Day Six

Day Six



Week two and the action from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club gets into its stride. (The croquet side of things never gets quite so much attention, does it?) By this stage our weekday routines are set: make sure you’re home to catch the highlights. Or if you’re not working during the day, draw the curtains and settle in for the duration with a cooling shot of, er, barley water.

But at weekends, it’s open season. Lawns can go unmown and shopping unshopped as we blot out football for a few hours and enjoy the unique human drama a grass-court tennis match can serve up. Let’s hope the drama doesn’t include too many scares for Britain’s defending champ: same again please, Andy.


Sue Barker introduces live coverage from the All England Club, as the sixth day of the Grand Slam tournament continues with the men's and ladies' third-round matches, with Mikhail Kukushkin v Rafael Nadal and Alison Riske v Maria Sharapova among the matches set to take place today. The chief British interest on this day last year was on Court Two, where Laura Robson met Marina Erakovic for a place in the last 16. Things started ominously for Robson though, as she quickly lost the first set 6-1, but she showed signs of her growing maturity to fight back and claim the next two sets against her opponent from New Zealand. Elsewhere, the top seeds in action had things pretty much their own way, with the likes of Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Petra Kvitova all progressing to round four, although Richard Gasquet lost to the unseeded Bernard Tomic.