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Wimbledon gets soggy on its' ninth day
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Wimbledon, the world's oldest tennis tournament, saw fans — including American actors and British royalty — brave the rain to watch Day nine of the tournament.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic safely made it into the quarterfinals, while Mikhail Youzhny managed to slipped in a victory over Denis Istomin, even as the roof closed over the players to shelter them from the rainy forecast, the Montreal Gazette reported

As for the women, No. 1 seed Maria Sharapova was beat by Sabine Lisicki, Serena Williams ended defending champ Petra Kvitova's winning streak, and Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond of the USA beat Russia in the women's doubles, according to Wimbledon's scores website

A total of 13 matches have been played under the Court's retractable roof so far, USA Today reported...but if you're looking for something else to do on Wimbledon's rainy days, The Independent has some suggestions.

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Britain's Andy Murray waits on his chair as spectators shelter from the rain under umbrellas during his men's singles quarter-final match against Spain's David Ferrer on day nine of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2012.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France celebrates match point during his Gentlemen's Singles quarter final match against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2012 in London, England.

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A general view of the crowd on Murray Mount as Andy Murray of Great Britain plays during his Gentlemen's Singles quarter final match against David Ferrer of Spain on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2012 in London, England.

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Andy Murray's coaches Dani Vallverdu and Ivan Lendl look on at Centre Court on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

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Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during his Gentlemen's Singles quarter final match against David Ferrer of Spain on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2012 in London, England.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge chat in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2012 in London, England.

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Spain's David Ferrer stretches to play a forehand shot during his men's singles quarter-final match against Britain's Andy Murray.

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Enthusiastic fans take in the competition from Murray Mount on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2012 in London, England.

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Venus (R) and Serena Williams of the USA take a break during their Ladies' Doubles third round match against Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova of Russia on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

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US actor Jeremy Piven (L) greets French actor Gregory Fitoussi (R) in the Royal Box on Centre Court on day nine of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament.

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A spectator enjoys a pint of guiness on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2012 in London, England.

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Spectators take cover under an umbrella on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

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Russia's Mikhail Youzhny plays a shot during his men's singles quarter-final match against Switzerland's Roger Federer on day nine of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament.

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Netherland's Indy De Vroome serving during her Girls singles second round match against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic on day nine of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament.

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Umpires are seen on the outside courts on day nine of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London.

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Ground staff run to pull over the rain covers on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

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A general view of the order of play board on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

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