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Rare British Double on A Stop-and-Start Friday

Laura Robson signs autographs for fans on Centre Court after defeating Mariana Duque-Marino.
by Nicholas McCarvel
Friday 28 June 2013

Wednesday was wacky and Thursday subdued, so what were we to expect for Friday, Day Five at The Championships? It's impossible to ever predict what will come, but the day that did unfold was a calm and rather cool one (both the weather and the action) that included no major upsets, a couple of spells of rain and a first for British tennis that had locals smiling as they walked away from the grounds of the All England Club. Read on for more...

Match of the Day: Laura Robson def. Mariana Duque-Marino 6-4, 6-1

She came, she played, she conquered. No, the tennis that 19-year-old Laura Robson won with on Friday on Centre Court wasn't epic, but the Briton was playing under the roof and when she kicked off play, was the lone match being played on the grounds at that moment. With that added pressure, Robson delivered squarely, belting her forehand and (along with Andy Murray's win later in the day) helping usher in the first double-Brit win on Centre Court at Wimbledon since Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman pulled off said feat in 1999.

Honorary Match of the Day: [24] Jerzy Janowicz def. [15] Nicolas Almagro 7-6(6), 6-3, 6-4
There have been some hiccups, but the big-serving Jerzy Janowicz of Poland has continued to prove in 2013 that his run to the final at the Paris Masters last fall was no fluke. On Friday after his win over No.15 seed Almagro, Janowicz said that surprise run remains the biggest moment of his career, though beating a higher seed at Wimbledon under the roof on Centre Court has to come in a close second. With the convincing straight-set win, Janowicz moves into a fourth round match that was projected to have Roger Federer in it, but instead will face Jurgen Melzer, who stopped Federer's feller Sergiy Stakhovsky in four sets on Friday.

Upset of the Day: The Upsetters No More
Sergiy Stakhovsky, Michelle Larcher De Brito, Eugenie Bouchard. They all be massive names earlier in the week at Wimbledon, but Friday their runs here ended without a win to back up their headline-grabbing accomplishments. But all of them facing players ranked higher than them with Jurgen Melzer, a former top 10 player downing Stakhovksy in four sets and Larcher De Brito and Bouchard losing to Karin Knapp and Carla Suarez Navarro, respectively. It's been said before: the hardest thing to do after a major win? Win again.

Stat of the Day
Of the top 10 seeds in the men's and women's draw, only 10 (out of 20) have made the third round of The Championships, making it the joint-worst performance by top 10 seeds at any event in the Grand Slam errant, joining Wimbledon in 1996 and Roland Garros in 1998. Six men and four women made the final 32 in their respective draws.

For the women, it's the worst performance by the top 10 women’s seeds at any Slam in the Open Era. The previous fewest women’s top 10 seeds to reach the 3rd round at a Slam was 5 seeds at 2001 Roland Garros. The previous fewest women’s Top 10 seeds to reach the 3rd round at Wimbledon was 6 seeds in 1996 and 2000.

Quote of the Day: What did Laura Robson think of Harry Styles, one of the members of the British boy band One Direction, tweeting her good luck?

"Like I didn't follow, who was it that tweeted me yesterday, Harry [Styles]. I haven't been really going  on Twitter. I actually got an email from Twitter saying, 'He's followed you and messaged you.' I guess if you're that big time, then Twitter gets involved. But I looked in my replies, and it was just like thousands of these messages, asking who I am (laughter) ... I was like wetting myself because it was so funny.

Watch Laura's press conference here

Tweet of the Day: Be careful out there in London, oh players...


'Did You Just See?' of the Day
Small court, big crowd. That's one reason to love Grand Slam tennis: something sensational pops up when and where you don't expect it. On Friday late afternoon that was Court 14 as Dustin Brown, who had gained quite the following (and 17,000+ more followers on Twitter) after a charismatic win over Lleyton Hewitt in the second round, as he took on Adrian Mannarino of France. But it wasn't meant to be for the dreadlock-sporting German, as he went down to Mannarino in straight sets as a throng of fans surrounded the outside court.

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