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Wimbledon Diary - Celebrities Quiz Djokovic; Murray Made Of Strawberries

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ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at Wimbledon on the first Friday.

Celebrities Quiz Djokovic
Never mind being quizzed by the world’s media after each of his matches at The Championships, Novak Djokovic is now taking questions on his days off too – from celebrities! The Serb is running an #AskDjoker session on Twitter and Facebook, receiving filmed video questions from the likes of actor Kevin Spacey, Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah and Manchester United footballer Michael Carrick, then posting his own filmed responses.

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Federer Still In Town
Roger Federer suffered a shock exit at The Championships on Wednesday, but was spotted in Wimbledon Village on Friday, taking a morning stroll in the rain. Eight-year-old Adam Ward was walking his dog, Bonnie, when he and his parents bumped into the seven-time Wimbledon champion on the edge of the Common. Ward, an aspiring tennis player himself, will be queuing for tickets for The Championships on Saturday, hoping to see Britain’s Laura Robson in action.

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The Pitfalls Of Mixing Business With Pleasure
Two years ago, Jurgen Melzer and Iveta Benesova won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title. Fourteen months later they got married and have not paired up on a tennis court since. After his third-round victory on Friday at Wimbledon, Melzer was quizzed on the pitfalls to watch out for when playing tennis with one's wife.

"You have to watch out what you say!" joked the Austrian. "When we first played here, we hadn't been dating and we hadn't been involved. We were friends. That's when we won. We had another quarter-final at the Australian Open. But it's a little different when you're dating and we haven't played since we were married. 

"It's not that we have fought or something because she or I played a bad shot. It's fun. I hope she comes back [from injury] and we can play next year."

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Dimitrov’s Take On Pressure
Grigor Dimitrov bowed out in the second round of The Championships on Friday, losing a tight five-set battle with Grega Zemlja on Court 3. The 22-year-old Bulgarian won the Wimbledon boys’ singles title in 2008 and has been the subject of much speculation and expectation as he looks to find the same success on the ATP World Tour. Speaking on Friday, Dimitrov said:

"I think pressure's everywhere. I think one of the toughest things you've got to face is your own expectations, obviously. I mean, you'll be judged anyway, right? So that doesn't really have to be in your head in general. I think the most important thing is to stay true to yourself, your team, really try to build up something through the years and work. One day, if you do the right things, eventually things will happen for you, whether it's going to be sooner or later."

A Murray Made Of Strawberries
The Curzon Gallery on Church Road, Wimbledon, has found an alternative use for the ever-popular strawberries and cream during The Championships' fortnight. In aid of The Royal Marsden, where British player Ross Hutchins is being treated for cancer, the gallery has made the Murray Strawberry Mosaic from strawberries and cream – on display until 30th June. The gallery invites people inside for free champagne and strawberries and welcomes donations to The Royal Marsden.

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Sergiy Laments "Bully" Tactics Choice
Two days after his phenomenal serve and volley display, which toppled seven-time champion Roger Federer in the second round, Sergiy Stakhovsky rued his choice of tactics in a four-set defeat to Jurgen Melzer

"Today I was a bully, I would say," said the Ukrainian. "I was just going to that net and trying to save it. In general, if I would say about my match, I think I just played stupid. It would be I think the exact word of showing how I should not play Jurgen, and I should have realised that somewhere at the end of the second set. 

"I should have mixed it up. I should never play the same shot against Jurgen. He was returning much better today than Roger."

Janowicz Credits Radwanska With Polish Tennis Boom
One year on from Agnieszka Radwanska’s appearance in the Wimbledon final, for the first time in the Open Era, two Polish men reached the third round at a Grand Slam when Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot reached the last 32 at Wimbledon. While Kubot’s match was cancelled due to rain on Friday, Janowicz put on a blistering display on his Centre Court debut to reach the fourth round and afterwards reflected on the new-found success in Polish tennis.

“Everything started from Radwanska, honestly saying,” commented Janowicz. “Maybe we realised there's a chance to make some good results in tennis in Poland. We didn't have unbelievable facilities for practice. I remember when I was practising during the winter under the balloon, it was even minus 10 inside. 

“I don't have a perfect explanation. But I'm happy there's a lot of good players in Poland right now. I hope it's going to be only better.”

Statistic Of The Day
There have only been 12 five-set matches in the first two rounds. This is the fewest five-set matches through the first two rounds at Wimbledon in the Open Era. The previous fewest five-set matches was 13 in 1981. The most five-set matches through the first two rounds at Wimbledon is 26 in both 1969 and 1994.


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