WIMBLEDON, England — Friday brought damp and dreary British weather and a disappointing combination of seeds falling and seed-killers coming back to earth.
Sergiy Stakhovsky, who grabbed the headlines when he knocked off Roger Federer, couldn’t follow it up and lost 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to Jurgen Melzer. The other unseeded stars of the first week also met the same fate, as Michelle Larcher de Brito (who defeated Maria Sharapova), Dustin Brown (Lleyton Hewitt), Monica Puig (Sara Errani), Genie Bouchard (Ana Ivanovic) and Vesna Dolonc (Jelena Jankovic) all crashed out.
The higher seeds didn’t stop falling either. Nicolas Almagro, who at No. 15 was the highest-ranked man in the bottom half of the draw, lost to No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-4. On the women’s side, No. 7 Angelique Kerber, a semifinalist last year, blew a 5-1 lead in the second-set tiebreaker to lose to Kaia Kanepi 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
Grigor Dimitrov and Alize Cornet were also shown the door. Grega Zemlja defeated Dimitrov 3-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 in a rain-suspended match held over from Thursday. Flavia Pennetta ousted Cornet 0-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
Two more seeds remain in trouble. No. 7 Petra Kvitova was down a break at 1-2 in the third set against Ekaterina Makarova when the match was suspended because of darkness. Similarly, Sloane Stephens was about to embark on a third set against Petra Cetkovska when the match was suspended after the 20-year-old American was bageled in the second set. The break couldn’t come at a better time for her.
While all the upsets rained down, it was Andy Murray and Laura Robson who stood tall and kept the local spirits high with their straight-set wins. Murray put on a clinic under the Centre Court roof to beat Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-4, 7-5. Robson withstood the mounting pressure of being the only hope for the British women, cruising past Mariana Duque-Marino 6-4, 6-1.
Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 5 of The Championships.
Laura Robson: The 19-year-old showed her age in her post-match interview, dissolving into a fit of laughter after being asked about British boy band One Direction. Despite her penchant for the cheesy, when asked to pick the outro music for the BBC Wimbledon wrap-up show, she chose a solid jam. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Jerzy Janowicz: It was an upset only on paper. Janowicz’s win over Almagro was decisive and, in many ways, expected. His combination of big serving and good touch makes him a perfect candidate for grass. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Jurgen Melzer: Melzer is no Federer, but he put an end to Stakhovsky’s run by, according to Stakhovsky, returning even better than Federer. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova: Not even her shouting could stop Dimitrov from tumbling (sometimes literally) out of the tournament. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images) Click here for more photos of Sharapova’s going through a range of emotions while watching her boyfriend’s match.
Dustin Brown: It’s been fun, @DreddyTennis, but the German went out quietly to 111th-ranked Adrian Mannarino of France. (Dennis Grombowski/Getty Images)
Marion Bartoli: Yup. Still standing. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)
Kim Sears: Everyone was all smiles in the Murray box. (Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images)
Alize Cornet: Take that, Wimbledon dress code. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty: Communication is the key to doubles, they say. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Tommy Haas: The old man keeps truckin’ on. He’s into the third round to face Feliciano Lopez, in a match that many, many people will be keeping their eyes on. For the tennis, obviously. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)