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Day 8, Part 1

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

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Beautiful reactions! That was just sumptuous, superb. Beautiful


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


of the Scottish Highlands


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