Plays of the day
We look back at some of the talking points from day eight at the All England Club
Last Updated: July 3, 2012 8:18pm
Andy Murray reached a fifth successive Wimbledon quarter-final, beating Croatian 16th seed Marin Cilic 7-5 6-2 6-3 as organisers scrambled to make up for lost time caused by heavy rain. The British fourth seed will now attempt to go on to a fourth All England Club semi-final on the trot, but will first have to get past Spain's David Ferrer to reach the last four. On the resumption, the Scot was rarely troubled as Cilic struggled with his opponent and the damp, chilly conditions.
Here is a list of other results in matches featuring British players today:
Boys Singles Round 2
(5) Liam Broady bt Stefan Kozlov (USA) 6-7 (3) 6-0 6-4
Mens Doubles Round 3
Jonathan Marray & Frederik Nielsen (Den) bt (8) Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pak) & Jean-Julien Rojer (Ned) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (4-7) 5-7 7-5
Quotes of the day
Murray, fresh from victory, insisted he does not care which court he plays on as long as he gets his matches done. "I honestly don't care which court I play on, but every player would rather play on centre court because it's got a roof and you know you're going to get your match in," he said. "I don't think I deserve to play every match on Centre. (A rain delays is) always tough but it's good experience for me."
Playing under the retractable roof for the first time on the court where she's had some of her biggest triumphs, Serena Williams defeated defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-3 7-5 to reach her eighth Wimbledon semi-final. "I loved it. I loved the sound," Williams said. "The sound of the balls. It's kind of like a whoosh and a pop. It's really cool. It's almost like a video game, but you're playing. It kind of flies through and you hear it when it lands. I really like playing indoor."
Tweet of the day
Retired British tennis player Greg Rusedski was among those who said Murray should have been allowed to play on Centre Court again.
He tweeted: "A real shame Murray wasn't on Centre Court, a little mistake from organiser. Need to give him every advantage possible."
Shock of the day
German 31st seed Florian Mayer reached the quarter-finals for only the second time, eight years after his first appearance, with a 6-3 6-1 3-6 6-2 win over French 18th seed Richard Gasquet. It was Mayer's first win over 2007 semi-finalist Gasquet since 2004 and was sweet revenge for losing a Davis Cup quarter-final rubber to the French player in 2011 after being two sets to love ahead.
Baker's streak ends
Philipp Kohlschreiber made it into the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time, ending US qualifier Brian Baker's fairytale run in a straight sets win. The German 27th seed won 6-1 7-6 (4) 6-3 in an hour and 55 minutes on Court 12 and now faces French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last eight. Baker lost six years of his career after five different operations on a hernia, then his left and right hips and finally his right elbow.
He eventually felt ready to return to tennis in July 2011 and the 27-year-old has enjoyed a remarkably successful time back on the circuit. Baker started the year ranked 458 but the world number 126 will break into the top 100 after his Wimbledon run, with the American likely to enter at around 77. Kohlschreiber goes fourth on the list of the most grand slams played before reaching the last eight, having got there on the 33rd attempt. Fabrice Santoro holds the unenviable record at 54, followed by Australian doubles duo Mark Woodforde on 38 and Todd Woodbridge on 34.
More rain at SW19
Rain brought more misery at Wimbledon on Tuesday with Centre Court's £80 million ($125 million, 100 million euro) roof moving back and forth as often as the players. The roof was closed on the All England Club's main arena in the run-up to the start of play, but then reopened just before Spanish seventh seed David Ferrer was due to begin his last 16 clash against Argentine ninth seed Juan Martin del Potro.
Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright was joined by Carole and Michael Middleton - parents of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate. Classical singer Katherine Jenkinson was also in the crowd along with retired heptathlete Denise Lewis and cricketer Stuart Broad.
On this day
At Wimbledon in 2004 - 17-year-old Sharapova beat Serena Williams to win her first grand slam title.