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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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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 table in Atlanta, Isner comes into the Citi Open as the No. 5 seed. Isner shared ...
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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 excepti ...
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Is Wimbledon 2014 Roger Federer's Last Chance to Win Grand Slam Title No. 18?

Jun 18 2014 3:03am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Wimbledon 2014 will not be the final time Roger Federer competes at a major venue, but is it the last time he will realistically have a chance to win his 18th Grand Slam title? Never mind that Federer is nearing his 33rd birthday (August 8) and that he is trying to become the oldest man to win a major title since Andres Gimeno in 1972. What else would he be playing for? The love of the game? The travel and the grin ...
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Nadal vs. Murray: French Open Semifinal Is Must-Watch Match

Jun 5 2014 8:17pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

When Rafael Nadal faces Andy Murray in a French Open semifinal, it will be a must-watch match for all of the obvious reasons. Both are top players in the world today, and the two of them have won five of the last eight Grand Slam titles.  But this match is also tantalizing for a different reason altogether—these two rarely do battle these days. While they met in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open—Nadal won a heck of a match—it was the first time ...
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The Crusader

Jun 5 2014 11:59am CDT | Source: Grantland

It has been easy to forget that Novak Djokovic is the best tennis player in the world. He finished 2013 on a 24-0 run. His record this year is 24-3; his winning percentage is the highest among players on the tour. He has won three titles this year, all ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, the level just below the Grand Slams. He has beaten Rafael Nadal, his biggest rival, the world no. 1, the last four times they played — and those matches were not close. In the final of the Italian Open in Rome, les ...
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Del Potro, Nishikori, Raonic To Play In Kuala Lumpur

Jun 4 2014 1:53am CDT | Source: ATP World Tour

Juan Martin del Potro has committed to play the Malaysia Open, Kuala Lumpur, and will be joined at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament this September by fellow Top 10 stars Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic. [[Mo ...
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Tennis Thread 2013

Jun 2 2014 2:38pm CDT | Source: RedCafe

So the Indian Wells final will be Rafa Nadal vs Juan Martin Del Potro. Nadal beat Berdych in straight sets some hours back after beating Federer in straight sets in the Quarters. Really surprised to see Rafa in the finals because this is just his 1st hard court tournament since Miami last March and just his 4th tournament since his 7 month injury lay off and the first one where any of the top 3 have been involved. He was quite wonderful today vs Bird ...
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