Day 9 Today at Wimbledon


Day 9

John Inverdale and guests review the action from the day's men's quarter-finals at the All England Club, Wimbledon.


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What a happy man he must be a. fact four in store. - - The fab

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Good evening. What a day. If you have missed what happened, you are

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in for a treat. Greg and Boris are spoilt for choice with so many

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issues to discuss. We will start with the fabulous four. Roger

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Federer's opponent today was Jo- Wilfried Tsonga, known for his

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Federer was looking for his 60th singles victory at Wimbledon.

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Tsonga has been serving well, and of course he got to the finals at

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Queen's. For the bookmakers, there was only one possible outcome to

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this match. It looked as though they had got this ban on in the

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After Federer won the first set, Tsonga got back into the game. We

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find ourselves in a second set tie- Suddenly, Federer has got the bit

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between his teeth. He was hitting the ball so powerfully today. It is

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not often you see Federer stranded like that. Hitting the ball like

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that, as hard as that, samba found himself 5-4 up in the third set. --

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Tsonga found himself 5-4 of in the He is going to have to work himself

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a out of this position if he is He is two points from taking a set

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And we are keen to challenge again. -- looking to challenge again. He

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realised that was a good call. Back Quality every step of the way from

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Superbly resistance from Federer. Deuce. Tsonga is becoming a little

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bit predictable. He goes for the same corner as every time. -- he

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goes for the same corners every That's the serve that got him all

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the way to the Australian Open final. It might bring him Miss set.

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Some pictures do not need words. Just savour that scan and. In a

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week where boxing metaphors at everywhere, this was turning into a

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Samba was throwing the punches and Federer was having to take them --

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Tsonga was throwing the punches and This is an interesting stage of

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That was a very nice backhand from Tsonga. No complaint from Federer,

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He has showcased this single handed back hander. He did not have it the

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last time I know it! He is really enjoying it. He looks like Stefan

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Edberg. Maybe you should think about playing it more often single-

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handed. -- maybe he should think about playing it more often single

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Tsonga is looking to turn this into a muscle match, and no one is

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And Tillakaratne Dilshan break That is what usually happens.

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Phaidra really was rocking and rolling here. Tsonga was a victim

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the most unbelievable a lot of punishment on him. -- Federer

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really was rocking and rolling here. Two set all. All that Tsonga needed

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was to get one break. This is what happened. Surely, Federer would

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find a way out of this situation. He had never been two set up in a

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Grand Slam situation and lost. Here is Jo-Wilfried sombre -- here is

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Jo-Wilfried sombre, to send Federer There he is, twisting and shouting

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How does it feel to have not the mighty Roger Federer out? He is the

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biggest champion. He achieved a lot of things. He is the best player in

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the world. I am so happy to win against him, especially on grass.

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It is one of his favourite surfaces. I am so happy today. Throughout the

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match, I did not give him much, but there was a lucky break in the

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third set for him. He played well throughout the match. Especially he

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served well. He played incredibly you ever think, Boris, that Tsonga

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lapses. He does not ready put Tsonga was the man of the moment.

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Some of the headline-writers are already writing about a swansong.

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Is this the end of Federer in terms of being a Grand Slam champion? It

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He played so well at the French Open and showed the world it is not

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just about Djokovic. They changed the grass about a

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decade ago, they grow it longer. The balls were like pellets, that

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suited him, he was more aggressive. I think it will be tough for him to

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win this championship. Is it six Grand Slams that Federer has not

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won? A year-and-a-half has gone by since he won the title. Time is not

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on his side, let's be honest. 16 Grand Slam wins, a wife and two

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beautiful children. Why should he trained even more? He has done it

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all. That is the question for himself, where his motivation will

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It is fascinating to think what might happen with Federer in the

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future. Rafael Nadal is the second member of hour fabulous four. Would

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Mardy Fish is from Minnesota. He is playing against the defending

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champion, who dropped just one set so far. The formbook was a day to

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as far as the first set was concerned. The big question was how

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would the foot be after he had that slight injury? There was no sign of

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any problems. I am amazed by it Nadal. I thought he would pull out.

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Next thing you know, he is running What Amman this is, I have never

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seen a player like Nadal in my seen a player like Nadal in my

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lifetime. In the end, Nadal came through safely. His face just told

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you how delighted he was to have you how delighted he was to have

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overcome yet another opponent. Did your foot give you much

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trouble? It is better. I am fine. The previous match was tough for me.

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For a moment I did not know if I had a serious injury. But with

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antiinflammatories, it seemed to work.

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If Federer has got to the top of the hill and is perhaps heading

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slightly down, is Nadal still improving? I think so. He thrives

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on competition, he is the ultimate competitor, the more adversity, the

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better and meaner he gets. He is only 25, he has 10 Grand Slams. If

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he stays healthy, I don't know how many more times he will win.

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Federer has set the bar. You always need somebody to catch, for Nadal,

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it is Federer's 16. To tie Bjorn Borg's record of six French Opens,

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and now he wants to tie Federer's record of six Wimbledons.

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Rafael Nadal conscious of this? Is he a record chaser? He comes across

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very soft spoken, Humble, almost an introvert when out in public, but

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once he puts those tennis shoes on, that is the last thing you want to

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face across the net. A back with the Fab Four in a

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moment, but let's consider the women's semi-finals. Logic says it

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will be Maria Sharapova against Victoria Azarenka in the final on

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Saturday... The German! Hang on a moment, we are coming on to that.

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That is the point of the next item, which is about a German play and

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somebody from the Czech Republic How good is your German?

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reached the semi-final. She had injuries and was not playing tennis

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for quite a long time. Suddenly she is back in Wimbledon, playing her

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best. Anything could happen. There has been a lull in German tennis.

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Might she be taking it forward again? We hope so. We are been

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waiting for so long. Steffi Graf put the bar sky high. We wanted to

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have a good semi-final and hopefully come out on top. Tell us

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about Petra Kvitova there, and a fantastic serve. I think she has

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one of the best serves in the women's game. She remind you of

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Martina Navratilova with her serve. She plays well on all surfaces. I

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think she is starting to get to her peak. I would not be surprised if

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she went to the finals. So you predictions are? In all honesty, I

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think Sharapova is better, and also Victoria Azarenka. I'm going to go

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with Petra Kvitova -- I'm going to go with Petra Kvitova, with

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Sharapova winning the title. Bernard Tomic is leading the new-

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# You say you want a revolution Djokovic, player favourite.

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Determined to reach his first Wimbledon final. Tonic was not

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overawed. It was like a tale of two cities. Bernard Tomic was

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sensational. Here we are end the second set, where Bernard Tomic was

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very much in the ascendancy. He is playing the world number two, and

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he is taking him to the cleaners. Pete hitting the ball so hard. --

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he is hitting the ball so hard. Here we are in the third set.

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Bernard Tomic get a break. Nobody on Court One knew what was

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happening on Centre Court. This was the quality of the tennis for the

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first two or three games of the third set. Here's Djokovic, turning

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That's when the game started This is where Bernard Tomic needs

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to take some extra time. He has to A bad unforced error from Djokovic,

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Not much margin for error in Bernard Tomic's game. When he get

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nervous, the unforced errors start Both men have their problems, there

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issues. You start to fear for Five points, five unforced errors!

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Djokovic has not really done much, A horrible, horrible service game

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from Bernard Tomic. At this point, Tomic was playing

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horrible tennis. Djokovic found himself two sets to one to the good

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and got an early break in the 4th It is quite frustrating, the harder

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Djokovic hits the ball, the better It has been a long time since Tomic

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had a double fault, that is his Now it is Tomic's turn to suffer.

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He is doing the right thing, taking a little extra time and not rushing

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UMPIRE: Mr Djokovic is challenging It was long. Why did you tell him

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That was not a great return. An Thinking about the challenge, but

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And after being so close to claiming the set, Tomic faces break

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What a caress to finish it! Djokovic is closing in now, closing

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into the semi-finals. Djokovic was not to be denied. Here

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he is serving 40-15. Tomic could not get to that ball, so another

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semi-final for Novak Djokovic. Will he be here on Sunday on Centre

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Court for his first Wimbledon Court for his first Wimbledon

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final? Well done. A really tricky match.

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You are playing somebody you know very well, it is like beating up

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your kid brother, but you what through to the semi-final. I am

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delighted to be through. It is a great result. It was a very equal

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match today. The first set I played quite well, I played one very bad

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service game, he got back into the match. From that moment he was the

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better player. I had some very, very difficult service games that I

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managed to hold. He was up and the third end you got back on track.

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What caused the reversal of fortunes? He is such an

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unpredictable player. He is very young. His first Grand Slam

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quarter-finals, it means a lot, he had nothing to lose. He was hitting

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a lot of winners, it was hard to predict where he would go. He was

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not making a lot of unforced errors. That made it really difficult. I

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have tried to change the pace, but he was better. It was playing cat

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and mouse. I was just happy to get through in the end. We will talk

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about the cat in a moment, but as far as Tomic being a mouse, foreign

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18 year-olds he has had an amazing two-and-a-half weeks, coming

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through qualifying, his first Grand Slam quarter-finals, he is clearly

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a man on the move? Yes. The youngest guy to get to the quarter-

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finals was the man standing behind me, Boris Becker... Last century!

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If you think of the last teenager in the quarter-finals, Roger

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Federer, the pedigree is looking very good. He has a very

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interesting game. He changes the pace, deflect the ball, plays very

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flat, he is someone to look out for. He has played an awful lot of

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tennis in the last two-and-a-half weeks, did he just get tired?

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especially when he was up 3-1, he went walkabout for seven games. He

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might have been mentally fatigued, he had played eight matches. It

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maybe was a little bit too much tennis, but he will be very proud.

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What do you think about how brilliant Djokovic has been all the

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way through to the epic semi-final at Roland Garros? Do you detect he

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is slightly off his game? He was maybe tested today, I don't really

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believe he was tested and the other matches. He is flying under the

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radar. He lost only one match to Roger Federer. He has won six other

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tournaments, beating Nadal back-to- back, clay, but nobody talks about

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it. He is fine with that, he has experienced, he is in the semi-

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finals. He is not playing his best tennis but he was not challenged

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today. He is under the radar because he does not move as well on

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the grass courts, I don't see him as comfortable. You think he can

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win the other three majors, on the grass, I am not too sure. Tsonga

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has a great record at 5-2 against him, but I bet he feels good about

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his chances. Now the last of the FA before, our

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man, a bigger and somebody who, if you believe the papers, has rather

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Murray was eyeing a third Grand Slam semi-final this year, but

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Feliciano Lopez was probably wielding the most potent weapon in

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the entire draw, his serve, he has 22 aces more than anyone else. It

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Maybe a little closer than he thought when he went for the

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challenge, but more out of frustration for losing it. He has

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Just a cup of these early exchanges, you feel Murray has had lost

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chances, and he would like to get He has pecked him back to deuce,

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but he might have got a break. His instincts were right, he would have

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had a second serve that 0-30. -- For me, the best returner in the

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It is the solid 121 mph second serve. Brave when you make it and

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Credit to Lopez, he took his chance Lewis Hamilton with his brother.

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Enjoying their time here. It has not been such an enjoyable time for

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Lewis Hamilton in F1 recently, he will hope his fortunes change for

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Murray was just frustrated he could not get more on the return. It was

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a good second serve into the body but he really needed to get the

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ball deep or onto the Lopez The Spaniard has shown good

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It was broken that time. The best return of the first set.

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The familiar clenching of the first, Six games to three, muted applause

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in the players' box. Given what happened UN Centre Court earlier,

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you never quite knew what would happen. But in the second set...

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Some great play from Murray. So easy.

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Two sets up, things going swimmingly, but the Spaniard was

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not going to lie down. Some lovely Doing to Murray what Murray often

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does to everybody else. Two games does to everybody else. Two games

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all, this is the time for Murray to kick on all four Lopez to fight

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back into contention. -- for Murray to pick on, or for Lopez to fight

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Ever since the physio came on court, Murray does not want to waste more

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energy than necessary, he wants to He has done that so often in his

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Into the semi-finals again, watched by lots of famous people. I am sure

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Describe your motions of reaching another semi-final. I do not ready

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have any right now. It is one of those things that you think about

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The way you have played, you must going with supreme confidence?

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need to to have a chance. I will have to play my best to do that.

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Handling the occasion, you have been there before, will you be any

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less nervous or will it be the same as previously? I want to be nervous

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going into the match. That is important, it shows that you care,

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but once you get out there you have to make sure that nerves do not

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cloud your way of thinking. Maybe as you want them to, and you are

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thinking clearly out there. Let's talk Murray Nadal in a moment,

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but what about Murray today? He had a perfect game against Lopez, he is

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one of the best returners in the game against potentially the best

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server. The grass is not as fast as it was, the balls are slower.

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Pretty much from the get go Murray was the favourite to win. I have to

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agree. I thought he would be successful before the match.

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frog came out of my throat! It was one of those matches where you knew

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Murray was not going to lose, but he was very convincing. The only

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problem was he hurt his groin slightly in the third set, we are

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hoping he is 100% healthy for Rafael Nadal. Nadal has a bad foot.

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But for a man with a bad foot, he moved well today. We will talk

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about the semi-finals in a moment, but we still have action going on.

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The draws are thinning out, a lot The only other British males still

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in singles action, Liam Broady, be the junior world number 1 for the

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single time in as many tournaments today. The 17 year-old from

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Stockport knocked out his opponent 6-4, 7-5, to reach the quarter-

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finals. After becoming the first British

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duo in 18 years to reach the quarter-finals of the Men's Doubles,

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Colin Fleming and Hutchins were beaten.

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Looking for their 11th Grand Slam Men's Doubles titles, the Bryan

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brothers entered the last eight after surviving a five-set epic.

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Resuming at 3-3 against Paul Hanley of Australia and Simon Aspelin of

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Sweden after play was suspended yesterday, they broke a final set

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deadlock to win by 16 games to 14. The match lasted a total of four

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hours, 11 minutes. Fellow Americans Liezel Huber and

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Lisa Raymond finished on the losing end of their marathon match in the

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Women's Doubles quarter-finals. After taking the first set, they

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lost in the third 13-11. No day of four wildcard semi-finalists Sabine

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Lisicki. Ahead of her showdown with Sharapova tomorrow, she was busy

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marching into the Ladies' Doubles quarter-finals with partner

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Samantha Stosur. If Sabine Lisicki has a rival for

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anybody who smiles as much on the tennis court, I think it would be

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Heather Watson of Britain, but sadly she and Ross Hutchins went

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out of their match, which you might have watched earlier on BBC Two. It

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was not a great day all round for Ross Hutchins, having lost in the

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men's and Mixed Doubles. Colin Fleming lost as his doubles partner,

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Fleming lost as his doubles partner, but here he is, one set all, and he

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might yet win with Jocelyn Rae. Laura Robson is in the crowd

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watching that. Well done to them. Looking at what is happening

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tomorrow, women's semi-finals day. Boris Becker, as we look at the

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wonderful outline of Battersea wonderful outline of Battersea

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Power Station, listed four reasons that sometimes as gay people, but

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tonight it looks fantastic, the attitude that Sabine Lisicki has,

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she makes a mistake and smiles, can you do that and be a champion?

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could not, but I am sure the players can. It is good to see. She

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is on the comeback trail. She had a is on the comeback trail. She had a

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day off. She has a good time, why not? I look at Sharapova, she looks

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like a woman on a mission. They had but windy day when she lost to Li

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Na, that was the only time she could not win. From round one she

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does not give an inch to anybody, that is why I think she is the

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favourite. After an epic day, this favourite. After an epic day, this

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is the semi-final line-up that we have for Friday afternoon for the

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men's. Who will win? I pick Nadal from the

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beginning of the Championships, my heart says Murray but my head says

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Nadal. Tsonga/Djokovic is fascinating. From Tsonga's

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performance today, I think there performance today, I think there

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could be an upset. I will go with Murray. Hopefully. It is his time.

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I have not seen him play so well. He went through to the quarter-

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finals, Nadal, I think he is still a bit injured with the ankle. The

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more he runs, you will feel it eventually. More importantly, I

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feel it is Andy Murray's time. Tsonga is the man at the moment,

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but can he do it two matches in a row? I put my money on Djokovic.

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Could we have a repeat of the Queen's final, Tsonga against

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Murray? It has only happened once in history, Connors and McEnroe,

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1982, the same result at Queen's and Wimbledon. Wouldn't that be

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fabulous? And if the final at Wimbledon on Sunday was as good a

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final as the one at Queen's. It is an extraordinary day. You would

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never have thought that Federer would have found himself two sets

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up and going out in five, the first time it has ever happened to

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arguably the greatest player in the world in his entire Grand Slam

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