- Wimbledon, Day Nine
Murray does the hokey-cokey at Wimbledon
As Day Nine at Wimbledon stuttered into action, it looked like Andy Murray was going to wear himself out walking between Court One and the locker room with showers forecast for most of the day. As he and Marin Cilic resumed their fourth-round match after it was abandoned on Monday, they managed to get six points played before the rain returned and they dashed back indoors. They did resume, and while Saturday's win over Marcos Baghdatis was a battle against the clock, this time Murray won the race to get the match wrapped up before the rain returned.
Germany's footballers may have failed to reach the Euro 2012 final, but they have plenty to celebrate at Wimbledon as Philipp Kohlschreiber and Florian Mayer both reached the quarter-finals. With the likes of Steffi Graf and Boris Becker, Germany boast a rich tradition at the All England Club, but is the first time since 1997 that two German men have reached the last eight of a slam when Nicolas Kiefer and Michael Stich made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. Although Sabine Lisicki bowed out with defeat to compatriot Angelique Kerber on Tuesday, it is the first time there have been four Germans in the quarter-finals at a major.
As Kerber and Lisicki made their way onto Centre Court for their all-German clash, the casual tennis fan could be forgiven for getting a little confused. The pair, sporting almost-identical white dresses, white bandanas and their blonde hair in a braid, were almost impossible to tell apart - the only real difference being that Kerber is left handed.
Lisicki won over a lot of fans last year as she smiled her way to the semi-finals, and despite bowing out to fellow German Kerber in a three-set thriller on Centre Court, the lovely Lisicki remembered her manners. Despite being in some trouble early in the second set, Lisicki did not forget to thank the ball boy.
Fish finally flounders
A special mention must go to Mardy Fish, who was ousted by No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets. Less than two months after heart surgery, the American No. 1 showed real guts to fend off British No. 2 James Ward in five sets.
You know when you take your sunglasses with you and it rains? Or if you take your umbrella and it doesn't? The Centre Court roof is proving to be a little like that. The roof was over before play began on Tuesday, but despite the less-than-optimistic forecast, it was opened before play began at 11:30. With David Ferrer and Juan Martin Del Potro warming up, it rather predictably started raining again, so play was delayed for the roof to be closed again.