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Beautiful reactions! That was just sumptuous, superb. Beautiful
forehand. Nothing stopping how now, is there?
Its 33 years since a British woman, Jo Durie, played in the
quarterfinals of Wimbledon but today Johanna Konta will walk out onto
Centre Court as one of eight people competing for the Rose plate. We are
on weather watch as 20 minutes ago the rain came on, the covers were
brought on. We got ten minutes of play on the outside court but then
they were rushed off. Everyone is patiently waiting because as of this
moment, the rain has moved away and we are hoping the rain will stay
away and the play will start on outer courts.
Johanna Konta faces a stern test today on Centre Court against the
world not to Simona Halep, but she has proved at Wimbledon that she can
handle the pressure on the world stage. She did it yesterday against
Caroline Garcia. It promises to be a fascinating day of tennis. Venus
Williams, the five times champion, has overcome personal difficulties
to reach the quarterfinals but she's potentially got her toughest test
yet. Against the 20 rolled champion in France, Jelena Ostapenko, who was
just eight few weeks old when Venus baby Venus made her debut.
Garbine Muguruza faces Svetlana Kuznetsova who has been in terrific
form and has not yet dropped a set. Coco Vandeweghe may be the 24th seed
but she has become an outside tip for the time -- title. She says
she's playing with confidence. But so is her opponent today, the
unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova, who was the convincing winner when the
two met at Roland Garros this year. Jo Konta is third on Centre Court
this afternoon. The expectancy is already building around the
All-England Club and the apathy is sure to be electric. A win for --
the atmosphere is sure to be electric. But a win for Simona Halep
will mean she ends the week as women's number one. So much is at
stake today. We have an added bonus for those at onset at court because
Novak Djokovic and Adrian Mannarino did not get on court yesterday to
pay their match so they are walking out right now, we will be going to
that match soon. They will be certainly keen to find
out about the weather number one Court.
So, I mentioned it is all about the weather as far as the other
2/4-finals are concerned, so let's find out how much rain has arrived.
We can expect the covers to be on and off through the rest of the day.
We have a fairly cloudy picture coming, 80% risk of a shower up
towards 5pm. There will be a lot of dry weather in between. At about
6pm, we're expecting some heavy and persistent rain to move across
Wimbledon so we've already had the maximum temperature, it's coming
down and will continue to do so into the evening. A much different feel
to the weather today than we had of late. Even into the evening, we'll
hang on to the heavy and persistent rain. But tomorrow it clears quite
early in the morning, we should see it leave Wimbledon at 7am, high
pressure builds, the sun comes out and it will feel pleasantly warm.
One good thing about the rain is at least the pollen level is moderate.
That is good for some, thank you, Carol. We will keep an eye out for
the rain today. After yesterday's magical manic Monday, we all
breathed a sigh of relief except Novak Djokovic who might feel little
bit of a different emotion because he did not play. The reason for that
was Jo Konta's 3-set battle and then the thrilling, nerve tingling epic
that was Rafa Nadal against Charles Muller. It was -- Gilles Muller.
There was a lot of outstanding tennis and reactions under extreme
pressure. Nadal threw everything at Muller but he served so well and
held firm. At the stat that stands out is that Rafa had 16 break points
and only converted two, including five in the fifth set. But on the on
the other side of the net, Muller produced the victory of his life.
15-13 in the fifth and final set, four hours and 48 minutes, and
experience that will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to
have a ticket on Court Number One yesterday. Charles -- Gilles Muller
into the quarterfinals at the age of 34.
Djokovic probably not happy with the organisers here because it happened
to be back in 2007 when he had a three-day match on Court Number One,
and then had to pull out of the semifinal because of blisters. Is it
happening again for Novak Djokovic to? They are warming up on Centre
Court under the roof, where not even going to worry about the weather
here, we have tennis all the way, so let's join the commentators for this
match. A little later than advertised,
let's go with the unfinished piece of the jigsaw from manic Monday.
Djokovic there, this time last year he held all four major titles. 12
months on, gluten-free and grand free. Fall from grace chakra grand
slam free. A fall from grace it is still an explained. He looked
imperious at Eastbourne, he has only lost 19 games and no set in getting
to this point. So this could be a Phoenix like to return to the top of
the game. What's your instinct, John, about how this much might play
out? I think Novak Djokovic is going to have too much class for
Mannarino. I'm not sure that they offer was the greatest thing but
Djokovic has been around for a long time, he's had to play two big
matches back-to-back because of weather in the Grand Slams, I do
think it will affect him. If he were to have a five set match, which I
don't think will happen, there could be an effect. But if he wins come to
become its no big deal for him. From Mannarino's point of view, this is
the biggest match of his career. I presume he will have been like a
caged tiger survey, pacing up and down, especially as that Nadal match
went on and on, saying, tell me, someone make a decision. The longer
that went on, the amount of nervous energy he must have been expending
must have been considerate. It must have been a lot. The ones who have
been there and done it before, it's another thing. Having said that, he
had two back-to-back five set matches, so the extra day of rest
might have done him good. I think it's 50-50 whether or not it's good
or bad for Mannarino. Here's another of those players, many of them are
getting on, he's 29 now but will know from Gilles Muller that there
is no definitive age where tennis players reach their peak. He's good
to be at his peak today and he's going to challenge the fact that.
Could be in for a long afternoon! Points like that! Mannarino there,
beautiful point. The way he constructed those ground strokes,
good angles, good pace. Not quite firing yet. That was a bit
ambitious from that position on the court, and this hit return but
effective. -- it was a mis-hit return.
There were a lot of long rallies in that opening game. There's
Mannarino, he's one of those players, if you're not a regular
tennis watcher, might have passed you by. Certainly his passage to
this stage might have passed you by. Were it not for the inter-didn't he
had when he barged a ball boy when he was going to the net, and he paid
a ?7,000 fine, after which he didn't seem to show much contrition. He was
justifying himself saying, can Wimbledon operate without players, I
don't think so, they can go without ball boy. Notwithstanding, he's a
feisty character and a maverick. He'll need all those elements of his
character this afternoon. I think you'd like to take those
comments back, on reflection. -- I think he would like to take those
comments back. But his tennis game, anybody who's come back from two
sets to one in two consecutive matches in Wimbledon, you have to
respect him in terms of what he brings to the court.
I saw one set of his match against Gael Monfils and he was hitting the
ball like a dream. This is the kind of start he does not want. Real
pressure on his serve. Great from Djokovic! And you can see
from the way the ball came off Mannarino's racket, the speed it was
going out, and look at the spin, watch how the ball came off the
racket. What a debt that was. The anticipation was so good.
Obviously, not a great start there. Maybe look at the bit tight on a
couple of shots there. Really breathing hard, just a few of those
Centre Court nerves. But Djokovic already moving so well around the
court. A fabulous start for him. He's hitting the ball well now.
Should say, if you're looking at the wide angle of Centre Court, you'll
see lots of empty seats, don't forget, play was not scheduled to
start until 2pm, so a lot of people will have to reschedule their day.
And I'm sure we'll have a full house when Venus Williams, Jelena
Ostapenko, Simona Halep and Jo Konta are in action this afternoon in the
women's quarterfinals. He's clutching his side at the
moment, Mannarino. And a lot of ground strokes are ending up in the
net at the moment. Or over the end. Either way,
Djokovic in complete control. So, Novak, we're just hearing and
seeing, has asked for the doctor. How extraordinary, you'd think he
would be round the other side of the chair seem to Mannarino, he looks
like the one in trouble. Novak has come out and hasn't missed a ball,
hardly, extraordinary. Let's see what he produces from his magic bag.
Maybe just got a headache? They're not treating any part of his body,
so you're probably right, probably something to do with that rather
than a physical side with the body. Otherwise he would have... Mannarino
was the one I was looking at. While you're here, doc, look at my
opponent! He's playing pretty well with a
headache. And Andre Agassi thinks it's funny!
This is one of those situations where, if you are the underdogs, as
Mannarino clearly is, you desperately wants to get your score
on the board. No doubt about that. Nicely done. He's got such compact
ground strokes, in particular on the backhand side, there's almost no axe
swing but he deals with that low ball so well and gets himself prime
position on top of the net. You want to be hitting bodies like this. --
volleys like this. That height. Oh, that's a brilliant point. Both
players. And Marino played well in this rally, but not getting much
change out of Novak at the moment. It's amazing how the game sounds
different beneath this roof. Just the flight resonance and the Echo is
it a different ambulance. -- ambulance.
Well, he's been scurrying all over the place, Novak. How much pressure
is he putting Mannarino? Mannarino can't breathe out here at the
moment. He's hitting good ground strokes and he's getting no reward
for it. Literally no reward. This could be 4-0. Barely 12 minutes.
That is outstanding! What backhand. It's the shortest backswing on the
tour. There's movement there. But he gets the power. Really good rotation
of the hips on that shot. Fabulous extension, drives it.
He must have unbelievably strong forearms and biceps to hit shots
like that with no backswing. Never mind on the scoreboard, the
difference psychologically between 3-1 and 4-0 is not to be
underestimated. So, he's on the scoreboard and he is
just. -- and he is under way, just. He earned that game. That's to put
it mildly. He had to withstand some immense ground strokes. He's still
holding that hit area, so I hope that's not go into causing any
problems. Superb shot, that. You can really
see the racket acceleration of Djokovic, and within that whip to
get the ball up and over the net quickly and accelerate through the
core. Mannarino is having to play so many
balls way, way below the net, because so deep. He is. He gets some
beautiful angles, Mannarino. That was unlucky, that was going to be a
winner, in all probability. He's losing, 4-1 down, it could have been
5-0, but already some very entertaining points going on. The
problem is whenever you see the top seeds play and you look at who they
come up against, and you look for an upset, you say, where are the
weapons, the big shots that can knock one of the top seeds out? And
unfortunately for Mannarino, he doesn't have one big weapon. He's
tidy, he does everything well, he's irritating to play because he
doesn't hit much spin and he gets a lot of balls back, but there's
nothing to really hurt someone like Novak unless he has a bad day and it
doesn't look like he's having a bad day. A really bad day. Mannarino
lives in Malta, for reasons... I know not!
We can maybe have a chat bit later on, if this goes some distance,
about the 30-something season, he's almost there, it amazing. The guys
who have been at the top for a long time, you'd expect them to stay
there, but there's a huge number of players in their late 20s and early
30s who are serious players on the main stage.
That's well struck in the end. Novak looking at that, maybe it clipped
the line. When you have an overhead against Novak Djokovic, memo, hit it
away from him! Otherwise! He stood his ground well, that could have
taken his head off! That is classy, it really is. Using
the backhand to good effect in some of these rallies. We have seen the
short backswing, this one had such good disguise there. UMPIRE: Ladies
and gentlemen, please, switch off the mobile phones during the match.
Thank you. Second ace of the match, 30th of the
tournament to date and he is in the game now.
What hitting, what hitting from both sides of the net. It really is. You
can see why Mannarino is where he is in this drill now. How he's beaten
the players he's beaten, playing like this. The ground strokes
standing toe to toe with Novak in that rally. He will have to do that
for three hours to beat Novak. May be Gilles Muller's win acts as a
spur to him, it can be done. Absolutely.
That body language told you, what was I doing?
Missed it. What a shriek from Djokovic. How far did Mannarino have
to run to stay in that rally? If Novak Djokovic has a headache this
shriek at the end of it probably wouldn't have done it any good. But
what a point. That is the first really bad error
he has made. Came out of that forehand. High-quality game, though.
It is excellent tennis. Another two or three hours of this, please. Not
bad. For a Tuesday lunchtime. I love seeing this from Djokovic. It
is a really good sign. He is genial, lovely, code Lee Novak
at Eastbourne and now he is venomous, I'm in the mood for it
Djokovic here. That was a curious backhand Djokovic
hit. It was a sort of slice, a floating slice and when he first hit
it I thought it would go along and it sort of died at the end.
Mannarino thought that. Yes, and the change of pace affected Mannarino.
Food for thought for Agassi. But his man is in the lead and Adrian
Mannarino will have to serve to stay in the first set. If you are
coaching you wouldn't teach somebody to hit the ball as Mannarino does
was done with such short backlift but it does mean you are in pole
position at some points. Looking at this replay, at what point, maybe
the answer is never, would Novak have thought that would be a drop
shot because it is indistinguishable from a backhand drive? It is too
late for him there. Some anything is going to a drop shot for the player
who decides to go for it. He has to know where his opponent is standing,
he has to be aware of where he is standing. If he is too far back you
don't go for it. If your opponent is too far in you don't go for it. And
then it's the disguise, you've got to put all of those components into
it and there Mannarino was perfect. He was in the right position, his
opponent in the wrong position, or the right position for him to make
the drop shot, and the disguise was perfect. The drop shot is a shot
that has come back into vogue in the last four or five years. For a while
it wasn't used so much but now with these big hitters on the baseline
you have to have the drop shot, you must take them out of their rhythm.
It is used a lot more than it has been for years and I love it because
it has been such a fitness shot. -- finis. New balls, serving to stay in
the opening set. That one literally you would have to
have your wedge, bring your wedge out of the golf bag because this is
the only way you could get that back. No chance. Brilliant.
I know it is a kind of easy and lazy analogy to make almost, but these
are the most brilliant squash shots, down the line, into the wall,
fantastic. I'm not sure he needed to do that
but anyway. He didn't, it was fun anyway. That was a Centre Court
shot. He may not have too many matches on the Centre Court but he
needs to entertain. No need to do that but I'm glad he did. It was
fun. He won't be glad he did if he loses this game. That's true.
You're kidding. He listened to you, you told him not to hit it back to
Novak on the overhead. Also, he looked up almost to say there is no
son there, so he couldn't use that as an excuse. That was just a
horrible miss. -- there is no sun. He is shaking his hips. Horrible
overhead shots one after the other. And then a loose forehand. He was
hitting those so well three or four minutes ago. It's amazing how things
suddenly, it is like a flick of a switch. It wouldn't surprise me if
he calls for the trainer if he were to lose this set.
That is too good. He was a little off balance on one backhand. It
seemed like it was a bad bounce, or the spin or whatever caught him off
guard and he could never really recover in the rally.
That is beautifully played. That is the way to hold the shot, he gets
the racket head back early, holds, and waits until Agassi... Agassi!
And told Novak Djokovic moves down the court. Comes down the box and
says, "Give me that racket!" Once he was that far out of court,
Mannarino, Djokovic had all the aces.
That was a horrible mis-hit from Djokovic, which he acknowledges.
It's very hard to play those back, isn't it, with spin going
everywhere? So, after 37 minutes of what has been hugely entertaining
Tuesday lunchtime fare, set point. Mannarino goes long. Djokovic goes
one set up. SUE BARKER: Djokovic takes the first
set comfortable, you just wonder if those two five set back-to-back
matches for Mannarino and how much it has taken out of him. We will be
back on Centre Court in a moment. Over on Court Number Two Jamie
Murray and Martina Hingis, top seeds in the Mixed Doubles, have taken the
first set, going well, that is the feature match on the red button.
Judy Murray is out there watching as well. And Venus Williams is out on
the practice court at Aorangi Park, the only former champion left in the
draw. Last won the title here nine years ago. But always looking good
and serving well. This is Coco Vandeweghe might look at this. I
love watching her play. She throws everything into every rally and a
beautiful natural volleyer. And there he is, the famous headband,
it's Pat Cash. Let's see how quick he is moving. Coco will learn a lot
from Pat and we enjoyed listening to him talk about the technique and
getting into the mind of a champion. You can do better than that, Pat.
You see, you never lose it. There you go. Coco will hopefully be on
Court Number One later to face Rybarikova. Andy Murray was here
earlier. I was surprised as I drove in at 8:30am he was in the car
behind and I thought that was only to come in when not playing but he
would have watched Carol Kirkwood on breakfast TV and seen the rain was
coming and wanted to get the practice on the grass court because
when the rain comes down you are sent on to the indoor courts and
that is really not the thing you want to do when you want to come out
tomorrow. I hope that is not coming. Some dark sky around here but no
trouble on Centre. We have the roof and that is where we are going back
under now. UMPIRE: Second set, Novak Djokovic to serve.
Well, Adrian Mannarino knew that he had an uphill task when he walked on
Court an hour or so ago and he knows it for sure now.
I'm quite surprised given the fact he has been flexing that hip muscle
so much, his hip basically for the whole match, that we have not had
the doctor called. I agree. That was a bad bounce, pure and
simple. The first case of the match for
Novak. -- ace. Tomas Berdych will doubtless be
watching this with interest somewhere, whether here on the
complex or at his hotel because he's waiting for the winner of this in
the quarterfinals. Well, he almost got himself out of
jail there, Mannarino. What a great volleyer. And also in this half of
the draw is Roger Federer after that demolition job on Grigor Dimitrov
last night. A lot of neutral observers would like to see a
Djokovic- Federer in the final. That is on Friday and there is a lot of
tennis between then and now. There was a spot on the court Djokovic
didn't like around the service line. I'm not sure exactly what it was but
he was not happy with something. Were you surprised by the Agassi
linkup? Well, it was when it happened was a bit surprising to me.
But Agassi has been untapped. He should be out there in some role or
another. He's a genius. Over the years I've been lucky to
sit next to Agassi a couple of times when he's been talking about
players. He can dissect a player's game in about five minutes. He's
brilliant at it. Djokovic was lucky that he managed to get him.
I also like the way Djokovic is very close to the baseline on a lot of
these rallies, very Agassi like, Agassi had this territory from about
a foot from the baseline and he commanded that area and moved his
opponents around. A shriek of frustration but he's
moving Mannarino around all over the court. Maybe he senses, a bit like
the wounded prey, that Mannarino is not 100%. Keep him moving all the
time. That was a fabulous rally. It was
superb, wasn't it? Both players hitting pretty flat, particularly
Mannarino. But even Djokovic in that rally, not much are on the ball,
very flat and through the court but it's so accurate. -- not much arc.
Break point for the Serb. Frustration for Mannarino. Maybe
it's just the relentlessness of the pounding. That leads to mistakes
like that. Does it matter that Agassi is not there on a full-time
basis, that he comes and he goes? I think it would be better if he was
here for longer but we don't know what the arrangement is yet. It was
curious to appoint him at the French Open. It is not exactly something
you would in a ideal world. Agassi is a busy chap. I think as much as
we can get him, let's take him. Djokovic has also added Mario Ancic,
a Croatian player I'm sure you will remember, to his coaching panel. A
lot of gardening work going on from Novak today. He's not happy with the
condition of Centre Court. He is looking at the court again.
I'm not sure the court was to blame for that one.
That was like a computer game, wasn't it? Just brilliant striking
of the ball. He isn't happy about the court, he
seemed like a batsmen who wants to go and prod down the pitch marks.
Alastair Cook is in the box today, perhaps he could help him out. But
that doesn't look good, just inside the court.
He took his discontent with the caught out on the ball there. -- his
discontent with the court. I'm not sure how great a horticulturalist
you are. At this stage, if there are bits of the court that aren't great,
and he is shaking his head, at everything, really. Is there
anything you can do about it at this point? I'm not sure you can. There
is no time to rest the court, and you pay attention to it when winners
are talking about it. He is getting run all over the place. Djokovic
hasn't moved more than three metres either side. Trying to get Djokovic
to move finally, but it didn't work. That is a tremendous performance
really, so accurate. You saw Federer play last night, in periods. How
would you compare where Djokovic is at the moment compared to where
Federer is? It is tough. You see how well Federer is playing. Djokovic,
you feel like he is fighting his way into.
As if on cue, the former England captain.
S so the second set has followed the exact pattern of the first. S that
is that slow backhand slice that he uses sometimes. When Novak can get
back into the middle of the court and get that position he wants on
the baseline. A good change of pace on that backhand sometimes.
Djokovic isn't like Raonic, Querrey, Anderson. One break of serve and
it's over. Where would you place him in the men's league at the moment?
His serve is a different type of serve. He is a placement server, he
has got power as well but he uses it to get himself set up for the second
strike. It is an excellent serve, I wouldn't put it in the top five, but
it is still a fine serve. That is fabulous tennis, just
brilliant. You don't see that very often. Here
we go again. He will have a trowel in his bag for
the quarterfinal. And a rate! That really is brilliant. What a
great game from the number two seed. He looked like a 12 times Grand Slam
champion there. Did he ever. I hate to keep talking about the Agassi
situation, you can't work on that shot but that is the sort of shot
that Agassi, look at that, his knees almost touching the ground, and that
wasn't a fluke when he hit it down the line there, you have to have
such perfect timing. Look at the course to Bill to you there. Yes,
look at how low the ball was, nice and firm, eyes on the ball, heads
doesn't move at all and the pose at the end. Or maybe he just took a
long time getting up. That would be you! I would still be down. The
thing for me about where he is in his game, the game is still there,
it has been there. It is the mind that hasn't been there. I like the
explosions he has had when he is missing balls, that to me shows me
that he wants this. He's back. There were times in the French Open when I
wasn't quite sure he was, particularly in that last set
against Thiem. He does seem distracted by the condition of the
court here. But Mannarino has other things on his mind, like the
scoreboard which shows Djokovic a set and a break to the good. It was
a very late night! A bit upright Matt Foreman, is it
the hip the back? We are heading towards one hour.
This is a very nice match, but is it unfair to say there is only one
winner? You are exactly right. That ball checked a little. S we
have had some great points, but you just can't see how Mannarino can get
back into this. UMPIRE: Mr Mannarino is challenging
the call on the right far sideline. The ball was called out.
The crowd think it was all right. But it wasn't.
UMPIRE: The call stands. Mr Mannarino has to challenges
remaining. A magnetic attraction to the Mannarino overhead, for in a row
and he has hit the ball straight back to him. There is an"! ".
That slow backhand slice from Djokovic is causing a bit of
trouble. Djokovic shaking his head in
frustration. That was a pretty ambitious shot he tried from that
position on the court. He is taking a lot of time here,
Novak. This is a bad couple of points he
has played here. That is his first double fault today. And the crowd
are enjoying this match, and so to that end, they would quite like the
Frenchman to break here. That was just 106 mph, but it was
impeccably placed. That is just a sensational rally,
such thoughtful shotmaking, a beautiful execution from the
Frenchman, and he breaks back. A lot of the crowd on their feet. Because
they want to see this for at least another couple of sets. That was
great stuff. There is Mannarino, 29 years old, 51 in the world or
thereabouts, but he has been hovering there for many years. What
is happening in the men's game that we suddenly have a third of the draw
who are over 30? It is the whole physicality of the players now. What
goes in behind their treatment. The people that they have, the trainers,
the diet, all that sort of stuff has come into play, they are taking care
of themselves a lot more. It is amazing, the longevity of careers
now. But it is also incredible how players hit peaks at different
points in their careers, if you look at Gilles Muller last night, it's
almost like it has taken him this long to work out what his peak is.
There is one of the greats, Henri Leconte. And talking about
longevity, this is Djokovic's tournament, he hasn't missed a Grand
Slam for effectively 30 years. He is trying to get into his 39th Grand
Slam quarterfinal today. He is looking so good, Novak
Djokovic, you couldn't really see how the Frenchman would get back in.
And then he gave away two cheap points.
This looks comfortable game, but it isn't often that you comfortable
games when you play against the best players.
So we do find ourselves at four each.
What a fantastic bonus this is for the Centre Court crowd today. Two
women's quarterfinals later on, and Jo Konta in action. Is Novak
changing his racket again? I think he is. Jo Konta is the second match
against Simona Halep, after Venus Williams against Yelena Arzhakova.
If -- Yelena Orlova to and if you have just switched on and
wonder why we are playing under the roof, we have had some rain, and
more is threatened the later. So if discretion is the better part
of anything else, and obviously this match had to be completed early. To
get the quarterfinals finally sorted out.
So the pressure is on Mannarino now to come out and serve to stay not
just in this second set, but you would suspect, the match as well. S
you have got to give the Frenchman a lot of respect for the way he has
hung in there, this looked like it was going to be a comfortable two
sets to love the Djokovic, but he Han Ying, and a couple of errors
from Novak and it is back on serve. There is not much happening on the
outside courts, but the covers have come off.
Someone has just whispered in my ear that the rain has started again.
What they will want to do definitely is get the four women's
quarterfinals done, so Garbine Muguruza, Svetlana Kuznetsova,
Rybarikova and Coco Vandeweghe, it isn't impossible that we could play
all four women's quarterfinals back to back here on Centre Court and
finish at 11 o'clock tonight. The authorities will be hoping that
this does not go to 15-13 in the fifth.
Fantastic! Vat was like a game of chess, and then Mannarino just
turned the ball over. I'm surprised he had any energy left, he had to
hit a winner there or he was done! What control and what accessories
and he put into that last backhand. That was a very solid and
occasionally spectacular hold by the Frenchman.
Mannarino has got his rhythm back. He is playing so well. Novak is
puffing, he is getting runaround. One of the great things about tennis
is that there are so many different ways to play the game. If people are
watching now who were in grossed in the Nadal/ Muller match last night,
both players were shaping the ball, it clears the net by so much, but so
much more flat hitting here. There is no defined way about which is
better. You find the way that you want to play the game. But it does
mean that a match like this, the contrast in style between if you
were playing Nadal or Djokovic makes the game eternally fascinating,
doesn't it? It does. This is why winning a Grand Slam is so tough,
you play different people, different speeds, different ways that they
play, different service coming at you. This match, Mannarino is one of
the flattest hitters I have seen in a long time, there is almost no arc
to the ball. He is like Jimmy Connors in a lot of ways. A very
distinguished group of guests in the Royal Box. We saw Virginia Wade a
few moments ago. 40 years on from her triumph here. When Max Robertson
on BBC radio famously said, Virginia Wade take tea with the Queen.
If Jo Konta got to the final on Saturday... Is there any
suggestion... That the Queen is going to come? Is that what you were
about to say? I haven't heard that. They are hitting the ball so well,
when someone makes an error like that, it's like, why did he do that?
Well, because they have too every now and again.
That's an unusual error there. 30-15, second serve. Well, a couple
of points for Mannarino to take us into a tie-break.
Well played. The potential for calamity there was huge.
UMPIRE: Tie-break. Each player now receives one additional tie-break.
Because we don't have a colossal big server here, this is a very
interesting tie-break. It is so good. Great start from
Mannarino's point of view. How well did he take charge of that? Opened
it up here, got Novak out of position and pushes down on the
accelerator on the forehand. What a start.
Three points against the serve at the start of this tie-break.
That was a very tentative second serve from Djokovic. 83 mph. Four
points against the serve in a row. UMPIRE: Mr Djokovic is challenging
the call on the right far sideline, the ball was called out.
This is very close. But it's very out. The call stands. I think that
challenge was a bit tactical from Novak. I think he just wanted to
sort of reboot, get his mind back into the game here.
It is possible to hold serve in this tie-break and Mannarino has the
edge. This is a classic shot. It comes up
and you think he's going to hit this really hard, and there it goes,
pushes it in short. His hip seems to have got better. It seems to be
remarkably better now. This is breathtaking stuff, it
really, really is. He is... Novak must be thinking this fellow is a
real pest down the other end of the line. He just refuses to go away.
He's moving so well. We always have those stats about how far players
run during a match. It would be fascinating to see those.
After all that we are back on serve now.
That was a tense shot. You could feel the tension in that rally. Just
slightly came out of that ball, just lifted up when he went to hit it.
You can always tell when Djokovic is tense because the ball gets bounced
more and more before the serve. And those last two points you can tell
Mannarino is tense too. But it is still on serve. This is a big point.
A bit wild of there. Almost got impatient.
So, three errors in a row from Mannarino and after an hour and a
half two set points for Djokovic. UMPIRE: Mr Mannarino is challenging
the call on the right side line. Djokovic isn't bothering with the
challenge from Mannarino, as far as he is concerned that ball was in. He
is in complete charge now. That is the third shirt change of the match
so far. The mannerisms have been strange today in some ways.
Sometimes you have heard him shout, then he's moaning about the court,
he gets a bit angry, and you think he seems to be a bit off his game.
And he wins a couple of points, then he starts smiling. The bottom line
is, you can see how focused he is and that's what you love to see.
When he's in this kind of frame of mind you know that he's back
mentally. That's what has been missing from his game in such large
areas through the last year. If Mannarino had one that second set it
might have been a very interesting match. But it's a very long way back
now for him. Very long way back. You can see on the stats, Djokovic
getting hurt when he misses his first serve, that's very impressive.
Djokovic only winning 44% of his second serve points. Mannarino
handling his serve really well. The unforced errors, Djokovic has toured
a half times as many winners so very aggressive. Djokovic lost his
concentration when he was up the break and played a couple of sloppy
points and ended up losing his serve. All credit to the Frenchman
to hang in there. When that tie-breaker was being played he knew
that realistically the Frenchman had to win that tie-breaker to stay in
this match. At 2-0 you cannot see it. He played three bad shots in a
row. After it was all square in the tie-breaker. Djokovic played one
tie-break against Ernests Gulbis in the last round. He has still yet to
lose is set at Wimbledon 2017. This is the first set that Mannarino has
served first in. If he can hold serve here throughout this set the
pressure might build on Djokovic. He has to hang his hat on that at
least. Djokovic doing to him what he did to
Djokovic. I don't think Novak was too
impressed with that. That was a contentious swat at the end. What
was that!? He didn't like this, if you look at the look he gave him, he
gave him the cold stare down. Mannarino surely had to come in on
one of those shots. Yes, he had a couple of opportunities and didn't
take them and then paid the price. He's lost his opening service game
in the first two sets and is in danger of completing an unwanted
hat-trick here. With played for an hour and 37
minutes, Mannarino has struck two volleys.
It's safe to say he's happier at the back the court.
It's also an indication, perhaps, of the changing nature of the sport. 20
years ago he wouldn't have gone through a couple of rounds playing
this kind of style of tennis, would he? No.
I thought Djokovic was in this rally and then bosh.
He was helped by a couple of errors from Djokovic's racket but that is a
really solid hold from the Frenchman.
He did well there, actually. Mannarino. I thought when he played
that vastly exaggerated... Whatever that shot was, that fly swatting
backhand drop shot which he basically gave the point away with,
he thought the match was over but he fought back. A couple of errors from
Djokovic but he is an entertainer, that's for sure. Mannarino has been
fun to watch. The crowd have loved him. Max Whitlock amongst the great
and the good in the Royal box today. Two gold medals in the time it takes
some tennis players to get a time violation.
The first very obvious sign of frustration from Novak. He was
looking, again, as you can see from that, at the condition of the court,
especially on the baseline. That is where he is particularly unhappy
about the state of the court. Ambitious. This may be a ridiculous
thing to say but on a grass court has a player ever asked for a role
to be brought out midway through a game? I don't know but I think it
would be a first. It would be a classic if he did.
There is another of those super ambitious shots from Mannarino. But
Djokovic almost missed it. I think Mannarino thought he had.
The entertainment level remains high.
Lots of little subplots here. Djokovic's unhappiness with the
state of the court, some really extravagant attempted drop shots by
the Frenchman, some of which are more successful than others, and
Djokovic 2-0 and 1-1 in the third. Oh! What was that? What was that
exactly? Talk me through that shot. It looked like he would kick the
ball. He thought it would be out and then he realised it was not and he
very nearly had to go to A It is the wonder of the scoring
system in tennis that in 20 seconds, 0-30 on the Mannarino serve, and
suddenly this could be the game right
SUE BARKER: We are leaving this match on BBC Two but don't worry it
continues on BBC One, so if you want to continue watching this match you
can, it's over on BBC One. They are enjoying the tennis under the roof,
I think it will be one of those days where the play will be on and off,
they've had the covers on and off for the last couple of hours or so
but the good news is it is dry at the moment and we could have a
fairly dry spell for the next hour or two, we certainly hope so. Play
is about to get under way on the outside courts. Everyone is still
enjoying their Wimbledon experience, they are on the hill watching the
drama unfold on Centre Court but I'm pleased to say those with a ticket
on number one Court have got some tennis at last. It was supposed to
start at 1pm but they only walked on a short time ago and this is Garbine
Muguruza, a former finalist here, up against Svetlana Kuznetsova, a
two-time Grand Slam champion who has only dropped 21 games en route to
the last eight. It is 1-1, it is dry, that's the good news, let's
join our commentators for this one. Annabel Croft is alongside Gigi
Salmon. The longest rally of the match in
game three, a bruising encounter between the two. That was just
wonderful ball striking from both girls. It was Kuznetsova who had the
opportunity to come out a little earlier in the rally. She eventually
got up there but terrific dipping ball from Muguruza made that volley
difficult. 17 shots in that last rally.
Well, look at that, dancing around that ball, getting something on this
and a lot of wrist action in the forehand swing. Drops the racket
head, wraps it around the strings and then creates incredible angle.
Accelerating that racket head. Lovely from Kuznetsova, her first
break point of this quarterfinal. She is hitting a lot of balls into
the forehand corner of Muguruza. No player particularly likes going that
way. They preferred to move off to the left. But it's causing quite a
lot of damage. For someone so tall, Muguruza, she
is over six feet tall, she gets down to this one really well, bends her
knees, beautiful backhand through the court.
Have another look at this. Again, really well balanced, gets that body
weight through the court, really transferring it, plants those feet
and stays very low throughout the swing.
So, from double break point down, Muguruza, a former finalist here at
Wimbledon, 2015. It felt like there was a little bit
of a breeze, it has got inside Court One, you can hear it on the
microphones, you can see it on Conchita Martinez's hair.
So that means extra footwork. You will probably find that both of them
might not go for so much. They might both need to pull their
margins and a little bit. Good hold for Garbine Muguruza. Her coach,
1994 champion Conchita Martinez, watches on. We are in the early
stages. That was another very good game to get under her belt, under
immense pressure there, and she didn't blink. She just came up with
some big hitting from the back of the court, both of these players
very powerful ball strikers, heavily struck ball, they will both go for
depth and precision to try to out play and get that first hit in. Both
have already looked to come forward. And in the absence of Serena
Williams, and Maria Sharapova not being here, every player knows they
have a chance, especially at this stage, down to the last eight, this
is a golden opportunity for some of these players to take a first Grand
Slam title, some a second or third. I don't know how much of a as a
player you feel that, but it is a good opening. It is a very good
opening when you consider four out of the eight have Grand Slam titles,
and the other player who doesn't, Simona Halep, has been in two Grand
Slam finals, but so much at stake, so much opportunity, and it is who
is going to handle that and the pressure and the nerves and the
anticipation, who will handle that the best.
Svetlana Kuznetsova number 32 -- 32 years of age, currently sits number
eight in the world. She has altered her service motion
over the years, she had some shoulder problems awhile back.
Sometimes she goes for broke on the first serve. I feel as if she is
with the wind down this side, that one flattened out of it, she needs
to put some more spin on the ball. That last serve only 86 mph,
sometimes she pulls back and goes for complete spin, so you have to
keep guessing what she is going to go for.
And from holding to love, Svetlana Kuznetsova has been broken to love.
Well, Muguruza standing up to the challenge there, both of them
hitting with the speed and acceleration of the racket head out
here, but Muguruza standing up to it and she created the angle with the
last forehand, opened up the angles on the court. So she is being a tiny
bit braver, but waiting for the right ball to strike out with.
There you can see the looped take-back, and that is on that
forehand. Muguruza by contrast is the lower
ranked player at number 15, having dropped out of the top ten, once the
2000 points she got for the French Open last year dropped off. She
could go back into the top ten with a win here.
And I'm also happy to say, Annabel, it looks a bit brighter out here. I
didn't want to say, but it does. The clouds have lifted. Not sure how
long for, but for now. Very clean ball striking from
Muguruza. This is just such a simple combination, get your opponent out
wide on the return of serve, a short reply, look at the intensity and
movement, great footwork getting that ball in front. No hesitation on
that forehand. A little bump of the fist from
Garbine Muguruza, she has held and consolidated her break to take a 4-1
lead in the first set. It is quite a pacey match, 18 minutes gone,
already five games played, and a little bit of extra breeze in the
air today, so players having to adapt to that and be quite
versatile, but they also need to get the intensity of the footwork going
so that if balls swell around, you can adapt to it. Everyone was
talking about the victory over Angelique Kerber in the last round,
but it is how they both played, and you said you popped down to the
court towards the end, and the crowd were giving Muguruza a standing
ovation for the quality of her tennis that day. They were, she got
a massive standing ovation, and she was out in the middle of the court
for quite some time, soaking it all up. They just appreciated the tennis
she played. It was a terrific contest, tight match, but she came
through it 6-4 in the final set. She does have a special connection here
with Wimbledon. She has been in the finals before, people like the way
she plays, and she has incredible poise on the court.
She does say she is still surprised at the success she has had on grass.
I think she takes the ball incredibly early, particularly off
return of serve, she tries to stay up on that baseline, particularly on
second serves, she will really move forward, and the backhand side is
really effective. This is just incredible ball
striking, and you can see getting her opponent off balance, and then
stepping it in an flattening it out down the line, great balance once
again. That is an incredible replay, and gives you an indication of the
strike. A fairly comfortable hold for
Svetlana Kuznetsova, the Russian who has had one final this year, her
40th career final, just to highlight the experience that Kuznetsova does
have. Kuznetsova did so well together
back, that was squashed defensive shot, relatively new in tennis, but
so effective, particularly on grass, it stayed really low and that was a
difficult shot. And we just saw a very pensive looking Kuznetsova
coach, the Spaniard Carlos Martinez. Long-term relationship, had a brief
spell apart, but decided they were better off together.
She is building momentum on the service games, getting a lot of
points behind serve. She is keeping Kuznetsova guessing which way she is
going to go, and it is a big serve. UMPIRE: The call stands. Miss
Kuznetsova has two challenges remaining.
Just looking really strong on server the moment, Garbine Muguruza.
Applauded by her coach, she is one game away from the first set. We are
rattling through these games. I don't know whether they have looked
ahead to the weather and see that this is only a small window. They
have decided not to faff! Muguruza, when she zones, she is lethal on any
surface. She is, because of that power that she possesses, and you
were talking about why does she think that she is good on grass, but
the things that are so important on a grass court, you need to serve
well and you need to return well, and another Spanish player, she has
been out injured for a while, but she is coaching Jelena Ostapenko,
Korea -- Guerrigez, she said that it is
the person who has the most courage on grass, and get in early. Perhaps
they are both doing that. S UMPIRE: Let, first service. The on
court chats can be very entertaining if you understand the language.
Sometimes it can be dipping into a bit of a soap opera as well, quite
entertaining. We should say that this is a fifth
meeting between these two, second this year. Kuznetsova picked up her
600th career match went last time. Muguruza does lead the head-to-head,
but this is the first time they have met on grass.
Well played, Kuznetsova. This is good tennis, isn't it? Outfoxing
Muguruza on that last point, slight change of tactics, going to the
sliced backhand a few more times, mixing up the rhythm, waiting for
the right ball to strike out. Well played, Kuznetsova, second love
hold, and a happier Carlos Martinez, coach of Kuznetsova, but it is
Muguruza who is now in a position to serve for the first set. An
excellent game from Kuznetsova, an hard court you would be able to hear
that footwork around the court. Well, she will be disappointed with
that. You can see she is getting exasperated with herself. That was
an opportunity, a floated second serve sitting there in biting you to
be hit, she didn't connect with it. There is another free point of that
serve. She finds it difficult to read some of the Serbs, she has
mixed it up well today. Once again, that kind of whipping
action, the acceleration of the racket face through the court.
Fantastic rally, and there is the reaction from Garbine Muguruza. A
clean set of tennis, a happy coach in Conchita Martinez. The crowd
enjoyed that, a set to the good, 6-3. That was a fabulous last point,
a Battle of two strong minds in the last rally. Muguruza the one who
hung in there, and held her position. It was brave stuff, she
was just biding her time, both of them really going hell for leather
in that last rally. That was a great final points to finish off this
first set. They are so similar in the way they are constructing the
points out here. It is about trying to wait for the right ball, but
being brave, both of them with great backhands from what we have seen
today. Kuznetsova with a little more spin on that left-hand side, but
under the roof, let out an enormous roar, that is what that last point
meant. As did Conchita Martinez. Yesterday she was getting really,
really uptight in the support camp, tying her hair up, then letting it
down, then tying it up, then letting it down again, holding her head in
her hands. Taking a look at the statistics from the first set. Just
one double fault and peace. Fairly high serving from Kuznetsova,
winning a higher percentage behind the second serve points, and the
break points, she created two of them but wasn't able to convert on
any of them. So, Garbine Muguruza is set away from her Wimbledon
semifinal. If she could have had one, what
would have been the coaching chat to Kuznetsova at the end of that first
set? Very good question. She is taking her game to Muguruza, just
Muguruza has done it a little bit better. I would say perhaps to bring
in some of that variety that we saw that we are starting to have a
little more impact. She maybe needs to introduce that a little bit more.
A prime example was that last rally. There were about two or three shots
when it was a mid-court ball, she could have struck it into the corner
and moved forward, there was even one shot where she slightly
hesitates, she thinks about it, takes half a step forward, and then
I think that was the last forehand winner.
There is a little hesitation where you don't feel she wants to move
forward. Kuznetsova got to the final here at Wimbledon in 2005, she was
moving forward well then. Earlier on in Muguruza's career, she played a
lot of doubles with Carla Suarez Navarro, and decided to focus more
on the singles, but I think it stopped her from moving forward.
We are seeing some lovely rallies from the back of the court. We talk
so much about the players and the latter stages of their career, Roger
Federer, Venus Williams, but Svetlana Kuznetsova, she is 32 years
of age, and people forget she is a two-time Grand Slam champion, I know
it was 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open, and she has got herself in the
last couple of years back into the top ten. Yes Chris she had her
moment out on the tour where she didn't enjoy her tennis and lost a
little bit of form and confidence, just didn't really enjoy it any
more, then she decided to go and live back in her home country of
Russia, and she started to find life away from the courts, and just
reinvigorated herself, and then decided that she did miss playing
tennis and tried to inject some extra energy into it.
That is great ball striking, and it is admirable that she has been ever
such a long time, now started to play some of her tennis again.
That is outstanding. That was never coming back.
That is that third ball of the rally that has become so important in
tennis, not willing to be pushed behind the baseline after that first
strike on the serve, take the ball on the rise.
Are you surprised that Muguruza didn't kick on as well as she could
or would have done after winning the French Open title last year? It
isn't the first time we have seen that, where players breakthrough,
get their first Grand Slam title or gets to world number one, and then
suddenly that feeling of hunting down things and then becoming the
hunted, it is a different feeling, and players take time to adjust to
it. He didn't catch it! We won't have
him in the cricket team. Well, this just proves how good she
is up at the net, beautiful feel, held her nerve up at the net, great
control. Break point opportunity for Svetlana
Kuznetsova. Hasn't had one of those since the third game of the first
set. She is up to her level, the intensity level has gone up another
couple of notches. There is a sense of urgency, good footwork.
Looking to really strike out on the return of serve, very aggressive.
What a terrific backhand this was. You can see the early preparation,
right in for the drive volley and a clever wrong-foot. No hesitation in
there. That would have felt good. That was even better.
She had to save the break point and does so, closes out the game, both
players on the board in the set two but Muguruza leads 1-0. You only
have to look at the way that she walks around the court, it is kind
of a struct, but it is a sense of purpose, it is a sense of belonging,
and a real sort of sense of belief. I think since she has played this
event without Sam Sumyk, her official coach, here at the
sidelines she just focuses on herself.
Too good from Kuznetsova. I think in the past when he has been sitting
there, if things aren't going well, you see this massive connection
where she is constantly turning around to him and looking sort of
exasperated. But there is a feeling she is really taking responsibility
for herself out here. She has done well.
They do have quite a volatile relationship. Very much so.
Sometimes those on court exchanges, he speaks in English, sometimes she
goes into Spanish, and he says sort Dominic stopped speaking in Spanish.
It is gripping. But maybe not that productive.
I think she has made that. Again, it is Kuznetsova this time he doesn't
want to go behind the baseline, she is hugging the baseline, bending the
knees and absorbing the pace and almost guiding that one down the
line. There is the hold for the Russian, a
little fist pump from the seventh seed and world number eight. She
stays ahead on serve. So, Svetlana Kuznetsova just going
through the full process of what she needs to do, how she needs to do it.
She is such a great, colourful character, Svetlana Kuznetsova. When
you Peter Hirst she will laugh and recently said that while your coach
your family, are your support network but she also relies on it 23
kilo American bully hound. I'm not really a dog person and I don't know
if that means something to you but I imagine at 23 kilos, I have a child
who is half that and is pretty heavy. Is that a big dog. Yes, it is
a big dog. She says he is like my emotional support, if you are with
your team they are a little bit sad if you lose and if you win they are
a little bit happy but with the dog it is always the same. It is a
welcome relief. She is so nice and so popular and she is a fun
character, she has always been good to interview. I think she's been a
very popular part of the tour. She is quite straightforward, isn't she?
There is not too many frills attached to her, not too many
dramas. She works hard and she has had a terrific career. I can't help
but think about the tour finals last year when in the middle of the match
against Radwanska she got some scissors and cut her ponytail off. I
remember that, it's quite funny. You never really get a sense that
Muguruza worries about what the scoreline was. Obviously she needs
to keep the score line tight in the second set and keep up that level
but she appears to play every point on its merit and goes for broke and
doesn't hold back. Muguruza is a very clever player.
She is a great ball striker but she is trying to outmanoeuvre Kuznetsova
and get the first hit and look to move forward. Not too many unforced
errors. She is trying to play with aggression but consistency and that
is always a difficult balance. Well, she looked across at her coach
them, Kuznetsova, with a little bit of a wry smile on her face because
that was an opportunity because she had Muguruza on the defensive at
full stretch. She had the ball where she wanted it.
That is quite a sight to see her in full flow. I am sure the
photographers got a great shot of the backhand, she almost had both
feet off the ground and launched into it. Muguruza is such an elegant
player. More frustration from the Russian.
It is high intensity from Muguruza's racket at the moment. She is not
holding back and putting enough spin on the ball just to control it. Not
too many unforced errors. Really going after her. Crikey, that shot
sums it up, doesn't it? With that Muguruza has her first
break points of the second set. Conchita is a little tense. She was
very tense up there. She is playing every point from that support box.
Great touch at the end from Kuznetsova. Brave break point down.
She took charge in the last point, didn't she? You can see she had
Muguruza on the defence, full stretch, beautiful view again. She
seems to have had a lot of success when she has gone up there. She has
gone up there sparingly that when she does she has so much control and
feel. To good. To good from Muguruza.
There is the break machine needed just the one break of serve in the
first set. Will it be the same in the set two? She edges ahead with
the break. So, we are eight minutes shy of an hour on court. It is a bit
head scratching as to what Kuznetsova can do apart from try and
come forward a little more. As you said, when she has come forward she
looked in control, she has good touch and could feel the weight of
the shot from Muguruza is just not giving her those opportunities. It
isn't and that's why I felt when she threw in a couple of sliced balls,
and spices for any play on a grass court, we see Roger Federer using it
effectively and Andy Murray uses it all the time, it mixes the rhythm of
the match and if the ball stays very low you cannot thunder balls through
the court the way she's hitting it now because she's in her rhythm and
she is comfortable with the pace of the match, you have to start coming
up the back of the ball. Sometimes when you use the slice a lot it can
create an opportunity for a shorter ball to then attack. She does seem a
little hesitant to come forward, Kuznetsova, whereas Muguruza doesn't
actually. She is playing with an awful lot of confidence at the
moment, the Spanish player. Runner-up here in 2015. Would go
back into the world's top ten with a win here. You feel that Kuznetsova
has gone a little bit too much into the backhand side because her
backhand is phenomenal from Muguruza. If you were going to try
and mix it up, I don't know, I feel she has maybe gone into that
strength a little bit too much. Early on in the first set she was
kind of targeting and pulling her out wide on the forehand side and it
was working quite well. What a change up this was, we
haven't seen too much of this kind of play but going backward when she
plays it but wonderful feel, enough height over the net look at how the
ball dies. Really stunning. That would have felt really good.
Gosh, not sure what happened there, she lost her balance on the return
of serve. There is the split step and you can see the ball got too far
out in front and ended up reaching for it.
You can see she is just indicating to herself to calm down. A little
bit over anxious on the forehand and that's the first sign of a few
jitters on the forehand. Turned the racket face over to early in the
swing. Giving herself a little hand direction of calm down.
That was the right idea. She had done everything right until the
final shot. It was the right shot but she just didn't execute it well.
She was berating herself at the end of that point. Having to work so
hard for the points out here. Frustration on the face of Svetlana
Kuznetsova who looks up to her coach, Carlos Martinez, because my
Muguruza moves to within two points to being back in the Wimbledon
semifinals. Eight points. Eight points doesn't sound a lot if you
looked at it like that. How different it feels mentally when you
are playing a match. Well played. She has such great
touch and feel when she is around the net. This is a beautiful
half-volley pick-up. Look at that, great timing, and there is the split
step ready for the next one. Oh dear. It is a little too much for
him. Having a little rest. The pressure is firmly being applied
by the Spanish player. She is playing with more and more freedom
and she really has had her foot on the accelerator right from the word
go and hasn't really looked back. That is stunning. At the moment it
needs to be that quality to win the point. It does. All three of those
ground strokes of Muguruza didn't really come out of the centre of the
strings. She was slightly missed connecting with it and was off
balance when hitting her ground strokes, Kuznetsova really took
advantage on the last one. Well, I think she feels she's got to
do something different, and taking the bull by the horns there, nicely
controlled volley. Those are not easy around that mid-court area.
Very, very important hold for the Russian player who is in her fourth
Wimbledon quarterfinal, but her first since 2007. It is still
Muguruza with the break in the second. You feel as if she had to
change something up because Muguruza was just so in her rhythm, so in her
comfort zone, and those last couple of points in that last game maybe
put an element of doubt in Muguruza's head. Maybe she will
change things up, she might come forward a bit more and it adds a bit
of pressure on the next service game. Weather-wise, what do we think
of those clouds? It doesn't look that good. You could try and be a
bit more positive. It is looking a bit bleak. They are rattling through
this one, just over an hour on the clock. It's amazing, take somebody
like Serena Williams, a legend of the game, and how things open up and
the opportunities here for these players through to the quarterfinals
to be the trophy on Saturday. That is the thing, as you mentioned
earlier, all of them know there is a massive opportunity in this draw.
Serena Williams is not here this year. She is expecting her first
child and all of the players in the field left field they can probably
beat anybody who is in the draw. So, you know, there are going to be a
few extra nerves but from what we've seen of the evidence of Muguruza,
she seems incredibly composed and really contained ten is out here. --
contained tennis out here. You could see her working her way
forward, trying to get that Sean Paul. Once again she had done all
the hard work, it was just finished that short ball. Muguruza used the
left hand to get the ball dipping. I think Kuznetsova fell she had done
enough to make that, she was surprised to look up and see she
hadn't got the ball over the net. More good defence from Muguruza. She
has moved really, really well. I think it's a massive improvement in
her game. She has had her injury problems over the last couple of
years and it has prevented her from being as fit as she would like but
this year she looks really different. She's moving as well as
I've ever seen her move. She just got a little bit tight on
it, and sometimes those balls that look relatively simple suddenly feel
pretty horrible. The ball just slightly moved to one side as she
went to hit it but even so she will be very disappointed she didn't mail
that. Maybe she changed her mind. -- didn't nail that. She didn't change
her mind on that one. She didn't. She knew what she wanted to do
coming in on the shorter return. Brings up two gain points to put her
one game away to the Wimbledon semifinals.
There is the point, there is the game and there is the fist pump. The
2015 finalist here. Kuznetsova now is in a position to serve to stay in
the Championships. That would have felt good for
Muguruza to get that first point, try and play with even more freedom,
more aggression. She can really go for broke.
UMPIRE: Miss Muguruza is challenging the call on the left service line.
We didn't hear the initial call. I did not hear a call and I don't
think she did either. The umpire was right, re-corrected it. Marijana
Veljovic. They have been some bruising
encounters from the back of the court.
That was a lot of venom went into that last backhand. And the final
finish as well. It's almost a case of who can hit harder out here.
Good game, great game from Svetlana Kuznetsova. She holds to 15 ounces
to Garbine Muguruza, if you want that place in the semifinals it's
over to you -- and says. Where are the nerves really at? How much does
she believe in herself trying to serve this out? There has been no
letup so far. She has played an extremely high level, in so
incredibly focused with her eye line. She has not really lifted her
head and looked all around, she's just got on with the business. In
the last game I think Kuznetsova upped the ante and gave an extra
injection of pace throwing everything at the last game and
putting Muguruza under a little bit more defence and a bit more
pressure. Out hitting her opponent in the last game. Yes, Svetlana
Kuznetsova is so experienced, she's been on the tour four years, been
there, seen it, done it, owns a couple of Grand Slam titles. But
Muguruza is looking for a place back in the Wimbledon semifinals. She was
last there in 2015 when she went all the way to the final. She says in
her own words, not comfortable on the surface, don't know how to play
on this surface, you wouldn't know it from looking at her.
That would have felt fantastic and just getting that first point under
her belt. Garbine Muguruza moves to within two
points of the Wimbledon semifinals. She was going for big targets Meese,
Muguruza, still with the pace on the ball but certainly not going into
the corners. That's only the second forehand that
we've seen which has just rolled into the net, where she hasn't
struck through the ball. Well, well, well. Can you believe
it? She's played some of those drive volleys, so bravely, way more
difficult than this one. You can see the spin and the rotation on the
ball. She must have taken her eye off it.
I'm sure her heart is racing right now.
That will slow it down a little bit! Perfect way to bring up a match
point. Kuznetsova will challenge, though. It was good, which means
it's match point, Muguruza. And there it is! Garbine Muguruza is
into her second Wimbledon semifinal, and she's also back in the world's
top ten. Delight for the 1994 champion Conchita Martinez.
Disappointment for Kuznetsova, but today, it's about Garbine Muguruza.
She rarely put a foot wrong, it was a clean performance from the Spanish
player, who moves through to the Wimbledon semifinals. Yeah, she
really was the better player today. She did everything a little bit
better. Such focus and concentration. Yes, a few nerves
towards the end, but my goodness, what a serve to come up with in that
last game at 30-30. It was fabulous, and she's in contention for this
title, that's for sure. She really is. Disappointment for Svetlana
Kuznetsova, but Garbine Muguruza has been so good in this tournament.
Kuznetsova waits for her opponent, which is nice to see. I'm sure there
will be some signing of balls. You do get the sense that the crowds and
the fans at Wimbledon have really taken to Garbine Muguruza. She gives
the crowd that lovely smile and they really respond to her honourable
she's a very elegant player, wonderful to watch on court, and
she's dropped just one set, that was to Angelique Kerber in the last
round. She had only one break point against her today. The crowd maybe
thought they were not going to get any tennis today because of the
weather forecast, and they have had a whole match! It didn't last long,
either. Garbine Muguruza, through in straight sets. She's through to the
semifinals, and we can hear from her now. She's speaking with Rishi
Persad. Many congratulations, a straight sets win over Grand Slam
champion, in just bigger and 15 minutes - how well do you think you
played today? I think I played good. I was very clear what I had to do.
We've played a lot of tennis together. I'm happy that it worked
out. You looked like you were playing with a lot of aggression and
freedom, would that be fair? I think so. I'm trying not to think a lot,
go for it, play my game, and the rest is nothing. You were a finalist
here two years ago, how different a person are you today? Well, it seems
far away from the. It's not that far, but I think I'm a different
player, I've learned a lot of things, I know how to play more calm
now so I think it's a big change. What does it mean to you to be back
in the semifinal here at Wimbledon? It means a lot, my breakthrough was
here. To be back, hopefully going through to the finals, makes me so
happy. At this stage, does it matter who is on the other side of the net
in these late stages of the Grand Slam? Definitely. I think the
players who are now here are because they are playing well, so it doesn't
matter, because they're name great. You certainly played great today,
congratulations. SUE BARKER: She certainly did. She's
got a powerful, all court game which really thrives on a grass court. She
loves to come forward and to get into the net. She volleys so well.
There was a dip in form after the French Open last year. But really,
she looks to be playing her very best tennis right now, and coming
food at just the right time as she eases into the last four. Over on
Centre Court earlier today, Novak Djokovic, the number two seed, eased
through into the quarterfinals. This match was held over from yesterday
because of the long Rafael Nadal match. So this was an ex goal on
Centre Court today. And Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis are the top seeds
in the mixed doubles, and they came through in straight sets today. And
they are the overwhelming favourites, so much experience,
between Murray and Martina Hingis, winner of 17 Grand Slam doubles
titles! And the British team, the wild cards into the men's doubles,
they are through to the men's quarterfinals, their first ever
Grand Slam quarterfinal. In the last round, they put out the eighth
sides. Well done to them. The ladies fought a final acts on Centre Court,
Venus Williams is going well against the Jelena Ostapenko. This is the
oldest wherein the tournament, up against the youngest, Ostapenko.
That is now on BBC One. We are preparing for the next match on
Court No. 1. I hope those rain clouds stayaway. Here at the
Championships, the BBC have been celebrating 90 years of covering
this great Championship. We're going back 40 years now, and we have
picked out some of the stories from 1977. I think we'll see Virginia!
Sharma done it! A British victory at last, for the first time since Ann
Jones. Can't get over how Brown the Centre
Court was when Bjorn Borg was on it. Virginia Wade, was it really 40
years ago? Jo Konta, everywhere she has been over the last couple of
years, she has been breaking British records. It was Jo Durie, and if she
gets through today, we will start talking about 40 years and Virginia
as well! Play continues under the roof on Centre Court. Out on Court
No. 1, we have Magdalena Rybarikova up against Coco Vandeweghe, coached
by Pat Cash, and she certainly has a big game, suited to the grass
courts. She's been talking to John Inverdale.
All credit to the American - she has a game to take her further.
Semifinals in Australia, quarterfinalist here, do you feel
you are in the groove? I think this year has been my best year in tennis
so far, as far as results don't. Making the semifinals in Australia
was a huge stepping stone and validation for me that I could go
through, go one step further and achieve my dream is. Are you one of
those players who looks at the draw and thinks, maybe things are opening
up for me? No, I don't really look at the draw too much. I just look at
who is in front of me. I played Rybarikova in the French Open and
lost, so hopefully it is a different result this time around. The British
public probably don't know, why are you called Coco? I'm named after my
grandmother, who was Miss America. Everyone in my family has a nickname
all my siblings, none of us go by our real names. I would not turn
around if somebody called Colin at me. Your grandmother was Miss
America, how cool is that?! It is really cool, we have a trophy in our
house, my grandparents basically raised me, it was like a second mum
and another dad. The Wimbledon trophy would look very good next
door to it! Yeah, I think that's a great idea!
SUE BARKER: Such a bubbly personality, Coco Vandeweghe. And
here she comes on to court, with Magdalena Rybarikova, in her first
ever ran slam quarterfinal. Huge moment for them. Both players have
the chance to get deep into the Wimbledon Championships, a place in
the last four. We will expect some big hitting from these two players.
That's our next match on Court No. 1. We can hear from Rybarikova now.
Injuries, she only started playing again around February, to build up
her world ranking. She came to play on the grass courts at Surbiton,
semifinalist at Nottingham, she has prepared herself well for the
Championships. She has been talking to Lee McKenzie. You have had an
incredible Wimbledon, how are you feeling? I am speechless, I have to
say. It was my dream always to play well at Wimbledon. Before, eight
years in a row I was in the first round, so I was a bit disappointed,
and it was getting into my head, this tournament is not really for
me, but now, I'm a quarterfinalist. What do you think the difference is
with how you are playing now, maybe mental strength as well? I always
love it on grass, it's my favourite surface. When I was 20, I won my
first title in Birmingham. I had a few other titles on grass. I enjoy
it and I think it is good for my game. I was always hoping that I
would lay well at Wimbledon, and finally I made it, it's amazing.
Maybe it's because I hadn't played for seven months, and after last
year's Wimbledon, I had two surgeries, so maybe that's why I am
more relaxed in my head. You have beaten Coco Vandeweghe before, you
have beaten her already this year, but she's going to be tough? I think
she might even take the title this year as a mesh is the favourite. She
plays really amazing on grass. I hope I'm going to find some way, but
if not... Such honesty, saying you think your opponent can win the
title! She should be a bit more confident than that, she has a
lovely game, lovely sliced back hand, it takes you back a few years.
Let's get the thoughts of our commentators, Tracy Austin and Sam
Smith. SAM SMITH: So many injuries, Tracy,
and we always need a nice story at Wimbledon, someone that's had an
enormous amount of injuries, particularly over the course of last
year, two operations since she played here last year.
TRACY AUSTIN: Really a fairy tale for her. She had surgery on her left
wrist and on her white knee. Well, if you're going to have surgery, you
might as well get it all out of the way! But someone who is in really
good condition is Coco Vandeweghe, still only 25 years of age, from
Santa Fe. It sounds lovely. I've got a feeling the fact that Bill Gates
and Phil Mickelson live there, it probably is lovely! But she's a long
way from that California sunshine right now. She made the
quarterfinals here a couple of years ago. Fourth round in 2016, and said
that she flew back to California and was devastated at her loss to
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Tracy, you are a California girl yourself, this
is the one I think she really wants, Wimbledon? Absolutely. This is the
one she has set her sights on, because she knows her game matches
up so well for this surface. She's not lost a set along the way. She
beat fellow American Allison risk, also fantastic on the grass courts.
And Caroline Wozniacki yesterday, that was a real contrast in styles.
That was a real test against fifth seed, who's been playing so well.
And that was a big eye-opener for many of us watching the women's
four. We always knew the women's game was going to throw up anything
at this year's Championships but we did not exactly 28-year-old from
Bratislava to be one of them. I actually thought she had come in on
a protected ranking, because she had not played for seven months. But she
did so well on her restart, 453 back in February, to 87, an extraordinary
rise. Ilkley, do you know where that is? I don't, about four hours away?
Not bad, which direction, do you think, Tracy? North? Yes! It's up in
Yorkshire. Where they produce rate cricketers, but that's another topic
entirely. Her big one was taking out the Eastbourne champion Karolina
Pliskova. That was an astonishing comeback and it really opened up her
Wimbledon. Never beyond the third round. But this is something to
raise a few eyebrows. Vandeweghe goes in as the favourite but she has
a rather poor head-to-head and a grass court loss as well. That was
quite a long time ago, though. The French Open, that is by far Coco's
worst surface on the clay. The power of Coco defused on that surface and
enhanced on the grass. And power is a word definitely used to describe
Vandeweghe. I actually think this is a nice
contrast in styles as well. Rybarikova, she handled the power of
Pliskova extremely well in that 3-set win. Pat Cash, the 1987
champion here at Wimbledon. He has done a fabulous job. I think they
are very well matched. We will talk about that later. You see him
chatting to an elderly gentleman, that's Ian Barkley, who was his
coach about 30 ears ago, and they a big celebration. The team there of
Rybarikova, I'm sure they did not expect to be here in week two. This
match does not exactly spring out from the order of play, but it might
be one of those which surprises us all, if they both play well.
Absolutely. It's about handling the expect handling the moment and the
opportunity. Rybarikova, never been to a quarterfinal, obviously, but
she has backed up her big win over Pliskova nicely.
UMPIRE: First set, Miss Vandeweghe to serve.
The big question, how she will manage the Vandeweghe service power.
She has only been broken four times so far in the tournament.
Tracy, what do you feel the game will be for Coco? Now she's working
with Pat Cash, she has actually got a game plan! So what do you think it
will be, against a very tricky opponent? I think for Coco, it's to
give herself some margin, because she hits with enough power.
Nice recovery from 0-30 down in this opening game for Vandeweghe. I spoke
to Pat Cash yesterday, and he said that he really had to convince her
that you don't need to hit 20 winners from the back court in a
match. They don't have to be outright winners, you can hit with
power, you can hit with margin, and you can force the stakes.
Yeah, they started working together, her previous coach, Craig Carden,
was with her for about 18 months, and she actually worked with Martina
Navratilova, but he actually walked out after she lost in the first
round against Rybarikova, which is very unusual.
Will see both players with the odd serve-volley next in.
Coco looking a little nervous in this game.
Well, that's interesting. Rybarikova at the other end has not headed off
for her chair that quickly. A couple of doubles in the game for
Vandeweghe, and that is not an ideal start to her second Wimbledon
quarterfinal. Tracy, I think you are from a couple
of hours drive away? About an hour and 45 minutes. Use or Coco when she
was growing up - what did you make of her all those years ago?
Obviously, has always had tremendous power, comes from a very athletic
family. She's strong. Really didn't start taking tennis seriously until
she was a teenager, was playing other sports, basketball... She won
the junior US Open, and was kind of raw, rough around the edges.
She had the big weapons, like I said, but didn't always choose the
right shot. Particularly shot selection, but is becoming a smarter
player. She managed to lose in the first
round in her first eight Wimbledons! I'm not sure how she did that, with
her skills! Considering she won her very first tournament on grass, and
that was at Birmingham eight years ago.
Wow! Nicely done from Rybarikova. That takes a lot of skill and feel.
A ball that's coming at you this hard, to take all the pace out of
it. That ball is probably travelling at around 70mph.
Coco Vandeweghe looking very uptight out here. This means so much to her,
this tournament. Also because she realises this is a big opportunity.
Semifinalist this year at the Australian Open, lost in three sets
to Venus Williams. Coming off the court feeling, very much that was
one that got away. Beautifully done. Great balance
there. Always had a big forehand. The
backhand has improved over the last couple of years.
Sam, talking about the opportunity that Coco sees in this match,
playing against unseeded player, the only unseeded player left in the
quarters, ranked 87 in the world. Right now, it's getting in the way.
Let's see if she can settle herself down. Yeah.
This is something that Pat Cash has really tried to impress upon
Vandeweghe that she has the kills on the forecourt and on grass, so handy
to move forward. That was a rather dusty forehand
from Vandeweghe. ??LINE BREAK UMPIRE: Enter -- Pat
looking very even keeled. He's trying to make sure that Coco
improves her attitude on court. Not get distracted. Stay positive.
Vandeweghe we've got quite a quarter-final. It's Rybarikova wo
had leads 2-1 with the early break. Talk to me about pressure in tennis
matches and what sort of pressure is on Rybarikova? Well, I think her
pressure would be possibly thinking - this might be a rare opportunity,
ranked 87. I can't imagine that she'd be thinking at the beginning
of the tournament that she'd make the quarter-finals, but she's played
just splendid tennis. Oh. Oh. Well, she's almost the bionic woman, isn't
she, with that wrist surgery she had last year. But she was very pleased.
Her surgeon said my wrist will take four months, it took four months.
The knee, apparently he said it would take one month to recover, it
took four months. That was a longstanding knee injury. The wrist
she hurt in a tournament before Wimbledon last year? She played with
it for a while with a lot of pain. She says she's pain-free.
She does a terrific job of taking all of the pace out of the power.
The Vandeweghe with the powerful. Rybarikova, with that gentle slice
stays so low. It's not often you get in a
Wimbledon quarter-final two players for whom grass is their favourite
surface. It's not often you have two players
on the women's tour moving forward. Magdalena Rybarikova 114 times up at
the net. I feel like we're talking about a
different tennis planet. Yeah. Different solar system to the world
of the ground strokes. The last time I can remember two young ladies
approaching so much was was Henin and Marezo.
This will test Vandeweghe's composure here. She was not pleased
with missing that second serve. This is where Pat Cash comes in. He says
you have to have the mentality of a champion, play point by point. Gave
examples of Rafael Nadal and way back when, Jimmy Connors.
Wow. That is beautiful tennis from Magdalena Rybarikova. You saw the
short slice, the deep slice, topspin. Giving Vandeweghe lots of
looks. She doesn't seem too stressed. She's
enjoying herself out here. Meanwhile, down at the other end, in
stress city... Oh, dear. Dear. I always feel there's a lot of
pressure on Coco even if it's subconscious because her grandfather
Ernie, was an MBA - Legend. Played for the Nicks. Her mum is a two-time
Olympian. Her grandmother was Miss America! It's not exactly an
underachieving family, is it? She's named after her grandmother,
Colleen, shortened to Coco. Very close she is to her grandparents.
I used to see Ernie, her grandfather, at many of the
tournaments, couldn't hurt to have him around so often. He was very
competitive. What a mentor. Yes. Beautifully done. Just getting going
over here on Court 1. Vandeweghe down a break. Getting on top of
things in this opening set. I wonder what it's like to be from such a
successful family? You also can't mention Coco, can you, without all
the achievements of her family. Her mum, I mean, you must have seen her
around the tennis circuits. A big character, isn't she? She is. Yeah,
I mean, she's definitely an important figure in Coco's life. Her
parents divorced very early. It was her mother who was really the
driving force behind Coco's tennis. So supportive. Her mother was a
winner in the American team in 76 in Montreal. She was at her best during
the 1980, during the boycott. Can you imagine having your sporting
dream taking away from you. The swimmers and the runners get one
short every four years. You spoke about the mental part that
Pat has set her. He set her tricky aI signments. One was to focus on
the fist point of every game. He will be fuming at that return. --
first. Rybarikova came out with a clear
game plan, slipped there where there is not much grass left in the middle
of the baseline. There is not a lot of zen reflection
from Coco at the back of the court. It's not Maria Sharapova back there.
Nicely done there. Rybarikova is not giving Vandeweghe a lot of rhythm.
That's very purposeful. Doesn't want to try and just blast ground strokes
with Vandeweghe. That's actually what eventually in the previous
match. Her opponent then was the favourite for this event.
That last point was an example - hit hard with Coco a couple and then
threw in the slice, stayed down low and the short angle. Using the link
and the court as well. APPLAUSE
Better. She got the first point. Tennis is a problem solving game.
How does she counter act this slow balling tactic? She's got to have
really good foot work and get down low for those slices and give
herself more margin, build the point.
Much better. APPLAUSE
It's really about hanging in the point long enough, with good depth
until you can get a shot, middle of the court, with the forehand.
There is something sometimes rather lackadaisical about Rybarikova.
She's driven a lot of coaches to distraction. A really good service
game from Vandeweghe. Vandeweghe's the fourth ranked
American behind Serena, Venus and Madison. There were 15 of them in
the single draw. They are like buses, one coming after another.
Where have they all sprung from? I think there's a much better job of
taking care of the top juniors, starting at a young age and really
managing that transition into the pros, making sure they have good
coaching, good physios and good trainers and keeping track of them.
For example, Christine is without a coach, the Fed Cup captain was
watching the matches. There is a like a safety net, isn't it, it
seems. A lot of duty of care? Absolutely. They call it Team USA,
everybody is proud to be a part of it. It just feels much more like
everybody is on the same team instead of individuals. Team
Cash-Vandeweghe in a little trouble here. Here.
That's what Cash doesn't want to see. You have got to accept, you
will get bad bounces, bad calls, but don't show your opponent the
negativity. UMPIRE: The ball was called out.
Miss Vandeweghe has one challenge remaining.
Game Miss Rybarikova. Solid game from Rybarikova. What a way to
answer the Vandeweghe service game. She has to sense that Vandeweghe is
uptight on the other side of the net.
Just the one break. That was in the opening game of the match.
Vandeweghe serving now to stay in this first set.
Often times Vandeweghe, she gets a little anxious. She goes to the
tried and true, which she's done for years, which is - hit harder. She's
got to play smarter. You can just see in the back of your
picture Pat shouting to his old coach, Ian, there.
Nice. Nice. APPLAUSE
On Sunday night they had a little celebration, 30 years since Pat
climbed up to the Player Box in that black-and-white head band. I heard
his whole team from 30 years game. Yeah. Ian, obviously, the long time
coach. I was lucky enough to work with him for a couple of months,
what a lovely man. APPLAUSE
Her feet entrenched. You might have heard an extra roar, but not just
for this sublime lob. So very well caught as well. In the deep.
Fourth double fault of this set for Vandeweghe. Only served 15 coming in
here in four matches. Very unsettled. All the pressure coming
into this quarter-final as the favourite, it's not sat very well
with the American. Rybarikova makes the initial breakthrough. Rybarikova
takes the opening set by 6-3 in just over 30 minutes.
Well, she can dare to dream, can't she? It's the Wimbledon hum is
around this court. First serve percentage. Second serve
as well. 67% for Rybarikova. Of course, never faced a break point.
Just such a solid, clean set. Only two unforced errors from Rybarikova.
Don't wake her up. That's extraordinary, isn't it. First ever
Grand Slam quarter-final. Her first at Wimbledon. Even that last return,
just realising that she's off balance there. Just got it back in
play with good place am. Not playing out of her comfort zone. You I don't
feel that Vandeweghe is playing within herself. Reason when
Rybarikova won the toss and elected to receive. They can get rid of the
nerves. It sends the nerves to Vandeweghe's racquet, right from the
get go. It was Coco that was broken in that first game. 12 months ago
she limped out of Wimbledon. She could hardly move or hold the
racquet with all the injuries and the upcoming operations she had
scheduled. What a difference a year makes. Now can Rybarikova handle the
pressure. Up a set here, serving at the start of the second.
Giving her some of her own medicine. A couple of beautiful backhand
slices. This was the time to press ahead for
Rybarikova, with the momentum coming out of that opening set. But
Vandeweghe, a chance here to change the course of this match. Three
break points. The first under the Rybarikova serve.
And that was a very soft break there.
APPLAUSE Just maybe things are looking up for
the fourth ranked American. Apparently when Pat Cash took her
own he couldn't believe she was 25 in the world. Why is she 25, she
should be five with what she's got. I think that set Pat quite a task.
He has inflicted a lot of 80s hard rock bands on her though. I don't
think their taste in music is quite gelling. He understands what it's
like to have very high achieving parents. His mother was twos-time
Olympic swimmer. That's where Vandeweghe I think
could still improve, those improvised shots.
Much better footwork from Vandeweghe.
Don't forget, you can have three incorrect challenges a set and the
next Rwanda if it goes to a tie-break. And that has clipped the
line. So far, the lines judges on Court No. 1 have
been spot on. That is great foot speed from Rybarikova. And a
fantastic racket once she got there. Amazing execution.
Vandeweghe's first service percentage dipping down to 46%.
Rybarikova looking for the immediate break back.
Grass is a tricky surface, but a then with the wind, it really makes
it much more difficult. I don't like to say it, but I think
there is a storm brewing up down at the Vandeweghe end of the court.
Not a bad idea. I don't think she needed to cut it quite so fine.
Apart from the opening service game of this set, when she had a little
lapse, you wouldn't know she was playing in her first Grand Slam
quarterfinal. Tracy, you played in many of the
great stadiums around the world. You played legends on this court, what
is it like when the wind gets up on stadium courts? Yeah, oftentimes you
can look at the top of the stadium, and if there is a flag, it will be
moving one-way, and down on the playing surface, it will be moving
in the opposite direction. You really have to pay attention to it.
It's just such a different day-to-day, compared to the rest of
the Championships. It's much, much cooler. Irwin is quite a factor in
this match. -- the wind. For Vandeweghe, it's very evident that
there is a lot of bubbling right underneath the surface. And multiple
times, it has come out, already in this match.
SAM SMITH: It will be fascinating to see if Rybarikova can keep up this
level. Ranked 87 in the world, has been as high as 31.
Awful lot of fidgeting in the stands, a few rain jackets, everyone
has come prepared. I made sure I backed everything today! The
players, are they going to be hold for a moment? One thing you need in
those racket bags - industrial strength hairspray, because it's
blowing up like you've never seen out here! Here they come. Ladies and
gentlemen, play is suspended. TRACY AUSTIN: I love the system here
where it is a one, then it moves to a three, then four, that means, get
off the court quickly! Before Kelly Thompson gets... She gets wheeled
away, sometimes they can end up being heart of the court covering
process! Not a bad time for Vandeweghe to head off back to the
locker room, find her game, find her composure. Find her coach! For
Rybarikova, well, we'll see if she is as relaxed as she has been for
the last 49 minutes. Looks like a cool customer, but how they spend
this time - and it can be an infinite amount of time, Tracy,
can't it? I think Pat Cash will move faster than he did 30 years ago, to
get to Coco! But the problem, we don't know how long this is going to
be. We will keep an eye on the covers. If they just cover but don't
inflate, it means they don't anticipate too long a delay. It is
going to be a little messy this afternoon, as we go into the
evening. It must not be raining too hard,
because half the crowd, they're not moving. Tracy, this is England. What
English person do you know comes out without there am further? Have you
ever known me, even in California, you look in my bag, I've got my
brolly! I've got one as well! You've been coming here for so many years,
you're Tameka honorary Englishwoman, you're trained! What is the first
port of call, jump in the shower, see the coach, or...? Obviously, it
depends on how long it looks like it's going to rain. As we saw,
Rybarikova had taping on her thigh. If you're going to take a shower,
you're going to have to start all over again. That's one thing that's
really important, that the players bring extra clothing, extra outfits,
times two or three, depending on the weather report in the morning. So
you've got nice dry clothes, dry socks. Dry Andes, very important! I
wasn't going to go there. The bags are almost bigger than the players
these days. Suitcase! Six or seven wickets. How many rackets did you
take on to court, back in the day, when you were the best in the world?
It's funny, I was looking at pictures the other day, probably
three. And now, all the rackets are so fine tuned.
According to the temperature, they'll tighten the strings.
Come on, how often did you break a string? Not very often. Was it but?
Yes. I still use duct now, it's interesting, people like Roger
Federer use a hybrid. -- gut. That nice mixture is what Roger Federer
uses, and Serena. Most of the time they're strong at different
tensions. We are just chattering on here, because they haven't
inflated... I think now, we're going to take a little pause.
SUE BARKER: Of course we will be right back there if play resumes.
They're actually playing on the outside courts, so that's rather
strange. Anyway, in the meantime, we're going to bring you some tennis
chairs it does continue on Centre Court, and that's over on BBC One.
But here, we're going out to Court No. 2 from earlier today, and it's
the doubles, including the number one seeds.
First ace of the match. Yeah, both of these are renowned for big
serves. Four consecutive points to hold
serve. Ryan Harrison, from a big tennis family. But, the father,
played collegiate tennis at Oklahoma State university. He went on to
become a head coach at John Newcombe's tennis Academy in the
States. He's even married a tennis player as well.
Effective covering at the net from Kontinen. He's got exceptional
hands, the Finn, and John Peers is an exceptional athlete as well.
Fantastic reflexes at the net once again. An awkward height. It is good
to cross in doubles early, because it puts a bit of tentativeness in
the mind of the return about what's going to happen. Lovely serve from
John Peers, he's really flowing with that action already. Good
combination, these two, best in the world currently.
It over miscue! Yeah, perhaps a little bit too keen to produce a
really acute angle. They've been playing together since April, or
they've been world number one since April of this year. So, a routine
hold of serve in the opening two aims of this quarterfinal.
You can see how keen the Finn is to cross and get involved at the net
already, really impose his world number one status. Michael Venus,
then, completing the cycle. Sorry, one too early, it's 1-1! It has been
a long fortnight! Hand of apology offered from this
man, because the backhand return was a bit of a shanked lob.
So, break point opportunity created by the number one seeds. Fantastic
response. Second ace of the match for the number ten seeds. Nice sense
of calm as well from the Kiwi born American.
This is the moment the returners love, when they get a second serve
to look at, in doubles. You thought this was all the net players, but
look at the brilliance from Michael Venus.
What a rally, what a point! Alternately, Venus holds serve,
seeing off two break points. It was a fabulous way to secure the
game, a really long point, but Venus getting there in the end, after that
superb backhand volley. Look at this. Ryan Harrison, ever alert at
the net. Through the space between them,
where a lot of the doubles balls go. 6ft 3, manages to do something with
it, aided by the net cord! Watcher point that was. Already, so young in
this match, both Grand Slam champions this year, these two.
Quite outstanding. So, Kontinen serving now. We are on serve, fourth
game, first set. This really does come down to a
moment of inspiration, a bit of luck. May be the first serve goes
missing from somebody, and then there's an in.
The Australian Open was just one of five tournaments with John Peers
that Kontinen won. Ryan Harrison, you just caught a
glimpse of him, with his back to us, he's ranked as high as 41 in the
world in singles these days. First title, in Memphis. He was a top
junior, the USDA had real high hopes of this young man. He's starting to
come good now, and I think the confidence from the doubles will
infuse into his singles in the end. So, all four players have had their
first service game, all of them have held firm, no breaks of serve to
this point. Michael Venus, saving two break points in the third game.
The net cord just taking it above the outstretched racket of Venus.
What an exchange, my goodness, there were some quick reflexes, too! Every
time these two get the practice court as well, they will be fully to
each other, about 3ft between them at the net, just to increase their
reflexes. Couldn't do anything about that, a net cord as well as a firm
shot. It really is like watching The Matrix film at the moment! Two break
points once again. It's secured by the kournment number
one seeds, Ryan Harrison broken. -- tournament. There's a lovely story,
Michael Venus, born in New Zealand, the kiwi, he moved across to the
States and when he was very, very young the family moved to America.
That fella on the right. He started playing in the States, college
tennis. He played for New Zealand and played at Lousiana State
University and bumped into this man on the left, Ryan Harrison. Got on
well with the family. His dad is the coach. They became close, hung out
together. He became an older brother to young Ryan. He was the groom at
his wedding. He taught him how to drive. How nice is that story.
Suddenly they come out and win the French Open, a really bonding
experience. It just shows you just how so great to play with a partner
you know so well. Really good mates. Nice to see them having Tour as
well. That's how fine the margins are. The
call was a good one. He's so inventive and creative,
Kontinen she's solid within that. Sometimes his creativity can get the
better of him. Too adventurous, like then. Missing the bounce smash, too
much cut on the ball. John Peers, the server, had a good
grounding. Coming through Bailey University, college tennis. The 6
foot 2 Melbourne resident. 12 doubles titles to his name this
man, the server. 11 runnerup spots over the years. This is his sixth
Wimbledon. Runner up two years ago with Jamie Murray who was on this
court just pryer with Martina Hingis. The number one seeds
consolidate the break leading 4-2. For me already the top seeds have
that crispness around the net. Everything they volley seems to have
a little bit more pop on the ball. APPLAUSE
What an acute angle created at the net Bihar Harring. -- by Harrison.
Watch Ryan Harrison, looks how quickly he sees it. A tough volley
toic ma. Comes round the outside of the ball, so he has to get there.
Wonderful touch again at the net by the American. It's often the way,
isn't it, go right at the net man and Ryan Harrison hit that firmly.
John Peers has very quick hands as well. Everybody on the court has,
but that was struck with venom. APPLAUSE
??LINE BREAK UMPIRE: new balls, please.
Winning the 2017 Australian Open, 15th Grand Slam as a team together.
Contesting their seventh Grand Slam here.
Inventiveness really has been in evidence throughout the tournament
to this point. It's really strange actually their success because, you
know, Henri Kontinen hasn't done that much of the French Open, not
beyond the second round before, second round Australian Open as
well. Suddenly, winning Wimbledon Mixed Doubles and the Australian
Open together with his partner. She won the World Tour Finals together.
That a huge event in London of course. That gave them a lot of
confidence to springboard them into the first slam of the year.
You mentioned the accomplishment of Venus, but Henri Kontinen winning
the 2017 was the first Finnish player man or woman to win a Grand
Slam in singles or doubles, a real pioneer for sport from his country.
We thought on the back of losing, the KFinn who retired, we wondered
what the backup would be and then suddenly Henri Kontinen comes here
on the green stuff, wins the Mixed Doubles with Heather Watson and then
the Australian Open as well, with this partner. He's become a real
force. Indeed the world number one. Top of the tree. Very strong player.
He's a big brawny unit, you can see. Strong core and racquet acceleration
and gorge ghouls silky hand skills as well.
APPLAUSE So the Number Ten seeds now serving
to stay in the opening set. Harrison to serve.
These guys haven't managed to engineer any break points so far and
succumbed on the other hand Ryan Harrison's last service game. What
that does of course is just create that little seed of doubt in the
their minds. It's important for them to hold on here and ask a question
of the top seeds. He didn't even flinch there as that boomer came
down beside her. He really went for it on that second serve, 131mph.
Following a first serve at 133. Sharp intake of breath as that ball
went slamming around the stands. Seems really quite unusual to
suggest that Ryan Harrison was the man that got broken earlier on in
the set because he's just sending down some really big deliveries
there and going for that second serve that came up at 131mph was
brash, but fine, because he had leeway in the game. That is the
risks the top double players will play. When you win Roland Garros you
have been through the ring wringer at some stage. They will have faced
chaos through the draws in their lifetime and used to deal with it,
frankly. En route here they conceded a couple of sets along the way. They
have had two four set matches. Two five set matches, Harrison and
Venus. Their opponents some four setters. It's about how you deal
with problems on the doubles courts. They are going to come. Have you to
see it as a challenge and find out how you're going to solve it as
problem as a team. Peers serving for the set.
UMPIRE: 0-15. What a return by Konta, came directly at him. He
controlled the racquet head. Yeah, he's very strong. That was rifled
right into his body. That brings up set point for the
number one seeds. Well reached by Konta. The number
one seeds take the first set after 26 minutes here on Court No. 2.
There's a very big disparity here. It will hopefully show up on this
set summary. There it is. Halfway down, 75% second serve points won
for the top seeds. The tenth seeds, by contrast, just 25%. That is huge
at this level. 50% more second serves won for the senior seeds, the
ones and twos in the world. Quite outstanding. The solitary break
converted from three opportunities that they had. So that just a little
sign of what's been going on out here. So every time that the
underdogs, if you will, the French Open champions hit second serve they
are under a lot of pressure from the world's best teams. They have big
serves. It can haunt them. At the they are so big. If they go flat
out, light out, they are suddenly down on a lot of second serves that
is when they are vulnerable. In a way it might be smart for them to
take a little bit of heat off the first serve, slow it down a little,
in the name of getting more in. It's be oious the returners are licking
their lips when they are seeing that second serve situation. They might
have considered that. Let's see what unfolds in the play ahead. Harrison
and Venus conceded the first set in their victory over the tournament
number six seeds in the third round. Can they do the same again here?
First game, first set. Second set. Venus opening with an unreturnable
serve. I tell you what, don't both teams play at such speed as well. No
messing around, is there? It's almost as if they've seen the
weather forecast. He's very sprightly the Melbourne
resident, this man here, with the cap on, John Peers, they good
athlete, very live, explosive first step.
-- very. Paired up in January 2016. Took their first title in Brisbane,
the pair at the near end here. This man, between April 2013 and
December 2015 he was with Jamie Murray for quite a while, winning
titles. They did very well together. UMPIRE: Game Harrison and Venus.
First game, second set. Konta appears very business like in
the way in which they march around the court. No time wasted. Decisive
in their pre-serve conversations briefly. Someone is dosing off.
Oh, what a delightful volley, my goodness. Backhand win, carving it
across court. The second coming off the on court effects mic was so
crisp. Look at that, right off the Robbing he, fully aware. -- racquet,
fully aware. First double fault of the match for
the number one seeds. Whats a big return from Michael
Venus there, off the backhand side. Sweet timing. Suddenly now they have
a little bit of an opportunity here. 15-30.
A little temporary sense of let down for there for Ryan Harrison. Had a
second serve to look at. Couldn't make the return. Missed opportunity.
Can Venus do better at 30-30 all in this game? Standing back
respectfully on the big serve of the World Number One player. That is
big, 130mph. Fastest of the match so far. For the Number Ten seeds.
APPLAUSE .. So from 15-30 down, three
consecutive points won by Kontinen. Will remain on serve, third game.
That's double fault number three for the Number Ten seeds.
Oh, that's a brilliant shot down-the-line. Really calling on
that forehand. When you consider that Ryan Harrison's backhand was
very deep, that was just a moment of brilliance from John Peers.
Well, this is the man that got broken in the opening set as well,
young Harrison. Youngest player on the court, 25 years old, from
Austin, Texas. Got his weight behind that to ensure it.
APPLAUSE Really important that he holds on
here otherwise psychologically he's going to be wounded. Can ill afford
a second break of his serve. Terrifically executed overhead.
APPLAUSE This is really well taken by Michael
Venus here. He back pedalled a lot to get behind it. As the tallest man
on court, he just thrashed it away. APPLAUSE
Thundering into the back of the court, 127mph.
I would say that these two, the serving duo now, are just a little
bit more serve dependent than the other team. The other team are
perhaps a little more balanced, making a few more returns.
Is UMPIRE: Game, Harrison and Venus. A
good response from Ryan Harrison. He got behind on his own serve, but
rattled off four consecutive points to hold serve and, my goodness, did
he throw-in some thunder bolts as well. A change of officiating crew
taking place here on Court No 2. You can see, look at that, total serve
returns in, 13% more for Kontinen and Peers. That is what we suggested
at the end of the opening set as we saw the graphic. A lot of those
returns are coming in off second serve, too. These two, sat down with
racquets in the air, look very, very relaxed. Ryan Harrison, it's really
good for him. It seems to bring out his light hearted side when he's
playing doubles. Hopefully, like we've seen with so many players,
that confidence can just infuse into his singles game now. He is a
wonderful ball striker. Alongside his good mate, Michael Venus, they
have been long time friends. Dad of Ryan, on the right, still coaches
Michael on the left. It's unusual thaw can't coach your own Sonny
more. He has had multiple coaches since. You can coach your son's best
friend. -- son. Really went for it on that forehand,
only found the middle of the net. That will go down as a massive
opportunity squandered. Big unforced error there. Prides himself on his
forehand, he couldn't get it over the net.
Still again, the top seeds unhindered, unblemished on their own
serve so far. Oh, that is delightful. My goodness.
Such a great touch. They have given themselves a good platform to work
from. He can be inventive there, look at that, just killing all the
pace. Gorgeous from Peers. That's four double faults for this
pairing now. Oh, brilliant return, my goodness,
into the vacant space for an out right winner. Almost every game we
see a little sparkle of brilliance from Henri Kontinen. Look at that,
really attacking that big serve of Venus rein and taking it on.
-- Venus and taking it on. From the number one seed it was almost from
the sublime and ridiculous. The shot from Kontinen outstanding followed
by a shank. Getting ambitious there, a bit gung ho. Look how strong the
return was from Kontinen. He was taken wide with the serve. Quality
delivery. This man, one big step to the right and, boom, it comes back
with more pace than it came down with. Break point being faced by the
number ten seeds, once again. Venus saved two breaks points in the third
game of the first set. UMPIRE: Deuce.
SUE BARKER: We will leave that match. It's 4-3 on serve in the
third. They are watching the rain come down now. They are not back out
on Court 2. We can update you on the big stories so far. Novak Djokovic
held over from yesterday, he won his match against Mannarino to go
through in straight-sets to face Berdych in the quarter-final
tomorrow. No day's rest for him. He will be there tomorrow. Garbine
Muguruza, former French Open champion, came through in
straight-sets against Kuznetsova. She is getting better and better
with each match shech is a runner up coached here. Coached by Martinez.
Wonderful win on Court No. 1. Venus Williams raced through. 6-3, 7-5.
She is through the five-time champion. We say goodbye here on BBC
Two, but there's plenty of tennis to look forward to. We have the roof on
Centre Court. On BBC One at the moment Britain's number one, Johanna
Konta, locked-in battle with Simona Halep. Entering a first set
tie-break. Johanna Konta battling a hard on Centre Court as they watch
under the umbrellas on Henman Hill. More tennis on BBC One. Johanna
Konta, join us there in just a moment. For now, from all of us
here, goodbye. 'From the heights
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