Dominika Cibulkova will be wearing white Saturday, just not the way she hoped.
Cilbulkova, 27, who a day earlier said it would be a “dream” to have to postpone her nuptials, was understandably subdued after failing to put up the fight she had hoped in the quarterfinal match. She said she felt emotionally “flat.”
“It’s just so much emotions,” she said. “I think I need a few hours to absorb it.”
Cibulkova, seeded 19th, has reached the quarterfinals five times at Grand Slam events, but obviously would have been shocked to make it to the Wimbledon final, which will take place Saturday. She said if she had been told before this tournament that she’d get to the quarterfinals, “I wouldn’t take you seriously.”
Still, once the disappointment wears off, she said she’ll be perfectly happy to be walking down the aisle Saturday instead of walking onto Centre Court.
“What I do, I do 100%,” she said. “So I’m going to get married 100%.”
Fit to be tied
Should Wimbledon part with tradition and start playing fifth-set tiebreakers?
Afterward, Isner — who six years ago here played the longest match in the history of professional tennis, claiming the final set, 70-68, to beat Nicolas Mahut — was asked if it was time to implement a tiebreaker system. He said he’d be in favor of that, but had little hope of actually affecting that change.
Seven-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer suggested a modified system.
“Maybe they could make a tiebreak at 12-all,” Federer said. “Yeah, it’s rough for not only the players playing, but also the players that follow that court.”
Federer said he was transfixed by the Tsonga-Isner match, and found the drama gripping. In that sense, he said, the unusually long games make for must-see TV — even though it doesn’t necessarily bode well for the eventual winner.
“It is very cool if it goes 12-all, 14-all, 18-all, 20-all, further and further,” he said. “[But] the chances get slimmer and slimmer to win that next round.”
Going the distance
It took longer than expected, but 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych finally turned out the lights on fellow Czech Jiri Vesely to move on to the quarterfinals.
Their match began Monday, when the unseeded Vesely saved five match points before play was suspended because of darkness.
On Tuesday, Berdych reached his fourth Wimbledon quarterfinal by winning, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8), 6-7 (9), 6-3. He will play France’s Lucas Pouille.
“It was not really a position I would like to be, especially last night,” Berdych said of his inability to close out the match Monday. “But the important thing was that I was able to erase it from my mind very quickly, get a good night's sleep, and come back strong again to finish the last set.”