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Djokovic faces Del Potro, Murray takes on Janowicz in Wimbledon semis
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Djokovic faces Del Potro, Murray takes on Janowicz in Wimbledon semis

Jul 3 2013, 2:38pm CDT | by

London, July 4 (IANS) Top seed tennis player Novak Djokovic took a huge leap towards capturing the men's title at Wimbledon as he defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-3 to earn a men's singles semi-final place against Juan Martin Del Potro here Wednesday.

London, July 4 — Top seed tennis player Novak Djokovic took a huge leap towards capturing the men's title at Wimbledon as he defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-3 to earn a...

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Djokovic faces Del Potro, Murray takes on Janowicz in Wimbledon semis

Jul 3 2013, 2:38pm CDT | by

London, July 4 (IANS) Top seed tennis player Novak Djokovic took a huge leap towards capturing the men's title at Wimbledon as he defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-3 to earn a men's singles semi-final place against Juan Martin Del Potro here Wednesday.

London, July 4 — Top seed tennis player Novak Djokovic took a huge leap towards capturing the men's title at Wimbledon as he defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-3 to earn a men's singles semi-final place against Juan Martin Del Potro here Wednesday.

Del Potro beat No.4 seed David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(5) to book his maiden Wimbledon semi-final berth.

In the other quarterfinal, despite losing the first two sets, Britain's Murray clawed his way back to win 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 for a semi final match against Poland's Jerzy Janowicz.

Janowicz beat Polish compatriot Lukasz Kubot to reach the semi finals. Janowicz won 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

Djokovic served so well that he conceded just eight points in five games and never permitted Berdych a sniff at a break.

"It was a very close match, and that was what I expected. One shot decided the winner of the first set and that was an important advantage for me. I don't know how I managed to turn the second set around, but it was a confidence boost for me to go two sets up," Djokovic said.

The Serbian's first service game, replete with three aces, was enough to dismay most people but Berdych took it in his stride and regularly peppered the world No.1 with deliveries well in excess of 120 miles an hour.

Berdych was clearly dismayed by the vigour of the Djokovic counter-attack in which four games were won at a cost of five points and the No.1 seed moved into a two-set lead by breaking the Czech for a third time.

Now he was in full control and another capture of the Czech serve sent him 3-1 up in the third set as Berdych, unravelling at a rapid rate of knots, double-faulted twice.

So Djokovic ended up coasting home, upping his ace count along the way to 16 and reaching match point with a sumptuous forehand down the line, at which a stunned Berdych shovelled a close-range shot into the netting.

"I could see he was frustrated in the third set so I capitalised when I needed to and he missed a few easy shots." Now I feel physically fresh for the semi-final," he said.

Meanwhile, battling a doggy knee, Del Potro, the No.8 seed, fought valiantly against the ever consistent Ferer. With two break points on Ferrer's serve at 15-40, Del Potro against injured his heavily strapped knee with a nasty-looking fall, for which he required lengthy treatment.

Del Porto stormed his way to the first two sets but the third set was a tighter affair and it went to a tie-break. Del Potro hit a stunning cross-court running forehand to set up match point at 6-5 and then hit a stunning forehand down the line after a lengthy rally.

In joy, Del Potro collapsed to the ground.

"I was worried because it was the same movements like four days ago," he said. "The doctor says they can't do any more with my knee. I had the tape, a very tight tape, and that helped me to move a little bit, but nothing more.

"I didn't want to retire in the quarters for the first time at Wimbledon against Ferrer. And that's the reason for continuing play. The doctors give me good anti-inflammatories. I survived my serve in the beginning of the match. I broke his serve early, and that give me confidence to take advantage in the beginning of the match.

"Then I played (with) confidence, was careful all the time with my movements. But in the end I did 100 percent and I'm so glad to go through," he said.

Against world No.1 Djokovic, Del Porto feels he has to be in his best. Del Potro had beaten the Serb for the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics here at the All England Club and also won their most recent encounter in Indian Wells in March.

"I will need to be 100 percent or 110 percent against him," said Del Potro.A

"He's the No.1. He's a former champion here. It's going to be a more difficult match for me like today. But if I'm okay, if I do everything good to be ready for my next match, I will be excited to play against him.

"I remember the match during the Olympics last year on the same surface. But this time the pressure is different, I know. But I will try to be ready and do my best."

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The 2014 U.S. Open draw will be revealed Thursday, but we already know that only three of the four biggest stars in men's tennis will be competing at Flushing Meadows in New York. Defending champion Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the final Grand Slam tournament of the season due to a right wrist injury. That leaves the door open for past winners, such as prospective top seed No ...
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Will Injuries Keep Rafael Nadal from Becoming the Greatest of All Time?

Aug 18 2014 5:03pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Rafael Nadal exploded onto the tennis scene in 2001, skidding across courts in capris and slashing his racket like a machete through jungle brush. He played so hard that one had to wonder: How long can that body take that kind of a pounding? His legs have weakened with recent injuries to his (right or left or both) knees, but now the injury bug has moved up his body and claimed his wrist. It’s the right wrist for a lefty with o ...
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Defending champ Nadal pulls out of U.S. Open

Aug 18 2014 8:16am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Rafael Nadal will not defend his title at the U.S. Open because of an injured right wrist. Nadal and the tournament announced his withdrawal Monday, a week before the year’s last Grand Slam tournament begins. The 28-year-old Spaniard was hurt July 29 while practicing on his home island of Mallorca ahead of the North American hard-court circuit. The next day, Nadal said he had been told by doctors to wear a cast on his wrist for two to thre ...
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Del Potro fails to recover for Flushing Meadows

Aug 17 2014 6:03am CDT | Source: Espn.co.uk

Juan Martin del Potro has pulled out of the US Open as he continues to recover fro ...
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Former champ del Potro (wrist) out of Open

Aug 15 2014 3:44pm CDT | Source: ESPN.com - Tennis

Past U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro pulled out of the year's last Grand Slam tournament Friday because he's still recovering fr ...
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Juan Martin Del Potro Has Withdrawn From The US Open

Aug 15 2014 3:43pm CDT | Source: Tennis-X.com

Juan Martin del Potro won't be playing in New ...
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Del Potro Withdraws From US Open

Aug 14 2014 9:25pm CDT | Source: ATP World Tour

Juan Martin del Potro announced his withdrawal from the 2014 US Open. The Argentine, champion in 2009, is still recovering from surgery on his left wrist, performed in March. [[More Tennis ...
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Citi Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Draw Schedule

Jul 28 2014 8:01pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

On the heels of a riveting BB&T Atlanta Open, both the ATP and WTA tours head to Washington, D.C. for the 2014 Citi Open. Some of the top players in the world are entered into the Citi Open from both the men's and women's sides. Those names include No. 1 Tomas Berdych, No. 2 Milos Raonic along with Americans No. 4 Sloane Stephens and Atlanta Open winner John Isner. After running the tabl ...
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Will We See a Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal Showdown at 2014 US Open?

Jul 18 2014 3:01am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

It’s actually quite remarkable that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have met in the U.S. Open finals as the top two players in the world in two of the last three years. While it should be the odds-on-favorite matchup, recent history shows that No. 1 vs. No. 2 rarely happens at the U.S. Open. What makes it so difficult for the top two players to endure to the U.S. Open finals? Conversely, why is New York’s final now unable to stop the exceptional tide that is Nadal vs. Dj ...
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