Day 6 of Wimbledon had a lot to live up to after two consecutive days of pure excitement at the All England Club that saw favorites challenged, and in Rafael Nadal's case, beaten.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his match in straight sets to advance to the fourth round of the tourney and continues to be the trendy pick to win the major after his impressive run in 2011. Andy Murray also kept his Wimbledon hopes alive with a four-set win over Marcos Baghdatis after dropping the second set.
Andy Roddick's run at Wimbledon came to an end at the hands of David Ferrer in a four-set match, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 and 6-3. Roddick appeared emotional as he left the court, and one can only wonder if we will see the American at Wimbledon ever again based on such a tear-jerking exit.
Giant-killer, Lukas Rosol, was bounced just days after he eliminated Nadal. It was German Philipp Kohlschreiber who brought the Czech back down to Earth.
Serena Williams got taken to the brink of elimination but was able to survive in her victory over Jie Zheng, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 9-7. The two battled in a third-set thriller that ultimately decided the match in favor of the American.
Other favorites such as Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka both cruised to straight-set victories over their respective opponents. Yaroslava Shvedova not only upset Sara Errani, she also won the first set of their respective match without conceding a single point, also known as a golden set.
Match Results of Notable Players
Andy Murray (4) defeated Marcos Baghdatis
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5) defeated Lukas Lacko
David Ferrer (7) defeated Andy Roddick (30)
Juan Martin Del Potro (9) defeated Kei Nishikori (19)
Mardy Fish (10) defeated David Goffin
Philipp Kohlschreiber (27) defeated Lukas Rosol
Serena Williams (6) defeated Jie Zheng (25)
Victoria Azarenka (2) defeated Jana Cepelova
Petra Kvitova (4) defeated Varvara Lepchenko
Yaroslava Shvedova defeated Sara Errani (10)
Ana Ivanovic (14) defeated Julia Goerges (22)
In what is a true rarity in the sport of tennis, Roddick challenges his own serve to see if it was truly in after a blistering return winner from Ferrer. It was a match-changing point.
Oh so close! Talk about a game of inches!
The original ruling was upheld, thus Ferrer broke Roddick's serve and his back in the process. Ferrer would go on to win the match, including the last three sets, after dropping the first. Another disappointing finish to a major for the American.