• Wimbledon, Day Six

A golden set and a shocking crime

ESPN staff
June 30, 2012

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Nadal-slayer Rosol defeated
Tsonga wins, Roddick goes out

Serena survives marathon
Kvitova wastes no time

Day Six Gallery
What They Said: Baker's surprise
Plays of the Day: A stolen hawk!

Golden bagel
Not only did Sara Errani lose the first set against Yaroslava Shvedova 6-0 on Saturday, but she did so without winning a single point - losing all 24 the pair played in a truly disheartening opening set display.

It is only the second time in the professional era such an event has happened - the only other being back in 1983, when American Bill Scanlon tortured Marcos Hocevar in the first round of the WCT Gold Coast Classic in Florida.

Interestingly, Shvedova actually held the previous record for consecutive points won in a row in a WTA event - 23. On that occasion, unbelievably, she actually lost her match - this time round however she held on to confirm a 6-0 6-4 win.

HawkEye can't help you with this one
The second unbelievable story to emerge from the All England Club had nothing to do with the action on the court. Midway through the afternoon police solemnly confirmed that Rufus, the hawk employed at Wimbledon to scare off pigeons, had been stolen. A shocking story that begged the question, 'Who exactly steals a hawk?!'

Nevertheless, the crime - which police immediately began investigating - resulted in Rufus' owners returning to Northampton in order to pick up a replacement bird (in this game, there's no place for sentiment). Presumably security measures for this new, substitute hawk will be increased, but what havoc did the pigeons wreck in the hours where they were left unperturbed by a patrolling bird of prey?! Did they even realise that the All England Club was their playground, to roam and desecrate as they pleased? One daren't even think about it...

Fifteen minutes of fame
Defeating one of the greatest players of all-time on Thursday, dumped out in straight sets by a virtual nobody on Saturday. Such is the rollercoaster life of Lukas Rosol.

The Czech may have stunned Rafael Nadal in the last round, but he had no answer for Philipp Kohlschreiber (who, in fairness to the German, is an above-average tour player) as he went out in three sets on one of the outside courts on Saturday. So long, and thanks for all the memories.

Billy Big Time
There were suggestions, however, that even the brief moment of fame had gone to Rosol's head somewhat. In the very first game of the match, the Czech attempted to challenge a line call - forgetting that HawkEye is not available on many of the outside courts. Honestly, one big win and he's already used to the finer things in life?!

Baker cooks up a Cinderella story
American Brian Baker had not stepped on a grass court for seven years before he embarked on qualifying for Wimbledon this year - and yet here he is, in the last 16 at the All England Club. Baker - who only decided to resume his tennis career after a six year absence last year and has now clinched his place back in the world's top 100 - defeated mercurial Frenchman Benoit Paire to reach the fourth round, a remarkable run to continue a remarkable comeback in the sport.

It could yet be about to get even better for the 27-year-old, as he faces Kohlschreiber in the fourth round. Or will the German ruin another miracle run?

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