Plays of the day
By Joe Drabble. Last Updated: July 2, 2012 9:09pm
Player - Novak Djokovic
The world No.1 made a real statement last up on Centre Court, showing no sentiment at all as he put close friend and Serbia team-mate Viktor Troicki to the sword. With the male top seeds struggling in week one, Djokovic was back to his best today, producing a dazzling display to win 6-2 6-1 6-3 in 90 minutes. He will await the winner of Florian Mayer and Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals.
Shock - Sharapova stunned
German 15th seed Sabine Lisicki produced a stunning display of power-hitting to eliminate top seed and favourite Maria Sharapova on Court One. In what was a repeat of last year's semi-final, Lisicki gained revenge on her Russian counterpart after her loss 12 months ago by recording a high-quality 6-4 6-3 triumph. She looks a real threat for the title now.
As has become the norm in recent years, all British hopes rest solely on the shoulders of Andy Murray at the start of the second week. The world No.4 looked in great touch before rain cut short his progress against Marin Cilic. Murray leads 7-5 3-1 (40-0) and will look to seal his place in the quarter-finals when play resumes at 12pm on Centre Court on Tuesday.
In junior action, Peter Ashley was beaten in straight sets by Spain's Poi Toledo Bague and Eden Silva crashed out in similar fashion to Austria's Barbara Haas. Both matches took place on Court 19.
Italian Francesca Schiavone spoke with a tear in her eye following her fourth round defeat to Petra Kvitova. The 24th seed was involved in a heated debate with the umpire at the start of the third set and at one point refused to play, claiming the surface was too slippery. Play had stopped on other courts around SW19, however the umpire deemed the surface playable and the match continued. Kvitova adapted to the conditions better, racing through the deciding set 6-1 to prevail.
Serena Williams complained she was "mobbed" and questioned the standards of Wimbledon security after winning on Court Two for the second time today. The four-time former champion claimed she was nearly knocked to her feet by the crowds of supporters who flocked towards her after her fourth round victory over Yaroslava Shvedova. She said: "Literally, I thought I was going to fall down after the match. You know, I guess that comes with the territory. It was crazy out there.
"No-one's going to knock me over - i'd like to see that happen. You guys know me, I can look after myself."
There were plenty of big names in attendance on Manic Monday. Sir Cliff Richard's workload has been reduced significantly since the introduction of the Centre Court roof but he still turned up just in case. England cricketer James Anderson, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew and golfing duo Ernie Els and Paul Casey were also spotted on Centre Court.
No.2 seed Victoria Azarenka played a number of sensational shots during her 6-1 6-0 rout of Ana Ivanovic, but none were better than her stunning backhand lob on the run at the start of the second shot. A similar effort from Serena Williams opened up match point en route to her victory over Yaroslava Shvedova.
Kim Clijsters waved goodbye to the All England Club today after falling to a heavy defeat in her last scheduled match at the event. The 29-year-old, who reached the semi-finals at SW19 in 2003 and 2006, will retire from the sport after the US Open. A fairytale ending wasn't to materialise for the Belgian, who slumped to a 6-1 6-1 defeat at the hands of German Angelique Kerber.
Roger Federer has now reached a staggering 33 successive Grand Slam quarter-finals after his four-set victory over Xavier Malisse. Conversly, Ana Ivanovic has not reached the last eight of a major since winning the French Open in 2008.
Talking point - Andy Murray on Court One...
Should the home hope ever be playing anywhere else than Centre Court? Surely we should be giving him every advantage possible in a bid to end the much-maligned wait for a British male champion. The fact he played on Court One today meant he was unable to complete his match with Cilic and he will now have to come back and finish tomorrow.