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Rafa the rain god

ESPN staff
June 24, 2011

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Balls to the ball boy
Having stormed to a 3-0 lead against former champion Maria Sharapova, Laura Robson was struggling to prevent a Sharapova resurgence, and with the Russian serving to level at 4-4, Robson misjudged a return. A comedy mishit saw the ball balloon off the frame of her racket, and nearly decapitated a ball boy crouched at the net.

Raining Wimbledon champion
With a tough opening set in the bag courtesy of a tiebreaker, Rafael Nadal called a medical timeout after appearing to jar his knee in the later stages of the set. Just moments after the world No. 1 disappeared down the tunnel to have treatment, the rain set in and the match was suspended. Clearly as defending champion Nadal has a lot of power at the All England Club.

Lopez the ladies' man
Feliciano Lopez produced an impressive performance to dump Andy Roddick out, but the world No. 44 has his talents off the court too. Lopez is clearly a hit with the ladies, with Andy Murray's mother Judy referring to the Spaniard as 'Deliciano'. When asked if he liked the name, F-Lo replied: "I have to like it. It's kind of funny. I mean, it's OK."

Now that's what you call a forehand
Facing match point in her clash against No. 20 seed Peng Shuai on Court 18, British No. 1 Elena Baltacha unleashed an almighty forehand, which tickled the outside of the line, prompting an equally large fist pump from the Brit.

Just the Tomic
Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur may be out of the Wimbledon draw, but Australian tennis at least has something to cheer about. Seventeen-year-old Bernard Tomic is set to become Australian No. 1 after two impressive victories to reach the third round. Tomic only just made it through qualifying, but now faces world No. 5 Robin Soderling (who beat Hewitt in the second round) after knocking out two Russians - No. 20 seed Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev.

From the brink
With Andy Murray 3-2 up and with three break points on Ivan Ljubicic's serve, the Croatian needed three big points to get him out of trouble. Known for his towering serve, it was a more delicate shot that got the ball rolling for Ljubicic. Murray thought he had done enough to win the point with a cheeky volley at the net, but the Croatian beat the odds to chase the ball down, responding with an even more outrageous drop shot - wrong footing Murray, to save the first of three break points. Two big serves then dug him out of trouble, before he immediately broke Murray in the following game.

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