Day 8, Part 1 Wimbledon


Day 8, Part 1

Live quarter-final action presented by Sue Barker. We hear from some past champions who have contributed to the rich history of Wimbledon and relive some famous Wimbledon moments.


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Beautiful reactions! That was just sumptuous, superb. Beautiful

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forehand. Nothing stopping how now, is there?

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Its 33 years since a British woman, Jo Durie, played in the

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quarterfinals of Wimbledon but today Johanna Konta will walk out onto

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Centre Court as one of eight people competing for the Rose plate. We are

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on weather watch as 20 minutes ago the rain came on, the covers were

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brought on. We got ten minutes of play on the outside court but then

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they were rushed off. Everyone is patiently waiting because as of this

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moment, the rain has moved away and we are hoping the rain will stay

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away and the play will start on outer courts.

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Johanna Konta faces a stern test today on Centre Court against the

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world not to Simona Halep, but she has proved at Wimbledon that she can

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handle the pressure on the world stage. She did it yesterday against

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Caroline Garcia. It promises to be a fascinating day of tennis. Venus

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Williams, the five times champion, has overcome personal difficulties

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to reach the quarterfinals but she's potentially got her toughest test

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yet. Against the 20 rolled champion in France, Jelena Ostapenko, who was

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just eight few weeks old when Venus baby Venus made her debut.

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Garbine Muguruza faces Svetlana Kuznetsova who has been in terrific

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form and has not yet dropped a set. Coco Vandeweghe may be the 24th seed

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but she has become an outside tip for the time -- title. She says

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she's playing with confidence. But so is her opponent today, the

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unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova, who was the convincing winner when the

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two met at Roland Garros this year. Jo Konta is third on Centre Court

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this afternoon. The expectancy is already building around the

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All-England Club and the apathy is sure to be electric. A win for --

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the atmosphere is sure to be electric. But a win for Simona Halep

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will mean she ends the week as women's number one. So much is at

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stake today. We have an added bonus for those at onset at court because

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Novak Djokovic and Adrian Mannarino did not get on court yesterday to

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pay their match so they are walking out right now, we will be going to

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that match soon. They will be certainly keen to find

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out about the weather number one Court.

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So, I mentioned it is all about the weather as far as the other

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2/4-finals are concerned, so let's find out how much rain has arrived.

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We can expect the covers to be on and off through the rest of the day.

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We have a fairly cloudy picture coming, 80% risk of a shower up

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towards 5pm. There will be a lot of dry weather in between. At about

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6pm, we're expecting some heavy and persistent rain to move across

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Wimbledon so we've already had the maximum temperature, it's coming

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down and will continue to do so into the evening. A much different feel

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to the weather today than we had of late. Even into the evening, we'll

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hang on to the heavy and persistent rain. But tomorrow it clears quite

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early in the morning, we should see it leave Wimbledon at 7am, high

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pressure builds, the sun comes out and it will feel pleasantly warm.

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One good thing about the rain is at least the pollen level is moderate.

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That is good for some, thank you, Carol. We will keep an eye out for

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the rain today. After yesterday's magical manic Monday, we all

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breathed a sigh of relief except Novak Djokovic who might feel little

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bit of a different emotion because he did not play. The reason for that

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was Jo Konta's 3-set battle and then the thrilling, nerve tingling epic

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that was Rafa Nadal against Charles Muller. It was -- Gilles Muller.

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There was a lot of outstanding tennis and reactions under extreme

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pressure. Nadal threw everything at Muller but he served so well and

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held firm. At the stat that stands out is that Rafa had 16 break points

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and only converted two, including five in the fifth set. But on the on

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the other side of the net, Muller produced the victory of his life.

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15-13 in the fifth and final set, four hours and 48 minutes, and

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experience that will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to

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have a ticket on Court Number One yesterday. Charles -- Gilles Muller

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into the quarterfinals at the age of 34.

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Djokovic probably not happy with the organisers here because it happened

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to be back in 2007 when he had a three-day match on Court Number One,

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and then had to pull out of the semifinal because of blisters. Is it

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happening again for Novak Djokovic to? They are warming up on Centre

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Court under the roof, where not even going to worry about the weather

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here, we have tennis all the way, so let's join the commentators for this

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match. A little later than advertised,

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let's go with the unfinished piece of the jigsaw from manic Monday.

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Djokovic there, this time last year he held all four major titles. 12

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months on, gluten-free and grand free. Fall from grace chakra grand

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slam free. A fall from grace it is still an explained. He looked

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imperious at Eastbourne, he has only lost 19 games and no set in getting

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to this point. So this could be a Phoenix like to return to the top of

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the game. What's your instinct, John, about how this much might play

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out? I think Novak Djokovic is going to have too much class for

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Mannarino. I'm not sure that they offer was the greatest thing but

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Djokovic has been around for a long time, he's had to play two big

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matches back-to-back because of weather in the Grand Slams, I do

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think it will affect him. If he were to have a five set match, which I

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don't think will happen, there could be an effect. But if he wins come to

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become its no big deal for him. From Mannarino's point of view, this is

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the biggest match of his career. I presume he will have been like a

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caged tiger survey, pacing up and down, especially as that Nadal match

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went on and on, saying, tell me, someone make a decision. The longer

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that went on, the amount of nervous energy he must have been expending

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must have been considerate. It must have been a lot. The ones who have

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been there and done it before, it's another thing. Having said that, he

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had two back-to-back five set matches, so the extra day of rest

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might have done him good. I think it's 50-50 whether or not it's good

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or bad for Mannarino. Here's another of those players, many of them are

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getting on, he's 29 now but will know from Gilles Muller that there

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is no definitive age where tennis players reach their peak. He's good

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to be at his peak today and he's going to challenge the fact that.

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Could be in for a long afternoon! Points like that! Mannarino there,

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beautiful point. The way he constructed those ground strokes,

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good angles, good pace. Not quite firing yet. That was a bit

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ambitious from that position on the court, and this hit return but

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effective. -- it was a mis-hit return.

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There were a lot of long rallies in that opening game. There's

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Mannarino, he's one of those players, if you're not a regular

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tennis watcher, might have passed you by. Certainly his passage to

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this stage might have passed you by. Were it not for the inter-didn't he

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had when he barged a ball boy when he was going to the net, and he paid

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a ?7,000 fine, after which he didn't seem to show much contrition. He was

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justifying himself saying, can Wimbledon operate without players, I

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don't think so, they can go without ball boy. Notwithstanding, he's a

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feisty character and a maverick. He'll need all those elements of his

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character this afternoon. I think you'd like to take those

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comments back, on reflection. -- I think he would like to take those

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comments back. But his tennis game, anybody who's come back from two

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sets to one in two consecutive matches in Wimbledon, you have to

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respect him in terms of what he brings to the court.

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I saw one set of his match against Gael Monfils and he was hitting the

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ball like a dream. This is the kind of start he does not want. Real

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pressure on his serve. Great from Djokovic! And you can see

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from the way the ball came off Mannarino's racket, the speed it was

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going out, and look at the spin, watch how the ball came off the

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racket. What a debt that was. The anticipation was so good.

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Obviously, not a great start there. Maybe look at the bit tight on a

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couple of shots there. Really breathing hard, just a few of those

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Centre Court nerves. But Djokovic already moving so well around the

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court. A fabulous start for him. He's hitting the ball well now.

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Should say, if you're looking at the wide angle of Centre Court, you'll

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see lots of empty seats, don't forget, play was not scheduled to

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start until 2pm, so a lot of people will have to reschedule their day.

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And I'm sure we'll have a full house when Venus Williams, Jelena

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Ostapenko, Simona Halep and Jo Konta are in action this afternoon in the

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women's quarterfinals. He's clutching his side at the

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moment, Mannarino. And a lot of ground strokes are ending up in the

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net at the moment. Or over the end. Either way,

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Djokovic in complete control. So, Novak, we're just hearing and

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seeing, has asked for the doctor. How extraordinary, you'd think he

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would be round the other side of the chair seem to Mannarino, he looks

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like the one in trouble. Novak has come out and hasn't missed a ball,

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hardly, extraordinary. Let's see what he produces from his magic bag.

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Maybe just got a headache? They're not treating any part of his body,

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so you're probably right, probably something to do with that rather

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than a physical side with the body. Otherwise he would have... Mannarino

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was the one I was looking at. While you're here, doc, look at my

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opponent! He's playing pretty well with a

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headache. And Andre Agassi thinks it's funny!

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This is one of those situations where, if you are the underdogs, as

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Mannarino clearly is, you desperately wants to get your score

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on the board. No doubt about that. Nicely done. He's got such compact

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ground strokes, in particular on the backhand side, there's almost no axe

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swing but he deals with that low ball so well and gets himself prime

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position on top of the net. You want to be hitting bodies like this. --

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volleys like this. That height. Oh, that's a brilliant point. Both

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players. And Marino played well in this rally, but not getting much

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change out of Novak at the moment. It's amazing how the game sounds

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different beneath this roof. Just the flight resonance and the Echo is

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it a different ambulance. -- ambulance.

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Well, he's been scurrying all over the place, Novak. How much pressure

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is he putting Mannarino? Mannarino can't breathe out here at the

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moment. He's hitting good ground strokes and he's getting no reward

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for it. Literally no reward. This could be 4-0. Barely 12 minutes.

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That is outstanding! What backhand. It's the shortest backswing on the

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tour. There's movement there. But he gets the power. Really good rotation

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of the hips on that shot. Fabulous extension, drives it.

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He must have unbelievably strong forearms and biceps to hit shots

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like that with no backswing. Never mind on the scoreboard, the

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difference psychologically between 3-1 and 4-0 is not to be

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underestimated. So, he's on the scoreboard and he is

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just. -- and he is under way, just. He earned that game. That's to put

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it mildly. He had to withstand some immense ground strokes. He's still

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holding that hit area, so I hope that's not go into causing any

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problems. Superb shot, that. You can really

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see the racket acceleration of Djokovic, and within that whip to

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get the ball up and over the net quickly and accelerate through the

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core. Mannarino is having to play so many

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balls way, way below the net, because so deep. He is. He gets some

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beautiful angles, Mannarino. That was unlucky, that was going to be a

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winner, in all probability. He's losing, 4-1 down, it could have been

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5-0, but already some very entertaining points going on. The

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problem is whenever you see the top seeds play and you look at who they

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come up against, and you look for an upset, you say, where are the

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weapons, the big shots that can knock one of the top seeds out? And

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unfortunately for Mannarino, he doesn't have one big weapon. He's

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tidy, he does everything well, he's irritating to play because he

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doesn't hit much spin and he gets a lot of balls back, but there's

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nothing to really hurt someone like Novak unless he has a bad day and it

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doesn't look like he's having a bad day. A really bad day. Mannarino

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lives in Malta, for reasons... I know not!

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We can maybe have a chat bit later on, if this goes some distance,

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about the 30-something season, he's almost there, it amazing. The guys

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who have been at the top for a long time, you'd expect them to stay

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there, but there's a huge number of players in their late 20s and early

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30s who are serious players on the main stage.

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That's well struck in the end. Novak looking at that, maybe it clipped

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the line. When you have an overhead against Novak Djokovic, memo, hit it

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away from him! Otherwise! He stood his ground well, that could have

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taken his head off! That is classy, it really is. Using

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the backhand to good effect in some of these rallies. We have seen the

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short backswing, this one had such good disguise there. UMPIRE: Ladies

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and gentlemen, please, switch off the mobile phones during the match.

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Thank you. Second ace of the match, 30th of the

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tournament to date and he is in the game now.

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What hitting, what hitting from both sides of the net. It really is. You

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can see why Mannarino is where he is in this drill now. How he's beaten

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the players he's beaten, playing like this. The ground strokes

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standing toe to toe with Novak in that rally. He will have to do that

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for three hours to beat Novak. May be Gilles Muller's win acts as a

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spur to him, it can be done. Absolutely.

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That body language told you, what was I doing?

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Missed it. What a shriek from Djokovic. How far did Mannarino have

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to run to stay in that rally? If Novak Djokovic has a headache this

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shriek at the end of it probably wouldn't have done it any good. But

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what a point. That is the first really bad error

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he has made. Came out of that forehand. High-quality game, though.

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It is excellent tennis. Another two or three hours of this, please. Not

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bad. For a Tuesday lunchtime. I love seeing this from Djokovic. It

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is a really good sign. He is genial, lovely, code Lee Novak

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at Eastbourne and now he is venomous, I'm in the mood for it

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Djokovic here. That was a curious backhand Djokovic

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hit. It was a sort of slice, a floating slice and when he first hit

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it I thought it would go along and it sort of died at the end.

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Mannarino thought that. Yes, and the change of pace affected Mannarino.

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Food for thought for Agassi. But his man is in the lead and Adrian

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Mannarino will have to serve to stay in the first set. If you are

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coaching you wouldn't teach somebody to hit the ball as Mannarino does

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was done with such short backlift but it does mean you are in pole

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position at some points. Looking at this replay, at what point, maybe

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the answer is never, would Novak have thought that would be a drop

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shot because it is indistinguishable from a backhand drive? It is too

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late for him there. Some anything is going to a drop shot for the player

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who decides to go for it. He has to know where his opponent is standing,

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he has to be aware of where he is standing. If he is too far back you

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don't go for it. If your opponent is too far in you don't go for it. And

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then it's the disguise, you've got to put all of those components into

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it and there Mannarino was perfect. He was in the right position, his

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opponent in the wrong position, or the right position for him to make

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the drop shot, and the disguise was perfect. The drop shot is a shot

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that has come back into vogue in the last four or five years. For a while

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it wasn't used so much but now with these big hitters on the baseline

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you have to have the drop shot, you must take them out of their rhythm.

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It is used a lot more than it has been for years and I love it because

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it has been such a fitness shot. -- finis. New balls, serving to stay in

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the opening set. That one literally you would have to

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have your wedge, bring your wedge out of the golf bag because this is

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the only way you could get that back. No chance. Brilliant.

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I know it is a kind of easy and lazy analogy to make almost, but these

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are the most brilliant squash shots, down the line, into the wall,

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fantastic. I'm not sure he needed to do that

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but anyway. He didn't, it was fun anyway. That was a Centre Court

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shot. He may not have too many matches on the Centre Court but he

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needs to entertain. No need to do that but I'm glad he did. It was

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fun. He won't be glad he did if he loses this game. That's true.

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You're kidding. He listened to you, you told him not to hit it back to

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Novak on the overhead. Also, he looked up almost to say there is no

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son there, so he couldn't use that as an excuse. That was just a

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horrible miss. -- there is no sun. He is shaking his hips. Horrible

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overhead shots one after the other. And then a loose forehand. He was

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hitting those so well three or four minutes ago. It's amazing how things

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suddenly, it is like a flick of a switch. It wouldn't surprise me if

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he calls for the trainer if he were to lose this set.

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That is too good. He was a little off balance on one backhand. It

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seemed like it was a bad bounce, or the spin or whatever caught him off

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guard and he could never really recover in the rally.

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That is beautifully played. That is the way to hold the shot, he gets

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the racket head back early, holds, and waits until Agassi... Agassi!

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And told Novak Djokovic moves down the court. Comes down the box and

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says, "Give me that racket!" Once he was that far out of court,

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Mannarino, Djokovic had all the aces.

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That was a horrible mis-hit from Djokovic, which he acknowledges.

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It's very hard to play those back, isn't it, with spin going

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everywhere? So, after 37 minutes of what has been hugely entertaining

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Tuesday lunchtime fare, set point. Mannarino goes long. Djokovic goes

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one set up. SUE BARKER: Djokovic takes the first

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set comfortable, you just wonder if those two five set back-to-back

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matches for Mannarino and how much it has taken out of him. We will be

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back on Centre Court in a moment. Over on Court Number Two Jamie

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Murray and Martina Hingis, top seeds in the Mixed Doubles, have taken the

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first set, going well, that is the feature match on the red button.

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Judy Murray is out there watching as well. And Venus Williams is out on

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the practice court at Aorangi Park, the only former champion left in the

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draw. Last won the title here nine years ago. But always looking good

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and serving well. This is Coco Vandeweghe might look at this. I

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love watching her play. She throws everything into every rally and a

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beautiful natural volleyer. And there he is, the famous headband,

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it's Pat Cash. Let's see how quick he is moving. Coco will learn a lot

:48:38.:48:43.

from Pat and we enjoyed listening to him talk about the technique and

:48:44.:48:48.

getting into the mind of a champion. You can do better than that, Pat.

:48:49.:48:58.

You see, you never lose it. There you go. Coco will hopefully be on

:48:59.:49:03.

Court Number One later to face Rybarikova. Andy Murray was here

:49:04.:49:07.

earlier. I was surprised as I drove in at 8:30am he was in the car

:49:08.:49:11.

behind and I thought that was only to come in when not playing but he

:49:12.:49:15.

would have watched Carol Kirkwood on breakfast TV and seen the rain was

:49:16.:49:18.

coming and wanted to get the practice on the grass court because

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when the rain comes down you are sent on to the indoor courts and

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that is really not the thing you want to do when you want to come out

:49:25.:49:29.

tomorrow. I hope that is not coming. Some dark sky around here but no

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trouble on Centre. We have the roof and that is where we are going back

:49:34.:49:38.

under now. UMPIRE: Second set, Novak Djokovic to serve.

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Well, Adrian Mannarino knew that he had an uphill task when he walked on

:49:49.:49:55.

Court an hour or so ago and he knows it for sure now.

:49:56.:50:17.

I'm quite surprised given the fact he has been flexing that hip muscle

:50:18.:50:24.

so much, his hip basically for the whole match, that we have not had

:50:25.:50:26.

the doctor called. I agree. That was a bad bounce, pure and

:50:27.:50:42.

simple. The first case of the match for

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Novak. -- ace. Tomas Berdych will doubtless be

:51:32.:52:06.

watching this with interest somewhere, whether here on the

:52:07.:52:09.

complex or at his hotel because he's waiting for the winner of this in

:52:10.:52:11.

the quarterfinals. Well, he almost got himself out of

:52:12.:52:29.

jail there, Mannarino. What a great volleyer. And also in this half of

:52:30.:52:39.

the draw is Roger Federer after that demolition job on Grigor Dimitrov

:52:40.:52:43.

last night. A lot of neutral observers would like to see a

:52:44.:52:50.

Djokovic- Federer in the final. That is on Friday and there is a lot of

:52:51.:52:56.

tennis between then and now. There was a spot on the court Djokovic

:52:57.:53:01.

didn't like around the service line. I'm not sure exactly what it was but

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he was not happy with something. Were you surprised by the Agassi

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linkup? Well, it was when it happened was a bit surprising to me.

:53:45.:53:50.

But Agassi has been untapped. He should be out there in some role or

:53:51.:53:51.

another. He's a genius. Over the years I've been lucky to

:53:52.:54:17.

sit next to Agassi a couple of times when he's been talking about

:54:18.:54:22.

players. He can dissect a player's game in about five minutes. He's

:54:23.:54:28.

brilliant at it. Djokovic was lucky that he managed to get him.

:54:29.:54:43.

I also like the way Djokovic is very close to the baseline on a lot of

:54:44.:54:50.

these rallies, very Agassi like, Agassi had this territory from about

:54:51.:54:54.

a foot from the baseline and he commanded that area and moved his

:54:55.:54:56.

opponents around. A shriek of frustration but he's

:54:57.:55:29.

moving Mannarino around all over the court. Maybe he senses, a bit like

:55:30.:55:36.

the wounded prey, that Mannarino is not 100%. Keep him moving all the

:55:37.:55:38.

time. That was a fabulous rally. It was

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superb, wasn't it? Both players hitting pretty flat, particularly

:56:15.:56:20.

Mannarino. But even Djokovic in that rally, not much are on the ball,

:56:21.:56:22.

very flat and through the court but it's so accurate. -- not much arc.

:56:23.:56:31.

Break point for the Serb. Frustration for Mannarino. Maybe

:56:32.:56:53.

it's just the relentlessness of the pounding. That leads to mistakes

:56:54.:57:00.

like that. Does it matter that Agassi is not there on a full-time

:57:01.:57:05.

basis, that he comes and he goes? I think it would be better if he was

:57:06.:57:08.

here for longer but we don't know what the arrangement is yet. It was

:57:09.:57:13.

curious to appoint him at the French Open. It is not exactly something

:57:14.:57:21.

you would in a ideal world. Agassi is a busy chap. I think as much as

:57:22.:57:29.

we can get him, let's take him. Djokovic has also added Mario Ancic,

:57:30.:57:41.

a Croatian player I'm sure you will remember, to his coaching panel. A

:57:42.:57:48.

lot of gardening work going on from Novak today. He's not happy with the

:57:49.:57:49.

condition of Centre Court. He is looking at the court again.

:57:50.:58:25.

I'm not sure the court was to blame for that one.

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That was like a computer game, wasn't it? Just brilliant striking

:59:14.:59:17.

of the ball. He isn't happy about the court, he

:59:18.:00:20.

seemed like a batsmen who wants to go and prod down the pitch marks.

:00:21.:00:24.

Alastair Cook is in the box today, perhaps he could help him out. But

:00:25.:00:27.

that doesn't look good, just inside the court.

:00:28.:00:38.

He took his discontent with the caught out on the ball there. -- his

:00:39.:00:53.

discontent with the court. I'm not sure how great a horticulturalist

:00:54.:00:57.

you are. At this stage, if there are bits of the court that aren't great,

:00:58.:01:02.

and he is shaking his head, at everything, really. Is there

:01:03.:01:06.

anything you can do about it at this point? I'm not sure you can. There

:01:07.:01:13.

is no time to rest the court, and you pay attention to it when winners

:01:14.:01:33.

are talking about it. He is getting run all over the place. Djokovic

:01:34.:01:37.

hasn't moved more than three metres either side. Trying to get Djokovic

:01:38.:01:52.

to move finally, but it didn't work. That is a tremendous performance

:01:53.:01:57.

really, so accurate. You saw Federer play last night, in periods. How

:01:58.:02:03.

would you compare where Djokovic is at the moment compared to where

:02:04.:02:11.

Federer is? It is tough. You see how well Federer is playing. Djokovic,

:02:12.:02:16.

you feel like he is fighting his way into.

:02:17.:02:24.

As if on cue, the former England captain.

:02:25.:02:43.

S so the second set has followed the exact pattern of the first. S that

:02:44.:03:00.

is that slow backhand slice that he uses sometimes. When Novak can get

:03:01.:03:09.

back into the middle of the court and get that position he wants on

:03:10.:03:17.

the baseline. A good change of pace on that backhand sometimes.

:03:18.:04:03.

Djokovic isn't like Raonic, Querrey, Anderson. One break of serve and

:04:04.:04:37.

it's over. Where would you place him in the men's league at the moment?

:04:38.:04:46.

His serve is a different type of serve. He is a placement server, he

:04:47.:04:51.

has got power as well but he uses it to get himself set up for the second

:04:52.:04:57.

strike. It is an excellent serve, I wouldn't put it in the top five, but

:04:58.:04:59.

it is still a fine serve. That is fabulous tennis, just

:05:00.:05:12.

brilliant. You don't see that very often. Here

:05:13.:05:39.

we go again. He will have a trowel in his bag for

:05:40.:05:48.

the quarterfinal. And a rate! That really is brilliant. What a

:05:49.:06:04.

great game from the number two seed. He looked like a 12 times Grand Slam

:06:05.:06:25.

champion there. Did he ever. I hate to keep talking about the Agassi

:06:26.:06:29.

situation, you can't work on that shot but that is the sort of shot

:06:30.:06:35.

that Agassi, look at that, his knees almost touching the ground, and that

:06:36.:06:38.

wasn't a fluke when he hit it down the line there, you have to have

:06:39.:06:43.

such perfect timing. Look at the course to Bill to you there. Yes,

:06:44.:06:48.

look at how low the ball was, nice and firm, eyes on the ball, heads

:06:49.:06:55.

doesn't move at all and the pose at the end. Or maybe he just took a

:06:56.:07:02.

long time getting up. That would be you! I would still be down. The

:07:03.:07:10.

thing for me about where he is in his game, the game is still there,

:07:11.:07:14.

it has been there. It is the mind that hasn't been there. I like the

:07:15.:07:18.

explosions he has had when he is missing balls, that to me shows me

:07:19.:07:23.

that he wants this. He's back. There were times in the French Open when I

:07:24.:07:27.

wasn't quite sure he was, particularly in that last set

:07:28.:07:31.

against Thiem. He does seem distracted by the condition of the

:07:32.:07:39.

court here. But Mannarino has other things on his mind, like the

:07:40.:07:43.

scoreboard which shows Djokovic a set and a break to the good. It was

:07:44.:07:48.

a very late night! A bit upright Matt Foreman, is it

:07:49.:08:04.

the hip the back? We are heading towards one hour.

:08:05.:09:01.

This is a very nice match, but is it unfair to say there is only one

:09:02.:09:03.

winner? You are exactly right. That ball checked a little. S we

:09:04.:09:21.

have had some great points, but you just can't see how Mannarino can get

:09:22.:09:23.

back into this. UMPIRE: Mr Mannarino is challenging

:09:24.:09:41.

the call on the right far sideline. The ball was called out.

:09:42.:09:47.

The crowd think it was all right. But it wasn't.

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UMPIRE: The call stands. Mr Mannarino has to challenges

:09:49.:10:34.

remaining. A magnetic attraction to the Mannarino overhead, for in a row

:10:35.:10:37.

and he has hit the ball straight back to him. There is an"! ".

:10:38.:11:18.

That slow backhand slice from Djokovic is causing a bit of

:11:19.:11:20.

trouble. Djokovic shaking his head in

:11:21.:11:45.

frustration. That was a pretty ambitious shot he tried from that

:11:46.:11:47.

position on the court. He is taking a lot of time here,

:11:48.:12:29.

Novak. This is a bad couple of points he

:12:30.:13:07.

has played here. That is his first double fault today. And the crowd

:13:08.:13:12.

are enjoying this match, and so to that end, they would quite like the

:13:13.:13:14.

Frenchman to break here. That was just 106 mph, but it was

:13:15.:13:33.

impeccably placed. That is just a sensational rally,

:13:34.:14:45.

such thoughtful shotmaking, a beautiful execution from the

:14:46.:14:50.

Frenchman, and he breaks back. A lot of the crowd on their feet. Because

:14:51.:15:00.

they want to see this for at least another couple of sets. That was

:15:01.:15:08.

great stuff. There is Mannarino, 29 years old, 51 in the world or

:15:09.:15:15.

thereabouts, but he has been hovering there for many years. What

:15:16.:15:18.

is happening in the men's game that we suddenly have a third of the draw

:15:19.:15:22.

who are over 30? It is the whole physicality of the players now. What

:15:23.:15:31.

goes in behind their treatment. The people that they have, the trainers,

:15:32.:15:35.

the diet, all that sort of stuff has come into play, they are taking care

:15:36.:15:42.

of themselves a lot more. It is amazing, the longevity of careers

:15:43.:15:46.

now. But it is also incredible how players hit peaks at different

:15:47.:15:56.

points in their careers, if you look at Gilles Muller last night, it's

:15:57.:15:59.

almost like it has taken him this long to work out what his peak is.

:16:00.:16:11.

There is one of the greats, Henri Leconte. And talking about

:16:12.:16:19.

longevity, this is Djokovic's tournament, he hasn't missed a Grand

:16:20.:16:27.

Slam for effectively 30 years. He is trying to get into his 39th Grand

:16:28.:16:29.

Slam quarterfinal today. He is looking so good, Novak

:16:30.:17:20.

Djokovic, you couldn't really see how the Frenchman would get back in.

:17:21.:17:25.

And then he gave away two cheap points.

:17:26.:18:43.

This looks comfortable game, but it isn't often that you comfortable

:18:44.:18:49.

games when you play against the best players.

:18:50.:19:13.

So we do find ourselves at four each.

:19:14.:19:23.

What a fantastic bonus this is for the Centre Court crowd today. Two

:19:24.:19:33.

women's quarterfinals later on, and Jo Konta in action. Is Novak

:19:34.:19:40.

changing his racket again? I think he is. Jo Konta is the second match

:19:41.:19:50.

against Simona Halep, after Venus Williams against Yelena Arzhakova.

:19:51.:19:57.

If -- Yelena Orlova to and if you have just switched on and

:19:58.:20:47.

wonder why we are playing under the roof, we have had some rain, and

:20:48.:20:49.

more is threatened the later. So if discretion is the better part

:20:50.:21:03.

of anything else, and obviously this match had to be completed early. To

:21:04.:21:08.

get the quarterfinals finally sorted out.

:21:09.:21:19.

So the pressure is on Mannarino now to come out and serve to stay not

:21:20.:21:39.

just in this second set, but you would suspect, the match as well. S

:21:40.:21:49.

you have got to give the Frenchman a lot of respect for the way he has

:21:50.:21:54.

hung in there, this looked like it was going to be a comfortable two

:21:55.:22:00.

sets to love the Djokovic, but he Han Ying, and a couple of errors

:22:01.:22:09.

from Novak and it is back on serve. There is not much happening on the

:22:10.:22:13.

outside courts, but the covers have come off.

:22:14.:22:23.

Someone has just whispered in my ear that the rain has started again.

:22:24.:22:29.

What they will want to do definitely is get the four women's

:22:30.:22:35.

quarterfinals done, so Garbine Muguruza, Svetlana Kuznetsova,

:22:36.:22:45.

Rybarikova and Coco Vandeweghe, it isn't impossible that we could play

:22:46.:22:50.

all four women's quarterfinals back to back here on Centre Court and

:22:51.:22:51.

finish at 11 o'clock tonight. The authorities will be hoping that

:22:52.:23:04.

this does not go to 15-13 in the fifth.

:23:05.:24:21.

Fantastic! Vat was like a game of chess, and then Mannarino just

:24:22.:24:33.

turned the ball over. I'm surprised he had any energy left, he had to

:24:34.:24:39.

hit a winner there or he was done! What control and what accessories

:24:40.:24:40.

and he put into that last backhand. That was a very solid and

:24:41.:25:30.

occasionally spectacular hold by the Frenchman.

:25:31.:25:44.

Mannarino has got his rhythm back. He is playing so well. Novak is

:25:45.:26:29.

puffing, he is getting runaround. One of the great things about tennis

:26:30.:28:47.

is that there are so many different ways to play the game. If people are

:28:48.:28:53.

watching now who were in grossed in the Nadal/ Muller match last night,

:28:54.:29:01.

both players were shaping the ball, it clears the net by so much, but so

:29:02.:29:08.

much more flat hitting here. There is no defined way about which is

:29:09.:29:12.

better. You find the way that you want to play the game. But it does

:29:13.:29:17.

mean that a match like this, the contrast in style between if you

:29:18.:29:22.

were playing Nadal or Djokovic makes the game eternally fascinating,

:29:23.:29:29.

doesn't it? It does. This is why winning a Grand Slam is so tough,

:29:30.:29:35.

you play different people, different speeds, different ways that they

:29:36.:29:38.

play, different service coming at you. This match, Mannarino is one of

:29:39.:29:47.

the flattest hitters I have seen in a long time, there is almost no arc

:29:48.:29:56.

to the ball. He is like Jimmy Connors in a lot of ways. A very

:29:57.:30:01.

distinguished group of guests in the Royal Box. We saw Virginia Wade a

:30:02.:30:05.

few moments ago. 40 years on from her triumph here. When Max Robertson

:30:06.:30:13.

on BBC radio famously said, Virginia Wade take tea with the Queen.

:30:14.:30:25.

If Jo Konta got to the final on Saturday... Is there any

:30:26.:30:42.

suggestion... That the Queen is going to come? Is that what you were

:30:43.:30:44.

about to say? I haven't heard that. They are hitting the ball so well,

:30:45.:31:12.

when someone makes an error like that, it's like, why did he do that?

:31:13.:31:15.

Well, because they have too every now and again.

:31:16.:31:28.

That's an unusual error there. 30-15, second serve. Well, a couple

:31:29.:31:43.

of points for Mannarino to take us into a tie-break.

:31:44.:31:51.

Well played. The potential for calamity there was huge.

:31:52.:32:29.

UMPIRE: Tie-break. Each player now receives one additional tie-break.

:32:30.:32:38.

Because we don't have a colossal big server here, this is a very

:32:39.:32:39.

interesting tie-break. It is so good. Great start from

:32:40.:33:02.

Mannarino's point of view. How well did he take charge of that? Opened

:33:03.:33:07.

it up here, got Novak out of position and pushes down on the

:33:08.:33:12.

accelerator on the forehand. What a start.

:33:13.:33:27.

Three points against the serve at the start of this tie-break.

:33:28.:35:05.

That was a very tentative second serve from Djokovic. 83 mph. Four

:35:06.:35:12.

points against the serve in a row. UMPIRE: Mr Djokovic is challenging

:35:13.:35:51.

the call on the right far sideline, the ball was called out.

:35:52.:36:02.

This is very close. But it's very out. The call stands. I think that

:36:03.:36:16.

challenge was a bit tactical from Novak. I think he just wanted to

:36:17.:36:22.

sort of reboot, get his mind back into the game here.

:36:23.:36:35.

It is possible to hold serve in this tie-break and Mannarino has the

:36:36.:36:39.

edge. This is a classic shot. It comes up

:36:40.:36:50.

and you think he's going to hit this really hard, and there it goes,

:36:51.:37:01.

pushes it in short. His hip seems to have got better. It seems to be

:37:02.:37:07.

remarkably better now. This is breathtaking stuff, it

:37:08.:37:58.

really, really is. He is... Novak must be thinking this fellow is a

:37:59.:38:02.

real pest down the other end of the line. He just refuses to go away.

:38:03.:38:13.

He's moving so well. We always have those stats about how far players

:38:14.:38:18.

run during a match. It would be fascinating to see those.

:38:19.:38:28.

After all that we are back on serve now.

:38:29.:38:54.

That was a tense shot. You could feel the tension in that rally. Just

:38:55.:39:05.

slightly came out of that ball, just lifted up when he went to hit it.

:39:06.:39:39.

You can always tell when Djokovic is tense because the ball gets bounced

:39:40.:39:49.

more and more before the serve. And those last two points you can tell

:39:50.:40:01.

Mannarino is tense too. But it is still on serve. This is a big point.

:40:02.:40:21.

A bit wild of there. Almost got impatient.

:40:22.:40:37.

So, three errors in a row from Mannarino and after an hour and a

:40:38.:40:42.

half two set points for Djokovic. UMPIRE: Mr Mannarino is challenging

:40:43.:41:33.

the call on the right side line. Djokovic isn't bothering with the

:41:34.:41:37.

challenge from Mannarino, as far as he is concerned that ball was in. He

:41:38.:41:52.

is in complete charge now. That is the third shirt change of the match

:41:53.:41:57.

so far. The mannerisms have been strange today in some ways.

:41:58.:42:00.

Sometimes you have heard him shout, then he's moaning about the court,

:42:01.:42:05.

he gets a bit angry, and you think he seems to be a bit off his game.

:42:06.:42:10.

And he wins a couple of points, then he starts smiling. The bottom line

:42:11.:42:16.

is, you can see how focused he is and that's what you love to see.

:42:17.:42:21.

When he's in this kind of frame of mind you know that he's back

:42:22.:42:25.

mentally. That's what has been missing from his game in such large

:42:26.:42:30.

areas through the last year. If Mannarino had one that second set it

:42:31.:42:35.

might have been a very interesting match. But it's a very long way back

:42:36.:42:41.

now for him. Very long way back. You can see on the stats, Djokovic

:42:42.:42:45.

getting hurt when he misses his first serve, that's very impressive.

:42:46.:42:50.

Djokovic only winning 44% of his second serve points. Mannarino

:42:51.:42:55.

handling his serve really well. The unforced errors, Djokovic has toured

:42:56.:43:02.

a half times as many winners so very aggressive. Djokovic lost his

:43:03.:43:06.

concentration when he was up the break and played a couple of sloppy

:43:07.:43:10.

points and ended up losing his serve. All credit to the Frenchman

:43:11.:43:13.

to hang in there. When that tie-breaker was being played he knew

:43:14.:43:18.

that realistically the Frenchman had to win that tie-breaker to stay in

:43:19.:43:24.

this match. At 2-0 you cannot see it. He played three bad shots in a

:43:25.:43:33.

row. After it was all square in the tie-breaker. Djokovic played one

:43:34.:43:40.

tie-break against Ernests Gulbis in the last round. He has still yet to

:43:41.:43:45.

lose is set at Wimbledon 2017. This is the first set that Mannarino has

:43:46.:43:53.

served first in. If he can hold serve here throughout this set the

:43:54.:43:59.

pressure might build on Djokovic. He has to hang his hat on that at

:44:00.:44:00.

least. Djokovic doing to him what he did to

:44:01.:44:15.

Djokovic. I don't think Novak was too

:44:16.:45:35.

impressed with that. That was a contentious swat at the end. What

:45:36.:45:39.

was that!? He didn't like this, if you look at the look he gave him, he

:45:40.:45:43.

gave him the cold stare down. Mannarino surely had to come in on

:45:44.:46:33.

one of those shots. Yes, he had a couple of opportunities and didn't

:46:34.:46:37.

take them and then paid the price. He's lost his opening service game

:46:38.:46:41.

in the first two sets and is in danger of completing an unwanted

:46:42.:46:42.

hat-trick here. With played for an hour and 37

:46:43.:47:15.

minutes, Mannarino has struck two volleys.

:47:16.:47:21.

It's safe to say he's happier at the back the court.

:47:22.:47:45.

It's also an indication, perhaps, of the changing nature of the sport. 20

:47:46.:47:52.

years ago he wouldn't have gone through a couple of rounds playing

:47:53.:47:56.

this kind of style of tennis, would he? No.

:47:57.:48:10.

I thought Djokovic was in this rally and then bosh.

:48:11.:48:37.

He was helped by a couple of errors from Djokovic's racket but that is a

:48:38.:48:43.

really solid hold from the Frenchman.

:48:44.:48:48.

He did well there, actually. Mannarino. I thought when he played

:48:49.:48:59.

that vastly exaggerated... Whatever that shot was, that fly swatting

:49:00.:49:02.

backhand drop shot which he basically gave the point away with,

:49:03.:49:08.

he thought the match was over but he fought back. A couple of errors from

:49:09.:49:14.

Djokovic but he is an entertainer, that's for sure. Mannarino has been

:49:15.:49:17.

fun to watch. The crowd have loved him. Max Whitlock amongst the great

:49:18.:49:25.

and the good in the Royal box today. Two gold medals in the time it takes

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some tennis players to get a time violation.

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The first very obvious sign of frustration from Novak. He was

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looking, again, as you can see from that, at the condition of the court,

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especially on the baseline. That is where he is particularly unhappy

:50:10.:50:10.

about the state of the court. Ambitious. This may be a ridiculous

:50:11.:50:57.

thing to say but on a grass court has a player ever asked for a role

:50:58.:51:00.

to be brought out midway through a game? I don't know but I think it

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would be a first. It would be a classic if he did.

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There is another of those super ambitious shots from Mannarino. But

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Djokovic almost missed it. I think Mannarino thought he had.

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The entertainment level remains high.

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Lots of little subplots here. Djokovic's unhappiness with the

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state of the court, some really extravagant attempted drop shots by

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the Frenchman, some of which are more successful than others, and

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Djokovic 2-0 and 1-1 in the third. Oh! What was that? What was that

:53:14.:53:30.

exactly? Talk me through that shot. It looked like he would kick the

:53:31.:53:35.

ball. He thought it would be out and then he realised it was not and he

:53:36.:53:37.

very nearly had to go to A It is the wonder of the scoring

:53:38.:53:54.

system in tennis that in 20 seconds, 0-30 on the Mannarino serve, and

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suddenly this could be the game right

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SUE BARKER: We are leaving this match on BBC Two but don't worry it

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continues on BBC One, so if you want to continue watching this match you

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can, it's over on BBC One. They are enjoying the tennis under the roof,

:54:43.:54:46.

I think it will be one of those days where the play will be on and off,

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they've had the covers on and off for the last couple of hours or so

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but the good news is it is dry at the moment and we could have a

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fairly dry spell for the next hour or two, we certainly hope so. Play

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is about to get under way on the outside courts. Everyone is still

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enjoying their Wimbledon experience, they are on the hill watching the

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drama unfold on Centre Court but I'm pleased to say those with a ticket

:55:10.:55:25.

on number one Court have got some tennis at last. It was supposed to

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start at 1pm but they only walked on a short time ago and this is Garbine

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Muguruza, a former finalist here, up against Svetlana Kuznetsova, a

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two-time Grand Slam champion who has only dropped 21 games en route to

:55:35.:55:37.

the last eight. It is 1-1, it is dry, that's the good news, let's

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join our commentators for this one. Annabel Croft is alongside Gigi

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Salmon. The longest rally of the match in

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game three, a bruising encounter between the two. That was just

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wonderful ball striking from both girls. It was Kuznetsova who had the

:56:26.:56:30.

opportunity to come out a little earlier in the rally. She eventually

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got up there but terrific dipping ball from Muguruza made that volley

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difficult. 17 shots in that last rally.

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Well, look at that, dancing around that ball, getting something on this

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and a lot of wrist action in the forehand swing. Drops the racket

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head, wraps it around the strings and then creates incredible angle.

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Accelerating that racket head. Lovely from Kuznetsova, her first

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break point of this quarterfinal. She is hitting a lot of balls into

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the forehand corner of Muguruza. No player particularly likes going that

:57:52.:57:56.

way. They preferred to move off to the left. But it's causing quite a

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lot of damage. For someone so tall, Muguruza, she

:57:58.:58:21.

is over six feet tall, she gets down to this one really well, bends her

:58:22.:58:24.

knees, beautiful backhand through the court.

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Have another look at this. Again, really well balanced, gets that body

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weight through the court, really transferring it, plants those feet

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and stays very low throughout the swing.

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So, from double break point down, Muguruza, a former finalist here at

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Wimbledon, 2015. It felt like there was a little bit

:59:48.:00:29.

of a breeze, it has got inside Court One, you can hear it on the

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microphones, you can see it on Conchita Martinez's hair.

:00:33.:00:42.

So that means extra footwork. You will probably find that both of them

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might not go for so much. They might both need to pull their

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margins and a little bit. Good hold for Garbine Muguruza. Her coach,

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1994 champion Conchita Martinez, watches on. We are in the early

:01:20.:01:24.

stages. That was another very good game to get under her belt, under

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immense pressure there, and she didn't blink. She just came up with

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some big hitting from the back of the court, both of these players

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very powerful ball strikers, heavily struck ball, they will both go for

:01:38.:01:42.

depth and precision to try to out play and get that first hit in. Both

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have already looked to come forward. And in the absence of Serena

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Williams, and Maria Sharapova not being here, every player knows they

:01:53.:01:56.

have a chance, especially at this stage, down to the last eight, this

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is a golden opportunity for some of these players to take a first Grand

:02:01.:02:06.

Slam title, some a second or third. I don't know how much of a as a

:02:07.:02:12.

player you feel that, but it is a good opening. It is a very good

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opening when you consider four out of the eight have Grand Slam titles,

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and the other player who doesn't, Simona Halep, has been in two Grand

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Slam finals, but so much at stake, so much opportunity, and it is who

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is going to handle that and the pressure and the nerves and the

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anticipation, who will handle that the best.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova number 32 -- 32 years of age, currently sits number

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eight in the world. She has altered her service motion

:03:04.:03:27.

over the years, she had some shoulder problems awhile back.

:03:28.:03:43.

Sometimes she goes for broke on the first serve. I feel as if she is

:03:44.:03:49.

with the wind down this side, that one flattened out of it, she needs

:03:50.:03:54.

to put some more spin on the ball. That last serve only 86 mph,

:03:55.:03:59.

sometimes she pulls back and goes for complete spin, so you have to

:04:00.:04:02.

keep guessing what she is going to go for.

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And from holding to love, Svetlana Kuznetsova has been broken to love.

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Well, Muguruza standing up to the challenge there, both of them

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hitting with the speed and acceleration of the racket head out

:04:49.:04:51.

here, but Muguruza standing up to it and she created the angle with the

:04:52.:04:56.

last forehand, opened up the angles on the court. So she is being a tiny

:04:57.:05:00.

bit braver, but waiting for the right ball to strike out with.

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There you can see the looped take-back, and that is on that

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forehand. Muguruza by contrast is the lower

:05:34.:06:00.

ranked player at number 15, having dropped out of the top ten, once the

:06:01.:06:08.

2000 points she got for the French Open last year dropped off. She

:06:09.:06:12.

could go back into the top ten with a win here.

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And I'm also happy to say, Annabel, it looks a bit brighter out here. I

:06:23.:06:33.

didn't want to say, but it does. The clouds have lifted. Not sure how

:06:34.:06:35.

long for, but for now. Very clean ball striking from

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Muguruza. This is just such a simple combination, get your opponent out

:06:55.:06:58.

wide on the return of serve, a short reply, look at the intensity and

:06:59.:07:01.

movement, great footwork getting that ball in front. No hesitation on

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that forehand. A little bump of the fist from

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Garbine Muguruza, she has held and consolidated her break to take a 4-1

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lead in the first set. It is quite a pacey match, 18 minutes gone,

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already five games played, and a little bit of extra breeze in the

:08:16.:08:18.

air today, so players having to adapt to that and be quite

:08:19.:08:22.

versatile, but they also need to get the intensity of the footwork going

:08:23.:08:26.

so that if balls swell around, you can adapt to it. Everyone was

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talking about the victory over Angelique Kerber in the last round,

:08:30.:08:34.

but it is how they both played, and you said you popped down to the

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court towards the end, and the crowd were giving Muguruza a standing

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ovation for the quality of her tennis that day. They were, she got

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a massive standing ovation, and she was out in the middle of the court

:08:50.:08:53.

for quite some time, soaking it all up. They just appreciated the tennis

:08:54.:08:57.

she played. It was a terrific contest, tight match, but she came

:08:58.:09:03.

through it 6-4 in the final set. She does have a special connection here

:09:04.:09:07.

with Wimbledon. She has been in the finals before, people like the way

:09:08.:09:12.

she plays, and she has incredible poise on the court.

:09:13.:09:32.

She does say she is still surprised at the success she has had on grass.

:09:33.:09:48.

I think she takes the ball incredibly early, particularly off

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return of serve, she tries to stay up on that baseline, particularly on

:09:56.:09:59.

second serves, she will really move forward, and the backhand side is

:10:00.:10:01.

really effective. This is just incredible ball

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striking, and you can see getting her opponent off balance, and then

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stepping it in an flattening it out down the line, great balance once

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again. That is an incredible replay, and gives you an indication of the

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strike. A fairly comfortable hold for

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Svetlana Kuznetsova, the Russian who has had one final this year, her

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40th career final, just to highlight the experience that Kuznetsova does

:11:12.:11:11.

have. Kuznetsova did so well together

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back, that was squashed defensive shot, relatively new in tennis, but

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so effective, particularly on grass, it stayed really low and that was a

:12:16.:12:26.

difficult shot. And we just saw a very pensive looking Kuznetsova

:12:27.:12:34.

coach, the Spaniard Carlos Martinez. Long-term relationship, had a brief

:12:35.:12:37.

spell apart, but decided they were better off together.

:12:38.:12:50.

She is building momentum on the service games, getting a lot of

:12:51.:12:57.

points behind serve. She is keeping Kuznetsova guessing which way she is

:12:58.:13:04.

going to go, and it is a big serve. UMPIRE: The call stands. Miss

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Kuznetsova has two challenges remaining.

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Just looking really strong on server the moment, Garbine Muguruza.

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Applauded by her coach, she is one game away from the first set. We are

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rattling through these games. I don't know whether they have looked

:13:50.:13:52.

ahead to the weather and see that this is only a small window. They

:13:53.:14:11.

have decided not to faff! Muguruza, when she zones, she is lethal on any

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surface. She is, because of that power that she possesses, and you

:14:16.:14:21.

were talking about why does she think that she is good on grass, but

:14:22.:14:25.

the things that are so important on a grass court, you need to serve

:14:26.:14:28.

well and you need to return well, and another Spanish player, she has

:14:29.:14:33.

been out injured for a while, but she is coaching Jelena Ostapenko,

:14:34.:14:38.

Korea -- Guerrigez, she said that it is

:14:39.:14:53.

the person who has the most courage on grass, and get in early. Perhaps

:14:54.:15:00.

they are both doing that. S UMPIRE: Let, first service. The on

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court chats can be very entertaining if you understand the language.

:15:09.:15:15.

Sometimes it can be dipping into a bit of a soap opera as well, quite

:15:16.:15:17.

entertaining. We should say that this is a fifth

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meeting between these two, second this year. Kuznetsova picked up her

:15:34.:15:45.

600th career match went last time. Muguruza does lead the head-to-head,

:15:46.:15:49.

but this is the first time they have met on grass.

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Well played, Kuznetsova. This is good tennis, isn't it? Outfoxing

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Muguruza on that last point, slight change of tactics, going to the

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sliced backhand a few more times, mixing up the rhythm, waiting for

:16:50.:16:50.

the right ball to strike out. Well played, Kuznetsova, second love

:16:51.:17:27.

hold, and a happier Carlos Martinez, coach of Kuznetsova, but it is

:17:28.:17:30.

Muguruza who is now in a position to serve for the first set. An

:17:31.:17:42.

excellent game from Kuznetsova, an hard court you would be able to hear

:17:43.:17:44.

that footwork around the court. Well, she will be disappointed with

:17:45.:18:26.

that. You can see she is getting exasperated with herself. That was

:18:27.:18:31.

an opportunity, a floated second serve sitting there in biting you to

:18:32.:18:33.

be hit, she didn't connect with it. There is another free point of that

:18:34.:20:03.

serve. She finds it difficult to read some of the Serbs, she has

:20:04.:20:05.

mixed it up well today. Once again, that kind of whipping

:20:06.:20:59.

action, the acceleration of the racket face through the court.

:21:00.:21:35.

Fantastic rally, and there is the reaction from Garbine Muguruza. A

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clean set of tennis, a happy coach in Conchita Martinez. The crowd

:21:43.:21:49.

enjoyed that, a set to the good, 6-3. That was a fabulous last point,

:21:50.:21:54.

a Battle of two strong minds in the last rally. Muguruza the one who

:21:55.:22:02.

hung in there, and held her position. It was brave stuff, she

:22:03.:22:06.

was just biding her time, both of them really going hell for leather

:22:07.:22:11.

in that last rally. That was a great final points to finish off this

:22:12.:22:16.

first set. They are so similar in the way they are constructing the

:22:17.:22:19.

points out here. It is about trying to wait for the right ball, but

:22:20.:22:24.

being brave, both of them with great backhands from what we have seen

:22:25.:22:28.

today. Kuznetsova with a little more spin on that left-hand side, but

:22:29.:22:36.

under the roof, let out an enormous roar, that is what that last point

:22:37.:22:43.

meant. As did Conchita Martinez. Yesterday she was getting really,

:22:44.:22:47.

really uptight in the support camp, tying her hair up, then letting it

:22:48.:22:50.

down, then tying it up, then letting it down again, holding her head in

:22:51.:22:55.

her hands. Taking a look at the statistics from the first set. Just

:22:56.:23:00.

one double fault and peace. Fairly high serving from Kuznetsova,

:23:01.:23:08.

winning a higher percentage behind the second serve points, and the

:23:09.:23:14.

break points, she created two of them but wasn't able to convert on

:23:15.:23:19.

any of them. So, Garbine Muguruza is set away from her Wimbledon

:23:20.:23:20.

semifinal. If she could have had one, what

:23:21.:23:41.

would have been the coaching chat to Kuznetsova at the end of that first

:23:42.:23:46.

set? Very good question. She is taking her game to Muguruza, just

:23:47.:23:49.

Muguruza has done it a little bit better. I would say perhaps to bring

:23:50.:23:57.

in some of that variety that we saw that we are starting to have a

:23:58.:24:02.

little more impact. She maybe needs to introduce that a little bit more.

:24:03.:24:23.

A prime example was that last rally. There were about two or three shots

:24:24.:24:32.

when it was a mid-court ball, she could have struck it into the corner

:24:33.:24:35.

and moved forward, there was even one shot where she slightly

:24:36.:24:38.

hesitates, she thinks about it, takes half a step forward, and then

:24:39.:24:42.

I think that was the last forehand winner.

:24:43.:25:05.

There is a little hesitation where you don't feel she wants to move

:25:06.:25:13.

forward. Kuznetsova got to the final here at Wimbledon in 2005, she was

:25:14.:25:19.

moving forward well then. Earlier on in Muguruza's career, she played a

:25:20.:25:24.

lot of doubles with Carla Suarez Navarro, and decided to focus more

:25:25.:25:27.

on the singles, but I think it stopped her from moving forward.

:25:28.:25:56.

We are seeing some lovely rallies from the back of the court. We talk

:25:57.:26:05.

so much about the players and the latter stages of their career, Roger

:26:06.:26:11.

Federer, Venus Williams, but Svetlana Kuznetsova, she is 32 years

:26:12.:26:16.

of age, and people forget she is a two-time Grand Slam champion, I know

:26:17.:26:21.

it was 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open, and she has got herself in the

:26:22.:26:24.

last couple of years back into the top ten. Yes Chris she had her

:26:25.:26:29.

moment out on the tour where she didn't enjoy her tennis and lost a

:26:30.:26:33.

little bit of form and confidence, just didn't really enjoy it any

:26:34.:26:36.

more, then she decided to go and live back in her home country of

:26:37.:26:43.

Russia, and she started to find life away from the courts, and just

:26:44.:26:46.

reinvigorated herself, and then decided that she did miss playing

:26:47.:26:50.

tennis and tried to inject some extra energy into it.

:26:51.:27:07.

That is great ball striking, and it is admirable that she has been ever

:27:08.:27:12.

such a long time, now started to play some of her tennis again.

:27:13.:27:35.

That is outstanding. That was never coming back.

:27:36.:27:43.

That is that third ball of the rally that has become so important in

:27:44.:27:49.

tennis, not willing to be pushed behind the baseline after that first

:27:50.:27:52.

strike on the serve, take the ball on the rise.

:27:53.:28:00.

Are you surprised that Muguruza didn't kick on as well as she could

:28:01.:28:05.

or would have done after winning the French Open title last year? It

:28:06.:28:10.

isn't the first time we have seen that, where players breakthrough,

:28:11.:28:13.

get their first Grand Slam title or gets to world number one, and then

:28:14.:28:16.

suddenly that feeling of hunting down things and then becoming the

:28:17.:28:20.

hunted, it is a different feeling, and players take time to adjust to

:28:21.:28:22.

it. He didn't catch it! We won't have

:28:23.:28:31.

him in the cricket team. Well, this just proves how good she

:28:32.:29:07.

is up at the net, beautiful feel, held her nerve up at the net, great

:29:08.:29:09.

control. Break point opportunity for Svetlana

:29:10.:29:32.

Kuznetsova. Hasn't had one of those since the third game of the first

:29:33.:29:37.

set. She is up to her level, the intensity level has gone up another

:29:38.:29:41.

couple of notches. There is a sense of urgency, good footwork.

:29:42.:29:52.

Looking to really strike out on the return of serve, very aggressive.

:29:53.:30:04.

What a terrific backhand this was. You can see the early preparation,

:30:05.:30:12.

right in for the drive volley and a clever wrong-foot. No hesitation in

:30:13.:30:19.

there. That would have felt good. That was even better.

:30:20.:30:43.

She had to save the break point and does so, closes out the game, both

:30:44.:30:50.

players on the board in the set two but Muguruza leads 1-0. You only

:30:51.:30:55.

have to look at the way that she walks around the court, it is kind

:30:56.:31:00.

of a struct, but it is a sense of purpose, it is a sense of belonging,

:31:01.:31:02.

and a real sort of sense of belief. I think since she has played this

:31:03.:31:33.

event without Sam Sumyk, her official coach, here at the

:31:34.:31:35.

sidelines she just focuses on herself.

:31:36.:31:47.

Too good from Kuznetsova. I think in the past when he has been sitting

:31:48.:31:57.

there, if things aren't going well, you see this massive connection

:31:58.:31:59.

where she is constantly turning around to him and looking sort of

:32:00.:32:04.

exasperated. But there is a feeling she is really taking responsibility

:32:05.:32:07.

for herself out here. She has done well.

:32:08.:32:14.

They do have quite a volatile relationship. Very much so.

:32:15.:32:22.

Sometimes those on court exchanges, he speaks in English, sometimes she

:32:23.:32:28.

goes into Spanish, and he says sort Dominic stopped speaking in Spanish.

:32:29.:32:32.

It is gripping. But maybe not that productive.

:32:33.:32:47.

I think she has made that. Again, it is Kuznetsova this time he doesn't

:32:48.:32:57.

want to go behind the baseline, she is hugging the baseline, bending the

:32:58.:33:02.

knees and absorbing the pace and almost guiding that one down the

:33:03.:33:03.

line. There is the hold for the Russian, a

:33:04.:33:40.

little fist pump from the seventh seed and world number eight. She

:33:41.:33:46.

stays ahead on serve. So, Svetlana Kuznetsova just going

:33:47.:33:59.

through the full process of what she needs to do, how she needs to do it.

:34:00.:34:04.

She is such a great, colourful character, Svetlana Kuznetsova. When

:34:05.:34:08.

you Peter Hirst she will laugh and recently said that while your coach

:34:09.:34:12.

your family, are your support network but she also relies on it 23

:34:13.:34:17.

kilo American bully hound. I'm not really a dog person and I don't know

:34:18.:34:21.

if that means something to you but I imagine at 23 kilos, I have a child

:34:22.:34:26.

who is half that and is pretty heavy. Is that a big dog. Yes, it is

:34:27.:34:32.

a big dog. She says he is like my emotional support, if you are with

:34:33.:34:36.

your team they are a little bit sad if you lose and if you win they are

:34:37.:34:40.

a little bit happy but with the dog it is always the same. It is a

:34:41.:34:45.

welcome relief. She is so nice and so popular and she is a fun

:34:46.:34:48.

character, she has always been good to interview. I think she's been a

:34:49.:34:53.

very popular part of the tour. She is quite straightforward, isn't she?

:34:54.:34:59.

There is not too many frills attached to her, not too many

:35:00.:35:04.

dramas. She works hard and she has had a terrific career. I can't help

:35:05.:35:07.

but think about the tour finals last year when in the middle of the match

:35:08.:35:10.

against Radwanska she got some scissors and cut her ponytail off. I

:35:11.:35:13.

remember that, it's quite funny. You never really get a sense that

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Muguruza worries about what the scoreline was. Obviously she needs

:35:36.:35:38.

to keep the score line tight in the second set and keep up that level

:35:39.:35:42.

but she appears to play every point on its merit and goes for broke and

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doesn't hold back. Muguruza is a very clever player.

:35:45.:36:17.

She is a great ball striker but she is trying to outmanoeuvre Kuznetsova

:36:18.:36:25.

and get the first hit and look to move forward. Not too many unforced

:36:26.:36:29.

errors. She is trying to play with aggression but consistency and that

:36:30.:36:31.

is always a difficult balance. Well, she looked across at her coach

:36:32.:37:52.

them, Kuznetsova, with a little bit of a wry smile on her face because

:37:53.:37:56.

that was an opportunity because she had Muguruza on the defensive at

:37:57.:38:00.

full stretch. She had the ball where she wanted it.

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That is quite a sight to see her in full flow. I am sure the

:38:25.:38:31.

photographers got a great shot of the backhand, she almost had both

:38:32.:38:35.

feet off the ground and launched into it. Muguruza is such an elegant

:38:36.:38:36.

player. More frustration from the Russian.

:38:37.:39:37.

It is high intensity from Muguruza's racket at the moment. She is not

:39:38.:39:40.

holding back and putting enough spin on the ball just to control it. Not

:39:41.:39:44.

too many unforced errors. Really going after her. Crikey, that shot

:39:45.:39:48.

sums it up, doesn't it? With that Muguruza has her first

:39:49.:40:51.

break points of the second set. Conchita is a little tense. She was

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very tense up there. She is playing every point from that support box.

:41:09.:41:40.

Great touch at the end from Kuznetsova. Brave break point down.

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She took charge in the last point, didn't she? You can see she had

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Muguruza on the defence, full stretch, beautiful view again. She

:41:56.:41:58.

seems to have had a lot of success when she has gone up there. She has

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gone up there sparingly that when she does she has so much control and

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feel. To good. To good from Muguruza.

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There is the break machine needed just the one break of serve in the

:42:31.:42:34.

first set. Will it be the same in the set two? She edges ahead with

:42:35.:42:42.

the break. So, we are eight minutes shy of an hour on court. It is a bit

:42:43.:42:46.

head scratching as to what Kuznetsova can do apart from try and

:42:47.:42:52.

come forward a little more. As you said, when she has come forward she

:42:53.:42:55.

looked in control, she has good touch and could feel the weight of

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the shot from Muguruza is just not giving her those opportunities. It

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isn't and that's why I felt when she threw in a couple of sliced balls,

:43:05.:43:08.

and spices for any play on a grass court, we see Roger Federer using it

:43:09.:43:12.

effectively and Andy Murray uses it all the time, it mixes the rhythm of

:43:13.:43:16.

the match and if the ball stays very low you cannot thunder balls through

:43:17.:43:20.

the court the way she's hitting it now because she's in her rhythm and

:43:21.:43:24.

she is comfortable with the pace of the match, you have to start coming

:43:25.:43:28.

up the back of the ball. Sometimes when you use the slice a lot it can

:43:29.:43:33.

create an opportunity for a shorter ball to then attack. She does seem a

:43:34.:43:37.

little hesitant to come forward, Kuznetsova, whereas Muguruza doesn't

:43:38.:43:42.

actually. She is playing with an awful lot of confidence at the

:43:43.:43:46.

moment, the Spanish player. Runner-up here in 2015. Would go

:43:47.:43:51.

back into the world's top ten with a win here. You feel that Kuznetsova

:43:52.:43:56.

has gone a little bit too much into the backhand side because her

:43:57.:43:58.

backhand is phenomenal from Muguruza. If you were going to try

:43:59.:44:04.

and mix it up, I don't know, I feel she has maybe gone into that

:44:05.:44:09.

strength a little bit too much. Early on in the first set she was

:44:10.:44:12.

kind of targeting and pulling her out wide on the forehand side and it

:44:13.:44:14.

was working quite well. What a change up this was, we

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haven't seen too much of this kind of play but going backward when she

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plays it but wonderful feel, enough height over the net look at how the

:46:42.:46:49.

ball dies. Really stunning. That would have felt really good.

:46:50.:47:08.

Gosh, not sure what happened there, she lost her balance on the return

:47:09.:47:17.

of serve. There is the split step and you can see the ball got too far

:47:18.:47:21.

out in front and ended up reaching for it.

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You can see she is just indicating to herself to calm down. A little

:47:54.:47:59.

bit over anxious on the forehand and that's the first sign of a few

:48:00.:48:03.

jitters on the forehand. Turned the racket face over to early in the

:48:04.:48:10.

swing. Giving herself a little hand direction of calm down.

:48:11.:48:42.

That was the right idea. She had done everything right until the

:48:43.:48:56.

final shot. It was the right shot but she just didn't execute it well.

:48:57.:49:01.

She was berating herself at the end of that point. Having to work so

:49:02.:49:03.

hard for the points out here. Frustration on the face of Svetlana

:49:04.:49:43.

Kuznetsova who looks up to her coach, Carlos Martinez, because my

:49:44.:49:50.

Muguruza moves to within two points to being back in the Wimbledon

:49:51.:49:56.

semifinals. Eight points. Eight points doesn't sound a lot if you

:49:57.:50:00.

looked at it like that. How different it feels mentally when you

:50:01.:50:01.

are playing a match. Well played. She has such great

:50:02.:50:16.

touch and feel when she is around the net. This is a beautiful

:50:17.:50:27.

half-volley pick-up. Look at that, great timing, and there is the split

:50:28.:50:29.

step ready for the next one. Oh dear. It is a little too much for

:50:30.:50:53.

him. Having a little rest. The pressure is firmly being applied

:50:54.:51:13.

by the Spanish player. She is playing with more and more freedom

:51:14.:51:18.

and she really has had her foot on the accelerator right from the word

:51:19.:51:20.

go and hasn't really looked back. That is stunning. At the moment it

:51:21.:52:00.

needs to be that quality to win the point. It does. All three of those

:52:01.:52:06.

ground strokes of Muguruza didn't really come out of the centre of the

:52:07.:52:09.

strings. She was slightly missed connecting with it and was off

:52:10.:52:14.

balance when hitting her ground strokes, Kuznetsova really took

:52:15.:52:15.

advantage on the last one. Well, I think she feels she's got to

:52:16.:52:34.

do something different, and taking the bull by the horns there, nicely

:52:35.:52:40.

controlled volley. Those are not easy around that mid-court area.

:52:41.:52:47.

Very, very important hold for the Russian player who is in her fourth

:52:48.:52:55.

Wimbledon quarterfinal, but her first since 2007. It is still

:52:56.:52:58.

Muguruza with the break in the second. You feel as if she had to

:52:59.:53:06.

change something up because Muguruza was just so in her rhythm, so in her

:53:07.:53:13.

comfort zone, and those last couple of points in that last game maybe

:53:14.:53:17.

put an element of doubt in Muguruza's head. Maybe she will

:53:18.:53:21.

change things up, she might come forward a bit more and it adds a bit

:53:22.:53:26.

of pressure on the next service game. Weather-wise, what do we think

:53:27.:53:29.

of those clouds? It doesn't look that good. You could try and be a

:53:30.:53:35.

bit more positive. It is looking a bit bleak. They are rattling through

:53:36.:53:39.

this one, just over an hour on the clock. It's amazing, take somebody

:53:40.:53:43.

like Serena Williams, a legend of the game, and how things open up and

:53:44.:53:47.

the opportunities here for these players through to the quarterfinals

:53:48.:53:52.

to be the trophy on Saturday. That is the thing, as you mentioned

:53:53.:53:56.

earlier, all of them know there is a massive opportunity in this draw.

:53:57.:54:00.

Serena Williams is not here this year. She is expecting her first

:54:01.:54:04.

child and all of the players in the field left field they can probably

:54:05.:54:10.

beat anybody who is in the draw. So, you know, there are going to be a

:54:11.:54:14.

few extra nerves but from what we've seen of the evidence of Muguruza,

:54:15.:54:18.

she seems incredibly composed and really contained ten is out here. --

:54:19.:54:26.

contained tennis out here. You could see her working her way

:54:27.:54:49.

forward, trying to get that Sean Paul. Once again she had done all

:54:50.:54:54.

the hard work, it was just finished that short ball. Muguruza used the

:54:55.:54:59.

left hand to get the ball dipping. I think Kuznetsova fell she had done

:55:00.:55:04.

enough to make that, she was surprised to look up and see she

:55:05.:55:06.

hadn't got the ball over the net. More good defence from Muguruza. She

:55:07.:55:39.

has moved really, really well. I think it's a massive improvement in

:55:40.:55:42.

her game. She has had her injury problems over the last couple of

:55:43.:55:45.

years and it has prevented her from being as fit as she would like but

:55:46.:55:51.

this year she looks really different. She's moving as well as

:55:52.:55:52.

I've ever seen her move. She just got a little bit tight on

:55:53.:56:24.

it, and sometimes those balls that look relatively simple suddenly feel

:56:25.:56:31.

pretty horrible. The ball just slightly moved to one side as she

:56:32.:56:35.

went to hit it but even so she will be very disappointed she didn't mail

:56:36.:56:43.

that. Maybe she changed her mind. -- didn't nail that. She didn't change

:56:44.:56:53.

her mind on that one. She didn't. She knew what she wanted to do

:56:54.:56:57.

coming in on the shorter return. Brings up two gain points to put her

:56:58.:57:02.

one game away to the Wimbledon semifinals.

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There is the point, there is the game and there is the fist pump. The

:57:11.:57:19.

2015 finalist here. Kuznetsova now is in a position to serve to stay in

:57:20.:57:21.

the Championships. That would have felt good for

:57:22.:57:40.

Muguruza to get that first point, try and play with even more freedom,

:57:41.:57:45.

more aggression. She can really go for broke.

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UMPIRE: Miss Muguruza is challenging the call on the left service line.

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We didn't hear the initial call. I did not hear a call and I don't

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think she did either. The umpire was right, re-corrected it. Marijana

:58:17.:58:27.

Veljovic. They have been some bruising

:58:28.:59:03.

encounters from the back of the court.

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That was a lot of venom went into that last backhand. And the final

:59:11.:59:18.

finish as well. It's almost a case of who can hit harder out here.

:59:19.:00:10.

Good game, great game from Svetlana Kuznetsova. She holds to 15 ounces

:00:11.:00:18.

to Garbine Muguruza, if you want that place in the semifinals it's

:00:19.:00:30.

over to you -- and says. Where are the nerves really at? How much does

:00:31.:00:34.

she believe in herself trying to serve this out? There has been no

:00:35.:00:38.

letup so far. She has played an extremely high level, in so

:00:39.:00:43.

incredibly focused with her eye line. She has not really lifted her

:00:44.:00:46.

head and looked all around, she's just got on with the business. In

:00:47.:00:51.

the last game I think Kuznetsova upped the ante and gave an extra

:00:52.:00:54.

injection of pace throwing everything at the last game and

:00:55.:00:58.

putting Muguruza under a little bit more defence and a bit more

:00:59.:01:04.

pressure. Out hitting her opponent in the last game. Yes, Svetlana

:01:05.:01:08.

Kuznetsova is so experienced, she's been on the tour four years, been

:01:09.:01:13.

there, seen it, done it, owns a couple of Grand Slam titles. But

:01:14.:01:17.

Muguruza is looking for a place back in the Wimbledon semifinals. She was

:01:18.:01:21.

last there in 2015 when she went all the way to the final. She says in

:01:22.:01:25.

her own words, not comfortable on the surface, don't know how to play

:01:26.:01:28.

on this surface, you wouldn't know it from looking at her.

:01:29.:01:49.

That would have felt fantastic and just getting that first point under

:01:50.:01:54.

her belt. Garbine Muguruza moves to within two

:01:55.:02:42.

points of the Wimbledon semifinals. She was going for big targets Meese,

:02:43.:02:47.

Muguruza, still with the pace on the ball but certainly not going into

:02:48.:02:48.

the corners. That's only the second forehand that

:02:49.:03:13.

we've seen which has just rolled into the net, where she hasn't

:03:14.:03:16.

struck through the ball. Well, well, well. Can you believe

:03:17.:03:49.

it? She's played some of those drive volleys, so bravely, way more

:03:50.:03:55.

difficult than this one. You can see the spin and the rotation on the

:03:56.:04:00.

ball. She must have taken her eye off it.

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I'm sure her heart is racing right now.

:04:14.:04:29.

That will slow it down a little bit! Perfect way to bring up a match

:04:30.:04:38.

point. Kuznetsova will challenge, though. It was good, which means

:04:39.:04:42.

it's match point, Muguruza. And there it is! Garbine Muguruza is

:04:43.:04:57.

into her second Wimbledon semifinal, and she's also back in the world's

:04:58.:05:04.

top ten. Delight for the 1994 champion Conchita Martinez.

:05:05.:05:11.

Disappointment for Kuznetsova, but today, it's about Garbine Muguruza.

:05:12.:05:15.

She rarely put a foot wrong, it was a clean performance from the Spanish

:05:16.:05:19.

player, who moves through to the Wimbledon semifinals. Yeah, she

:05:20.:05:24.

really was the better player today. She did everything a little bit

:05:25.:05:26.

better. Such focus and concentration. Yes, a few nerves

:05:27.:05:30.

towards the end, but my goodness, what a serve to come up with in that

:05:31.:05:36.

last game at 30-30. It was fabulous, and she's in contention for this

:05:37.:05:38.

title, that's for sure. She really is. Disappointment for Svetlana

:05:39.:05:44.

Kuznetsova, but Garbine Muguruza has been so good in this tournament.

:05:45.:05:47.

Kuznetsova waits for her opponent, which is nice to see. I'm sure there

:05:48.:06:01.

will be some signing of balls. You do get the sense that the crowds and

:06:02.:06:05.

the fans at Wimbledon have really taken to Garbine Muguruza. She gives

:06:06.:06:11.

the crowd that lovely smile and they really respond to her honourable

:06:12.:06:18.

she's a very elegant player, wonderful to watch on court, and

:06:19.:06:23.

she's dropped just one set, that was to Angelique Kerber in the last

:06:24.:06:28.

round. She had only one break point against her today. The crowd maybe

:06:29.:06:31.

thought they were not going to get any tennis today because of the

:06:32.:06:34.

weather forecast, and they have had a whole match! It didn't last long,

:06:35.:06:42.

either. Garbine Muguruza, through in straight sets. She's through to the

:06:43.:06:47.

semifinals, and we can hear from her now. She's speaking with Rishi

:06:48.:06:53.

Persad. Many congratulations, a straight sets win over Grand Slam

:06:54.:06:57.

champion, in just bigger and 15 minutes - how well do you think you

:06:58.:07:02.

played today? I think I played good. I was very clear what I had to do.

:07:03.:07:06.

We've played a lot of tennis together. I'm happy that it worked

:07:07.:07:10.

out. You looked like you were playing with a lot of aggression and

:07:11.:07:13.

freedom, would that be fair? I think so. I'm trying not to think a lot,

:07:14.:07:21.

go for it, play my game, and the rest is nothing. You were a finalist

:07:22.:07:25.

here two years ago, how different a person are you today? Well, it seems

:07:26.:07:33.

far away from the. It's not that far, but I think I'm a different

:07:34.:07:36.

player, I've learned a lot of things, I know how to play more calm

:07:37.:07:41.

now so I think it's a big change. What does it mean to you to be back

:07:42.:07:46.

in the semifinal here at Wimbledon? It means a lot, my breakthrough was

:07:47.:07:50.

here. To be back, hopefully going through to the finals, makes me so

:07:51.:07:54.

happy. At this stage, does it matter who is on the other side of the net

:07:55.:07:58.

in these late stages of the Grand Slam? Definitely. I think the

:07:59.:08:04.

players who are now here are because they are playing well, so it doesn't

:08:05.:08:08.

matter, because they're name great. You certainly played great today,

:08:09.:08:13.

congratulations. SUE BARKER: She certainly did. She's

:08:14.:08:17.

got a powerful, all court game which really thrives on a grass court. She

:08:18.:08:21.

loves to come forward and to get into the net. She volleys so well.

:08:22.:08:27.

There was a dip in form after the French Open last year. But really,

:08:28.:08:31.

she looks to be playing her very best tennis right now, and coming

:08:32.:08:36.

food at just the right time as she eases into the last four. Over on

:08:37.:08:43.

Centre Court earlier today, Novak Djokovic, the number two seed, eased

:08:44.:08:49.

through into the quarterfinals. This match was held over from yesterday

:08:50.:08:51.

because of the long Rafael Nadal match. So this was an ex goal on

:08:52.:09:03.

Centre Court today. And Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis are the top seeds

:09:04.:09:07.

in the mixed doubles, and they came through in straight sets today. And

:09:08.:09:18.

they are the overwhelming favourites, so much experience,

:09:19.:09:23.

between Murray and Martina Hingis, winner of 17 Grand Slam doubles

:09:24.:09:34.

titles! And the British team, the wild cards into the men's doubles,

:09:35.:09:37.

they are through to the men's quarterfinals, their first ever

:09:38.:09:42.

Grand Slam quarterfinal. In the last round, they put out the eighth

:09:43.:09:54.

sides. Well done to them. The ladies fought a final acts on Centre Court,

:09:55.:09:59.

Venus Williams is going well against the Jelena Ostapenko. This is the

:10:00.:10:03.

oldest wherein the tournament, up against the youngest, Ostapenko.

:10:04.:10:19.

That is now on BBC One. We are preparing for the next match on

:10:20.:10:23.

Court No. 1. I hope those rain clouds stayaway. Here at the

:10:24.:10:28.

Championships, the BBC have been celebrating 90 years of covering

:10:29.:10:33.

this great Championship. We're going back 40 years now, and we have

:10:34.:10:37.

picked out some of the stories from 1977. I think we'll see Virginia!

:10:38.:11:18.

Sharma done it! A British victory at last, for the first time since Ann

:11:19.:11:24.

Jones. Can't get over how Brown the Centre

:11:25.:11:50.

Court was when Bjorn Borg was on it. Virginia Wade, was it really 40

:11:51.:11:57.

years ago? Jo Konta, everywhere she has been over the last couple of

:11:58.:11:59.

years, she has been breaking British records. It was Jo Durie, and if she

:12:00.:12:06.

gets through today, we will start talking about 40 years and Virginia

:12:07.:12:10.

as well! Play continues under the roof on Centre Court. Out on Court

:12:11.:12:17.

No. 1, we have Magdalena Rybarikova up against Coco Vandeweghe, coached

:12:18.:12:20.

by Pat Cash, and she certainly has a big game, suited to the grass

:12:21.:12:23.

courts. She's been talking to John Inverdale.

:12:24.:12:33.

All credit to the American - she has a game to take her further.

:12:34.:12:43.

Semifinals in Australia, quarterfinalist here, do you feel

:12:44.:12:47.

you are in the groove? I think this year has been my best year in tennis

:12:48.:12:51.

so far, as far as results don't. Making the semifinals in Australia

:12:52.:12:55.

was a huge stepping stone and validation for me that I could go

:12:56.:12:59.

through, go one step further and achieve my dream is. Are you one of

:13:00.:13:04.

those players who looks at the draw and thinks, maybe things are opening

:13:05.:13:07.

up for me? No, I don't really look at the draw too much. I just look at

:13:08.:13:15.

who is in front of me. I played Rybarikova in the French Open and

:13:16.:13:20.

lost, so hopefully it is a different result this time around. The British

:13:21.:13:26.

public probably don't know, why are you called Coco? I'm named after my

:13:27.:13:31.

grandmother, who was Miss America. Everyone in my family has a nickname

:13:32.:13:36.

all my siblings, none of us go by our real names. I would not turn

:13:37.:13:41.

around if somebody called Colin at me. Your grandmother was Miss

:13:42.:13:48.

America, how cool is that?! It is really cool, we have a trophy in our

:13:49.:13:52.

house, my grandparents basically raised me, it was like a second mum

:13:53.:13:57.

and another dad. The Wimbledon trophy would look very good next

:13:58.:14:02.

door to it! Yeah, I think that's a great idea!

:14:03.:14:08.

SUE BARKER: Such a bubbly personality, Coco Vandeweghe. And

:14:09.:14:12.

here she comes on to court, with Magdalena Rybarikova, in her first

:14:13.:14:15.

ever ran slam quarterfinal. Huge moment for them. Both players have

:14:16.:14:24.

the chance to get deep into the Wimbledon Championships, a place in

:14:25.:14:29.

the last four. We will expect some big hitting from these two players.

:14:30.:14:35.

That's our next match on Court No. 1. We can hear from Rybarikova now.

:14:36.:14:41.

Injuries, she only started playing again around February, to build up

:14:42.:14:45.

her world ranking. She came to play on the grass courts at Surbiton,

:14:46.:14:50.

semifinalist at Nottingham, she has prepared herself well for the

:14:51.:14:54.

Championships. She has been talking to Lee McKenzie. You have had an

:14:55.:14:59.

incredible Wimbledon, how are you feeling? I am speechless, I have to

:15:00.:15:03.

say. It was my dream always to play well at Wimbledon. Before, eight

:15:04.:15:09.

years in a row I was in the first round, so I was a bit disappointed,

:15:10.:15:12.

and it was getting into my head, this tournament is not really for

:15:13.:15:16.

me, but now, I'm a quarterfinalist. What do you think the difference is

:15:17.:15:21.

with how you are playing now, maybe mental strength as well? I always

:15:22.:15:25.

love it on grass, it's my favourite surface. When I was 20, I won my

:15:26.:15:33.

first title in Birmingham. I had a few other titles on grass. I enjoy

:15:34.:15:37.

it and I think it is good for my game. I was always hoping that I

:15:38.:15:41.

would lay well at Wimbledon, and finally I made it, it's amazing.

:15:42.:15:45.

Maybe it's because I hadn't played for seven months, and after last

:15:46.:15:50.

year's Wimbledon, I had two surgeries, so maybe that's why I am

:15:51.:15:56.

more relaxed in my head. You have beaten Coco Vandeweghe before, you

:15:57.:15:59.

have beaten her already this year, but she's going to be tough? I think

:16:00.:16:04.

she might even take the title this year as a mesh is the favourite. She

:16:05.:16:09.

plays really amazing on grass. I hope I'm going to find some way, but

:16:10.:16:17.

if not... Such honesty, saying you think your opponent can win the

:16:18.:16:22.

title! She should be a bit more confident than that, she has a

:16:23.:16:30.

lovely game, lovely sliced back hand, it takes you back a few years.

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Let's get the thoughts of our commentators, Tracy Austin and Sam

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Smith. SAM SMITH: So many injuries, Tracy,

:16:39.:16:43.

and we always need a nice story at Wimbledon, someone that's had an

:16:44.:16:46.

enormous amount of injuries, particularly over the course of last

:16:47.:16:50.

year, two operations since she played here last year.

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TRACY AUSTIN: Really a fairy tale for her. She had surgery on her left

:16:56.:17:00.

wrist and on her white knee. Well, if you're going to have surgery, you

:17:01.:17:04.

might as well get it all out of the way! But someone who is in really

:17:05.:17:09.

good condition is Coco Vandeweghe, still only 25 years of age, from

:17:10.:17:14.

Santa Fe. It sounds lovely. I've got a feeling the fact that Bill Gates

:17:15.:17:18.

and Phil Mickelson live there, it probably is lovely! But she's a long

:17:19.:17:22.

way from that California sunshine right now. She made the

:17:23.:17:25.

quarterfinals here a couple of years ago. Fourth round in 2016, and said

:17:26.:17:35.

that she flew back to California and was devastated at her loss to

:17:36.:17:40.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Tracy, you are a California girl yourself, this

:17:41.:17:43.

is the one I think she really wants, Wimbledon? Absolutely. This is the

:17:44.:17:48.

one she has set her sights on, because she knows her game matches

:17:49.:17:53.

up so well for this surface. She's not lost a set along the way. She

:17:54.:18:00.

beat fellow American Allison risk, also fantastic on the grass courts.

:18:01.:18:06.

And Caroline Wozniacki yesterday, that was a real contrast in styles.

:18:07.:18:16.

That was a real test against fifth seed, who's been playing so well.

:18:17.:18:19.

And that was a big eye-opener for many of us watching the women's

:18:20.:18:23.

four. We always knew the women's game was going to throw up anything

:18:24.:18:28.

at this year's Championships but we did not exactly 28-year-old from

:18:29.:18:32.

Bratislava to be one of them. I actually thought she had come in on

:18:33.:18:35.

a protected ranking, because she had not played for seven months. But she

:18:36.:18:42.

did so well on her restart, 453 back in February, to 87, an extraordinary

:18:43.:18:58.

rise. Ilkley, do you know where that is? I don't, about four hours away?

:18:59.:19:04.

Not bad, which direction, do you think, Tracy? North? Yes! It's up in

:19:05.:19:13.

Yorkshire. Where they produce rate cricketers, but that's another topic

:19:14.:19:18.

entirely. Her big one was taking out the Eastbourne champion Karolina

:19:19.:19:24.

Pliskova. That was an astonishing comeback and it really opened up her

:19:25.:19:31.

Wimbledon. Never beyond the third round. But this is something to

:19:32.:19:37.

raise a few eyebrows. Vandeweghe goes in as the favourite but she has

:19:38.:19:41.

a rather poor head-to-head and a grass court loss as well. That was

:19:42.:19:51.

quite a long time ago, though. The French Open, that is by far Coco's

:19:52.:19:58.

worst surface on the clay. The power of Coco defused on that surface and

:19:59.:20:03.

enhanced on the grass. And power is a word definitely used to describe

:20:04.:20:07.

Vandeweghe. I actually think this is a nice

:20:08.:20:22.

contrast in styles as well. Rybarikova, she handled the power of

:20:23.:20:24.

Pliskova extremely well in that 3-set win. Pat Cash, the 1987

:20:25.:20:31.

champion here at Wimbledon. He has done a fabulous job. I think they

:20:32.:20:36.

are very well matched. We will talk about that later. You see him

:20:37.:20:41.

chatting to an elderly gentleman, that's Ian Barkley, who was his

:20:42.:20:46.

coach about 30 ears ago, and they a big celebration. The team there of

:20:47.:20:58.

Rybarikova, I'm sure they did not expect to be here in week two. This

:20:59.:21:03.

match does not exactly spring out from the order of play, but it might

:21:04.:21:07.

be one of those which surprises us all, if they both play well.

:21:08.:21:13.

Absolutely. It's about handling the expect handling the moment and the

:21:14.:21:24.

opportunity. Rybarikova, never been to a quarterfinal, obviously, but

:21:25.:21:28.

she has backed up her big win over Pliskova nicely.

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UMPIRE: First set, Miss Vandeweghe to serve.

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The big question, how she will manage the Vandeweghe service power.

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She has only been broken four times so far in the tournament.

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Tracy, what do you feel the game will be for Coco? Now she's working

:23:08.:23:15.

with Pat Cash, she has actually got a game plan! So what do you think it

:23:16.:23:21.

will be, against a very tricky opponent? I think for Coco, it's to

:23:22.:23:24.

give herself some margin, because she hits with enough power.

:23:25.:23:33.

Nice recovery from 0-30 down in this opening game for Vandeweghe. I spoke

:23:34.:23:42.

to Pat Cash yesterday, and he said that he really had to convince her

:23:43.:23:45.

that you don't need to hit 20 winners from the back court in a

:23:46.:23:50.

match. They don't have to be outright winners, you can hit with

:23:51.:23:53.

power, you can hit with margin, and you can force the stakes.

:23:54.:24:14.

Yeah, they started working together, her previous coach, Craig Carden,

:24:15.:24:21.

was with her for about 18 months, and she actually worked with Martina

:24:22.:24:25.

Navratilova, but he actually walked out after she lost in the first

:24:26.:24:29.

round against Rybarikova, which is very unusual.

:24:30.:24:40.

Will see both players with the odd serve-volley next in.

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Coco looking a little nervous in this game.

:25:49.:26:57.

Well, that's interesting. Rybarikova at the other end has not headed off

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for her chair that quickly. A couple of doubles in the game for

:27:07.:27:11.

Vandeweghe, and that is not an ideal start to her second Wimbledon

:27:12.:27:12.

quarterfinal. Tracy, I think you are from a couple

:27:13.:27:30.

of hours drive away? About an hour and 45 minutes. Use or Coco when she

:27:31.:27:36.

was growing up - what did you make of her all those years ago?

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Obviously, has always had tremendous power, comes from a very athletic

:27:41.:27:45.

family. She's strong. Really didn't start taking tennis seriously until

:27:46.:27:50.

she was a teenager, was playing other sports, basketball... She won

:27:51.:27:54.

the junior US Open, and was kind of raw, rough around the edges.

:27:55.:28:09.

She had the big weapons, like I said, but didn't always choose the

:28:10.:28:17.

right shot. Particularly shot selection, but is becoming a smarter

:28:18.:28:19.

player. She managed to lose in the first

:28:20.:28:47.

round in her first eight Wimbledons! I'm not sure how she did that, with

:28:48.:28:53.

her skills! Considering she won her very first tournament on grass, and

:28:54.:28:57.

that was at Birmingham eight years ago.

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Wow! Nicely done from Rybarikova. That takes a lot of skill and feel.

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A ball that's coming at you this hard, to take all the pace out of

:29:19.:29:22.

it. That ball is probably travelling at around 70mph.

:29:23.:29:51.

Coco Vandeweghe looking very uptight out here. This means so much to her,

:29:52.:30:01.

this tournament. Also because she realises this is a big opportunity.

:30:02.:30:11.

Semifinalist this year at the Australian Open, lost in three sets

:30:12.:30:17.

to Venus Williams. Coming off the court feeling, very much that was

:30:18.:30:18.

one that got away. Beautifully done. Great balance

:30:19.:30:33.

there. Always had a big forehand. The

:30:34.:30:54.

backhand has improved over the last couple of years.

:30:55.:31:02.

Sam, talking about the opportunity that Coco sees in this match,

:31:03.:31:14.

playing against unseeded player, the only unseeded player left in the

:31:15.:31:17.

quarters, ranked 87 in the world. Right now, it's getting in the way.

:31:18.:31:27.

Let's see if she can settle herself down. Yeah.

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This is something that Pat Cash has really tried to impress upon

:31:48.:32:03.

Vandeweghe that she has the kills on the forecourt and on grass, so handy

:32:04.:32:05.

to move forward. That was a rather dusty forehand

:32:06.:32:17.

from Vandeweghe. ??LINE BREAK UMPIRE: Enter -- Pat

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looking very even keeled. He's trying to make sure that Coco

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improves her attitude on court. Not get distracted. Stay positive.

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Vandeweghe we've got quite a quarter-final. It's Rybarikova wo

:34:16.:34:19.

had leads 2-1 with the early break. Talk to me about pressure in tennis

:34:20.:34:32.

matches and what sort of pressure is on Rybarikova? Well, I think her

:34:33.:34:38.

pressure would be possibly thinking - this might be a rare opportunity,

:34:39.:34:46.

ranked 87. I can't imagine that she'd be thinking at the beginning

:34:47.:34:50.

of the tournament that she'd make the quarter-finals, but she's played

:34:51.:35:01.

just splendid tennis. Oh. Oh. Well, she's almost the bionic woman, isn't

:35:02.:35:06.

she, with that wrist surgery she had last year. But she was very pleased.

:35:07.:35:13.

Her surgeon said my wrist will take four months, it took four months.

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The knee, apparently he said it would take one month to recover, it

:35:18.:35:21.

took four months. That was a longstanding knee injury. The wrist

:35:22.:35:25.

she hurt in a tournament before Wimbledon last year? She played with

:35:26.:35:35.

it for a while with a lot of pain. She says she's pain-free.

:35:36.:36:16.

She does a terrific job of taking all of the pace out of the power.

:36:17.:36:25.

The Vandeweghe with the powerful. Rybarikova, with that gentle slice

:36:26.:36:26.

stays so low. It's not often you get in a

:36:27.:36:44.

Wimbledon quarter-final two players for whom grass is their favourite

:36:45.:36:45.

surface. It's not often you have two players

:36:46.:37:27.

on the women's tour moving forward. Magdalena Rybarikova 114 times up at

:37:28.:37:28.

the net. I feel like we're talking about a

:37:29.:37:38.

different tennis planet. Yeah. Different solar system to the world

:37:39.:37:43.

of the ground strokes. The last time I can remember two young ladies

:37:44.:37:50.

approaching so much was was Henin and Marezo.

:37:51.:38:12.

This will test Vandeweghe's composure here. She was not pleased

:38:13.:38:18.

with missing that second serve. This is where Pat Cash comes in. He says

:38:19.:38:25.

you have to have the mentality of a champion, play point by point. Gave

:38:26.:38:38.

examples of Rafael Nadal and way back when, Jimmy Connors.

:38:39.:38:57.

Wow. That is beautiful tennis from Magdalena Rybarikova. You saw the

:38:58.:39:11.

short slice, the deep slice, topspin. Giving Vandeweghe lots of

:39:12.:39:13.

looks. She doesn't seem too stressed. She's

:39:14.:40:13.

enjoying herself out here. Meanwhile, down at the other end, in

:40:14.:40:21.

stress city... Oh, dear. Dear. I always feel there's a lot of

:40:22.:40:27.

pressure on Coco even if it's subconscious because her grandfather

:40:28.:40:41.

Ernie, was an MBA - Legend. Played for the Nicks. Her mum is a two-time

:40:42.:40:48.

Olympian. Her grandmother was Miss America! It's not exactly an

:40:49.:40:59.

underachieving family, is it? She's named after her grandmother,

:41:00.:41:04.

Colleen, shortened to Coco. Very close she is to her grandparents.

:41:05.:41:15.

I used to see Ernie, her grandfather, at many of the

:41:16.:41:21.

tournaments, couldn't hurt to have him around so often. He was very

:41:22.:41:23.

competitive. What a mentor. Yes. Beautifully done. Just getting going

:41:24.:42:03.

over here on Court 1. Vandeweghe down a break. Getting on top of

:42:04.:42:07.

things in this opening set. I wonder what it's like to be from such a

:42:08.:42:12.

successful family? You also can't mention Coco, can you, without all

:42:13.:42:19.

the achievements of her family. Her mum, I mean, you must have seen her

:42:20.:42:23.

around the tennis circuits. A big character, isn't she? She is. Yeah,

:42:24.:42:30.

I mean, she's definitely an important figure in Coco's life. Her

:42:31.:42:34.

parents divorced very early. It was her mother who was really the

:42:35.:42:41.

driving force behind Coco's tennis. So supportive. Her mother was a

:42:42.:42:52.

winner in the American team in 76 in Montreal. She was at her best during

:42:53.:42:59.

the 1980, during the boycott. Can you imagine having your sporting

:43:00.:43:02.

dream taking away from you. The swimmers and the runners get one

:43:03.:43:04.

short every four years. You spoke about the mental part that

:43:05.:43:41.

Pat has set her. He set her tricky aI signments. One was to focus on

:43:42.:43:46.

the fist point of every game. He will be fuming at that return. --

:43:47.:43:51.

first. Rybarikova came out with a clear

:43:52.:44:09.

game plan, slipped there where there is not much grass left in the middle

:44:10.:44:11.

of the baseline. There is not a lot of zen reflection

:44:12.:44:43.

from Coco at the back of the court. It's not Maria Sharapova back there.

:44:44.:44:59.

Nicely done there. Rybarikova is not giving Vandeweghe a lot of rhythm.

:45:00.:45:06.

That's very purposeful. Doesn't want to try and just blast ground strokes

:45:07.:45:19.

with Vandeweghe. That's actually what eventually in the previous

:45:20.:45:29.

match. Her opponent then was the favourite for this event.

:45:30.:45:40.

That last point was an example - hit hard with Coco a couple and then

:45:41.:45:55.

threw in the slice, stayed down low and the short angle. Using the link

:45:56.:46:00.

and the court as well. APPLAUSE

:46:01.:46:25.

Better. She got the first point. Tennis is a problem solving game.

:46:26.:46:29.

How does she counter act this slow balling tactic? She's got to have

:46:30.:46:35.

really good foot work and get down low for those slices and give

:46:36.:46:38.

herself more margin, build the point.

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Much better. APPLAUSE

:47:03.:47:10.

It's really about hanging in the point long enough, with good depth

:47:11.:47:18.

until you can get a shot, middle of the court, with the forehand.

:47:19.:47:51.

There is something sometimes rather lackadaisical about Rybarikova.

:47:52.:48:12.

She's driven a lot of coaches to distraction. A really good service

:48:13.:48:16.

game from Vandeweghe. Vandeweghe's the fourth ranked

:48:17.:48:39.

American behind Serena, Venus and Madison. There were 15 of them in

:48:40.:48:44.

the single draw. They are like buses, one coming after another.

:48:45.:48:51.

Where have they all sprung from? I think there's a much better job of

:48:52.:48:55.

taking care of the top juniors, starting at a young age and really

:48:56.:49:00.

managing that transition into the pros, making sure they have good

:49:01.:49:10.

coaching, good physios and good trainers and keeping track of them.

:49:11.:49:18.

For example, Christine is without a coach, the Fed Cup captain was

:49:19.:49:25.

watching the matches. There is a like a safety net, isn't it, it

:49:26.:49:29.

seems. A lot of duty of care? Absolutely. They call it Team USA,

:49:30.:49:34.

everybody is proud to be a part of it. It just feels much more like

:49:35.:49:39.

everybody is on the same team instead of individuals. Team

:49:40.:49:46.

Cash-Vandeweghe in a little trouble here. Here.

:49:47.:50:01.

That's what Cash doesn't want to see. You have got to accept, you

:50:02.:50:21.

will get bad bounces, bad calls, but don't show your opponent the

:50:22.:50:22.

negativity. UMPIRE: The ball was called out.

:50:23.:51:33.

Miss Vandeweghe has one challenge remaining.

:51:34.:51:45.

Game Miss Rybarikova. Solid game from Rybarikova. What a way to

:51:46.:51:56.

answer the Vandeweghe service game. She has to sense that Vandeweghe is

:51:57.:52:00.

uptight on the other side of the net.

:52:01.:52:07.

Just the one break. That was in the opening game of the match.

:52:08.:52:13.

Vandeweghe serving now to stay in this first set.

:52:14.:52:40.

Often times Vandeweghe, she gets a little anxious. She goes to the

:52:41.:52:48.

tried and true, which she's done for years, which is - hit harder. She's

:52:49.:52:51.

got to play smarter. You can just see in the back of your

:52:52.:53:00.

picture Pat shouting to his old coach, Ian, there.

:53:01.:53:17.

Nice. Nice. APPLAUSE

:53:18.:53:27.

On Sunday night they had a little celebration, 30 years since Pat

:53:28.:53:33.

climbed up to the Player Box in that black-and-white head band. I heard

:53:34.:53:37.

his whole team from 30 years game. Yeah. Ian, obviously, the long time

:53:38.:53:42.

coach. I was lucky enough to work with him for a couple of months,

:53:43.:53:44.

what a lovely man. APPLAUSE

:53:45.:54:20.

Her feet entrenched. You might have heard an extra roar, but not just

:54:21.:54:32.

for this sublime lob. So very well caught as well. In the deep.

:54:33.:54:51.

Fourth double fault of this set for Vandeweghe. Only served 15 coming in

:54:52.:54:59.

here in four matches. Very unsettled. All the pressure coming

:55:00.:55:04.

into this quarter-final as the favourite, it's not sat very well

:55:05.:55:15.

with the American. Rybarikova makes the initial breakthrough. Rybarikova

:55:16.:55:21.

takes the opening set by 6-3 in just over 30 minutes.

:55:22.:55:29.

Well, she can dare to dream, can't she? It's the Wimbledon hum is

:55:30.:55:34.

around this court. First serve percentage. Second serve

:55:35.:55:50.

as well. 67% for Rybarikova. Of course, never faced a break point.

:55:51.:55:57.

Just such a solid, clean set. Only two unforced errors from Rybarikova.

:55:58.:56:01.

Don't wake her up. That's extraordinary, isn't it. First ever

:56:02.:56:06.

Grand Slam quarter-final. Her first at Wimbledon. Even that last return,

:56:07.:56:12.

just realising that she's off balance there. Just got it back in

:56:13.:56:17.

play with good place am. Not playing out of her comfort zone. You I don't

:56:18.:56:27.

feel that Vandeweghe is playing within herself. Reason when

:56:28.:56:36.

Rybarikova won the toss and elected to receive. They can get rid of the

:56:37.:56:43.

nerves. It sends the nerves to Vandeweghe's racquet, right from the

:56:44.:56:46.

get go. It was Coco that was broken in that first game. 12 months ago

:56:47.:56:56.

she limped out of Wimbledon. She could hardly move or hold the

:56:57.:57:02.

racquet with all the injuries and the upcoming operations she had

:57:03.:57:06.

scheduled. What a difference a year makes. Now can Rybarikova handle the

:57:07.:57:10.

pressure. Up a set here, serving at the start of the second.

:57:11.:58:16.

Giving her some of her own medicine. A couple of beautiful backhand

:58:17.:58:22.

slices. This was the time to press ahead for

:58:23.:58:56.

Rybarikova, with the momentum coming out of that opening set. But

:58:57.:59:00.

Vandeweghe, a chance here to change the course of this match. Three

:59:01.:59:06.

break points. The first under the Rybarikova serve.

:59:07.:59:09.

And that was a very soft break there.

:59:10.:59:14.

APPLAUSE Just maybe things are looking up for

:59:15.:59:20.

the fourth ranked American. Apparently when Pat Cash took her

:59:21.:59:34.

own he couldn't believe she was 25 in the world. Why is she 25, she

:59:35.:59:39.

should be five with what she's got. I think that set Pat quite a task.

:59:40.:59:44.

He has inflicted a lot of 80s hard rock bands on her though. I don't

:59:45.:59:49.

think their taste in music is quite gelling. He understands what it's

:59:50.:59:56.

like to have very high achieving parents. His mother was twos-time

:59:57.:59:59.

Olympic swimmer. That's where Vandeweghe I think

:00:00.:00:34.

could still improve, those improvised shots.

:00:35.:01:12.

Much better footwork from Vandeweghe.

:01:13.:01:46.

Don't forget, you can have three incorrect challenges a set and the

:01:47.:01:55.

next Rwanda if it goes to a tie-break. And that has clipped the

:01:56.:01:57.

line. So far, the lines judges on Court No. 1 have

:01:58.:02:25.

been spot on. That is great foot speed from Rybarikova. And a

:02:26.:02:31.

fantastic racket once she got there. Amazing execution.

:02:32.:03:27.

Vandeweghe's first service percentage dipping down to 46%.

:03:28.:03:43.

Rybarikova looking for the immediate break back.

:03:44.:04:07.

Grass is a tricky surface, but a then with the wind, it really makes

:04:08.:04:27.

it much more difficult. I don't like to say it, but I think

:04:28.:05:16.

there is a storm brewing up down at the Vandeweghe end of the court.

:05:17.:05:41.

Not a bad idea. I don't think she needed to cut it quite so fine.

:05:42.:05:55.

Apart from the opening service game of this set, when she had a little

:05:56.:06:25.

lapse, you wouldn't know she was playing in her first Grand Slam

:06:26.:06:27.

quarterfinal. Tracy, you played in many of the

:06:28.:06:53.

great stadiums around the world. You played legends on this court, what

:06:54.:07:01.

is it like when the wind gets up on stadium courts? Yeah, oftentimes you

:07:02.:07:08.

can look at the top of the stadium, and if there is a flag, it will be

:07:09.:07:13.

moving one-way, and down on the playing surface, it will be moving

:07:14.:07:17.

in the opposite direction. You really have to pay attention to it.

:07:18.:07:21.

It's just such a different day-to-day, compared to the rest of

:07:22.:07:25.

the Championships. It's much, much cooler. Irwin is quite a factor in

:07:26.:07:41.

this match. -- the wind. For Vandeweghe, it's very evident that

:07:42.:07:44.

there is a lot of bubbling right underneath the surface. And multiple

:07:45.:07:53.

times, it has come out, already in this match.

:07:54.:08:33.

SAM SMITH: It will be fascinating to see if Rybarikova can keep up this

:08:34.:09:42.

level. Ranked 87 in the world, has been as high as 31.

:09:43.:10:20.

Awful lot of fidgeting in the stands, a few rain jackets, everyone

:10:21.:10:35.

has come prepared. I made sure I backed everything today! The

:10:36.:10:40.

players, are they going to be hold for a moment? One thing you need in

:10:41.:10:48.

those racket bags - industrial strength hairspray, because it's

:10:49.:10:52.

blowing up like you've never seen out here! Here they come. Ladies and

:10:53.:11:01.

gentlemen, play is suspended. TRACY AUSTIN: I love the system here

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where it is a one, then it moves to a three, then four, that means, get

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off the court quickly! Before Kelly Thompson gets... She gets wheeled

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away, sometimes they can end up being heart of the court covering

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process! Not a bad time for Vandeweghe to head off back to the

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locker room, find her game, find her composure. Find her coach! For

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Rybarikova, well, we'll see if she is as relaxed as she has been for

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the last 49 minutes. Looks like a cool customer, but how they spend

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this time - and it can be an infinite amount of time, Tracy,

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can't it? I think Pat Cash will move faster than he did 30 years ago, to

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get to Coco! But the problem, we don't know how long this is going to

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be. We will keep an eye on the covers. If they just cover but don't

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inflate, it means they don't anticipate too long a delay. It is

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going to be a little messy this afternoon, as we go into the

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evening. It must not be raining too hard,

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because half the crowd, they're not moving. Tracy, this is England. What

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English person do you know comes out without there am further? Have you

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ever known me, even in California, you look in my bag, I've got my

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brolly! I've got one as well! You've been coming here for so many years,

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you're Tameka honorary Englishwoman, you're trained! What is the first

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port of call, jump in the shower, see the coach, or...? Obviously, it

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depends on how long it looks like it's going to rain. As we saw,

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Rybarikova had taping on her thigh. If you're going to take a shower,

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you're going to have to start all over again. That's one thing that's

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really important, that the players bring extra clothing, extra outfits,

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times two or three, depending on the weather report in the morning. So

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you've got nice dry clothes, dry socks. Dry Andes, very important! I

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wasn't going to go there. The bags are almost bigger than the players

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these days. Suitcase! Six or seven wickets. How many rackets did you

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take on to court, back in the day, when you were the best in the world?

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It's funny, I was looking at pictures the other day, probably

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three. And now, all the rackets are so fine tuned.

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According to the temperature, they'll tighten the strings.

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Come on, how often did you break a string? Not very often. Was it but?

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Yes. I still use duct now, it's interesting, people like Roger

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Federer use a hybrid. -- gut. That nice mixture is what Roger Federer

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uses, and Serena. Most of the time they're strong at different

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tensions. We are just chattering on here, because they haven't

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inflated... I think now, we're going to take a little pause.

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SUE BARKER: Of course we will be right back there if play resumes.

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They're actually playing on the outside courts, so that's rather

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strange. Anyway, in the meantime, we're going to bring you some tennis

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chairs it does continue on Centre Court, and that's over on BBC One.

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But here, we're going out to Court No. 2 from earlier today, and it's

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the doubles, including the number one seeds.

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First ace of the match. Yeah, both of these are renowned for big

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serves. Four consecutive points to hold

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serve. Ryan Harrison, from a big tennis family. But, the father,

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played collegiate tennis at Oklahoma State university. He went on to

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become a head coach at John Newcombe's tennis Academy in the

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States. He's even married a tennis player as well.

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Effective covering at the net from Kontinen. He's got exceptional

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hands, the Finn, and John Peers is an exceptional athlete as well.

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Fantastic reflexes at the net once again. An awkward height. It is good

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to cross in doubles early, because it puts a bit of tentativeness in

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the mind of the return about what's going to happen. Lovely serve from

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John Peers, he's really flowing with that action already. Good

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combination, these two, best in the world currently.

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It over miscue! Yeah, perhaps a little bit too keen to produce a

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really acute angle. They've been playing together since April, or

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they've been world number one since April of this year. So, a routine

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hold of serve in the opening two aims of this quarterfinal.

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You can see how keen the Finn is to cross and get involved at the net

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already, really impose his world number one status. Michael Venus,

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then, completing the cycle. Sorry, one too early, it's 1-1! It has been

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a long fortnight! Hand of apology offered from this

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man, because the backhand return was a bit of a shanked lob.

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So, break point opportunity created by the number one seeds. Fantastic

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response. Second ace of the match for the number ten seeds. Nice sense

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of calm as well from the Kiwi born American.

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This is the moment the returners love, when they get a second serve

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to look at, in doubles. You thought this was all the net players, but

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look at the brilliance from Michael Venus.

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What a rally, what a point! Alternately, Venus holds serve,

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seeing off two break points. It was a fabulous way to secure the

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game, a really long point, but Venus getting there in the end, after that

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superb backhand volley. Look at this. Ryan Harrison, ever alert at

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the net. Through the space between them,

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where a lot of the doubles balls go. 6ft 3, manages to do something with

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it, aided by the net cord! Watcher point that was. Already, so young in

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this match, both Grand Slam champions this year, these two.

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Quite outstanding. So, Kontinen serving now. We are on serve, fourth

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game, first set. This really does come down to a

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moment of inspiration, a bit of luck. May be the first serve goes

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missing from somebody, and then there's an in.

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The Australian Open was just one of five tournaments with John Peers

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that Kontinen won. Ryan Harrison, you just caught a

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glimpse of him, with his back to us, he's ranked as high as 41 in the

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world in singles these days. First title, in Memphis. He was a top

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junior, the USDA had real high hopes of this young man. He's starting to

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come good now, and I think the confidence from the doubles will

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infuse into his singles in the end. So, all four players have had their

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first service game, all of them have held firm, no breaks of serve to

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this point. Michael Venus, saving two break points in the third game.

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The net cord just taking it above the outstretched racket of Venus.

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What an exchange, my goodness, there were some quick reflexes, too! Every

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time these two get the practice court as well, they will be fully to

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each other, about 3ft between them at the net, just to increase their

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reflexes. Couldn't do anything about that, a net cord as well as a firm

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shot. It really is like watching The Matrix film at the moment! Two break

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points once again. It's secured by the kournment number

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one seeds, Ryan Harrison broken. -- tournament. There's a lovely story,

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Michael Venus, born in New Zealand, the kiwi, he moved across to the

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States and when he was very, very young the family moved to America.

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That fella on the right. He started playing in the States, college

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tennis. He played for New Zealand and played at Lousiana State

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University and bumped into this man on the left, Ryan Harrison. Got on

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well with the family. His dad is the coach. They became close, hung out

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together. He became an older brother to young Ryan. He was the groom at

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his wedding. He taught him how to drive. How nice is that story.

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Suddenly they come out and win the French Open, a really bonding

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experience. It just shows you just how so great to play with a partner

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you know so well. Really good mates. Nice to see them having Tour as

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well. That's how fine the margins are. The

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call was a good one. He's so inventive and creative,

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Kontinen she's solid within that. Sometimes his creativity can get the

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better of him. Too adventurous, like then. Missing the bounce smash, too

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much cut on the ball. John Peers, the server, had a good

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grounding. Coming through Bailey University, college tennis. The 6

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foot 2 Melbourne resident. 12 doubles titles to his name this

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man, the server. 11 runnerup spots over the years. This is his sixth

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Wimbledon. Runner up two years ago with Jamie Murray who was on this

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court just pryer with Martina Hingis. The number one seeds

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consolidate the break leading 4-2. For me already the top seeds have

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that crispness around the net. Everything they volley seems to have

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a little bit more pop on the ball. APPLAUSE

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What an acute angle created at the net Bihar Harring. -- by Harrison.

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Watch Ryan Harrison, looks how quickly he sees it. A tough volley

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toic ma. Comes round the outside of the ball, so he has to get there.

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Wonderful touch again at the net by the American. It's often the way,

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isn't it, go right at the net man and Ryan Harrison hit that firmly.

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John Peers has very quick hands as well. Everybody on the court has,

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but that was struck with venom. APPLAUSE

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??LINE BREAK UMPIRE: new balls, please.

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Winning the 2017 Australian Open, 15th Grand Slam as a team together.

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Contesting their seventh Grand Slam here.

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Inventiveness really has been in evidence throughout the tournament

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to this point. It's really strange actually their success because, you

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know, Henri Kontinen hasn't done that much of the French Open, not

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beyond the second round before, second round Australian Open as

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well. Suddenly, winning Wimbledon Mixed Doubles and the Australian

:35:49.:35:52.

Open together with his partner. She won the World Tour Finals together.

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That a huge event in London of course. That gave them a lot of

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confidence to springboard them into the first slam of the year.

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You mentioned the accomplishment of Venus, but Henri Kontinen winning

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the 2017 was the first Finnish player man or woman to win a Grand

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Slam in singles or doubles, a real pioneer for sport from his country.

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We thought on the back of losing, the KFinn who retired, we wondered

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what the backup would be and then suddenly Henri Kontinen comes here

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on the green stuff, wins the Mixed Doubles with Heather Watson and then

:37:14.:37:16.

the Australian Open as well, with this partner. He's become a real

:37:17.:37:20.

force. Indeed the world number one. Top of the tree. Very strong player.

:37:21.:37:32.

He's a big brawny unit, you can see. Strong core and racquet acceleration

:37:33.:37:36.

and gorge ghouls silky hand skills as well.

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APPLAUSE So the Number Ten seeds now serving

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to stay in the opening set. Harrison to serve.

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These guys haven't managed to engineer any break points so far and

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succumbed on the other hand Ryan Harrison's last service game. What

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that does of course is just create that little seed of doubt in the

:38:20.:38:24.

their minds. It's important for them to hold on here and ask a question

:38:25.:38:36.

of the top seeds. He didn't even flinch there as that boomer came

:38:37.:38:42.

down beside her. He really went for it on that second serve, 131mph.

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Following a first serve at 133. Sharp intake of breath as that ball

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went slamming around the stands. Seems really quite unusual to

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suggest that Ryan Harrison was the man that got broken earlier on in

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the set because he's just sending down some really big deliveries

:40:05.:40:07.

there and going for that second serve that came up at 131mph was

:40:08.:40:14.

brash, but fine, because he had leeway in the game. That is the

:40:15.:40:18.

risks the top double players will play. When you win Roland Garros you

:40:19.:40:24.

have been through the ring wringer at some stage. They will have faced

:40:25.:40:29.

chaos through the draws in their lifetime and used to deal with it,

:40:30.:40:32.

frankly. En route here they conceded a couple of sets along the way. They

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have had two four set matches. Two five set matches, Harrison and

:40:43.:40:45.

Venus. Their opponents some four setters. It's about how you deal

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with problems on the doubles courts. They are going to come. Have you to

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see it as a challenge and find out how you're going to solve it as

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problem as a team. Peers serving for the set.

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UMPIRE: 0-15. What a return by Konta, came directly at him. He

:41:37.:41:45.

controlled the racquet head. Yeah, he's very strong. That was rifled

:41:46.:41:50.

right into his body. That brings up set point for the

:41:51.:41:57.

number one seeds. Well reached by Konta. The number

:41:58.:42:58.

one seeds take the first set after 26 minutes here on Court No. 2.

:42:59.:43:10.

There's a very big disparity here. It will hopefully show up on this

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set summary. There it is. Halfway down, 75% second serve points won

:43:18.:43:22.

for the top seeds. The tenth seeds, by contrast, just 25%. That is huge

:43:23.:43:30.

at this level. 50% more second serves won for the senior seeds, the

:43:31.:43:35.

ones and twos in the world. Quite outstanding. The solitary break

:43:36.:43:38.

converted from three opportunities that they had. So that just a little

:43:39.:43:44.

sign of what's been going on out here. So every time that the

:43:45.:43:55.

underdogs, if you will, the French Open champions hit second serve they

:43:56.:43:59.

are under a lot of pressure from the world's best teams. They have big

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serves. It can haunt them. At the they are so big. If they go flat

:44:04.:44:06.

out, light out, they are suddenly down on a lot of second serves that

:44:07.:44:10.

is when they are vulnerable. In a way it might be smart for them to

:44:11.:44:14.

take a little bit of heat off the first serve, slow it down a little,

:44:15.:44:18.

in the name of getting more in. It's be oious the returners are licking

:44:19.:44:21.

their lips when they are seeing that second serve situation. They might

:44:22.:44:27.

have considered that. Let's see what unfolds in the play ahead. Harrison

:44:28.:44:32.

and Venus conceded the first set in their victory over the tournament

:44:33.:44:37.

number six seeds in the third round. Can they do the same again here?

:44:38.:44:39.

First game, first set. Second set. Venus opening with an unreturnable

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serve. I tell you what, don't both teams play at such speed as well. No

:44:53.:44:56.

messing around, is there? It's almost as if they've seen the

:44:57.:44:57.

weather forecast. He's very sprightly the Melbourne

:44:58.:45:14.

resident, this man here, with the cap on, John Peers, they good

:45:15.:45:19.

athlete, very live, explosive first step.

:45:20.:45:25.

-- very. Paired up in January 2016. Took their first title in Brisbane,

:45:26.:45:33.

the pair at the near end here. This man, between April 2013 and

:45:34.:45:52.

December 2015 he was with Jamie Murray for quite a while, winning

:45:53.:46:02.

titles. They did very well together. UMPIRE: Game Harrison and Venus.

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First game, second set. Konta appears very business like in

:46:06.:46:23.

the way in which they march around the court. No time wasted. Decisive

:46:24.:46:29.

in their pre-serve conversations briefly. Someone is dosing off.

:46:30.:46:54.

Oh, what a delightful volley, my goodness. Backhand win, carving it

:46:55.:47:07.

across court. The second coming off the on court effects mic was so

:47:08.:47:13.

crisp. Look at that, right off the Robbing he, fully aware. -- racquet,

:47:14.:47:23.

fully aware. First double fault of the match for

:47:24.:47:28.

the number one seeds. Whats a big return from Michael

:47:29.:47:58.

Venus there, off the backhand side. Sweet timing. Suddenly now they have

:47:59.:48:05.

a little bit of an opportunity here. 15-30.

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A little temporary sense of let down for there for Ryan Harrison. Had a

:48:32.:48:37.

second serve to look at. Couldn't make the return. Missed opportunity.

:48:38.:48:44.

Can Venus do better at 30-30 all in this game? Standing back

:48:45.:48:49.

respectfully on the big serve of the World Number One player. That is

:48:50.:48:58.

big, 130mph. Fastest of the match so far. For the Number Ten seeds.

:48:59.:49:15.

APPLAUSE .. So from 15-30 down, three

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consecutive points won by Kontinen. Will remain on serve, third game.

:49:32.:50:01.

That's double fault number three for the Number Ten seeds.

:50:02.:50:15.

Oh, that's a brilliant shot down-the-line. Really calling on

:50:16.:50:24.

that forehand. When you consider that Ryan Harrison's backhand was

:50:25.:50:28.

very deep, that was just a moment of brilliance from John Peers.

:50:29.:50:34.

Well, this is the man that got broken in the opening set as well,

:50:35.:50:41.

young Harrison. Youngest player on the court, 25 years old, from

:50:42.:50:49.

Austin, Texas. Got his weight behind that to ensure it.

:50:50.:50:56.

APPLAUSE Really important that he holds on

:50:57.:51:02.

here otherwise psychologically he's going to be wounded. Can ill afford

:51:03.:51:11.

a second break of his serve. Terrifically executed overhead.

:51:12.:51:16.

APPLAUSE This is really well taken by Michael

:51:17.:51:22.

Venus here. He back pedalled a lot to get behind it. As the tallest man

:51:23.:51:28.

on court, he just thrashed it away. APPLAUSE

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Thundering into the back of the court, 127mph.

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I would say that these two, the serving duo now, are just a little

:51:44.:51:50.

bit more serve dependent than the other team. The other team are

:51:51.:51:53.

perhaps a little more balanced, making a few more returns.

:51:54.:52:11.

Is UMPIRE: Game, Harrison and Venus. A

:52:12.:52:25.

good response from Ryan Harrison. He got behind on his own serve, but

:52:26.:52:30.

rattled off four consecutive points to hold serve and, my goodness, did

:52:31.:52:36.

he throw-in some thunder bolts as well. A change of officiating crew

:52:37.:52:45.

taking place here on Court No 2. You can see, look at that, total serve

:52:46.:52:51.

returns in, 13% more for Kontinen and Peers. That is what we suggested

:52:52.:52:54.

at the end of the opening set as we saw the graphic. A lot of those

:52:55.:52:58.

returns are coming in off second serve, too. These two, sat down with

:52:59.:53:02.

racquets in the air, look very, very relaxed. Ryan Harrison, it's really

:53:03.:53:06.

good for him. It seems to bring out his light hearted side when he's

:53:07.:53:10.

playing doubles. Hopefully, like we've seen with so many players,

:53:11.:53:14.

that confidence can just infuse into his singles game now. He is a

:53:15.:53:19.

wonderful ball striker. Alongside his good mate, Michael Venus, they

:53:20.:53:24.

have been long time friends. Dad of Ryan, on the right, still coaches

:53:25.:53:28.

Michael on the left. It's unusual thaw can't coach your own Sonny

:53:29.:53:31.

more. He has had multiple coaches since. You can coach your son's best

:53:32.:53:34.

friend. -- son. Really went for it on that forehand,

:53:35.:54:27.

only found the middle of the net. That will go down as a massive

:54:28.:54:32.

opportunity squandered. Big unforced error there. Prides himself on his

:54:33.:54:36.

forehand, he couldn't get it over the net.

:54:37.:54:49.

Still again, the top seeds unhindered, unblemished on their own

:54:50.:54:53.

serve so far. Oh, that is delightful. My goodness.

:54:54.:55:16.

Such a great touch. They have given themselves a good platform to work

:55:17.:55:21.

from. He can be inventive there, look at that, just killing all the

:55:22.:55:23.

pace. Gorgeous from Peers. That's four double faults for this

:55:24.:55:59.

pairing now. Oh, brilliant return, my goodness,

:56:00.:56:20.

into the vacant space for an out right winner. Almost every game we

:56:21.:56:25.

see a little sparkle of brilliance from Henri Kontinen. Look at that,

:56:26.:56:29.

really attacking that big serve of Venus rein and taking it on.

:56:30.:56:40.

-- Venus and taking it on. From the number one seed it was almost from

:56:41.:56:52.

the sublime and ridiculous. The shot from Kontinen outstanding followed

:56:53.:56:57.

by a shank. Getting ambitious there, a bit gung ho. Look how strong the

:56:58.:57:02.

return was from Kontinen. He was taken wide with the serve. Quality

:57:03.:57:07.

delivery. This man, one big step to the right and, boom, it comes back

:57:08.:57:10.

with more pace than it came down with. Break point being faced by the

:57:11.:57:24.

number ten seeds, once again. Venus saved two breaks points in the third

:57:25.:57:25.

game of the first set. UMPIRE: Deuce.

:57:26.:57:59.

SUE BARKER: We will leave that match. It's 4-3 on serve in the

:58:00.:58:03.

third. They are watching the rain come down now. They are not back out

:58:04.:58:12.

on Court 2. We can update you on the big stories so far. Novak Djokovic

:58:13.:58:18.

held over from yesterday, he won his match against Mannarino to go

:58:19.:58:21.

through in straight-sets to face Berdych in the quarter-final

:58:22.:58:25.

tomorrow. No day's rest for him. He will be there tomorrow. Garbine

:58:26.:58:34.

Muguruza, former French Open champion, came through in

:58:35.:58:37.

straight-sets against Kuznetsova. She is getting better and better

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with each match shech is a runner up coached here. Coached by Martinez.

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Wonderful win on Court No. 1. Venus Williams raced through. 6-3, 7-5.

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She is through the five-time champion. We say goodbye here on BBC

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Two, but there's plenty of tennis to look forward to. We have the roof on

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Centre Court. On BBC One at the moment Britain's number one, Johanna

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Konta, locked-in battle with Simona Halep. Entering a first set

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tie-break. Johanna Konta battling a hard on Centre Court as they watch

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under the umbrellas on Henman Hill. More tennis on BBC One. Johanna

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Konta, join us there in just a moment. For now, from all of us

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here, goodbye. 'From the heights

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of the Scottish Highlands

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Live quarter-final action from Wimbledon presented by Sue Barker. Last year's women's draw saw unseeded Elena Vesnina dispatch Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final.

During the BBC's coverage throughout the tournament, we hear from some of the great past champions who have contributed to the rich history of Wimbledon, and we relive some of the Championships' most famous moments from down the years.