Updated: June 28, 2010, 6:11 PM ET

Rating a star-studded day of tennis

Garber By Greg Garber

WIMBLEDON, England -- They call it the Greatest Day in Tennis, the only Grand Slam that sends out all 32 players who have advanced to the fourth round on the same day.

In terms of sheer density, Monday at the All England Club delivered. Three matches featured a pair of former Grand Slam champions, and several favorites struggled, most notably Andy Roddick and Robin Soderling.

Without further ado, we rate the matches (on a scale of 0 to 10):

Yen-Hsun Lu def. No. 5 Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 9-7: A spectacular match that went 4 hours, 36 minutes. Roddick's serve wasn't broken until the last game -- just like last year's final, when he lost to Roger Federer 16-14 in the fifth. Lu, a 26-year-old journeyman from Chinese Taipei, played the match of his life.

Match rating: 9.3

No. 1 Serena Williams def. No. 16 Maria Sharapova 7-6 (9), 6-4: The day's marquee matchup between former Wimbledon champions delivered on all counts. Serena won a breathtaking tiebreaker in the first set and eased into the quarterfinals. The match featured a lot of big groundstrokes -- and grunts to match.

Match rating: 8.8

No. 6 Robin Soderling def. No. 9 David Ferrer 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5: This was supposed to be easy for Soderling -- who was looking ahead to seeing Rafael Nadal in the quarters -- but Ferrer battled him mightily. The match went 3 hours, 3 minutes, and it was in doubt until the very end.

Match rating: 8.5

No. 8 Kim Clijsters def. No. 17 Justine Henin 2-6, 6-2, 6-3: Before the match, Henin had said she doubted she would win the tournament -- and she was right. Clijsters beat her Belgian rival for the third time this year in three sets. The other two ended in tiebreakers; this one was a far more forceful effort.

Match rating: 8.3

No. 2 Venus Williams def. Jarmila Groth 6-4, 7-6 (5): This one was much closer than the score suggests. Groth, who was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, with the last name of Gajdosova, moved to Australia at age 14 after competing in the Australian Open. Now married to former ATP player Sam Groth, she hit toe-to-toe with Venus and had numerous chances to win the second set. She withered at the end, hitting a double fault and dumping an easy forehand into the net.

Match rating: 7.7

No. 12 Tomas Berdych def. Daniel Brands 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5, 6-3: Serving for the third set at 5-3, the 98th-ranked Brands of Germany couldn't consolidate his advantage. Berdych came back to win this 3-hour, 4-minute slugfest. Brands hit 60 winners, two more than Berdych.

Match rating: 7.2

Tsvetana Pironkova def. No. 11 Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-4: The 22-year-old Bulgarian has now won four matches here -- her best Grand Slam singles effort ever. She was so happy afterward that she kissed the grass on Court No. 5. The lowest-ranked woman remaining (No. 82), Pironkova should be in the WTA top 50 next week. Her victory prevented a rematch of the 2007 final, when Venus Williams waxed Bartoli 6-4, 6-1.

Match rating: 6.0

Petra Kvitova def. No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-0: Perhaps the day's biggest surprise. Who would have thought the 20-year-old from the Czech Republic would win 10 of 12 games against the No. 3 seed? The Mary Pierce look-alike is the only left-hander remaining on the women's side. After losing here in the first round in 2008 and 2009, she's 4-for-4 in her best Grand Slam tournament ever, in which she's also sent home Victoria Azarenka and Zheng Jie.

Match rating: 5.9

No. 3 Novak Djokovic def. No. 15 Lleyton Hewitt 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4: Djokovic reported that he had a temperature to the trainer during the match, but he survived that drama to advance to his second consecutive quarterfinal at Wimbledon.

Match rating: 5.3

No. 4 Andy Murray def. No. 18 Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-3, 6-4: This one was over in a swift 2 hours, 6 minutes. Querrey was 1-for-8 on break points, and Murray is the only man not to drop a set. Will he end the long British drought at Wimbledon?

Match rating: 5.2

No. 1 Roger Federer def. No. 16 Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3: Federer again served poorly, but the surprise French Open semifinalist was oddly listless. This was the quickest men's match and was over in only 84 minutes.

Match rating: 5.0

Kaia Kanepi def. Klara Zakopalova 6-2, 6-4: The Estonian will make her second appearance in a major quarterfinal. (The 2008 French Open is the other.) Kanepi had lost four of five matches at Wimbledon before this year, but she is 4-for-4 in 2010.

Match rating: 4.7

No. 2 Rafael Nadal def. Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-2, 6-2: His knees, a concern after his third-round match, looked steady. Nadal's next opponent, Soderling, seems vaguely familiar.

Match rating: 4.6

No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. No. 32 Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1: The head-to-head was 3-all, but Tsonga prevailed with relative ease in this all-French affair.

Match rating: 4.0

No. 9 Na Li def. No. 7 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-2: The match was over in 67 minutes, and Radwanska had a not-so-grand total of six winners.

Match rating: 1.6

No. 21 Vera Zvonareva def. No. 4 Jelena Jankovic, 6-1, 3-0 (retired): The chronically dramatic Jankovic waved the white flag even before the match began in the form of a white wrap on her right thigh. It was over in 43 minutes -- the fastest match of the day -- and Zvonareva won 44 of 68 points. Last year, after losing to Melanie Oudin here in the third round, Jankovic blamed "women's problems."

Match rating: 0.0

Greg Garber is a senior writer for ESPN.com.


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