But the two women made many inroads, with big serves and big forehands, into each other's territory.
World number seven Konta defeated Hsieh Su-Wei in her opener and is looking to make the last 32 of her home Grand Slam for the first time.
"If he has a problem with his hip, I don't want to play against him when his hip's good", said Dustin Brown, after Murray thrashed him in round two. "Both of us battled on the court". The Vekic match, when she was back-to-the-wall a couple of times and got herself out of sticky situations, you saw the determination, but also the calmness that hasn't always been there.
"Being on a home Centre Court is pretty special".
Sakkari said a victory would give a big lift to her homeland, which is in the grip of an economic depression.
Brown, playing for Germany, lived up to his reputation as a great entertainer, but his casual approach made life far too easy for the top seed, who needed only an hour and 36 minutes to set up a meeting with Fabio Fognini. He's the favourite. Nothing to say.
"I overall trusted my game a bit more against her this time". If I have the chance, of course to get it. "I was hoping my time would come again and it did in Nottingham".
Heather Watson and Aljaz Bedene bolster the British challenge on day five.
Djokovic said the two players who retired on Tuesday had "tried their best", but he supported Federer's proposal.
"Today was really, really good match from both sides", Cibulkova said.
It all could have gone very different had Konta not dug in to turn around the first set hours before. Hopefully we can keep going.
Another great weapon is the power of the crowd, and Konta, who faces Greece's Maria Sakkari in the third round, also wielded that to perfection.
With Heather Watson also having made it past the second stage, the United Kingdom has two women still in the singles draw for the first time since 1986, when Jo Durie and Anne Hobbs made it through.
Rybarikova's odds have been slashed to 22/1 following her 15th win in 16 grasscourt matches this summer.
It would remain on serve for the most part, with the first break point not coming until the thirteenth game, which Konta would save.
"But I kept working hard". I don't really believe in breakthroughs or turning points and I don't look at my career in that sense. "I haven't done it before in singles". I started to see the shots he was going to play a little but quicker and that allowed me to get to some of the drop volleys and come up with some passing shots.
Watson takes on two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka, recently back on the tour after the birth of her son Leo, in the opening match on Centre Court at about 13:00.
"It's been one of my goals forever".
This, instead, is all the 27-year-old from Dover, Delaware, was focused on as she began playing Kvitova on Wednesday evening on Court No. 2: Please just let me win a game. It is essential to shake off the nerves as quickly as possible when you enter a match and Konta was became a Queen at doing that as she gained momentum.