously see all of the
courts on the red button, the BBC sport app and website. -- manic
Monday. Before we head back to Centre Court let's remind you of
some matches that have already been completed. Svetlana Kuznetsova was
not on court long, another straight sets victory for her, the seventh
seed going through against Radwanska 7-2, 6-4 -- 6-2. Such experience,
former Grand Slam winner, and nobody really talking about her but she has
raced through the Championships this year. The French Open champion is
also three and will face Venus Williams, Jelena Ostapenko. She hit
42 outright winners in this match and she won it on her eighth match
point against the number four seed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 7-6, so
Ostapenko goes through. Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia had a battle
out on Court 18 against the qualifier Petra Martic of Croatia
but came through in three sets 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 and goes through to face
either Coco Vandeweghe or Caroline Wozniacki.
And we saw an incredible match on Court two, worthy of a final.
Everyone enjoying it, the spectators that were there. Quality tennis from
start to finish and it went to Garbine Muguruza, the former French
Open champion winning 6-4 in the third set against the top seed
Angelique Kerber, who will lose her number one ranking after that loss.
Garbine Muguruza has again built for the grass and she could go a long
way here, a former finalist at the Championships. Some wonderful scenes
out on Court two, they thoroughly enjoyed the match, standing ovation
for both players. As I said, it is so busy, Henman Hill is busy as
well. We have Jo Konta playing on Court Number One, that match is on
BBC One. Coming up next, a very familiar face on Centre Court.
Wimbledon Championships and, a supreme performance.
SUE BARKER: There is a real buzz on Centre Court, as there always is
before Andy Murray matches. Auris, you know all about this and about
this day in the second week when it all starts for the top players,
doesn't it? You call it manic Monday and I call it Magic money because if
you like tennis this is maybe the best day of the year, the best 16
players, male and female, have to play today on various courts so I
can imagine it is a scheduling nightmare as to who to put on, we
just saw Kerber and Muguruza on Court Number Two but somebody has to
be on two and somebody on one and I'm sure everybody wants to be
underscored but obviously there is a home favourite coming in Andy Murray
and afterwards we will see Roger Federer, those guys deserve to be
here. I'm just hearing on Court Number One Jo Konta has been broken
in the second set in her match against Caroline Garcia, that match
is on BBC One if you want to see it. We hear the players for this match
are on their way. Andy Murray knows this walk well but this is a new
experience for Benoit Paire. Yes and in all likelihood the Frenchman will
see the effects of Leon. This is a very different Court, very special
court. Having said that he is in the round of 16, both players have
played before on one occasion when Morais won. -- Marie won. Let's see
how Murray starts because he had two days off after this scare against
Fognini on Friday night so we will see Harry comes out of the blocks.
The French player is a shot maker, bit on the unpredictable side but
that will be entertaining for the people. Marie sees to that, every
opponent has been unpredictable and a little different, this year. It
looks that way, Murray has his own troubles with the hip, we shouldn't
talk about that any more. He needs to improve inform me in the second
week he must step up to the plate, Federer, Nadal and Murray and
Djokovic are in great form but obviously, walking out as we speak
at a beautiful time of the day,... Stand-by for the roar.
That is Benoit Paire and Andy Murray, huge cheer, everyone
standing to welcome back the defending champion. Andy Murray on
Centre Court, Jo Konta on Court Number One. This is some new
experience for British fans here, Boris. To have so many players
playing at the same time, in fact there are two. The success rate in
the first week was excellent. Obviously we expect this man to be
in the second week. It was Konta's first time in the round of 16 so
it's a great day for British tennis. It certainly is and you mentioned
Andy's match against Fognini, on paper it looked straightforward but
it was anything but in the fourth set. Yes, we all expected a fifth
set but the crowd was on their feet. We talked about maybe closing the
roof because it was getting darker late out there. But he found the
magic and won the last five games and really came back. That's really
the type of atmosphere he likes, he plays his best tennis in so
hopefully the crowd gets behind him early so he can raise his emotions.
He is trying to go into the quarterfinals for the tenth
consecutive year, Andy Murray. What a record that is. We've talked about
his rather unorthodox opponents. Let's look at his story so far in
the Championships. You get out there and get through
the first few games you settle down and remember that you can play
tennis and that's what you always do. When you are out there in the
middle of it you are trying to learn a little bit from each point you
play. Plenty of style from Andy Murray. He's not an easy guide to
read and he was playing shots you don't see many guys try, never mind
pulling off. That's too good. Did somebody say he had a hip problem?
It's been great so far, happy with how I've been living, no reason why
I can't have a good one. That is brilliant, Murray through to the
third round at Wimbledon. I feel like I let Fabio Duarte to a few too
many of the points. Well played, Fabio Fognini. There was a lot going
on on the court, Fabio got a point penalty which is very rare. Point
penalty, using an obscenity. It's the game. A good one to get through
and the crowd at the end were great. What a way to finish! As the
tournament goes on and you want to be the aggressor, the dictator,
that's something I work on in practice.
SUE BARKER: Well, Andy knows he will have to improve on that third-round
match against Fabio Fognini but the great champions do. They know that
every round you have got it up your game. This is a two-week tournament,
not a one-week tournament and you have to pace yourself a little. If
you play your best tennis on the first Wednesday or Thursday you will
not have it in the second week so that plays into his favour. Ten
times in the round of 16 going to the quarterfinal. You want to raise
your level depending on your position. Obviously he is a horse
that jumps only as high as necessary. In the second week in
order for him to defend the title he needs to improve a little bit.
Murray has looked good. We've talked a little bit about the limp and that
he has been limping a little bit over the week but he is moving so
fast on the court, lots of people have been testing him. Without
having a chance to win. In the press conference when people asked him
about it, he said maybe I finally started to what, maybe it's not a
problem, maybe it's the way I walk. Between the points he is sort of
wobbling but once the points start he is fit as a fiddle. Physically he
is 100%. He has a great team around him that will get him fit. It does
look like there is a little bit of a limp. What about his opponent today?
Benoit Paire is a rather flashy player and very different from
others. Let's find out more about him. This is the first time I'm in
the second week in Wimbledon so I'm really happy. My game is good this
week, but it's the first week so we will see in the second week. For the
first week it was very good. I hope for the next week it will be the
same. This man was absolutely unplayable today. I feel more
confident on grass, I won some matches this year in Stuttgart. I
feel good, I want to play hundred percent in all of the matches I
play, the most important thing is to play fully in every point that's
what I'm saying and for the moment it is working so I will try and do
the same against Andy. It will be tough against Andy, it's never easy,
but I played him one time on clay and lost in three sets and I will
try this time to make it different. For me I know that Andy Murray is
the king here but I will try and do my best to see if I can win. He was
a little injured before the tournament and I saw his first two
matches he won easily in three sets against two players, brown and
public. I don't have any problem. He will be 100% and I will have to play
a good match if I want to win. -- Alexander Bublik. The most famous
court, the Centre Court at Wimbledon, is very special but I've
never played on the skort and it will be special for me and I'm happy
and proud to be on the skort. I hope I'm going to make a good match
because I feel confident so my goal is to win the match.
He is certainly a lot better on this surface now because it was three
years ago he was very outspoken about playing in Wimbledon. To quote
him from his press conference he said: simple, I hate Wimbledon. How
dare he, Boris? Yes, you shouldn't be allowed back in the club after a
statement like that. Not every player is comfortable on the grass
so they blame it, that's very much part of our history and whoever wins
Wimbledon is part of the record books. Having listened to him a
little bit he has a very bushy beard. I don't know if that is
superstition, or if that is the look nowadays. He mentioned he played in
Stuttgart as a warm up on a grass tournament, he mentioned he will try
everything. You are supposed to try everything, you don't have to
mention it. Let's look at the drop shots and forehand slides, some of
the flashy shots he likes to play. Such an on traditional play but he
has a good backhand. He has one of the best backhands in the game, he
runs around the forehand to play the backhand at times and a very
interesting shotmaker. He goes for shots that other people would just
bumble back. Very difficult as an opponent to find the right strategy.
I suppose it's difficult when playing somebody who is so flashy
and unpredictable it's not easy down the other end, is it? You have to
watch your own form and watch the other guy at the same time and that
has been a problem with Andy in the first week, especially in the
Fognini match, maybe watching the other guy too much at times what he
was doing. Obviously Andy has a strategy right but it depends a lot
on the player and the way he is serving. As far as Andy is concerned
he has proved he can win matches when not playing well. That is
really important, isn't it? It's the sign of a winner and the sign of a
champion. You cannot always play your very best, you have to play
good enough, especially in the early rounds when you expect to be in the
second week of a Grand Slam. I think Andy has just done that, coasted
nicely, had two days off on Saturday and Sunday so the training sessions
are interesting, what you will do on the Saturday or Sunday but I'm sure
they found the right way. All of the players are playing with injury,
almost everyone has a needle. If you go to the locker room now everyone
is with the train are getting taped up somewhere. There isn't a player
who steps on the court who is 100%. We will move out of I like the carry
on talking because the players are about to walk out. It is going to be
important for Andy to get off to a good start, isn't it? Absolutely. He
wants to have the crowd behind him early. They really lifted him on
Friday night. He wants to get the timing right early. He wants to be
the first one to break the other guy's serve because that sets you in
a nice mood in the match. OK, so we are getting here Boris. Thank you,
on your way to the commentary box. I will just update you on BBC One, Jo
Konta is playing on Court Number One and she is down 4-1, down a double
break of serve in the second set, although she won the first set. That
is over on BBC One. But now it is British number one,
defending champion Andy Murray, starting on Centre Court.
No shortage of eccentric opponents for Andrew Murray during this
tournament, but he is definitely playing against one in Benoit Paire.
UMPIRE: Mr Paire is challenging the call, the ball was called out. One
of the earliest challenges I have seen in a match. My call stands,
30-0. Expect the unexpected today. UMPIRE: Mr Paire has two challenges
remaining. He has just finished a very nice lunch upstairs, coming
down to support his countrymen. Bash -- countryman.
This is what you are looking for after you didn't have a match over
the weekend. How different is that? Everybody needs to regenerate, all
the stocks of food and drink comes in, but two days since Andy Murray
played, one day break for everybody, but two days since the Fognini
match. That is the tricky part, Saturday and Sunday, obviously a
long one on Friday night, so I'm sure they took it easy on Saturday,
but you want to get a proper practice on the Sunday. To start
ready on the Monday at 2:30. So far they have done everything right, he
has won five points in a row. This 28-year-old is from Avignon,
Benoit Paire. Six tall, they call him the Stork, a man who hit 66
winners in his previous match, 13 of those were drop shots. He is going
to hit a lot of crop shots, maybe some shots you have not seen before.
He has had a few run-ins, has Benoit Paire, notably at the Olympic Games
in Rio, he didn't want to wear the official French kid or stay in the
Olympic Village either. Wonderful defence from Murray - and
anticipation too. First time on Centre Court for the
Frenchman. Oh, that is well played, Paire, he
was patient. Very good, he settled in with that point. A couple of
times he had a look at the short ball to come in, that was one of
them, short reply waiting for the ground stroke - this is good. Murray
giving him a little present there, hitting the backhand high in the
middle of the court. APPLAUSE
That is his weaker side. During the course of this match,
when Murray has a choice of whether to go to the forehand or backhand
side, on the bigger point is, I suspect he will pick out the
Frenchman's forehand as a target. And there is the difficult thing
with Paire, you do not know which corner to take sometimes, so the
backhand is very quick, he takes it early, and on the forehand it is the
complete opposite. Thierry Champion on the right with the Black Watch,
former player, he has been coaching Paire for a year.
I think he was a top 100 player, we were playing around the same time,
good on the clay court. He has got a project on his hands with Benoit
park, certainly dealing with a talent.
That is a big double. Intimidation factor on Centre Court, where the
player has never played, and this is the most famous tennis court in the
world, and unless you have played on it, you are bound to have nerves.
Well, his backhand is just an all day long weapon, a wonderful stroke,
short ball here, the ability to do much with the ball on that side.
And that is the end of the game, and it was a good one. Just changed his
mind there, Murray, thinking about the drop shot. This is rather like
the match he might have enjoyed the other day with Ernests Gulbis versus
Novak Djokovic, Gulbis certainly not favoured to win the match, but he
threw everything against the man who was favoured. He sort of run out of
steam towards the end - or actually in the middle.
Murray tries to dictate the points early, it is the right thing to do.
You are bound to make a couple more unforced errors.
Yeah, there it is, watch out for that one.
That was better by Murray, the shots had a bit more power on them.
And he has made it on that Rob Bonnet, that is a beautifully played
shot. -- on the drop volley, that is a beautifully played shot.
After a difficult first service game, on the other hand, I am a
little bit surprised by the tactics of Murray. Indeed, well, there is
the break. SUE BARKER: Hmm, worrying times for Andy Murray in the opening
stages of this match. Jo Konta is one break back, but Garcia is
serving for the set once again. Jo Konta fighting hard, that much over
on BBC One, Jo having won the first set, Garcia serving for the second,
that is over on BBC One. Back we go to Centre Court.
A job on their hands, Jamie Delgado and a ban land, I wonder what you
can say when you are playing against Benoit part or preparing someone for
a match against him. I guess just concentrate on your own game. I
thought Andy's first game was good, although at times a bit too passive.
Leading the other player dictate too much
A little bit of ill fortune for Murray, certainly not going his way
today so far. He had to turn here, some would say
he would have made that 99 times out of 100 normally. That is partly
Paire's game plan. Well, you have to say that the least
two of those points, maybe three, were a donation to the Andy Murray
winning Wimbledon again fund! I mean, you have a break serve and
then throw in a drop shot on second point? 15-0 up?
How can you coach a guy like this? I mean, the word is that he doesn't
overwork, and yet he has played every single week that was available
to him to play tournaments, nobody has played more on the circuit, so
he likes to play - not train. I can understand that.
Talking about his backwards movement, it is a bit slow.
Magnificent, this, back-spin giving a little bit of air, it bites into
the turf and would have hit the net, I think. Either way. Three break
points. This would be an important hold for
Murray, to settle the ship a little bit.
Still break points Paire. That is a very fine approach, on a
slightly weaker side, and he has broken again, and Murray is having a
right rant and they rave about his player's box.
And the reason he is having a rant and they rave is that Paire is
playing well, and a couple of times Andy will feel he should have got
the ball deeper or into a better place, but either way he is losing.
And as we said at the top of the programme, very difficult to find
the right strategy against Paire, because nobody plays like that. Who
would do six drop shots by now? Run around the forehand? Murray has
played Alexander Bublik in the first round, pretty eccentric, Dustin
Brown was somebody who was happy to play any sort of game to get the job
done. You have got to love these guys having a go, then Fabio
Fognini, and there is only one of him, I can tell you that! Great
match, Murray had to win the last five games to get through, and now
Benoit Paire. They played last year in Monte Carlo, so they have a bit
of history between the two. Just as in the last game where he
had a break of serve, Benoit Paire comic he goes for the drop shot and
loses the point with a 15-0 lead. 30-0 and you are odds-on to hold
your serve, 15-0, even Stephens again. Even Stephen, highlighted!
I think he is debating with his coaching team, they want him to step
into the court and take it earlier, where his comfort zone is more
behind the baseline. That is very, very crucial, that the
coaching team and player have to agree on what is right.
Writes a pretty unconventional starts to a match, isn't it?
Especially on a grass court, Andy Murray has made 15 out of 16 first
serves and has lost his serve twice. It is very weird.
Longest rally of the match so far, 17 strokes.
And I think the best one for Andy Murray, starting to lift his game a
little bit - it is time! The courts get a nice rest on this
middle Sunday, but just catching a ridge.
Well, that backhand is a gift, isn't it?
Beautiful shot, not a bad second serve, just into the comfort zone of
Benoit Paire - nothing you can do about it.
That is an unforced air on the forehand that he needs to try and
avoid. -- unforced error. That was hit into the body of the
Frenchman, and he had to run around - and missed it.
APPLAUSE UMPIRE: New balls, please. It was an
important old, he could not afford to go to macro breaks down. 4-3,
Paire. Murray is holding on, fighting hard
in the first set but still a break of serve to the Frenchman. We will
be back on Centre Court soon but on Court Number One, Britain's number
when you Ana Konjuh is fighting hard, 2-2 in the third and final set
against Caroline Garcia. That matches on BBC One so Johanna Konta
on BBC One, 2-2 in the third set. But we are heading back to Centre
Court, so much happening on this very busy day at Wimbledon.
ANDREW CASTLE: Carl Froch, delighted to see him up in the box, the Cobra,
out of Nottingham, three-time super middleweight champion and another
double world champion, there, David Haigh. Cruiserweight and heavyweight
champion of the world. Great sports stars up there today, Sir Ben
Ainslie, the successful sailor -- most successful sailor in Olympic
history with his wife on the right-hand side, there, enjoying
their day. A nice tradition to bring all of the
sports stars out and give them seek in the Royal Box. Brian Moore, the
esteemed rugby commentator. Paire with the break in hand.
UMPIRE: Please take your seat, sir. Thank you. Laying down the law.
The third time he is at 15-0 and the third time he did the drop shot,
trying to lose the point, it seems like, anyway.
He got that ball toss so far up and in front, really got after that,
with an angular motion. He seems like a big bundle of nerves but he
somehow holds it together. The number six in France plays like
this, two Frenchman in the last 16 of Wimbledon in action today, Manor
Reno against Djokovic, the other. -- Adrian Mannarino against Djokovic.
You almost get the impression that he refuses to play the point,
sometimes. Like, "No, I don't want to".
And the book serves up in the Royal Box will appreciate the work going
in on the Paire forehand side, a bit like working the ribs. And
eventually, reaping the reward. Don't miss.
And I'm not sure whether that was meant that way. It is fragile, the
forehand side, isn't it? It could go anyway, he could play a drop shot,
hit the winner, or miss. UMPIRE: Let, first service. It makes it so
difficult for Murray, where to play. So now, Benoit Paire has suffered a
pair of breaks. Eight games played, four breaks of serve.
Murray has just got to hold on now, just got to find a way to hold.
Concentration is certainly holding. Andy Murray, in the last ten
minutes, has really knuckled down to his task.
You can see Joely Richardson in there, part of the Richardson
Redgrave NST of acting, and Matthew Pinsent, all enjoying this much.
Roger Federer later, as well. There she is, Joely Richardson.
Leslie Manville is up there as well, a former actress of the year on this
wonderful stage, Centre Court, today. UMPIRE: Stop, Mr Murray is
challenging the call on the right baseline, the ball was called in.
The point was stopped by Murray... UMPIRE: The call stands. 40-15.
APPLAUSE UMPIRE: OK?
That was pretty funny because the ball had a ready hit the backstop by
the time Benoit Paire hit the ground. Boris, you are the diving
bloke. Tell us what he did wrong, here. I'm still trying to make sense
of it. The ball way past him, he throws the racket and then his body.
I don't think that promises to much from the Frenchman. Eccentric,
colourful. Lovable, different! Unpredictable. It won't surprise
you, Boris, that his favourite player growing up was marriage is a
thin. There you go. -- is favourite player growing up was. -- was Marat
Safin. The game is the same, based on a massive backhand and
individuality on court. Henman Hill is packed. Thousands of people
watching it on the big screen. UMPIRE: Mr Murray has two challenges
remaining. Magic Monday, everybody plays.
Murray just held this parting shot. He likes to go crosscourt with these
but just held it. -- passing shot. Did not overplay it down the line.
You don't have to swing hard. He is certainly walking very
awkwardly, isn't he? The first serve of Benoit Paire, to
stay in this set, now. Walking like a man twice his age but running like
a gazelle. Murray really trying to expose the
Paire forehand, now. The right thing to do.
APPLAUSE First-class second serve. You can
call it a little bit lucky. Just clipped the line. After double
faulting the previous one. Oh, that was a message backhand. In
a way, this is how the game has changed, the base, the physicality
bees players hit from, you can't just play tennis to get that
strength. It requires off court work.
The quality has improved. It is becoming a really good tennis match
now. Well, Paire is shouting at his box.
Obviously in French! I couldn't tell you.
Andy Murray looking to make his tenth consecutive quarterfinal at
the Championships. Only Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors have
achieved ten quarterfinals in a row at the same Grand Slam championship,
they did it with a couple of Grand Slams each but it is a remarkable
record and he can call upon so many happy memories of this court, the
first of his Olympic gold medals came here at London 2012, and he
backed it up with victory in Rio 2016. So a genuine superstar of the
game who really, in some ways, Boris, is thinking that the
tournament is just beginning for him. Three matches last week
including Fognini but four this week. That's right. He's got an
amazing record here and it shows you how important this tournament is for
him, having been obviously born and raised with Wimbledon but to achieve
that takes a lot of character and a lot of practice over the years. He
is expected to be in the second week. And he knows that the job at
hand will get more and more difficult. That has been the
storyline a little bit of the first set so far.
UMPIRE: Mr Paire is challenging the call on the right service line. The
ball was called out. SLOW CLAPPING It does not look like a convinced
challenge. UMPIRE: The call stands. Well, it was not a bad play, was it?
Knocking it insured. Murray actually handled this very well. -- insured.
That is the fourth time he has done it, played the drop shot at 15-0.
Oh, yes, the old serve and reverse forehand drop volley play!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE This is so irritating for Benoit
Paire's camp. It must be, and for him, as Murray surges to two break
points, which are set points. This is not the play. It is just too
easy. Beautiful shot. Yes, and he could
have hit the forehand but the backhand is better.
Paire is playing or nothing, now. -- all or nothing.
Did you see the backspin on that? Lee Westwood is up there in the
Royal Box, and Ernie Els. They would have appreciated this one. This
being just stopped dead on the court. It might have even come back
and it was only set points down, mind you.
Oh, well played, sir. It must be so frustrating for Murray.
So close to winning the first set and getting a bit of control of the
match and the next thing you know, it is game point, Paire.
Tie-break it is. UMPIRE: Both players receive one additional
challenge. The first tie-break for Murray here at the Championships,
Benoit Paire played a very important one against Jerzy Janowicz and also
had one against the yen Hugues-Herbert but the key one was
against Dutra Silva in the first round and he won that, 12-10, to
take a 2-1 set lead. Murray has got to stay solid now,
has got to weather the storm. UMPIRE: Let, first service.
That was a bad time for that. Six doubles.
APPLAUSE He dropped his racket in
One-way traffic here on Centre Court. First set of this
fourth-round match. Her boy is well in control at 5-0.
APPLAUSE The way the first set has been going
I'm not surprised one bit about the scoreline in the tie-breaker. Do you
think Paire was absolutely on the limit of his play? Just the absolute
limit of unpredictability. And then a tie-break, it is not complicated
shots that you are looking for, it is simplicity, often. UMPIRE: Let.
APPLAUSE He has got an honourable point. Yes,
you don't want to lose a breaker 7-0.
And it is a win, 7-1. First set, Murray, and from 4-2 down in the
first set, he was under threat but came through.
SUE BARKER: We have seen this so many times before when Andy Murray
is put under pressure but somehow he finds a way to come through it, and
has taken the opening set. We are leaving this on BBC Two but don't
worry, if you want to watch it, it is on BBC One so Andy Murray's match
is now on BBC One. Here on BBC Two, let's round up the stories of the
day so far and great news for Britain's Johanna Konta, this
happened a short time ago on Court Number One, an error from Caroline
Garcia and a very emotional Johanna Konta, falling to her knees. This is
how much it means to her to be through to her first-ever Wimbledon
quarterfinal and what a battle she had against a very talented
Frenchwoman on Garcia, but she fought so hard. No sign of nerves
but huge emotion and the crowd were absolutely delighted, the first time
there has been a British woman through to the quarterfinals since
Jo Durie in 1984. What a story and let's hear what she had to say after
the match. Huge congratulations. We saw you after the final point, the
reaction, just give us an idea of what you are feeling. To be honest,
it was just so, such a tough match to play, she is really in impressive
form so it is very hard to get any rhythm really out there when she is
serving so well and she really gets her first strike in. It was a bit
breezy which also made it a bit difficult for both of us. But
overall, I think it was more that I was happy, I was able to get enough
returns in in that game and I was really trying to stay light on my
feet and strong through my body, really, to try and neutralise her.
Forges seesawed throughout the match. Most definitely come again,
there was very little between us today. I was happy with how I could
compete and did not pay too much attention to necessarily the good
things that she was doing and try to keep in mind the good things I was
doing. We saw in your match against Donna Vekic are you seemed to relish
the top situations and you've done it again in front of a home crowd.
What is it -- what is it about the challenges you relish so much? To be
honest, it is those positions, those situations that I dream of, I dreamt
of when I was a little girl, and even now, to be part of those
battles on big stages. I think that is really what it is about, to be a
professional athlete. Speaking about dreams when you were a little girl,
you are the first British woman to a quarterfinal at Wimbledon since Jo
Durie in 1984. What does that mean to you? That's pretty special! Yeah,
very excited about that and really looking forward to the fact I get to
play again. Well done today, huge congratulations. Thank you. Proving
yet again what a great match player she is achieved through to the last
day tomorrow, and she will play the winner of the match we are dropping
into now on Court Number Two between Simona Halep, the number two seed,
there she is, up against Victoria Azarenka. Simona Halep is a set and
3-0 up, and a points to make it 4-0 so let's drawn-out commentators,
Annabel Croft and Matt Chilton. Really tightly contested opening
set. The first set was decided via the tie-break. Since then,
Azarenka's game has rather disintegrated. Having been in
contention for the first hour, she's got an awful lot to do to get akin
to this. Yes, too many unforced errors
flowing off her racket. And she has been left unbalanced when playing on
the back foot, pushed behind the baseline.
A look of despair on the face of Victoria Azarenka, another first
serve in the middle of the net. It has been a noisy match, hasn't it?
Very noisy, maximum volume from both players. Simona Halep never seemed
to get stressed out in that opening set, despite being a breakdown a
couple of times. Azarenka, has been far more emotional. Good serve, best
we have seen for a while from Victoria Azarenka. , it was a
fantastic serve, it really had some swerve on it, came around the
outside of the bulge -- of the ball. Well, we have
had this trouble throughout the match, the baseline at Azarenka's
end is smudged. It had a 3-set match on it before, involving Muguruza and
Angelique Kerber, and it's difficult for the players to spot the
baseline. It's the second time Azarenka has got that wrong.
The courts have taken a real pounding in the first week, with the
hot weather. Halep has been pretty miserly with
the unforced errors - that's just her eighth.
ANNABEL CROFT: That's a fantastic shot. Really, this match shares you
said, in that first set, there was so little between them. It was very
much about who could get inside the baseline, on the front foot and
controlling the play. MATT CHILTON: Seven and a half
minutes for this game. Oh, that's perfect from Simona Halep! What a
shot! Yeah, using the pace of the serve there. Coming right round the
outside of the net post almost. Halep has done brilliantly! What a
point! Amazing sprint from the back of the court to pick up the drop
shot. It was a great pick-up from Azarenka, but look at the foot speed
of Halep - she's so nimble and agile around the court, can change
direction. And she was in control of the racket face when she got there
as well. A scream of relief, more than
anything, I think, from Victoria Azarenka. She needed to get that
out! Already had one warning for chucking her racket.
To strong. Loose again from Victoria Azarenka, who has now hit 29
unforced errors. Michael Joice is living every shot with his charge
here this afternoon. There is another loose one. It looks as if
the fairy tale return to tennis, after having given birth to her son,
is coming to an end this afternoon. If you didn't think you were
watching a tennis match, you would think they were both in pain.
Halep is just not missing anything. 5-0 in front, what a dominant second
set. And her coach is thrilled. Well, her level has gone up and up
and up from about midway through that first set. She's really
battened down the hatches, no real unforced errors or loose shots,
she's really working hard, intensity levels, so good. She's on a roll
right now, and you can't see any change up in this now. We're quickly
heading towards the finish line. Azarenka is cutting quite detected
figure at the moment. -- quite a dejected figure at the moment. She
defeated Heather Watson in three sets are defying expectations in
many ways, getting to this stage of the tournament, to the last 16. I
think it's been incredible what she's achieved already in this
tournament. She had only played a few matches before coming into
bumbled and, having had a baby, not having been seen on the tour since
the French Open last year. I guess she is now paying the price, up
against a player who has played so many matches, just really, really
match tight, that's the biggest difference between the two of them.
There's Michael Joyce, it could be all over for him, and for Victoria
Azarenka. Oh, she was there. Even from that
last point, you can see her anticipation, she's reading the
play. Johanna Konta will play the winner of this one, and it looks
increasingly like it will be Simona Halep.
I don't think either of them have returned serve as well as you would
respected -- as you would have expected, actually.
Oh, what a shot! The very best of Victoria Azarenka. It may be too
little, too leg, but that was a shot to save. Yeah, shower at off the
angle on the move there, and such a loss of change of direction. -- such
a great change of direction. This is where she needs to keep
everything under control, kicked that intensity level up. Of course
it will be at the back of her mind, what happened at the French Open.
That's a fabulous shot. She was so in control of that match against
Ostapenko, let that lead slip. Let a lead slip against Wozniacki in
Eastbourne ahead of this. So, there's a little bit of? There. She
needs to close this out. That serve was all about direction, rather than
pace. Exasperation now spilling over for
Victoria Azarenka. She knows she better than this.
Into the net, and one more time, Azarenka stares at the turf. Her
Wimbledon just about over now, after her 30th unforced error. 90 minutes
since the match began, and Simona Halep has match point.
You can sense the tension in Halep Sheila play right now, because at
the moment there is not a lot on her ball, she's almost playing and
hoping that Azarenka is going to miss.
Fantastic return again from Azarenka. She's not finished with
this just yet. There was an interesting reaction there from
Halep at the end of that point, looking up at Darren Cahill and a
little bit of applause there. Oh, lovely touch! Azarenka is
battling her way back! She's broken Halep's serve.
Well, what a fightback from Victoria Azarenka. Real determination and
grit about the way she's performed in the last couple of games. Simona
Halep is just struggling to finish this off. A place in the
quarterfinals at Wimbledon at stake. Huge moment for Simona Halep, a
chance to take on Johanna Konta on Centre Court tomorrow, you would
imagine. Well, here's that reaction we talked about. Quite interesting
moment, that. I don't know whether that was about, you told me to serve
on the forehand on a big point, and she got nailed on it! There's
usually a bit of backchat going on. It will definitely be in her mind,
what's happened in the recent past. Yeah, particularly that French Open
final. It is that fear of the finish line, and you can sense that. Darren
Cahill looks a little wound up for the first time.
Azarenka, serving to stay in the match - again.
That's a big shot. Well, that BRAVE that time. Good footwork, dancing
around the FSA, striking it into the forehand corner. Likes to move out
to that side. Didn't hold back that time.
She's hitting absolutely exasperated with herself. It's more about her
footwork, I think, the mind is willing, the body hasn't quite
followed behind it. Michael Joyce is doing his best from a distance to
try and help her along. In the opening set, which was very
tight, decided on a tie-break, Azarenka had so much success when
she was prepared to come to the net. Too strong that time. Two more match
points for the number two seed. He doesn't give much away, does he,
up there? Cool as a cucumber. Victoria Azarenka, scrapping for
everything here. She WILL not let this go.
It's out. UMPIRE: Miss Halep is challenging
the call, the ball was called out. I'm not sure she's going to have to
much look. There was that look again up at Darren in the support camp.
He's trying to calm her down, I think. Definitely nerves jangling.
Too strong from Halep! Down the line, to give her another match
point. It's wide, and Halep will play
Johanna Konta in the quarterfinals! Victoria Azarenka's return to tennis
ends in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. Three very good
victories, but in the end she came up against the world number two.
Simona Halep relishes that win over Victoria Azarenka. Yes, huge relief
for Darren Cahill and a lovely smile on the face of Simona Halep. She
really had to dig deep to control her nerves - well done. A straight
sets win for Simona Halep. SUE BARKER: Very impressive indeed,
she's such a good mover around the court and also a great Matchplay.
So, Simona Halep is through to the last eight, where she will meet Jo
Konta of Great Britain. Earlier today, she beat Caroline Garcia of
France out on Court No. 1. There was so little between them until that
last game. And you can see what it meant to Jo. All the expectation on
her shoulders, but she held her nerve and was rock solid right at
the end. Through to the quarterfinals here at Wimbledon for
the very first time. She met Simona Halep twice before, and Jo has won
both of them, including at Miami this year, although both went to
three sets. If Halep does beat Jo Konta, then she will be the new
world number one. So much to play for in that match which will be
tomorrow. And so much to play for over on Centre Court, where it has
been a little tense for Andy Murray. He was a break of serve up in this
second set, but it's now level. Andy did take the first set on the
tie-break. You can watch that one over on BBC One. Now, let's check on
results from earlier today. Garbine Muguruza, former French Open
champion and finalist here, defeated Angelique Kerber 6-4 in the final
set. Disappointment for Kerber, who will lose the world number one spot.
It's Muguruza, whose game is so suited to these grass courts, who is
through to the last eight, where she will place that Lana Kuznetsova.
Kuznetsova defeated Aga Radwanska in straight sets.
Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia came through. What a story this has
been, she came and played at Surbiton, and also at Nottingham.
She has played herself into form, and she's through to the last eight
here at Wimbledon for the very first time. What a story that is. Not
seeded at the Championships, but through to the last eight. And
tomorrow, she will meet Coco Vandeweghe, who pulled off a
surprise by beating Caroline Wozniacki, the former world number
one. Coco Vandeweghe, coached by Pat Cash, who was encouraging her to
serve big and to be aggressive from the back of the court. And she
didn't let Wozniacki settle in that match. So, the 24th seed also
through to the last eight. No problems, either, for five times
champion Venus Williams, seeded ten at this tournament. She defeated Ana
Konjuh of Croatia, one of the up-and-coming players. The
37-year-old Venus goes through. She's met 219-year-olds, and now she
will meet a 20-year-old, Jelena Ostapenko, who defeated Svitolina,
6-3, sevensix. The French Open champion hit 42 winners, she really
is fearless and ferocious on the court and she won it with her eighth
match point. She will be through to face Venus Williams - that will be
one to look forward to as well! Only the one men's match has been
decided, and Marin Cilic, the seventh seed, was in a hurry,
defeating Bautista Agut in straight sets. He's always dangerous on a
grass court. And he's being coached by Jonas Bjorkman. I spoke to him,
and he said he was telling him to be aggressive and get inside the
baseline, and he's certainly doing that. Marin Cilic, through to the
quarterfinals, for the fourth straight year. Over on Court No. 3,
the eighth seed, Dominic Thiem, is in trouble against Tom Burdick.
Sodding against Tomas Berdych. Rugolo see both players here, on the
red button and on the BBC Sport website. Around we go again! Sam
Querrey has come back, after dropping the first set to Kevin
Anderson. But Sam Querrey has come back to take the second and third
set, and it's 3-3 in the fourth. We'll be heading to Court No. 1 in a
moment. Rafa Nadal is on court at the moment, but something rather
strange happened to him just as he was coming on to court am awaiting
with Gilles Muller there. We know he has all of these superstitions. And
then... Now, he hits his head on the door frame! Gilles Muller turns
around, are you all right?! He goes, I think so! But he gives his head a
bit of a rubber on the way out! He sees the funny side, well done,
Rafa! That was a short time ago with Rafa. I think he's absolutely fine,
the match is already under way. And we'll be joining that match, Rafa
against Gilles Muller, who's a real ace machine. We can now join that
match, and Rafa has a break point as we join it. We can now join Jamie
Baker and Simon Reed for this one. That is as good a shot as he has
played in the match. The classic one-two punch from Gilles Muller.
Look how simple that backhand is, straight back and through, direct
tactics. Didn't he respond to the danger
immediately? So chances are that this could
develop into a really good scrap between two very different players.
There's been a lot of talk about Rafa Nadal, is he playing better
tennis now than he ever has? We've been looking at a few things to
compare with the last time he won at Wimbledon in 2010 and this year.
Particularly his backhand, he is hitting fewer forehands than he was
when he won in 2010. Everyone is talking about how he is running
around less. We are used to seeing him in the tramlines. That is the
best thing, he's hitting more backhand and secondly, this is where
it gets interesting, he is also hitting his backhand quicker and
with more spin so 79 mph if his average backhand speed this year
compared with 76 mph in 2010. And this is where it gets even slightly
more interesting is that actually, in terms of his contact point, here
it is, in 2010, 19% of his backhand 's were inside the baseline and this
year so far, 29%. Everybody knows the firepower Rafa Nadal has on the
forehand side but as an opponent, do think that if you drop the ball
short anywhere on the court, he's going to step in on the backhand,
that is unbelievably difficult to play against. No hiding place.
Absolutely. A good return. 26 is his
career-high, Nadal at two and if he gets to the final, he will go number
one. UMPIRE: Mr Muller is challenging the
call on the right-hand service line. The ball is called in.
That was a chance, there. He might not get a better one to really put
the pressure on Rafa. You can see what he was trying to do, the slice
really did the job of staying low and he gave himself the opportunity
of the short forehand. Nadal has won 28th successive sets
in Grand Slams between Rome and Gareth and now the first half of
this tournament. -- in Roland Garros and now the first half of this
tournament. Really well played, Gilles Muller.
Not given the credit for too much skill but there was a lot of skill
in that. There really was and so far in these baseline exchanges, Muller
is more than holding his own. Another good return. 125 mph serve,
no problem for Muller, who has got break point.
Nadal got lucky with the net cord. But it was inviting for Muller. That
was a big second serve for Nadal, 101 mph, into the body.
Exquisite touch. APPLAUSE And super ground strokes to set it
up. Absolutely fantastic. This shot here, back behind Nadal, refusing to
give him a running forehand pass and there is the touch to finish it off.
This sets up a second break point. APPLAUSE
Oh, wow, so much to applaud. What a forehand. They must be thrilled. But
his returning has been brilliant. Any time he has had a chance to get
on a second serve, or the first serve has not been accurate enough,
he has been very aggressive, trying to get the first hit in, keep Nadal
on his back foot, and it has worked so far. And Nadal knows a break down
against mullah is not a place you want to be. -- against Muller.
APPLAUSE Just clipped the top of the net
which didn't help Rafa. It is all going Muller's way at the moment.
APPLAUSE Three aces, now.
APPLAUSE Nadal chasing in after that
UMPIRE: New balls, please. There seems no doubt about Gilles Muller
this afternoon. Well, this is not what we expected.
Neither of us expected Muller to be this good at the start. Know, and we
talked about the Nadal confidence, just starting to see the first
couple of looks up to his box where the confidence perhaps if slightly
in doubt. You know, I was out on Court 14 this morning watching him
practice and he was absolutely ripping the ball as hard as the
good, very intimidating for a player to actually see that. However, I've
noticed at the start of this match, he's probably hitting the ball only
two thirds of that place so it is amazing what a matchup and what a
match can do. I was watching a bit of practice, two and the interesting
thing with Rafa in practice if he hits the forehand much flatter and
really follows through whereas in matches, it is like a Lasse Svan
goes over the back of his head. And I think it depends on the style of
player he is playing, on the grass, and the moment in the match because
that extra spin you are talking about is giving him a bit of extra
margin at a certain point in time in the match.
After just 28 minutes, Nadal serving to stay in the set.
UMPIRE: Mr Nadal challenging the call. The ball was called out. Not
much space between ball and line here, if any. SLOW CLAPPING
15-0. So much time. He is coping with all
the spin so well. And really, when you see Nadal in this position with
the forehand, you would not expect Muller to have the time to hit a
winner off it. The drop shots are working! And they
need to. Yes, that is two out of two and you are expecting the big
forehand. Very hard to read the drop shot.
APPLAUSE Is the case. -- his third base.
APPLAUSE Fine serving but how on earth does
he get a break? Muller's serve. Muller at the moment has dropped
just two points behind his first serve and four behind his second.
APPLAUSE Nowhere near sorting out this serve,
54% of Muller's serves our unreturned.
Not find yet to push the panic button.
Well, he's hardly quaking with nerves.
Muller's played with total belief, it seems. Three set points.
UMPIRE: Game and first set, Muller, 6-3. Well, it was pretty academic,
6-3, 33 minutes. And that was simply outstanding.
Yeah, and it all got away from Rafa Nadal very, alarmingly quickly. I
think that was the one question, everybody said, and I include
myself, in the first three rounds, he looked so good but he had been
playing against players that given their rhythm, not grass court
players, where you would say they were very comfortable. I must say,
I'm not surprised to see you go off the court at the end of the first
set. That is not what he was expecting. -- to see him go off. You
can see the unreturned serves from Muller, 15. And 13 winners to Rafa's
seven. His serving stats look fantastic. What was extraordinary
was he was able to break. Yeah, and I think Nadal's uncertainty and
feeling of anger in this match will be absolutely, in terms of how
little impact he has made on the Muller service games, it is not that
Muller has got an unbelievably high first serve percentage but Nadal has
only managed to win two points in total in the whole of the first set
behind the first serve so he has got a big puzzle to solve common here,
very big puzzle, and Muller is the type of player that Nadal has lost
to here before, people like Dustin Brown, Nick Kyrgios, Lukas Rosol, a
big serve and something a bit different and on top of that, he's a
left-hander which makes it all the more difficult. And of course, with
his reach, he denies Rafa the serve from the left caught out wide which
he has been doing more and more. Never got beyond the third round,
here. But it has been a simply wonderful year for him. His first
two titles. A career-best ranking. At the age of 34. We have heard that
kind of story so many times. We have and I do think in the big picture of
our sport, I think it is great that we have contrasting surfaces wearer
player like Muller, who is obviously better suited to a fast court, can
challenge the top players in the world because that is ranking,
coming in, seeded 16 here, he should be able to challenge the top players
in the world. If every match was on a clay court or that player's best
surface and every surface was a similar speed, it would be far too
predictable and we know Rafa would be able to kill every single player.
But here is a tournament, which he has won twice, Nadal, and as we have
said, he has been playing some of the best tennis, the best grass
court tennis, it seems, of his career. And yet... He was not close,
there. Absolutely fascinating. APPLAUSE
What can he conjure up, the great man?
That is the first set he has lost. Since right the way through Roland
Garros and right the way through here. UMPIRE: Time.
Well, he has called time but Nadal is not exactly in a hurry. UMPIRE:
Second set, Nadal deserve. Can you see the labels? Absolutely towards
the court. So it will be Nadal to start the
second set. Nothing wrong with the way he is
serving, it is just Muller has picked it so well and return so
well. And of course, the way Muller has
been serving, he may only have to string one good return game
together. It's not like he has to do it every single game.
APPLAUSE The timing went, there. Not sure if
it was a dodgy bounce. It did not seem to be.
APPLAUSE Give him a bit of a boost. A quick
look around and a pledge of the fist up to uncle Tony and Francisco.
Fascinating to see if he brings any extra dynamic.
Almost sympathetic applause for Rafa as he races down to the baseline,
The key thing for Muller is that he doesn't get vertigo as to where he
is right now and what he has done in the first set.
Doesn't look as if it's happening at the moment. That is an unbelievable
serve, that ball swinging, I mean, to the left shoulder of the
centreline umpire. No way Nadal can get to that.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE He read it but he couldn't do
anything about it. APPLAUSE
Well, it looked a bit dicey for a moment, there but once again, the
big serve came out. I think we saw in that game the difficulty of
playing such an offensive player. If Nadal is going to win this match, it
is not going to be a question of him hitting ground stroke winners with
Muller stood on the baseline. He's going to have to hit passing shot
winners on the first and second ball of the rally. Straightaway, he will
be asked the question. He lost the point but again, you can
see from that low shot how well he picked the serve and how well he
reacted to it. Well done. Some slice that was from
Muller, rooted to the spot, there. A little hop and a skip from Nadal and
he is 2-1 up. Yes, confidence sometimes is a
difficult and a long journey to find and yet, it can disappear very
quickly. At the end of last year, at the point where he withdrew from the
World Tour Finals and took a long break, do you think, like what you
said at the start of this match, if he wins this tournament, he's back
to world number one, is just an indication of how many matches he
has won in such a short period of time. I think for him, because he
has been so dominant on the clay court for so many years, to go and
effectively do that again this year, I think would have answered a lot of
questions in his head. You can see straightaway when he arrived at
Wimbledon, chose not to play a grass court warm up event, did not feel he
had to. He could just rest and recharge the batteries and the
confidence is absolutely there. Yes, 42 wins, title wins, in Monte Carlo,
Barcelona for the tenth time, Madrid and then Roland Garros for the tenth
time. Dad and girlfriend, looking a little
anxious. So confident. Anyone watching who
thinks that was a very straightforward volley, Gilles
Muller made that look very, very easy.
SIMON REED: Remember, this is a guy who has lost his last 22 matches
against top five players. SIMON REED: He's looking around for
confirmation from his people. Maybe someone shouted out to him. He's not
right. Now, then... So good. That serve out wide is so
affect if, even to a lefty. JAMIE BAKER: It looks to me like
Nadal is having real problems reading that serve. It's not like
every single serve is on the line, is the variety that he brings as
well as the accuracy. A little "vamos" from Rafa on the
mistake of Muller - you don't often hear that.
No. Super second shot from Nadal, but still ends up losing the point.
All it took in the first set was one bad service game.
That ball took off after it landed. Yes, and every single warrant that
the Dow is winning at the moment is followed up by some form of positive
energy release, and I think this is exactly the type of match when you
expect to see all of his competitive brilliance coming out.
With serve so far in the second set. Jamie, do you think there has been a
better competitor than Rafa Nadal? I think in terms of these situations,
probably not. He's somebody who is able to shrug off disappointment,
both in the big picture but also within the match. His desire to just
compete for the very next point, no matter what has happened... I mean,
a few years ago, in the final here, against Roger Federer, when
everybody was saying he was struggling on grass, the iconic
moment, when he lost the first set heavily, the first point of the
second set the big "vamos" straightaway. Observing him in this
match today, think about it from his point of view, how dominant he is on
the clay, and everything about him when he prepares for a clay-court
match is, if I take care of things on my side of the court, I'm going
to win the match. Now, put yourself in his frame of mind on a grass
court, it's the opposite, where sometimes, actually, it's not within
his control. So, to compete the way he does, with that contrast, is
outstanding. As you say, he has been picked off by similar players
2-miler in the past here. -- to Muller in the past here.
Might be worth a challenge. It was swinging, but did you get a little
bit of the line on the way? It did. I wonder if he saw Rafa out of the
corner of his eye, moving to the forehand side.
Fabulous return. That might put a bit of a dent in his confidence. Big
reaction from Nadal after this one - best return in the match so far.
He's served nine aces and dropped just four points when that first
serve has gone in in the match so far. A bit of a headache for Nadal.
The Nadal supporters are getting louder and louder now.
Gilles Muller taking some of his own medicine there.
Super-slim picking his game up - the problem is now, how does he break
the Muller serve? Being ahead on the scoreboard might make a difference
in this set, because Gilles Muller has not really blinked on his
service game yet. Nadal is turning the volume up every single time he
wins a point. Almost like that's his biggest hope at the moment, for
Muller to start thinking, hang on, I'm playing against Rafa Nadal at
Wimbledon on Court No. 1! A lot of people say that when you get older,
that's when the nerves hit you, but at the age of 34, it doesn't seem to
be affecting Muller. There may come a time later in the match when it
will, but not yet, that's for sure. What a rally! One of the rallies of
the tournament. What a get that was from Muller! One millimetre,
apparently! He doesn't deserve that, Muller. Sensational!
So, how will he react to this? His second double.
Remember, Rafa has had one break point - in the fifth game of the
first set. Nothing since. That won't sit easily with him. And
I do think that is a tell-tale sign that he is just not reading the
Muller serve at all. There was no commitment to that at all - very
reactive. Well, it was perfectly set up for
him. It was a challenging ground stroke from Nadal, and it leads to
two break points. It has worked a dream for him, that
serve. He's into double figures on aces now. He needs another.
Beautifully controlled into the corner. Another big first serve on
the big point. Nadal was there that time, just wasn't able to get enough
length on that return. The frown on his face, Nadal, he's
missed a couple of big shots, that perhaps the worst.
Well, Muller again serving really well to get out of trouble, but
Nadal did have his chance and he couldn't take it.
JAMIE MURRAY: These games can be such a momentum shift in goal, the
question is, will Nadal see that as a positive, for having his first
chance? Or will Muller taken courage meant from having saved two break
points? This is not how it has been in the
first week. He's got so many looks on the Nadal
serve, the Dow has got very few on his. It's the shape of that return
that's causing all the damage, very flat, skidding through the grass
court. Another super point. Lightning
quick, Nadal, around the court there. Muller is making Nadal play
so many uncomfortable shots, and that low forehand was tremendous
leap dealt with by Nadal. And when you're playing this well,
you get the look as well. Break point. And, of course, if he gets
it, he will serve for a two-set lead.
I don't believe that! Nadal, with his head down, but Muller played so
well then. Boy, oh, boy. This was not in any
game plan. And really, Rafa hasn't played badly, there have been some
poor shots along the way, but Muller has been outstanding. He has, he has
executed his game plan absolutely perfectly. His serve has probably
caused Nadal more trouble than he had imagined. The reason for the
applause, just on the screen, we've seen Andy Murray's result coming
through. The word I'm thinking about is
rhythm. Everything Muller has done has prevented Rafa Nadal getting
into his normal match rhythm, and that's why we see like on that last
point, the shot selection was not correct, didn't have any pace. So,
we've been doing just 70 minutes, and here's Muller, serving for a
two-set lead against the double champion here at Wimbledon.
Yes, that it bounce up a little higher, but normally, he would pick
that off without any problem. Worth a challenge?
UMPIRE: Mr Muller is challenging the call, the ball was called out. It
seemed close. Mr Muller has no challenges remaining.
Well, it's been as good as that for most of the match. Two set points
for a two-set lead. Was that tightness or just a
one-off? Such a good shot from Muller! He's
challenging, and he's moving towards the chair, is Nadal. He knows that
Muller's shot landed. Here's confirmation. And would you believe
it, Rafa Nadal is two sets down to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. And you
can hear the muttering in the crowd, no-one came here expecting this. Why
would they? But they know that Muller has played really well this
year, he is at a career high of 26, he's won ten matches on grass. But
really - he's been the boss! He has, it's been an incredible performance
so far. All thought, OK, on a grass court, he could cause Nadal some
problems, but it's been the combination. We didn't quite expect
his game to make Nadal look so out of sorts. Actually, in the last two
or three games, we have seen him miss a few routine balls, which will
go down as unforced errors, but can't call them unforced errors,
because he's feeling so uncomfortable with what Muller has
brought to the party, and that's the result. Looking at the stats, it
says four unforced errors in total for Nadal in this match, and yet
he's two sets down, because so many of the errors have been forced by
this guy. One more set will do it. He has
beaten Nadal here before, in 2005, 12 years ago, when Rafa was just 19
years of age, just beginning to know all about it. -- and we were just
beginning to know all about him. And now we do. For everyone who has seen
him this year, they are saying he has played as well as he ever has in
his life. I do think the other thing worth mentioning, the question at
the start of this match would have been, we know Muller will play
fantastic tennis, but does he have the fitness to do it over five sets?
The first two said to have taken one hour and 15 minutes, so I'm not sure
that's a factor any more. -- the first two sets. Here we go, then.
Can he come back? Three times in his career he has come back from two
sets to love down and gone through. SUE BARKER: We predicted this would
be a tricky opponent for Rafa, and it is proving to be. We're leaving
that match here on BBC Two, but it continues now on BBC One, so if you
want to continue watching it, switch over now to BBC One. Here, we will
head off to Centre Court to see Roger Federer against Grigor
Dimitrov. Just a short time ago, Andy Murray completed a straight
sets victory against Benoit Paire, a tricky opponent. He wasn't at his
very best but he got the job done and won the last point. He is
through to the quarterfinals here at Wimbledon once again. Andy Murray,
through on Centre Court. After the match, he spoke to Lynne McKenzie.
Congratulations, Andy. Benoit Paire, a pretty difficult game to read.
Yes, I thought I did pretty well today. Perhaps a couple of sloppy
service games, but that was by far the best I have hit the ball so far
in the tournament, so really pleased with that. He is not an easy guide
to play. He has one of the best backhands and can play every shot,
so it is not always easy to say where you should be playing the
ball. A challenge was overruled in the third set, but it looked like it
didn't upset you too much. You had a little joke about it. How
frustrating is that when it happens? Well... It's not that frustrating.
It is one point. We probably played about 300 out there, and it was the
first point of the game. Obviously, you want to try and win every point.
That is the mindset, but it is only just one point, and it wasn't an
important one. Maybe if it happened at 5-5 in a tie-break, it would be
different. It was fine. It's still worth having the discussion when you
are changing ends to clarify? Yeah, I guess so. That happens all the
time. Pretty much in every match, there are discussions between
umpires and players. Sometimes it is good just to get it off your chest,
and get an understanding of what the umpire once in those situations as
well. In the build-up to Wimbledon, the uncertainty of the injury, if
someone had said you would be through to the quarterfinals with a
level you are playing at, would you have taken that? Sure. Two weeks ago
I was resting. I was also a little bit concerned. When you are having
issues a few days before a big event, it's frustrating, but I
managed it well. I think I've played some good stuff. Today, like I said,
was the best I have played so far in the tournament. Yeah, I'm doing
well, so hopefully keep it up. Congratulations. Cheers. He is
safely through and he will face Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals on
Wednesday. Anderson saved four match points in the fourth set, but Sam
Querrey finally got the job done in the fifth set, 6-3. The battle of
the big servers ends with Sam Querrey, former Queen's champion,
going through in five sets to face Andy Murray on Wednesday. SUE
BARKER: The match between Milos Raonic and
is on the red button. Tomas Berdych has a break of serve in the third
set against Dominic Thiem. That one is also on the red button and on the
website. But we are heading to Centre Court. We have Rafael Nadal
on BBC One, but on BBC Two, you may have heard a roar and a short time
ago, because this man is walking onto court - Grigor Dimitrov
followed by Roger Federer, and the crowd always likes to welcome him
back to his favourite court. CHEERING
AND APPLAUSE Rafa is on BBC One, Roger on BBC
Two. It is a busy day, isn't it? Take
your breath. It is happening everywhere here. How did you feel
Murray played? I thought the most important thing was that he moved
great. He is perhaps B plus heading towards capital a minus. I
congratulate our lone American, Sam Querrey, because he has backed up
his great result of last year. After having those match points in the
fourth, a lesser man would have gone away and lost the plot a little bit,
so that was a strong effort. It certainly was. Rafa, two sets down.
We were talking the start of the programme about what a tough
opponent Muller is. He comes to Dennett. That is really the point.
He has got a great serve. And he has a great volley. It seems to be the
year where you have got to be over 30 to have success. We have Rafa on
Court Number One, Roger here, and this match will be beautiful to
watch, won't it? No question about it. You are watching the most
beautiful player who has ever stepped on a court. What about us,
John? We were OK, but not at this level. And Grigor Dimitrov is trying
to copy his game. He has done a pretty good imitation. It is
definitely a poor man's Federer, but I have to say that I am hopeful he
steps up, emotionally, mentally and in terms of the ability he can bring
to the table, like he did against Nadal in the semis in Australia. I
saw him in a semi-here. He played great against Novak. He played great
against Nadal. He hasn't won either of those, so here is the
opportunity, Mr Dimitrov, to do it. He has only lost 18 games. Has he
played someone of this guy's level yet? No, but he is in good form. He
had a stretch on the clay-court season when he wasn't doing well. He
started the year well. He had the semifinal of the Queen's Club. He
can show what he is made of right here tonight. Let's took at the
career of Grigor Dimitrov. Confidence is one of the most
important things right now. I am feeling great, my body is on a good
schedule. I think I am finding a good balance. Nine years ago, Grigor
Dimitrov found the perfect balance to win the boys' singles title at
Wimbledon. He describes it as one of his greatest memories. It is special
and I cherish it a lot. You never know how many times you will be able
to do that, so you take it as it is, you try to make the most out of it.
A quarterfinal win over Andy Murray in 2014 was further evidence that he
seemed destined for great things. It was a spectacular moment for me, and
I am looking forward to getting out there and playing on that the court
again. It's special. I've played on those courts a few times, and I have
a feeling I know how to get to Centre Court now, which is great,
not like the first time. It is all exciting and positive things. Since
that semifinal appearance three years ago, he has struggled for
consistency. He believes he is in a good place. I feel I am in a better
place in my life, I am a better player, physically and mentally. I
am a completely different player. . Baby Federer from an early age, he
faces the daddy himself. I am looking forward to playing my game
and playing on my terms. What does he have today... To do today, Boris?
They are so similar in looks and in technique, I think it is about
personality, to really show your position, and not only to play nice
tennis but to win. They have called time, so we had better go. There
will be some beautiful backhand is out on court. Thanks to Boris and to
John McEnroe. Rafael Nadal, two sets to love down, over on BBC One. John
McEnroe is about to join Andrew Cotter in the commentary box.
COMMENTATOR: It is a match for those who love the beauty of tennis. And
we are about to have a contest that will equal the aesthetics.
APPLAUSE A sprightly start from Dimitrov.
A helping hand for Federer's first point.
To me, Dimitrov has a tendency to toss the ball a little to his left,
which gives in that slice out why. He loves to pump up to speed up the
middle. He will often go out quite here. -- go out wide.
He seems to have settled in nicely, Dimitrov, but already, under a
little bit of pressure. You don't want to plant your feet, as he did
there. UMPIRE: Mr Federer is challenging
the call. The ball was called in. One part of his game when he's not
the very best is sometimes his challenges. Let's see if he is
right... No. He would prefer Dimitrov to hit a second serve.
Guess what... Gets a double. In the very first game,...
A good hold in the end for Dimitrov, and a good response to the pressure
from Federer. Psychologically, and you and Boris spoke about it before
the match, their games are so similar, but the psychology - they
have played five times and Federer has won them all. That is that they
covered all he has to overcome. One of them. You need to make better
decisions, better discipline under pressure. In the past, he has gone
for a lower percentage shots too often. That is the key thing.
APPLAUSE Dimitrov has an incredible ability
to slide, which, to me, he over does at times, and it puts him
off-balance too often. That gets exposed by the top players. You
don't see them reaching and getting out of position.
What a return from Dimitrov - full stretch, fired back across Federer.
Well, Federer holds with a good deal more comfort than Dimitrov. A full
crew in attendance, as usual, for Federer.
I'm not sure who has improved more, which is a fairly miraculous thing
to say, considering Roger will turn 36 next month. Grigor seems to have
gotten his game back on track. I keep waiting for him to make that
breakthrough, and it's a tall order. The top four guys... We thought it
was happening in 2014, that he would kick on from there. He seems to
coming back now. Sir Ben Ainslie. A lot of former
sports men and women on Centre Court today. Fresh back from the America's
Cup. Both these men have stunning
backhands, but Federer's is such a great weapon. Ever since he got that
racket with a bigger sweet spot, he has said that with more authority
and belief. A loose one from Federer finally
sees out the game for Dimitrov, and we remain on serve. Danny Valverde
watching, coaching Dimitrov. He held off on going to the bigger racket
for a long time. 2013 Federer eventually went to that. Explain the
difference and why he was reluctant. The reluctance was how much he won,
how great he is, and how much he had accomplished with the 90 square
inches frame. I don't know if it was stubbornness. Whatever combination
of things it is that forced him to slice it more and not step in, where
people kept encouraging him, coaches. His latest coach had a
tremendous backhand, and it seems to have finally occurred to Roger,
along with this bigger frame, more room to operate, easier to come
over. Let's not forget, the court was playing faster than in all the
years I have played or covered it, so that helped. And that has led to
something that is one of the great accomplishments that I have ever
seen, because I was coaching Milos Raonic and he lost. He didn't play a
tournament for six months because of an injury, and the first tournament
back, he won against Nadal. Come on, amazing. A little bit special
serving. All those who disappeared after the
Murray - Paire match coming back into Centre Court, being a little
noisy. Grigor Dimitrov does have a tendency
to try to overheat, go for too much. He has to play within himself. I
know he is excited. There is no question, playing this great man.
A phenomenal mover, still. All those years of competition, the surgery he
had last year with the knee. He is like the bionic man.
It's Federer holds. Of all the talent we talk about, we have
mentioned before that perhaps the greatest one of Roger Federer's is
that his body has given him so many years. He has had a couple of things
with his knee and his back, but by and large, he is pretty unscathed,
perhaps because of how well he moves. No question, that is a big
part of it. He does not count it at all. -- he does not pound it.
Beautiful. He has gotten better at that in the last year or two.
Dimitrov knows he's up against most of the crowd in here today as well,
although he is a very popular player. Most of his box is on his
side, I believe! Hand open, a good decision by Grigor
there, to go to the ball early, not to go too big. I do your time --
bide your time. Dimitrov started well. A little
shake in his first service game, but he looks pretty comfortable.
Grigor has worked very hard on his fitness. That was a big issue for
him, particularly early on, and he has done an excellent job of trying
to match the extraordinary levels of fitness that he sees from the top
players. If he ever is going to get over the hump, he knew that he had
to work exceptionally hard to work to the point where he could go the
distance, which he did, which is why that defeat to Nadal, the best match
he ever play, was so debilitating, even though he went there next week
and played in his home country, in a small event that he won, the rest of
the year, for the most part, has been pretty poor, considering what
he showed in Australia. He was working with Roger Rashid, a
tremendously fit coach himself. He was working for a while with a
physio trainer who had been with Warren Roger Federer for a while.
You look at Dimitrov, and you see how fit he looks. One of the best
matches of the last five years was that match with an adult. It was
incredible. -- with Nadal. Dimitrov giving a look and deciding
not to challenge. You can see that the court has been taking some
punishment in this Championships. Over the years, his return of serve
has been Dimitrov's weakness. He's not at the level necessary to win
slams, also it appears. Still just a single point for Dimitrov Federer.
-- against Federer. Another part of his game, presumably, that I've
heard he's worked on, and he has improved, but it's still a work in
progress. Too often he tries to go for too much, when it's not there
for him. If that ball looks behind the person
you're playing, look to go and cover the line, because it can be hard to
pull it back crosscourt from that position, if you're Federer.
Struggling a bit, with the cold, little out of sorts. He needs a
bigger racket! I doubt that! Started slow in his last match,
eventually got going. Not in full flow, that. This is his
opportunity to get his act together, get something going. Particularly
with the head-to-head. Long time with Andy Murray, Daniel
Verdu, and a spell with Tomas Berdych. -- Daniel Vallverdu.
APPLAUSE UMPIRE: New balls, please.
. Dimitrov keeps his nose in front. While he can do that, even Roger
Federer will feel a bit of pleasure, latter stages of the set. -- the
latter stages. It is astonishing, we've run out of superlatives, to be
doing what he's doing at 28 is outstanding, but to be doing it in
his 30s, no signs of wilting at all. Not at all. The guy's love for the
game is so phenomenal and such a great asset. We all love to play,
but losing the top people emotionally. You almost hate losing
more than you love winning, most people -- losing beats up people. Or
John loves all of it, and he has, I would say a unique ability -- Roger
loves all of it. He has a unique ability to shrug it off. Nadal is
battling to - one. But he looks like he's tearing him up a little bit. He
competes better than anyone, but this guy loves the press conferences
and the travel, he loves everything. They enjoy their time together.
New balls for Roger Federer. And he did the sensible thing of shutting
things down for the clay-court season. No need to win another
French Open, a tall order for his game. The stress. Why bother doing
that? Those other type of balls, he's got
to make Federer hit some tough ones, make him earn it. Stay disciplined.
He is a human being, I believe Roger is a human being, you know, I think
you bleeds like all of us, has emotion.
Focus each and every ball. You're going to be there every second of
this match if your Dimitrov. Easier said than done when this
guy's coming at you, sovereignty. -- smothering you.
APPLAUSE Well, the merest hint of a chance to
Dimitrov on the Federer serve is snuffed out. Just a hint of
perspiration on the brow of Roger Federer. Great conditions. The heat
was stifling for most of the first week. But now is the perfect time to
play, at 5pm -ish. A unique day, the second Monday. A great day.
You get to see Djokovic, he is on later.
Swinging a little bit, the sun is pretty bright out there at the
moment. Used to catching balls here. And immediate challenge from
Federer. With that shot overhead, he said,
I'll take my chances with the challenge. Another good challenge
from Federer. Oh, it's good, this time. Just from
Dimitrov. It is a good fight from Grigor there. He was under some
serious pressure. That's the ball you don't want to miss. Perhaps the
easiest one there is. You've got to be able to handle it. Well played.
Yes, they play similar, but to me, Federer has more firepower. He hits
the ball harder. He -- the pressure is on Dimitrov.
APPLAUSE You don't hear that too often from
Federer, getting animated. This is his chance. Well, that's a really
poor shot. It will cost him big time.
This time it's Dimitrov, looking to his coaches.
He likes that serve out wide. It is the preferred way for him. Roger has
to be alert to it. -- the preferred play.
Good coaching. What does that mean? Is it signalling him?
UMPIRE: Mr Dimitrov is challenging a call. The ball was called out. Mike
likely to be disbanded. Hawk-Eye will be the judge. -- to be
disappointed. Well wide. UMPIRE: Mr do a job has two challenges
remaining. -- Mr Dimitrov. Oh, long! Long from Dimitrov. Chance
number three coming for Roger Federer.
You're already serving after the modest rally of the match. -- the
longest rally. That forehand, that cost him.
Oh, another mistake has sat up for him as well. Dimitrov falters and
Federer closes in on this first set. It seems to be not controlled,
Dimitrov, because Federer has been holding with slightly more is. But
Dimitrov was coping, and then very quickly and got away from him. So
what with slightly more ease. Now this man is marching towards a one
set lead. I was talking about the discipline necessary. The shot
selection. At tense and important moments. And you have to follow
through. It's not the first or second ball, but every now and then
you get into one of those rallies. The 18th shot can be as meaningful
as the first, and you've got to stay with it. You can't give someone this
great a free point. In the end, you know, you missed to four hands in a
row and then you look up and you're sitting on the chair and this guy
that has won it seven times is saying, OK, thank you. Because he's
testing, probing, daring him to do that, and he obliged. That's pain. I
sometimes Dimitrov against Federer will chase his big shots even more.
He will think, I've got to do something special to beat this guy.
There's no question. It has actually been proven over time. That's
another reason why they're so tough to beat. Roger Federer serving for
the set. Beautifully done there. Moving
forward quickly, that the mis-hit. -- that is a mis-hit.
I get the feeling that Federer is moving better. In addition to
hitting it harder, in addition to having been there 100 times more.
APPLAUSE Closed out as he is closed out so
many games before, a hold to love. And Roger Federer is in control.
Analysing the big four or however many big players there might be,
what sort of form they are looking in. The bowl having a bit of a tough
match at the moment. We don't know how Djokovic is going to get on.
Andy Murray came through OK. You can't fault Roger Federer's
performances so far. It's hard to fault too many things about this
guy. Especially the way he's gone about his business over the years at
this tournament. He's just got an uncanny sense of knowing when the
other guy's going to blink, when he's feeling pressure, when to move
forward. When to sort of bite his time, all of these qualities, if you
can bind them and add them all up, in addition to he's one of the top
guys of all time, you can go down the list, his backhand, forehand is
one of the best shots that we've ever seen in tennis. The movement,
he's moving better than this guy. Why is that's somebody explain that
to me. He's 35, the other guy is 26. He's just better. He's a better
move, I guess that's what it boils to. What's Grigor Dimitrov's best
shot? His forehand, right? How did he miss all of those? The pressure
got to him. Federer's pressure. Dimitrov won the coin toss.
He will serve to start this second set.
He plays so quickly, Federer, too. I think the first set was 34 minutes.
It just happened so fast. You never relax against this guy.
Well, you think you're playing well and beating and living with him, the
next time you're sitting down in the changing rooms. -- competing with
him. So, a good start, a good start to
the second set for Grigor Dimitrov. Talking about who the winner might
play in this one, Milos Raonic or Alex Zverev. That would be
interesting, Federer against Raonic in the semifinal last year.
Well, you're looking at a future number one in all likelihood with
Zverev, a few years down the road. And you are looking at the guy in
the finals of Wimbledon. You see that Roger's draw is not simple, by
any means. I'm wondering as I watch this, hoping for a competitive set
so that Dimitrov can figure out a way to lift is gained. I don't even
think Federer is playing his absolute best yet -- to lift his
game. You better find another one or two of your own. His father.
APPLAUSE So, nothing from either player in
this second set. STUDIO: We have to leave this match.
If you want to continue watching, you can. It will be our featured
match on the red button. We will of course keep you up-to-date with it
here on BBC Two. But we're going to the big story that is unfolding over
on Court Number One, with Rafael Nadal, the two time champion, 2-1
down to the big server from rocks Blood, Joel Moon love. He was 2-0
down, but he's fighting back -- the big server from Luxembourg, Gilles
Muller. Jamie Baker is alongside Simon Reed.
COMMENTATOR: Nadal fighting like a lion. Muller, who played lights out
tennis for one hour and a quarter, taking those first sets. The
pressure being exerted. Aimed by game now. -- game by game.
Great disguise! How quick was he onto it?! And then Muller totally
deceived. We are starting to see more and more points like this.
Nadal is finding a way to get into the Muller service game. Great touch
to finish that one-off. CHEERING
Enough power! Nadal with a big fist up to his band
of followers. You can hear the growing of
disappointment. -- the groan of disappointment.
Oh, he needed to be 6-foot for them. -- 6-foot for then. What a time to
come out of the second serve like that, 110 mph out wide and following
it in. Just super! Nadal like a call yorked
spring there. You can be denied, and yet he was. -- equal Yalda spring.
-- he couldn't be denied, and yet he was.
And Nadal is now one out of ten on break point opportunities.
Umpire label Mr Miller is challenging the call, the ball is
called out. -- UMPIRE: Mr Muller is challenging the call, the ball is
called out. Here is another break point for the Spaniard. UMPIRE:
Advantage Nadal. Again, Nadal standing so far back.
He has got the break, and it is 3-2. Jamie, one break has been enough in
each set so far, and I can't see that changing. It has, but this has
turned into just such a fantastic contest between these two players,
especially on the moolah service game. It is a tactical battle. Nadal
has really dropped off the baseline to return the serve, and the result
has been that molar Fiat -- Muller... Ned Al's positioning has
had the desired effect, and the net result is that he is getting into
more points, -- Nadal's positioning. Just a great contest. Playing the
tennis of his life. Is it going to be enough? He has unsettled Nadal,
but can he unseat him? CROWD GROANS
That wasn't in the script, because he seemed to make a very quick move
to it. For so long, it was Nadal not being
able to read the Muller serve, and now the tables have turned.
For the first couple of sets, it was Ned Al being bossed around, and
that, too, has changed completely. --
And now the pendulum is moving pretty quickly. UMPIRE: New balls,
please. We talked about red at the start of the match. You get the
feeling now, especially on the Nadal service game, it is not the normal
rhythm he would expect against some of the baseline players he has
played in the first couple of rounds, but he has settled into the
rhythm that is comfortable for this match.
So, the love service game, still Nadal 4-3.
So, what is the way forward now? Will there be a chance for Muller to
break? It looks as if it is receding, that chance, with each
successive Nadal service game. Nadal, at the moment, terrific
serving stats in this set so far. He has dropped just one point behind
his first serve, and one point behind his second. It is a tough ask
for Gilles Muller. He, too, is a terrific competitor. Through his
career, he has had to battle with injury, a lack of success, a lack of
confidence, probably. Jamie Delgado seemed to change it around two or
three years ago when he got hold of him, then there was another injury,
and then this year, he has just gone up another level. You mentioned
confidence, and we have been talking about it in respect of Nadal, but
Gilles Muller has won ten grass court matches in the tournaments he
has played, so he is also very confident.
Making the big man change direction. We really didn't see many of these
points in the first couple of sets, Nadal just dominating with his
forehand. People play as many of those as he can. -- he will play.
That backhand set it up. He is hitting the backhand better now. He
is, when he is seeing the short ball, he is looking and feeling more
I thought the earlier shot was going long, and the dull for a split
second stop. -- and Nadal for a split second...
No mistake that time. And he moves to within a game of taking this to a
fifth set. Oh! You had to feel Von Miller then.
A really good volley, but no reward. Again, Nadal giving himself the time
to get a full swing on that return. Another huge stretch. So difficult
to pass. That is a great example of keeping
your hands in front, allowing him to deal with that pace.
Muller keeps the Spaniard honest, forces him to serve out in this
fourth set. SUE BARKER: And we will be right back to see if he does do
that. We will update you with what is happening on Centre Court. Just a
few moments ago, Roger Federer, with a set point, serving at 5-2, taking
another big serve. That set took just 27 minutes. Dad is happy, and
Roger is happy. He is 2-0 up in sets, 6-4, 6-2. That was a short
time ago, and they are back playing. If you want to watch that match, it
is our featured match on the red button. You can follow it on the
website as well. Other matches going on at the moment, on Court Number
Two, Sasha is very, the 20-year-old, is 5-3 up at 1-1. He has a break of
serve. -- Sasha Zverev. Tomas Berdych is edging towards victory.
He is a break up in the fifth set. He was the runner-up in 2010. That
match is on the red button and on the website. Back we go to see Rafa
serve. COMMENTATOR: Two and a half hours we have been going.
APPLAUSE He got just the return he wanted. He
has still dropped just one point behind his first serve in the set.
And that is a superb volley. Generally, he has missed one or two
here. He is one of the best volley players in the world. Really good at
picking the right time to come in and finish. When you think of the
work he has put into that area of his game throughout his career, just
APPLAUSE Magical Nadal. Three set points.
Is it going to be possible to deny him right now? Mother is going off,
just like Nadal went off after the opening set. -- Muller is going. He
played some fantastic tennis towards the end of that set. It is
impressive how he has bounced back from the first hour and a quarter of
this match. As you mentioned, Simon, how dominant he has been his serve
in the fourth set, I think that really has been as a result of being
able to get into more of Muller's service games. He has felt more
comfortable and confident, only dropping one or two points on serve
in the fourth set, and we are now in a one set shoot out, but Muller is
in the position almost that Nadal was in sets one and two. The tables
are turned. The question is, how can Muller regroup and when he comes
back on the court, the key thing will be that he needs to have the
belief that he can win this final set. If he doesn't, coming up
against a competitor like Nadal, it's hard to believe how he's going
to be able to do it. There is an chair with uncle Tony. Carlos Moya
takes over next year as the main coach, but he is not here.
But Nadal was just really turning it on at the end of that fourth set,
and it seems that the skill he has, coupled with the competitiveness, he
is undeniable at the moment. I guess the bookmakers would have Gilles
Muller at long odds against right now. Absolutely. Watching a match
like this, one of the true greats of the game, you understand what
separates great players from good ones. How many times in this
tournament have we watched matches where a player goes two sets down,
and it is not an extreme change, but they lose a bit of edge, and the
third set is not as competitive. Straightaway, in that third set, as
soon as Nadal won his first point, he showed Muller that there is still
a match to be played here, right away. That is impossible to
underestimate how big a skill and talent that is. Yes, and couple that
with the record he has a matches like that, he is like a tidal wave.
That is the reason why he is able to build his reputation in the first
place. As he builds momentum with his achievements, it gets stronger
and stronger and stronger. The serve for Muller is so key. It was the
foundation of him going to sets up. -- two sets up. If he can keep
holding serve, you never know. Maybe there is one bad service game left
in Rafa, but it doesn't look like it at the moment. He is a fascinating
watch. Even when he is still, which he rarely is. He is never still!
They had a real treat, the 13,000 of them here around this court.
We've been waiting for the umpire. He's back. Here we go, then, for
this deciding set. Can Rafa come from two sets down and win a Grand
Slam match? For the fourth time in his career.
That's good to see. He has wiped the slate clean.
Well, it was almost impossible to dig that one out.
That is an encouraging start for his supporters. Just like Nadal after
the first set, he has regrouped. Nadal's form, which was patchy in
the first set, better in the second, even though he lost it, he has got
stronger and stronger. He has got to a level where we doubt that the man
from Luxembourg can reach. His serving is now of monumental
proportions. 17 aces now. And that is the return that caused
Nadal so much trouble in those first two sets. Obviously, Nadal's serving
as vastly improved. -- has vastly improved since then.
Oh, yes! There is the new Nadal backhand in all its glory. No wonder
they are all on their feet. We have been talking about Nadal not having
a weak opening any more. If ever you needed evidence... What a backhand
that is! -- a weaker wing. APPLAUSE
From the sublime... UMPIRE: Mr Nadal is challenging the
call, left baseline. Was it because it hit the line, or was it just
behind the line? The line it was. The call stands.
UMPIRE: Mr Nadal has two challenges remaining.
Oh, yes! A whole box of tricks has been unleashed now.
The return was impressive. But equally how quickly he got into
position. To hit that forehand winner.
APPLAUSE The first serve was in. By one
millimetre, he challenged it. That challenge, whether it could be
costly. Good staff from Gilles Muller! Still
assured on serve. He's telling Nadal, you've got to
work for this, I'm not bowing down to you. How is it the bowl has
managed to turn this match around? We look that serve placement of the
first two sets, you can see, not the usual serving place for a lefty, not
using the wide serve much at all. Some due 1% going down the middle.
Skip that an sets three and four and look at that, specifically the wide
serve on the out court, 60% out there. Also on the deuce court,
favouring the wide serve us well. Gilles Muller, you are two sets up,
why are you changing the winning tactic? Because Rafa Nadal has
dropped back his returning position significantly. Three or four metres
sometime in the first serve and equally back on the second serve.
When Moulin is stepping up to the line he's thinking, where can I
serve? -- when Muller. He has the, of course on a grass court -- he has
to go wide. It has been enough to get two breaks.
GASPS Such care and precision from Nadal!
This is fantastic tennis. At this stage in the fifth set, every single
point is so important. Oh, so good! Again, you can see, the
shot was enough to win the rally in the end.
Oh, it's just brilliant. He is challenging. It looks that first
view as if it was in. It went in at huge pace, too.
Unbelievable shot. Just so much spin on that, bringing it down to worth
at the very last moment. -- down to earth.
Listen to them! They love his spirit, Rafa Nadal.
UMPIRE: Mr Muller is challenging the call. The ball was called out.
Oh! Just in case you didn't see it first time, I'll do it again!
Oh! Three fantastic shots! Nadal might have thought that the return
was going to be an outright winner. This is the pick-up of somebody who
is comfortable at the net. Did nothing more than just but his
racket out, let the pace and the ball do all of the work. -- put his
racket out. Did you see the wicked swing on
that?! It came to serve out wide, and you
can see how Rafa was forced to take it and he still won the point.
APPLAUSE He was pushed off balance. For the
first time we're starting to see some hesitation from Muller. That
was a short return from Nadal, expecting Muller to come forward
into the net off that one. APPLAUSE
A wonderful climax. There is no doubt that Gilles Muller
has upped his game significantly between sets four and five. He has,
I think the break after the end of the fourth set, she really took the
opportunity to regroup. Also the fact that he is serving first in
this fifth set could well make a difference, if he can hold one or
two more times, suddenly being able to apply that scoreboard pressure on
adult's service game could be a factor. You know, at this point, it
has been a bit of a chess game in terms of the serve and return. But
when you get to the real climax of the fifth set, willpower is
really... It really does come down to that. A big shout from Muller
when he helped that service game. He's definitely here for the fight.
But if it's a battle of willpower, you wouldn't want to take on Nadal.
That is a fair point. Prince Felix of Luxembourg. A big tennis player.
Here to support his man, who is given a fabulous account of himself
here. So, one break has been enough in
every set so far. A bit of coaching there from
Francesco Roy. Not seen by the umpire.
Oh! A change of mind? Very unusual boldly from Nadal, that. -- very
unusual volley. He stumbles slightly fair. -- there.
It wasn't a confident volley, that. No question Nadal is giving himself
a bit of a talking to on the volley here. Again, trying to hit that shot
but just got far too much length on it. You've got to do one or the
other -- trying to hit that shot. CHEERING
Oh, just a sliver of a chance. But Nadal holds. Looking a little edgier
then. We have seen in the last hour. He's certainly looking for a bit
more conviction on those vollies. But the positive sign from the
Bell's point of view is that he is looking to take the initiative. --
from Nadal's point of view. Taking the territory that Muller hasn't
taken. He knows that if he doesn't do that, his opponent well.
APPLAUSE Electric speed, it was just too
good. So well played from Muller, that
forehand approach, so many times a player will be looking to hit that
deep, so clever, bouncing on the surface, making it so much harder
for Nadal to pick that up. A shot that would have been a
formality in the first hour or so. But he wasn't missing a thing.
Brilliant play! Superb exhibition of that play from Gilles Muller. Still
very much in this. STUDIO: Yes, this is really tense,
the fifth and final set, we'll be right back with it. Over on Centre
Court, Roger Federer is cruising through, 6-4, 6-2. Now three match
points against Grigor Dimitrov. That's on the red button, our
featured match. Only been on here one hour and 27 minutes. When you
see Raza struggling out on number one court, no, the first one gone --
when you see Rafa. So much expected of this match, Roger up against the
much role. He looks to be playing the best tennis of his career,
trying to surge back into the world top ten. But it has certainly been
all Federer today out on Centre Court. That is out! And so Roger
marches on, and the crowd rises to him once again. We thought this
might be a really tricky match for him. Dimitrov has been racing
through his first three rounds. But no, Street sets win. -- straight
sets win. The delighted fans on Centre Court really appreciated
seeing him out on his favourite quote once again. 35 years old, and
off he goes -- on his favourite quote. This will be on the red
button feature match, Sascha Zverev 2-1 up against Milos Raonic. Making
a break point there. That is on the red button. Back we go to Court
Number One. COMMENTATOR: No brakes so far in
this fifth set, no break points either.
We thought it would be a match of tie breaks. There hasn't been won,
and there won't be won, because this obviously will go the distance. It
might well. Yes, he thought there would be a
chance there to really put Nadal under pressure.
Yes! Two or three metres behind the baseline.
APPLAUSE Perfect serving from the Spaniard.
CHANTING Nadal, Nadal. It must be tough for
Muller to hear. UMPIRE: Thank you, ladies and
gentlemen, the players are ready. APPLAUSE
So often, and still so impressive. It's almost like in these last few
games Muller has got used of the new return position of Nadal, he is got
his rhythm back. They say that line has a rich vein
for him on the out-of-court. -- the out-of-court.
Mondal just not able to get the ball in play. Such a big game.
GASPS A love service game for Gilles
Muller. And it is so impressive. He looked
at the end of the fourth set as if he was being overwhelmed by
everything that Nadal brings to the court, physically, mentally, the
whole package. But far from it. Yes, he did a fantastic job of
regrouping. I do think in this fifth set he's been much more comfortable
in his service game. Really finding his rhythm again, understanding what
the Dell is trying to do to unsettle him. We've seen a lot more serve and
volley from him over the last couple of sets, because Nadal being so far
back, he saying, OK, if you're going to give me that much space, I'm
going to come in and take it. Whether that will really pay off in
the telling moments of the fifth set, we will have to wait and see.
History tells you that Nadal comes through this. But maybe Muller
hasn't read the history books. CHANTING
Rafa, Raph. -- Rafa. Three hours and 12 minutes, we've been going. Nadal
serving to stay in Wimbledon 2017. CHEERING
The pressure. UMPIRE: Thank you, ladies and
gentlemen, thank you. GASPS
I don't believe that's... His second double fault of the
match. A pedigree serve, but can he do it
Oh! It has been so good for him, that serve. Never better than that.
We talked earlier in the match about producing tennis at the right times.
Back to the wall for Nadal - an ace and to make big serves.
-- two big serves. CHEERING
We just witnessed something special. I was going to say unbelievable, but
of course it is believable from Nadal. He is the ultimate Warrior.
The standard in this fifth set has been extraordinary. And in the last
few minutes, as well, what a pick-up from Muller. A good move from Nadal,
trying to sneak in. He got the curve, but too much
length. An exquisite pick-up from Gilles
Muller. In this cauldron of an atmosphere, and 11,000 of the 13,000
who are here are against him, and he produces shotmaking like that. I
know. We have to say, we have just witnessed brilliance from both
players. For what Nadal did in that game at 15-40 was just, as you said,
we say unbelievable, but not unbelievable because it is Nadal. We
talked about willpower, everything you would want in this situation,
Nadal has. But we cannot estimate the underestimate Gilles Muller. To
come out and hold like that and just throw it straight back to Nadal and
say, come on, I'm ready. Give it to me again. And he probably will.
So, Nadal serves for the second time to stay in this.
APPLAUSE We mentioned earlier, because the
sets went so quickly, that it was unlikely to be a physical fatigue
factor, and I think that remains, even though we have been going for
three hours and 22 minutes. CHEERING
A lot of people are laughing, it's that good. And for the first time in
the match, Gilles Muller reading the Nadal drop shot. The strength it
took for Nadal to jump up and get that much pace on that wall. One of
the hardest shots in tennis. -- on that ball.
Super angle at a stretch from Muller. Once again, he is two points
from finishing this. How can he possibly be denied? And
yet, he just might. It's still Muller who looks the more likely to
break serve. It's a question of, what can Nadal do to upset the
Muller rhythm again? Muller has helped a lot in his last
two service games. Beautiful touch here to go ahead again. -- Muller
has held till love. At full stretch, and again, got the
control somehow. Just a stunning volley from Muller, dropping it
short so Nadal has no chance to get there.
Amazing how wide he was when he tried that.
He hasn't used the slice much, Nadal. That time, the change of
pace, just catching Muller off-guard.
Was it the shot? I can see why he went for the shot, because Nadal
really is so far back in the courts. It is a difficult shot when there is
not much pace to work with. Well, it was another serve with a
lot of spin. He has made errors. As you can see,
40 of them. But none may be more significant than that one.
He follows it up with that. That's a tell-tale sign. Here is Nadal, then,
with break point. Oh! What a serve! That is the first
break point Nadal has had in this set. Having gone wide so many times,
such a good decision to go down the T with that serve.
After making two horrific errors, he has played the last two points well.
Great discipline on that volley, going behind Nadal. It is such a
more difficult shot than running onto a forehand pass.
Again, down the middle,... A quite extraordinary contest. He has been
on the tour 17 years, Gilles Muller. This would be the winner of his
career. It is almost like everything has been building up through all the
years to this performance. Yeah, and it has. He has been really fantastic
from the word go, and even the two set he lost, you cannot say he
played bad tennis. He is playing against one of the players, if not
the greatest competitor, that we have ever seen in the game. Just in
that last game, you thought, are we seeing signs of mental fatigue, with
the errors, or a bit of tension creeping in? As you rightly said,
Simon, he bounced back with two fantastic points just when he needed
it. So, Nadal serving for the third time
to stay in the match. He chose to hit the forehand there,
interestingly. It is still a forehand you would expect Nadal to
make, but these are the type of errors that can creep in when the
pressure is on. It looked for a fleeting moment as
though it might creep over. A wonderful change of direction
there. That is the shortest second serve we have seen for a while from
Nadal. Muller, alert to it. So sharp, Nadal. It looks as though
he has just come out on court, after three hours and 37 minutes.
It's the second massive match that Gilles Muller has had. In this
second round, he says two match points and won his match. Here, he
has had two match points. -- he saved two match points.
UMPIRE: Mr Nadal is challenging the call. It looked in, and Nadal,
having challenged, is moving across. UMPIRE: The call stands.
Almost identical spot to the first one. Those second serve
opportunities, you can see Nadal talking to his box after the last
one. At this point in the match, you need to make all of those because
you know Muller has got big serves in him.
He did so well to judge the bounce as well as he did.
The new version of the Nadal backhand strikes again. That's
exactly why he is standing a bit further back - a good hit on the
ball. Well, it's the match of Wimbledon so
far. Three hours and 41 minutes, and the entertainment has never flagged.
We sensed there could be something special when Muller started so well,
took that first set. We were really surprised when he took the second.
Nadal has just dug in and shown all the extreme qualities that we love
him for. Well, he almost had it too easy in the first three rounds,
didn't drop a set all the way through. And he won Roland Garros at
a canter. Suddenly, this guy has come along to railroad him. And he
has held his nerve so well, Gilles Muller.
So, Nadal, serving for the fourth time to stay in Wimbledon.
Again, he kept so cool. Nadal, continuing to ask the question. And
there is the answer. Oh! Did so well to wrong-foot Nadal.
No wonder he's cursing. After three and three quarters
hours, we continue. Still looks as fresh as a daisy. There they are on
Henman Hill. Having a great time. This is some match.
Muller continues to look high school. -- ice cool.
It's as if he's played these matches all his life. You're right, he looks
so calm. He doesn't waste any energy at all.
The return asked the question. Muller, that time, not with the
answer. It just does not take much to go from one look like a
comfortable service game... One double-faulted and Nadal has a
sniff. The stakes are higher. Nadal making
sure of that. It was Nadal's length on his ground strokes doing all the
damage. Not allowing Muller to take advantage of the forecourt.
Here is a guy who's lost his last 22 matches against top five players,
who's been on the tour 17 years and never won at idle until this year.
He's won two this year. Now he's in the match of his life against a
Rafael Nadal who's been playing some of the best tennis of his career.
It's safer nominal performance. It really is, and he's looked
completely unfazed from the staff, he had believed from the start that
he had the game on this surface to trouble Rafael Nadal and he's been
proved absolutely right. It's not so much the quality of his tennis,
which of course has been impressive, but the way he's handled himself on
the court in these really, really high-pressure moments against one of
the greats of the game. He hasn't looked faced at any point. He made a
couple of errors at 6-6, but he bounced back. And he's had to take
on most of the crowd. About 95% of them. Rooting for Nadal.
For a fifth time, he serves to stay in the match.
Brilliant. I'm surprised Muller didn't come in behind his forehand.
Could have had Nadal on the ropes. Exquisite touch, though, from the
Spaniard. Again, Merlot so clever, didn't go
for anything too much. -- Muller so clever. There's hardly been a
flicker of emotion from him right the way through.
They've seen him come through situations like this year after
year. I'm sure they believe he's going to
do it again. Nadal says to him, not that time! I
may have been burnt many times out there, but ready for this. Fantastic
forehand from Nadal. You can see him muttering to himself all the time,
willing himself to get ahead in one of these Muller service games.
Whichever way he chooses to go on that serve, especially in the last
15 to 20 minutes, just out of the reach of Nadal.
It's not going to stop him going there.
A game that backhand return. Muller didn't have a prayer. -- a gain
How quick was Rafa in there? Great movement from Nadal. Not only that,
when he got up to the net, didn't try to do too much, played himself
into position. The slice just undid him. It is
break point for Nadal, only his second break point of the set. His
record isn't good, as you could see. He trusted in that backhand. And
Muller trusted in his. What a response from Gilles Muller! You
thought... Nadal asking the questions. What a passing shot!
It can get windy on Court One. Muller thought this was sailing out.
Inside the line! Second chance for Nadal.
Just couldn't get close enough to pull the trigger. That volley was
just short enough from Gilles Muller. If that had been a foot or
so deeper it would have been straight into the stride of Rafael
Nadal. One of his biggest mistakes in four
hours. Could it be his most costly? UMPIRE: thank you, thank you,
players are ready. Nadal just making sure, he's going
to challenge, but I think it's a forlorn challenge. An unusual
mistake for him to make. Confused look from Nadal because it was a
great return. Just pushing that long.
The volley wasn't quite good enough. And Nadal again and electric in his
movement. UMPIRE: Correction. Replay the
point. And he will get a first serve. That's really tough on Nadal
losing a first serve on the correction. Good correction, too.
UMPIRE: First service. Mr Nadal with no challenges remaining.
Wouldn't you know it? That was travelling.
With all his strength, he couldn't do enough. Too short. Suitably
mopped up by Muller. Having saved four break points, Muller has this
to go ahead again. And Nadal not too aggrieved that the
intervention, the correct intervention, from the umpire. And
it was important. We are fortunate to be so close to the players,
studying Nadal's facial expressions in between those points. I'm not
sure the crowd were quiet during any of those pounds -- points, but Nadal
was so calm between the points, shaking off the previous point. The
overall was unlucky, but he viewed it as being out of his control. It
was the second serve return, he mis-hit it and he knew it was a
chance. Very frustrated. But look at Muller, he hasn't blinked. Mentally
for him is quite a phenomenal performance. Even for Nadal this is
a big match. He's played maybe 15 or 20 of these matches in this -- in
his life, similar to theirs. Muller, never. This is new territory. He's
found out what strong character he's got.
I think it's out. We can't see the line judge. Yes, it is out.
Backhand to the rescue. He was concerned about the serve being
called out, he can't challenge, out of challenges. We're pretty sure it
was out. Indeed, we've had that confirmed by Hawk-Eye.
How brave was heaved there? Great play from Nadal. But for Gilles
Muller, two second service from 0-30. Almost reverting to just
hoping Nadal makes the error. It's not what's got him into this
position in the match. It's in. A simply glorious shot.
It's his third match point. 55 minutes, nearly, after his first.
He's done it so many times it's almost mundane.
How on earth did he get to that first one? He had no right! Just
when you thought this slice was enough. Just getting a racket onto
it. Quite a good match, this! It's growing, isn't it?!
Bit of a stumble but I don't think he would have got to it. Magnificent
play from Gilles Muller. Just got a bit of a kick. Muller was
really going for that, trying to be aggressive. You can hardly blame
him. It was a little ambitious. Nadal, on
the baseline, would probably have got to that.
Nadal in a frenzy. Looks like Muller has been in a fridge!
He's got no challenges. I think it was OK. I can understand why he is
perturbed but that is the problem. The 11th time he goes in front in
this set. Gilles Muller will be licking his
lips about this. Marin Cilic earlier on today beat Roberto Bautista Agut.
A bit of a contrast to this. He was in court for about ten minutes. Just
as well there is a day off in between matches in the Grand Slams.
We know all about the strengths of Nadal, mental and physical. What is
so impressive about Muller is that he has matched him, physically and
mentally. Absolutely, all the chances he has had, you look, he has
been a better player in this fifth set, he has been the one who has
looked like he could win this match. Very dominant on his service games.
Nadal is quite simply just refusing to be beaten. Through every ounce of
his competitive instinct. For the seventh time, he serves to
stay in the match. He is pointing to something, I don't
quite know what it is. It is part of a temporary structure
at the top of this Court One stadium. Something reflecting back
on him. Maybe there is a reconstruction going on, not during
the tournament but all around it. UMPIRE: If we can have four or five
people stand behind that balcony. LAUGHTER
Use asking the spectators to stand up!
Super, aggressive play from Gilles Muller. Nadal couldn't cope with the
power. Absolutely, it is Muller again, all the success in the return
games. Hard down the middle, just so affected. -- effective.
They are saying that he did the right thing, I think that's the
right tactic from them even if it wasn't from him. Got to keep him
buzzed. After getting pinned in that corner,
he found the forehand he wanted. He needed to be that good.
Team Nadal are willing the man on but you have to wonder how much
pressure can he withstand? It feels like every single game, he is 0-30
or break point down. What on earth was that? He went for
the drop shot and then I think flashbacks of what happened in the
last game changed his mind. Would have been a clean winner.
Can't forgive himself for that but it will all be forgotten in a few
seconds time. He gritted his teeth but he came out
smelling of roses. It is totally in the balance. All
the signs would point normally to Nadal here, physically, mentally,
performance wise. And yet, what we have seen in the last four hours or
so, makes it a 50-50 call. Absolutely and even this fifth set,
Muller has looked like the more likely to come through this match.
Almost all the way through it. Nadal will just be absolutely kicking
himself in the last game. 15-30, a slow second serve and dumping it in
the net. Do you think there will come a point when stamina plays a
part? Presumably. It hasn't been the most sapping of matches even though
it has lasted over four hours. I think you are right. I think it will
come in at some point. More men to lead and physically. We have seen a
few errors from Muller but he has always managed to regroup on the
next point or a couple of points later, just in time. At some point,
somebody has to blink. This is not just the best much of
the tournament but the longest one also. Just overtaken Bedene against
Karlovic. Nadal trying to muscle his way past
Muller. Muller with the better timing. It was the first forehand of
Nadal in that round, he played himself out of position but that is
too good from Gilles Muller from that shocked onwards. -- from that
shot onwards. UMPIRE: Mr Muller challenging the
call. He's using one challenge here. I think he has seen some chalk on
the ball. UMPIRE: Mr Muller with two
challenges remaining. So Nadal now has three challenges
left to complete reset at 12-12. Muller with three also. Just
thinking of those 23 aces,. A lot of free points from Nadal. Certainly in
sets three and four, the impact of his serve started. It's a
celebration of what has been a great afternoon and a riveting evening.
UMPIRE: Thank you, you can continue the next changeover. Thank you.
It is the first time I have heard an umpire deal with a Mexican wave in
that way. Very effective, stopped immediately!
It really is marvellous play from Muller.
Generally, his service games have been so much easier than Nadal's.
Yes and I think what Nadal did with his return position really worked,
in terms of dropping back and giving him some time. It does look to me
like Muller has found a way to tackle that, using the wide service,
especially on the ad court, then following it in with a volley.
Nadal, it is time to really make that up slightly, give Muller
something different to look at because it has been very comfortable
in his service games. It is a light evening, we will be
fine for light. 8:20pm, we have got at least another
hour and a quarter of daylight. But it is starting to become a real
marathon. Still packed out on the hill. Hardly anyone is left -- has
left Court Number One. It is the ninth time he has served
to stay in the match. A really good serve. Couldn't even
block it back. The wind is beginning to get up. It
is a pretty well in closed court but you can see Muller's shirt being
ruffled quite a bit. You can hear it a little bit as well.
Nadal just going all the way back to his instincts, just doing everything
he can to make his opponent play as many balls as possible.
The longest rally in this match, 12 shots.
Not what you normally associate with a Nadal match.
Still not a flicker of emotion from him. As if he does this every day.
Such a contrast, they make, with Nadal, so full of hustle and bustle
and energy, emotion. This guy. He would be a great poker player. Yes,
there is no way you want to take Nadal at his own game. He is by far
the best at that. Muller has done such a great job of reacting to what
Nadal has done. Served and volleyed so much. Keeping the ball so low,
every passing shot Nadal has to come up with is very often from below the
height of the net. Immediately giving Muller more time to see the
next shot. Nadal comes up with a tenth time to stay in the
tournament. Just looking down, this set has
lasted 132 minutes. Just this one set which is bound to be longer than
the whole of the Cilic match. Against Roberto Bautista Agut.
Now then. More pressure on the Nadal serve.
Fed up with himself because he felt he would have a good chance to get
some match points there. Think of the ball kids. Match point
number five. After 17 years, it's the win of his
life and the double champion is beaten. A titanic match. Nadal, as
ever, so sporting. It is Muller's day.
He's waited a tennis lifetime for this. Nadal loses nothing in defeat,
but try telling him that. He played his part in a quite magnificent
match and he played awfully well. On this day, this evening, it wasn't
good enough. People standing all around this Number 1 Court.
What a man he is, Rafael Nadal. Will you ever hear a loud ovation? Just
incredible. Muller proved he has the mental strength of a champion. Great
that Nadal can stop, having been beaten, and he must be bitterly
disappointed, but he signs some autographs. He is a fantastic role
model. (STUDIO) and that is the biggest
upset of these championships. The longest match of Wimbledon 20 is
deemed so far. Rafa Navarro, the fourth seed, has gone. Beaten by
Gilles Muller, 34 years old. Let's hear from him now.
Many congratulations. How do you feel after that epic match against
one of the game's great players? Tired! It was a long match. I was
two sets up. Rafa stepped it up and that the end it was just a big
battle. I had match points, I believe I had four and didn't make
them so it was getting really tough. I was also watching the sky because
I was feeling it would be over pretty soon. When I had the last two
match points, I said give it a shot, go 100%. Great feeling to win. Rafa
came back from two sets down and its 2-2, a lot of people think Rafa will
win. How did you keep your composure and your belief in the fifth set? I
didn't feel like I played bad in the fourth set so I told myself to keep
it up and if it's not happening, he's just too good. I started
serving a bit better, maybe. At the end it's just the matter of a few
points here and there. It's tough to say what made the difference at the
end. When you won, what was the feeling like knowing you had done it
in such a big match with so much at stake? I don't know, I haven't
really realised what just happened! It's a great feeling. I was worried
it would be over pretty soon. I was thinking about what to do, to come
back the next day and finished the match. I'm just glad it's over and
I'm in the quarterfinals. Were you aware of Prince Felix of Luxembourg
in the stands? I heard he was going to come. We know each other, he's a
big tennis fan, the Royal family of big tennis players. Great fun to
have him here. Well played. Gilles Muller, the 16th seed, from
Luxembourg, has knocked out Rafael Nadal. Four hours and 48 minutes.
15-13 in the fifth set. Wimbledon have just announced there will be no
further played tonight. Novak Djokovic, who was due to follow that
match, will have to come back tomorrow. It's a huge result for
Muller. He's got a good record on grass this year but everyone thought
Nadal was in the form of his life, having won his tenth French Open
championship. John McEnroe and Tracy Austin are with me. All of the last
16 apart from Djokovic and man Arena in action. Your reaction? Nadal was
playing great leading up to this tournament. He was unbelievable on
the clay. You get
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