Plays of the day
We look back at some of the talking points from day four at the All England Club
Last Updated: June 28, 2012 10:40pm
Andy Murray gave the home crowds at SW19 reason to cheer on Thursday as he beat Ivo Karlovic to reach the third round but, the Scot's efforts aside, it was a bleak day for the remaining Brits. Big-serving Karlovic was always expected to prove an awkward opponent for Murray and so it proved as he took the second set to level the match. But Murray reasserted himself by taking the third and then sealed a hard-fought triumph as he came out on top in a fourth set tie-break, although Karlovic was left bemoaning the officials - more on that later.
However, while Murray's campaign gathers momentum, those of James Ward, Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha all came to an end. Ward put up a gallant display against American tenth seed Mardy Fish, twice fighting back from a set down to level the match before eventually succumbing to a 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-7 (7-3) 6-3 defeat.
But while Ward battled hard, Keothavong and Baltacha departed with barely a whimper as they were both brushed aside in straight sets. Keothavong was thrashed 6-1 6-1 by tenth seed Sara Errani of Italy, while Baltacha found defending champion Petra Kvitova far too strong, going down 6-0 6-4.
Shock of the day
For most of the day the biggest upset looked like being ninth seed Marion Bartoli's departure at the hands of unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic. However, long after play had finished on all the other courts Lukas Rosol ensured that we would see not only the biggest shock of the day, but also the year, decade and possibly even history of grand slam tennis.
The unheralded Czech produced a quite breathtaking display of sustained brilliance to oust world number two Rafael Nadal in one of the most extraordinary matches ever witnessed on Centre Court. The fact the contest finished under the roof, with the lights on and late into night only added to the drama and ensured it will remain in the memories of all who saw it for many, many years to come.
Scoreline of the day
Brian Baker continued his remarkable comeback with a 6-0 6-2 6-4 victory over Jarkko Nieminen to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time. The American was a peer of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Thomas Berdych coming through the ranks and reached the French Open junior final in 2003.
But three hip procedures, a hernia operation and most seriously, elbow surgery that took three years to heal threatened to end a promising career.
The 27-year-old managed to remain positive throughout though, and was determined to carve out a career on tour. After reaching the final of the ATP Tour event in Nice in May, he won a match at the French Open last month after earning a wildcard, came through qualifying for Wimbledon and now faces world number 55 Benoit Paire of France for a place in the last 16 at SW19.
"I feel the effects of the matches on my body, that's for sure, but there's nothing going on that is keeping me from being able to prepare and play good tennis," he said. "I have been away from the game too long to try to have anything else keep me away."
Moan of the day
Although most present on Centre Court were delighted by Andy Murray's victory, one man cut a decidedly displeased figure - his opponent Ivo Karlovic. The Croat insisted foul play had been at work during his defeat after he was called for no fewer than 11 foot-faults by officials.
The furious 33-year-old said afterwards: "Foot-faults. I don't know what to say, but it was a little bit outrageous. "In my whole life, ever since I was eight years old, (my) whole life I didn't do this many foot-faults. It was like 11.
"It was never called when it was like 30-love or 40-love. It was always when it was 30-all or in a tiebreak. I mean, what is this? Is it Davis Cup or is it Wimbledon?
"After this match, the whole credibility of this tournament went down for me. After I don't know how many, I stood a little bit back so they cannot call (foot-fault). They still did it. So it was outrageous, outrageous. It's Wimbledon, Centre Court, and they do this. I mean, this is bull****. I feel cheated. On a Grand Slam (stage), Centre Court, I don't know what to say."
After Prince Charles on Wednesday, it was Pippa Middleton in the Royal Box on Thursday as she saw Andy Murray continue his quest for a first grand slam title. The 28-year-old sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and brother James, watched on as the Scot booked a place in the third round. Also spotted in the Royal Box on Thursday was deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman, who took in Serena Williams' match against Hungary's Melinda Czink.
Judy Murray is understandably more than a little enthusiastic when it comes to seeing son Andy sweep away opponents on Centre Court. Seemingly the novelty has yet to wear off. But she was just a little too loud today for Andy's coach Ivan Lendl. She wrote on Twitter: "Mr Lendl has asked me to bring him ear plugs if I'm sitting behind him next match. Too good."