Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wimbledon Quarterfinals

New York Times:
Andy Murray did not want to hear it. He did not want to hear about how his draw got so much easier when Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were eliminated. He did not want to hear about how he was never going to have a better chance to win Wimbledon. And he certainly did not want to hear about how lucky he was to have unseeded Fernando Verdasco as his quarterfinal opponent.

"I came through an incredibly tough match," No. 2 Murray told BBC as he left the court following his 4-6, 3-6, 6-1 6-4, 7-5 Centre Court win against No. 54 Verdasco. "It could have gone either way."

Verdasco was ranked as high as seventh in 2009. But now, at 29, he is 54th, the ninth ranked player in Spain. He had never advanced past the fourth round at Wimbledon.

He will next play the No. 24 seed, Jerzy Janowicz, who is having his breakthrough moment at this tournament. A 22-year-old from Poland, Janowicz advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal by defeating his countryman Lukasz Kubot, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

The last time Janowicz and Murray played, in the fourth round of the Paris Masters, Janowicz won.

Like Murray, Juan Martín del Potro and Novak Djokovic had not lost a set in the tournament going into their quarterfinal matches.

Del Potro and Djokovic will meet in the semifinals Friday, but their experiences getting there could hardly have been more different.

After defeating the No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3, the top-ranked Djokovic is in his 13th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal, and is in the Wimbledon semifinals for the fourth straight year.

After beating No. 4 seed David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (5), the No. 8 del Potro is in the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time, advancing with a heavily taped knee after slipping and hyperextending it in his third-round match Saturday.

Djokovic will certainly pose a formidable challenge in the semifinals for a player who might not be totally healthy. (“I will need to be 100 percent or 110 percent against him,” del Potro said.)

The last time Djokovic and del Potro played here, the bronze medal match of the London Olympics, del Potro won, 7-5, 6-4.

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