Serena Williams needed 2 hours, 28 minutes before she could overcome the stubborn, and often brilliant, resistance of China's Jie Zheng 6-7, 6-2, 9-7 on Saturday. Following Williams' win, Americans were everywhere, spread out over the main courts of the All England Club on a day of wind and sun and drama.
Andy Roddick followed Serena on Centre Court and faded after a good start, losing to No. 7 seed David Ferrer 2-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3. By then Brian Baker, ranked 126th and the surprise of the year so far, continued his almost serene progress through the draw to reach a Grand Slam fourth round for the first time in his career with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over the talented, but erratic Frenchman Benoit Paire.
On a different court, Mardy Fish took care of the new talent from Belgium, David Goffin, 6-3, 7-6, 7-6.
Sam Querrey and Marin Cilic were on another court, playing for 5 hours, 31 minutes, the second longest match in Wimbledon history. The marathon ended with Cilic prevailing 7-6,...