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Baker can't believe his Wimbledon progress

ESPN staff
June 30, 2012
Brian Baker is in the fourth round, against so many odds © Getty Images
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Nadal-slayer Rosol defeated
Tsonga wins, Roddick goes out

Serena survives marathon
Kvitova wastes no time

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Plays of the Day: A stolen hawk!

Andy Murray was relieved to progress against Marcos Baghdatis, in a contest that finished shortly after 11pm under the roof of Centre Court. He said: "It was tough conditions, I was really struggling. I struck the ball better under the roof and served better. They did a good job letting us know the situation. At 4-1 I tried not to sit down, and was told we had one more game [to finish]. Then obviously I broke, so I was glad to be given the chance to finish it off."

American Brian Baker, playing on grass for the first time in seven years, moved into the fourth round with victory over Benoit Paire of France. He said: "It's hard to even put it into words - unbelievable, really. I was feeling better last year so I decided to give it a go one last time.But I would not have thought then that I would be in the fourth round of Wimbledon.

"I'm trying not to get wrapped up in it. I don't want to be all happy and 'Oh my gosh, I'm in the fourth round of Wimbledon!' The big thing for me is that in key moments of a match, I'm confident that I don't have to step outside my comfort zone. My game's good enough."

Lukas Rosol's fairytale is over, however, after he was beaten by Philipp Kohlschreiber. The man who beat Rafael Nadal said: ""They ask me all these questions. They call me from Brazil, from this part of world, but also from France.

"I can play against anyone. That's what I feel. And also these players now they are going to see they can lose against me."

Kohlschreiber, meanwhile, admitted it was weird to see Rosol getting so much attention both during and after a heavy defeat. He said: "It was a little bit strange, let's say, if the loser is going to go back to the court [for a lap of honour]. But I think it's a big respect that he played such a great tournament. I don't know if the English people really liked him to kick out Nadal. That's maybe what they were cheering also today."

Defending champion Petra Kvitova won her match against Varvara Lepchenko in just 53 minutes. "I'm feeling better with every match I play here. The third round today was much better than the first round. I'm so happy that I played well today, and I'm glad that I made so few unforced errors. For the last two years, I've played so well here. I feel very confident on the court and my serve can help me."

Serena Williams, in contrast, was pushed all the way by Jie Zheng - eventually winning 9-7 in the third set after 158 minutes on court. Serena said: "She always pushes me really hard. I thought, third set, if I'm going to go out I'm going to go out with a bang. I'm just fighting everything. She's playing unbelievable on grass. I'm just playing the best I can."

Andy Roddick refused to confirm whether he will be back next year after losing to David Ferrer, but is looking forward to returning for the Olympics. He said: ""I thought I played well. I had one really good look at a forehand on a set point in the second set, just clipped the tape. That was a big, big turning point there.

"I'm excited [for the Olympics]. If I can kind of maintain the form that I've had it's going to be uncomfortable (for the others as) I don't think I'm going to be seeded. I'm proud that I've been very dedicated to my craft. There aren't many days when I go to sleep wondering if I could have done more as far as preparation or work or effort."

Juan Martin del Potro is into the fourth round after beating Kei Nishikori in straight sets. The former US Open champion noted: "I think it was my best game of the week. Kei Nishikori on grass is always going to be a big challenge. I'm glad to be in the fourth round. I will try to play better and better as I go on, because I want to stay alive in this tournament for a few more days."

There was also a shock story, as it emerged that the hawk that patrols Wimbledon to scare off pigeons, Rufus, had been stolen. Rufus' owner, Imogen Davies, said: "Everyone has been incredible, we couldn't have asked for any more help. But if you have any more information please get in touch."

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