- Wimbledon, Day 10
Federer's fashion faux pas and Youzhny's SOS call
Fed's fashion faux-pas
Roger Federer has always had his own style, with his classy knitwear and monogram adorning most of his kit. But as he warmed up for his quarter-final clash with Mikhail Youzhny, the 16-time grand slam champion was spotted wearing a T-shirt with his own face on it. Has Federer's fame finally gone to his head?
Big hitters at Wimbledon
The Royal Box was creaking with under the proverbial strain of heavyweights at Wimbledon on Wednesday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka Wills & Kate, attracted a bigger applause than Federer himself. On the 20th anniversary of his victory at Wimbledon, Andre Agassi was there with his wife Steffi Graf, while England manager Roy Hodgson, Sir Michael Parkinson, Rod Laver were all guests in the Royal Box.
German doubles player Ana-Lena Groenefeld was almost beside herself on meeting royalty at the All England Club. She may have lost her mixed doubles match with Alexander Peya to second seeds Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond, but she didn't seem to care. "My life is complete," she tweeted. "Prince William said hi to me! I was so excited I won my service game."
Federer and Murray may thrilled the crowds on Centre Court, but there was plenty of drama on the outside courts. In the women's doubles match between top seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond and Russia's Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova, the ball hit Huber on the elbow and dropped over the net. The chair umpire, who clearly didn't see what happened, awarded the point to the Americans, prompting a verbal volley from the Russian pair.
Youzhny's SOS call
So outclassed was Mikhail Youzhny during his match with Federer, that he appealed for inspiration from the Royal Box. Youzhny, who had never beaten Federer in 13 previous appearances, Finding himself two sets to love down against the 16-time grand slam champion, the Russian looked up to the Royal Box and asked Agassi for help. "Can you tell me what I'm supposed to do out here?" he said.
Mayer does his best Becker
He may have bowed out at the quarter-final stage with defeat to defending champion Novak Djokovic, but Florian Mayer made a few fans as he dived around the court retrieving shots. In shades of former champion Boris Becker, Mayer dived for a volley and managed to get back to his feet in time to dispatch another volley, which Djokovic could only net.