Wimbledon: Nadal, Murray and rest of the players hit the practice courts on Middle Sunday

Doubles player Robert Lindstedt described Middle Sunday as “the most civil day in sports”.

“I love the feeling of truce between warriors that this day brings,” said the Swede in an Instagram post.

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that has no play on Middle Sunday (although last year it rained during the first week and they had to schedule matches on Middle Sunday) and it’s a tradition that maybe isn’t appreciated by everyone, but is one that journalists welcome with open arms, because it gives us a break during a brutal fortnight or non-stop work.

The players of course don’t take the day off as they hit the practice courts, looking to fine-tune their games ahead of week two of Wimbledon. Above is a sneak peek from Aorangi on Sunday.

Middle Sunday. I love the feeling of truce between warriors that this day brings. The most civil day in sports. @wimbledon

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Wimbledon: Ostapenko is 'in her own world' when she's on court, says coach Medina

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Fired up: Ostapenko got through some tough moments in week one at Wimbledon.

Jelena Ostapenko continues to march on unscathed at Wimbledon, defying any doubters who expected the young Latvian would be unable to back up her French Open title victory last month.

The 20-year-old valiantly fought through three tough rounds so far at the All England Club, to reach the second week here for the first time, and take her streak of Grand Slam matches won to 10 in a row.

Ostapenko, a former Wimbledon junior champion, battled past Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets in the first round, was pushed to the brink by Canadian qualifier Francoise Abanda in the second round, and was down by a break in both sets against Camila Giorgi in the third round but still came through in straights, to book a last-16 meeting with No4 seed Elina Svitolina.

Prior to Ostapenko’s stunning title run in Paris, nine of the last 10 first-time Grand Slam champions on the women’s tour had failed to make the second week at the following major (two of them retired from the sport).

Ostapenko has done a fantastic job not to be one of them.

“She keeps focused, she keeps believing in her game, she knows she’s playing good, and when she’s playing good she knows that she’s dangerous so I think she’s very convinced to keep going and do what she needs to do to keep winning matches,” her coach Anabel Medina told Sport360.

Ostapenko has won 15 of her last 17 three-set matches and Medina believes her mental strength at the crucial moments during competition has been key.

The Spaniard also expected there might be a bit of a letdown from Ostapenko after her huge Roland Garros breakthrough – which was her first-ever title triumph – but the young talent never relented.

“What I think is that she’s very competitive and hates to lose,” explained Medina.

“So that means that when she’s on the court she’s just thinking about winning the match. In the second round she had a really, really tough match against Abanda, a mental match, because they’re the same age and they played each other in juniors so she has all this information in her head so that made her a bit more nervous.

“But once again she handled the situation very well and in the important moments she’s playing much better than the other opponents, so that’s what I feel she has different to other players. That in important moments she’s playing well and other players on important moments they lose a little bit the level.

“I think she’s in her own world when she’s on the court and she’s only thinking about winning the match.”

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Ostapenko will be facing Svitolina for the first time and the pair have contrasting styles, but share a similar competitive spirit.

The Latvian is keeping things simple in her mind and is just focused on winning matches.

“After the French Open, I rested a little bit, and I went to Eastbourne. Then I was just preparing for this tournament, just to play every match, just enjoy every match, because I won the Grand Slam at the French,” said Ostapenko.

“I kind of just tried to play free, not to think too much. Because then I think is easier to play. I think after French I’m more confident, so I’m playing every match better and better.”

The last time a first-time Grand Slam winner won the next major following her maiden success was Jennifer Capriati, who captured her first Slam trophy at the 2001 Australian Open and followed it up by winning the French Open a few months later.

Can Ostapenko achieve the same feat? It’s possible.

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Wimbledon video highlights: Federer, Djokovic, Radwanska march into second week

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Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon fourth round for the 15th time on Saturday with a 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-4 win over Germany’s Mischa Zverev, despite suffering from a head cold.

Federer will face Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals.

“I’m feeling better. I’m definitely feeling better. Today I feel 50 per cent better than I did two days ago. I’m happy things are progressing well, and I hope that on Monday I’m back to 100 per cent,” said Federer, referring to the cold.

“I thought it was a fun match to play against a serve-and-volley player. You’ll always see some lobs, passing shots and drop shots,” added the Swiss after a fifth win over Zverev, three of which have come this year.


The victory was Federer’s 317th at a Grand Slam as he continues his bid to become the oldest ever Wimbledon champion.








“We go one round at a time and I must say it’s always the first goal to get to the second week at some stage,” he said. “I’m very happy now to sit back, relax a day and come back strong, hopefully on Monday.”


Federer has never lost to Dimitrov in five meetings.


However, just like the Swiss, 13th seeded Dimitrov has yet to drop a set at this year’s Wimbledon and was a semi-finalist in 2014.


“Every time I play against him he’s stronger than the time before. He’s in the perfect age right now where he starts to understand his game best,” Federer said.


“He’s physically strong, he’s mentally taken the next step again. That’s what you expect from a player of his calibre. I’m ready for a tough one but sure again, another exciting match because he’s a great shotmaker.”


Meanwhile, three-time champion Novak Djokovic admitted on Saturday that he has rediscovered his passion for tennis after making the Wimbledon fourth round for the 10th time.


The former world number one eased to a 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (2) win over Ernests Gulbis of Latvia to set up a last-16 clash with unseeded Adrian Mannarino of France.



It’s a far cry from 12 months ago when Djokovic was bundled out in the third round by Sam Querrey, a defeat which precipitated a decline which saw him relieved of all the four majors he had held at the same time.


On Saturday, his former coach Boris Becker said he had witnessed enough in the first week of Wimbledon to confirm that the Serb has rediscovered his love of the sport.


“Boris knows me very well. So he’s right when he says that the passion is back,” said Djokovic.


“I’ve been feeling better on the court in the last couple of months. But especially on the grass court this season so far, every match that I’ve played, I felt very comfortable. When you’re playing well, then you’re feeling well, then you’re even more motivated and passionate to see how far it can take you.”


Second seed Djokovic will take a 1-0 career lead over left-handed Mannarino into Monday’s last-16 clash. Twelve months ago he defeated the Frenchman in the second round.


Gulbis, now ranked at a lowly 589 after once reaching 10 in the world in 2014 when he defeated Roger Federer on his way to the French Open semi-finals, fired 37 unforced errors to Djokovic’s meagre 12.




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