In the midst of tough tennis competition Wednesday, with stakes incredibly high, two moments of human sensitivity stood out on the third day of the
It turned out that Nieminen, who will be 34 in three weeks, was playing in his last Wimbledon. Coincidentally, it had been Nieminen who had dispatched Lleyton Hewitt to his last walk off the Wimbledon grass two days earlier.
Djokovic somehow knew, or had heard, and went out of his way to draw attention to Nieminen's departure. He stepped aside and applauded, letting Nieminen lead the way off and calling the crowd's attention to him. Neiminen bent and touched the grass one last time on the way out, then waved goodbye.
"I congratulate him on a terrific career," Djokovic said afterward, "and it was a pleasure to be his last opponent here."
A bit later, on an outside court,
In his news conference after his 6-2, 7-6 (8), 6-4 victory over Matthew Ebden of Australia, Isner seemed eager to talk about the incident.
"I'm not a doctor," Isner said, "but ... it was very scary. I heard that he is doing much better.
Men's contenders Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland and Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria kept going. Wawrinka, seeded fourth, took out Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, and Dimitrov, seeded 11th and the man who upset
Another of Serena Williams' top challengers,
Three American prospects followed the Williams' sisters success. CoCo Vandeweghe beat Carolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 7-5 (5), 6-4;
Three U.S. men left
Unseeded U.S. wild card Denis Kudla won his second match, leaving the U.S. men with three players still alive — Kudla, Isner and
Small fire reported
A small electrical fire broke out inside Wimbledon's Centre Court building on Wednesday, causing an evacuation after play had ended for the day.
The fire started inside a mechanical room in the east side of the building, All England Club spokesman Johnny Perkins said. There were no reports of injuries.
Emergency vehicles arrived shortly after the fire alarm went off, and a public address announcement told everyone in or near the stadium to leave the area.
Perkins said it was not immediately clear whether the incident would have any effect on Thursday's matches. Roger Federer and