Wimbledon - Nadal-slayer Rosol exits, Cilic wins marathon
Lukas Rosol's star fell to earth as quickly as it rose as the Czech who wrote his name into Wimbledon folklore by beating Rafael Nadal exited the tournament with a performance befitting his lowly ranking.
The man who had blown tennis ball-size holes through Nadal's concrete defences with firecracker forehands and massive serves lost 6-2 6-3 7-6 to German Philipp Kohlschreiber in just 97 minutes.
It was the sort of performance you would expect from a man ranked 100th in the world who had never gone past the qualifying competition at Wimbledon in five previous attempts, but not from the man who had dazzled under the bright lights of the Centre Court roof two nights before.
Everything about the occasion stood in stark contrast to Thursday night when Rosol created one of biggest shocks in Grand Slam history.
This time he was the main attraction.
Turning heads, pointing fingers and a growing murmur followed the Czech's every step as he wandered across the expansive Wimbledon grounds to the distant Court 12 for his third-round match.
The Rosol of Thursday was also nowhere to be seen, replaced by an impostor whose serves were frequently off target and whose grounstrokes had all their usual fizz but none of the accuracy that had Nadal floundering.
Rosol came out swinging with a swashbuckling backhand in the second point that had the crowd roaring in expectation and closed out his opening service game with a 125mph ace.
But it did not last. He was broken in his next service game and it became apparent that his star was on the wane.
Kohlschreiber, who beat Nadal in Halle two weeks before Wimbledon, dominated almost every aspect of the match and while the crowd tried to lift the Czech with chants of "Lukas, Lukas" at the end of the third set, the 27th seed closed it out comfortably.
The German's reward for his win is a meeting with unseeded American Brian Baker who edged Benoit Paire of France 6-4 4-6 6-1 6-3.
Baker's tennis adventure seemed all but over in 2005 but after undergoing five reconstructive elbow operations he has slowly but surely been making his way back into the Grand Slam fold.
He began the year ranked 458th, arrived at Wimbledon as the world number 126 and is now expected to break into the top 80.
Memories of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut's marathon tussle came flooding back when Croatian Marin Cilic beat American Sam Querrey 7-6 6-4 6-7 6-7 17-15 in the second longest ever match at the All England Club.
Two years after American Isner won an 11 hour five minute duel, which ended 70-68 in the fifth set, a similar battle played out on Court Two with Saturday's protagonists going toe-to-toe for more than two hours in the fifth set alone.
But at five hours 31 minutes, Cilic achieved his third-round win in less than half the time it took Isner to put away Mahut in 2010.
After missing a chance to close out the match at 6-5 in the fifth, Cilic was kept on court for another 21 games before he yelled out in triumph when Querrey overcooked a backhand service return.
Both players were on seven-match winning streaks going into their first meeting on grass and American Roddick, seeded 30th, played an inspired first set.
Ferrer won a thrilling tiebreak 10-8 in the second set which set him on the road to victory and he punched the air with joy after reaching the last 16 at Wimbledon for the fourth time.
The Spaniard with the relentless groundstrokes and exquisite passing shots will next face Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.
"I am very happy with my game today. I showed great consistency," Ferrer said. "Next time with Juan Martin will be very tough."
Del Potro had booked his place in the last 16 with a straightforward 6-3 7-6(3) 6-1 victory over 19th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan.
Fifth-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also moved through without too much drama with a 6-4 6-3 6-3 victory over Lukas Lacko (Slovakia).
Tsonga will now face 10th seed Mardy Fish who defeated David Goffin of Belgium 6-3 7-6(6) 7-6 (6).