On and on and on it went last week.
Baker, who wasn’t even ranked a year ago because he was forced off tour for more than half a decade by a series of operations, continued his remarkable comeback. Fish picked up three victories in his first tournament in about 2 1/2 months after being treated for an accelerated heartbeat.
Another U.S. man, three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick, wouldn’t say whether he plans to be back after blowing a kiss to the Centre Court crowd after his third-round loss to Ferrer. And yet another, Sam Querrey, lost a 17-15 fifth set to Cilic after 5 1/2 hours, the second-longest match in tournament history.
Errani was on the good side of another oddity, when she and her second-round opponent, CoCo Vandeweghe of the U.S., were sent home at match point one evening because it was too dark to play. When they returned the next day, Vandeweghe double-faulted right away, allowing Errani to wrap up a victory after seven seconds of “action” _ and not a single swing of her racket.
There was more, too.
The tournament seemed to become enamored of its retractable roof, pulling it shut over Centre Court so much that defending champion Djokovic remarked: “I was a little bit surprised, when I saw sunshine, that the roof is closed. Obviously, they’re relying on a forecast that I don’t think is very reliable here.”
Let’s hope he’s right about that last part, because the outlook called for a chance of rain Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament that takes a day off midway through. It’s also the only one that schedules 16 matches on the second Monday.
In addition to Williams vs. Shvedova, the other matches in the bottom half of the women’s draw are No. 2 Victoria Azarenka vs. No. 14 Ana Ivanovic, defending champion Petra Kvitova vs. No. 24 Francesca Schiavone, and No. 21 Roberta Vinci vs. Tamira Paszek.
On the top half, it’s No. 1 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 15 Sabine Lisicki, No. 8 Angelique Kerber vs. four-time major champion Kim Clijsters in her last Wimbledon appearance, No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. 145th-ranked qualifier Camila Giorgi, and No. 17 Maria Kirilenko vs. No. 30 Peng Shuai.
“Everyone is playing everyone tough nowadays,” Serena Williams said. “You can’t underestimate anyone.”
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