WIMBLEDON, England – While the No. 1s dominated and upsets continued, Saturday served up a series of good wins for the younger names in the draw.
Bernard Tomic, a 2011 quarterfinalist, is back into the second week of Wimbledon thanks to a high-quality display in a 7-6 (7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5) victory against No. 9 Richard Gasquet. Another 20-year-old, Sloane Stephens, defeated Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (3), 0-6, 6-3 to set up a fourth-round match with 19-year-old Monica Puig, who rallied past Eva Birnerova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to make the second week of a Grand Slam tournament.
Joining them is Laura Robson, who continues to back up her upset of Maria Kirilenko in the first round. She came back to beat her good friend Marina Erakovic 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. The 19-year-old is into the second week of a major for the second time. The crowd on No. 2 Court, as well as the thousands packed onto Henman Hill, eagerly watched her become the first British woman to make the fourth round of Wimbledon since 1998.
While the youngsters had their day in the sun, it was Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams who provided the reality checks. Djokovic cast aside No. 28 Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 and went two sets without hitting a single unforced error. With play backed up on No. 1 Court, Djokovic’s quick match allowed for Serena’s match to be moved under the roof and the lights of Centre Court, where she blew past Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-2, 6-0 in a little more than an hour.
Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 6 of The Championships.
Laura Robson: The most impressive thing about Robson’s run so far is that she hasn’t really played her best tennis. She’s OK with that. “It’s tough to play your best tennis all the time,” she said. “What I’ve been working on is just accepting that I’m not going to play great tennis in every match. I might have a couple of good games here and there, but the majority of the time I’m just going to have to work on being super‑consistent and go from there.” (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
Feliciano Lopez: The Spaniard lost to Tommy Haas 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4, but he makes grass-court tennis look pretty good. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)
Petra Kvitova: Kvitova’s third-round match was suspended for darkness Friday. When the match resumed Saturday, she came back from a break down to beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to make the fourth round of a Slam for the first time this year. Welcome back, Petra. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Benoit Paire: The Frenchman had a great chance to make his first Slam quarterfinal, but he lost meekly to 130th-ranked Lukasz Kubot 6-1, 6-3, 6-4. He was obviously a little angry. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Andy Murray: Murray took to the Royal Box for the first time to join a bevy of fellow British Olympians. Nice one. (Karwai Tang/WireImages)
Kenny De Schepper: The 80th-ranked player knocked out No. 20 Juan Monaco. The Frenchman came into Wimbledon having never made it past the second round of a Slam. He’s now into the fourth round to face Fernando Verdasco. (Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams: The rest of the field should be praying that the sun is out and the wind is swirling for the rest of the tournament because Williams looked lethal under the Centre Court roof. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Jeremy Chardy: Chardy fell to 0-7 against Djokovic and has still never won a set. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Li Na: In terms of upset alerts, Wimbledon was surely on DEFCON 5 on Saturday afternoon as Li had to come back from a break down in the third to beat Klara Zakopalova 4-6, 6-0, 8-6. Crisis averted. (Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams’ nails: The lightning paint job is my favorite. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)