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Wimbledon Reflections: Day 6

Match of the day: [2] Novak Djokovic defeated [32] Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Comfortable win: [8] Serena Williams had her first straight-sets win of the tournament, defeating [26] Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-2. She said after, “The matches are getting better, my serve is getting better, so it’s just getting the rhythm that I’ve been missing a little bit, and it’s good.”

Last American man standing: [10] Mardy Fish is the only American man in week 2 of Wimbledon after winning his match when his opponent, Robin Haase, retired due to injury.

Men’s upset of the day…: Qualifier Lukasz Kubot (pictured above) defeated [9] Gael Monfils 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and danced his way into the second week of Wimbledon.

…Until this happened…: Another qualifier Bernard Tomic avenged compatriot Lleyton Hewitt’s defeat by defeating [5] Robin Soderling (who was plagued with a stomach illness) 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.

…And then this happened: Xavier Malisse defeated [11] Jurgen Melzer 7-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Rest in peace: At least one of Melzer’s Dunlop racquets.

Upset that went the distance: Tamira Paszek defeated [6] Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.

Double the doubles upset: Kevin Anderson and Julian Knowle defeated [2] Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 7-6, 7-6, 6-3 and Arnaud Clement and Lukas Dlouhy defeated [3] Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-4.

Seed upsets (men): [18] Mikhail Youzhny defeated [16] Nicolas Almagro 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3; [24] Juan Martin del Potro defeated [15] Gilles Simon 7-6, 7-6, 7-5; James Cerretani and Philipp Marx defeated [16] Daniele Bracciali and Frantisek Cermak 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4; Christopher Kas and Alexander Peya defeated [13] Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2; Chris Guccione and Adil Shamasdin defeated [10] Mark Knowles and Lukasz Kubot 1-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Seed upsets (women): [24] Dominika Cibulkova defeated [16] Julia Goerges 6-4, 1-6, 6-3; Petra Cetkovska defeated [18] Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 7-6; Vera Dushevina and Ekaterina Makarova defeated [11] Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Nervous supporter: Maria Sharapova’s fiance, Sasha Vujacic, watched nervously as she defeated Klara Zakopalova, and Sharapova agrees being on the sidelines is harder. “There’s no doubt that I’ve watched more basketball in the last couple of years than I have in all of my life, (and been) a lot more nervous in my life in those games that I’ve watched than I have been in my life.”

Quote of the day: “I was very calm, but inside I was bursting. I tried not to show it to him. He was getting a bit frustrated, and I knew at times I had to stay calm.” – Bernard Tomic.

Until Monday, when all the players take the court (weather permitting), enjoy your middle Sunday off!

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