There's just something about Wimbledon that feels like summer, like the sound of a baseball cracking against a mitt or the taste of lemonade. It's those baselines worn and weathered, the all-white attire, the legendary matches of the past.
While the epic contests and memorable matchups will likely be saved for later in the tournament, there was still plenty worth discussing on Day 5 as this legendary tournament completed another day of action. Let's break down the results and major storylines from Friday.
Feliciano Lopez (19) def. Ante Pavic, 6-4, 7-6 (4), 7-5.
Santiago Giraldo def. Marcel Granollers (30), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Jerzy Janowicz (15) def. Lleyton Hewitt, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-3.
Kevin Anderson (20) def. Fabio Fognini (16), 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (14) def. Jimmy Wang, 6-2, 6-2, 7-5.
Novak Djokovic (1) def. Gilles Simon, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.
Leonardo Mayer def. Andrey Kuznetsov, 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-3.
Jeremy Chardy def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0.
Grigor Dimitrov (11) def. Alexandr Dolgopolov (21), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Andy Murray (3) def. Roberto Bautista Agut (27), 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.
Marin Cilic (26) def. Tomas Berdych (6), 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (6).
Simona Halep (3) def. Lesia Tsurenko, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Belinda Bencic, def. Victoria Duval, 6-4, 7-5.
Caroline Wozniacki (16) def. Ana Konjuh, 6-3, 6-0.
Ekaterina Makarova (22) def. Caroline Garcia, 7-5, 6-3.
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova def. Li Na (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).
Peng Shuai def. Lauren Davis, 0-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Tereza Smitkova def. Bojana Jovanovski, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8.
Lucie Safarova (23) def. Dominika Cibulkova (10), 6-4, 6-2.
Agnieszka Radwanska (4) def. Michelle Larcher de Brito, 6-2, 6-0.
Petra Kvitova (6) def. Venus Williams (30), 5-7, 7-6 (2), 7-5.
Andy Murray Looks Primed for a Repeat
Three matches. Three wins. Zero sets lost. It's safe to say Andy Murray is feeling pretty good thus far at Wimbledon.
Maybe there's just something about that famous, faded grass. Maybe it is his new coach, Amelie Mauresmo. Or maybe this is just what he does at this tournament, as the following tweet from ESPN Stats & Information can attest to:
Andy Murray won in straight sets today. Murray advances to 4th round of Wimbledon for 8th straight year.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 27, 2014
Whatever the case may be, Murray smoked Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets and never really looked all that challenged in the process. Murray hasn't exactly lit the world on fire since Wimbledon last year, but he's certainly feeling it thus far.
Another Grand Slam, Another Set of Upsets in the Women's Game
The French Open was defined, at least on the women's side, by a large number of upsets. Day 5 at Wimbledon built upon that theme, as No. 2 Li Na and No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova were eliminated, joining No. 7 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and No. 8 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on the casualties list.
And a few more top players looked shaky. No. 30 Venus Williams gave Petra Kvitova all she could handle before falling in a marathon match, while Simona Halep needed three sets to defeat Lesia Tsurenko.
While the men's side is often brilliant because of the epic battles between the top four, the women's side of the draw at Grand Slams often enthralls us with its sheer unpredictability. This year's Wimbledon seems to be following that familiar storyline.
Grigor Dimitrov Can Survive Any Rally
Unreal stuff. It took Grigor Dimitrov all five sets to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov, and he needed every point he could get. This was by far the most impressive of those points, however.
Jerzy Janowicz Has a Vendetta Against the Camera
And this is why being a cameraman is a scary job.