Williams sisters out; big 4 men keep rolling
The top name remaining in the women’s field is sixth-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia, the 2004 champion who made it to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006 by beating China’s Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-2.
For the first time since 1913, the women’s quarterfinal lineup features eight European players, all from different countries.
In Tuesday’s matches, it will be Sharapova vs. Cibulkova; No. 9 Bartoli vs. wild card Sabine Lisicki (Germany); No. 8 Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) vs. No. 32 Pironkova; and No. 4 Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) vs. Tamira Paszek (Austria).
The men’s quarters will be played Wednesday, with Nadal vs. No. 10 Mardy Fish of the United States; Murray vs. unseeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain; Federer vs. No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France; and Djokovic vs. 18-year-old Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic, the youngest men’s quarterfinalist since Boris Becker in 1986.
Nadal said he would undergo an MRI scan to determine the extent of his foot injury. The Spaniard said he initially thought he might have broken his foot and would have to retire from his match against Juan Martin del Potro, which he went on to win 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
“I felt something that like crushed there in the back of the foot outside,” Nadal said.
The injury came as Nadal hit a forehand in the game before the first-set tiebreaker. He called for a medical time-out and a trainer sprayed the foot and taped it up. He limped through much of the tiebreaker but seemed unhindered the rest of the way.
“I cannot predict the future,” he said. “Let’s see what’s going on and let’s see how the MRI looks. And after, let’s see if we have the chance to recover for Wednesday. I don’t know.”
Federer lost his first set of the tournament before coming back to down Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to reach his 29th successive Grand Slam quarterfinal. Extending his career record against the Russian to 11-0, Federer also won his 100th career match on grass.
Murray swept Richard Gasquet of France 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 _ then took a majestic bow to the Royal Box, where Wiliam and Kate joined the rest of the crowd in a standing ovation. Murray is trying to become the first British man to win the title at the All England Club since Fred Perry in 1936.
Murray met the royal couple after the match and offered a sheepish apology.
“If I’d known they were coming, I would have shaved,” the Scot said with a smile. “I was thinking to myself as I came off I was sweaty and very hairy. I said to them, ‘I’m sorry, I’m a bit sweaty.’ But it was really nice.”