WIMBLEDON – Other than wash out days on the first two days of the Championships, the second Monday is probably the worst to be affected by rain.
With all the Round four matches on the schedule, only the women completed both halves of their draw.
Most Court 1 inhabitants were excited at the prospect of catching Andy Â Murray here, when he might have reasonably been expected to play under the protection of the roof, away from the elements.
Sabine Lisicki would change all that defeating 2011 Wimbledon finalist and 2004 Champion Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3.
As Sharapova and Lisicki came on court, there was even a feeling of optimism that things were looking brighter.
Lisicki was placing serves well, hitting the ball back flat, at times driving Sharapova to her knees to absorb and send it back.
Lisicki said: â€œThat’s my game, to serve well and be aggressive.Â That’s what I did.Â I think it worked well.â€
The combination of solid serving, flat hitting with pace just seemed to leave Sharapova on the back foot.
That is not to say that Sharapova did not have her chances, clawing her way back from 2-5 down, to bringing things back on serve.
Sharapova said: â€œI had opportunities for it to be 5â€‘All.Â Played a few sloppy points and she raised her level. â€œ
The first set over, the players were taken off for the first rain break of the day and strangely Court 1 remained uncovered while others were being protected.
As the second set started, when they came back, Lisicki lost none of her aggression and drive and just pegged Sharapova back.
Sharapova said: â€œShe came after the rain delay really firing.â€
Lisicki is an engaging character acknowledging that French Open champions seem to come unstuck against her.
She sad: â€œI’ve beaten the French Open champion three times here.Â In ’09 I beat Kuznetsova, last year Na Li, and this year Maria.Â I guess they shouldn’t be in my part of the draw.â€
She continued: â€œI think on grass you have to have a good serve.Â It gives you a great advantage.Â That’s what I have.
â€œI like to be aggressive in general, playing aggressive tennis, so I think that’s why grass suits me well.
â€œI like to move on it.Â Also the atmosphere here at Wimbledon is just amazing.Â You know, all the traditions make me feel very comfortable here. â€œ
The crowd, dressed more for attending the Winter Olympics than a summer tennis tournament, warmed to someone who, on winning, could not make her mind whether to laugh, or cry.
As both players stopped to sign autographs as they left the court, the crowd stood to applaud her doing both.
It would be the only full match on Court 1.Â Although Andy Murray and Marin Cilic started, the fine mist that had hovered throughout the day graduated to persistent drizzle.
Murray and Cilic will resume on Court 1, with Murray leading 7-5 3-1 0-40.
Mardy Fish leads Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 6-4, 1-1, 40-40.
Florian Mayer leads Richard Gasquet 6-3, 2-1. 15-15.
David Ferrer vs Juan Martin Del Potro and Brian Baker vs Philipp Kohlschrieber have yet to commence their Round 4 matches.
Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. She is the co-founder of Britwatch Sports (britwatchsports.com). Follow her on twitter at @rfsatar.