Courtside

Lit­tle and large

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Is­rael’s Dudi Sela, who is ranked 90th in the world, got the bet­ter of Amer­i­can 23rd seed John Is­ner in a five-set thriller, de­spite be­ing over a foot shorter than his 6-foot-10 op­po­nent.

Dive of his life

Grigor Dim­itrov sealed his vic­tor y over Mar­cos Bagh­datis with a spec­tac­u­lar div­ing vol­ley. “The last point was j ust great,” the Bul­gar­ian 13 th seed said. “You dive and you pray.”

Feel­ing the heat

As tem­per­a­tures hit 30 C in south-west Lon­don, a fe­male spec­ta­tor col­lapsed in the stands on Court Three dur­ing Ernests Gul­bis’ vic­tory over Juan Martin del Potro, hold­ing up play for 25 min­utes while paramedics waited for a stretcher.

Mid­dle­tons en masse

In the posh seats on Cen­tre Court on Thurs­day were Nasser Al-Khe­laifi, the chair­man of Paris Saint-Ger­main soc­cer club; Roger Fed­erer’s par­ents; top chef Michel Roux; Aus­tralian ten­nis great Rod Laver, and former Bri­tish fi­nance min­is­ter George Os­borne.

Mean­while the Mid­dle­ton fam­ily have been get­ting their cus­tom­ary red-car­pet treat­ment. Prince Wil­liam’s wife Kate, aka the Duchess of Cam­bridge, was in the royal box on Mon­day; her brother James and sis­ter Pippa were there on Wed­nes­day; while her par­ents, Michael and Ca­role Mid­dle­ton, com­pleted the set on Thurs­day.

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