Germany's Tommy Haas withdrew from his match against Roger Federer yesterday, citing a torn stomach muscle. "I wonder if I am cursed," said the thirteenth seed, who has bowed out of two other Wimbledon tournaments under similar circumstances. Haas apparently sustained the injury during his defeat of Russia's Dmitry Tursunov on Friday.
The top-seeded Federer is now considerably ahead of the pack after trotting past the tough fourth round. Second-seed Rafael Nadal, who defeated Federer in last month's French Open, faces a cramped schedule, and the unexpected circumstances are likely to prove significant. Day 7 play begins at 11:00 GMT today.