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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sampras on Ropes After Rain Delay

LONDON -- Three-time champion Pete Sampras was in danger of losing his Wimbledon title Wednesday when his match was suspended by rain and a freak injury to a court coverer.


Unseeded Richard Krajicek led 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 1-1 when play was stopped for the third time at 7:28 p.m. London time.


As workmen hustled to cover the court with a tarpaulin, one of them was hurt and received treatment. In the process, half the court was left uncovered and became too soaked to continue when the sky cleared about a half hour later.


Another upset in the making on Court 1, with Jason Stoltenberg leading No. 4 Goran Ivanisevic, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 5-4, resumed while Sampras and Krajicek were given the rest of the night off.


Ivanisevic saved a match point at 4-5 and went on to win the third set in a tiebreaker, 7-3. At that point, with the light fading at 8:30 p.m. London time, the match was also suspended until Thursday.


Sampras, who is bidding for a fourth consecutive title, looked flat-footed and despondent at the end of the second set.


Krajicek had served 23 aces to Sampras' mere five and had not been broken the entire match.


The matches started 30 minutes late because of rain. Before the suspension, they were interrupted twice for a total of 5 hours, 19 minutes.


Krajicek broke Sampras at love in the 12th game to take the first set 7-5 with a series of four straight stunning winners.


In the second set, each player held serve throughout to force the tiebreaker. Krajicek went ahead 5-0 to take control. Sampras won the next three points, but Krajicek took the next two to close out the set.


Stoltenberg, meanwhile, took advantage of sloppy play by Ivanisevic to take the first two sets of their quarterfinal match on Court 1


Ivanisevic was up a break at 4-2 in the third set, but the 46th-ranked Australian broke back for 4-4 with a backhand return. In the next game, Ivanisevic received a warning for racket abuse.


The two other quarterfinals were carried over until Thursday.


No. 13 Todd Martin was scheduled to face Tim Henman, the first British man to reach the final eight in 23 years; and MaliVai Washington was paired against 91st-ranked Alexander Radulescu, the Romanian-born German playing his first Grand Slam.


During the longest rain delay, an impromptu pop concert kept the fans entertained on Center Court. British singer Cliff Richard, backed by a chorus of women players including Martina Navratilova and Virginia Wade, performed a medley of his hits from the 1970s and 1980s.