The 2013 Wimbledon Championships have fostered a dreary environment for many of the world's top players, and the fifth day of action literally brought the rain.
Weather is a frequent factor in London's Grand Slam tournament, and this year is no different, as a delay halted play for the second straight day. That resulted in multiple second-round matches being contested, as well as some of the Round 3 variety.
Andy Murray was on Centre Court and sheltered by the retractable roof in his match, but others weren't so fortunate as the evening approached, per the event's official Twitter:
In his third-round match, Murray took care of business against Tommy Robredo in straight sets to continue his bid for the title. Great Britain's underdog hope on the women's draw is unseeded Laura Robson, who beat Mariana Duque-Marino 6-4, 6-1 on the same court for a second-round victory.
Wimbledon's Twitter captured and described the shift in atmosphere at the All England Club between those two matches:
Below is an overview of the notable results from Friday, along with more detailed analysis on the marquee matches.
Notable Day 5 Results
|Men's Singles Draw||Score|
|Andy Murray (2) defeats Tommy Robredo (32) ||6-2, 6-4, 7-5|
|David Ferrer (4) defeats Roberto Bautista Agut ||6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5|
|Tommy Haas (13) defeats Jimmy Wang ||6-3, 6-2, 7-5|
|Jerzy Janowicz (24) defeats Nicolas Almagro (15) ||7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-4|
|Alexander Dolgopolov (26) defeats Santiago Giraldo ||6-4, 7-5, 6-3|
|Jeremy Chardy (28) defeats Jan-Lennard Struff ||6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5)|
|Grega Zemlja defeats Grigor Dimitrov (29)||3-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 11-9|
|Jurgen Melzer defeats Sergiy Stakhovsky ||6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3|
|Women's Singles Draw||Score|
|Kaia Kanepi defeats Angelique Kerber (7) ||3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3|
|Marion Bartoli (15) defeats Camila Giorgi||6-4, 7-5|
|Carla Suarez Navarro (19) defeats Eugenie Bouchard ||7-5, 6-2|
|Kirsten Flipkens (20) defeats Vesna Dolonc ||6-4, 6-2|
|Flavia Pennetta defeats Alize Cornet (29) ||0-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 |
|Laura Robson defeats Mariana Duque-Marino||6-4, 6-1|
*Day 5 scores are courtesy of Wimbledon.com, which also has the complete results and match statistics featured in the analysis below.
Murray Leaves No Doubt
The No. 2 men's seed is hanging tough and looking to be in pretty good shape to return to the men's final, where he lost to seven-time winner Roger Federer.
Tommy Robredo was a formidable opponent, but it didn't prevent Murray from dropping him in straight sets, though the last of which was clearly the toughest when the Spaniard threatened to push him to a tiebreaker.
However, Murray broke at the best time possible at 5-5 and 30-40, jamming Robredo on a forehand that he pounded into the net. From there, it was up to Murray to serve out the match, and he nearly did so at love.
The prior game marked the fifth of seven break points Murray capitalized on, as his grip on the match was never in question. Meanwhile, past champions such as Federer and Rafael Nadal have exited in straight sets.
Other than Novak Djokovic, there looks to be no one set to deny Murray of Wimbledon glory, and he'll get two days of rest ahead of his next match. He still feels there is room for improvement, though:
If Murray continues to take care of business in this fashion, he may be holding the trophy this year when the final is over.
Angelique Kerber's Historic Loss
It wasn't so much what Kerber's Round 2 defeat to unseeded Kaia Kanepi did from an individual standpoint, but rather how it accentuated the failures of the marquee women at Wimbledon thus far.
Wimbledon's official Twitter documented the damage that's been done to the higher seeds at such an early juncture of the tournament:
Kerber didn't play poorly, having won the first set 6-3 and hitting 21 winners to just five unforced errors in the second set. However, Kanepi was equally strong, and squeaked by in the tiebreaker before more decisively clinching the match in the third 6-3.
The German favorite was the top seed in action for the women on Friday, and unfortunately had to endure similar adversity to her star peers.
Men's Marathon Match
Grega Zemlja and No. 29 seed Grigor Dimitrov continued their five-setter that begun the previous day, and Dimitrov was faced with a match point down 30-40.
He wound up saving that, and pushing his counterpart all the way to a 20th game in the fifth, but Zemlja prevailed on the sixth and final match point to clinch the epic win 11-9.
Dimitrov won 193 points to Zemlja's 185, but still found himself on the losing end in a valiant effort by both players.
It could have been over far before then, because Dimitrov had eight break points in the fourth set but converted none of them. Zemlja, meanwhile, took advantage of his only one to force the fifth set.
The two players broke each other just twice the entire time they traded blows; the serving prowess by both caused the match to perpetually drag on.
As for the victor Zemlja, he will have to hope for continued rain so he can get more rest before his Round 3 match, which he will have to dig deep for to find any energy.