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Bite-sized highlights from Day 5

by Courtney Nguyen
Friday 29 June 2012

Houdini act: Roger Federer. On grass. Best of five. It has taken monumental efforts in order to pull off an upset of Federer here at Wimbledon and Julien Benneteau came within two points of pulling off the second major upset of the tournament on Friday night. In fact, he came within two points numerous times. But Federer remained unflappable and despite falling behind two sets to love, his years of experience told him that Benneteau still had a mountain to climb. Escape acts like this have been known to take the weight off a player's shoulders and spur them on to a winning campaign. What say you, Roger?

We miss you, Nikki V.: If you have a keen eye you may have recognized a familiar face in Radek Stepanek's player box during his third round match against Novak Djokovic. It was none other than his wife, Nicole Vaidisova, former WTA world No. 7, sitting with a red scarf wrapped stylishly around her. Vaidisova, who effectively retired from the tour at 20-years old was a two-time quarterfinalist here at Wimbledon. Nice to see you on Centre Court, Nicole. Wish you were holding a tennis racket though.

A mile to go: Speaking of Vaidisova, here's a piece of trivia: she lost the last match of her career to one Heather Watson. In a odd piece of tennis synchronicity, Watson would take Centre Court right after Stepanek bowed out to Djokovic. Unfortunately for Heather, it wasn't her day. Agnieszka Radwanska showed exactly why she's almost 100 ranking spots ahead of Watson right, sitting pretty as the No. 3 player in the world.

One to watch: Keep an eye on 20-year old Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi. Down 1-5 in the second set to No. 20 seed Nadia Petrova and fought all the way back to win the match in a tiebreak to progress to the fourth round.

Well this is awkward: Maria Kirilenko and Sorana Cirstea showed up to their third round match in the exact same Adidas babydoll dress. 

Rosol not ro-silient: if you watched the TV coverage of Lukas Rosol's upset of Rafael nadal, one of the faces you will recognize is his doubles partner Mikhail Kukushkin, who sat in constant support of his good friend. The two were out on Court 19 this evening and unfortunately they couldn't replicate Lukas' result, losing to the team of James Cerretani and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Stat of the day


Straight five-set matches that Viktor Troicki has played at a Grand Slam. That streak finally ended today when he secured a straight set win over No. 15 seed Juan Monaco. See, Viktor? It doesn't have to be that hard.

He said

"I tried to stay calm, and I was. It was like he's still such a long a way from the finish line that there is no reason right now to go crazy about it. Let's see how the third starts and then we'll take it from there. Like I said, I have been there so many times that I also know how to handle the situation."

Roger Federer on how he didn't panic after falling behind two sets to love against Julien Benneteau.

She said

"There's definitely been moments where I think like, Oh, I'm going to take a good look around; I'm going to take these emotions in. Now that I'm a little bit older, I'm able to kind of recognize the emotions or recognize what influences little details have, and I'm able to, yeah, just I guess save those memories a little bit better from when I was younger and talk about it with my husband or our daughter even, teach her little things, show her little things. It's fun. It's nice to be looking at sports in this kind of way."

Kim Clijsters on soaking in the memories of her last Wimbledon.

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