Wimbledon's third round continues Saturday from the All England Club in London. Roger Federer's late comeback Friday earned him a spot in the fourth round and two notable Americans are looking to do the same.
On the women's side, Serena Williams takes Centre Court for her third-round match with Jie Zheng from China. Williams won't be the only American woman competing Saturday as Varvara Lepchenko faces Petra Kvitova.
Andy Roddick is also in action Saturday and faces David Ferrer. The other men's match from Centre Court on Saturday features Andy Murray taking on Marcos Baghdatis.
Saturday's television coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET with "Breakfast at Wimbledon" on ESPN. Third-round coverage continues on ESPN at 8 a.m. ET. Users can also watch the action online at WatchESPN.com and Wimbledon.com
Roger Federer nearly became the second victim of a massive upset in the men's draw at Wimbledon, but managed to pull off a spectacular comeback from two sets down against Julian Benneteau, prevailing 4-6, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-1 in his third round match.
Benneteau capitalized on his lone chance to break in the first set while holding his own serve throughout to put Federer in a surprising hole. He continued his impressive play in the second set, though he didn't make it easy on himself. Federer broke Benneteau in the Frenchman's first service game, but Benneteau broke him right back. They held serve all the way to a tiebreak, which Benneteau won comfortably.
Federer broke quickly again in the third set, and Benneteau didn't have an answer. He appeared to make the decision to save his energy for the fourth set early on, more or less letting Federer take the third. Both players served extremely well in a very well-played fourth set en route to a tiebreak, which was as even as the rest of the set. Federer came up big at the end, forcing Benneteau into an error on set point to win the tiebreak 8-6.
Throughout the fourth set tiebreak, Benneteau appeared the be throwing haymakers, perhaps knowing that his fitness wouldn't hold up all the way through a fifth set. He appeared to pick up either a knee or upper leg injury during his first service game, but somehow pulled out an ace and an unreturned serve to hold.
This would be the last game Bennateau won in the match. He provided little opposition on Federer's ensuing service game, then was broken on his following service game. He simply didn't have the fitness to keep the match going, as Federer coasted to a 6-1 victory in the final set.
In earlier matches on Friday, favorites Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova won their matches. American Sam Querrey also had a big day, pulling off an upset win over Milos Raonic.
The 2012 Championships at Wimbledon are beginning to solidify the Round of 16. Two of the players who earned a berth into that fourth round on Friday were men's No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and women's No. 1 seed Maria Sharapova.
Sharapova had little difficulty dispatching of her third round opponent on Friday, as she defeated unseeded Su-Wei Hsieh in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. Hsieh showed fight in the second set, but Sharapova was able to clamp down and put her away to advance.
Djokovic, meanwhile, looked exceptionally shaky in his first set against No. 28 seed Radek Stepanek, dropping the opener before appearing to clear his head and really focus on making his shots. Djokovic looked on top of his game after an uneasy start and won handily in four sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
In the early going of the 2012 Championships at Wimbledon, it has been a good tournament for American players and a great tournament for upsets. Although not nearly to the level of Thursday's second round upset of Rafael Nadal at the hands of Lukas Rosol, Friday has already featured another seeded player being dispatched by an unseeded opponent.
American men's player Sam Querrey played a second round match against No. 21 seed Milos Raonic of Canada and was able to advance by winning in four sets. The first three sets were grueling tiebreak affairs, but Raonic wilted in the fourth set, allowing Querrey to advance to the third round on scores of 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.
Querrey has never made it past the fourth round of any Grand Slam event. Perhaps this will be his year.