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Bite-sized highlights from day 5 at the Olympic tennis

The Olympic tennis net at Wimbledon
by Alexandra Willis
Wednesday 1 August 2012

Blink and you missed it

Serena Williams dropped just a single game to beat Vera Zvonareva 1 and 0 in the Olympic tennis in what was a terrible mismatch. The Wimbledon champ became the first player into the quarter-finals of the Olympic tennis in the process.

The upset

Kim Clijsters is certainly making the most of her last week at the All England Club as a competitor, upsetting 11th seed Ana Ivanovic, 6-3, 6-4.

For a little while, it looked like Lleyton Hewitt might make it an even more famous day for the older generation when he led Novak Djokovic by a set, 6-4. But the Serb fought back to take the match 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, Hewitt playing what will probably have been his last match at Wimbledon.

Venus Williams sadly couldn’t keep her part of the golden oldie brigade going, narrowly defeated 6-7(5), 6-7(5) by Angelique Kerber.

The biggest upset of day five though came in the form of the last five points of the night, as Kei Nishikori, Japan's wonderboy, won four of five points on Centre Court to upset fourth seed David Ferrer, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4. With Nishikori leading 5-4 in the third, the pair were moved to Centre Court. And it was the Japanese that prevailed. Biggest win of his career, too. 

Murray marches on

Andy Murray’s reaction after his 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Marcos Baghdatis proved more than ever that the British No.1 really does care about these Olympics, no matter what any naysayers may be producing. Murray was slightly slow to start, but more than made up for it, and his yell to the heavens was an apt appraisal of his form this week. He next meets Nicolas Almagro in the quarter-finals.

Sweet revenge

For Maria Sharapova. A month after losing to Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round of The Championships, Sharapova served revenge over three titanic sets, winning 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals, her hopes of an Olympic medal still alive.

More record-breaking

After yesterday’s 25-23 epic between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic, a new doubles record was set as Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares beat fifth seeds Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek 1-6, 6-4, 24-22, which is the longest three-set Olympic men’s doubles match (63 games), and longest set in an Olympic men’s doubles match (46 games).

Easy does it

Petra Kvitova had her easiest match of the Olympic tennis to date, screeching through 6-3, 6-0 over Flavia Pennetta to reach the quarter-finals. The 2011 Wimbledon champ is looking in better nick.

There was no sweat either for Roger Federer, who despite breaking and then surrendering it early in the first set, zoomed through 7-5, 6-3 against Denis Istomin.

Also through to the quarters

Nicolas Almagro, over Steve Darcis, 7-5, 6-3, Juan Martin Del Potro, over Gilles Simon, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6(5), 6-4 over Feliciano Lopez. In the women’s, Victoria Azarenka over Nadia Petrova, 7-6, 6-4, Caroline Wozniacki over Daniela Hantuchova, 6-4, 6-2, John Isner over Janko Tipsarevic, 7-5, 7-6(14).

Double trouble

There will be no second gold medal for Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka. The Swiss duo were beaten in three sets on the depths of Court 18 by Israeli combination Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, losing 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-3.

The Swiss did win his singles though, without bother.

No such troubles for the world No.1s, Americans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, who brushed past Makarova and Vesnina 6-3, 6-3, or Croatia’s Cilic and Dodig, who saw off Brunstrom and Lindstedt, 6-3, 6-2.

Making history

It was up to Sam Stosur, Lleyton Hewitt, Marcin Matkowski and Agnieszka Radwanska to re-introduce mixed doubles to the Olympic tennis after an 80-odd year break, the four facing off on a packed Court 14. While Australia beat Poland, Italy beat Sweden, Argentina beat Russia, the USA beat Italy (a different pair), and Belarus beat Germany. More mixed tomorrow.

Quote of the day

"I'm trying to do that at least once a tournament. I don't think I did it in Stanford, but two-out-of-three isn't bad." 

Serena thumped down four aces in a game in her win over Zvonareva

The London 2012 Olympic tennis is taking place at Wimbledon. Visit the ITF Olympics site for full scores, draws and the London 2012 site for video content, venue and schedule information.

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