• Wimbledon, Day Five

Something in the air under Centre Court roof?

ESPN staff
June 29, 2012

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Federer performs the great escape
Sharapova and Clijsters progress
Djokovic suvives scare
Watson outclassed by Radwanska

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Djokovic avoids Czech mate
After seeing Rafael Nadal crash out of Wimbledon at the hands of the lesser-spotted Lukas Rosol, another upset appeared to be on the cards as Novak Djokovic dropped the opening set to Radek Stepanek. However, the world No. 1 roared back to claim a 4-6 6-2 6-2 6-2 victory, thus avoiding an investigation into the content of the air supply under the Centre Court roof - although that probe was nearly launched when Roger Federer came within an inch of defeat.

Jamie's dodgy trick shot
There was no Andy Murray for British fans on Friday, but his brother Jamie did his best to steal the headlines. Murray was in action on Court 14 with doubles partner Eric Butorac. In a twisted version of Roger Federer's William Tell trick shot from a few years back, Murray fired down an ace, which bounced up and smacked the line judge right in the middle of her forehead.

Not-so Troicki Viktory
Viktor Troicki was on the verge of a grand slam record when he took on Juan Monaco on Friday. The Serb's last seven grand slam matches had gone to five sets - equalling the Open Era record. With the record in his sights, he only went and beat Pico in straights. Just plain lazy if you ask us.

Stepping out of line
Stepanek was made to change his shoes ahead of his third round clash with Djokovic - his patriotic choice of footwear - red, white and blue - were deemed to break the predominantly white rule by officials. The Czech duly changed into some white trainers with a flash of green, but we ask, have the All England Club seen Bethanie Mattek-Sands' hair?

How do you solve a problem like Maria?
Maria Sharapova's serve continues to be her most dangerous opponent as she made five double faults in her 6-1 6-4 victory over Hsieh Su-Wei. While the Russian's second serve was consistently quicker than her opponent's best efforts, she did serve up a howler. With the wind gusting on Court One, Sharapova's second serve bounced on her own side of the net. Cue sniggers from the spectators - much to the annoyance of Sharapova.

She may have been overwhelmed by Agnieszka Radwanska, but Heather Watson showed she was a true plucky Brit, returning to court later on Friday to team up with Ross Hutchins in the mixed doubles as they overcame Daniela Hantuchova and Filip Polasek 6-4 6-3.

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