For the second year in a row at Wimbledon, Roger Federer went to five sets against a Frenchman but this time there would be no slip-ups. "My God, it was brutal," said the normally stress-free Swiss after 204 minutes of high drama under the roof on Centre Court in which he first flirted with the humiliation suffered the night before by Rafael Nadal then gathered all his reserves of energy and skill to outlast the dangerous Julien Benneteau and go through to the fourth round.
Wimbledon was not quite ready for another Czech earthquake after the rude dismissal of Rafael Nadal. However, for the duration of a set on Centre Court, the prospect of losing the defending champion on day five sent a shiver through the tournament that did not seem altogether out of kilter with the prevailing mood.
28th June 2012, note this date down, as it will be remembered for one of the greatest upsets in Wimbledon history.
Friday marks the resumption of pleasantries between two fiercely competitive rivals - England and Australia.
Heather Watson's smile was almost as wide as the room here yesterday after the 20-year-old became the first British woman to reach the third round since Elena Baltacha a decade ago.