Wednesday's passing shots
A look back at Day 9 at the All England Club in photos, links, tweets and more.
Photo of the Day
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hits a return during Wednesday's quarterfinal match against Roger Federer (from SI.com's Best Shots from Day 9 at Wimbledon).
Can you match the shriek to the tennis player? ... Ever wonder what happens to Wimbledon's used balls? ... Meet Rufus, the hawk who keeps the courts at Wimbledon pigeon-free ... A 16-year-old from Burundi hopes his success can boost tennis' profile in Africa ... Three-time Wimbledon champ Boris Becker on the future of Roger Federer ... Deadspin wakes up to Novak Djokovic's squirrel infatuation ... Mary Carillo calrifies that she didn't call Pippa Middleton a "homewrecker" ... He's won more Wimbledon singles titles than Navratilova, Sampras, Borg and McEnroe combined, and you've probably never heard of him.
The Tweet Beat
"Woohoo! We r in quarters! I can get even more wimbledon towels now."
--Australia's Anastasia Rodionova, revealing her true motivation for progressing in the ladies' doubles, 10:36 a.m. ET
"Wowzers! Didn't see that result coming from Tsonga. He's one of my favourite players to watch :-)"
--Great Britain's Anne Keothavong, surely not alone in her surprise, 11:44 a.m. ET
"Just surfed on my mobile for the first time. Im getting so tecnical...What can be next...?"
--Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson, keeping up with the times, 4:58 a.m. ET
75 ... Hours spent in the ticket line by a group of British fans to obtain Centre Court seats for Andy Murray's quarterfinal victory over Feliciano Lopez, according to a New York Times story.
25 ... Games lost at this year's Wimbledon by Maria Sharapova, the lone women's semifinalist who's yet to drop a set.
$1,124,938 ... Career earnings of Sabine Lisicki entering this year's Wimbledon, less than each of the other three semifinalists' earnings for 2011 alone.
Roger Federer pulled off the shot of the day early in Wednesday's quarterfinal match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, lofting this exquisite backhand lob that dropped just inside the baseline.
They Said It
"When you sleep the foot you don't feel nothing."
--Rafael Nadal, describing the effects of the anesthetics that doctors are using to treat a foot injury that nearly forced him to retire from his fourth-round match on Monday