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Week one at Wimbledon was packed with action. But today, things shift
up a gear. The last 16 in the men's and women's draw all play, big
names, champions, wherever you look. It is a day like no other in the
Grand Slam Callander. So, stick with us, you won't want to take your eyes
off it. This is magical Manic Monday.
What a day this is, greater matches everywhere, all over the ground. And
the Homer helps Joe Kaunda and Andy Murray hope to become the best
players from Great Britain to reach the last eight Saint Roger Taylor
and Virginia Wade back in 1973 -- Johanna Konta. Player started at
11:30am and some matches are over with the ladies particularly busy
today. We will update you on the scores in just a moment. Earlier
today, this man, Andy Murray, was out on his favourite practice court
around the corner, he came through a very tricky third-round match
against Barbier von Nini. He will be second on Centre Court today to face
Benoit Paire from France. He was outspoken about the championship
three years ago. He said, "Simple, I hate Wimbledon" but I think he's
enjoying it a little bit more now he's got a feel for the grass. No
question Rafa Nadal loved Wimbledon, the two-time champion looking
ominously good on the surface once the game. Fresh from his tenth
victory at the French Open. Novak Djokovic, three-time champion here,
he wanted to go and get a few matches down at Eastbourne and
became a champion and he has been building confidence all the time,
winner of 12 grand slam titles. And some of the great players out there,
Roger Federer is normally on the championship courts, but this time
he is in the blue, that's because he did not bring up in time to get one
of the courts on the championship courts, so he is out on one of the
practice courts, so I guess you could say it's not just perfect
Swiss timing from Roger today. Anyway, hello and welcome to the
second week of Wimbledon. The second Monday, always a busy one. Quality
matches all around the grounds and, weather permitting, we will
hopefully know the aid quarterfinalists of the men's and
ladies Championships at the end of the day. It's my favourite day of
the championship, the best day in grand slam tennis, and the best day
in the global sporting calendar am so let's look at the incredible
order of play. On Centre Court, Venus Williams is on court at the
moment against the 19-year-old Ana Konjuh, who many are tipping at the
top and then it is Andy Murray v Benoit Paire and then Grigor
Dimitrov v Roger Federer. Johanna Konta is going well. We'll go there
in a moment and then it is Rafa Nadal against Giles Muller. And then
Novak Djokovic to. Over on Court Number Two, one double mat at the
moment. Kerber against Muguruza. And then Milos Raonic v Alexander
Zverev. Coco Vandeweghe v Caroline Wozniacki, she's never made it
through to the last eight in Wimbledon. Willoughby today? Dominic
Thiem v Tomas Berdych will be a big hitting match. Roberto Bautista Agut
v Marin Cilic, stand-by for the big servers out on court 18. Sam Querrey
against Kevin Anderson. All about to look forward to, and very busy day
and we hoping there will certainly be no rain on the horizon, but there
just might be for the let's find out from Carol. There might be. With a
talking about the cloud building and it has been doing that in the last
couple of hours but as we had from now until 6pm, there's a 30% chance
of a risk of a shower and that means there is a 70% chance it will stay
dry of course, and there will be sunny spells and we are looking at
highs of 26 Celsius, and into the evening, the shower risk diminishes
as a template has come down a bit, so plenty of play them but tomorrow
it a different date -- temperatures. Starting on a cloudy node, splashes
of rain around but in the afternoon, particularly mid afternoon onwards,
and 80% chance that we will have some heavy and persistent rain but I
don't want to leave you on that note because we head into Wednesday and
the rain will clear and the sun will come back out. That is great news on
Wednesday. Not that great news for tomorrow but thank you very much.
Play is underway and there are so much to get through. We will take
you around the grounds and show you what is happening. Venus Williams.
The first set from the 19-year-old in just 28 minutes, 6-3. That
matches on red button on the website. On Court Number Two,
Angelique Kerber v Garbine Muguruza. 3-3. Nothing between them. That
matches also on the red button. And the website. On Court number three,
Coco Vandeweghe had broken Caroline Wozniacki. 15-13. She's being
coached by Pat Cash who is confident she can come through against the
former world number one. And Oberon court 18, Sam Querrey is just about
to get underway against Kevin Anderson. That could be quite a long
one. There have been a couple of matches completed. Svetlana
Kuznetsova is in a hurry, straight sets victory for her defeating
Agnieszka Radwanska, the former finalist, so Kuznetsova go through,
the first time back in the last eight of Wimbledon in the last ten
years. Through to face Venus Williams or Konjuh. Jelena Ostapenko
v Elina Svitolina, she wanted against the fourth seed. Will she do
the same as the French Open? She won the title they are. Will she do the
same here at Wimbledon? I would not bet against it. 42 winners she had
in that match. And on court 18. The qualifier has been over here, she
won at Surbiton and Ilkley and got through to the semifinals at
Nottingham, so she is really going well. 6-3 in the third and final set
for Magdalena Rybarikova, what a story that is. So we are heading
here to Court Number One and she went for a Hawk-Eye when she was
serving for the first set and it went against her. She lost her serve
and now Garcia is a 6-5 up. Let's join Tracy Austin and Nick Mullins.
COMMENTATOR: Let's listen to the audio on this.
Pretty much simultaneously, maybe Konta ahead of the call.
The call came after Konta hit the ball and that's what the umpire is
saying. Konta challenge did but, it turned out the ball was good.
Eventually, it was Garcia who looked at the umpire and said, was that in
or out, and she said, I think it was long but if you want to challenge,
and she said yes, because she had three challenges remaining but it
was aimed by a few blades of grass. -- in. That is in by a depth of ink.
Width as well. A turnaround in this fourth round contest. Instead of
serving for the first set, Konta now serving to stay in it. 6-5.
At that changeover, Konta had a stern talk to herself. Just next
point. Their Belgian coach on the left-hand side of there. Here new
hitting partner, Andrew Fitzpatrick, on the right.
We talked about the new-found mental approach, the added mental steel
Johanna Konta has added and it has been added just for moments like
this. Phenomenal rebound and second serve
with depth. That has gone a wide. This first set
will need a tie-break to decide the winner.
The number one Court has been dubbed the Wok without its roof in the
first week. They were fully extended in the next few years. Watched by
her boyfriend, Jackson weighed. All the fun of the fair now. The 20
Three Rd Frenchwoman to serve. -- the 23-year-old Frenchwoman to
serve. There are very rarely good times to
fit your first double faults in the match but her dad and head coach
will know that. What is that sign? A crosscourt? It might be a kiss.
Doubted. Anyway, she has been broken in early on, mini-break.
Not strictly speaking allowed to coach from there. You are on the
week to week WTA Tour, but we forgive him for that. Given where we
are in this first set. Remember I spoke about Garcia being
a bit brittle in the big moments? A weak start for Garcia. Double fault.
That return Mr by a huge margin. -- missed.
A lot on the line here. First time for both players in the second week
at Wimbledon. Not only great anticipation from
Konta, but then she had to execute. The shot establishes a couple of
mini-breaks in this first set tie-break.
That is just below our noses in the commentary box is. It felt close but
it felt out. At this stage, I think it's all
about handling the nerves. You've got to remind yourself to have good
footwork, maybe a little extra spin on your shots but continuing to have
that same racket head speed. Interesting hearing Konta quoting
Billie Jean King over the last couple of days, saying pressure is a
privilege. This is the privilege she is in right now. Still with a
mini-break in this first set. Sheers halfway there. Johanna Konta,
halfway there to a Wimbledon quarterfinal. She has won the first
set on the tie-break, 7-6. She just handle the big moments
better. She was more solid. More sturdy, even after being bothered by
that Hawk-Eye challenge. Last the next game quickly, but was able to
get right back to work. That is so much the mental work that she has
done over the last two or three years. Came into play at the crucial
moment at the end stages of that set. The first serve percentage has
got better for her. Garcia has got worse. At one point, that was where
she was starting to shed water in that first set. Total unforced error
for Konta, very stingy, so focused. And yet, still playing with
authority, 12 winners. But there was not a graphic for nerves, and that
is what Konta was able to just be a little bit more,. Calm about. Tom
Brady, quarterback battlebus father said
you can't measure how big his heart is.
Once again, this championship enjoying glorious weather. Another
beautiful day here in south-west London. Johanna Konta, 1-0.
It is a point set up by the quality of the backhand. Konta's backhand
crosscourt is really stellar. She just had said with such abandon,
such freedom. And confidence. But overall, she's just with great
conviction. She knows what she needs to do and she executing beautifully.
This is where she is not having a left up at all. Is easy to lose
concentration a bit, but Konta remaining so focused.
Not sure what that little chat was about.
Didn't pick up anything from that. Did you? I did not. Garcia really
struggling with the power of Konta. She's just hitting the ball a bit
late and often down the line she's missing them by more than three
feet. The fourth one of those. She's
getting a tremendous first serve percentage in. Three quarters of the
time. Nice hop on that second serve out of
the strike zone of Konta. Serving an awful lot to the forehand, capturing
Cole off-guard there. -- capturing Konta off-guard there.
I'm liking that Konta is trying something so completely off the wall
because you don't see that from Garcia very much. Early stages of
the second set, trying to change things up a little.
Stole that point. I'm sure Garcia was already counting her chickens
there. Yes, mentally, she could've been heading back to her chair. The
shot that followed suggested that she was. That is an example of
getting the ball back in play. The top ten do not give you that shot
right there. It is a freebie. Greater racket work there from
Garcia. A lot of spin off the Konta racket and Garcia had to use a lots
of rest to get that ball back in play. -- wrist.
Eventually she comes through her opening service game in the second
set. That was so important. She had her spirit broken their after that
40-0 lead, started to look little rattled but she righted the ship.
The country's second best player at the moment.
APPLAUSE Jo Konta, the late stages of that
second round against Vekic, two or three times she got down 0-30 on her
service game and she was so reliable from that point, really impressive.
One of the many impressive things about Jo Konta is just how she
compartmentalised as each point. If it's a bad point, it easily raised.
She's got the memory of a goldfish, which is a very good thing for a
tennis player to have! -- it is easily arranged.
UMPIRE: The ball is called out. Successful Hawk-Eye in this contest
so far. Let's see how this one false. -- how this one false.
UMPIRE: Ms contact us two challenges remaining. -- misconduct.
What a second serve! Off lying, down break point. -- off the line. Fourth
or fifth break point today. Still smiling, that's good news! Had
to have smarted a bit. Konta continuing to have to work
behind that second serve. First time we're any frustration. Up to the
Konta camp, so unified today, all in blue.
For the first time in the match. And her father, Louis Paul, getting
animated. Garcia with the break. Bad extremely pleased. -- dad
extremely pleased. Walk that fine line of coach and father, with her
every step of the way through stages in her career.
Let's have a look, Tracy, and where Jo Konta has been directing her
forehands. It is her thought on where perhaps
Garcia might be weakest. Yes, two thirds of the shots off Konta's
racket are going to the forehand, that is the weaker side, that is the
side that can break down. Doesn't hit it quite has cleanly. The timing
is not as solid. -- quite as cleanly. You're looking for anything
that you are able to attack at this level.
It will have a top hat on it in the next couple of years, this court.
The speed just a bit of an the forehand for Konta. She's got some
work to do. We could serve against her in the second set. -- break of
That is just such a high risk shot from Garcia. Wasn't planted. Just
gives herself no margin for error up the line. For me, for Garcia, for
her to go to the next level, to jump in the top 15, top ten, it's going
to be about smarter shot selection. Once again, she's been rattled a
little bit by the breeze. I'm in no way saying that her dad
hasn't done a fantastic job, but I wouldn't mind seeing Garcia at
another coach as well, that the former tennis player and understand
the ins and outs of the game. A stretch of the imagination to
think it might be directed at anybody else.
Quite the kick-serve. Got the short reply.
She and her dad or in a good place at the moment. -- are in a good
place. A decisive game. That's where playing the doubles last year would
come into play, just feeling a little more comfortable moving
forward. And playing on big stages, a big moment when she won the French
Open with her fellow countrymen in 2016.
Yes, that was such a moment. Both of them on their knees on the clay,
hugging each other. A wonderful picture.
APPLAUSE As well as Garcia,... Konta left
with one shot short hanging in the middle. It is Garcia who took
advantage of it. The forehand of Konta is starting to
break down a bit. . SmackDown, one left. -- two down.
Six of eight so far today, Konta. UMPIRE: Ms Garcia is challenging the
call. The call is called in. She's challenging it, it may or may not be
the third ace of Konta's match. It out. -- it is out.
And there is the double break. And you're tempted to think that there
is the second set. A long way to go, but, boy, the challenge system has
not been kind to Konta today. A couple of crucial moments.
So, that's her dad and coach, Louis Paul. If you read the regulations it
says that coaching from the box at Grand Slams... What is this all
about? We'll never know, of course. Only they know.
Wow. Maybe he's just having a stretch... Perhaps.
LAUGHTER A lot going on. And of course that
can be so helpful when things start to be moving so quickly out on court
and you're alone, just to get that one subtle signal, if that's what
those are. He can virtually whisper in her ear for the next few minutes
because they are at the same end. Caroline Garcia with two breaks of
serve in the second set, 4-1, having lost the first on a tie-break.
Everything comes down at the moment of impact. Upper body sends the ball
into the net. 99 mph. Swinging away. It shows you
the power isn't always at a premium. Placement is just as important.
APPLAUSE You go after that return.
The return is so mental along with physical, it's that ability to force
yourself to move forward, that attacking mentality.
She's always been one of the biggest servers in the women's game.
Aggressive shot player who loves to give it a go. It's just so more
reliable now. From Garcia, you were never sure if that serve was going
to stand up. She's a game away from squaring
things up. It's just so interesting how this match turned around so
quickly. Konta seemed to have all of the momentum that she held in the
first game. Garcia had that 40-0 game, got back to deuce, seemed like
she was teetering there. Eventually held and has been gotten stronger
since then. Served right on the line.
It's the battle of the forehands. They are both targeting that side.
Oh! That is genius. Great flexibility.
This very awkward position to hit a winner.
Garcia way inside the baseline, looking threatening.
Konta holds. Garcia still has a little work to do to secure this
second set. STUDIO: So, the changing ends here.
We'll be right back with it. Over on BBC Two, Andy Murray has that gone
to Centre Court for his fourth-round match against Roma Paire, that is on
BBC Two. And Avon Court Two -- over on Court Two, Victoria Azarenka
playing a top ten players for the first time since her comeback, and
she has broken Simona Halep. That is on the BBC red button. Are we going
to see another upset? Coco Vandeweghe has taken the first set.
That's on the red button on the website. On court 12, Marin Cilic is
a set and a break up in his match against Roberto Bautista Agut. One
result to bring you. Garbine Muguruza, and is like a wonderful
match, Muguruza coming through and a standing ovation for both players.
Tennis of the highest quality. It means that Kerber will lose her
number one ranking. That's what's happening elsewhere, back we go to
Court Number One. COMMENTATOR: Carolina Garcia trots
out, she's going to have the issue of the sunshine serving from this
end, 5-2. Konta might be thinking, let's just
test your mental resolve again. Ahead in this second set, but you
still need to win it. Oh, that was powerful hitting from
both players! Excellent from Konta, that last backhand slice approach.
Taking it out and hitting it with accuracy.
Yes, that was confirmed from the chair by the umpire. Let's see if
Hawk-Eye can be Jo Konta's friend for the first time in this match.
Finally, it goes her way. A couple of points, she's two breaks down,
can she achieve one of them? UMPIRE: Miss Garcia has two
challenges remaining. Oh! Konta refusing to allow the
second set to end here. Such a well construct and point. Beforehand,
sends Garcia the backhand. That last shot on the line.
You hit the ball that hard, if you bounce up and impact just a little
bit you're going to send that ball long.
Ace at 109 mph. Not as many as Garcia, but that's her third.
Jo has hit more on return service, though. 25 as opposed to 18.
That backhand so solid. Continuing to test that forehand.
APPLAUSE 5-1 becomes 5-4!
There's still a little bit of soup left in this poll! -- in this bowl.
And we've talked all match, Tracy, about, at this level, they know how
to hit a tennis ball. It's controlling it mentally now. It's
controlling the nerves. Konta was serving at 5-4 in that first set,
and got broken for the first time. But she played a much more solid
tie-break than Garcia. So now, for Garcia, really has handled this
situation to try and stay in this match. To me, that's the part of
Garcia's game that still needs to improve for her to move forward up
into the elite of the game. Because we're playing the big points,
playing the right shots. Because if you don't trust yourself at those
big moments, if you have any doubts at all, there is evidence in your
shot selection. The Garcia eyes of the father and the daughter tell you
that she's about to relish this moment.
Once again. Garcia comes out to serve for the second set, but this
time it's 5-4. If you get extra nervous at this
moment, you keep it simple. Go to simple patterns, more crosscourt,
good footwork. Continued to target the Konta
forehand. No nerves so far. No, she has been
good and strong. One hour and 37 minutes. Three points to take this
into a third set. Well played. She has the mental
resolve to get the job done. And we are level with a set of peace. -- a
peace. SUE BARKER: The Frenchwoman is right
back in this match and a real fight for Jo Konta out on Court Number One
and there's a real fight for Andy Murray over in Centre Court at the
moment because he has been broken by the French man Benoit Paire. We knew
he was unpredictable, a flashy player, but Murray is fighting back,
15-13 -- 15-30. That is on BBC Two. Stay on BBC One for Johanna Konta.
Andy Murray has two break points on this game. We told you this would be
a magical Manic Monday and we will keep you up to date with Murray but
now we go back to Court Number One. Garcia winning 11 of 16 at the net.
Is coming more forward more frequently than Konta but what a big
moment for both. We talked all fortnight about how wide-open the
women's two or -- draw is. Now one set to make it to the quarters.
Konta, her first serve drop down to 53%. More lack for Garcia on the
second serve. A few more unforced errors for Konta van for Garcia.
So a final set. For a place in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
No secret what has to happen here. A good first service percentage and
try to get on the front foot early in the point. You need to continue
to be aggressive. A nice steady start to this third
set. She wins big game without dropping a point. Talking about
being aggressive, it's more important on this surface than any
other. Once you get ahead, you've got your opponent on the move, off
balance, it is so tough to get the point back to neutral if you are on
defence. I guess that is dictated as wenches serving, by the quality of
that first serve. -- when she's serving. In the next few minutes,
she will be receiving serve. Still 0- one.
That is the poems. -- pose. If you're going to go to the Konta
backhand, you have to hit it with more quality than this. Jo will make
you pay for shots like that. Fantastic return of. Now pushes the
pressure over to Garcia's side. My goodness, that serve has been a
friend of hers during this contest. It went from one ball boy to another
and now it is back to where she once it.
It works. UMPIRE: New balls, please.
She is getting a change of racket because of the new balls, different
string tensions. Most players are doing this now. They change right
before the board changes, not during it. -- ball changes. Just the
explosion of athleticism in that serve. The reason that they do it is
because during the nine games that have been played, they've lost a
pound or two of tension, so they want to get that right and if the
racket string breaks, they will lose the points. They want fresh strings.
Both occasions Konta lost her first serve in the second set, she lost
the first point in those games. Garcia trying to move forward before
she finished the shot. Garcia reading that ball well,
timing it well out in front. Konta is winning 73% of her first service
points. Safe and sound in a. Konta, third
set, 2-1. SUE BARKER: Jo Konta holds on and
has the advantage of serving first in this third set. We will be right
back with this match on Court Number One but that update you what's
happening over on Centre Court and look at the score, Murray a break of
serve down. There has been three breaks in the first set about Benoit
Paire is a tricky opponent for Andy today and he has been shouting at
his team in the box as well, so not having a happy day at the office at
the moment Andy Murray but he is fighting hard.
That match is over on BBC Two so you can watch it on BBC Two. We are
spoiled for choice. Murray on Centre Court on BBC Two. We head back to
BBC Two to join Jo Konta. COMMENTATOR: We can see how Caroline
Garcia became more aggressive in the second set. 10% more inside the
baseline. It doesn't allow Konta as much time to get ready for her shot.
It is a much better positioning. Finishing more often at the net as
well. How does Konta push her back? She has to do the same, head the
ball early, maintain head depth and get that first strike in the point.
That first big hit. Garcia, 1-2. It's really a battle of the first
serves. The battle for positioning. Staying
close to the baseline. Garcia enjoyed herself as much she
has so far at home Grand Slam in Paris last month. Reaching the
quarterfinals for the first time. That the furthest she's travelled in
a grand slam. Really impressive. 20 majors before Garcia got into the
second week of a grand slam and now two in a row.
Her forehand can get a bit big to take back, and that is where she
struggles to get the point of contact cleanly sometimes. She
would've been brought up on clay courts. Gets a bit more time on the
red stuff. Yes, Banstead. Both women looking
very composed at the moment -- bounced it. Garcia knows what it's
like to have all the eyes of her home country at a grand slam, and
the pressure, because Garcia said she would not play Fed cup this
year. A bit of dissension amongst the Frenchwomen. It's not all peace
and love over there at the moment. But right now, home expectation on
the shoulders of the player on the other side of the net.
Konta looking very comfortable. She does not look like a woman coming
into this year's Wimbledon with only one main draw victory here at
Wimbledon. It was one in five, the first round last year.
It is like she has been playing here for years. She is 26 now. She was no
teenage sensation. A couple of years ago, she was still outside the top
100, so a late developer. Just getting used to all the hoopla which
goes along with all the same she's enjoying right now. -- the Fame. You
were used to it from a very early age. I don't know whether it makes
it any easier, the sooner it comes to you, it's horses for courses, I
suppose, isn't it? I was only 14. She is much more mature.
Jo Konta stranded on an island all of her own. We haven't seen much
finesse today. It's all about lots of power.
That is a ripper. Konta thought from while that it might be going out. It
seems to stop. But it didn't. Konta keeps her nose ahead in this
deciding set, 3-2. Jo held on to stay ahead. Just to
update you what's happening over on Centre Court, Andy Murray needs to
break back against the French man Benoit Paire who has a 5-3 lead.
That is on BBC Two, so that is your choice right now for Andy Murray,
and BBC One for Johanna Konta. Maybe watch it on your tablet and then you
can watch both at the same time! So much happening at Wimbledon.
COMMENTATOR: Talking about Garcia, hugely encouraging for Johanna Konta
so far. She won in Sydney before the Australian Open where she got the
quarterfinals, and then I guess the biggest win of her career so far, on
a Miami hard court where she beat Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki
in the final, and that was a big event in Miami. Absolute
confirmation that she is in the big league now. Absolutely. The Indian
Wells Miami, those hard-core events are just below the level of the
Grand Slams and to beat three top players like that back-to-back, it's
really important for confidence. With each successive service game,
as we get closer to the finish line here, the pressure ratchets up.
Naseer, 2-3. -- Garcia, 2-3. So much of this is going to come
down to nerves and who is more consistent on that forehand.
Konta jumping all over that second serve of Garcia, but she was ready
for it. She did so well. Flexibility to get down that low and then be
back and ready in position. Just as she started to go and start
the second serve, it sounded like a bottle dropped and she had to stop
and reset. She continues to look watertight. A
heavy, heavy serve. Played as good as two hours. It makes no
difference. There is nothing to split these two.
You get the feeling Konta are starting to relish these types of
battles. That second round when she won 10-8- she said she knew it was
going to be won at the last moment. Just kept fighting.
She is going to need the guts and determination and ability that got
her here. This is such high quality tennis.
Garcia with 14 more winners than unforced.
Konta with 11 more winners. Than unforced.
The sixth winner for Garcia. No hesitation.
We talk a lot about the transition of play between having served on the
ball and getting yourself back in position to receive the return, and
that is what Jo Konta is having to wrestle with at the moment.
No need to worry about a return fare. Mathematically, she is two
games away from the quarterfinals. In reality, it will seem a lot
harder to her right now however. 4-3.
Both players' service has been excellent. Konta's seventh ace of
the match. Neither player has faced a break point this set so something
has got to give somehow, but they have both been very impressive.
Handling the pressure. They are smiling at the moment. They may or
may not be smiling afterwards. They look like the types of guys who
would be smiling what ever the results, to be honest. They will be
having fun in Wimbledon tonight. Getting to the stage of the match
where we have to remind ourselves to breeze. Third set. Garcia, 3-4. --
brilliant ball striking. Couldn't hit three better shot than Konta did
just there. And again, if you are getting your
first serves in, you are getting a chance. Absolutely. 147 of the
points have been four points or less. 34 points have been 37,
actually, have been more than four shots, so just about that first
opportunity to strike it big in the corner.
It continues. Points about an long, extended. Three points overall that
have been nine shots or longer. APPLAUSE
Still haven't had a break point in this third set. Haven't had a deuce!
Konta 5-4. STUDIO: Both players playing so well
here. We can update you about what is happening on Santa court, Andy
Murray has a battle on his hands. He is 6-5 up, but Benoit Paire is an
unorthodox opponent, serving to stay in the first set. That is on BBC
Two. That is your choice. Andy Murray on BBC Two, but he on BBC One
we are heading back to see Garcia served to stay in the match.
COMMENTATOR: Take us into the mind of a champion, Tracy. You Jo Konta,
what are you concentrating on? What are you thinking at this point? Just
the first point of the next game, which you want to accomplish. And
you're reminding yourself of the style of play that you want to
continue to play. It's being aggressive, trying to attack the
Garcia forehand. But first and foremost is getting returns back and
play. Which hasn't been easy against her serve. But now Garcia is having
to play catch up, as we get deep into the third search is always
going to be behind. -- into the third set, she's always going to be
behind. Listen to the noise here on Court Number One! Jo Konta into the
quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Caroline Garcia trying to stir some might
serve to stay in this year's Championships.
GASPS That is rock-solid! How impressive?!
Great technique and depth on this backhand volley.
We can see Konta trying to read the serve, just a little swing towards
the left there, and back to the right.
You can count on that backhand of Konta.
What were you doing in 1984? You may not even have been born.
That was the last time a British woman reached the quarterfinals of
Wimbledon. The first since another Jo, Jo
Durie, all those years ago. Visions of Johanna. And her boyfriend leads
the applause. And sometimes, oftentimes, tennis matches are
decided on the end of a point, and that one was. Phenomenal match from
Jo Konta. She stayed so focused and so, in the big moments. Caroline
Garcia so disappointed, but doing the right thing, waiting for Jo
Konta to get organised. That's really good to see. It doesn't
happen often enough, I think. For all of her disappointment, Garcia
walking off with the woman who has just beaten her. Absolutely loved
the reaction from Konta when she won. It was a look of happiness, but
also relief. I mean, this is a dream of a young girl to get to the
quarterfinals of Wimbledon. That's kind of really when you start to
think, oh, it's within touching distance of the final. And she has
worked extremely hard on her tennis game, on the mental game, created a
terrific support team that she's so happy with. A big moment for Jo
Konta. And she will play either Simona Halep or Victoria Azarenka.
The mountain doesn't get any less steep. But my goodness, how well she
has done to work her way into the Wimbledon quarterfinals. 6-4 in the
third set. And she's going to have a few words with Rashid SAP. Johanna,
huge congratulations. When we saw you after the final point, your
reaction, what was your feeling at that moment? To be honest, it was
such a tough match to play. She's really an impressive form. It is
very, very hard to get any rhythm, really, at that, when she is serving
so well and she really gets her first strike in. It was a bit breezy
out there, which made it difficult for both of us. Overall, I was just
happy that I was able to get enough returns in that game. I was just
really trying to stay light on my feet and strong through my body,
really, to try and neutralise her balls. It was a seesaw throughout
the match. Definitely. There was very little between us today. I was
very happy with how I was able to compete and not pay too much
attention to necessarily the good things that she was doing, and
trying to keep in mind all of the good things that I was doing. Endure
Ched Evans Donna Vekic, you relished the tough situations -- in your
match against Donna Vekic. What is it about tough challenges that you
like so much? It's those positions, those situations, that I dream of
Audrina. When I was a little girl, and even now, to be part of those
battles -- that I dreamt of when I was a little girl. It's what it is
to be a professional athlete. Speaking of dreams, you are now the
first woman into the quarterfinal of Wimbledon -- the first British woman
into the quarterfinal of Wimbledon since Jo Durie in 1984. What does
that mean to you? It's very special. I'm very excited about that. I'm
looking forward to playing against a piano well done, due to
congratulations. She was rock-solid, -- to playing a game. Andy Murray is
5-0 up in the tie-break. Let's join this match with Boris Becker and
Andrew Castle. BORIS BECKER: The way that this
first set has been going, I'm not surprised at the score. ANDREW
CASTLE: Do you think Murray was at the limit of his play? Up to the
limit of unpredictability. A tie-break. Complicated shots are not
what you were looking for. It's simplicity often.
APPLAUSE You do not want to lose a break of
set with Murray. And its way! 7-1, first set to
Murray. From 4-2 down in that first set, he was under threat but came
through. It is interesting. Each nation's
players has a national characteristic, just as a nation's
football team might. French players are known to make a lot of shots,
they are pretty flamboyant on the court, they can hit great winners.
Benoit Paire is one of them. Andy Murray very rarely goes anywhere,
especially at Wimbledon committee is so, so solid. His record against
French players is remarkable. He has won 25 matches in a row against
them, hasn't lost 2142 and 2.5 years -- hasn't lost 21 42.5 years. Out of
the 16 players, we have 15 different nations. It is good to hear how
international tennis has become. Every nation has their own
superstar. It's just Spain has two, Bautista Agut and Nadal.
And Mannarino. Actually, Mannarino and Benoit Paire. Well, he's half
Italian! Mannarino. Is interesting, his game fits into the French way of
playing. Perhaps that flamboyance. Very readily misses a shot in a
tough situation. He's a handful. 105 match wins on grass over his career,
Andy Murray. And a winner at the Championships, two of the last four
years. So, a setup. After they've played a set that saw four breaks of
serve. What will this entail? Set number two.
That is the key for Murray, to start where he left off on the
tie-breaker. Ernie Els is with us today, four times a Major champion,
he is here with his daughter. He is called the big easy. He certainly
is, what a golf swing. Murray is well advised to push the
buttons a little bit. Oh, this is a tough time for the
French player. He's really feeling this. He's thrown his best shots.
And he's getting nowhere. No, well, will be if he hangs around
mentally in this match. -- we will see if he hangs around. Benoit Paire
quickly a break down. And after winning four points to hold serve to
get to the tie-breaker, he lost seven out of eight in the
tie-breaker and four straight there on his serve. Renders, really. --
horrendous. A score has just gone through on our computer. Peter
Korda's kid, said Korda in the juniors, apparently he has just won
a match. -- Sebastien Korda. GASPS
APPLAUSE Murray is clearly increasing his
quality of play. He's so enjoying it, too, is in the?
He's just not missing. First failure of the match.
Not an easy shot should try this one in the air.
-- to try this one. His brother, Jamie, a very
successful duo. UMPIRE: Let, first service.
Trying to stop that momentum that Murray has now. UMPIRE: Mr Paire
challenging the call, left centreline, ball is called out.
UMPIRE: Let, second service. .
crowd GASPS That wasn't unintended drop shot.
One of the best calls, actually. You almost feel this urge of playing
a drop shot is embedded. It does become a habit, doesn't it? He just
can't get it out of his system. He makes his own life more difficult
than it should be. He's a bit of a shot maker, a good athlete, he's got
a good serve, there's no need for these drop shots. Look at that
backhand. UMPIRE: Mr Murray is challenging the call, left first
sideline, the ball is called in. One of the finest in the game.
Oh, out! LAUGHTER
There must be a huge temptation to stay down there. That little bees of
grass there is not worn out, it's lovely, it's like being in Richmond
Park or something! It's the only court in the world
where you actually enjoy falling down and staying down!
I've done it a few times in my life. Pharos are softer courts than this
to fall over on. This is very firm, like a hard court -- there is often
cause. Mind you, you have dived on a hard court.
You know, there's not a tennis player out there that doesn't play
golf. And there's not a golfer out there who doesn't think he can have
a bit of a chop around on the tennis court, and they always do when
they're playing on the European tour. We've seen only else up there.
And there's Peter Alliss, Mr and misses a list up in the Royal box,
it's a delight to see him, he's a brilliant commentator. So many
tennis players have produced golfers. Why have they let their
offspring go that way?! The rewards are buried- so what about Jay
Berger? His kid, Daniel Berger, is on the US tour. I have mentioned
Peter Korda. Jessica won the US Open, his daughter. Sebastien is
playing here in the juniors, and winning in the Boys' Singles.
Another child has gone pro now as well. There is any else, with his
daughter, who looks so much like a mum, Sam, that I thought it was!
Four-time Major champion. I had the pleasure of playing with both
gentlemen. With Ernie? With Ernie, and leave. In fact in South Africa
-- and Lee. I'm a hacker, I Mahan the gap. I've seen you play. You're
playing -- I am a handicapper. You're playing with the big easy,
easy to doing great. Then he takes half a swing and it goes 350 yard! I
think, thank God, thank God I play tennis and not golf! I saw you
playing with Stefan Edberg and Can. Is a good golfer. -- in towns.
It is a beautiful course next door to Wimbledon Park, where I play
sometimes. One of the few drop shots that
appear to be played successfully. Out of nowhere, he hits these
backhand returns. GASPS
APPLAUSE Murray returning the favour here.
Murray went through a phase a few years back when he was playing too
many drop shots. That made it a national crisis, almost!
His first serve is very important if he wants to retain his title.
Unbelievable backhand, right around the forehand. Who does that?!
It looks like Paire has regrouped and recovered from the
disappointment of losing the first set. UMPIRE: Let, first service.
Finding his timings again. No British player has managed to
retain a grand slam title since Fred Perry in 1935 and 1936 at Wimbledon.
Remarkable sporting record he's putting together, made even more
remarkable by the era of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic, also Wawrinka
and a couple of others, but it's been an amazing generation. It would
have been easy for Murray to have been satisfied with five in the
world, or four or three, but to go all the way to number one, including
winning the World Tour Finals in London, that demonstrated his
commitment to what he does for a living and his love for it as well.
When he comes here, he gets 5% or 10% better such as the support he
gets. These two courts today are graced with some of the greatest
players of all time. Fantastic schedule. I was watching Roger
Federer practice yesterday and frankly it's just a work of art to
watch him play. I know you coached Novak Djokovic, but for me, the way
Federer strikes the ball is still unique. Rather beautiful to watch.
This is a massive day, the second Monday of the Championships.
Please don't start it now. Please! Stick to the routine.
Paire really lost his concentration at the start of the second set, lost
his serve, winning no points in the process, having been swept aside in
the tie-break, but now it's all to play for in the second set.
He went through a phase of punching his racket strings until he started
taking the skin off his knuckles. A moment of indecision cost him the
point. So it says sixth break of serve in
this match. It started with the drop-shot in that very first point.
It's when he went the wrong way. It also sends a message to the opponent
that you're wavering with your concentration.
Paire asking himself why he is missing so much on his forehand. Or
maybe he said I regret nothing! Emotions are flaring up from both
players. I'm not sure I agree with the
umpire. He said you waited too long. Let's listen. It's the same. He said
challenge. Surely if the ball had not bounced out and was still in
play down the other end, he should be allowed to challenge.
It's borderline sometimes. You've got Hawk-Eye there. I think he
should have been able to use that. Never mind.
Second service mess. That hurt. -- mess. Doesn't want to give Paire the
lead back in the second set. Missed opportunities for Andy
Murray. Just to break again and go ahead. But he's 4-3 down. You do go
through phases in matches where the concentration comes in and out,
especially over the ebbs and flows of a five set match, which can be
even more pronounced. It's normal in a way, you can't be perfect all the
time, you can't have concentration levels, consistency, quality of
form. You go through dips. Obviously the top players less than the others
which is why they are top players. The ball was good or on the line?
The ball was good so you saved challenge? Thank you. The ball was
good so you saved me a challenge! It did look good. He sees that the ball
is going to go along and he says challenge. I think he should be
allowed to challenge in that situation. It's gone. Always a
question of the umpire having the last word. But it's another thing
that both players have to worry about. The court has microphones and
the emotions are flaring up. Hopefully not the wrong words are
coming out. In our days, we had the luxury of pretty much saying what we
wanted and nobody could hear it! That has changed.
I tell you what, Paire looks confident. Playing his best tennis
of the match so far. Really taking the speed out of the
rally and almost punching the ball back, hoping Paire would miss. He
does him the favour. I'm not sure whether Paire hurt
himself there. A little. It's bleeding a bit. A team of
surgeons out here for that! Daddy is clapping too hard! It's a
game for all ages. Good to see the little ones out here.
Too big, too good. On the Paire forehand, it's being worked over
again at the business end of the set. Anything short, anything
pushed, Murray is trying to lean on it. That was hit with authority.
This is so irritating. It landed about a centimetre too far. He
couldn't get behind it, the Frenchman.
Eight straight points for Andy Murray as Benoit Paire's
concentration of apparatus from 15-0 up at 4-3. Amazing. -- his
concentration evaporates. The trainer had been called, but I would
have thought that can wait. Ever since he fell down and asked for the
trainer, it was going south for Paire. He called for the trainer and
lost eight consecutive points. The trainer was going to treat him and
he told the umpire it was fine. It's his concentration, it's nothing to
do with his knee or falling over, it was concentration. He has so many
shots to choose from and such natural of ability, such a wonderful
athlete, but he loses concentration and you can't lose concentration
against the world number one on Centre Court and expect to win.
That's been his dilemma all his career. 28, the French number six.
World number 46. He's been as high as 18 in the world. The world number
one serving for a two set lead. How easy is that? That's why nobody
likes to play Paire, because of shots like this. Unpredictable in
person. He has the best of shots and the worst of shots.
When he shapes up for a backhand, you just know he's going to do
something with it. Murray was in no Man's Land, didn't follow up on the
backhand. Made it easier for Paire to find a passing shot. 0-30.
Ivan with his sunglasses. He knows how difficult it is to control your
temper on Centre Court. It was only 113 mph, the first
serve. Losing a little bit of speed right now.
I know how he feels. Went back for a second bite after that as well. He
really is uptight. He knows if he can hang on here, it's 2-0.
Often a second serve, not for a moment, not for one single
nanosecond, was Paire up in that rally. Wonderful pressure from
Murray. Two points from a two set lead, again.
The moment he gave the initiative back, the Frenchman took advantage.
This time Paire quick to challenge. It was a driven backhand from Andy
Murray. He is break point down. If this is out, we are back at 5-5. All
good. Steady! Speculative challenge. From Benoit
Paire. He has one challenge remaining. Acta deuce. -- back to
deuce. UMPIRE: Let, first service.
It's a way! Two set to Andy Murray, who fights off break points in this
game. This is not easy, but he is two set up.
(STUDIO) Andy Murray hangs on and that will please them on the hill.
We'll be right back with that match. On Court number one, Rafael Nadal.
This happened just before they went on court. Going through his routine.
Keep your eye on Rafa. Anger! He hit his head on the door. Laughing with
Gilles Muller and he gives his head rather. I think that hurt. It
sounded bad. That will teach in. He's always like a coiled spring.
Walking onto court with a big smile for his fourth-round match. He won't
be smiling right now, look at the score. We always said this would be
a difficult match for him. Lefty with a big serve, Gilles Muller.
Rafa in some trouble. That match is on BBC Two if you want to watch it.
On Court three, this is the feature match on the red button. Tomas
Berdych, former finalist, has taken the first set from Dominic Thiem. On
serve in the second. That's on the red button. On Court Two,
interesting match. Last year 's finalists, big server, Milos Raonic,
against Alexander Zverev, really talented. A breakthrough year this
year. That match is on the red button and the website. Good news
for the British number one, Joe Konta. This was match point against
Caroline Garcia of France. -- Jo. How emotional it is to get through
to the last eight. The first British woman to get through to the
quarterfinals since Jo Durie in 1984. Wonderful performance from
her. Really gutsy effort. Garcia is a difficult opponent. Let's go to
Centre Court. Lost his serve to love, opening
service game of the second set. He has come back from two sets down
on one occasion, just once. He beat Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open
in 2014. Paire was trying another drop shot
or God knows what else. He ended up, for once, with a conservative
backhand down-the-line. Murray's got to relax a little. He's
up two sets to love. There's no need for him to do all
this. The prize for the winner will be a
match in the quarter final against Sam Querrey or Kevin Anderson. Just
for the record, Andy Murray leads Querry 7-1 in the head to head and
Kevin Anderson 6-2. That will be a totally different match, because
both players have typical grass court big serves, come into the net
type of guys. He's just got to hold on now.
You don't want to give your opponent hope that this match is not in your
hands yet. I find the first serve of Murray a
little bit slower than last year all together.
That's well played from the Frenchman.
Just knocking the half-volley deep rather than playing a drop volley,
which probably was his favoured shot.
Murray was already racing towards the net.
Another interesting stat is that Murray won as many points on his
first serve than on his second serve.
You should be way up on your first serve, winning points percentage.
UMPIRE: Game Murray. New balls please.
He's winning the same percentage on first as second serve. I wonder if
Murray has taken a little bit off his first serve in this match? We
noted at the beginning he got 16 of his first 17 serves in.
UMPIRE: Mr Murray challenging the call. It's too late, you cannot look
at the ball. It's too late. He did challenge before he looked at the
ball. I challenged immediately, then I asked for the ball afterwards.
That's exactly right. I went like this immediately. That's why you
said challenge. Then you stopped me from doing it when I asked for the
ball. That's all true. Yes, he should back off here. He's a good
umpire. I said challenge immediately. It's a
simple mistake that he's made. He's a good guy. That's not true. That
serve was about this far long as well.
He challenged straight away. The umpire acknowledged that.
The sad thing for Murray on that occasion was that the serve was out.
That's a really weird Mohammed, the umpire losing his concentration a
bit. He acknowledged the challenge, first point of the game, this game
could be totally different now. Not only players make mistakes.
Prefer es too. -- referees too.
And away it goes. Murray is a bit at a cross-patch
with the umpire. Understandably on this occasion.
He's admirably letting that go. The game is gone. No, here he is. I went
wait, let me see... You said challenge, because you heard me
saying challenge. You said challenge. Then you stopped me from
doing it when I asked. No, no, no. Did Mohammed just say it's my
mistake then? I haven't heard that one. I think he did. If he did,
that's really good of him. That's why he's a good umpire.
So he has challenged, then he gets the ball. Then the umpire says no.
That's just one of these things that you've got to know what's going on.
Andy stood his ground. The umpire has admitted he made a mistake. And
we move on. It's good to see that nobody's perfect. You make a
mistake, you can admit it. It was not a game changing mistake either.
But Murray did have a point. Three unforced errors by the
forehand of Paire. Shame on the right-hand side. His
physical trainer. Physio and do a bit of everything, strength and
conditioning. Good to see the concentration of
Murray back. The other guy feels it right away.
It's just an edge of the game. Good job Murray is going for his
towel here because Benoit Paire would have served by now. He's ready
to go, rushing himself. Maybe he's got another barbeque to
go to like on Friday night. The Frenchman. He's got to get the
shopping in or something. What an amazing player. You almost
get the impression the less time he has to think, the better he is
UMPIRE: Mr Murray challenging the call, left farside line. Yes, I am
challenging the call. UMPIRE: Call stands.
He should have played along with that and said you can't. Good sense
of humour by Andy. ( APPLAUSE
Solid as a rock. The depth on the return got the
short reply from Paire. Paire is fighting here.
He doesn't want to give up just yet. What an amazing game. Paire looked
out of it. Excellent fight and a decent hold. SUE BARKER: What a long
game that was as well. We'll be right back on Centre in a moment.
Over on Court No 1, Rafael Nadal playing Gilles Muller, the battle of
the lefties. This was set point for Gilles Muller at 5-3, 40-0 in the
first set. That swinging left handed serve has been causing Rafa some
problems. He took the first set 6-3. That was a short time ago. We can
see now that we've moved it on into the fourth game. Rafa with, no
Gilles Muller with two points for to take it to 2-2. Rafa is not sure,
that must be a challenge. That's on BBC Two. Elsewhere, Sasha Zverev is
playing Milos Raonic. Zverev beat Raonic in a tournament earlier this
year. Going well for the 20-year-old. Over on court number
three, Tomas Berdych has taken the first set 6-3 against Dominic Thiem.
Thiem is two points from taking the second set. That's on the red button
and the BBC Sport website. That's what's happening, some of the
matches elsewhere. Back to Centre. COMMENTATOR: The sun is out here on
Centre Court. Great to see Rod Laver in attendance. Now there's a
champion. He's up at 72% first serves in. For
the tournament, 61%. That is a significant increase. He must be
taking something off that first serve.
I Ivan, Jamie and Andy will have discussed strategies and this is
what they've come up with. That's exactly the service game to
illustrate the strategy, which was, if you keep on holding your serve
nicely, pressure builds and somebody like Benoit Paire, his character,
his sort of tennis, he can exleed a bit. -- explode a bit. Score-wise it
works. It's just flirting with disaster in the first set. Broken
twice. Murray seems to be in control of the
match. Benoit Paire has played against
number one players before, as somebody of his ranking, you'd think
that would be the case. Back in 2012, in Basle he lost to Roger
Federer, playing Federer in Basle is like playing him here. You're not
allowed to beat him. Last year, Boris, you will have coached against
Benneteau. Were you in -- against Benoit. Were you in Cincinnati? Yes,
I was. Know rock got him that time? Two sets. He nicked a set. Do you
miss coaching? I had wonderful times, an amazing three years. I
don't regret a thing. But it was time to move on. I'm comfortable
sitting next to you. You've come down in the world, old boy. Working
for the BBC. My favourite tournament. You've gone back up in
the world. This is your neck of the woods, isn't it? Yeah, I live a
couple of miles away. Called this home for many years.
A roof on Centre Court that hasn't been required so far, apart than to
give the court a bit of a rest from the bright sunshine and very hot
temperatures that we had in the first week.
Up to 43 degrees Celsius, the grass was wilting. They rested it, put the
air conditioning in. How nice if you're a piece of grass to have air
conditioning! UMPIRE: Mr Murray challenging the
call right centre service line, ball is called out.
UMPIRE: Mr Murray has one challenge remaining.
Any part of the racquet will do. That one got a little bit low. He
managed to get some string on it. Yeah, it looked dangerous when he
started preparing for it. Some threat here on the Murray
serve. He was really dictating the rally,
standing on the line. Trying to control the tempo, making his
opponent run left to right. Good chance on that second serve.
Paire's favourite shot, the backhand return.
A few unforced errors now giving Paire break point.
APPLAUSE Strong play.
Under pressure. Giving his box a long stare.
It's a little bit heavy handed there, for a man with touch, he'll
be disappointed not to have found the court. There
-- court there. UMPIRE: For me, it's long, yeah.
Having a game now with the umpire. Murray is ready to take the attack
to the opposition right now. He wants to finish this.
Just wide. Murray does have a challenge remaining. I saw it the
same way as the line umpire. No challenge from Murray. He doesn't
want to be out of challenges at 4-4. He has a tendency to put the umpire
on the spot. His coach was a quarterfinalist in
1991, beating Pat Cash that year. UMPIRE: Mr Paire is challenging the
call, left service line, the ball was called out. If this game was all
about the complexities and the difficult shots, fine, but it's
always about who does the basics best. You cannot double fault at
this point, game point up. That is pressure telling! After a
big hold to get to 4-4, there's the break.
Of all the myriad statistics and numbers that come out of a computer
and are filed out into the ether, some of it is interesting and some
of it isn't. Interestingly for me, Andy Murray at Wimbledon, as a
competitor, has never lost to anyone ranked lower than 19th in the world
at Wimbledon. I think that's amazing. He lost to David Nalbandian
at number 19, back in 2005 on debut. I used a hat -- I saw the same
statistic and I thought the same thing. He is brutal, he knows when
the game has heat. He's a competitor at heart, he loves to compete, he
loves to challenge anybody. Especially on Centre Court. He's one
of the toughest players to play out there. He usually finds a way to
win, even though he was aided by Benoit Paire today. Nevertheless,
history speaks for itself. Murray is serving for the match.
Only the second time he's serve and volley. Two hours and 19 minutes.
That's very good timing from Murray. He is seeing the ball big. At
Queen's Club when he lost to Jordan Thompson... Will it affect his
build-up? Have his chances at Wimbledon been shattered?
First-round loss. No! It was certainly a worrying moment, though.
It's never good to lose. He's done this many times over.
A tenth consecutive quarterfinal at the Championships for Andy Murray!
Straight sets over Paire. The perfect start to the second week of
Wimbledon for him. And he continues, Andy Murray, to
put French players to the sort. It's been over two years since he's lost
one of them. Benoit Paire was certainly an entertaining man to
watch. He was 4-2 up in the first set. He could have done a couple of
things differently but ultimately he's lost in three straight sets.
When the fighting was at its most intense, there was only one man in
it. After the first set was done, you had the feeling... Both players
getting a nice over Asian. -- of Asian.
Murray loves boxing, he adores the mentality and you can see why. He
soaks up all the pressure and throws it down to the other end. Time for a
few autographs. He's played his way into form magnificently in this
championships. Andy Murray looks well set to have another run at a
third Wimbledon championship. The defending champion. No British man
since Fred Perry in 1935 and 1936 has been able to win back-to-back
Grand Slam is. There are of course some major obstacles to get over in
the next three matches, but more sporting history is beckoning for
Andy Murray. And great news before the Championships as well for him
and his wife, Kim. They are expecting their second child. He
continues to walk in a slightly worrying way, but he moves so
quickly around the court and he'll look forward to playing Querrey or
Anderson in the next round. He'll go into that match as favourite. I'm
sure he'll be keeping a close eye on Nadal against mullah as well. He's
in that section. -- Gilles Muller. So much to look forward to,
including Roger Federer coming out on this court.
Congratulations. Benoit Paire's rank and King -- Rankin belies his skill
set so you must be pretty pleased. I thought I played pretty well today.
A couple of sloppy service games in the first set, but that was by far
the best I'd hit the ball so far in the tournament. Really pleased with
that. He is not easy to play. He has one of the best backhands and he can
play every shot. It's not always easy to see where to put the ball,
tactics aren't always easy. A discussion with the umpire at the
start of the third set. It didn't look like it unsettled due much and
you managed to have a joke about it later. How frustrating is it in the
moment? It's not that frustrating. We probably play 300 points today
and it was the first point of the game. You want to win every point,
that's the mindset you have, but it's just one point and it wasn't
important either. Maybe if that happens in the tie-break or on a
break point, it's different, but it was fine. Still worth having the
discussion at the change of ends to clarify, though. Yeah, I guess so.
That happens all the time, pretty much every match there's discussions
between umpires and players. Sometimes it's good to get it off
your chest and get an understanding of what the umpire wants from you in
those situations. With the build up into Wimbledon and the injury, if
somebody had said at that point you would be through to the
quarterfinals with the level of tennis you're playing would you have
taken that? For sure. Two weeks ago I was resting. I was a little bit
concerned. When you're having issues a few days before a big event, it's
frustrating. I've managed it well. I've played some good stuff. Today
was the best I've played so far in the tournament. I'm doing well.
Hopefully I'll keep it up. Congratulations.
It's all about winning the last point and he's certainly making a
habit of that. Came in with so few matches, losing in the opening round
at Queen's, but another straight sets victory. A little hick up
against Fognini. David Haye was delighted that performance. Thumbs
up from Ivan as well. Andy Murray is through to the quarterfinals at
Wimbledon for the tenth successive year. That's the celebrations on
Centre Court. Coming up soon on Centre Court, Roger Federer, 18 time
grand slam champion, taking on Grigor Dimitrov, who was nicknamed
baby fed. That will be a beautiful match to watch. Let's round up a
couple of the big stories, starting with British number one woman Jo
Konta. She came through a tense 3-set match against Caroline Garcia.
Look at the motion at the end. It means so much. All the pressure and
the expectation and coming through against a very difficult opponent,
an opponent who beat this year. The first British woman in the last
eight since Jo Durie in 1984. The crowd absolutely loving her run
through the tournament. She is through to the quarterfinal to face
this player, Simona Halep, the number two seed, who defeated
Victoria Azarenka. She is such a fast mover around the court.
Beautiful game. That will be a lovely match to watch tomorrow.
Simona Halep is safely through. We said this is magical manic Monday
and we've seen so many dramatic moments out on court and there could
be a big shock in store on Court One. Just a moment ago, Rafael Nadal
went two sets to love down to the big server Gilles Muller. His serve
has been winning him so many points. Swinging left-handed serve.
Rafa did challenge but it was in and that means Gilles Muller is now 2-0
up against Rafael the Dow. We are going to go to this match on BBC
One. Roger Federer against Grigor Dimitrov will be on BBC Two. Will it
be a big surprise? Lets join our commentators, Jamie Baker and Simon
Reed. The first two sets have taken an
hour and 16 minutes so I'm not sure that's a factor any more. And it's
not such a gruelling day as in the first week. Here we go. Can he come
back? Three times in his career his comeback from two -- 2-0 down and
gone through. You could hear the vamos from the
come -- finest competitor this sport has known in the last two decades.
Back firmly against the wall at the moment.
Just what the doctor ordered for Nadal. The other thing about Muller
is how well he's taking his chances. He's only had three break
opportunities in the match and he's taken two of them at ease two sets
up. For somebody who is so well suited to a fast court, and Muller
is a good all-round player on any surface, but especially good on the
fast courts, he understands that he can string a few good points
together in one service game. He knows he won't be giving his
opponents many chances on his service games.
He's reading him so well, I'm surprised he missed that one. You
thought Nadal might have blown his chance. You expected this to be a
winner. These are the types of points Nadal has to win if he wants
to break serve. Anything specifically that Rafa
should do now? He's just got to do everything a bit better. The first
thing at this point is a game at a time and staying ahead on the
scoreboard as much as he possibly can. On the return games, if he's
still not reading it, perhaps he has to do...
If we get to a point where midway through this set he's still
struggling to read the Muller serve, he has to think about moving
position or trying to anticipate in advance because he has to connect
with some serves to get the upper hand in his service games.
Good to see. Plenty of spring in his legs and playing with his heart,
too. So why is it that the Gilles Muller
service causing Nadal so many problems? The first thing to look at
is ball placement. It's where Muller is contacting the serve from. It's
slightly above his left shoulder so quite an extreme throw up. If we
roll this forward, this is from two aces, pretty much an identical
contact point. Look where the service go. One down the T, sliding
away, and one out wide, almost as accurate. You would expect a lefty
to favour down the T on the deuce court, where he's only doing 50%.
Fairly evenly split. On the ad court, you would expect the left eat
to favour the sliding serve wide. Muller is doing the opposite.
Perhaps he's trying to save away from the Nadal forehand on the
return. It's a very unusual pattern for a left-handed serve. He throws
the ball up as if he's going to slice every single serve. All of
that put together means Nadal, two sets in, still did -- still doesn't
know where the serve is going. Yeah, good luck reading that!
Not quite as good an angle as Muller was looking for.
Nadal will be delighted with that return. First point. Gets his nose
ahead in the game. There's that sliced wide serve.
Normally by this time in the match you'd be reading that, but because
he's done it so few times, very difficult for Nadal to get ahead of
the game there. That was a sense -- now there's a
sense of expectancy in the crowd. Is this the moment the pendulum moves?
Moved across and nothing doing. His box says don't get involved in any
challenges. Two break points for Nadal, who is zero out of three on
break points at the moment. It's what so many around here
wanted. Malone going to have a word with the
umpire. -- Muller. Not sure what that was about. But we
are sure that Rafa is on the rampage right now.
Well played. He did so well with the return too because it skidded. He
got it back and then created the pass.
Yeah, it looked like Nadal had done well and done enough here. But great
passing shot from Muller. Too good. A lot of confidence.
That's the backhand that we've been talking about that's so much more
lethal. I think this might be the first time that we've seen him step
in on a backhand. Just hasn't had the opportunity.
Nasty little slip. He's OK. It's that patch just behind the baseline.
UMPIRE: Game Nadal. They loved that here. Has he turned the tide?
Certainly looks like he has. Yeah, it does. Certainly a good sign for
the neutrals who want to see this one go to five sets and to see Rafa
almost trying to turn this into a home match for him. This has been
such a difficult assignment that you feel that perhaps a big support from
the crowd is something that may actually be needed to get over the
line in this one. Muller would probably have expected it. He's
quietened it by the sheer brilliance of his play. Yeah, that's - we said
that we thought he could cause Nadal some problems. What was surprising I
think was how easy and quick and uneventful the first two sets were.
You might say he might win a couple of tie breaks, no breaks. Really he
dominated play for the first two sets, hands down.
A real sense of vibrancy in the crowd and about Nadal.
Not that that's ever far away. Not the same confidence about Muller
now. A shot there that he would not have missed in the first couple of
sets. Good judgment. Vicious second serve
too. Credit to him for that. No. So a chance to wrap up the set
here. That belongs to the first couple of
sets. Telescopic arm. Break point down for the double
break, this was almost a shot to nothing.
UMPIRE: Game Muller. New balls please.
Now it's Muller who's finding it tough to read anything on the Nadal
serve. Got the line. Took a minute. He's
accused of being rather slow in between serves, that was mighty
rapid. It's as if the first two sets haven't happened. It definitely
feels in the last 20 minutes, certainly since Nadal got the early
break in this set that the overall flow and momentum of the match has
turned in thatteded in's favour. Watching him, we admired how well
Muller has come out and played the match so far. You have to also
admire how Nadal was able to regroup and how he manages his energy in
these situations, his competitive spirit, the way he gees himself up
and what could be such an easy opportunity to be flat. He is one of
the best at that in the game. Yeah, you never for one moment have seen
him hang his head. Not even a suspicion of it. Frustration - yes,
momentary. But that's all. John Barrett, Trevor McDonald.
After an hour and 42 minutes Muller is serving to stay in set number
three. He hasn't served and volleyed that
much. He did it in the very first point of the match. But the werity
that he has showed, obviously working perfectly in the first two
sets. It's as if he intends to do it a bit
more now. This was a good pass, but Nadal just
signalling to himself he should have gone the other way. Just opened up
the angle for Muller. Again the serve-volley. Nadal
blitzing it at him. Nadal giving himself more time
behind the baseline on that return. That's worth doing, if he's able to
get a strong hit. Net court was crucial. It it was
going in. Just took a hop and away. So quick to see the opportunity
there, Nadal. When Muller stays back, look at the
height on the return. That return did so much damage earlier in the
set. Allows Nadal the opportunity to come forward into the court.
UMPIRE: Game Muller. Another example of the fabulous variety he has in
his serve. He forces Nadal to serve out for this set.
Now he's into double figures on aces.
Down that line he had as good a view as anyone. He's not getting
involved. Three set points Kept on follow him that ball. Wasn't
a lot he could do in the end. SUE BARKER: Big roar from Rafa and
he's back in it. You know he's not going to run out of energy. We'll be
right back with that match in a moment. Over on Centre Court a short
time ago, Andy Murray came through another unorthodox opponent, Benoit
Paire, winning in straight sets. But there were a number of breaks of
serve in that one. Murray saying that he's playing his best tennis,
getting better with every match. That's good to hear as he goes
through into the last eight. Andy Murray on Centre Court through once
again to the delight of the British fans out there. And he is through to
face Sam Querrey, the big serving American who came through in five
sets. He had four match points in the fourth set and had to dig deep
in the fifth, winning 6-3. Querry takes on Murray. Murray leads 7-1 in
the head to head. He beat him in straight sets here in 2010 and in
straight sets earlier this year at the Australian open. Sam Querrey
faces Andy Murray on Wednesday. Over on BBC Two, you can watch Roger
Federer, aren't you spoiled for choice, Rafa on one, Roger on two.
He's up against Grigor Dimitrov. That's 4-4. Roger Federer over on
BBC two. Over on court number two, we haven't got a player on here
because they both left the court for a comfort break. It is one set all.
Zverev was a set and a break up. Milos Raonic has levelled that
match. Watch it on the red button or the BBC Sport website. Over on Court
3, Tomas Berdych now leads two sets to one over Dominic Thiem. It's on
serve in the fourth set. That match is on the red button and the BBC
Sport website. So is the comeback on? Rafa has twice come back from
two sets to love down here at Wimbledon. He's certainly got the
fitness, he is the man to do it. Gilles Muller still leading. Let's
go back to court one. He's starting to go out wide a bit
more now. He's got such a huge wing span, very
little chance of getting past him. Muller gets off to a lead in set
number four. His two biggest wins both in 2005, beating Nadal here
when Nadal was ranked three in the world. And later the same year, he
beat Andy Roddick in the US Open. There's been very little since of
that calibre. Suddenly this year a quantum leap up. Here he is on the
verge of perhaps the biggest upset of his career.
Nadal didn't deserve that. Did he tweak something there? A couple of
awkward movements. The right ankle was the problem.
Just a slight wobble there. Dynamic serving from Nadal. Up to 14
aces now. The standard has improved game by game, set by set.
Yes! Serve and volley from Muller, I thought he'd done enough. Desperate
defending and it worked a treat. Still having a little feel down
there on the ankle. Obviously not 100%.
It took a hot. -- hop. It's that second serve return again. Giving
himself more time, taking a full swing at this.
Wanted that. Surprised not to see Nadal go for the favourite
crosscourt pass. He had the time, he gave himself the time by being so
far behind the baseline. That's a wonderful game from Muller.
Need a little bit of luck against Nadal and made it almost an
impossible shot. That could turn out to be very important.
UMPIRE: Mr Nadal is challenging the call. I didn't hear the call, but
there must have been won. Now Nadal is challenging. He might as well.
But it was long. Muller has saved a couple of break points.
As you said, Jamie, that's one of his favourite passes, the forehand
across. He has had the chances in this game. Feels like he knows it
from the look on his face. One of his best returns in the
match. He's just so much more comfortable. He's almost at the ball
boy. You can just see how much damage that's doing to Muller.
Totally off-balance. They know how important this is,
right here. Nadal building momentum. Can it be halted here?
One of the longer games. Just has a feeling of being a really important
one. Yeah. That time he slots it home. He
leads 2-1. (STUDIO) what a long, tough game
that was an Gilles Muller edges ahead in the fourth set. On Centre
Court, Roger Federer is head -- edging ahead against Grigor
Dimitrov. He broke dimmer trough at 4-4. Roger Federer in charge on
Centre court. In just a moment you'll be able to
see Roger Federer... This is the really -- this is the latest score.
In five or six minutes Roger Federer will be on the red button because we
will be moving the Rafael Nadal match to BBC Two. That's in about
five minutes. In the meantime, back we go.
2-1. The bottles are at exactly the right angle, in exactly the right
position. The match is starting to move his way. But Muller halting him
then. You were asking what Nadal could do on his return of serve and
he has done something. He's stepped back, especially on the second
serve. You can see the difference. He's hitting with greater pace on
the return. He is about 1.9 metres further back in the third set on the
second serve. It doesn't sound like a big distance, but it's allowed him
to take a bigger swing and get more on that return.
Nadal fighting like a lion. Muller played lights out tennis for an hour
and a quarter, taking the first two sets. Not quite where he was and
pressure being exerted game by game now by the double champion.
Great disguise! How quick was he on to 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 games. Great
touch to finish that off. (STUDIO) three break points for
Rafael Nadal. We are coming to the end of our transmission on BBC One,
but it continues on BBC Two. Quickly switch to BBC Two if you want to see
if Rat I can break now. So much to look forward to later in the
evening. We'll also be following Roger Federer. He's taken the first
set against Grigor Dimitrov. That match is on the red button. Two big
results to bring you. Good news for both of Britain's number one tennis
players. Jo Konta came through in three sets, a difficult match
against Caroline Garcia. Look at the Ocean pouring out. 6-4 in the third
set. -- look at the motion. All the pressure and expectation on her.
Wonderful scenes on Court number one is Jo Konta celebrates getting to
the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the very first time. Someone who
knows all about that is through to his tenth quarterfinal. Andy Murray
in straight sets against another tricky opponent, Benoit Paire. Andy
Murray winning in straight sets. He goes through to face Sam Querrey in
the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Andy Murray claiming he's playing his
best tennis at Wimbledon today. That's a good signal for all his
fans. The crowd loving seeing him go through once again. It was a tricky
first set, but he came through it. Good news for Britain as Jo Konta
and Andy Murray are through. So much tennis to look forward to as well.
We got Novak Djokovic as well. That will unfold on BBC Two. Goodbye.