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The Best of Day 6: Serena Stunned, Roger Rolls

Serena Williams gets very emotional during her Third round match
by Nicholas McCarvel
Saturday 28 June 2014

For the first time in eight years, neither Williams sister will play in the second week at Wimbledon as top seed Serena was bundled out of the tournament on Saturday in a three-set shocker. What else happened (other than bad weather?) on day Six of The Championships? Here, a review of the biggest storylines.

Match of the Day: [25] Alize Cornet d [1] Serena Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
It was the epic that no one saw coming – not even Alize Cornet. The 24-year-old Frenchwoman delivered a shocking upset of the five-time Wimbledon champion and the world No.1 on No.1 Court. Cornet was blasted off the court by the 32-year-old American in the first set before she settled in, taking leads of 5-1 and 5-2 in the last two sets, closing them out just when she needed to. It was a second consecutive win over Williams for the 24-year -old from France, who now faces Genie Bouchard in the fourth round. “I just cannot believe it: a few years ago, I couldn't even play on grass, I was so bad,” Cornet said after the win. “And she's 'at home', she plays so good here. Wow, it's just a dream.”

Honorary Match(es) of the Day: Roger and Rafa restore order
There would be no major upset for Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer on Centre Court at Wimbledon under the roof, both men advancing in relatively comfortable fashion. Nadal dropped the opening set of his match for the third consecutive round (the first time that has happened at a major in his career), overcoming Mikhail Kukushkin in four sets. Federer, however, has looked in fine form: the seven-time champion steamrolled Santiago Giraldo and has dropped just 23 games in three matches to advance to week two. Nadal will face wild card Nick Kyrgios, 19, in the round of 16 while Federer meets Tommy Robredo, who beat Jerzy Janowicz 6-2, 6-4, 6-7(5), 4-6, 6-3. 

Upset of the Day: The rain
It wasn’t a complete washout of play on Day Six, but rain wreaked plenty of havoc at the All England Club, disrupting the schedule and causing the delay of two singles matches for John Isner-Feliciano Lopez and Stan Wawrinka-Denis Istomin to Monday. Those two winners are set to play in the fourth round, officials confirming that there would be no play tomorrow, Middle Sunday. After a brief start earlier in the day, rain kept play off court until around 5:30pm. Forecast for week two around SW19? Bright and sunny.

Photo of the Day: Above, a frustrated Serena Williams lets out a bellow of emotion during her three-set loss to Cornet. Williams has now bowed out before the quarter-finals at all three majors so far this year.

Tweet of the Day: Alison Riske lost 11 straight games to fall to Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 on Centre Court. But, hey! David Beckham was there, so all is OK in the world.

 

Stat of the Day: Wild card Nick Kyrgios has booked a place in the fourth round against Nadal, and he did so against a fellow wild card in Jiri Vesely, marking the first time two men’s wild cards have met this late at Wimbledon – ever.

'Did you just see?' The Royal Box was brimming with British sporting stars as is the tradition at The Championships each Middle Saturday. Front and centre was former football standout David Beckham, along with Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton. Olympic diver Tom Daley, cricket star Sachin Tendulkar and 2012 Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins were also among the sporting heroes. 

Quote of the Day: Sharapova on David Beckham: "He's a great guy. I mean, besides being an incredible football player, he has so much that he's done in his career, having a family, maintaining so many things off the court. He’s a really nice person to chat to. We're not best buddies or anything, but it's nice to be able to say hello and congratulate each other on achievements we've had in our careers and so on."

Video of the Day: “I am confident I can do it again.” Those are the words of Rafael Nadal, the two-time champion having moved into the second week for the first time since being runner-up here in 2011. Watch this behind-the-scenes look at his practice:


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