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Serena Stunned and Poland's Day in the (Tennis) Sun

Serena Williams showing signs of frustration on Centre Court.
by Nicholas McCarvel
Monday 1 July 2013

Mondays are always better when there are 16 fourth-round matches at the best tennis tournament in the world. Sadly, that day comes just once a year, which just happened to be today. From Serena Williams' jaw-dropping exit to safe wins for Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, here's what you missed in case you were caught with a case of the - you guessed it! - Mondays.

Match (and Upset) of the Day [23] Sabine Lisicki def. [1] Serena Williams 6-2, 1-6, 6-4

Four Roland Garros champions, four Sabine Lisicki wins. That's the incredible stat that the German world No.23 holds, having beaten the reigning French Open winner at Wimbledon the last four times she played here: 2009 against Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2011 over Li Na, last year vs. Maria Sharapova and again today, beating Williams in a terrific three-set encounter on Centre Court. It was a match that, while it started out in the big-hitting Lisicki's favour, looked as though it would be a Serena run-through as the American won the second set in 25 minutes and built a 3-0 lead in the final set. But Lisicki, who made the semi-finals here in 2010, would not be denied, fighting back to 4-all and then playing lights-out tennis to close, overcoming a measured Serena and nailing a forehand winner to seal the win.

Honorary Match of the Day
Let's pick three, shall we? A trio of Poles pulled off a first-ever feat on Monday, with Jerzy Janowicz, Lukasz Kubot and Agnieszka Radwanska all winning fourth-round battles. The win by the two men meant the first time that a Polish man (just one, even so) was in the final eight at Wimbledon since Wojtek Fibak made it that far in 1980. Janowicz beat Jurgen
Melzer, a former member of the top 10 while Kubot downed Adrian Mannarino in five sets as well. Radwanska, for her part, denied grass-court expert Tsvetana Pironkova her third  Wimbledon quarter-final in four years. And who do the two Polish men face for a spot in the semi-finals? Each other.

And That Makes Eight...
The quarterfinals are completely booked. They look like this on the men's half: Novak Djokovic vs. Tomas Berdych; David Ferrer vs. Juan Martin Del Potro; Janowicz vs. Lukasz Kubot and Andy Murray vs. Fernando Verdasco. And for the women: Lisicki vs. Kaia Kanepi; Radwanska vs. Li Na; Sloane Stephens vs. Marion Bartoli; Petra Kvitova vs. Kirsten Flipkens.

Stat of the Day
It's worth repeating: Janowicz and Kubot are the first Polish men to advance to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon since Wojtek Fibek did so in 1980. Fibak lost in that round, meaning  whoever wins on Wednesday will be the furthest any Polish man has made it at Wimbledon.

This one's worth repeating, too: Lisicki has knocked out the reigning Roland Garros champion in her last four Wimbledon appearances. Svetlana Kuznetsova (2009), Li Na (2011), Maria Sharapova (2012) and Serena Williams (2013). Also to note on Sabine: she's 17-5 at Wimbledon in her career and just 16-15 at all other Grand Slams.

With his win on Monday, Novak Djokovic has now qualified for 17 straight major quarter-finals (dating back to Wimbledon in 2009). Not bad, Novak.

Quote of the Day: A great day to be Polish... Jerzy Janowicz:
"Yeah, it's unbelievable what is going on right now. We have this moment two players in quarterfinal in men's draw. Maybe in a few minutes we'll have a woman in the quarterfinals [Radwanska won]. I think this is by far the best what possibly could happen to Polish tennis."

Tweet of the Day

'Did You Just See?' of the Day
It's not just golf that Jack Nicklaus enjoys. On Monday the famed Golden Bear was in the Royal Box, taking in the tennis with 18 majors to his own credit. Eddie Redmayne, the star of the recently released Les Miserables, was also in attendance, sporting a suit and a panama hat.

Video of the Day
What does 24 hours look like at Wimbledon? This amazing time-lapse video shows us.

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