LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot during his first round match against Kei Nishikori of Japan on Day Two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 22, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Wimbledon, Day 4: Rafael Nadal Wins In Five; Serena, Murray, Soderling Cruise

Believe it or not, there is tennis that doesn't involve Isner or Mahut. Track the many shorter matches that make up Day 4 at Wimbledon, as SB Nation's Ben Rothenberg follows the day's action and gives us five key matches to watch.

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Wimbledon: No. 1 Serena Williams Dominant Again, Beats Anna Chakvetadze 6-0, 6-1

No. 1 seed Serena Williams turned in her second rout of the tournament in Day 4, utterly dominating former top five player Anna Chakvetadze 6-0, 6-1.

Serena may have been angry about the scheduling committee relegating her to Court 2 on a day when The Queen visited Centre Court, and if so she certainly took those frustrations out on Chakvetadze. Serena won the first eleven games of the match before one finally went in the Chakvetadze column.

Chakvetadze didn’t play poorly in the slightest, showing many flashes of the craftiness that got her into the sport’s upper echelon. She even had four break point opportunities against the dominant Williams serve, but wasn’t able to convert a single one.

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Wimbledon: No. 2 Rafael Nadal Survives Robin Haase In Five Sets

Rafael Nadal got a break midway through the fifth set and held onto it, defeating Robin Haase 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Nadal never seemed discouraged, and actually seemed to be relishing the second round challenge.

For a five set match, this was awfully quick. Only two hours and 25 minutes. Thats less than a quarter of the time the Isner-Mahut match lasted. I really have to learn not to ever compare anything to Isner-Mahut, but this was still quick by most any measure.

Nadal next faces the winner of the ongoing Philipp Petzschner-Lukasz Kubot battle.

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Wimbledon: Robin Haase Takes Third Set; One Set Away From Upset Over No. 2 Rafael Nadal

No. 2 Rafael Nadal is one set away from his first loss at Wimbledon since 2007.

The 2008 Wimbledon champion lost the second set to young Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, by one break.

Haase gained the edge in the third frame with an incredible running forehand on break point in the sixth game of the set.

Could Isner-Mahut actually wind up not being the biggest headline of the day?

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Wimbledon: Queen Elizabeth II Arrives, Dines

Queen Elizabeth II is at the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for the first time in 33 years.

After going through a receiving line of tennis greats that included Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, the Queen ate lunch with another group of tennis' elites that included British greats Tim Henman and Virginia Wade.  The group ate salmon, chicken, and some traditionally Wimbledonish strawberries.

The Queen is now seated  in the front row of The Royal Box at Centre Court watching Andy Murray vs. Jarkko Nieminen, quite visible in a bright robin's egg blue ensemble.

It has been announced that she will stay until 4 PM, when she will depart for tea time.

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