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Wimbledon Diary: Nastase dictates his own style

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Nastase proud of military past

Ilie Nastase's outfit for his day in the Royal Box - white and gold military uniform, worn with swagger and sunglasses - attracted comparisons with the fashion sense of Sacha Baron Cohen's character in The Dictator.

But you can be sure that Nastase, twice a beaten Wimbledon finalist in the 1970s, wouldn't have appreciated any mockery - especially as he is entitled to wear the uniform as he holds the rank of retired major-general in the Romanian military. Nastase actually has a selection of these uniforms to choose from - this outfit also comes in blue, brown and green - though he doesn't tend to wear all the medals he is allowed to, as that would be to run the risk of looking "daft". Last year, he took offence when he appeared in his blue uniform and was teased in both London and Bucharest, with one Romanian newspaper running a picture of 'Nasty' next to images of Colonel Gaddafi and Syria's Bashar-al-Assad.

"So stupid," he said then of the fashion police, and threatened at the time to come to this year's Wimbledon in his pyjamas or even naked. Be thankful he wore military dress on Monday.

Anderson powered by curry

Was it rogan josh that enabled Kevin Anderson to play such a high level of tennis against Novak Djokovic? You have to wonder as the South African, who was also a finalist at Queen's Club, has told the Wimbledon Diary how his favourite places to eat on the tour are Indian restaurants in London.

Federer and Simon set to serve up a symphony

It will be the most musical of quarterfinals. Roger Federer had piano lessons as a child. And his last-eight opponent, Frenchman Gilles Simon, is almost as accomplished on the ivories as he is on the tennis court. Seek out the video on YouTube of Simon playing the theme tune to the Pink Panther.

Will Bajin prove Azarenka's not-so secret weapon against Serena?

For the first time in almost 10 years, Serena Williams is at Wimbledon without a man she once described as "family". Though that man will be on Centre Court on Tuesday, he will be sitting in the guests-box of her quarterfinal opponent, Victoria Azarenka.

For eight years, Williams employed Sascha Bajin as her hitting-partner, though the Serbian was more important than that title would suggest with the world No.1 saying of him: "He's like my older brother." Over the course of a year, they would spend roughly 330 days together, with Bajin's duties sometimes including being a confidante and bodyguard. But that working relationship came to end this year, and Bajin has since joined Azarenka's entourage. Williams and Azarenka have played two matches since that switch, with the American winning those encounters on the clay of Madrid and then the French Open in Paris. But could Bajin's insights into how Williams approaches grass-court tennis make all the difference at Wimbledon? Williams, meanwhile, has hired a new hitting-partner in Robbye Poole, an American who reached a career high of 414 in the ATP rankings, with a total lifetime prize-money of just over $23,000.