Stepanek first Czech in seven years to reach Wimbledon quarterfinals
The Czechs may be out of the World Cup and the ice hockey season is long over - but fans can still take heart in at least one world class sporting event and that is none other than the Wimbledon tennis championships, where one Czech player at least is so far enjoying success.
"I didn't really have the rhythm and she came out playing far better than I expected and really played well on key points. In the first set I served really well and broke in the first game, but after that we held service and the difference in the 2nd set was obvious. Of course I'm disappointed, I'm disappointed whenever I lose but on the other hand I'm sure I'll still get many more opportunities to play better. I can't expect to win every match. Now, there's nothing else to do other than go home and get some rest and then start training again."
"My first serve in the second set was 100 miles per hour and that's not enough at this level, especially against a player like him. That's kind of like if you were playing football two men short. With [Federer] you have to be 100 percent ready if you are to have at least a chance and unfortunately that wasn't the case."
In the quarterfinals, Radek Stepanek will now face Swede Jonas Bjorkman, who is 59th in the ATP standings. The two will face each other on Tuesday to battle for a spot in the semis. Should Stepanek make it into the next round, it will certainly be a headline grabber: and along the way Czech fans, of course, will be wishing him luck.