2014/11/24

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic Move into Wimbledon Quarterfinals

 

 

(June 30, 2014) WIMBLEDON -Top seed Novak Djokovic and third seed Andy Murray are getting closer to a semifinal clash as both men reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Monday at the All England Club.

Defending champion Murray reached his seventh straight Wimbledon quarterfinal after beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) under a closed roof on Centre Court, after a rain delay in the second set forced the roof to be shut.

For the Scot Murray it’s his 17 straight match win at the All England club dating back to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The Serb Djokovic beat France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the 11th consecutive time with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (5) win.

“I was just happy that I won the match,” Murray said.  “I was a bit disappointed with how I started under the roof.  The beginning, like I said, I was a little bit tentative.  Apart from that, that sort of three or four games when we came back out, I played well.

“I created many chances, gave him a few opportunities.  That’s what you need to do on grass court tennis.  You don’t always break.  But if you keep putting them under enough pressure, you’re going to get through in the end.”

“I knew I was going to get tested, you know, at some stage,” the Scot added.  “And, yeah, today I was pushed, especially in the middle part of that second set, then obviously later on in the third there were some tight moments.

“But I handled them fairly well.  It was a good match.”

“I think he was moving great,” Anderson said of Murray’s play.  “That’s a big part of his game.  I think especially on the grass I think that’s a big contributor to why he’s had so much success on this surface.”

Murray will face No. 11. Grigor Dimitrov in his quarterfinal. Dimitrov defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-2.

“It’s a step up because it’s one round further, and the guys that are in the quarterfinals are going to be playing top tennis,” Murray said about his encounter with the Bulgarian.  “He obviously won Queen’s a couple weeks ago.  He likes the grass courts.

“Yeah, it’s a big opportunity for him, as well, playing on the Centre Court, the courts at Wimbledon for the first time.

“Yeah, it’s a great opportunity for him.  Hopefully we can play a good match.”

 

“I’m happy that I’m in the quarterfinal match,” Dimitrov said.  “Just going to give credit to myself for that.  But my job isn’t over yet.

“So I’m excited to get on the court tomorrow.  Just go through my regular routines, through all the gears, you know, come on Wednesday.”

 

“I’m just going to play my game,” Dimitrov added.  “I’m not going to step back.  I just want to come out with my big game and play my aggressive tennis.”

 

“I was aware of his qualities, especially on this surface,” Djokvic said of his match with Tsonga.  “He looked, before the match, very determined to play his best and very focused.

“I think I did really well from the start to the end, especially in the third set where I thought he elevated his level of game and he started serving very high percentage first serve, very strong, all angles.

“It was difficult to get the return back in play, but managed to save a couple break points, crucial ones, get myself in the tiebreak and wait for the opportunity to be presented.

“We both served very well in the tiebreak, and the only opportunity I had was on second serve on 6-5, and I used it.  I went for the shot.

“Yeah, I’m just glad that I didn’t allow him to go into the fourth set, because he started to use obviously the crowd support.  And, you know, I knew that he’s going to do that because he’s the kind of player that feeds off the energy, so it was very important for me to get this done in straight sets.”

Djokovic will play Marin Cilic for a place in the semifinals.

“I will try to stick to the kind of a game plan that I had against Marin in the previous occasions,” Djokovic said.

“I am aware of the fact, as well, that since he started working with Goran Ivanesevic that he has improved, especially in his service department, where for his height I thought that he didn’t use his full potential up to now work with Goran, where it’s evident that it works well for him.

“Especially on the grass it serves as a great weapon.  He won here in straight sets against Chardy and Berdych and some very good players.

“So it says enough about his quality play in this tournament.”

Stan Wawrinka was finally able to complete his third round match on Monday. Rain on Saturday delayed his chance to play.

The No. 1 Swiss will face 19th seed Feliciano Lopez in the fourth round. Lopez dismissed the last American man in the singles draw, Ninth seed John Isner, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), 7-5, despite the American hitting 52 aces.

“Tough match to play,” Lopez said.

“As I said before, I knew it’s going to be like this.  I knew we going to play a lot of tiebreaks, so this is the match I was excepting to play.

“Luckily I made it.  I’m very happy to went through.  It was a very difficult one for me today.”

With Isner beaten and Madison Keys withdrawing from the tournament with an injury, it’s the first time since 1911 that no Americans have reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

Asked about this fact, Isner said, “Didn’t know that. Don’t really care either.”

Keys was forced to pull out of the tournament with a left adductor injury.

On the women’s side of the draw, the conqueror of Serena Williams has been knocked out of Wimbledon.

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, the 13th seed defeated Alize Cornet 7-6 (5), 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals.

“I think we played some good tennis today, “Bouchard said.  “You know, we had some tough points.  She has good wheels.  So I had to really try and finish off the point.

“You know, I think it made for some really tough, physical points.  So that’s definitely the most physical match I’ve played I think this tournament.

“But I’m proud that I really, really fought till the end.  She’s a good fighter, too.  We were really just battling.”

“This is what I’ve worked so hard for, to be in the quarters at Wimbledon,” Bouchard said. “But I want to go another step. I want to keep going.”

Bouchard will play the winner of the fourth round match between Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber.

Bouchard spoke briefly about playing both of these women:

“I think she’s a great player,” Bouchard said of Sharapova.  “She, you know, tries to be aggressive like I try to be aggressive as well.  So I think, you know, I’m going to go in and try to battle and go for my shots.  We had a tough match recently at the French Open.  But that’s the past.  So it’s a new match.  If I were to play her, I would just be very excited and really try to go for it.”

“Kerber I played at the French as well.  I played both opponents recently.  Of course with her she’s a lefty so you keep that in mind with tactics.  I played well last time against her because I was really trying to go for it.  Whenever I had an opening, I would really go for it.  I would keep my basic game against both players.”

Three players from the Cazech Republic are among the women’s quarterfinalists – 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova and unseeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Zahlavova Strycova, who beat No. 2 Li Na, defeated No. 16 Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-5 to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. Back in April 2013, she completed serving a a six-month doping ban after testing positive for the stimulant sibutramine.

“I can’t believe it for right now,” Zahlavova Strycova sid about the win and reaching the quarterfinals.  “It’s great.  I mean, it was a tough match obviously, and I had to make a fifth match point.

“I’m really, really happy that I could win today.”

She spoke about the six month ban to press: “First of all, I didn’t wanted to play again because I felt like it’s a little bit unfair.  Everything was kind of against.

“So first two months I didn’t want to come back.  Then I missed it.  I missed the feeling of working out, the feeling of winning matches, and being on tour.

“It was tough, but on the other hand, it also brings me some positive things.  Like I say, I am seeing the sport a little bit different now.

“And here I am.”

Last year’s finalist Sabine Lisicki ousted 11th seed Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to reach the fourth round in a match carried over from Saturday.

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Coco Vandeweghe Vanquishes Serena Williams’ Conqueror at French Open at Wimbledon

(June 23, 2014) WIMBLEDON – Fourth time was the charm for American Coco Vandeweghe at Wimbledon on Monday. In her fourth singles appearance at The Championships, she needed 13 match points get her first win in London. The 22-year-old beat the woman who upset Serena Williams in the second round of the French Open last month, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, the 27th seed 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

Vandeweghe who is now on an eighth-match winning streak on grass courts, won her first WTA tournament two days ago at the Top Shelf Open in the Netherlands as a qualifier and beat the 20-year-old Spaniard on the way to the title.

“It was a tough match and it was crazy at the end,” said Vandeweghe. “The toughest part for me was that I played her the week before. I knew she would come out even more fired up because of the recent memory of her loss.”

“There was too many (match points) too count,” said Vandeweghe, whose ranking has risen to No. 51 as of Monday – a career high

The Californian will play Tereza Smithkova of the Czech Republic in the second round.

Karen Pestaina at Wimbledon

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS – WIMBLEDON, GREAT BRITAIN
$ 18,575,979
JUNE 23-JULY 5, 2014

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2014
Women’s
Singles – First Round
(2) Li Na (CHN) d. (Q) Paula Kania (POL) 75 62
(6) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 63 60
(8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 63 75
(10) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (Q) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 61 62
(12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 62 63
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (17) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 63 64
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (18) Sloane Stephens (USA) 62 76(6)
(22) Ekaterina Makarova  (RUS) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm  (JPN) 36 64 75
(23) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 76(3) 76(3)
CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. (27) Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 63 36 75
(30) Venus Williams (USA) d. María-Teresa Torró-Flor (ESP) 64 46 62
(32) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 60 64
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. (Q) Anett Kontaveit (EST) 36 76(4) 63
Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. Vania King (USA) 75 63
Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 64 64
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 62 62
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 76(2) 60
Lauren Davis (USA) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 61 62
Mona Barthel  (GER) d. Romina Oprandi (SUI) 75 60
Peng Shuai  (CHN) d. Johanna Konta (GBR) 64 36 64
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 64 64
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 75 63
Misaki Doi (JPN) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 64 61
(Q) Tereza Smitkova (CZE) d. Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 63 63
(Q) Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 63 46 60
(WC) Naomi Broady (GBR) d. Timea Babos (HUN) 26 76(7) 60
(WC) Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 63 76(6)

Suspended due to darkness
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) leads (Q) Andreea Mitu  (ROU) 42
(14) Sara Errani (ITA) is tied with Caroline Garcia (FRA) 62 67(3)
(16) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) leads Shahar Peer (ISR) 63 20
(Q) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) leads (28) Svetlana Kuznetsova  (RUS) 21
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) leads Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 76(6) 02

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2014 Wimbledon Seeds Announced

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(June 18, 2014)The seeds have been announced for Wimbledon, The Championships 2014.

Gentlemen’s Seeding Formula

Revised seeding arrangements for men introduced in 2001 when seedings committee disbanded.  Formula amended in 2002 for men as follows:

Take ESP points  June 16, 2014

Add 100% points earned for all grass court tournament in past 12 months

Add 75% points earned for best grass court tournament in 12 months before that.

Ladies’ Seeding Formula

Per the numerical WTA rankings.

Gentlemen’s Singles 
DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB) [1]
NADAL, Rafael (ESP) [2]
MURRAY, Andy (GBR) [3]
FEDERER, Roger (SUI) [4]
WAWRINKA, Stan (SUI) [5]
BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE) [6]
FERRER, David (ESP) [7]
RAONIC, Milos (CAN) [8]
ISNER, John (USA) [9]
NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN) [10]
DIMITROV, Grigor (BUL) [11]
GULBIS, Ernests (LAT) [12]
GASQUET, Richard (FRA) [13]
TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) [14]
JANOWICZ, Jerzy (POL) [15]
FOGNINI, Fabio (ITA) [16]
YOUZHNY, Mikhail (RUS) [17]
VERDASCO, Fernando (ESP) [18]
LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP) [19]
ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA) [20]
DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr (UKR) [21]
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp (GER) [22]
ROBREDO, Tommy (ESP) [23]
MONFILS, Gael (FRA) [24]
ALMAGRO, Nicolas (ESP) [25]
SEPPI, Andreas (ITA) [26]
CILIC, Marin (CRO) [27]
BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto (ESP) [28]
GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo (ESP) [29]
KARLOVIC, Ivo (CRO) [30]
GRANOLLERS, Marcel (ESP) [31]
TURSUNOV, Dmitry (RUS) [32]

Ladies’ Singles 
WILLIAMS, Serena (USA) [1]
LI, Na (CHN) [2]
HALEP, Simona (ROU) [3]
RADWANSKA, Agnieszka (POL) [4]
SHARAPOVA, Maria (RUS) [5]
KVITOVA, Petra (CZE) [6]
JANKOVIC, Jelena (SRB) [7]
AZARENKA, Victoria (BLR) [8]
KERBER, Angelique (GER) [9]
CIBULKOVA, Dominika (SVK) [10]
IVANOVIC, Ana (SRB) [11]
PENNETTA, Flavia (ITA) [12]
BOUCHARD, Eugenie (CAN) [13]
ERRANI, Sara (ITA) [14]
SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP) [15]
WOZNIACKI, Caroline (DEN) [16]
STOSUR, Samantha (AUS) [17]
STEPHENS, Sloane (USA) [18]
LISICKI, Sabine (GER) [19]
PETKOVIC, Andrea (GER) [20]
VINCI, Roberta (ITA) [21]
MAKAROVA, Ekaterina (RUS) [22]
SAFAROVA, Lucie (CZE) [23]
FLIPKENS, Kirsten (BEL) [24]
CORNET, Alize (FRA) [25]
PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia (RUS) [26]
MUGURUZA, Garbine (ESP) [27]
KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana (RUS) [28]
CIRSTEA, Sorana (ROU) [29]
WILLIAMS, Venus (USA) [30]
KOUKALOVA, Klara (CZE) [31]
VESNINA, Elena (RUS) [32]

Gentlemen’s Doubles
BRYAN, Bob (USA) / BRYAN, Mike (USA) [1]
PEYA, Alexander (AUT) / SOARES, Bruno (BRA) [2]
NESTOR, Daniel (CAN) / ZIMONJIC, Nenad (SRB) [3]
BENNETEAU, Julien (FRA) / ROGER-VASSELIN, Edouard (FRA) [4]
PAES, Leander (IND) / STEPANEK, Radek (CZE) [5]
GRANOLLERS, Marcel (ESP) / LOPEZ, Marc (ESP) [6]
KUBOT, Lukasz (POL) / LINDSTEDT, Robert (SWE) [7]
BOPANNA, Rohan (IND) / QURESHI, Aisam-Ul-Haq (PAK) [8]
KNOWLE, Julian (AUT) / MELO, Marcelo (BRA) [9]
HUEY, Treat (PHI) / INGLOT, Dominic (GBR) [10]
ROJER, Jean-Julien (NED) / TECAU, Horia (ROU) [11]
LLODRA, Michael (FRA) / MAHUT, Nicolas (FRA) [12]
BUTORAC, Eric (USA) / KLAASEN, Raven (RSA) [13]
MURRAY, Jamie (GBR) / PEERS, John (AUS) [14]
CABAL, Juan Sebastian (COL) / MATKOWSKI, Marcin (POL) [15]
CUEVAS, Pablo (URU) / MARRERO, David (ESP) [16]

Ladies’ Doubles
HSIEH, Su-Wei (TPE) / PENG, Shuai (CHN) [1]
ERRANI, Sara (ITA) / VINCI, Roberta (ITA) [2]
PESCHKE, Kveta (CZE) / SREBOTNIK, Katarina (SLO) [3]
BLACK, Cara (ZIM) / MIRZA, Sania (IND) [4]
MAKAROVA, Ekaterina (RUS) / VESNINA, Elena (RUS) [5]
BARTY, Ashleigh (AUS) / DELLACQUA, Casey (AUS) [6]
KOPS-JONES, Raquel (USA) / SPEARS, Abigail (USA) [7]
WILLIAMS, Serena (USA) / WILLIAMS, Venus (USA) [8]
HLAVACKOVA, Andrea (CZE) / ZHENG, Jie (CHN) [9]
GOERGES, Julia (GER) / GROENEFELD, Anna-Lena (GER) [10]
KUDRYAVTSEVA, Alla (RUS) / RODIONOVA, Anastasia (AUS) [11]
MEDINA GARRIGUES, Anabel (ESP) / SHVEDOVA, Yaroslava (KAZ) [12]
HRADECKA, Lucie (CZE) / KRAJICEK, Michaella (NED) [13]
BABOS, Timea (HUN) / MLADENOVIC, Kristina (FRA) [14]
HUBER, Liezel (USA) / RAYMOND, Lisa (USA) [15]
MUGURUZA, Garbine (ESP) / SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP) [16]

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Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon Ending 77 Year British Drought

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(July 7, 2013) Andy Murray ended 77 years of male British futility at Wimbledon on Sunday when the Scot defeated No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 for his first Wimbledon title. The last man from Great Britain to win The Championships was Fred Perry from 1934-36.

The 15,000 fans on Centre Court and more on the grounds made their presence known with their loud vocal support.

“The atmosphere today was different to what I’ve experienced in the past,” Murray said.  “It was different to last year’s final, for sure.  And then, yeah, the end of the match, that was incredibly loud, very noisy.

“I’ve been saying it all week, but it does make a difference.  It really helps when the crowd’s like that, the atmosphere is like that.”

Last year when Murray lost to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, the Scot said it was one of the toughest moments in his career.

After taking first set 6-4, Murray had to overcome breaks in the second and third sets, losing 4 straight games in the third set to go down 2-4. Murray regained control and won the next three games to make it 5-4.

Serving for the match was a mini-marathon in itself. Murray held three match points and then Djokovic came back to get three break points which he could not convert. Murray finally closed out the match when Djokovic hit a backhand in to the net.

The match which lasted over three hours saw so many long physical points. Djokovic committed almost twice as many errors as Murray 40-21.

“I don’t know how I managed to come through that final game, it was unbelievable, three match points,” Murray said after the match. “I’m just so glad to finally do it.”

“Winning Wimbledon I think is the pinnacle of tennis,” Murray said.  “I think, yeah, I mean, the last game almost increased that feeling.  You know, if I had closed it out at 40‑Love ‑‑ I worked so hard in that last game.  It’s the hardest few points I’ve had to play in my life.”

“It was a very long match for three sets,” Djokovic said of the over three-hour much which saw long physical points.  “The bottom line is that he was a better player in decisive moments.  Both second and third sets, I was 4‑2 up and dropped the serve in those games and just allowed him to come back for no reason.”

“He played fantastic tennis, no question about it,” Djokovic said.  “He deserved to win.”

“I didn’t always think it was going to happen,” Murray said of winning Wimbledon.  “I didn’t doubt myself so much after last year’s final.  It was the best I’d recovered from a Grand Slam loss.”

Murray now holds an 8-11 record against Djokovic and  2-1 in Grand Slam finals, the Scot also stopping the Serb to win the 2012 U.S. Open.

For his efforts, Murray netted 2.4 million dollars for capturing the title. He is on a 12-match winning streak.

Murray who missed the French Open due to a back injury has now won four tournaments in 2013 including events at Brisbane, Miami and London’s Queen’s Club.

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Wimbledon Dream Comes True for Marion Bartoli as she Captures 2013 Title

 

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(July 6, 2013) Back when she was a 6-year-old girl, Marion Bartoli pretended to play match point on the Wimbledon Centre court. She dreamed of winning what she deemed the most coveted Grand Slam trophy. As Don Quixote had a quest and dreamed the impossible dream, Bartoli’s impossible dream came true on Saturday at Centre Court at Wimbledon when as the 15th seed she defeated No. 23 Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 to capture the title, her first Grand Slam crown.

“(Wimbledon) has been my dream,” Bartoli said.  “I wanted that so badly.  I felt the achievement of my career was to win a Grand Slam.  Every time I was just saying my goal was to win a Grand Slam.

 

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“It was like, yeah, dare to dream.  I kept dreaming.  I kept my head up.  I kept working hard, and it just happened.”

It wasn’t a match filled with precision and accuracy, it was mostly error-ridden, with a total of 39 unforced errors combined, but the Frenchwoman will take it.

 

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“I was there in 2007 and I missed it,” said Bartoli, who lost in the final of Wimbledon that year to Venus Williams. “I know how it feels, Sabine, and I’m sure you will be there one more time. I have no doubt about it.”

Bartoli led off the match having her serve broken, but then stormed back winning the next six in succession and 11 of the next 12, which took her to a 6-1, 5-1 lead.

Bartoli had three match points on Lisicki’s serve at 5-1, but the German rallied to hold and win the next two games, forcing Bartoli to serve for the match a second time. Bartoli took the game at love, clinching the title with an ace.

After falling to her knees in exultation, Bartoli, after shaking hands with her opponent climbed into the “Friend’s Box” and hugged 2006 Wimbledon champion and France’s Fed Cup Captain and sometimes coach Amelie Mauresmo, her father, friends and supporters.

“I’ve been practicing my serve for so long,” Bartoli said of closing the match with an ace. “At least I saved it for the best moment.”

Bartoli gets $2.4 million for winning The Championships, her biggest-ever paycheck and her first title of any sort since 2011.

“It will not change me as a person because I will always remain the same: very humble, very low‑key and easygoing, down‑to‑earth,” Bartoli said in regard to winning Wimbledon.

”But just hearing ‘Wimbledon champion,’ that kind of sounds good to me,” she said with a smile.

And so Bartoli has reached what was an unreachable star.

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At a Topsy-Turvy Wimbledon, Order is Restored with a Novak Djokovic – Andy Murray Final

 

 

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(July 5, 2013) During a Wimbledon fortnight which saw the upsets of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the first and second rounds, respectively, chaos has come full circle to become order as No. 1 Novak Djokovic will face No. 2 Andy Murray for The Championships on Sunday.

Djokovic was pushed to five sets to best Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (8), 6-3 in a semifinal record 4 hours and 43 minutes.

Del Potro saved two match points in the fourth set tiebreak to extend the match to a fifth set.

“I’ve had some epic matches in my career and some long five‑setters,” said Djokovic.  “Especially the one that stands out is the finals Nadal Australian Open a few years ago.  It went for six hours.”

“But was a really high‑level match during four hours,” Del Potro said.  “He hit so hard the ball.  I think was unbelievable to watch, but, of course, I’m sad because I lost and I was close to beat him.”

“But credit to him,” Djokovic continued, “because he show his fighting spirit.  He came up with from back of the court some amazing flat backhands and forehands that you cannot say anything but congratulate him on that and move on.

“But I managed to hang in there, stay tough, and really glad to win.”

For Djokovic it will be his 11th major final. Djokovic holds 6 majors – 1 Wimbledon, 4 Australian Opens and a U.S. Open title.

Andy Murray was pushed by No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to earn his second straight Wimbledon final.  Murray is trying to become the first man from Great Britain to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry did in back in 1936.

Murray rallied from a 1-4 down in the third set to win the next five games in a row to take the set 6-4. After the third set ended, after 8:30 p.m. the Wimbledon roof was closed. Murray complained to officials about the decision due to the oncoming darkness. Play resumed about 30 minutes after.

Murray quickly jumped on Janowicz’s serve and broke to take a lead in the fourth set which he would not relinquish.

“Such a shame I didn’t play my best tennis today,” Janowicz said.  “I was struggling a little bit with my serve.  Everything basically collapsed after this one point when was 30‑All, third set, 4‑1 for me.  He did the tape.  The ball just roll over.

“But I’m still deep down really happy.  This was my first semifinal in Grand Slam, so tomorrow I’m going to be okay.”

“I think there is some similarities there in terms of if you look at stats and stuff,” Murray said in caparing his game to Djokovic’s.  “I mean, both of us return well.  That’s probably the strongest part of our games.  Both play predominantly from the baseline.

“We both move well, but a different sort of movement.  You know, he’s extremely flexible and he slides into shots ‑ even on the courts here.  He slides more.  He’s quite a bit lighter than me.

“So I’d say I probably move with more power and he’s much more flexible than me.

Murray and Djokovic take Centre Court on Sunday, Djokovic has a 11-7 record against Murray.

 

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Wimbledon Order of Play for July 5, 2013

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WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR FRIDAY 5 JULY

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] 1 vs Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [8] 64

2 Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [24] 88 vs Andy Murray (GBR) [2] 128

 

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) [7] 33 vs

Ashleigh Barty (AUS) / Casey Dellacqua (AUS) [12] 56

2 Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 10 vs Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) / Shuai Peng (CHN) [8] 32

3 Bruno Soares (BRA) / Lisa Raymond (USA) [1] 1 vs Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Vera Dushevina (RUS) 19

4 Greg Rusedski (GBR) / Fabrice Santoro (FRA) vs Richard Krajicek (NED) / Mark Petchey (GBR) (RR)

 

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Kyle Edmund (GBR) [5] 33 vs Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) [6] 49 (BS)

2 Jana Novotna (CZE) / Barbara Schett (AUT) vs Martina Navratilova (USA) / Pam Shriver (USA) (SL)

3 Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [3] 48 vs

Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [8] 49

4 Conchita Martinez (ESP) / Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) vs Tracy Austin (USA) / Helena Sukova (CZE) (SL)

 

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Jacco Eltingh (NED) / Paul Haarhuis (NED) vs Thomas Enqvist (SWE) / Mark Philippoussis (AUS) (RR)

2 Hyeon Chung (KOR) 6 vs Maximilian Marterer (GER) 27 (BS)

3 Domenica Gonzalez (ECU) / Carol Zhao (CAN) [4] 9 vs Ioana Ducu (ROU) / Nina Stojanovic (SRB) [5] 16 (GD)

4 Kyle Edmund (GBR) / Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) [1] 1 vs

Clement Geens (BEL) / Noah Rubin (USA) [6] 8 (BD)

 

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Belinda Bencic (SUI) [1] 1 vs Louisa Chirico (USA) [15] 24 (GS)

2 Taylor Townsend (USA) [5] 33 vs Ana Konjuh (CRO) [2] 64 (GS)

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) / Jorge Brian Panta (PER) [5] 17 vs

3Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) / Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 21 (BD)

4 Anett Kontaveit (EST) / Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 26 vs

Belinda Bencic (SUI) / Petra Uberalova (SVK) [2] 32 (GD)

 

COURT 5 – 11.30 AM START

1Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE) [1] 1 vs

Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alves (BRA) / Sara Tomic (AUS) 5 (GD)

2 Jay Andrijic (AUS) / Bradley Mousley (AUS) 12 vs Enzo Couacaud (FRA) / Stefano Napolitano (ITA) 15 (BD)

3 Johannes Haerteis (GER) / Hannes Wagner (GER) 25 vs Filippo Baldi (ITA) / Matteo Donati (ITA) 30 (BD)

4 Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) / Iryna Shymanovich (BLR) [8] 17 vs

Elise Mertens (BEL) / Ipek Soylu (TUR) [3] 24 (GD)

 

COURT 14 – 11.30 AM START

1 Yui Kamiji (JPN) / Jordanne Whiley (GBR) 3 vs Marjolein Buis (NED) / Lucy Shuker (GBR) [2] 4 (DW)

2 Jiske Griffioen (NED) / Aniek Van Koot (NED) [1] 1 vs

Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) / Sharon Walraven (NED) 2 (DW)

 

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED

Not Before 4.30 pm

Pat Cash (AUS) / Mark Woodforde (AUS) vs Andrew Castle (GBR) / Guy Forget (FRA) (OD)

Not Before 5.00 pm

Jeremy Bates (GBR) / Anders Jarryd (SWE) vs Peter McNamara (AUS) / Paul McNamee (AUS) (OD)

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Wimbledon, Great Britain
June 24-July 7, 2013
Grand Slam
Grass/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, July 4, 2013
Ladies’ Singles – Semifinals
(23) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 64 26 97
(15) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (20) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 61 62

Gentlemen’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [14] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 67(4) 64 63 57 63
[12] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [4] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) 36 64 61 36 63

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Lisicki Fights Off Radwanska while Bartoli Dominates Flipkens to Reach Wimbledon Final

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(July 4, 2013) Germany’s Sabine Lisicki has made her first Wimbledon final with a hard-fought match win over No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 9-7. For Lisicki who had the upset of women’s draw when she beat No. 1 Serena Williams in the round of 16, will play France’s Marion Bartoli next for the title. Bartoli beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-2 reaching her second Wimbledon final. The Frenchwoman lost to Venus Williams in 2007 in straight sets.

Saturday’s final will be only the second women’s major final in the Open era to feature two women who have never claimed a Grand Slam title.

Lisicki’s game demonstrates power and aggression, on both her serve and her groundstrokes. Lisicki fortunes turned in the second set as her service games were not as dominant and Radwanska’s game of retrieval and variety pushed past the German 6-2.

Radwanska zoomed to a 3-0 lead in the third set, the Lisicki rallied to equal the set three-all. Both women held serve until the ninth game when the Pole was broken. Lisicki, serving for the match at 5-4 could not complete the task with Radwanska breaking for 5-5. A break by Lisicki in the 15th game followed by a hold gave Lisicki game, set, match and her first crack at a chance to win a Wimbledon crown.

“I’m just so happy,” Lisicki said.  “Couldn’t be any better, and couldn’t be any better place to play the first Grand Slam final.”

“Fought out there.”

Lisicki admitted that her win over Serena Williams helped her make it through her match today.

“I thought, `I’ve done it against Serena so you can do it today as well, just hang in there,'” Lisicki said. “It gave me so much confidence and I’m just so, so happy I was able to finish it.”

Lisicki who has come back from many an injury talked about those who gave her inspiration:

“Hermann Maier.  You know, I read his book while I was injured.  You know, almost losing his leg and then to come back and be the world champion in his sport, I think was an unbelievable story.

“Also Drew Brees, an American football player, quarterback.  Nobody believed he could come back after almost his shoulder ‑‑ he has torn everything there was in the shoulder, and he still came back and was one of the best, so… “

Bartoli’s semifinal was not very dramatic – from start to finish she crushed her shots and pushed her opponent all over the court in 62 minutes.

“I played great. I executed very well. I hit lobs, passing shots, winners, returns, everything worked out perfectly,” said Bartoli. “When I fell on the grass after match point, it was just so emotional. I dreamed about that moment, about returning to the Wimbledon final.”

Bartoli reflected reaching the final this year versus back in 2007.

“The last time I was so young, in a way,” said the 28-year-old Bartoli.  “I was every time the underdog coming out on the court, which this time it was totally the opposite.  I was this time the highest ranked player and I needed to put out a great performance in order to go through.”

“I think I’ve been able to deal with the pressure really well and keep improving throughout the Championships and keep playing better.  Especially I think today I think I played a great match.”

Going into Saturday’s final the 23-year-old Lisicki holds a career 3-1 lead over Bartoli.

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Wimbledon Order of Play for July 4, 2013

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WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR THURSDAY 4 JULY

 

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Marion Bartoli (FRA) [15] 81 vs Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [20] 120

2 Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] 9 vs Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4] 33

 

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) [1] 1 vs Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [14] 24

2 Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [8] 49 vs Horia Tecau (ROU) / Sania Mirza (IND) [2] 64

Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Vera Dushevina (RUS) 19

or David Marrero (ESP) / Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) [14] 24 vs

Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Jie Zheng (CHN) [7] 32

 

No.2 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Marcin Matkowski (POL) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) [11] 40 vs

Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [3] 48

2 Leander Paes (IND) / Radek Stepanek (CZE) [4] 48 vs Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) [12] 56

3 Bruno Soares (BRA) / Lisa Raymond (USA) [1] 1 vs John Peers (AUS) / Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 12

4 Pat Cash (AUS) / Mark Woodforde (AUS) vs Joakim Nystrom (SWE) / Mikael Pernfors (SWE) (OD)

 

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Jacco Eltingh (NED) / Paul Haarhuis (NED) vs Barry Cowan (GBR) / Cedric Pioline (FRA) (RR)

2 Kyle Edmund (GBR) [5] 33 vs Stefan Kozlov (USA) 43 (BS)

3 Iva Majoli (CRO) / Natasha Zvereva (BLR) vs Martina Navratilova (USA) / Pam Shriver (USA) (SL)

4 Lucie Ahl (GBR) / Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) vs Jana Novotna (CZE) / Barbara Schett (AUT) (SL)

5 Lindsay Davenport (USA) / Martina Hingis (SUI) vs Rennae Stubbs (AUS) / Andrea Temesvari (HUN) (SL)

 

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Belinda Bencic (SUI) [1] 1 vs Jamie Loeb (USA) 12 (GS)

2 Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) [6] 49 vs Nikola Milojevic (SRB) [2] 64 (BS)

3 Sandra Samir (EGY) / Shilin Xu (CHN) 30 vs Belinda Bencic (SUI) / Petra Uberalova (SVK) [2] 32 (GD)

4 Kyle Edmund (GBR) / Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) [1] 1 vs

Maximilian Marterer (GER) / Lucas Miedler (AUT) 4 (BD)

 

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) [12] 56 vs Ana Konjuh (CRO) [2] 64 (GS)

2 Hyeon Chung (KOR) 6 vs Borna Coric (CRO) [8] 16 (BS)

3 Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) / Iryna Shymanovich (BLR) [8] 17 vs

Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) / Szabina Szlavikovics (HUN) 19 (GD)

4Stefan Kozlov (USA) / Spencer Papa (USA) 13 or Julian Cash (GBR) / Joshua Sapwell (GBR) 14 vs

Enzo Couacaud (FRA) / Stefano Napolitano (ITA) 15

or Naoki Nakagawa (JPN) / Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) [7] 16 (BD)

 

COURT 5 – 11.00 AM START

1 Anett Kontaveit (EST) / Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 26 vs

Kamonwan Buayam (THA) / Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE) 28 (GD)

2 Laslo Djere (SRB) [4] 17 vs Maximilian Marterer (GER) 27 (BS)

3 Luca Corinteli (USA) / Lucas Gomez (MEX) 5 vs Clement Geens (BEL) / Noah Rubin (USA) [6] 8 (BD)

4 Johannes Haerteis (GER) / Hannes Wagner (GER) 25 vs Jamie Malik (GBR) / Robbie Ridout (GBR) 27

or Laslo Djere (SRB) / Martin Redlicki (USA) 28 (BD)

 

COURT 8 – 11.00 AM START

1 Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) / Quentin Halys (FRA) 10 vs Jay Andrijic (AUS) / Bradley Mousley (AUS) 12 (BD)

2 Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) / Jorge Brian Panta (PER) [5] 17 vs

Maxime Janvier (FRA) / Kamil Majchrzak (POL) 19 (BD)

3 Viktoriya Lushkova (UKR) / Ioana Loredana Rosca (ROU) 14 vs

 Ioana Ducu (ROU) / Nina Stojanovic (SRB) [5] 16 (GD)

4 Jamie Loeb (USA) / Ayaka Okuno (JPN) 22 vs Elise Mertens (BEL) / Ipek Soylu (TUR) [3] 24 (GD)

5 Borna Coric (CRO) / Jonny O’Mara (GBR) 29 or Filippo Baldi (ITA) / Matteo Donati (ITA) 30 vs

Karen Khachanov (RUS) / Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 31

or Maxime Hamou (FRA) / Johan Sebastien Tatlot (FRA) [2] 32 (BD)

 

COURT 14 – 11.30 AM START

1 Louisa Chirico (USA) [15] 24 vs Elise Mertens (BEL) [6] 32 (GS)

2 Taylor Townsend (USA) [5] 33 vs Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) [4] 48 (GS)

3 Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) / Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 21 vs Hugo Di Feo (CAN) / Mazen Osama (EGY) 23 (BD)

4 Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE) [1] 1 vs Giulia Pairone (ITA) / Alina Silich (RUS) 3

or Alice Matteucci (ITA) / Gabriela Pantuckova (CZE) 4 (GD)

 

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED

Not Before 3.30 pm

Richard Krajicek (NED) / Mark Petchey (GBR) vs Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) / Todd Woodbridge (AUS) (RR)

Not Before 4.00 pm                                                                                                        

Jeremy Bates (GBR) / Anders Jarryd (SWE) vs John McEnroe (USA) / Patrick McEnroe (USA) (OD

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Round 4 Shock for Serena Williams at Wimbledon– Round up of the Centre Court Action

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By Ros Satar

 

(July 1, 2013) WIMBLEDON – As if last Wednesday was not enough fun for the tennis gods, they toyed with the seemingly natural order of things just a little more on Round 4 Monday.

Possibly one of the best days usually on the tennis schedule, Wimbledon looks to put all their Round 4 matches on the same day, men and women.

It gives people who are still doing the queue a chance to see some action on the outside courts, if they miss out on those coveted bands for the show courts.

 

Sabine Lisicki [23] def. Serena Williams [1] 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Let’s just make it competitive – that was probably the wish if every neutral observer watching the first match of the day on Centre Court.
I think I could be safe in saying that not many saw the first set coming – Serena Williams seemingly just content to put the ball in play – in fact with Lisicki being dragged to deuce in each service game, surely it was just Serena playing cat to Lisicki’s mouse.

It was just that the mouse was capable of thundering down booming serves that, had the opponent been anyone but Serena Williams, they would have been countless aces.

After taking the first set 6-2 it was almost as if Lisicki realised what she’d done, and to whom.
Certainly Williams turned the screw after he first game, winning the next nine on the trot, locking into her returns and many up in the lofty (and drafty) gods nodded their heads sagely and reckoned they had time for a quick burst of strawberries before Murray.

The second set and to be honest quite a lot of the third scooted past Lisicki as Williams reeled off nine games in a row.

But let’s face it, if you are going to break the world No. 1, you may as well wait until your back is against the wall.

Somewhat inconceivably, after a bunch of traded breaks Lisicki found herself ahead for the first time since the start of the second set.

Was it a nervy service game? – Well yes, of course it was, weaving from match point, to break point, to match point again, the crowds were oohing and aahing like it was a firework show.

The final rally was one to savour and the forehand winner saw Williams AND Lisicki sprawling – for different reasons, Williams at full stretch to get on the end of the eventual winner and Lisicki on realising she had put out the defending champion, and world no. 1.

Take absolutely nothing away from Lisicki, she has a superb game for grass, and she took those opportunities when they presented themselves.

Lisicki has reached the quarterfinals twice (2009, 2012) and the semifinals once (2011).

She faces Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi for the first time in Tuesday’s quarter-final.

 

Andy Murray [2] def. Mikhail Youzhny [20] 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1

Murray has looked in good form, and many expected this to be a straight sets victory, but that was really only half the story.

From the outset, it was a more passive Murray that took to the court, content to build up points and push Youzhny to the error, and getting an early break to edge out the first set made it seem a formality.

There was always a feeling that if Youzhny suddenly dialled in, Murray could be in big trouble as the second set seemed to be counter-puncher heaven (or hell, depending on your point of view).

Each seemed to want to out-wait-for-the-error with Youzhny inducing a fair share from the Murray racquet.

More by luck than judgement, Murray took the tiebreak with the tightness of margins.

Even though Murray looks to be in discomfort for much of the second set, it was Youzhny that took the medical time out before the start of the third set.

Finally in the third set, Murray started to shorten the points and introduced a little more serve and volley – his reward being two breaks enough to seal the match.

He was sensible enough in press to acknowledge that this Wimbledon has seen a lot of shocks (to put it mildly).

Murray will face Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-final, and somehow made getting through another round without dropping a set seem like really hard work.

Nokak Djokovic [1] def. Tommy Haas [13] 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4)
If the match before felt like a five-setter, Djokovic was on hand to remind us what a straight sets win actually looks like, at least in the first set,

That was little more than a rout but Haas seemed to get better as the match went in, as opposed to disheartened.

By the time he had forced a tiebreak in the third set, Haas was swinging free as Djokovic was slipping and sliding and one could only imagine the winces of the groundsmen as he slid this way and that (and yes, took the obligatory tumble).

Haas is nothing, if not a fighter, and as the light was beginning to fade, there was a very real chance this might have to be finished under the lights, had Haas forced a fourth set.

But there seem to be no chinks in Djokovic’s armour today – his returning, and movement is going to make him quite a formidable barrier for the remainder of the week.

Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. Follow her tournament updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN. She is the co-founder of Britwatch Sports (britwatchsports.com). Follow her personal twitter at @rfsatar.

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