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Robson, Rowling and Roger: the best of Day Two

John McEnroe shakes hands with Roger Federer
by Nicholas McCarvel
Tuesday 25 June 2013

There was no Rafael Nadal-lost-and-the-world-is-ending shocker on Tuesday at Wimbledon, but there was plenty of sensational tennis on Day Two of The Championships 2013. From Laura Robson's crowd-pleasing win to a certain Harry Potter scribe in attendance, we reveal the can't-miss moments as the first round came to a close.

Match of the Day: Laura Robson def. [10] Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4

It hadn't happened for 15 years, but Laura Robson made the wait worth it. On Tuesday the 19-year-old British upstart became the first British woman to beat a Top 10 player at Wimbledon since Sam Smith did so in 1998. While Smith knocked out No.7 seed Conchita Martinez, it was the 10th-seeded Maria Kirilenko that Robson beat, smacking one final forehand winner on the line to seal her third Top 10 win in the last year at Grand Slams, following upsets over Li Na and Petra Kvitova at the US and Australian Opens, respectively. Robson will get clay-court specialist Mariana Duque-Marino in the second round. Can she equal Smith's run to the fourth round in '98? She'd be the first British woman to do that since, as well...

Honorary Matches of the Day: The Grass Queens Are Back

What is it about grass for Sabine Lisicki and Tsvetana Pironkova? It's hard to say. The two Europeans each have been to a Wimbledon semi-final and quarter-final before, Lisicki taking down Maria Sharapova a year ago and Pironkova beating Venus Williams not once but twice in week two at the All England Club. Lisicki waxed former Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone 6-1, 6-2 on No.1 Court while earlier in the day Pironkova ripped through No.21 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, herself a former major quarter-finalist, losing just one game en route. Lisicki is a looming fourth-round danger for Serena Williams while Pironkova's section of the draw lost No.13 seed Nadia Petrova as well, making her a dark horse for week two, once again.

Upset of the Day: Bernard Tomic def. [21] Sam Querrey 7-6(6), 7-6(3), 3-6, 2-6, 6-3

He's had his ups and downs off the court, but the youngest player in the men's draw came good with an upset over the No.1 American Querrey, Tomic willing his way back to a five-set win after dropping sets three and four because of what he said was a lack of energy and a nasty dizzy spell setting in. But the 20-year-old Australian came up with dizzying stuff himself in the final set, his smooth, flat game getting him back to the second round for the first time since his shocking run to the quarter-finals in 2011. Next up? Another American: James Blake.

Quote of the Day: Novak Djokovic on his former coach, Jelena Gencic, who passed away during Roland Garros

"She was a very special lady in my life. She was like my second mother, my mentor, somebody that has taught me a lot about sport, about life in general. I inherited that big passion and love towards tennis from her, because I didn't have anybody in my family playing tennis. Also at that time when I was growing up in Serbia, tennis was not really popular sport. So she was the one that really has taught me a lot of nice things and gave me the right direction. [We] were a good combination with her passion for the sport."

Stat of the Day

Defending women's champion and top seed Serena Williams lost a grand total of zero - yes, that's zero - points on serve in the first set of her match against Mandy Minella on Centre Court, serving 81 per cent of her first deliveries in and going a perfect 16 for 16 points on serve in a 19-minute set. She beat Minella 6-1, 6-3 to move on to round two.

Tweet of the Day

'Did You Just See?' of the Day

We're not called the British Open, but on Tuesday it would have worked. Golf superstars Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy both made appearances at the All England Club, though there were no reports of them working on their putting games on the practice courts. In the Royal Box was one of tennis' royal dames, Maria Bueno, winner of seven major singles titles and a fine tennis fan herself at 73 years young. And if the place felt a little bit extra magical on Day Two that was because J.K. Rowling, the famed Harry Potter penner, was in the Box as well. Is there a spell for playing world-class tennis, J.K.? We want to know it!

Video of the Day

John, meet Roger. Roger, John. On Tuesday Roger Federer and John McEnroe crossed paths at the practice courts, a friendly exchange and a gentlemen's handshake for the two that own ten Wimbledon titles between them.

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