Andy Murray had another late night on Wimbledon’s centre court to eventually see off Ivan Ljubicic in four sets yesterday.
British fourth seed Murray was made to work hard by the Croation for his 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7/4) victory to move into the fourth round and a match against Richard Gasquet of France on Monday.
Three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick became the biggest casualty in the men’s competition so far as he was dumped out by Feliciano Lopez.
Roddick, the number eight seed, had been impressive in his first two matches but was simply outplayed by Lopez, who hit 57 winners and made only seven unforced errors in a 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 victory.
Champion Rafael Nadal will resume his bid to reach the fourth round today after his clash with Gilles Muller was affected by the weather.
Britain’s former Wimbledon juniors winner Laura Robson gave Maria Sharapova, the fifth seed, a scare before going down 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.
Sharapova hailed Robson’s “great potential” but urged her to remain patient and go back to the second-tier ITF circuit to build a bank of experience.
Robson, the world number 254, admitted that will be hard to do after receiving a standing ovation from a partisan crowd on Court One.
“I think it’s really easy to play well on a day like this where you’ve got a big stage, you’re playing against a top-10 player, especially someone like Maria,” said Robson.
“It’s going to be hard going back to the lower tournaments but it’s something that you’ve got to do to earn the right to play on such a big court again.”
British number one Elena Baltacha is also out. She lost 4-6 6-2 7-5 against China’s Peng Shuai, the 20th seed.