Last month, Mikhail Youzhny scrawled "sorri" in the red clay of Roland Garros to apologize to fans for his poor effort against David Ferrer. On Wednesday at Wimbledon, Youzhny was just as animated in his blowout loss -- this time to Roger Federer. He jokingly asked for help from royal box spectators Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, mock celebrated when he won a point and, in his most memorable Centre Court moment of the day, let out a Pavarotti-like scream after netting a forehand return on a third-set break point.
The yell lasted more than five seconds and sounded more like an operatic crescendo rather than the Russian profanity it surely was. It was uncomfortable enough to draw camera reaction shots of both tennis and actual royalty. Only the Duchess of Cambridge seemed to be amused.
Federer won the match in a quick 90 minutes, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to make his record 32nd Grand Slam semifinal.