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Murray marches on, Bouchard shines: Best of Day 7

Kei Nishikori is surrounded by fans on Day Seven
by Nicholas McCarvel
Monday 30 June 2014

The forecast didn’t predict it, but Monday rain arrived at The Championships once again, afternoon showers disrupting a day of play that was meant for sunshine and catching up. But all the play that had to happen for the singles draw was completed, a few surprises on the court in addition to that in the weather. Here, a look back at the most memorable moments from Day Seven.

Match of the Day: [3] Andy Murray def. [20] Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(6)
It wasn’t a spectacular display, but the defending champion got the job done on Centre Court – first under an open sky and then a closed roof. The big-serving South African is particularly dangerous indoors, Murray noting his improved play when the two came back from a rain delay. Yet Murray saved his first set point of the tournament at 5-6 down in the tie-break before winning two more points, after which he let out an emphatic yell as he fist pumped.

Murray is into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the seventh time in a row, where he’ll face Grigor Dimitrov, the fast-rising 23-year-old.

Honorary Match of the Day: [13] Genie Bouchard def. [25] Alize Cornet 7-6(5), 7-5
Two days after stunning Serena Williams in the third round, the Frenchwoman Cornet was given no respite in a battle with a confident Bouchard, the only women’s player to make both major semi-finals so far this year.

It was the 20-year-old’s day again, the Canadian attacking Cornet from every corner of the court and not allowing the No.25 seed to serve it out at 5-4 in the second set. Bouchard is now safely into the quarter-finals, where she’ll await either Maria Sharapova or Angelique Kerber, who will not play until Tuesday.

Upset of the Day: Barbora Zahlavova Strycova def. [16] Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-5
The former world No.1 had seemingly been gaining steam throughout this fortnight, winning three matches in straight sets and having her draw opened up by Zahlavova Strycova, the Czech player who took out Li Na on Friday.

But Zahlavova Strycova continued her impressive form, pushing Wozniacki around the court throughout the match and hitting through the always-consistent Dane to book a place in her first-ever Grand Slam quarter-final. She joins countrywoman Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova (whom she’ll play) in the last eight, marking the first time three Czech players have made it that far at a major.

Another upset:[22] Ekaterina Makarova def. [4] Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-0
The 2012 finalist was bundled out in shocking fashion, the hard-hitting left-hander Makarova rolling through their match on No.2 Court with ease.

Other notable winners: Novak Djokovic def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets (his ninth win in a row against the Frenchman); Grigor Dimitrov def. Leonardo Mayer in straights; Kvitova beat Peng 6-3, 6-2; Feliciano Lopez took out John Isner in four; Yaroslava Shvedova won via retirement against an injured Madison Keys; Lucie Safarova dismantled qualifier Tereza Smitkova 6-2, 6-0; Marin Cilic was the first man into the quarter-finals with a three-set win over Jeremy Chardy; Kei Nishikori finished off Simone Bolleli in five.

Photo of the Day: Above, men’s No.10 seed Kei Nishikori makes his way onto the court for the finish of his third-round clash with Simone Bolelli, a crowd of people surrounding him. Talk about getting close to the stars...

Tweet of the Day: Another year, another Sabine Lisicki run at SW19. Last year’s finalist was in fine form on Monday with a three-set win over former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic. Their match had been interrupted on Saturday due to rain with Lisicki up a set, but after Ivanovic won the second it was the German who took control to finish. She’ll face Yaroslava Shvedova in the last 16.

Stat of the Day: A good (noted above) for the Czechs and a bad for the Americans: Safarova, Kvitova and Zahlavova Strycova made it the first time three Czechs have made the last eight at a Grand Slam. For the U.S., Isner’s third-round loss to Lopez means no American is into the fourth round at The Championships for the first time since 1911. Right, 103 years.

'Did you just see?' of the Day: Rafael Nadal didn’t play on Saturday, but he did hit a tennis ball hundreds of time. You have to watch this video to see how.

Quote of the Day: She may not be the queen of Wimbledon, but it sounds like Bouchard is the princess... of her own world? "You can ask my coach or my parents or anyone that I can be a princess. I mean, they're not horrible. But I can be moody in the morning. I'm not so much of a morning person. My fitness trainer carries my tennis bag around. But that's so I don't get tired because I want to save all my energy for the match. I mean, I can demand a few things once in a while, but I do it with love [smiling]."

Video of the Day: We’re solidly into Week Two now, but Live at Wimbledon put together a lookback at the first six days of the tournament – and the entertainment they had to offer, which was plenty.

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