Highlights from day five at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic resumes his Wimbledon fourth round match against Hubert Hurkacz today after play was suspended last night due to the 11pm curfew.
Djokovic won two tie-breaks to take a two-set lead against the powerful Hurkacz, who lost a 6-3 lead in the first decider on a dramatic mid-Sunday of the Championships.
Earlier, Iga Swiatek saved two match points and reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time as the world No. 1, a set down, struggled to defeat Belinda Bencic. The four-time Grand Slam champion appeared to be in trouble against the Olympic champion but found brilliant winners to force the third set in which Swiatek showed her class and progressed.
Elsewhere, Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka blamed the “drunk” fans in the Wimbledon crowd after being booed following her loss to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina. As expected, there was no handshake at net, but Azarenka was loudly booed after her three-set loss on Court One.
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Jamie Murray had to give up despite a double win with Taylor Townsend
Jamie Murray was forced to do push-ups by his hardline partner Taylor Townsend after winning the mixed doubles at Wimbledon.
Briton Murray and American Townsend needed two tiebreaks, the second being a marathon that ended 15:13, to beat Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Jan Zielinski.
Murray had previously won in men’s doubles with New Zealand partner Michael Venus in three sets against Alexander Erler and Lucas Miedler.
But that grueling schedule didn’t stop Townsend from letting the Scot retire alongside her for not serving well enough.
Jamie BraidwoodJuly 10, 2023 08:23
Wimbledon 2023: what time does Novak Djokovic play?
Interrupted matches will resume the next day as runners-up on the court they started on.
That means Novak Djokovic continues against Hubert Hurkacz after the opening match between Elena Rybakina and Beatriz Haddad Maia, which starts at 1:30 p.m.
Djokovic won’t continue until 2:30 p.m. but he is more likely to come on the pitch around 3:30 p.m.
It takes place in front of Petra Kvitova against Ons Jabeur, so the fight between Carlos Alcaraz and Matteo Berrettini is the fourth of the day.
Jamie BraidwoodJuly 10, 2023 08:08
Wimbledon 2023: Iga Swiatek comes back from the abyss and is now ready to win
Iga Swiatek comes back from the brink and is now ready to win Wimbledon
If Iga Swiatek wins Wimbledon 2023 and – make no mistake – Swiatek has proven that she is now capable of winning Wimbledon 2023, then that match could be the turning point in her tournament and perhaps in her entire relationship with lawn tennis.
To say that the world No. 1 is on the brink of elimination would be the mother of all understatements. After a set and a deficit of 6:5, 15:40 and two match points in a competition in which everything seemed to be pointing towards a victory for Belinda Bencic, she was practically sitting in a taxi on the way home.
Still, she’s been digging deep, probably deeper than ever on a surface she openly admits is “still trying to figure out” how to get a forehand winner down the line and then a backhand winner across the court can hit.
True champions shine brightest in their darkest moments and Swiatek was radiant as she turned the tide and somehow secured a 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 win in a three-hour thriller that earned her a standing ovation from an enthusiastic Centre brought in a court audience.
Jamie BraidwoodJuly 10, 2023 08:03
Wimbledon 2023: today’s order of play
The schedule is getting tighter and tighter… but the games are becoming more important. There are some bangers again today, especially the last two on Center Court.
CENTER COURT – 1:30 PM START (8:30 ET)
1. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)  against Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 
2. Novak Djokovic (SRB  against Hubert Hurkacz (POL)  TF – 7-6 7-6
3. Ons Jabeur (DO)  against Petra Kvitova (CZE) 
4. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)  against Matteo Berrettini (ITA)
DISH #1 – 1:00 PM START (8:00 AM ET)
1. Daniil Medvedev  against Jiri Lehacka (CZE)
2. Ekaterina Alexandrova  against Aryna Sabalenka 
3. Grigor Dmitrov (BUL)  against Holger Rune (DEN) 
DISH #2 – 11:00 AM START (6:00 AM ET)
1. Madison Keys (USA)  against Mirra Andreeva
2. Christopher Eubanks (USA) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 
Jamie BraidwoodJuly 10, 2023 08:01
Wimbledon crowd boos Victoria Azarenka after losing to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina
Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka blamed the ‘drunk’ fans in the Wimbledon crowd after being booed off the field following her loss to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.
Svitolina triumphed in an epic three-set match against former world No. 1 Azarenka in the first match between a Ukrainian player and a Russian or Belarusian at this year’s tournament.
Players from Russia and Belarus were banned from Wimbledon last year after the invasion of Ukraine, but this year they were allowed to compete as neutral athletes.
Svitolina, like all Ukrainian players on the professional tour, does not shake hands with either Russian or Belarusian opponents due to the ongoing invasion of her homeland.
As expected, there was no handshake at the net, but there was an appreciative nod between the players.
But Azarenka was then loudly booed as Svitolina prepared for her post-match interview.
Jamie BraidwoodJuly 10, 2023 07:58
Wimbledon 2023: Novak Djokovic is stopped by a curfew after the schedule gets messed up
Novak Djokovic has been forced to cancel his day off and work overtime after breaking Wimbledon’s stubborn schedule.
The defending champion and title favorite was in two sets, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6), when the game was interrupted at 10:35 p.m. against Hubert Hurkacz from Poland.
Wimbledon bosses will be under renewed scrutiny for insisting the game on Center Court can’t start until 1.30pm at the earliest, despite knowing it can’t get past the 11pm curfew imposed by the Council .
Andrey Rublev’s five-set win over Alexander Bublik lasted three hours and 17 minutes before Iga Swiatek defeated Belinda Bencic in three sets, including two tiebreaks, that also lasted just over three hours.
Jamie BraidwoodJuly 10, 2023 07:56
Wimbledon 2023: Good morning
After a crazy mean Sunday, we’re back in Wimbledon for a manic Monday.
Well, not as insane as it used to be when all the men’s and women’s fourth round games were played on the same day, but there’s still so much going on in the championships today.
Novak Djokovic is due to resume his Wimbledon fourth round match against Hubert Hurkacz this afternoon after play was suspended last night due to the 11pm curfew.
Djokovic won two tie-breaks to take a two-set lead against the hard-serving Hurkacz, who lost a 6-3 lead in the first decider on a dramatic mid-Sunday of the Championships.
It’s the addition to an already packed day at the All England Club, culminating in the delicious duel between Carlos Alcaraz and Matteo Berrettini.
There’s also the match between two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and last year’s runner-up Ons Jabeur, and Elena Rybakina’s match against Beatriz Haddad Maia.
You can catch all the action on today’s live blog.
Jamie BraidwoodJuly 10, 2023 07:55