Mischa Zverev

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Germans top Americans at World Team event - MiamiHerald.com
By Sports Network A duo of Nicolas Kiefer and Mischa Zverev gave the host Germans a 2-1 win over the United States in Monday's Red Group action at the ATP World Team Championship. Kiefer-Zverev defeated Americans Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-4,...
Germans play Serbs for world tennis title - United Press International
DUSSELDORF, Germany, May 22 (UPI) -- Nicolas Kiefer and Mischa Zverev posted a dramatic win Friday to put Germany in the finals of the World Team Championship. Germany will take on Serbia in the finals Saturday in a best-of-three match format....
Murray remains focused - SkySports
World No.104 Starace should give Murray more of a work-out in the second round, having overcome Mischa Zverev when the German retired injured. Starace had been leading 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 1-0 at the time and Murray knows just what to expect on Wednesday....
Lleyton Hewitt gets his French Open campaign off to impressive start - Fox Sports
Murray will now play either Germany's Mischa Zverev or Italy's Potito Starace for a place in the last 32. Marat Safin, a semi-finalist in 2002 and playing his 11th and last French Open before retiring, eased past French wildcard Alexandre Sidorenko 6-4...
Hantuchova upset; Dulgheru in final - Hindu
Germany's Nicolas Kiefer and Mischa Zverev saved one match point before clinching the decisive doubles rubber with a tense 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-11 over Robin Soderling and Robert Lindstedt to take host Germany into the final of the World Team Cup at...
Davydenko plays down title hopes - The Press Association
Italy's Potito Starace secured a second-round meeting against British number one Andy Murray, the third seed, after opponent Mischa Zverev retired through injury at the start of the third set of their match. Germany's Zverev was 7-6 (7/5) 5-7 0-1...
Nadal extends record - Sky News Australia
Italy's Potito Starace secured a second-round meeting with British No.1 and third seed Andy Murray after opponent Mischa Zverev retired through injury at the start of the third set of their match. Germany's Zverev was 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 1-0 down when he...
Saturday's scoreboard - Aiken Standard (subscription)
Dusan Vemic, Serbia, and Mischa Zverev, Germany, 6-3, 7-6 (6). Mahesh Bhupathi, India, and Mark Knowles (4), Bahamas, def. Johan Brunstrom, Sweden, and Jean-Julien Rojer, Netherlands Antilles, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3)....
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The German doubles team of Nicolas Kiefer and Mischa Zverev completed the sweep of France with a 6-0, 6-4 rout of Jeremy Chardy and Gilles Simon in 41 minutes. Germany is 2-0 in Red Group play and goes against Sweden (2-0) for the group title and the...

Mischa Zverev

Infobox last updated on: 23 February 2009.

Michael "Mischa" Zverev (born 22 August, 1987, in Moscow, Russia) is a German professional tennis player. He is the son of former Russian tennis player Alexander Zverev, who is also his coach. He now resides in Hamburg, Germany and represents Germany internationally. His career-high ranking is # 65, achieved on 3 November, 2008.

He had a successful junior career, attaining a # 3 ranking and reaching the semifinals of the US Open (losing to Andy Murray), the quarterfinals of Roland Garros (losing to Alex Kuznetsov), and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (losing to Novak Djoković) in 2004.

In October 2006, he made his first ATP-level quarterfinal in Bangkok, Thailand, beating former #1 Juan Carlos Ferrero and former #5 Rainer Schüttler before losing to former #1 Marat Safin.

He has spent all of 2007 in the top 200, and made his 2nd quartefinal in July, 2007, in Rhode Island. In August 2007, he won a Challenger title at İstanbul, and followed that up with a quarterfinal run at the Bronx Challenger, which put him into the top-100 for the first time at # 99.

In June, 2008, Zverev managed to secure his first ATP title by winning the Doubles at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany together with his partner Mikhail Youzhny.

At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, Zverev surprisingly reached the 3rd Round after wins versus Alexander Peya and Juan Carlos Ferrero, but was forced to retire in his 3rd Round game versus Stanislas Wawrinka due to pain in his left thigh.

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Marat Safin

Safin practicing at the 2007 US Open

Infobox last updated on: March 5, 2009.

Marat Mikhailovich Safin (Tatar: Марат Мөбин улы Сафин, Marat Möbin ulı Safin; Russian: Мара́т Миха́йлович (Муби́нович) Са́фин /mɑ.ˈrɑt.ˈsɑ.fɪn/; born January 27, 1980) is a Russian former World No. 1 tennis player. He is the older brother of world number one WTA player Dinara Safina.

Safin began his professional career in 1997 and held the No. 1 world ranking for a total of 9 weeks between November 2000 and April 2001. He achieved his first Grand Slam title at the 2000 U.S. Open after defeating Pete Sampras, and won the 2005 Australian Open, defeating Lleyton Hewitt. Safin helped lead Russia to Davis Cup victories in 2002 and 2006. Despite his dislike of grass courts, he became the first Russian man to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships. Marat Safin is currently ranked no. 21 in the official world men's tennis rankings season.

Marat Safin was born in Moscow, USSR (now Russia), to Mikhail Safin and Rauza Islanova, an ethnic Tatar family, Safin describes himself as a non-practising Muslim. He speaks Russian, English and Spanish. His parents were former tennis players and coaches. His younger sister, Dinara Safina, is a professional tennis player and silver medalist at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. Safin's father managed the local Spartak Tennis Club where Safin trained in his youth alongside several tennis players, including Anna Kournikova, Elena Dementieva, and Anastasia Myskina.

At age fourteen he moved to Valencia, Spain, to gain access to advanced tennis training programs which were not available in Russia. Safin says he grew up "very fast...with no muscles" and that he moved to Spain because clay courts were "better for the knees". Safin speaks fluent Spanish as a result.

Safin started his professional career in 1997. In 1998, Safin consecutively defeated Andre Agassi and defending champion Gustavo Kuerten at the French Open.

Safin held the No. 1 ATP ranking for 9 weeks during 2000 when he won his first Grand Slam tournament at the US Open, by defeating Pete Sampras in straight sets. However, a succession of injuries hindered his progress and Safin missed the majority of the season in 2003 as a result.

His best result at Wimbledon is reaching the semifinals in 2008 often losing in the first or second rounds in other years; he was defeated by Roger Federer in 2008, 6-3 7-6(4) 6-4.

Safin has won five ATP Tennis Masters Series titles during his career. His first was in 2000 when he won the title in Toronto, Canada. He holds a record-tying three (2000, 2002, and 2004) wins in Paris, France, and one in 2004 in Madrid, Spain.

In 2004, Safin reached the Semifinal of the Tennis Masters' Cup in Houston, where he was defeated by Roger Federer, 6–3, 7–6(18). The second-set tiebreak (20-18) was the third longest tiebreak in the Open Era. Safin also reached the semifinals in 2000.

Marat Safin helped Russia achieve its first Davis Cup victory in 2002, with a 3–2 tie-breaking win against France in the final round at the Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy. His Russian team included Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Mikhail Youzhny, Andrei Stoliarov, and team captain Shamil Tarpischev. The team made Davis Cup history by being the second to win the event after losing the doubles tie-breaker, and becoming the first team to win a (live-televised) five-set finals match by coming back from a two-set deficit. Safin also helped Russia to win the Davis Cup in 2006. After a straight sets defeat by David Nalbandian in his first match, his doubles victory (partnering Dmitry Tursunov) against Nalbandian and Agustín Calleri and singles victory against José Acasuso drove Russia to victory.

After winning the 2005 Australian Open, Safin attributed his recent revival and more consistent performance to the calming presence of his new coach Peter Lundgren, saying that "I never believed in myself before at all, until I started to work with him." Lundgren had been Federer's coach, until parting ways at the end of 2003; Safin hired Lundgren the following year. He was later defeated in the early rounds of each of the seven tournaments he played between the Australian Open and the French Open. In June 2005, shortly after his unsuccessful French Open campaign, Safin made a surprise finals appearance at the Wimbledon tune-up tournament in Halle on grass. He lost the final narrowly to the defending champion, Roger Federer.

Although a serious knee-injury hampered Safin's progression and rankings within the ATP (he missed the 2005 US Open and 2006 Australian Open), Safin made appearances at the 2006 ATP Masters tournaments at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg.

On August 17, 2006, after a disappointing year during which Safin suffered injuries and his ranking plummeted to as low as 104, Safin temporarily parted ways with coach Peter Lundgren.

At the 2006 US Open, Safin defeated David Nalbandian, who was then World #4, in the 2nd Round in a 5th Set tiebreaker, but lost at the 4th Round to former world #2 Tommy Haas, also on a 5th set tiebreaker.

Safin helped Russia beat the USA 3–2 to gain a place in the finals in December 2006, and secondly with a good run at the start of the indoor season the Thailand Open where he was narrowly edged out by #7 seed, James Blake.

On October 14, 2006, Safin made it to his first final in a year-and-a-half at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, the first all Russian final at that event, losing to Nikolay Davydenko.

On December 3, 2006, Safin defeated José Acasuso 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 7–6 (5) in the 5th rubber of the 2006 Davis Cup, winning the cup for Russia. He had previously lost 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 to David Nalbandian in his first match. In the doubles match, he teamed with Dmitri Tursunov to win against Nalbandian and Agustín Calleri in straight sets.

Safin played no warm-up tournaments in the run up to the Australian Open. As Safin was forced to miss the tournament in 2006 due to injury, 2007 was his first Australian Open since he captured the title in 2005. Safin lost against sixth seed Andy Roddick in the third round match by 6–7, 6–2, 4–6, 6–7 in a grueling 3-hour match. Roddick commented after the match, "With Marat you know you are going to get an emotional roller-coaster. You just have to try and focus on yourself and I was able to do that tonight.

In April, Marat won the deciding quarter-final Davis Cup rubber against France, beating Paul-Henri Mathieu in straight sets.

Safin reached the third round at Wimbledon, before falling to the defending champion Roger Federer. In July, Safin announced that he and his coach Alexander Volkov were parting and that his new coach would be former pro Hernán Gumy.

Safin won the doubles title at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in October, his first ATP-level title since the 2005 Australian Open.

Safin prepared for the Australian Open at the invitational exhibition tournament, the AAMI Kooyong Classic in Melbourne. Other players in the field were Roddick, Fernando González, Nikolay Davydenko, Marcos Baghdatis, Ivan Ljubičić and Andy Murray. Safin was victorious in his opening match, defeating Andy Murray 6–1, 6–4 before falling to defeat in his second match to Andy Roddick 6–3, 6–3. In the 3rd place play-off, Safin rebounded from the Roddick loss and overpowered last year's Australian Open runner up Fernando González winning the match 6–3, 6–3. Safin won his first round match at the Australian Open against Ernests Gulbis in straight sets - 6-0, 6-4, 7-6(2). He was ousted in the 2nd round after a grueling five set match against Baghdatis - 6–4, 6–4 2–6, 3–6, 6–2.

In February, Safin was granted wildcards into the tournaments at Memphis and Las Vegas. In Memphis, he was edged out by his 2002 Australian Open opponent, Thomas Johansson, 7–6, 7–6 in the first round. In Las Vegas he was defeated by Lleyton Hewitt during the semi-finals round in 2007 7–5, 6–1. Safin was defeated by Hewitt once again by 6–2, 6–1 in 58 minutes.

In March, Safin lost in the first round of Indian Wells and Miami, to Jürgen Melzer and qualifier Bobby Reynolds respectively. In the Davis Cup between Russia and the Czech Republic, Safin defeated world no. 9 Tomáš Berdych in a five set encounter, after being two sets down, 6–7, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4. This was the first time in his career that he has come back to win a match after being down two sets. Safin said that he hoped that this would be a turnaround in his form.

Safin's next tournament was in Valencia. He defeated former World No. 1 and number 4 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–3, 5–7, 6–4. He played Dutch teenager Robin Haase in the next round. He won the first set 6–2 and was up 4–2 in the 2nd set. However, Haase broke back to take it to a tiebreak. Safin had 4 match points, including one on his serve, but lost this tiebreak, and eventually the match.

In the Monte Carlo Masters, Safin defeated Xavier Malisse 6–3, 6–2, but then lost to No. 5 David Ferrer 6–2, 6–3. He then entered the 2008 BMW Open in Munich, Germany, where his first round opponent was Carlos Berlocq. Safin won 6–3, 3–6, 6–4. In the second round he edged out Michael Berrer 7–6(4), 6–7(5), 6–3, but lost to Fernando González 7-5, 6-3 in his first quarterfinal of the year, and the first since June 2007 at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C.

Safin also entered the 2008 French Open but was eliminated in the second round by countryman and No. 4 seed Nikolay Davydenko, in straight sets, 7–6, 6–2, 6–2.

Ranked at No. 75, Safin entered the 2008 Wimbledon Championships where he defeated Fabio Fognini 6–1, 6–2, 7–6(3) in the first round. In the second round he defeated No. 3 player and 2008 Australian Open Champion Novak Djokovic 6–4, 7–6(3), 6–2. Safin's victory came as a shock as Djokovic was described as a "serious contender" to win the tournament. In the third round, he played Italian Andreas Seppi (29th seed) and beat him 7–6, 3–6, 7–6, 6–4. In the Round of 16 came Stanislas Wawrinka who he defeated 6–4, 6–3, 5–7, 6–1. This was the first time he had reached the Quarterfinals in a major tournament since the 2005 Australian Open. Safin went on to defeat Feliciano López 3–6, 7–5, 7–6(1), 6–3 in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal clash with defending champion Roger Federer. Safin lost the match 6–3, 7–6(3), 6–4. His run to the semifinals was his best record in Wimbledon and made him the first Russian man to ever reach a Wimbledon semifinal. Safin then played at the Swedish Open, on clay, in Båstad against Marc López, winning 7–6, 7–5 in the first round. He lost his second round match against Potito Starace.

Safin was awarded a wild card into the Rogers Cup Masters tournament in Toronto. He played Sam Querrey in the first round, winning 6–3, 6–3. Due to rain delays, he had to play his next match against Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka on the same day. He lost that match 6–3, 6–4. Safin was seeded fifth for his next tournament, the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles. He defeated Americans John Isner 6–3, 6–4 and Wayne Odesnik 6–3, 6–2 in the first and second rounds respectively to advance to the quarterfinals, where he was defeated by Denis Gremelmayr 3–6, 6–3, 6–2.

In the US Open, Marat Safin lost in the second round to Tommy Robredo 4–6, 7–6, 6–4, 6–0.

At the Moscow Kremlin Cup, he defeated Noam Okun, Julien Benneteau, and fellow countrymen Nikolay Davydenko and Mischa Zverev only to lose to another compatriot Igor Kunitsyn 7–6, 6–7, 6–3 in the final. It was Safin's first final appearance since 2006, in the same event. Following the Kremlin Cup, Safin withdrew from the Madrid Masters event with a shoulder injury cited as the reason.

His next event was the St. Petersburg Open at which he lost in the 2nd round. He then lost his first round match at the final ATP tournament of the calendar - the Paris Masters. He lost the match to Juan Mónaco 6-0 7-6. In the post-match conference, he raised the possibility of his retirement from the sport. Via a message posted on his official website, he said he was going to take a holiday and then seriously consider his options regarding his future in tennis. He finished the year 2008 ranked at #29.

Safin started the 2009 season by playing in the Hopman Cup event in Perth with his sister, Dinara Safina. He arrived at the event sporting a bandaged right thumb, two black eyes, a blood-filled left eye and a cut near his right eye, all suffered in a fight several weeks earlier in Moscow.

In the 2009 Hopman Cup, teaming with sister, Dinara, the pair played off in the Final representing Russia, but each was defeated in the singles rubbers. Safin withdrew from the Kooyong Classic tournament due to a shoulder injury, but recovered to play his first round Australian Open match, which he won in straight sets over Ivan Navarro of Spain. In the second round, Safin defeated another Spanish player, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. In the third round he came up against Roger Federer and lost in straight sets. His next tournament was the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. He exited in the 1st round to Richard Gasquet and exited in the semifinals in doubles with David Ferrer. In March Marat helped Russia advance to the Davis Cup quarterfinals by beating Victor Crivoi of Romania in the first rubber in straight sets.

So far this season Safin has steadily progressed in the ATP mens rankings. Starting at 29 in the world, he is now placed at 20. This is the first time Safin has been in the top 20 since the end of January 2006. His doubles ranking has also increased this year from 300 to 195 .

Safin is known for his emotional outbursts during matches, and has smashed numerous rackets. Safin is estimated to have smashed 48 racquets in 1999. As of 2005, Safin estimated that he has broken about 300.

Lack of consistency has been described as Safin's ultimate weakness, since 2005. Safin considers grass to be his least favorite playing surface, even though other opponents with similar playing styles generally dominate on it. Safin had his best performance at Wimbledon in 2008, where he reached the semi finals. Safin dismissed his performance in the 2001 tournament, in which he reached the quarter finals, as a result of luck. Safin says that "It's difficult to . It's difficult to play off the baseline because a lot of bad bounces.". With Safin's semi final performance at Wimbledon in 2008, he became the fourth of five active players to reach the semifinals in all four grand slams joining Roger Federer, David Nalbandian, Novak Djokovic, and later, Rafael Nadal.

Marat Safin has used the Head Prestige classic 600 since '97 and has a paintjob of the Microgel Prestige for marketing purposes.

His racquets used to be strung using Babolat VS Natural Team Gut 17L gauge. He now uses Luxilon Big Banger Original at 62 to 64 pounds His clothing and shoe sponsor has been adidas for the last decade.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only after a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. Davis Cup matches are included in the statistics. This table is current through the 2009 Miami Masters.

A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

1The win and loss totals do not include walkovers.

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2008 ATP Tour

Novak Djokovic, holding the Australian Open trophy.

The ATP Tour is the elite tour for professional tennis organized by the Association of Tennis Professionals. The ATP Tour includes the four Grand Slam tournaments, the Tennis Masters Cup, the ATP Masters Series, the International Series Gold and the International Series tournaments.

This is the complete schedule of events on the 2008 ATP Tour, with player progression documented until the quarter-final stage.

The opening week of the year featured three tournaments, across the regions of Oceania, South East Asia, and the Middle East. All three of these events began on December 31, 2007. One of the semi-finals in Chennai, India, between Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya featured a notable match in the history of the ATP Tour, with Nadal coming out on top, 6–7(3), 7–6(8), 7–6(1). The contest was significant because it was the longest three-set match since 1993, when Andrei Cherkasov defeated Andrea Gaudenzi, 6–7(6), 7–6(2), 7–5 at the ATP Tel Aviv. Both matches ran for three hours and fifty-four minutes. Two further tournaments were played in the week prior to the Australian Open; both were in close proximity to the Grand Slam tournament, in Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia.

The Australian Open saw Novak Djokovic claim his first Grand Slam title, and also saw him becoming the first representative of Serbia to win a Grand Slam title. Djokovic was able to beat Roger Federer in the semi-finals and consequently broke up his monopoly of hard court slam titles, of which he had won the last five. The event also saw the shock emergence of French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who reached the final and drew comparison with Muhammed Ali due to his appearance and audacious style of play. This was the first Australian Open to take place on the new Plexicushion surface, which was designed to have lower heat retention and a more predictable bounce.

On January 28, the Viña del Mar tournament commenced in Chile. This was the first event in a series of South and Central American clay court tournaments.

The month of February saw Andy Murray and Michael Llodra sustain their good form from the start of the season, with both picking up their second titles of the year. Nicolas Almagro became the third player to win a second title, with both his wins coming during February. He completed the month with a win-loss record of 14–1 (including two Davis Cup ties for Spain).

Elsewhere, several players continued to lay down important milestones in the history of the ATP Tour. Kei Nishikori, world number 244, shocked number 1 seed James Blake at Delray Beach and became the first Japanese man in nearly 16 years to win an ATP title (the last to do so was Shuzo Matsuoka, at the ATP Seoul in 1992). Sergiy Stakhovsky, playing at the Zagreb Indoors, became the first man since Christian Miniussi, at the São Paulo event in 1991, to win an ATP Tour event after entering the tournament as a lucky loser. The feat had only been achieved a total of four times since the inception of the tour. Stakhovsky's win-loss record on the main tour prior to the final had been 6–13.

In March, fewer tournaments were competed, with two of them (Indian Wells and Miami) taking place over a two week period and being played in conjunction with Women's Tennis Association (WTA) events. These were the first Masters Series events of the year. Novak Djokovic, a finalist at Indian Wells in 2007, was able to go one better there, defeating surprise finalist Mardy Fish. However, Djokovic was unable to maintain his good form, and lost to Kevin Anderson in his first match at the Miami event. Aside from this victory, Anderson had made an earlier breakthrough in Las Vegas, reaching the final before losing to Sam Querrey. At the Dubai Tennis Championships, Andy Roddick was in impressive form, dispatching Rafael Nadal and Djokovic before defeating Feliciano Lopez in the final.

World number 1 Roger Federer's slump in form continued, with the Swiss making a first round exit in Dubai, and failing to the reach the final of either Indian Wells or Miami. This was the first time since the year 2000, long before Federer became number 1, that he had not won a title in the first three months of the year. Rafael Nadal's coinciding trophy drought meant that this was the first time since 1999, when Pete Sampras and Carlos Moya occupied the world number 1 and 2 spots, that neither of world's top two players had won a tournament prior to the start of the European clay court season.

April was a month that augured better for out-of-form world number 1 Roger Federer, who won his first title of the year in Estoril, and reached the final of Monte Carlo for the third year in a row. However, it was Rafael Nadal who proved to be most efficient, winning both tournaments he played on his favoured clay surface. By the end of the month, Nadal had taken his overall record on clay to 108 wins out of his last 109 matches. Countryman David Ferrer also had a successful month, winning in Valencia and reaching the final of Barcelona.

At the Munich event, Fernando Gonzalez won the tenth title of his career. The event also saw the re-emergence of Younes El Aynaoui, who was the oldest man (36) to reach the semi-final stage of an ATP level event since Jimmy Connors at the SAP Open in 1993. Connors was 40 at the time of his achievement.

May saw the culmination of the European clay court swing, with Rafael Nadal adding two further titles to his tally (including the French Open). Nadal had three titles to defend, in Barcelona (held in April), Rome, and Monte Carlo (in addition to playing in Hamburg) in consecutive weeks, and criticized the ATP Tour for scheduling this way, calling it "impossible". Nadal said that his second defeat in 109 clay court matches, against Juan Carlos Ferrero in Rome, could be partially attributed to a foot injury he sustained as a result of the scheduling. The Rome Masters Series event was beset by injuries, with the semi-final opponents of both Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka retiring; several other high-profile retirements occurred earlier in the tournament. The 2008 clay court season was condensed because American television broadcasters requested that the US spring hard court season finish a week later, due to scheduling requirements. This was as a result of the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, which started a week later than usual; the Olympics were also a factor in a general restructuring of the tour, and American James Blake suggested that the Davis Cup should not be played in Olympic years. Djokovic also called for the ATP to "take care of the players".

The second Grand Slam tournament of the year saw Nadal beat Roger Federer for the fourth year in a row, and for the third year, in the final. Nadal produced his most comprehensive victory over Federer at Roland Garros, and became the first man since Bjorn Borg (1978–81) to win four French Open titles in a row. Nadal further cemented his place in history by becoming only the seventh man to win a Grand Slam title without losing a set. For Federer, the defeat saw him lose his first set to love in a Grand Slam since the 1999 French Open, against Pat Rafter. Gael Monfils delighted the French crowd by becoming the first home player to reach the semi-finals since 2001.

Nikolay Davydenko also won his third Hypo Group Tennis International in four years, and in team competition, the Sweden team of Robin Soderling, Thomas Johansson, and Robert Lindstedt won the World Team Cup, thus giving Sweden its first victory since 1995.

At the 2008 Queen's Club Championships, defending champion Andy Roddick made a strong showing running to the semifinals. But there, he met number two Rafael Nadal and fell. Third ranked Novak Djokovic reached the final, but fell to the Spaniard Nadal 7-6(6), 7-5. Meanwhile, top-ranked Roger Federer came to the 2008 Gerry Weber Open on grass courts looking for a title. He won the tournament, beating the home-favored Philipp Kohlschreiber in Halle, NRW, Germany, in the final. While Federer played impressive tennis, Kohlschreiber procured a magnificent win over James Blake in the semifinals before falling to Federer. Mikhail Youzhny and Mischa Zverev won their first of two titles together in 2008 as well at the tournament. Nikolay Davydenko stayed behind and won the 2008 Orange Warsaw Open on the Polish red clay, beating a spirited Juan Mónaco in the final. The Russian also reached the doubles final with Yuri Schukin but fell to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, 6-0, 3-6, .

The following week, with one week until the 2008 Wimbledon Championships. With both tournaments of the week taking place on grass, it would be the only week in the season when all tournaments were played on grass courts. David Ferrer pulled through as the top seed to win the title in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands at the 2008 Ordina Open, beating Marc Gicquel with relative ease in the final. Mario Ančić and Jürgen Melzer won the doubles title. Croatia's Ivo Karlović defended his title for the second successive year at the 2008 Nottingham Open, winning over Fernando Verdasco.

Wimbledon turned out to be a stunning tournament with lots of television coverage. Marat Safin blew out Novak Djokovic in front of millions on television in straight sets. The upset came in the second round, when the former number one Russian continued his run of form all the way through to the semifinals, beating Andreas Seppi, Stanislas Wawrinka and Feliciano López in succession to reach the semifinals against number one and five-time defending champion Roger Federer. Rainer Schüttler defeated James Blake in a rocky five setter that was also televised to go on and make a run to the semifinals. However, Nadal beat Schüttler to race into the final without the loss of more than one set, having had won Hamburg, Roland Garros, Queen's Club, and racing into the Wimbledon final. However, the final that was contested between Federer and Nadal was won by the Spaniard 9-7 in the final set and watched by many. Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjić beat Jonas Björkman and Kevin Ullyett in a long four set final that saw the first two sets be decided by split tiebreaks, but then the Canadian-Serbian team dominated, also on television. Samantha Stosur and Bob Bryan captured the mixed doubles title, defeating Katarina Srebotnik and Bob's twin Mike Bryan in the final.

Points are assigned to the losers of the round indicated. Any player who reaches the second round by drawing a bye and then loses shall be considered to have lost in the first round and shall receive first round loser's points (5 for Grand Slams and all AMS events). Wild cards at Grand Slams and AMS events receive points only from the 2nd round. No points are awarded for a first round loss at International Series Events, Challenger Series or Futures Series events.

Players qualifying for the Main Draw through the qualifying competition shall receive qualifying points in addition to any points earned, as per the following table, with the exception of Futures.

Grand Slams and Masters Series in bold. Points are shown in order of scoring. The second row shows the result and the week in which it was achieved. Italics indicate that a player is not yet eliminated from a tournament.

The top eight players who qualify on the ATP Race (8 teams for doubles) will compete in the year-ending finale, in Shanghai, China, from November 9 through November 16. World no. 1 Rafael Nadal has withdrew his name due to a foot injury.

Unlike the ATP Singles Race, the Stanford ATP Doubles Race uses only the best fourteen tournaments on a team's ranking with no mandatory tournaments counting towards the ranking.

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2009 Brisbane International

2008 Adelaide champion Michael Llodra

The 2009 Brisbane International was a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the first edition of the event known as the Brisbane International and resulted from the merger of the Next Generation Adelaide International on the men's tour with the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts on the women's tour. The 2009 Brisbane International was a World Tour 250 series event on the ATP Tour and an International series event on the WTA Tour. Both the men's and women's events took place at the Tennyson Tennis Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, from January 4 through January 11, 2009.

The men's draw was led by Novak Djokovic, who was the World No. 3 ranked player, 2008 Australian Open champion, 2008 Pacific Life Open champion, and 2008 Tennis Masters Cup winner. Joining Djokovic in the tournament was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who was the 2008 Australian Open runner-up and the 2008 champion of the tournament in Bangkok and the Masters Series tournament in Paris. Fernando Verdasco, a member of Spain's 2008 Davis Cup championship team and the winner of the tournament in Umag, also played in Adelaide. Also lined up for this tournament were Lyon titlist Robin Soderling, Tokyo winner Tomas Berdych, Mardy Fish, Richard Gasquet, and Radek Stepanek.

The women's field featured Ana Ivanovic, the World No. 5 ranked player, a former World No. 1, 2008 Australian Open runner-up, and champion of the 2008 French Open and 2008 Pacific Life Open. Joining Ivanovic in the tournament was Victoria Azarenka, who won the 2008 Generali Ladies Linz tournament late last year and was the runner-up at the 2008 Gold Coast tournament and the 2008 Prague Open tournament. Also present were Marion Bartoli, the runner-up at the 2008 tournament in Stanford; Daniela Hantuchova, 2008 Australian Open semifinalist; Amelie Mauresmo, a former World No. 1, champion of the 2008 tournament in Cincinnati, and semifinalist at the 2008 tournament in New Haven, Connecticut; World No. 26 Kaia Kanepi; and World No. 30 Francesca Schiavone. The seventh seed, Maria Kirilenko, had to withdraw because of a viral illness.

In women's singles, Victoria Azarenka, the second seed, defeated Kateryna Bondarenko 6–0, 6–2. The third seed, Marion Bartoli, overcame home qualifier and World No. 528 Monika Wejnert 6–1, 6–2. The only seed to fall was sixth-seeded Kaia Kanepi who lost to Russian Alisa Kleybanova 6–1, 6–4. In other first round matches, Jarmila Gajdosova advanced to face Azarenka after beating Shuai Peng, and Tsvetana Pironkova defeated Monica Niculescu in straight sets.

Four matches were played in men's singles. Seventh-seeded Richard Gasquet advanced to the second round with a 4–6, 6–2, 6–2 victory over fellow Frenchman Marc Gicquel. Robin Soderling, the fourth seed, also reached the second round, beating Sam Querrey 6–3, 6–3. Taylor Dent and Julien Benneteau also won against Steve Darcis and Robbie Ginepri, respectively. Dent, who had thought his career was over following back surgery and sliding down to World No. 865 in the rankings from a career high of World No. 21, set up a second round match against Gasquet.

First round play in women's and men's singles continued on day two while the doubles events also started. Four matches were completed in the men's singles tournament. Third-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, aiming for his first career hard court title, defeated Australian wildcard Bernard Tomic 6–2, 6–4. The other seed in action, Radek Stepanek from the Czech Republic, beat Russian doubles specialist Igor Kunitsyn 6–2, 6–2. The other players to progress to round two were Finnish player Jarkko Nieminen, who took just over 2 hours to win 5–7, 6–1, 6–4 against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, the 2007 Australian Open runner-up who is just now returning from injury. The only seed to exit the tournament on day two was Mardy Fish, the sixth-seeded American who lost 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(4) to Jurgen Melzer of Austria.

The majority of first round matches in women's singles was played on day two, with three of the seeds failing to progress. Fourth-seeded Slovak Daniela Hantuchova was knocked out by Italian Sara Errani. After taking the first set in a tiebreak, she lost the next two sets 6–0, 6–4. Eighth-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy lost 7–5, 6–2 to Belarusian Olga Govortsova. Ai Sugiyama, who replaced Maria Kirilenko as a seeded player, was defeated by home-favourite Samantha Stosur 6–2, 6–3. A couple of seeds did make the second round, however: top seeded Serbian Ana Ivanovic needed 1 hour, 45 minutes to win her match against Czech Petra Kvitova 6–4, 6–2 and fomer World No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo, the fifth-seeded Frenchwoman, triumphed 7–6(9), 7–6(5) over home player Jelena Dokic. Qualifiers Roberta Vinci (Italy), Melinda Czink (Hungary) and Bulgarian Sesil Karatantcheva advanced against Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Alona Bondarenko, and Iveta Benesova. Lucky loser Julie Coin of France, who was accepted into the tournament when Kirilenko withdrew, beat Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 7–5, 6–7(5), 7–6(3) in the longest women's match so far at almost 3 hours 20 minutes. Unseeded Czech Lucie Safarova also won against Australian wildcard Isabella Holland 6–4, 6–3.

Just one match was played in the women's doubles and it saw unseeded duo Mervana Jugic-Salkic from Bosnia and Chinese player Shaui Peng defeat Akgul Amanmuradova from Uzbekistan and Yuliana Fedak of Ukraine 6–1, 6–4. In the men's competition, third seeds Simon Aspelin and Pavel Vizner saw off singles players Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra 6–4, 7–5 while in a match of the singles specialists, French duo Marc Gicquel and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat countryman Paul-Henri Mathieu and his Croatian partner Mario Ancic 7–5, 4–6, (champions tiebreak).

First round play was completed and second round play was started in men's singles, resulting in several upsets of seeded players. World No. 3 and top-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic lost his first round match to Latvia's Ernest Gulbis 6–4, 6–4. Gulbis, who reached a career-high ranking of World No. 38 during 2008 that included a maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal, was rewarded with a match against Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu who beat Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili 6–3, 6–3. The other seeds to play their first matches were Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Argentinian Agustin Calleri, currently ranked World No. 62, 6–2, 7–5, and fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych who advanced 6–0, 6–4 to a second round match against Kei Nishikori, the Japanese player who beat U.S. player Bobby Reynolds 6–2, 6–3. Mario Ancic, Florent Serra, and Michael Llodra all won their first round matches, against Amer Delic, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and home qualifier Joseph Sirianni. Fourth-seeded Robin Soderling and seventh-seeded Richard Gasquet won their second round matches: Gasquet defeated Taylor Dent 7–5, 6–4 while Soderling recorded a 6–3, 6–3 triumph against Julien Benneteau.

The second round started in women's singles. Second seed Victoria Azarenka took over 2 hours to win her match against Slovakian born but Australian based Jarmila Gajdosova 7–6, 7–5. The match between Tathiana Garbin and Alisa Kleybanova took 2 hours 20 minutes to complete, with the former winning 4–6, 6–4, 6–2. The fourth seed Marion Bartoli emerged victorious in a match lasting half an hour less despite taking three sets, beating qualifier Melinda Czink 5–7, 6–3, 6–1. Lucie Safarova defeated home-favourite Samantha Stosur in the night session 6–4, 6–4 in under an hour to reach the quarterfinals. The Australian, whose ranking had dropped to outside the top 150 while she was ill with meningitis, lost despite feeling she had been hitting the ball well. Safarova is due to play Azarenka, and Bartoli will face Garbin.

The men's doubles saw its first seeds eliminated as second seeds Marcelo Melo (defending champion with Martin Garcia) and Andre Sa losing to American Travis Parrott and Filip Polasek from Slovakia. Their next opponents will be the new partnership of Briton Jamie Murray and Slovakian Dusan Vemic, who defeated the Austrian pair Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer 6–7(14), 6–2, (champions tiebreak). Top seeds Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram needed three sets to defeat Czechs Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych 4–6, 6–2, . The fourth seeded pair - Czech Martin Damm and Swede Robert Lindstedt - narrowly won against the South American pairing of Argentinian Lucas Arnold Ker and Brazilian Bruno Soares 7–5, 7–5. Their next match will be against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco and German Mischa Zverev who beat Australians Brydan Klein and youngster Bernard Tomic 7–6(4), 7–6(5). Home players Carsten Ball and Chris Guccione beat Americans Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey by the same scoreline.

Five more matches took place in the women's doubles first round, with all four seeds securing victory. Top seeded South African-American duo Cara Black and Liezel Huber beat France's Severine Bremond and Olga Govortsova 6–3, 6–3 while the second seeds, Ukrainian sisters Kateryna and Alona Bondarenko, defeated Alisa Kleybanova and Monica Niculescu 3–6, 6–4, . Italian third seeds Victoria Azarenka and Francesca Schiavone followed up their singles successes by knocking out Tatiana Poutchek and Anastasia Rodionova 6–3, 6–2. Tiantian Sun and Zi Yan, the fourth seeded Chinese pair, beat Iveta Benesova and Yaroslava Shvedova 3–6, 7–6(12), . In the only non-seeded match, Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama eased through against home wildcards Monica Wejnert and Sophie Ferguson 6–2, 6–3.

The biggest upset of the day was in men's singles, where Japanese Kei Nishikori defeated fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych 7–6(7), 6–3. The other seeds won, with third-seeded Fernando Verdasco defeating Mario Ancic 6–2, 6–3; eighth-seeded Radek Stepanek defeating defending champion Michael Llodra 7–6(2), 6–3; and second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcoming a first set bagel to defeat Jarkko Nieminen 0–6, 7–6(1), 7–6(5). In other matches, Paul-Henri Mathieu defeated the player who defeated Djokovic earlier in the tournament, Ernests Gulbis, 6–3, 6–4 while Florent Serra beat Jurgen Melzer 6–4, 6–3.

Both women's seeds prevailed, with top-seeded Ana Ivanovic saving match points to defeat Roberta Vinci 6–7(4), 7–5, 6–1 and fifth-seeded Amelie Mauresmo also saving match points and needing 3 hours, 15 minutes to defeat lucky loser Julie Coin 5–7, 6–2, 7–6(11). Olga Govortsova and Sara Errani also advanced by defeating qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva and Tsvetana Pironkova, respectively.

In the men's doubles quarterfinals, the unseeded French duo and new partnership of Tsonga and Marc Gicquel upset the third-seeded team of Simon Aspelin and Pavel Vizner 7–6(1), 6–4. In the other match, Travis Parrott and Filip Polasek defeated Dusan Vemic and Jamie Murray 6–3, 6–4.

In women's doubles, the top-seeded team of Cara Black and Liezel Huber lost to Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama 7–5, 3–6, . The fourth-seeded team of Tiantian Sun and Zi Yan also lost to Mirvana Jugic-Salkic and Shuai Peng 6–4, 3–6, . In the remaining first round matches, Polish pair Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rodolska beat Lucie Safarova and Galina Voskoboeva 6–1, 6–3. Jans and Rosolska then reached the semifinals by walkover when Victoria Azarenka and Francesca Schiavone, the fourth-seeded team, withdrew from their quarterfinal match. Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Vania King defeated Coin and Hungarian Melinda Czink 6–3, 6–4.

Two of the men's singles quarterfinals were played on day five. The first saw third-seeded Fernando Verdasco defeat Florent Serra 4–6, 6–0, 6–3. Joining him in the semifinals was Paul-Henri Mathieu, who defeated Kei Nishikori 6–3, 6–4.

In women's singles, the story of the day was Amelie Mauresmo, as she routed top-seeded Ana Ivanovic 6–3, 6–2. Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka advanced with a 7–6(5), 6–4 victory over Lucie Safarova while third-seeded Marion Bartoli defeated Tathiana Garbin 6–3, 6–3. The lone unseeded player to advance to the semifinals, Sara Errani, defeated Olga Govortsova 6–3, 6–3.

In men's doubles, home favorites Carsten Ball and Chris Guccione upset the top-seeded team of Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram, while fourth-seeded Martin Damm and Robert Lindstedt fell to Verdasco and Mischa Zverev. In women's doubles, Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Vania King defeated the second-seeded team of Alona Bondarenko and Kateryna Bondarenko 6–1, 6–3, while Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska advanced to the final with a 6–3, 6–4 victory over Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama.

The last two quarterfinals in men's singles were played, with Radek Stepanek coming back from a set down to defeat fourth-seeded Robin Soderling 2–6, 6–4, 6–3. After losing the first set, Stepanek recovered to pull ahead 3–0 in the second set with an early break, taking the set and then establishing a 5–3 lead in the decider. His semifinal opponent will be seventh-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet who defeated second-seeded compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1–6, 6–4, 6–2 despite Tsonga's eight aces and Gasquet's four double faults.

In the women's singles semifinals, Amelie Mauresmo retired from her match with Marion Bartoli after just four games because of a thigh injury. Despite the retirement, she was expected to be fit for the Australian Open starting two weeks later. Bartoli will next play Victoria Azarenka, a 6–3, 6–1 victor over Sara Errani.

The men's semifinals were played, with third-seeded Fernando Verdasco defeating Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6–2, 6–1. Verdasco was broken at the beginning of the match to fall behind 2–0 but then won six straight games to take the first set. In the second semifinal, eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet struggled in the first three games of the first set, giving Radek Stepanek an early break. Gasquet was able to break back immediately and broke twice more to take the first set. Gasquet's errors allowed Stepanek to win the second set, breaking Gasquet twice. In the third set, Stepanek broke Gasquet's serve twice while losing his own serve only once to win the match 2–6, 6–2, 6–4.

Verdasco's success at the tournament continued in the men's doubles semifinals. He and partner Mischa Zverev defeated home pair Carsten Ball and Chris Guccione 6–2, 6–4 to reach the final. Their opponents will be Marc Gicquel and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the all-French pair, who overcame Travis Parrott and Filip Polasek 7–5, 6–7(4), .

Victoria Azarenka, a new top-20 player from Romania, claimed her maiden Women's Tennis Association Tour title with a 6–3, 6–1 victory over third-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli. The 19-year old won the tournament without losing a set. After falling behind 4–1 and two breaks of serve in the first set, Bartoli fought back to 4–3. Azarenka then won six consecutive games to take the set and lead 4–0 in the second before closing out the match in 29 minutes.

Czech Radek Stepanek won the men's singles title, defeating third-seeded Fernando Verdasco from Spain 3–6, 6–3, 6–4. This was Stepanek's third singles title on the Association of Tennis Professionals tour after Rotterdam in 2006 and Los Angeles in 2007. Stepanek led 4–1 in the third set with a double break before Verdasco broke back to trail 4–3.

Verdasco also was involved in the doubles final. Partnering Mischa Zverev for the first time, they lost to fellow new team Marc Gicquel and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6–3, 6–4.

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2008 AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships - Men's Doubles

Jordan Kerr and Robert Lindstedt were the defending champions, but lost in the semifinals to Mikhail Youzhny and Mischa Zverev.

Mikhail Youzhny and Mischa Zverev won in the final 6–3, 6–4, against Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes.

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2008 Wimbledon Championships

The two singles champions, Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams.

The 2008 Wimbledon Championships was a tennis tournament played on outdoor grass courts. It was the 122nd edition of the Wimbledon Championships, and the third Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, England, United Kingdom, from June 23 through July 6, 2008.

Spanish player Rafael Nadal won the first Wimbledon title of his career; the first Grand Slam tournament he had won other than the French Open. Nadal defeated five-time defending champion Roger Federer in the final in what some regard as one of the greatest matches of all time. In the women's singles, Venus Williams claimed her fifth title, and first win over her sister Serena in a Wimbledon final (she had lost the previous two). The performances of Britons Andy Murray in the men's singles and Laura Robson in the girls' singles were able to arouse significant interest from the home crowd.

Following the completion of the 2007 Championships, the new fixed roof was put in place, in time for the 2008 Championships. The retractable section of the new roof is scheduled to be completed for the 2009 Championships.

There were allegations in a dossier that several matches, including eight at Wimbledon, were under suspicion of being fixed by professional gambling syndicates after bookmakers noted unexpected spikes in betting patterns. The dossier, released on the Sunday prior to the first day of play, had been commissioned by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), Women's Tennis Association (WTA), International Tennis Federation (ITF), and four Grand Slams earlier in the year, and was compiled by bookmakers. An official said, "If you look at a tournament, you might see one match for £23,000 , one for £27,000, one for £36,000 and one for £4.5m. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that something is going on in the last one." Betting on Wimbledon matches was popular in 2007, with over £420m wagered on bets.

To help deal with any potential gambling problems, the All England Club restricted access to player's changing rooms this year, allowing only the player and their coach permission. It was hoped that this would make communication between gamblers and players more difficult. Match fixing became a prominent issue in the media after the 2007 Orange Prokom Open, where the then World No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko came under suspicion of colluding with gamblers, and gambling company Betfair took the unprecedented step of voiding all bets on a match of his with Martin Vassallo Arguello.

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the sport club that plays host to the Championships, came under fire from animal activists for using marksmen to shoot down dive-bombing pigeons. The marksmen were ordered to use hawks to scare them away, but when some failed to do so, the marksmen killed them, which led to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) group releasing a statement admonishing the practice and subsequently, referring to the Animal Welfare Act 2006, contacting the Metropolitan Police.

Several players complained about the pigeons distracting them during play, and because of the inefficient nature of the hawks, rapid action was sought on the Sunday evening before the tournament began. The marksmen were hired by the All England Club and, armed with rifles, shot several birds. When the media broke the story on Monday, a spokesman for the All England Club defended the club's approach, saying that, "The hawks are our first line of deterrent, and by and large they do the job. But unfortunately there were one or two areas where the hawks didn't deter the pigeons, so it was deemed necessary to take a harder approach." By Tuesday however, the Metropolitan Police wildlife crime unit had been alerted to the practice by PETA, after allegedly infringing the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Bruce Friedrich, vice-president of PETA, wrote in a letter to the All England Club chairman Tim Phillips, that the birds did not represent "a demonstrable risk to public health and safety", and the activity was therefore in violation of the Act. A Wimbledon spokesperson subsequently announced that they had reneged on their policy, and that the All England Club would no longer shoot pigeons.

A similar, but more inconspicuous, incident also occurred on the Sunday evening before the Championships. A swarm of bees descended upon the area surrounding the All England Club; this caused the clearing out of the players' lawn (where competitors gather after play) and a temporary cessation of some interviews. Further disruption was caused because organizers had to alter the overnight queuing system, in order to protect people. This was the first time that bees had caused disruptions at the All England Club. Some media outlets reported that the bees deserted the grounds after around 90 minutes, whilst others claimed that a similar resolution to the pigeon problem was sought, with the bees being professionally exterminated.

The British public were left with some palpable success, as London-based Laura Robson became the first British girl to win the Girls' juniors competition since Annabel Croft in 1984. Robson, aged 14 and the youngest player in the Girls' juniors, had to beat players aged up to 18, the maximum age allowed for entry in to the juniors. She garnered considerable media attention, and, with a large crowd gathered to watch both her semi-final and final matches (the latter of which was on Court One), she called it an "overwhelming experience." British based gambling company Ladbrokes slashed her odds of winning Wimbledon before 2020 from 50/1 to 20/1. In the seniors, 2007 mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray could not replicate his triumph of the previous year with new partner Liezel Huber after his 2007 partner, Jelena Jankovic, opted not to play in order to concentrate on the singles competition. Murray & Huber were able to reach the semifinals.

In the seniors singles competition Scot Andy Murray made the most significant impact, becoming the first Brit since Tim Henman in 2004 to reach the quarterfinals. Murray, often castigated in the British media for his surly manner, won the crowd's affections with his five-set victory over Richard Gasquet (for further details on this match, see the Day 7 summary). In the UK, the Murray-Gasquet match was watched by over 10m people, and in his native Scotland more than 50% of the potential viewing public watched the match. Chris Eaton from Surrey, the ATP No. 661, began his campaign in qualifying, succeeded in doing so, and then beat ATP No. 114 Boris Pashanski, causing a huge surprise. No British women made it beyond the second round, although Anne Keothavong was the first British woman to directly qualify to the main draw since 1998.

The first day of the competition saw World No. 1 and five-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer breeze by his opponent to reach the second round, alongside Marcos Baghdatis, Fernando Gonzalez, Feliciano Lopez, Andreas Seppi, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer. 2007 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Tomas Berdych was pushed in a five-setter by ATP No. 78 Evgeny Korolev, but eventually prevailed on the final score of 4–6, 6–1, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, after three hours of play, while former World No. 1 and 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt survived a close, three-hours-and-a-half-long five-setter against Robin Haase, winning 6–7(4), 6–3, 6–3, 6–7(1), 6–2. Recent French Open semifinalist Gael Monfils was forced to withdraw before his first match due to a shoulder injury contracted during his Nottingham Open semifinal against Ivo Karlovic. Karlovic was himself upset later in the day by qualifier Simon Stadler, while thirty-second seed Michael Llodra retired against Mario Ancic due to a left arm injury. Canadian wild card Frank Dancevic produced the biggest upset of the day knocking out former finalist David Nalbandian in straight sets, and in a mere ninety-six minutes.

In the women's singles, French Open champion and new World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic easily defeated her first round adversary, and was followed in the second round by Nicole Vaidisova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Agnes Szavay, Alona Bondarenko, Amelie Mauresmo and 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli, as well as two-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, who was tested against Roland-Garros quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi, before winning the match on the score of 7–5, 6–3, and sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze, who won her first round encounter 2–6, 6–1, 8–6, saving all four match points her opponent Stephanie Dubois held against her. Many women seeds fell on the first day, such as Virginie Razzano, who lost to Evgeniya Rodina despite winning the first set with a bagel, Dominika Cibulkova, who fell to Jie Zheng, Alize Cornet, who was defeated by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Maria Kirilenko, who lost to Vera Dushevina, and Patty Schnyder, who was upset by Casey Dellacqua.

The men's doubles competition saw no seeds advancing but Australian Open runners-up and Wimbledon defending champions Arnaud Clement & Michael Llodra were forced to withdraw before their first match, because of Llodra's left arm injury, which had already caused his retirement in the singles earlier in the day.

In the women's doubles competition, French Open mixed doubles champion Victoria Azarenka & partner Shahar Peer proceeded to the next round.

In the men's singles, Queen's Club champion, 2006 and 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Rafael Nadal scored his first win, securing a second round spot along with Jarkko Nieminen, Nicolas Kiefer, Tommy Robredo, Richard Gasquet, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Radek Stepanek, Gilles Simon, Nicolas Almagro, Mikhail Youzhny, James Blake, two-time finalist Andy Roddick, and twelfth seed Andy Murray, who overcame 'The Magician' Fabrice Santoro 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(5), in little more than two hours, while twenty-fifth seed Dmitry Tursunov battled during nearly four hours before claiming a 6–4, 6–7(8), 7–6(7), 3–6, 7–5 win over 2007 Queen's Club finalist Nicolas Mahut. ATP No. 116 Benjamin Becker provided the biggest upset of the tournament thus far with a 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 win over fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko, whose first round exit was the fifth in seven Wimbledon appearances, and Croatian Ivan Ljubicic was upset in a close five-setter by 72nd-ranked, Austrian Jurgen Melzer, on the final score of 6–4, 7–6(7), 4–6, 2–6, 6–3.

On the women's side, defending champion Venus Williams proceeded to the next round past British hope Naomi Cavaday, alongside Flavia Pennetta, Caroline Wozniacki, Sania Mirza, Sybille Bammer, Maria Sharapova, Francesca Schiavone, Victoria Azarenka, Vera Zvonareva, Nadia Petrova, Shahar Peer, Daniela Hantuchova, Jelena Jankovic, Roland-Garros runner-up Dinara Safina and 1999 Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport, in her first appearance since 2005. Twenty-third seed Katarina Srebotnik was knocked out of the tournament at the end of an almost-four-hours-long thriller, in which she held four match points, before her opponent, WTA No. 102 Julia Goerges eventually won on the score of 4–6, 7–6(8), 16–14.

In the men's doubles, South Africans Jeff Coetzee & Wesley Moodie won their first round match, as well as Australian Open champions Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram, who completed their encounter after it was stopped by bad light on Day 1, on the final score of 5–7, 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 11–9, and Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes, who after five sets of play eventually claimed a 4–6, 6–0, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3 victory. Polish tenth seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg & Marcin Matkowski were upset in straight sets by Rohan Bopanna & Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.

In the women's draw, eleventh-seeded 2000 and 2002 Wimbledon doubles champions Serena Williams & Venus Williams advanced past their first round adversaries in less than an hour.

World No. 1 and defending champion Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Lleyton Hewitt, Feliciano Lopez, Marcos Baghdatis, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Tomas Berdych advanced to the next round of the men's top half of the draw, alongside twenty-ninth seed Andreas Seppi, who overcame Frenchman Florent Serra at the end of a close five-setter, on the final score of 6–3, 6–7(4), 6–2, 6–7(5), 6–4. The shock of the day came as former World No. 1, 2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open champion, and now 75th-ranked Marat Safin took out ATP No. 3, 2007 Wimbledon semifinalist and reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets, winning 6–4, 7–6(3), 6–2, after two hours of play. Twenty-first seed Juan Carlos Ferrero also left the tournament, retiring due to a neck injury in the third set of his second round against Halle doubles champion Mischa Zverev, and fifteenth seed and French Open quarterfinalist Fernando Gonzalez lost a close encounter to Italian Simone Bolelli, on the score of 7–6(8), 7–6(7), 3–6, 7–6(4).

In the women's singles, Elena Dementieva won her first round, and Nicole Vaidisova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Serena Williams, Agnes Szavay, Anna Chakvetadze, Amelie Mauresmo, Agnieszka Radwanska and 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli won their second round matches. New World No. 1 and French Open winner Ana Ivanovic was pushed to the limit, as she saved two match points in the three-hours-and-twenty-minutes thriller that opposed her to WTA No. 97 Nathalie Dechy, and of which she came out the victor on the score of 6–7(2) 7–6(3), 10–8. Twenty-eighth seed and Australian Open doubles champion Alona Bondarenko retired against qualifier Barbora Zahlavova Strycova due to a right leg injury, and twentieth seed Francesca Schiavone lost in three sets to Anabel Medina Garrigues, despite holding three consecutive match points in the deciding set.

In the men's doubles, World No. 1 team Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan proceeded to the second round, along with Brazilian pair Marcelo Melo & Andre Sa, who won their first round encounter in five sets 6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–1, Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett, Frantisek Cermak & Jordan Kerr and Julien Benneteau & Nicolas Mahut. 2007 US Open champions and fifth seeds Simon Aspelin & Julian Knowle were upset in four sets by Kevin Anderson & Robert Lindstedt.

World No. 1 team and defending champions Cara Black & Liezel Huber, Iveta Benesova & Janette Husarova, Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs, Ai Sugiyama & Katarina Srebotnik, Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur, Zi Yan & Jie Zheng and Dinara Safina & Agnes Szavay were among the teams advancing past the first round of the women's doubles event. Meanwhile, eighth seeds Shuai Peng & Tiantian Sun were upset in three sets by Catalina Castano & Kaia Kanepi, fourth seeds Yung-jan Chan & Chia-jung Chuang fell to Akgul Amanmuradova & Darya Kustova, and in the last match of the day, fourteenth seeds Alicia Molik & Mara Santangelo lost in three sets to Tatiana Perebiynis & Alicja Rosolska.

Among the seeds advancing to the third round in the bottom half of the men's draw were Nicolas Kiefer, Andy Murray, Richard Gasquet, Dmitry Tursunov, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Gilles Simon, Mikhail Youzhny, who prevailed at the end of a three-hours-and-a-half-long five-setter against ATP No. 201, qualifier Stefano Galvani, on the score of 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, and Radek Stepanek, who came back from being down two-sets-to-love to defeat Serbian Viktor Troicki 6–7(1), 6–7(3), 6–3, 6–1, 6–2. Second seed, four-time French Open champion, two-time Wimbledon finalist Rafael Nadal had to battle during three hours against Roland-Garros quarterfinalist Ernests Gulbis, before claiming a 5–7, 6–2, 7–6(2), 6–3 victory, and also proceed to the next round. Meanwhile, twenty-third seed Tommy Robredo fell in straight sets to Tommy Haas, twenty-fourth seed Jarkko Nieminen lost in a close match to Marin Cilic on the score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 6–7(6), 7–5, French Open quarterfinalist Nicolas Almagro was upset 6–3, 3–6, 5–7, 6–1, 6–2 by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, and 2003 Australian Open runner-up, and now 94th-ranked Rainer Schuettler eliminated ninth seed James Blake after a five-set-marathon, 6–3, 6–7(8), 4–6, 6–4, 6–4. Sixth seed Andy Roddick fell before the third round for the first time in eight appearances, as the two-time Wimbledon finalist was knocked out of the tournament by ATP No. 40 Janko Tipsarevic, 6–7(5), 7–5, 6–4, 7–6(4).

In the women's singles, defending champion Venus Williams advanced to the third round, alongside Caroline Wozniacki, Dinara Safina, Shahar Peer, Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova. Thirty-second seed Sania Mirza was taken to three sets by WTA No. 101 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, and eventually lost 6–0, 4–6, 9–7, while thirteenth seed Vera Zvonareva fell to recent 's-Hertogenbosch winner Tamarine Tanasugarn, Austrian Sybille Bammer lost in three sets to Shuai Peng, tenth seed Daniela Hantuchova was upset by Alisa Kleybanova, and twenty-second seed Flavia Pennetta was knocked out by Ai Sugiyama. 1999 Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport decided to withdraw from the tournament before her match against Gisela Dulko, due to a knee injury. WTA No. 159, Russian Alla Kudryavtseva produced the biggest upset of the women's field thus far, as she upset compatriot, former World No. 1, 2004 Wimbledon winner, reigning Australian Open champion, and third seed Maria Sharapova in straight sets, on the score of 6–2, 6–4.

In the men's doubles, Christopher Kas & Rogier Wassen, Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic and Max Mirnyi & Jamie Murray advanced to the next round, whereas Czech pair Martin Damm & Pavel Vizner fell, after four sets, to Travis Parrott & Filip Polasek, and fourth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi & Mark Knowles lost to Philipp Petzschner & Alexander Peya. Ninth seeds Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes were among the first teams to reach the third round, along with Christopher Kas & Rogier Wassen, who advanced for the second time in the day, when they received a walkover.

On the women's side, French Open champions Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual cruised to the second round, along with Bethanie Mattek & Sania Mirza, and Serena Williams & Venus Williams were the first pair to advance to the third round. Australian Open champions Alona Bondarenko & Kateryna Bondarenko withdrew from the competition, due to the right leg injury which had already forced Alona Bondarenko to retire in her singles match on the previous day, and twelfth seeds Svetlana Kuznetsova & Amelie Mauresmo also chose to withdraw.

Rain interrupted play for about an hour and a half during the early afternoon in what was the first rain delay of the 2008 Championships.

World No. 1 and five-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer cruised to the fourth round of the men's singles, along with Lleyton Hewitt, Feliciano Lopez, 2006 semifinalist and 2007 quarterfinalist Marcos Baghdatis, and thirteenth seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who was leading two-sets-to-love when his opponent Mischa Zverev retired. Twenty-second seed and Nottingham finalist Fernando Verdasco knocked out eleventh seed and 2007 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Tomas Berdych, crushing the Czech in the third set to win 6–4, 6–4, 6–0, in little more than an-hour-and-a-half, 2004 Wimbledon semifinalist Mario Ancic edged fifth seed and 's-Hertogenbosch titlist David Ferrer after more than three hours of play, on the final score of 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 7–6(3), and former World No. 1 and now ATP No. 75 Marat Safin continued his run in the tournament, taking out twenty-ninth seed Andreas Seppi in four sets 7–6(5), 3–6, 7–6(3), 6–4.

In the women's singles, Nicole Vaidisova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anna Chakvetadze, Agnieszka Radwanska and Agnes Szavay advanced to the fourth round, alongside two-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, who defeated 2006 champion Amelie Mauresmo 7–6(5), 6–1. Meanwhile, unseeded American Bethanie Mattek upset defending finalist and eleventh seed Marion Bartoli in straight sets. The shock of the day was produced by 2006 Australian Open and 2006 Wimbledon doubles champion and wild card Jie Zheng, as the WTA No. 133 knocked out of the tournament World No. 1, French Open champion and 2007 Wimbledon semifinalist Ana Ivanovic in straight sets, on the score of 6–1, 6–4.

Among the teams advancing to the men's doubles' third round were top ranked Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan, Frantisek Cermak & Jordan Kerr, Marcelo Melo & Andre Sa, Julien Benneteau & Nicolas Mahut, Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett and Australian Open champions Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram, who overcame Stephen Huss & Ross Hutchins after five sets 6–7(3), 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4.

In the women's doubles competition, World No. 1 team and defending champions Cara Black & Liezel Huber, Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs, Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer, Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur and Dinara Safina & Agnes Szavay proceeded to the third round, while fifteenth seeds Iveta Benesova & Janette Husarova were taken out in straight sets by Vania King & Alla Kudryavtseva, and second seeds Ai Sugiyama & Katarina Srebotnik lost on the score of 2–6, 6–3, 11–9 to Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears.

In the men's singles, 2006 and 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Rafael Nadal advanced past German twenty-seventh seed Nicolas Kiefer in straight sets, 2007 Wimbledon semifinalist Richard Gasquet edged compatriot, twenty-eighth-seeded Gilles Simon after four sets and little more than two hours on the score of 6–3, 6–3, 6–7(3), 6–3, and unseeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic matched his 2007 Wimbledon performance, as he qualified for the fourth round in defeating twenty-fifth seed Dmitry Tursunov in straight sets 7–6(1), 7–6(3), 6–3. Twelfth seed Andy Murray lost one set to his opponent, former ATP No. 2 Tommy Haas, but eventually won the match after two-hours-and-a-half of play, on the final score of 6–4, 6–7(4), 6–3, 6–2, nineteen-year-old Croatian Marin Cilic defeated fourteenth seed Paul-Henri Mathieu, and Mikhail Youzhny prevailed at the end of a four-hours-and-fourteen-minutes-long five-setter against Radek Stepanek, on the score of 7–5, 6–7(5),6–4, 6–7(4), 6–3.

On the women's side, Elena Dementieva and Venus Williams advanced to the fourth round, alongside second seed Jelena Jankovic who fought back from being led one-set-to-love, to defeat thirty-first seed Caroline Wozniacki 2–6, 6–4, 6–2, and twenty-first seed Nadia Petrova, who upset 2007 US Open and 2008 French Open mixed doubles champion and sixteenth seed Victoria Azarenka in straight sets and two tie-breaks 7–6(11), 7–6(4). Australian Open doubles runner-up Shahar Peer and French Open singles runner-up Dinara Safina battled during three-hours-and-twenty-five-minutes, with Peer dominating up to the midst of the second set, when the Russian came back, saving one match point, and Safina dominating up to the end of the third set, when Peer came back, breaking her adversary one final time to claim a 7–5, 6–7(4), 8–6 victory.

Top ranked Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan came back from a one set deficit to defeat thirteenth seeds Frantisek Cermak & Jordan Kerr, and reach the quarterfinals of the men's doubles. Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, Max Mirnyi & Jamie Murray advanced to the third round, while South Africans eleventh seeds Jeff Coetzee & Wesley Moodie were upset in straight sets 7–6(2) ,6–2, 7–6(3), by unseeded Feliciano Lopez & Fernando Verdasco, and fifteenth seeds Christopher Kas & Rogier Wassen lost to Philipp Petzschner & Alexander Peya.

2008 French Open champions and fifth seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual, thirteenth seeds Bethanie Mattek & Sania Mirza, ninth seeds Zi Yan & Jie Zheng cruised to the third round of the women's doubles, while top ranked Cara Black & Liezel Huber advanced to the quarterfinals.

Almost all seeds in the mixed doubles advanced to the third round, among which Pavel Vizner & Kveta Peschke, Simon Aspelin & Lisa Raymond, Mike Bryan & Katarina Srebotnik, Andy Ram & Nathalie Dechy, Daniel Nestor & Chia-jung Chuang, Julian Knowle & Yung-jan Chan and Kevin Ullyett & Ai Sugiyama. Nenad Zimonjic & Tiantian Sun lost in straight sets, however, to Lukas Dlouhy & Nicole Vaidisova, Mark Knowles & Zi Yan were upset by Scott Lipsky & Casey Dellacqua, Mahesh Bhupathi & Sania Mirza fell to Igor Andreev & Maria Kirilenko, and Leander Paes & Rennae Stubbs were knocked out by Jonas Bjorkman & Alicia Molik.

Middle Sunday in Wimbledon is traditionally a rest day, without any play, and this was the case in 2008. The seventh day of the competition, consequently, was Monday, June 30.

Five-time Wimbledon winner, defending champion and World No. 1 Roger Federer advanced to the tournament's quarterfinals for the seventh time in ten participations past former World No. 1 and 2002 Wimbledon titlist Lleyton Hewitt after less than two hours of play, on the score of 7–6(7), 6–2, 6–4, while second seed, 2006 and 2007 finalist Rafael Nadal left no hopes to seventeenth seed Mikhail Youzhny, as he defeated the Russian 6–3, 6–3, 6–1. 2004 Wimbledon semifinalist and ATP No. 43 Mario Ancic was led two-sets-to-love by Nottingham finalist and twenty-second seed Fernando Verdasco, when he started a comeback, winning the third set, and overcoming Verdasco's 4–1 lead to take the fourth, to ultimately win the match, after the two players repeatedly broke each other in the one-hour-and-half-long fifth set, on the final score of 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 13–11, after nearly four hours of play, and set a rematch of the 2006 Wimbledon quarterfinal against Federer. Thirty-first-seeded Feliciano Lopez climbed back from being led two-sets-to-one, and saved three match points, the third one with an ace on his second service, to finally beat tenth seed, 2006 semifinalist and 2007 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Marcos Baghdatis after almost four hours of play, 5–7, 6–2, 3–6, 7–6(4), 8–6. In the first fourth round match involving two unseeded players, ATP No. 94 and 2003 Australian Open runner-up Rainer Schuettler dominated ATP No. 40, victor of Andy Roddick, Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(4), and in the second one, 2001 Australian Open runner-up and 2007 Wimbledon doubles champion, ATP No. 145 Arnaud Clement outplayed nineteen-year-old Croatian, ATP No. 55 Marin Cilic, in straight sets 6–3, 7–5, 6–2. Former World No. 1 Marat Safin eliminated a third consecutive seed in the tournament, as he beat Rome Masters finalist Stanislas Wawrinka for the first time in three encounters, on the score of 6–4, 6–3, 5–7, 6–1, to match his best result in Wimbledon, a 2001 quarterfinal. Eighth seed, 2007 Wimbledon semifinalist, Frenchman Richard Gasquet entirely dominated his adversary, twelfth seed, British Andy Murray during two sets, and up to the end of the third one, when he served to win the match, before Murray broke the Frenchman back and won the set's tie-break, eventually taking back the control of the encounter, racing through the fourth set and breaking early in the fifth to win, in almost complete darkness, at 21:30 (UTC+1), after four hours of play, on the score of 5–7, 3–6, 7–6(3), 6–2, 6–4, and, reaching his first Grand Slam quarterfinal, complete the round of eight line up.

The women's competition saw top seeds continue to fall, as WTA No. 60 and 's-Hertogenbosch titlist Tamarine Tanasugarn knocked out second seed Jelena Jankovic 6–3, 6–2, in a mere seventy-five minutes, to advance for the first time in her career to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event, and Eastbourne titlist and fourteenth seed Agnieszka Radwanska took back the control of her match, after scoring only one game in the second set, to defeat her opponent WTA No. 4 and 2007 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 1–6, 7–5. Kuznetsova and Jankovic's losses, together with the defeats of Ivanovic and Sharapova earlier in the tournament, meant that none of the top four seeds reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time in the Open Era. The 133rd-ranked Jie Zheng also continued her run in the tournament, defeating fifteenth seed Agnes Szavay 6–3, 6–4, and progressing to become the first women's wild card entry to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Defending champion Venus Williams advanced to her ninth quarterfinals at Wimbledon in twelve appearances, past 42nd-ranked Russian Alisa Kleybanova, and her sister Serena Williams dispatched compatriot WTA No. 69 Bethanie Mattek in straight sets 6–3, 6–3. Eighteenth seed Nicole Vaidisova recovered from the loss of the first set to win the second in a tie-break, and eventually overcome her opponent eighth seed Anna Chakvetadze after two hours of play, on the score of 4–6, 7–6(0), 6–3, Russian twenty-first seed and recent Eastbourne runner-up Nadia Petrova easily defeated compatriot and victor of Maria Sharapova, 154th-ranked Alla Kudryavtseva 6–1, 6–4, in little more than an hour, and Elena Dementieva, the highest seed remaining in the draw, crushed Israeli twenty-fourth seed Shahar Peer 6–2, 6–1.

In the men's doubles, ninth seeds Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes proceeded to the quarterfinals, alongside Australian Open champions Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram, who defeated sixteenth-seeded Frenchmen Julien Benneteau & Nicolas Mahut 4–6, 6–7(4), 7–6(3), 6–3, 6–4, and second seeds Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, who beat fourteenth-seeded Max Mirnyi & Jamie Murray in straight sets. Meanwhile, Brazilian twelfth seeds Marcelo Melo & Andre Sa decided to withdraw from the tournament, giving a walkover to unseeded Kevin Anderson & Robert Lindstedt, and Feliciano Lopez & Fernando Verdasco's withdrawal allowed eight-seeded team Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett to complete the quarterfinals' line up.

On the women's side, sixteenth-seeded pair Lisa Raymond & Rennae Stubbs beat third seeds Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs to reach the quarterfinals, along with sixth seeds Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer, who defeated tenth seeds Dinara Safina & Agnes Szavay, unseeded Ekaterina Makarova & Selima Sfar, who upset ninth-seeded Chinese pair Zi Yan & Jie Zheng, two-time champions Serena Williams & Venus Williams, who knocked out fifth seeds and French Open champions Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual, and thirteenth seeds Bethanie Mattek & Sania Mirza.

In the mixed event, fourteenth seeds Martin Damm & Shuai Peng obtained a walkover to the third round as their unseeded opponents withdrew, while unseeded team of French Open mixed doubles champion Bob Bryan & partner Samantha Stosur dispatched sixteenth seeds Jordan Kerr & Kateryna Bondarenko, unseeded Belarusians Max Mirnyi & Olga Govortsova beat fifteenth seeds Jeff Coetzee & Vladimira Uhlirova, and defending champion Jamie Murray and partner Liezel Huber also advanced. Czech team Pavel Vizner & Kveta Peschke were the first pair to advance to the quarterfinals, as their scheduled third round adversaries thirteenth seeds Simon Aspelin & Lisa Raymond decided to withdraw.

On 'Ladies Day' in Wimbledon, seventh seed, four-time winner and defending champion Venus Williams easily defeated 's-Hertogenbosch titlist, WTA No. 60 Tamarine Tanasugarn in straight sets 6–4, 6–3 for the seventh time in seven meetings, to advance to the semifinals. Fifth seed Elena Dementieva, the highest seeded player remaining in the draw, survived a comeback by opponent and compatriot, Eastbourne runner-up Nadia Petrova, as the twenty-first seed climbed back from being down one-set-to-love, 1–5, to win the second set in a tie-break, forcing Dementieva to raise her level of play to eventually claim a 6–1, 6–7(6), 6–3 victory, and advance to her first semifinal appearance in Wimbledon, against Venus Williams. Sixth seed, two-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams needed only fifty-one minutes to dispatch her quarterfinal opponent, fourteenth seed, recent Eastbourne winner, nineteen-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska 6–4, 6–0, and proceed to her fifth Wimbledon semifinal in nine appearances. In the last quarterfinal of the women's event, Chinese wild card, 133rd-ranked Jie Zheng, upset eighteenth seed Nicole Vaidisova after three sets and nearly two hours, on the score of 6–2, 5–7, 6–1, to continue her run in the tournament and reach her first ever Grand Slam semifinal in a singles draw, to meet Serena Williams. Zheng, who had already set a record for the furthest progression by a women's wild card at Wimbledon, also became the first Chinese player to reach the singles' semifinals in a Grand Slam tournament.

In the men's doubles event, ninth-seeded Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes knocked out Australian Open champions, Isreaeli third seeds Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram 6–3, 6–3, 6–3, to reach the semifinals. They were joined by second seeds Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, who needed four sets to beat unseeded Kevin Anderson & Robert Lindstedt 7–6(5), 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–3, top ranked Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan, who defeated unseeded Marcel Granollers & Santiago Ventura 7–6(3), 6–2, 6–0, and eight seeds Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett who prevailed over unseeded Philipp Petzschner & Alexander Peya after four hours and five sets, on the score of 7–6(5), 4–6, 6–3, 6–7(5), 6–2.

Mixed doubles fourth seeds Paul Hanley & Cara Black advanced to the third round, while defending champion Jamie Murray & partner Liezel Huber proceeded past sixth-seeded Julian Knowle & Yung-jan Chan to the quarterfinals of the event, alongside ninth seeds and 2007 French Open champions Andy Ram & Nathalie Dechy, and second seeds Daniel Nestor & Chia-jung Chuang.

For the second time of the competition, rain perturbated the play in Wimbledon, stopping all ongoing matches in the morning, and once more for an hour in the early afternoon, allowing the play to resume only around 16:30 (UTC+1).

Five-time Wimbledon winner and defending champion, World No. 1 Roger Federer scored his sixth straight win over ATP No. 43 Mario Ancic since the Croatian won their first encounter in the first round of the 2002 Wimbledon Championships, the last match to date Federer lost at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, as the Swiss ace defeated his opponent 6–1, 7–5, 6–4, in less than two hours of play, and advanced to his record-setting seventeenth consecutive Grand Slam semifinal. In the second quarterfinal of the day, which decided of Federer's opponent, ATP No. 75, former World No. 1 Marat Safin secured his seventh career semifinal spot in a Grand Slam event, the first since he won the 2005 Australian Open, as the Russian came back from a one set deficit to beat thirty-first seed, Dubai runner-up Feliciano Lopez, on the score of 3–6, 7–5, 7–6(1), 6–3. In the first quarterfinal of the bottom half of the draw, 2006 and 2007 Wimbledon finalist and ATP No. 2 Rafael Nadal completely dominated his opponent, twelfth seed Andy Murray, in less than two hours, defeating the British in straight sets 6–3, 6–2, 6–4. The match between Rainer Schuettler and Arnaud Clement to decide of the last semifinalist, Nadal's opponent, was stopped due to darkness right after Clement evened to score to one-set-all.

In the women's doubles competition, sixteenth seeds, 2001 Wimbledon doubles champion Lisa Raymond & partner Samantha Stosur came out the winners of the first of the four quarterfinals matches, defeating unseeded pair Ekaterina Makarova & Selima Sfar 6–4, 6–3. Two-time Wimbledon doubles champions and semifinalists in the ongoing singles event, eleventh-seeded Serena Williams & Venus Williams outplayed thirteenth-seeded duo of American Bethanie Mattek and Indian Sania Mirza on the score of 6–4, 6–3, to secure a spot in the semifinals. The third match of the day saw top ranked and defending champions Cara Black & Liezel Huber overcome Australian Open runners-up and Wimbledon sixth seeds Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer 7–5, 7–6(4), to advance to a semifinal against Raymond & Stosur. In an encounter between unseeded teams, Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy & Australian Casey Dellacqua prevailed over Spanish duo Nuria Llagostera Vives & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 2–6, 6–7(6), 6–4, to meet the Williams sisters, and complete the semifinals line up.

In the mixed doubles event, fifth seeds Kevin Ullyett & Ai Sugiyama proceeded past Jonas Bjorkman & Alicia Molik to the quarterfinals, along with top seeded Mike Bryan & Katarina Srebotnik, who defeated fourteenth seeds Martin Damm & Shuai Peng 7–6(4), 6–2, and unseeded Bob Bryan & Samantha Stosur, who upset fourth-seeded Paul Hanley & Cara Black. Meanwhile, defending champion Jamie Murray & partner Liezel Huber defeated second seeds Daniel Nestor & Chia-jung Chuang in the first quarterfinals match of the event.

Rain delayed play again, stopping all matches for a short time in the mid-afternoon, and once more for a longer period in the late afternoon. Play resumed at around 18:00 (UTC+1).

The men's last quarterfinal, stopped before the night on Day 9, resumed on the score of 6–3, 5–7, to see ATP No. 94 Rainer Schuettler win the third set's tie-break, ATP No. 145 Arnaud Clement win the fourth's after a rain delay, and the two former Australian Open runners-up battle through the fifth set, with Clement first holding a match point on the German's serve, Schuettler breaking but immediately being broken back, the rain stopping the play at 6–6, 40-all on the Frenchman's serve, and, eventually, Schuettler breaking Clement right after the play resumed and win, on his third match point on the score of 3–6, 7–5, 6–7(6), 7–6(7), 8–6, after five hours and twelve minutes played on two days, and reach his second Grand Slam semifinal, setting up a clash with Rafael Nadal. The match became historically significant as the second longest men's singles match in terms of time played, in Wimbledon history, the longest remaining a 1989 second round match between Greg Holmes and Todd Witsken, which lasted five hours and twenty-eight minutes.

The first semifinal of the women's singles saw four-time winner and defending champion, seventh seed Venus Williams dominate her opponent Elena Dementieva during the first set, winning it 6–1 in thirty-eight minutes, before the Russian fifth seed fought back in the second, breaking Williams right after losing her serve to even the score, and holding to a second set tie-break. The American then left no chances to Dementieva, breaking her repeatedly to win the tie-break 7–3, and claim a 6–1, 7–6(3) victory, after nearly two hours of play, to advance to her thirteenth Grand Slam final since the 1997 US Open, her seventh in Wimbledon. The second semifinal between two-time champion, sixth seed Serena Williams and wild card, WTA No. 133 Jie Zheng followed the same pattern as the first, with Williams dominating her opponent in the first set, winning it 6–2, and the Chinese fighting back in the second, taking the match to a tie-break after holding a set point on Williams's serve. Williams, though, kept her edge on Zheng, winning the tie-break 7–5, to claim a 6–2, 7–6(5) victory, and proceed to her eleventh Grand Slam final since the 1999 US Open, the fourth in Wimbledon. Venus and Serena Williams's wins marked the first time since Wimbledon 2003 the two sisters would meet in a Grand Slam final, the seventh time overall, with Serena having won five of their six previous Grand Slam final meetings, including the two played in Wimbledon, in 2002 and 2003.

In the first men's doubles semifinal, which lasted more than three hours, being interrupted several times by rain delays, World No. 1s and 2006 Wimbledon champions Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan battled a close match against eighth-seeded 2002, 2003 and 2004 champion Jonas Bjorkman & partner Kevin Ullyett, but the top-ranked Americans lost all three tie-breaks played against their adversaries, allowing Bjorkman & Ullyett to win on the score of 7–6(3), 5–7, 7–6(5), 7–6(9). The win meant Bjorkman would reach his fifteenth Grand Slam doubles final since the 1994 French Open, Ullyett would reach his third one since the 2001 US Open, and the pair would reach their first Grand Slam final together. The other semifinal, between ninth seeds Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes and second seeds Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic was stopped due to darkness as the latter led 7–6(4), 4–6, 6–1, 3–3.

The quarterfinals of the mixed doubles event continued, and saw all-Russian, unseeded pair of Igor Andreev & Maria Kirilenko upset all-Czech pair and third seeds Pavel Vizner & Kveta Peschke in straight sets 6–3, 6–4, to reach their first Grand Slam semifinal together. In the second quarterfinal of the bottom half of the draw, unseeded team of men's doubles No. 1 Bob Bryan & former women's doubles No. 1 Samantha Stosur defeated ninth seeds and 2007 French Open mixed champions Andy Ram & Nathalie Dechy 6–4, 6–2, to join Jamie Murray & Liezel Huber in the semifinals. Finally, top seeds Mike Bryan & Katarina Srebotnik took three sets to beat their quarterfinal opponents, fifth-seeded Kevin Ullyett, who had just won his men's doubles semifinal, & Ai Sugiyama, Srebotnik's usual partner in women's doubles, on the score of 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, to set-up to a clash with Andreev & Kirilenko, and complete the semifinals line up.

The first semifinal of the men's singles was the eleventh encounter between World No. 1 and defending champion Roger Federer, and former World No. 1, now 75th-ranked and victor, earlier in the tournament, of ATP No. 3 Novak Djokovic, Russian Marat Safin, whose appearance in the semifinals was the first in a Grand Slam since he won the 2005 Australian Open, where he defeated Federer in the semifinal. The Swiss broke Safin in his first service game, racing through the first set to take it 6–3, before the Russian raised his level of play, and both players went on keeping their serves to a second set tie-break, which Safin eventually lost 3–7, letting Federer take his two-sets-to-love advantage to pressure him, and eventually break in the last game of the third set to claim a 6–3, 7–6(3), 6–4 victory, in less than two hours. The win meant Federer would reach his sixteenth Grand Slam final, and his sixth consecutive one in Wimbledon, already equalling Bjorn Borg's record of runs at the tournament, from his first win at the 1976 Wimbledon Championships to his lost final, after having won five consecutive ones, to John McEnroe at the 1981 Wimbledon Championships. The second semifinal opposed ATP No. 2, French Open and Queen's Club Championships winner, and defending finalist Rafael Nadal, to unseeded, 2003 Australian Open runner-up Rainer Schuettler, ATP No. 94, who finished his semifinal against Arnaud Clement only on the previous afternoon, after three-hours-and-a-half of play. Nadal raced early to a 4–0 lead, taking the first set 6–1, before Schuettler started to fight back, breaking the Spanish and dominating him through the second set, keeping his serve until 5–4, when serving to even the score to one-set-all, Nadal broke him, eventually winning the set in a tie-break 7–3, and keeping his edge on the German up to the end of the third set to win, in little more than two hours, on the score of 6–1, 7–6(3), 6–4. The win allowed Nadal to advance to his seventh Grand Slam final, his third consecutive one in Wimbledon, and set-up his eighteenth meeting against Roger Federer, the sixth in a Grand Slam final.

The second men's doubles semifinal, between ninth seeds Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes and second seeds Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, and which was stopped by the night on Day 10 as the latter were leading 7–6(4), 4–6, 6–1, 3–3, resumed, to see the Czech Dlouhy and the Indian, 1999 Wimbledon champion Paes break their opponents and win the fourth set, taking the match to a fifth one, in which 2002 Wimbledon doubles runner-up Nestor & 2004 and 2006 runner-up Zimonjic made the difference, ultimately clinching a 7–6(4), 4–6, 6–1, 4–6, 8–6 victory, to face Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett, and try, for Nestor, to finally complete a career Grand Slam and for Zimonjic, to win his first ever Grand Slam title.

The semifinals of the women's doubles took place, first confronting 2000 and 2002 champions and eleventh seeds Serena Williams & Venus Williams, to unseeded Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy & Australian Casey Dellacqua, with the Williams sisters, who lost no set since the beginning of the competition, dominating their opponents throughout the encounter, winning the match 6–3, 6–3, after only an hour of play and advance to their third doubles final in Wimbledon, having won the two first ones. That win also marked the second time since the 2002 Wimbledon Championships Serena and Venus Williams would be facing each other in the singles final, and be present together in the doubles final. The top half of the draw's semifinal took place between top ranked, recent Birmingham and Eastbourne winners and defending champions Cara Black & Liezel Huber, and sixteenth-seeded 2001 doubles champion Lisa Raymond & partner Samantha Stosur, with the latter taking the early advantages in each set, breaking the World No. 1s four times during the encounter and eventually knocking them out of the tournament on the score of 6–3, 6–3, in little more than an hour, to reach their fourth Grand Slam final together, after the 2005 US Open, the 2006 Australian Open and the 2006 French Open.

In the first semifinal of the mixed event, top seeds Mike Bryan & Katarina Srebotnik entirely dominated their unseeded opponents Igor Andreev & Maria Kirilenko to win the match on the final score of 6–4, 6–2, after little more than an hour, and proceed to their first Grand Slam final together. The win allowed Mike Bryan to advance to his fourth Grand Slam mixed final, his second in Wimbledon after finishing as the runner-up in 2001, and Srebotnik to advance to her eighth Grand Slam mixed final, her first in Wimbledon. Twelfth-seeded defending champion Jamie Murray & partner, women's doubles No. 1 Liezel Huber made the strongest start of their semifinal against unseeded Bob Bryan & Samantha Stosur quickly taking the first set 6–2 in twenty-one minutes, before Bryan & Stosur started to fight back, taking the second set to a tie-break, easily winning it 7–1, and extending their domination in the third set, eventually taking the match 2–6, 7–6(1), 6–4, to reach their first Grand Slam mixed doubles final together. The final would be Bob Bryan's sixth, the second in Wimbledon, after a 2006 loss, and Stosur's second, after the 2005 Australian Open. The win marked the second time in the year Bob Bryan and Katarina Srebotnik would face each other in a Grand Slam mixed doubles final, having already confronted at the French Open, set-up the first ever meeting in a Grand Slam final of Bob and Mike Bryan, and marked the first time, with Stosur's win, a player would be present in both the doubles and the mixed doubles final of Wimbledon since Cara Black in 2004.

The final of the women's singles competition started at 14:00 (UTC+1) on the Centre Court of the Wimbledon's All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. WTA No. 6 and sixth seed, 2002 and 2003 Wimbledon Champion Serena Williams and WTA No. 7 and seventh seed, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2007 champion Venus Williams met for the third time in a Wimbledon final, and for the seventh time overall in Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning five of the six previous encounters. Serena made the stronger start, breaking her sister in her first service game, and quickly took a 4–2 lead, as Venus struggled with her return. The momentum of the first set then shifted, when Venus started to play more aggressively, breaking Serena to even the score, and breaking her again in the last game to win the set 7–5 after fifty-three minutes. Venus struggled again with her serve in the beginning of the second set, saving a break point in her first service game, She was broken in her second, but broke back to 2–2. Both players then held their serve up to 5–4, when Serena found herself serving to stay in the match at 15-40, saving the first match point, but losing the second on an unforced error to give Venus the break and a 7–5, 6–4 victory after one hour and eleven minutes of play. The win allowed Venus to defend her title and was her fifth Wimbledon title, her seventh Grand Slam title overall.

The men's doubles final followed the women's singles' one on Centre Court. The eighth-seeded team of ATP doubles No. 21 and former World No. 1 and three-time Wimbledon doubles champion Jonas Bjorkman & current ATP doubles No. 14, partner Kevin Ullyett, the oldest pair in the field, both aged thirty-six, met the World No. 2 duo of Daniel Nestor, a Wimbledon 2002 runner-up & Nenad Zimonjic, a finalist at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in 2004 and 2006. Both teams remained close through the first two sets, with neither pair breaking the other, and each set going to a tie-break, the first won 14–12 by Nestor & Zimonjic, the second 7–3 by Bjorkman & Ullyett. The second seeds proved more efficient in the third set, winning their only break point and holding their advantage to the end to take a two-sets-to-one lead. The fourth set resembled the third, with Nestor & Zimonjic converting their two break points, while their opponents were unable to attack them on their service games. Nestor & Zimonjic won the match 7–6(12), 6–7(3), 6–3, 6–3, after more than two-hours-and-a-half of play, making them the 2008 Wimbledon champions. The victory marked Nestor & Zimonjic's first as a team in a Grand Slam tournament, after finishing as the runners-up of the French Open. It also allowed Nestor to become the twenty-first player in tennis history and the eleventh in the Open Era to complete a career Grand Slam, after winning previously at the 2002 Australian Open, the 2004 US Open and the 2007 French Open. He is also the third male player to complete a career Golden Slam, as Nestor also won the Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics.

The last final of the day to be played on the Centre Court was the women's doubles'. Eleventh-seeded two-time winning pair of Serena Williams & Venus Williams, who had just won the women's singles crown, met sixteenth-seeded Lisa Raymond, & 2002 champion Samantha Stosur, also in course to play the mixed doubles final in the tournament. The Williams sisters proved to be as dominant through the final as they were during the whole competition, in which they lost no set and knocked out several seeded teams, among them French Open champions Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual, as Serena & Venus broke twice in each of the sets, saving three break points in the first set, and not facing a single one in the second, to claim the 2008 Wimbledon doubles title after a mere fifty-eight minutes of play, on the score of 6–2, 6–2. The doubles title was Serena & Venus' third in Wimbledon, and the seventh overall together, since the 1999 French Open. The win also marked the third time the sisters won the doubles title of Wimbledon while one of them won the singles title, and the second in which they won the doubles while both of them played the singles final.

The final Sunday, featuring the men's singles final, saw Rafael Nadal win the first Wimbledon title of his career and fifth Grand Slam tournament. No. 1 seed and five time champion Roger Federer was aiming to equal William Renshaw's record of six consecutive Wimbledon titles (1881–86), and edge ever closer to Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slam titles, of which Federer had 12. Nadal, the No. 2 seed and four-time French Open champion was Federer's challenger for the third consecutive year, and was aiming to become the first man since Björn Borg to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year. Nadal's countryman, Manuel Santana, the last Spaniard to have won the Wimbledon title (in 1966), said Nadal could take inspiration from Spain's victory in the recent European Championships, which Spain had last won in 1964.

Rain and lightning delayed the final, scheduled for 14:00, until 14:35 (UTC+1). The final itself was a fragmented affair, with two rain delays hindering the possibility of an uninterrupted final. However, the playing time made it the longest final in Wimbledon history, at four hours and 48 minutes.

In the mixed doubles' final, the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, met each other in the second siblings final of this year's tournament. The unseeded Bob and Samantha Stosur won the match in straight sets, 7–5, 6–4 against the first seeded Mike and Katarina Srebotnik, after one hour and one minute.

Withdrawals: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Monaco, Carlos Moya, Tatiana Golovin, Gael Monfils.

Below are the lists of the wildcard awardees entering in the main draws and in the qualifying draws.

In 2008 the All England Club awarded £11,812,000 in prize money to competitors at The Championships.

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2008 Gerry Weber Open - Doubles

Simon Aspelin and Julian Knowle were the defending champions, but lost in the first round to Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek.

Mikhail Youzhny and Mischa Zverev won in the final 3–6, 6–4, 10–3, against Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes.

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