Wimbledon 2011, Day 6: Robin Soderling Upset; Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams Advance

The top three ATP players, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal, will all be featured in televised Championships action today thanks to frequent and persistent rain delays throughout the week.

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Wimbledon 2011, Results: Tamira Paszek Ousts No. 6 Francesca Schiavone 11-9 In Third Set


Tamira Paszek def. No. 6 Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 6-4, 11-9. Austrian Tamira Paszek advanced to the second week of a grand slam for the first time since 2007, upsetting 2010 French Open champion (and 2011 runner-up) Francesca Schiavone in a marathon encounter on Court 12 that began on Friday but was postponed due to rain.

Schiavone broke Paszek several times as the third set went past regulation, giving herself several opportunities to serve for the match.  But displaying an uncharacteristic lack of killer instinct, Schiavone allowed Paszek back into the match time and time again. 

Paszek finally held at 9-9, and broke Schiavone yet again to seal the upset one game later.

It's been a long road back for the half-Chilean, half-Tanzanian Austrian.  She battled severe back injuries for much of 2009, and then was investigated for blood doping because of procedures she received to treat the injury.  She was cleared of all charges, however, and has slowly been climbing back slowly.  She won an indoor title in Quebec City last fall, but the fourth round of Wimbledon is a much more significant step. 

Paszek's success thus far has her on the brink of breaking back into the top fifty, and if she's able to come through her very winnable fourth round match against Ksenia Pervak she could jump into the top forty.

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Wimbledon 2011, Results: Australian Qualifier Bernard Tomic Upsets Ill No. 5 Robin Soderling In Straight Sets

Q Bernard Tomic def. No. 5 Robin Soderling 6-1, 6-4, 7-5. Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic, 18, became the first teenager in the second week of the Gentlemen's Singles at Wimbledon since 2006 with his shocking 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 upset of No. 5 Robin Soderling on Court 1 Saturday.

Soderling was struggling with stomach problems throughout the match, especially early. The Swede won only seven points in the first set, and was visited by the doctor several times in the match.  With stomach problems also plaguing several other players during the tournament, Miguel Seabra of Eurosport is reporting that the root cause is bad pasta in the players' restaurant.

Tomic has been a thorn in the side in the of Tennis Australia for years, but all the crap they dealt with (especially with his father) seems to be paying dividends already.

Tomic has leapfrogged Lleyton Hewitt to become the highest ranked Australian man in tennis and is perhaps now the country's greatest hope for a grand slam singles title on either side given Samantha Stosur's recent struggles.

Tomic next places Xavier Malisse, who upset No. 11 Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 6-3, 6-0.  Malisse made the semifinals of Wimbledon back in 2002, but Tomic should have a decided advantage in this one, setting up an awesome potential quarterfinal meeting with Novak Djokovic.

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Wimbledon 2011, Results: No. 1 Rafael Nadal Shakes Off Gilles Muller, Faces Del Potro Next

No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. Gilles Muller 7-6(6), 7-6(5), 6-0.  Rafael Nadal has not lost a match at Wimbledon since 2007, a streak that was hardly in jeopardy during his straight sets win over big-serving Luxembourgian Gilles Muller.

Muller made a name for himself by upsetting Andy Roddick in the first round of the 2005 US Open, so he's certainly capable of pulling off a big win on a fast court.

But he tightened up when he had set points in the first set, and had completely folded once Nadal took the second set in a breaker.

No. 24 Juan Martin del Potro def. No. 15 Gilles Simon 7-6(8), 7-6(5), 7-5. Having never made it past the , 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro is into the second week of Wimbledon for the first time with a pretty impressive straight sets win over the crafty Gilles Simon.  Del Potro had never previously made it past the second round of the tournament in three tries.

Nadal and del Potro, the two most recent US Open champions, will meet on the jam-packed second Monday in what is sure to be a blockbuster fourth round encounter.

Del Potro has been one of the most dominant players against Nadal in recent years, winning three of his last four matches against Nadal.  The last time they met at a grand slam, del Potro demolished Nadal 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in the 2009 US Open semifinals. 

Nadal should have the edge on grass, but it will still be compelling stuff.

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