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This is a national programme. We are going to take you over to Wimbledon.
Brilliant! Irresistible. Majestic. In a class
of her own. Welcome to Wimbledon. After all the
excitement yesterday of Britain's Jo Konta going through to the
semifinal, well Andy Murray do the same? He is on Centre Court. This
happened a few moments ago, making the familiar walk-out to his
favourite court, Centre Court, and each huge operation awaits. -- huge
ovation. That was a few minutes ago. On Court One they walked out for
their men's quarterfinal match between you and will and Marin
Cilic. Gilles Muller against Marin Cilic. The winner of this match will
face the winner of the match on Centre Court. That is on the red
button. There is always such a great atmosphere at Wimbledon around and
the -- Andy Murray's matches. People here to enjoy the Wimbledon
experience and cheered on Britain's number one. They are on court. Some
query against Andy Murray. What percentage of people do not
change station? It seems like we go off... Is there a whole new
audience? No, I think a lot of people switchover. 7.5 million
watching Jo Konta yesterday. I only watch BBC One of the Tsonga. BBC Two
I am not watching! You cannot miss anything on the BBC. Andy Murray, in
for his eighth Wimbledon semifinal. He has won this twice, he has won
the Davis Cup twice, two Olympic golds and world number one. The
nominal. The only reason I hear any form or... Not growing... He is in
an era of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. There are
not many Grand Slams around when these guys are grabbing them. He has
had even nominal career. A skinny Wimpy kid from Scotland. The
nominal. The two big years he has had, the Olympics, it has taken so
much for him to get up to world number one last year and he has
suffered injuries and various things but he is a phenomenal athlete and
incredible competitor. He gets grumpy. To say the least. That works
for him. He has had an amazing career. To do what he did in Finnish
world number one last year, considering Novak Djokovic had all
four at the same time, is amazing. Looking back, we cannot be surprised
there was a let down. Add he got ill. Let down and things happen and
one thing leads to another so the fact he is here and playing as well
as he did is more of what we expect. He seems to be limping walking but
running full speed. It remains me of when I used to watch someone else. I
used to think of them he was tired in the warm up and then he would
speed around the court. If he is not 100% this is the type of guy you do
not want to play because he can take the racket out of your hands and he
has a lot to gain. Sam has not showed a lot of emotional intensity
over the years. A lot of coaches in America... Their years. It is lovely
because they are celebrating the pro tennis event for 50 years of the pro
tennis event. All of those who took part are being invited. Will Federer
break his record? He is the oldest finalist. I practised with him when
he was 4243 and I was 17 or 18 and he wore me out. -- he was 42 or 43.
He wore me out when he was 50 something. I played with Ken and
would leave on the same day. What? I was 12. They did a coaching clinic
and I was there. I have a photograph. He always said that Ken
was the toughest to play. They said that Lever on his best was difficult
but then you would have to think like an animal. If you played really
well you would get him and if not forget about it. We will reminisce
more another day but let us talk about Sam Querrey because he has
come through a couple of five set matches.
I Philip I am playing well. Mostly I am excited about how I have got
through these matches. My game is in good shape. Mentally you have to be
ready to go, just like physically. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has gone. Beaten
by the American who beat Novak Djokovic last year. Things just get
tougher here. A tremendous achievement for him. Back-to-back
five set matches. Andy Murray will have the crowd on St, nothing
against you. Exactly, he has the crowd no matter who he plays. He is
number one in the world and you have to play your best and talk things go
your way. Is there any way you can turn the crowd to get involved or is
it just head down and get on with your business? It is on display head
down, it is hard to try and turn an entire crowd. Hopefully I will make
a lot of first serves and play offensive tennis. He is one of the
good guys and playing great tennis, a big serve. Sort of like Milos
Raonic. You have to show the crowd that the good guys stuff is all well
and good but if you want to beat these guys, these are selfish men,
these champions, they take everything. You have to dig deeper
than anything in your life if you want to beat Andy Murray. Andy
Murray has a move up another gear. It is the business end of the
tournament. The first thing is to win but if he can get off in three
or four said that as a massive bonus for him at this stage of the
tournament. Winning is the first thing. He has to be able to move
some around enough to be able to find gaps and hit winners. That is
where Sam's weakness is. They have called time so we better get moving.
John McEnroe is off to the commentary box.
Andy Murray is on court. The chairman of the club is talking to
Rod Lever. 1954 his first final here. Phenomenal record here. To
play Jimmy Connors in the final in 1974, talk about spanning
generations. That backhand volley. Beautiful to watch. Still is.
Classic. Beautiful tennis player. Owen Davies. What a great mixed
doubles record he had. All in attendance for this quarterfinal
match. Delighted to welcome John McEnroe. Excited to be here. This
should be fun. The loan and American left. Play big, right? A lot of
upside. He is going to play big. Tight, understandably so.
Back-to-back quarters for him. What I would like to see from Sam
Querrey is that emotionally when he is out there he is going to say to
himself it is not good enough to get to the quarters, even though he has
done it twice, great effort, he wants more. That is what he has to
shall be bought here, especially his opponent. Physically imposing.
Served 99 aces so far in his first four matches.
Dodgy start so far. Murray has not lost to an Americans and 2011. Not a
good start. I am not sure he will tell Sam that. No.
His only loss, Andy Murray, to an American in these Grand Slam events,
the pinnacle of our game, 2009, semifinal. Right now knives have
gotten the way of Querrey's ability to play his game -- nerves have
gotten away. The defending champion and number one seed is going to take
advantage. Opening up the match for Murray.
His 100th ace keeps them in the game.
That is a hungry performance from Murray. A nervous one from Sam
Querrey. You can go an hour and a half and not have many break points
on these guys. You talk to a guy like some four hours to lead up to a
match like this, to get the good start, to get through the early
portions of the match and you just break the first two games. That
hurts. It is tough to lob the strawmen. Everyone, these giants out
there, participating in the men's quarters today. Novak Djokovic is
six foot two, Muller, these men, or more. He has tree trunks for legs,
Berdych. You could throw me -- Milos into that as well. Tyrannosaurus
legs. The sun makes an appearance just at the wrong time for Andy
Murray. Good job, Querrey. He has to attack that serve. It has to do more
with his backhand. He understands that. You know Murray is going to be
going after it. This is a really tentative tight
start from the American, Sam Querrey. Exactly what he did not
want to do. A rugged six minutes to open up the match.
Murray has not been serving massively during this tournament.
His average bead is 130 mph. That ace at 121, he has been keeping his
first serve percentage up. I am going to tell you that he has never
lost to anybody at Wimbledon less than number 19 in the wild. That was
in 2005. Unremarkable record. It certainly is. He knows his way
around the grass court better than anyone else with the probable
exception of Roger Federer. He utilises it to his advantage. He is
able to throw you off with the slice backhand. His defensive skills are
amazing. He has learned over the years to get more offensive. He
makes big guys work hard. I like the idea of taking a little off of the
first serve and getting the percentage up because the second
serve, if there is a weakness it would be that, and these guys can
attack. Strong representation in the Royal
Box today. The court is firm enough that a guy
who is 66 can let it bounce. It is easier to let it bounce once and
assess it and see where your opponent is a knock it off for a
winner. Sam is thinking, why did this not
happen the first service game? That is always nice, to get your
side of the scoreboard ticking over. He has kind of moved past the
unfortunate opening couple of minutes. It is extremely important
to stay positive. The aggressive on these serves here.
We all know and assume the longer the rally cause the less chance
Querrey has of winning it. He has to know that.
Tremendous player against a guy who is six six. Extremely difficult for
Sam to handle. It is another rule I think should be
changed. Putting it in the crowd... If you throw it up you have to hit
it, otherwise it is a fault, that is all I am saying. People should work
on that toss more. You have got your own academy and
you know the game. Look at Querrey's serves. 100 aces. What is good about
this? How tall the years. Look where he hits the ball from. Let us see if
that toss is still in the camera shot. It is. It is key for any
player to use their legs and generate additional strength. His is
pretty compact. His toss is not that far out in front of him so he is
relying on hitting a great winners, aces, unreturnable is serves rather
than moving forward. I wondered if he would be better getting a modern
front so he can easily get to the net behind the big serve of his. It
discourages him because he is concerned about his movement. The
tendency is to be complacent. You believe in hitting your shot. If you
are that big and had that that hard you are not going to get broken a
lot. Understandably the nerves got the better of him and that is why he
is down 4-1. Well handled by Querrey. Surprise
that Murray did not move forward sooner because once the ball dropped
below the net Sam does not have a lot of options and that was the best
of the lot. He handled it well. He is great at the lob but it is
tough going with guys this big. With a slice. That Timmy is not going to
work. 129 mph, his quickest 134 in his
previous four matches. You had to believe the weather
forecast today because it was pretty horrible this morning but it is
quite warm. Starting to settle in. The coach and courage that he is
starting to let go. Last game this one with the old tennis balls. They
will be just a little bit more fluffy. Slightly slower through the
air. Marginal differences. Sometimes presents the best opportunity for a
break. Yes. A fine start for the American.
Showing some good touch. As he starts to settle. Get the
butterflies out of the stomach. You can see the impact, the power he
has. That can be debilitating if you are playing him and he gets going.
Beautiful job moving in, taking the ball in the air before Sam Querrey
had a chance to recover. If your tennis coach tells you to
stop on a volley, tell him he's wrong, go through it. Or her.
I always thought there would be that brief split-second moment when you
want to stop and allow it to bounce, you will end up moving forward
because you built up a head of steam to get to that point.
If you've got hands like Murray you could do it either way, I suppose.
He's got to put more on his shots, Sam. That slice just floated. Murray
is doing a much better job keeping it low than Querrey on that
particular ball. We have had some dodgy weather here
but that seems to have cleared now, and it is maybe a little bit wet
underneath but it's the right place to be, Henman Hill today, wonderful
set stomach selection of matches, Raonic against Federer, the man he
beat in the semifinal last year, Gilles Muller and Marin Cilic
playing against each other, and Berdych versus Novak Djokovic and
there is seniors tennis, Junius Teniste Matt men's and women's
doubles and some Mixed Doubles taking place, I enjoyed watching
Martina Hingis play with Jamie Murray. The crowd on Henman Hill, as
often is the case. I sometimes whether someone is trying to pull
off a big upset who is going to be tighter, as we saw Querrey, have you
watched a lot of American football? Yeah you often see the teams map out
their first ten or 15 players, you would do that with your first
service game, this is what you would do with the first four, five, six
serves no matter what happens. You couldn't tell him that. Couldn't
follow a script for more than a shot or appoint or two. I hope Henri
Leconte stays there and fries in the sunshine, I'm playing him later on.
Have a couple of glasses of champagne. I have no doubt he will.
Maybe allow Querrey to calm down quicker if he knew exactly what he
was going to be doing early on. We are under the flight path today.
For a moment I thought Concord was back in service.
The next game is going to be interesting.
The moment of truth for both players.
Querrey is in the game. Sam has played a couple of long tough
matches, five sets, he beat Tsonga, Anderson. His legs don't seem to
have that spring yet. You hope he can find another gear if he really
wants to make this a match Both goes had opportunities to win
this point, that's for sure. Querrey will look back and say, why
did I go down the line on that one? Or why didn't he hit it harder? He
had an opportunity to do a number of things and unfortunately picked the
wrong one. Still maybe could have won it with that volley.
That's the best move he's made in the match, a good sign for Querrey.
Sprung forward after hitting that big forehand. Murray was keeping an
impeccable length on his ground strokes in this rally as well. As
soon as Querrey had the chance in he came. 30-30 after the longest rally.
That's the end of the first set, just less than half an hour. Murray
wins it 6-3, just the one break of serve in Murray's opening service
game. He'd like that one back. SUE BARKER: Winning the opening set in
just 28 minutes. We will be right back with this one but we will show
you the other quarterfinal on Court Number One. Gilles Muller, the
conqueror of Rafael Nadal, is up against Marin Cilic, the big server
from Croatia seeded seven at these championships and guess what, Muller
could be causing another shot here as well because he is
already a break-up against Cilic, 5-3. Cilic is yet to drop a set at
the Championships, maybe it will be here. This match will be on BBC Two
shortly. It is on the red button at the moment, the feature match, but
it will be on BBC Two shortly when we will take Andy Murray over to BBC
One. So that is what is happening over on Court One. Back we go over
to Centre. ANDREW CASTLE: Andy Murray looking at his notes once
again on Court, just little reminders of last-minute things? I
do have to be honest, I did that in the past and felt it was a good way
to keep your focus. Obvious things, the ball toss. Go to his backhand if
in doubt. Things of that nature but probably more focusing on himself as
opposed to tactical advice that he may have been given by his coaches.
Ultimately his experience, his pedigree, and his place in the game
won him that first set. Querrey got a bit too tight in the beginning. It
could be saying don't forget to pay the phone bill later on. I don't
think so. Here we go then. Important game, particularly for Querrey.
Better start already. His first service game from that end.
Moments were Murray has appeared to be moving a bit gingerly.
That move is an example where he seems to just sort of, well, maybe
looking at the score a little bit, let that go, not date particularly
deep for that ball. Smart tactic. Especially if you are hurting a
little. He talked about his record at Wimbledon, Andy Murray, tenth
consecutive quarterfinal at this slam, only Federer and Jimmy Connors
achieved that at the same slam. It was ten in a row for Federer and
Jimmy Connors in two different Grand Slams, a remarkable record of
consistency. Seeded one for the first time at the Championships,
Andy Murray, and will stay number one if he wins his match today,
whatever happens elsewhere in the tournament.
The second set is the inverse of the first set at the start. Five points
in a row for Querrey. Sam Hitchcott passing shot. The odds
are very small he's going to get back in. Sometimes I wish the
players would start to move back towards the ball, the other player
would see that and possibly tighten up on a volley like that. -- Sam hit
that passing shot. That is a heck of an angle, this guy is 6'6", if you
can get him reaching! Remarkably similar to the match they
played at the Australian Open this year. It was just under two hours.
Murray in straight sets. That's the ball he's got to give
himself more margin for, Querrey. That ball is skidding, you can't try
and hit that as hard as you can over the high part of the net. That will
not work very often, especially when you are 1-7 in lifetime against your
opponent. Mentally, how much does he believe he can do this.
See how Murray took the pace off a few ground strokes, it just unnerved
Querrey, he tightened up, almost had too much time to think about it.
Good move by Murray. Sometimes you get the same effect
hitting it soft as when you try and blow it by an opponent. Querrey's
serve is what is ultimately going to save him if he's going to do
something big here today. That's the first reaction we've seen
from Andy Murray, a first expression of frustration. That's a nice
opportunity for him. I'd like to see Sam doing some
serving and volleying. Murray is upset that he missed the forehand
that could have given him a few break points.
150 base for the tournament, a reminder that John Isner served 113
in one match -- 105th ace. John Isner is the only other active
Americans have made a Grand Slam quarterfinal. Querrey has made two
in a row here. With got to get our act together. More guys in the top
50 but no superstars. In the states we have been growing accustomed to
success in the 70s, 80s, into the 90s, Sampras and what he did here.
It has been slim pickings ever since Andy Roddick won his loan Grand Slam
14 years ago. So we have been desperately searching for athletes.
Because you can see the game is being played at such a pace you'd
better be able to cover the court in an amazing way the way Murray does,
the way Djokovic does, Roger, Rafa. These guys are good athletes, don't
get me wrong, but you have to be just supreme to poke some of the
guys that play American football or basketball. Get them enticed. To
think it's cool enough to play this great game, and make it affordable
enough. Incredibly Muller has won that first
set. It was the talk of the locker room, Cilic's form coming into
today. Well, guess what, he's got his hands full.
That was the athleticism I was just talking about that saves him time
and again. This was outrageous, wasn't it? That was a bit of a
surprise, that was a lunch from Samba to get that ball up, down and
away from the big fellow takes this work here. You've got to have the
expression as well. I don't know, might as well.
Nestea. This is so beautiful for so many reasons. Mum appreciating that
one. It was gorgeous. He had to adjust, it came to his backhand side
and he came across the ball, that's the perfect delivery of the racket
head, take the legs off that. His previous opponent, Benoit Paire,
would have enjoyed that. Sam showing some good touch of his
own out there, as this match has progressed, finding his legs. He
seems to have gotten the nerves out of his system, now he's got to get
the intensity higher. Try to reach his first-ever semifinal of a Grand
Slam. Do not want to get careless against
a guy as good as Murray. Respecting Murray's movement, Murray Wallace
haring off after that ball on the backhand side. Is making Querrey
feel like he has to hit a better shot. Perhaps he has two. -- Murray
was haring off. Good hold ultimately.
Well, the second set is a lot more competitive than the first just
because of that one break of serve when Querrey was dealing with the
nerves. Two or three minutes can make a difference on a grass court.
Big Sam Querrey who beat Novak Djokovic last year in round number
three in strange circumstances, backed it up beating Novak Djokovic
to make the quarterfinal. He was two sets down. He is a fighter. It is
hard to know what he can do to change to bring himself into this
match as a factor. If you were coaching him what would you say to
him? Obviously the server is a big factor in terms of what particular
shot can keep him in the match. But to me, the emotional intensity, show
some more fight, some more grit, I would emotion, to me, to engage some
more people in the crowd to get more respect but that is not Sam's
nature. He is shy, he's from Santa Monica, he likes to hide under his
hat and do his own thing. He is an excellent player but if you want to
do something extraordinary on the skort and get your first-ever semi
of a slam you've got to get out of your comfort zone, to me. -- on this
court. At least a little bit. Two former champions at Queen's
Club, of course. Sam Querrey winning that event in 2010. Five times, Andy
Murray a champion. SUE BARKER: We are leaving this
match on Centre, but don't worry it continues now on BBC One. Andy
Murray's quarterfinal match is now being shown over on BBC One. But
it's a busy day on the show courts and over on Court Number One, the
first of the men's quarterfinals taking place, as we see Henman Hill
absolutely packed as it always is when Andy Murray is on Centre Court,
and of course after Jo Konta yesterday, what time this is for
British tennis. The British fans are thoroughly enjoying it. On Court
Number One is Gilles Muller, the conqueror of Rafael Nadal, playing
Marin Cilic and this is Muller a set point to break Cilic's serve for the
second time. That error from Cilic means that he has lost his serve and
that is the first set he has lost at these championships, so worrying
times for former US Open champion Cilic and she'll Mola just marches
on. We worried about just how tired he might be after 15-13 against
Rafael Nadal in the fifth set -- Gilles Muller. No sign of that so
far. It is on serve in the second set so let's join our commentators
on Court One, Peter Fleming alongside Matt Chilton.
Another loose one from Marin Cilic. It's been an issue for the Croatian.
Gilles Muller has made such a strong start, broke Cilic twice. Broke him
to win the first set, which meant that he served first at the start of
the second. Cilic playing catch-up here 1-2. 46 minutes played. Mixture
of overcast and bright sunshine. Cilic won't relish the fact that the
sun has come out again. It has been behind a cloud for a little while.
At this hour it is far more awkward for a right-hander Vanni
left-hander. It is taking an awful long time
between serves. He has a bug flying around. May be one of those killer
flying ants that forgot his day is done. That was his second serve. It
interrupted his rhythm between first and second serve. We see that so
often, players Chuck in a double fault when their rhythm is damaged.
30-30, 1-2. Is this another opportunity emerging for she'll --
Gilles Muller. You know, we might see that quite
often in week one but it's a surprise to see a double fault,
regardless of the distraction in week two, because the guys get here
because their mind is serene, they don't get distracted that easily.
Clean winner from Marin Cilic, just to settle his nerves and he's firing
himself up as he looks up towards his coach, Jonas Bjorkman.
Yeah, double faults have been a bit of an issue for Gilles Muller in the
tournament. None in this match so far, though. 29 in the tournament,
Cilic has only served ten. But it's a philosophy. OK, that's
double fault number 30 but that's in four matches, so seven double faults
match, but let's forget he's played at
15-13 match, that this two there. He hits an aggressive serve so the
opponent cannot attack it so it is worth hitting a few doubles here and
there. Once again, terrific half-volley. He is very adept at
Catskill. -- at that skill. Looking for his 21st success in unbroken
service games, Gilles Muller, as he sends down ace number six. There is
his team watching on, what a week and a fortnight they have had.
Muller mentally is rock-solid. We have seen nothing but his poker
face. He just seems to go from strength to strength at the age of
34. He finishes that game with an ace. The routine continues. They are
rattling through this set and a half pretty quickly. She'll Muller,
despite the marathon match the other night with Rafael Nadal, pretty calm
and confident as the new balls are produced. Not for the next game, for
later. The line judges have various roles through the match. Getting the
ball is out of the tins being one of them. The psychology of a tennis
match is pretty fascinating because it is like boxing in a way in that
it is hand-to-hand combat. Not the physical great there is in boxing
but the way you handle yourself, the way you carry your body throughout a
match can impose itself on your opponent, and if a guy is fondling
his shoulders and looking up it will often give his opponent and
encouragement. Muller is just the opposite. He has got on with his
business and perhaps that is affecting Cilic adverts were at the
moment. Cilic normally bounces the ball a
few times for delivering his serve. That was close. No talent from
Cilic. -- zero challenge. More big serving. 126 mph down the
centre. All square in the second set. No
break points in the second instalment, yet we had just two
break points, both for Gilles Muller, in the first set, and he
took them both. They are all square on eight aces eight.
That is a great reach and a beautiful volley from Gilles Muller.
Yes, and Gilles Muller is the answer to everybody who say she cannot
serve and volley into David's game. He is proving them wrong, 11 times
in this match so far. There is another one. Did not have to play
the second half, just the serve. Charging through another service
game. That is a sensational points from
Gilles Muller. In absolute control. Yeah. A great description, really.
Muller in terrific balance forestry shot and he hits. That perhaps is
why he has been so accurate. He teased Marin Cilic with this lob.
Yeah. He is not the quickest guy. He would not confuse anyone. For one of
the game's best athletes. Or they could not be confused for one of the
best athletes. So it perhaps fits in that category, and yet because
Muller has been aggressive off of the ground and has taken the ball
early and he has looked in complete charge.
Quite a lot of frame on that shot. Yeah, he seems to mis-hit more balls
than most. A grasp of surprise around the
court. A big double fault from Cilic, his fourth. There is no doubt
that Gilles Muller has the support of the majority of the Court One
crowd. They would love to see him break again.
Sensational little sliced backhand winner. Muller has two break points.
Really nicely played. That is the shot that said the point up. This
one I was afraid he had it like that too why, perhaps it was going long.
No. He had a really meaty swing at that,
Muller, he fancied his chances of sending down a winner on the return
of serve. Yes, you jumped all over it. A little anxious perhaps. Still
break point. He struck it well. But of course
sometimes you have to take the good with the bad.
Cilic. That was an ace. He was heading off to play the next point.
It was called long. It will be checked by Hawk-Eye. Cilic has
challenged. He is wrong again. Loose from the Croatian. He is
annoyed with themselves. He has given Muller a third break point
opportunity in this game. Cilic has two challenges remaining. A little
surprising how errant he has been off of the ground today.
That one he enjoyed. So did the semifinalist Swede who is coaching
Marin Cilic. A couple of aces and Cilic holds.
And might we look back on that game as the turning point? Possibly. It
is the second grass court match in London and about three weeks between
these two. They played the semifinal at Queen's which Cilic won in three
sets. This one matters an awful lot more, for a place in the Wimbledon
semifinal. Something neither man has achieved.
Muller is moving round the court like a teenager. Once again, the
ground stroke was deep and did not allow Cilic to really rip it.
Nicely played that time, Cilic gained the initiative and never let
go of it. 120 mph. Muller has been economical
with the number of points he has lost on serve, just eight compared
to 24 Myron Cilic. An ace to conclude that game. Muller
is back in front, potentially a game away from taking the second set.
They are getting to the business end of the second set and we will be
right back with it. On Centre Court Andy Murray was a set and the
break-up against Sam Querrey but quickly broke once and then had a
set point to level the match. He did it in some style. Out of nowhere we
are level at one set all on Centre Court and Andy Murray has to dig
deep in his quarterfinal match. That was a short time ago and Murray
fights hard. He knows he has to get this match back in his favour. That
is on BBC One. Murray fighting hard on Centre Court.
That is the red button feature match. The ladies doubles
quarterfinal. Back we got to see Marion Cilic
serve to stay in the second set. I want one of those. You would look
lovely in those red and white stripes. It is likely barbershop
quartet. Marion Cilic Sturtevant Tuesday in the second set.
Muller saw quite a few of those type shots the other night against Rafael
Nadal who of course is the expert at hitting the short deep cross caught
off of the two-handed. Yeah. That was a decent serve but absolutely
ripped away by Muller. 123 mph, big ace to finish. Still no
breaks of serve in the second set. Jonas Bjorkman with the white cap
will be more content watching than he was in the opening set, which was
dominated by the man from Luxembourg. Got a line judge right
between the eyes. Another mishit. We talked about this
a while ago, the number of mishits by --, -- Cilic are stocking up.
Only 35% of the first serves have come back whereas 50% have been
returned. A collective gasp at around quarter number one. Only the
second double fault so far from Gilles Muller. A dangerous time in
the set. The tenth ace to follow. Just a tidy
things up. A roar from Cilic as he gets a break
point. The first break point of the match for Cilic. He is dancing on
the spot hoping to do some damage. Serve volley to the rescue for
Gilles Muller. Like clockwork. It was a good aggressive shot but
that sort of error gets into trouble. Made to the ball he have
made. Muller keeps his cool. And keeps himself out in front in the
second set. Cilic will serve next to stay in it once again. It is a
rather lovely day in south-west London. The outside courts and
caught two and caught the, the two newest of the show courts, two on
the right of your screen, three on the right, mostly hosting doubles
and juniors. A few sailboards out on the lake and Wimbledon Park as we
look out onto the London City landmarks. Lots of building work
going on there. It will not be long before another eight frames surround
Court Number One to continue with the construction of the roof. Eight
enormous cranes will be in place within a month of the Championships
finishing or thereabouts as the tidy things up over the next two years to
give us the second caught with a roof at the All England Club. --
second court. One or two dark clouds above but it is bright and sunny at
the moment. Cilic served successfully to stay in the second
set and 4-5 and will try again. To take us potentially to a tie-break.
That's efficient from Marin Cilic and a tie-break will decide the
second set. Prior to this match Marin Cilic had not dropped a set
throughout the Championships. He's dropped one here. He's played a
couple of tie-breaks in the tournament so far. One against
Florian Mayer in round two and one against Johnson in round three. Won
them both. Muller has played two, won one and lost one. Over the year
the record is more interesting, Cilic, only seven in ten in
tie-breaks, Muller 16 - seven. That's dominant. Perhaps the man
from Luxembourg has a slight edge here.
Interesting. He was attempting one of those short backhand is inviting
Cilic into the net again. 13 aces in the match now for Marin
Cilic, 11 from Muller. He will hope for one or two more here. Behind in
the tie-break. Slower ball out wide, 102 mph.
In this situation I think you have to take away the slice serve from
Muller every time, he can ace you every time beforehand but don't
allow him to do it with his highest percentage serve.
The second serve coming in at 100 mph. It's not slow but it's not the
quickest we've seen this week. Muller jumping all over. Muller
relished that forehand winner. He is now favourite for a 2-0 lead.
So much variety on the Muller serve. Cilic is just left guessing every
time. Another slower ball, 104 miles per hour. He needs just two points
to seal the second set. What do you know? He hit the
difficult serve, Cilic was there waiting for it.
That's a good body serve on the second. Muller just unable to get
out of the way of it will stop slight mis-hit off the return
allowed the ball to sit in the middle of the court for Cilic.
Ace from Cilic to set up the break point.
Muller has been cool under pressure throughout. He needs a little bit
more of that temperament here. Defending this set point. Now, where
does he go? 285 and returned serves in the
championship so far for Gilles Muller.
He's just saved a set point. Can he generate one of his own here? 6-6,
6-6 in the tie-break. It is a tight second serve. It's a
double fault. And now Cilic has two opportunities with serve to wrap
this up. At 7-6 he's got a set point. Set point number two for the
Croatian. Oh! That is fantastic from Cilic.
His coaching team on their feet. Cilic takes the second set.
SUE BARKER: What a way to win it and a huge roar from Marin Cilic and
he's back in this, 1-1, on Court Number One. We will be right back
but we will show you what's happening elsewhere. When we were
last on Centre Court we showed you Murray had lost the second set but
he is up a break, breaking Querrey in the first service game of the
third set as he did in the first. That matches on BBC One, Murray
against Querrey is on BBC One. Over on 12, the feature match on the red
button, Kuznetsova and Mladenovic up against Renato Ibarra server and her
partner on the red button. A couple of results to bring you, Ken and
Neal Skupski were defeated by the number four seeds Kubot and Marcelo
Melo in three sets but it was really the first set tie-break when they
lost it, 13-11, tough to come back from. They still have had a good
Championships here. Here is a face to look out for in the future, Aidan
McHugh of Great Britain was out of the Boys' Singles, this is a
second-round match, and he put out a number six seed Marko Miladinovic of
Serbia. Well done to him. He is Andy Murray's regular doubles partner,
Andy Murray helping all the time and talking to him, no big celebration,
he's saying I want to go even further in this tournament, and who
knows how far he can go? Well done to young Aidan McHugh. That is what
has been happening elsewhere but back we go down to Court Number One.
1-1 it is. COMMENTATOR: Cilic will open the
serving at the start of the third set.
One hour and 31 minutes played. At least two more sets to come.
Now we will see just how much Gilles Muller still has in the tank. He has
shown no signs of fatigue so far. Yes. Prior to this match Cilic had
had just over eight hours on Court. Muller just under 13 hours.
First bit of serve and volley action from Marin Cilic.
131 miles per out. That's big from Marin Cilic, just short of his
quickest in this match, 132. Is fastest in the tournament just a
notch quicker at 133. In this third set it is Muller
having to play catch up. 0-1. So much more positivity and
aggression from Marin Cilic at the end of that second set and in the
early stages of this third. He's annoyed with himself. He was
the dominant force in that exchange, and then a loose point. The Cilic
camp lead on the left by Jonas Bjorkman.
He couldn't have walked over there and placed it any better the way
that serve was hit. He is pretty vocal at the moment,
Marin Cilic. We had nothing but silence throughout from his
opponent. It was a similar story in Muller's
match against Nadal, he was the quiet one and Nadal was anything
but. It was the quiet man who progressed
in the previous round. Muller happy to get off the mark. In
this third set it is 1-1. Jonas Bjorkman on the left with the
mirrored sunglasses, a semifinalist here in 2006, lost in the semifinals
to Roger Federer. Cilic has never been to the semis. He'd love to
match the achievement of his coach. He seems to be making good progress
at the moment after a difficult start. 1-1, 1-1.
He's on a hat-trick here. Two in a row, looking for the third.
Three in a row, hat-trick of aces from Marin Cilic, and all Muller is
doing is striding from one side of the court to the other.
Three aces and then a serve - volley winner, a fine game from Cilic.
Muller did a nice job of stopping the rot, if you will. Holding serve
pretty comfortably to start this third set. You get the feeling now
that both guys are in a pretty good serving rhythm and that it might
just be a case of biding their time. I mean, obviously they are going to
try their best to make inroads on the opponent's serve but I'm not
certain it's going to happen. This could just be 2-2, 3-3, 4-4
tie-break. He won his first grass court tournament just prior to
Wimbledon in the Netherlands, beating Ivo Karlovic in the final.
The final with two of the oldest men in ATP history, 34-year-old Muller,
and 38-year-old Karlovic. Muller is serving, 1-2, third set,
1-1 here. Is that worth a challenge? I thought
that might have just grazed the line. No trips upstairs to Hawk-Eye
for Cilic, who has not had a good record with his challenges so far in
this match. Dow was just a tease of a volley,
wasn't it? Didn't hit it with any great power, just dropped it far
enough away from Cilic that he had to chase it wasn't going to be able
to do much with it. Two in a row serve-volley winners
from Gilles Muller. He's at 50%, 23 out of 46 first serves have been
combined with a volley. 26 service holds in a row for Gilles
Muller, including the final set of his marathon with Nadal.
Cilic got it done in the end. It's the most running Muller has done in
a while. Whereas Muller, in the first set and
a half, seemed to be all over Cilic's serve. He's put in not quite
so many returns of late. 124 mph that last delivery, Cilic
back in front, no breaks in this third set. The giant scoreboards on
number one Court Flash up the information from around the club
with what's going on on Centre and the other courts being used today.
There is doubles and junior action outside.
You can see the top left of the screen, Henman Hill is absolutely
ramped again today with Andy Murray inaction on Centre Court, not a
blade of grass to be had. That's the access to that part of the club,
Aorangi Terrace is its official name. They are right next to where
we are here. So often, if something exciting happens on the Centre
Court, we can hear the cheers from the Hill. The giant screen they are
watching on the hill is stapled to the side of number one court.
Will Muller continue this unbroken trend? It seems likely. 2-3.
That's an opportunity squandered. And he knows it.
Effortless backhand volley from the 34-year-old Gilles Muller. That
slice serve out why it does such a great job of taking Cilic off court,
he doesn't have to do anything more than just bunt it into the open
court. He uses that volley to great effect,
just drops it short, so he's unable to track it down, Cilic. He is
hoping for a deeper volley. One hour and 49 minutes in total.
Really good tennis so far, Gilles Muller looking to book his place in
the Wimbledon semifinals and play Murray or Querrey. Things started
well and then Cilic turned up. And he turned up the heat. Bright
sunshine on number one again now. Cilic with an extra issue with the
sun, serving from this end. 21 aces in the match, so far, from
Cilic. He is at 20 seconds, since the
previous point ended. His average time is 23 seconds between points,
so he is well over where he should be. No words of warning, so far,
from umpire Jo Garner. The first signs of a stumble,
potentially. He might give it longer between points here. On the regular
tour away from the majors it is a 25 second rule. It is difficult for the
players to change their rhythm. The umpires tend to be lenient over this
issue. That was well left. I think the rule
next year will change so it will be 25 seconds everywhere, which
probably makes sense. Getting along towards two hours
since the match began. It has been a very tight affair, as we expected it
would be. And perhaps Cilic with the slight advantage now, in that he he
is serving first, so not having to chase the score.
Of course, now, I mean, soon, each break point that Cilic house will be
a set point against Muller. -- that Cilic has. Look at that, you cannot
buy those in the shops. Home-made. Wimbledon made drinks arriving. She
has managed to make it back safely with refreshment. The only umbrellas
being used are parasols. Muller in difficult territory now
late in this third set. He remains unbroken since the start of the
final set, in his match with Rafael Nadal.
Yes, Muller there in plenty of time with the choice of shots to play.
With a sublime defensive backhand. The approach shot was deep and hard.
Muller used the power of Cilic's racket to block it back, keep it
low. Forcing the Croatian to volley up.
All square again. His crew, connections and coaches watching on,
hoping their man can reach is first Grand Slam semifinal. Cilic went all
the way at the US Open in 2014 and won the title. It's an big names,
Marcos Baghdatis, Kevin Anderson, Berdych. Federer in the semifinal,
and won the final in straight sets over Kei Nishikori. He became the
first Japanese player into a major final.
In fact, he won his last nine sets. Beating Berdych, Federer and Kei
Nishikori in straight sets. He was on fire. Beating Federer in straight
sets anywhere is something to celebrate. It does not happen too
often. Just tying the shoe laces, possibly
waiting for the aircraft noise to dissipate.
A real urgency about the point from Gilles Muller. The ninth game of the
third set. He thinks maybe this is an opportunity to strike for a break
of serve. Beautifully done from Cilic. The
angle made it impossible for Muller. Gilles Muller remains unbroken but
after the change of ends, there will be extra pressure, he will be
serving to stay in the set. SUE BARKER: Just over on Centre
Court, it is Andy Murray taking on Sam Querrey and we have been talking
about the hip and the problems he has had. This happened towards the
end of the third set, when Murray was serving and you can see he was
really in trouble. We will slow it down. You can see he really pulls
up. That is not looking good for Murray, but all I can say is that he
may be not looking good between the points, but he is still moving well.
A definite problem for Andy Murray, but he is battling on on Centre
Court and a short time ago he took the third set. 7-4 in the tie-break
and it is on serve in the fourth set so he is battling hard and that
matches on BBC One. On the red button, the feature match on Court
12. Kuznetsova and Kristina Mladenovic. They lost the first set.
That is the feature match on the red button.
Two hours of play and here is Muller serving to stay in this third set.
Muller is doing the basics, keeping Marin Cilic trapped behind his
baseline. Unable to dominate points with a foot inside his own baseline.
A tie-break in this set looks increasingly likely.
That has been a rarity, a double fault from Muller.
40-0 up, I guess that is the best time to serve a double fault.
And a puff of white as that one kicked up off the line. All square
again. The first set was rapid, 33 minutes.
The second set taking almost an hour and up to 34 minutes for the third.
Cilic still taking an awful long time to prepare as he gazed towards
his opponent midrib. -- made rhythm. 22 aces in this match so far.
Heading towards 100 for the tournament. 94 now.
He is settling into a nice serving rhythm now.
He did not use the serve-volley tactic in the first set but it has
become a more regular manoeuvre as the match has gone on for Cilic.
Mimicking what he has seen from his opponent.
Cilic in total control during the service game in this third set.
Muller will attempt to take it to a tie-break as he steps out to serve
next at 5-6. Hoping to record back-to-back wins
against top-10 opposition in a Grand Slam, for the first time after his
defeat by Rafa Nadal. Ending a ten match losing streak over top-10
players. As you might expect in a match this close, Muller has won one
more points than Marin Cilic. Shade offered to the players out the
sit down as the afternoon temperature warms up. Much more
manageable in the second half of the second week than in the first seven,
eight days of the Championships. Muller serving to take us to a
tie-break. He saw it very early. He struck it
cleanly. Now, this is troublesome for Gilles
Muller. 31 service games without being broken, but at 0-30, Cilic is
beginning to think he could end that run.
This is a must make second serve. How daring will he be with it?
A shallow second serve. 102 mph, picked off comfortably by Cilic, who
now has three set points. Don't bet against Gilles Muller
squirming out of this one. So secure off the first volley.
Unbelievably cool. What a temperament, Gilles Muller. Two set
point saved. One more to defend. Oh, he has dumped it in the net and
Muller is broken, finally, as Cilic take the third set.
That has to be a gut-wrenching error from Muller. First serve, set up a
routine volley. It just caught the tape.
Cilic, first-served points won, 95%. He was not going to be broken.
Muller with no break points. That was that, that put the pressure on
Muller. And it took the one error together
with a couple of fine returns from Cilic, but he needed help and got it
with the volley error. Now, you would have to think, that Cilic has
the upper hand. His camp is pumped up. He is pumped up. Muller must be
fatigued just a bit. Cilic roaring like a lion after he won the third
set. He is back on his feet, ready to play. He is eager to continue
with Gilles Muller still in his chair.
Drama to conclude the third set. Muller broken at last. And Cilic
will serve first in set number four with new balls.
Cilic has to keep up the same levels of intensity with which he triumphed
in the third set. It was a skittish Cilic who dumped
serve twice in the first set. He appears a little calmer now.
That was a strange shot selection. Surprised he did not go crosscourt
because Muller's return was deep. A couple of unforced errors and 21 in
total for Cilic. Muller on his toes, waiting to pick the first serve. He
will get a second serve to look at now.
A slight stutter in that service game from Cilic, but no damage done.
That one flew off the Muller frame, sitting up kindly for Marin Cilic.
All is well for the Croatian, you get the feeling. Tension on the
Gilles Muller benches. Muller has now served 298 unreturned
serves in the Championships. 114 aces. And the serve-volley that cost
him the third set cost him a point there. He might be backing off
slightly from his serve-volley now. A couple have gone astray.
Beautifully struck return. More and more often, Cilic starting to time
his returns crisply. And that was one of the best returns
of the match from Marin Cilic. Break points. In the second game of the
fourth set. Cilic is fired up. Talking to
himself. Is this his big chance? Muller's first serve is one foot
wide. That was a chance. He had to reach
for it, but still, was in good enough position. Just inches wide.
Well watched. Muller thought about taking it mid-court, the overhead,
and then spotted it had a little bit of extra pace about it. Good
decision. Overhead from Muller. Saves a break
point on his way to a one all scoreline. Is He's not going to roll
over, is he? If he is fatiguing a little bit, he's not, he's not
showing it, readily. That's how tight it is. 101. 101
points each. Muller's not convinced about that
one. It was called in. Will it be Cilic's 24th ace or will it be a
second serve? It's ace number 24. UMPIRE: Mr Muller has two chances
remaining. He's used his challenges sparingly, Muller.
Comes down from such a height. He's a big man, Marin Cilic. 6 feet 6
inches tall. 1 meter 98. Muller doesn't like the one of that
either. UMPIRE: The ball was called in.
COMMENTATOR: Will he get this one right, Gilles Muller. Or will that
be ace number 26th for Cilic. No, it's a good challenge that time,
from Muller. Cilic holds, again. Leads the fourth
set. He leads by 2-1. SUE BARKER: We will be back with
this match. A story is brewing on Centre Court where Andy Murray has
dropped the fourth set, 6-1. Sam Querrey has won seven games in a
row. He now has two break points to go 2-0 up. Andy limping on every
point. He is struggling to get to the
balls. He is fighting out there. But at the moment it's all going one
way. Sam Querrey senses victory. That match is over on BBC One.
Fourth set took 22 minutes. Racing through, Querrey. We will see if he
can win this. A drop shot, and he has. That's one of them. That match
is over on BBC One. Is back we go to Court 1.
COMMENTATOR: Spectators coming in in large numbers following a late lunch
and refreshments. Movement around the court. The umpire asking them to
find their seats quickly or take any seat available. Gilles Muller
returning to serve. Saved a break point in his last service game. Is
the fatigue starting to creep up on him following the efforts of the
victory in the final set over Rafael Nadal.
Big serve. 121mph. Muller's quickest, 122 in this match so far.
So that's up near his top end. Oh. That's one to saviour for Marin
Cilic. 30-30 on the Muller serve. Yeah, he was at full stretch.
Perhaps, a slight miss-hit off the top, the bottom of the racquet. That
took a little speed off it. Perhaps kept it in court.
APPLAUSE Half-volley. Absolutely brilliant.
That's about as tough as they come. Perfectly placed. Nice technique.
Still a lot of life in those legs. APPLAUSE
Good anticipation. As if he was inside Cilic's head.
Two games all, no way past Gilles Muller there.
Not seen too many baseline exchanges. Just 11 strokes. I think
that came in the opening set. APPLAUSE
He does like to run around on to that forehand wing. That's where he
gets the pace and power. Yeah, he's got the bit between his teeth now.
He's a different guy from the guy who came out tentively in set number
one. That's going to hurt. That will make
Cilic sweat, 30-30. Muller stepped too far forward to
pick up that second serve. Yeah, it bounded off the court surface,
didn't it really? Vaulted up. Well that was ambitious. The ball
stayed low. Cilic at full stretch. Tried to hit it over the high part
of the net, with power. It was always going to be very difficult.
Cilic with plenty to think about here, 2-2, deuce. It's been a poor
game by his recent standards. Although that serve down the centre
was a monster. 129mph. Gets himself out of trouble. A
couple of free points. Umunna Cilic leads 3-2, fourth set, leads two
sets to one. -- UMPIRE: Cilic leads 3-2, fourth set,
leads two sets to one. COMMENTATOR: Got to the semi-finals
in the tournament that Muller won. He's been building slowly. It's a
slow burn on the grass for Marin Cilic this summer. As he attempts to
reach the Wimbledon semi-final. The winner of the Murray-Querrey match,
currently in its final set on Centre Court, awaits the winner of this
one. UMPIRE: Time.
Is COMMENTATOR: Yeah, and I would have
thought that up until now these players have no idea what's going on
on Centre Court. Should that match end before this one, the news will
flash on the scoreboard. That might make a few people think. Muller,
2-3, fourth set. Wow! Great wrong footing, first
volley. Loose. That was loose from Gilles
Muller. 22nd unforced error of the match. It's a tough watch for the
coaches. That's the loudest line judge at
Wimbledon. Cilic is on his toes. Can he
generate a break point here? This will be two. Can Muller find another
ace? That was a rather laboured first
serve. It was a big miss. Second serve at 15-30, has to make this
count. I don't think that's coming back.
And here are two break points for Marin Cilic. Beautifully played.
Beautifully disguised, delicate lob. Muller's in a whole lot of trouble
here, 15-40, 2-3. Come on!
APPLAUSE Throughout the week at Queen's Cilic
was hitting his forehand so aggressively, so perfectly. Perhaps
doesn't quite have that same confidence at the moment. That was
the joint longest rally of the match at 11 strokes. Still a break point
for the Croatian. This time, Muller finds a first serve.
APPLAUSE UMPIRE: Deuce.
COMMENTATOR: Oh, he's missed another straight-forward backhand. He can't
believe it. Yeah, it was very short. Oh, I see,
he tried the old lob wedge drop shot. Cilic-dipped it.
APPLAUSE Muller gets himself out of trouble.
Unbelievable strengthen of character from Gilles Muller. Is
UMPIRE: Three games all, fourth set. COMMENTATOR: Cilic had his chances.
Now, he has to put the disappointment behind him and get
back to serving cleanly. 26 aces in the match so far. 49 unreturned
serves. He has been on excellent form when serving.
Oh! Oh, that's going to hurt. That will sting. It's just a flesh wound!
This is the first serve that struck the line judge.
Cilic was quick to offer his apologies.
Very little change here on Court No 1. Service holds all round. Muller
next to step up at 3-4. Real pressure game, knowing if he's
broken, Cilic will serve for his place in the semi-final. Energy gels
going in. Lots of liquid as well. Finished late on Monday night, the
match with Nadal. Fifth sets. Had 36-hours or so to
recover. But now, of course, Muller up against the obvious scoreboard
pressure. And there's an echo around Court 1 as the Andy Murray score
flashed up on the scoreboard in here. So whoever wins this knows who
they are likely to be playing in the semi-final. That will be on Friday.
That will be on Centre Court. Will it be Muller or will it be Cilic?
Well, Cilic leads by two sets to one. On serve in the fourth.
Muller's turn to serve. 3-4. Delicate.
APPLAUSE Cilic showing his softer side there.
Yeah. Did a nice job of ghosting in. Got there very quickly as well.
Yep, Cilic had so much time to decide what to do and pick his spot
for the pass. Yeah. Terrific return at full
stretch. Muller could do nothing more than just pop it up.
Timely ace. 13 in total now in this match from Gilles Muller. Cilic,
double that. Oh! How about that from Marin Cilic?
APPLAUSE And that little bit of magic brings
Cilic a break point. And Cilic, more and more, starting to feel the
force. Second serve pressure here on Gilles
Muller. Oh, what a shot.
APPLAUSE Break point down. A rocket from
Muller. UMPIRE: Deuce.
COMMENTATOR: He just doesn't want to go away, does he?
UMPIRE: Advantage, Muller. COMMENTATOR: His volleying has been
so precise. Unfortunately, he will look at the one he missed at set
point on the third set Andrew that one. But the rest of them have been
sweet. He comes through another service game, saving a break point
along the way. Seven break points saved in this match, out of eight.
Thus far for Gilles Muller. You're right, he does not want to go away.
There's more mileage in this match. Well, the approach just didn't push
Cilic out of position enough. He was in good balance and ripped it.
Oh, that was perfecting by Gilles Muller.
Is there a little bit of momentum building once again for the man from
Luxembourg? Not happy about that miss, it was a
regulation forehand. UMPIRE: Mr Cilic is challenging the
call. Cilic thinks this might have just
clipped the line, but it was a correct call from the line judge.
Loose from Gilles Muller. Cilic a game away from a Wimbledon
semifinal. Muller will serve to stay in this match. Two hours and 50
minutes on. The challenge for Gilles Muller is
that he has had just one break point since midway through the second set
and so the tide has well and truly turned. He did not convert that one,
by the way. Cilic has just pulled out some fresh
strings ready for this next game, looking for some extra fuel, as
well, from his connections. A new racket is ready to go.
This has been a compelling contest between these two. New balls. Hence
the fresh strings for Cilic. Muller serving to stay in the
Championships. Uh-oh. Muller's sixth double fault.
A tense time for his coaching team. UMPIRE: Mr Cilic is challenging the
call. Cilic seemed convinced it was longer and I think Muller thinks it
is long, he seems to be preparing for a second serve, but it was good.
Unbelievable reactions from Gilles Muller. He had to adjust after the
ball flew through the tape. So often today he has given us Johnny Mac
looks. He has been superb at the net.
Serving and volleying with unbelievable prowess, this
afternoon. It is a pretty impressive
percentage, 44 of 55. Sloppy, really, from Cilic. Muller
levels the scoreline again. Two hours, 54 minutes, it has been a
match you cannot take your eyes off for a second.
Unhappy with his choice of tennis balls.
Oh, yes, deep, perfect placement from Gilles Muller.
It is a very short take back on his backhand return.
He has missed that. Goodness me. Never got near it. Is this something
brewing for Gilles Muller here? UMPIRE: Time violation warning. I am
not surprised. That is the longest preparation we have seen from Marin
Cilic. He has been given the warning.
He needs to get this first serve in now.
It has dropped. A huge chunk of good fortune for Gilles Muller. Three
break points. Brilliant. Muller has got the break.
Muller will serve for the set. You have got to love this guy. He
just keeps fighting. He keeps fighting and keeps believing. He has
got to be fatigued now. Some part of him must be thinking a long way
back. To win these last two sets, but that voice, wherever it is has
been told, countless times, shut up, I am not having any of that. But he
keeps plugging away. Perhaps a touch of luck in the last return game, but
heap are -- he parlayed it. Just under three hours since this
match began. It deserves a final set. As Gilles Muller prepares to
serve for set number four. The Muller fans, on Centre Court,
are aroused again. He made a name for himself on the evening of the
marathon win over Rafael Nadal. The 15th ace for the 16th seed, who
is two points away from levelling this match.
UMPIRE: Let, first service. Exactly three hours since this
quarterfinal began and Gilles Muller has earned himself three set points.
Cilic is not finished with this set just yet. That first serve, it was
not the most powerful delivery he has shown today. That one just slid
in to make sure he made it. Will he serve and volley here?
We are into a fifth. They courageous fightback from Gilles Muller. And
this quarterfinal is going the distance. I think we have to chalk
it up to Muller's fighting instincts. He is going off to take a
break for a moment. First serves, dipped a bit. 63%.
Very respectable. Again winning the majority of his first serve points.
Cilic had four break points in the fourth set and failed to convert any
of them. And that was the difference.
Unbelievable self belief for Gilles Muller. He has put these guys
through the mill. He did the same on Monday, Wednesday afternoon, and a
repeat performance, we are into a decider. Muller comes within a set
of his first Grand Slam semifinal. He is going to make them wait. Marin
Cilic has wrapped himself in a towel to keep himself warm. It is not the
hottest day of the Championships, it is a little cooler this afternoon.
But still very comfortable for all concerned, spectators and players
alike. The sun has gone in and out. It is a bit hazy at the moment. But
the perfect environment for a deciding set. Will it be another
15-13 epic? The odds are against that, but... I think the chance for
a cliffhanger are pretty good. In 2012, Cilic played the second
longest men's singles match in Wimbledon history. We know the
longest, of course. He went 17-15. That was in the third round to
defeat Sam Querrey in five hours, 31 minutes. He is used to long
encounters and, of course, Gilles Muller had one of those a couple of
days ago in his match with Rafael Nadal. We are ready for the final
set. The Court One crowd settling, hoping the quality will be as good
as it has been throughout the first four. Cilic has the honour at the
start of the fifth and final set. No tie-break, remember.
Once or twice the backhand volley has let Marin Cilic town. But that
one was good enough. Muller climbed all over that short
second serve. He is not afraid to go for his shots. If the ball sits
there for him, he will take it on happily.
Muller did a lot of running during this point. Controlled from behind
the Cilic baseline. First game of the final set is a
service holds. I think we will see more and more in this final set,
Muller trying to shorten rallies and trying to be the aggressor. He does
not want to allow Cilic to move him side to side to side, as happened in
that last game. Cilic's turned to do some running.
East and west across his baseline. Three hours and eight minutes for
this match so far. Muller's legs have got to be feeling it. For hours
and 48 minutes on Monday, his victory over Rafa Nadal.
A terrific return. The serve exactly where Muller hope to put it. You
see, it came off the frame a bit, which pushed it closer to the line.
That was his 65th winner, 15 more than Muller. A good serve and a good
return. Now, Cilic is making a serious move.
That return was sent dipping towards Muller's tennis shoes.
Oh, fantastic! Well, the majority of the crowd are here supporting Gilles
Muller. But they had to applaud this little bit of genius from the
Croatian. The serve came in at 121. His quickest today was 122, so it is
more a case of Cilic getting in his eye, than Muller waning at this
point. UMPIRE: Mr Cilic is challenging the
call. I think it is a double fault. I think Cilic is already preparing
for the next point. That is his 100th ace of the
tournament. Muller can sense an opportunity. He
may be a break down, but mentally, he still believes. Still contesting
every point. Cilic produces ace number 29 in the
match. 101 for the tournament. Total points won. 137 plays 140. That is
how tight it has been. Cilic rubber-stamps the earlier
break. It is a bright, sunny afternoon in
Wimbledon now. The Centre Court roof has remained open. It was shut
yesterday for the first time during the Championships. You can see the
alleyways between the outside courts teeming with ground pass holders,
looking at some of the doubles and mixed doubles and the juniors. In
all the various walkways and stairwells that link between Centre
Court, the members' area and TV centre and then become to the north
end Number One Court, which is mid restoration. It will look like a
mini version of Centre Court when the roof is attached. It will be
ready in 2019 to keep the rain off and to ensure there are two courts
in use during the two weeks of the Championships. Cilic was just asking
Muller to wait. It is a long way back from here.
Stunning. He is on top of things now. That ground stroke did the
damage. Muller could do nothing more than drop short and see you later.
That is where they challenge, isn't it? I thought it could have been on
the line. We will see. It was just under the umpire's chair. There was
no overrule from Mr Garner. Painfully close.
That is why he is the lines man we are not.
Solid serving will stop just making sure of finding the target. 109 mph.
A misjudgement from Muller. Break point for Cilic to give him a 4-0
lead. It was too long again and it is 4-
02 Cilic. The roar from the Croatian emphasised that, making Muller feel
even worse about how this final set has unfolded. Clearly, winning the
first set was Muller's last hurrah. This time going for the winners,
knowing that he does not have the legs to last into many rallies from
here on. Cilic almost there. 4-0. We have
talked about Muller's incredible mental resilience, but right now, he
has checked out of here. Surely there is no way back?
No way back assuming Cilic doesn't open the door. Of course Muller's
going to hang around and hope his opponent starts donating a few
errors, but it certainly doesn't look as though that's a possibility.
He keeps sending down the aces. 31 in the match.
Effortless power, with no real pressure from Marin Cilic. 127mph.
0-5. Yeah. We thought coming into this match that Gilles Muller would
need to get off to a good start. Would need perhaps to win it in
straight-sets. He did get off to a superb start. Had two break points
in the second set to go up 2-0. He wasn't able to capitalise on either
of those, and the match turned. Cilic started to gain a foothold.
When he won the second set and then the third, it always looked to be
rough sledding for this man. Well, he'll look back on his Wimbledon,
I'm sure, once the dust has settled, with pride. Particularly with the
win over Rafael Nadal. That was on Monday evening. He's had a fine
year, the best year of his career. 34 years old, father-of-two. -- 24.
Many more years ahead of him, I'm sure, but it's looking 99% likely it
will be Marin Cilic off to face Sam Querrey in the semi-final as Muller
prepares to serve to stay in the championships. 2-2, 0-5 in the
fifth. I wonder how many betting slips are
out there that show Querrey v Cilic in the semi-finals? A bit like
winning the Lottery. Tired looking shot from Gilles
Muller. No surprise, three-and-a-half hours almost out
here today. Nearly five hours on Monday night.
Muller will hope to win this service game and look... Make the scoreboard
look a little less untidy. UMPIRE: Game, Muller. New balls
please. COMMENTATOR: New balls for Marin
Cilic, he will serve for the match. UMPIRE: Cilic leads 5-1, final set.
COMMENTATOR: It's been a fine contest, much to enjoy. Gilles
Muller made his name here at Wimbledon on Monday night, many
occasional tennis watchers won't have known too much about him, but
would have been impressed by the way he overcame Rafael Nadal and were
here to watch and support him. But it's just about over, as Cilic with
new balls prepares to serve for a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals.
Another 11 stroke rally. That's still the longest number of shots in
the match so far. Yeah, hoping just to put it past Cilic, but from that
far behind the baseline, unlikely. COMMENTATOR: Strong from Muller.
APPLAUSE All Cilic could do was stand and
stare as this forehand went flying past.
131mph on the serve. No sign of tired shoulders from Marin Cilic,
he's still sending them in thick and fast.
32 aces in the match. 64 unreturned serves.
And a few double faults along the way. That's his ninth.
Ha, ha, ha! APPLAUSE
Wry smile on the face of Gilles Muller's coach. He wants to extend
the life of this contest a little further and has a break point.
UMPIRE: Deuce. COMMENTATOR: Ace number 33 deals
with that. Body serve. Muller's tired legs
couldn't get out of the way quick enough. So after three hours and 29
minutes, on Court No. 1, Marin Cilic has match point.
Cilic is in the Wimbledon semi-finals! CHEERING
Gilles Muller's championship odyssey, which included victory over
Rafael Nadal and in four hours and 48 minutes, ends here at the hands
of the number seven seed. They are on their feet around Court 1. Cilic
will play Querrey in the Wimbledon semi-final.
APPLAUSE Yeah, we thought the way Cilic
played at Queen's, just a couple of weeks ago, that he might be a real
threat to go far in this event, and so it has proved. He has been, well,
rock solid from the baseline, behind serve. He's sprayed together enough
winning returns to be dangerous and, well, he must be the favourite in
Friday's semi-final. Cilic gifting his match towel to one of the
spectators, somebody who was in the front row o. I'm not sure if that
was a friend or somebody who was very supportive of him throughout
that match. Gilles Muller, they are both true gentleman these guys.
Muller rightly waiting for Cilic to pack his bags. They will walk off
court together. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Gilles Muller
has won an awful lot of admirers during his ten days at the
Championships. I think once he's got over the disappointment of the loss,
will look back favourably at his visit to Wimbledon in 2017. Marin
Cilic stops to sign all the tennis balls and programmes that are
offered to him on his way out of the court. What a year it's been for
Gilles Muller. Two tournament wins, Wimbledon quarter-finalist. They've
had excellent value for theirkm number 1 Court tickets together with
Novak Djokovic still to come against Tomas Berdych. Excellent day of
tennis out here. 3 hours and 30 minutes. It was a really enjoyable
match on quarter-finals day. It has been won by
He's talking now. You are through to the semi-final for the first time,
what does it mean? It means a lot. Amazing achievement. Three times
getting stuck and this is just amazing achievement of course. Today
was a really hard-fought battle. Gilles Muller played great tennis,
serving unbelievable today. I had to work hard until the end of the third
set to get a first break. I think it was just a couple of points deciding
the match. Really glad that I pulled it. You let out a roar and a scream
at the end of the match. Looked up to your team at the box. What were
you feeling at the moment? I was obviously focused really mentally to
get it over with. I mean, especially when thes matches are long you have
to keep your focus. It was a relief to finally do it. You lost the first
set, that was the first set you dropped at the tournament so far.
How did you gather yourself up for a fightback? Well, I kept my coolness.
Oil obviously played well until today and I knew that I'm going to
get in a good rit am. In the first set I wasn't serving as good as in
those first couple of matches. Gilles Muller returned well at the
beginning of the match. I tried to gather my thoughts and continue to
play good tennis. Were you aware of what was happening on Centre Court,
did you see the scoreboard to know what was happening in the Sam
Querrey v Andy Murray match? I saw at the end of the match that Sam
won, 6-1 in the fifth. Amazing achievement also for him. Definitely
great for both of us to reach the semis. You two of course played the
second longest match in men's history at Wimbledon, was it five
years ago, what can we expect in the semi-final? Hopefully not the
longest one EVER! Definitely Sam has amazing serve and plays really well,
especially this season. He had a lot of success and it will be a hard
one, tough one. I will get ready and back into my rhythm and try and play
good tennis. Good luck in that match. Well done today. Thank you.
SUE BARKER: I can tell you what we can expect a lot of aces and tie
breaks as Cilic takes on Querrey. He served 33 aces today, Marin Cilic.
I'm sure when he saw that scoreboard go over he felt this was a huge
opportunity. Look at that reaction when he won. The last four years at
Wimbledon he has lost in the last eight. He is through to his first
Wimbledon semi-final. In the centre of your picture he has been working
with imhad on the grass-court season telling him to be more aggressive,
go forward, he can win on this surface. He proved it there today.
He is through to the semi-final. Through to face Sam Querrey. That
will be on Friday. Talking of that match. We can show you what
happened. Here is Sam Querrey, match point, it was 6-1 in the fifth and
final set. That wasn't the story. Andy Murray hobbles up towards the
net. It went wrong for Murray in the third set. He couldn't move. He
couldn't push off. Serving serves about 80mph, 90mph. But don't take
anything away from Sam Querrey because he stayed focused. He played
a good all court game. He hit the big serves down when it mattered. He
has won and through to his first Wimbledon semi-final. Well done to
Sam Querrey. His first Grand Slam semi-final. A huge achievement for
him as well. After the match, he spoke to Lee about it. Slayer of
Wimbledon champions, last year it was Novak Djokovic, this time Andy
Murray. What an incredible performance, congratulations? Thank
you. I'm in shock myself. It the last point I was happy to hit the
serve. I'm thrilled right now. Andy took the first set in 28 minutes. He
looked like he was in discomfort after that, you never looked out of
it. You played incredibly well. What ultimately was the difference out
there today? You know, I didn't start my best, I kept with it. Kept
swinging away and found a groove in the fourth and fifth set. Everything
fell my way. You are the first American through to the semi-finals
of any Grand Slam since Roddick in 2009, how special does it feel that
you are the man to have done that? It feels great. It's a dream come
true. To be in the semi-finals and be at Wimbledon makes it even more
special. Important to enjoy the moment but not dwell on it too much,
in less than 24-hours you will be in your first Grand Slam semi-final.
Cilic and Muller are still fighting it out. What has been your biggest
moment? I will enjoy this longer and do the best I can to get ready for
the semis. Congratulations. SUE BARKER: Querrey into the
semi-finals on Court No1. , there will be Djokovic and Berdych. On
Centre Court, Federer leads 4 of-3. That is on BBC One. That match is
over on BBC One. Federer going well on Centre Court. Of course the big
story here at Wimbledon, Andy Murray is out. I talked about the hip
going. He was limping through the last three matches lost. The last
sets in less than hour. He went to his press conference. He spoke to
Claire. I'm sorry about that. I know you will want to pay due credit to
Sam Querrey and how he played out there? Yeah. I think, you know, it
was a tight match. The first few sets, you know, I had some
opportunities in the second set up at break. You know, Sam started to
play better as the match went on. He served, he served big. You know, he
was a lot more aggressive, you know, especially on the return games. I
think because he was serving better and getting more free points on
serve he was able to loosen up and go for shots a little bit more. And,
yeah, he dictated pretty much most of the match from the end of the
second set. So on the one side he is starting to play better and move
better on the other side you are starting to move with in theable
restriction. When did you first start to feel pain and lack of power
on your serve? I mean, look, I spoke about it before the tournament, my
hip has been sore most of the event. It was just, yeah, it was just it
was a little bit too sore today. At the end I was obviously struggling a
bit on serve. When you are playing a guy who serves huge himself and then
you are not getting many free points on your own serve, it's very
difficult - you're not dictating many of the rallies and then having
to do more and more moving. That was tough at the end. If it hadn't of
been Wimbledon, a normal tournament, would you have skipped it? I think
if it was any slam I would have... I gave myself a great chance to get to
the semis, I had an opportunity to, you know, win the match in
straight-sets today. I was up a set and break. Unfortunately didn't get
that. But, yeah, look I was obviously in good enough shape to
give myself a chance to go very deep in the tournament and, you know,
almost managed to get through to today. Any slam I would have, you
know, I would have taken that compared with, you know, how I was
feeling a few weeks ago before the tournament started. I would have
been out there for a slam, for sure. What is the plan now, in terms of
treatment and giving yourself time to get back to top shape? I sit down
with my team tomorrow and see, you know, obviously the US Open is six,
seven weeks away. So there's time there. So I'll sit down with my team
and come up with the best plan of action, you know whether that's
taking a bit of a rest, you know, or not we will have to wait and see. We
will do that tomorrow. It was a brave defence, I'm sorry it's over.
Thank you. SUE BARKER: Yes it didn't work out,
did, it the hip injury we talked about it the first week. It got a
lot worse today. He has a lot of time to recover now. I think it will
be quite some time before we see him back on a tennis court. They are
tricky injuries to get right. That is the big story here at
Wimbledon. The play goes on. On the outside courts. This third round
match in the Mixed Doubles on Court 2. Peers and Lisicki unseeded
against Demoliner and Martinez Sanchez. That will is our feature
match on the Red Button. What a shot that was. A couple of
results and news that Kuznetsova and Mladenovic have gone out. An upset
out on Court 12. No problems for the number two seed. That is what
happened on the outside courts. British hopes rest on Jo Konta on
court tomorrow to face Venus Williams. Let's look back to
yesterday and the epic match she won on Centre Court. It's a very special
day for Johanna Konta. Is it's extra special for British tennis fans.
They have waited 3 p years to be able to say that one of their own is
in the quarter-finals. Whenever you engage in one of these Titanic
tussles you always seem to have the belief. Wow! That's her trademark.
My trust in my own ability has got to be there. With situations and
moments like this it's more from experience than what I believe in
what I can a and cannot do. I have believed in my ability but I had to
have experience and time. Konta has to come from behind to win. I go
into every tournament, including the championships here in Wimbledon, to
be involved in the event until the very end. But I'm fully aware that
every single match I get to play will be a testing one and will
challenge me. Most standing. Look at that. Somehow Johanna Konta has
forced a final set. I don't take anything for granted. I demand of
myself my best effort and I demand of myself my full commitment to what
I do and then to make sure I prepare well. I do the best that I can out
there. # I rise up
# I rise unafraid # I rise up
# And I would do it 1,000 times again... . #
British tennis history is made. Winning that quarter-final match
means that you will be in the Top 5 of the women's rankings when they
are out next week. . I didn't know about that! OK. Thank you.
Congratulations. Thank you. When you add up these achievements do you pat
yourself on the back and go - well done? I don't... It's difficult
because, I guess, in both in the position we are in tennis things
move quickly. Before you know it the championships will be over and it's
the next event next week. Because thing are so fast moving it's almost
an art to reflect well and to acknowledge the good things that you
do. Actually it's something I work on to make sure I acknowledge the
good things I'm doing. I'll let you know after Wimbledon how my pat on
the back went, OK. SUE BARKER: She remained very
focused. Came tricky matches. She will be up against Venus Williams
and first on court is Garbine Muguruza, finalist here two years
ago against Magdalena Rybarikova. So many injuries out from the Tour
until February this year. She came back and through to her first Grand
Slam semi-final. Johanna Konta, what a story it is. She has improved and
improved with every year that went by. She hired a sports
psychologists. A lot of credit goes to her coach, who she has been with
for about a year now. He has certainly a lot of pedigrees.
Coached some of the best of the past. Let's's hear from Jo coach. He
has been talking to Jonathan. -- Jo's.
It's over. British tennis history is made. It's been 39 years since a
British woman can say, I'm a Wimbledon semi-finalist. What a
moment, a Wimbledon semi-final against a five-time champion for
your player. How exciting is it? It's very exciting moment in my
coaching career as well. Yeah. This is where we want to be. This is what
we're training for. Yeah, I believe it's going to be a fantastic match.
Let us look ahead. Venus Williams, 20 years ago she first played the
main draw at Wimbledon. One of the great stories of the sport, isn't
it, here she is in another semi-final? Yeah. Fantastic to play
against Venus now. Venus has a successful year this year. Where she
is playing she has had very good results. This will be a very big
test for Johanna. Semi-final Wimbledon, playing Venus Williams,
can't get much better. We know about Venus' strengths, they are obvious.
What about the weakness? What is the area to target? I don't think we can
speak about a weakness, a player like Venus doesn't have a weakness.
It's a few patterns. On big points few things we can expect. For
Johanna important to focus on her own strength. When you got the call
and the opportunity to coach Johanna Konta, did you believe then that
success at Wimbledon was possible? Yeah. Absolutely. I saw a great
athlete, that's for sure. I saw someone who was very professional
and very dedicated. I saw someone with a big presence on court, like
not afraid to fail or not afraid to lose. Some people have suggested
perhaps she could embrace the crowd a little bit more because it is such
an advantage having 15,000 people right behind you. Is that, for you,
an issue or would you rather her just carry on what she is doing?
It's notten issue, it's just - one thing is for sure she is enjoying
the support and feels energy from the crowd, that is for sure. She
probably is not expressing it as much as maybe people would like her
to do, but it's... She's still young in her career and it's something
that needs a bit of time for her, I think. But, yeah, she's very
comfortable in the zone where she is right now. At this moment I would
like her to stay in that zone. Is it possible that she'll be in the
Wimbledon final on Saturday? For sure it's possible. 50/50 against
Venus. She has to play a good match. Unfortunately, we are also depending
on the level of Venus. Yeah, I give her a chance. She has to believe in
herself. I do believe in her and her team believes in her. So... What
will your final message be to her when she makes the walk from the
locker room to the court? Enjoy it. SUE BARKER: We will certainly enjoy
it. It promises to be a fantastic match, Venus against Jo Konta. She
has done well against the big servers here at Wimbledon already.
Huge occasion for Jo Konta tomorrow, second on centre. On Centre Court at
the moment, somebody who knows all about the big occasion. Playing
there is Roger Federer. Just a few moments ago, he is Roger with two
set points against last year's Ron-Robert Zieler Milos Raonic. What
a way to finish it off! -- runner up, Milos Raonic. That was just a
short time ago. As we go back live now, Roger has just broken Raonic in
the first game of the second set. Very much going his way on Centre
Court. That match is now live over on BBC One. But here we're going to
head over to quote number two for another of the men's quarterfinals,
sorry, Court Number One we're heading to four Tomas Berdych
against Novak Djokovic. The head-to-head is very much in favour
of Novak Djokovic. 25-2, and he has won the last 12. But there was a
worry about his shoulder. He had to be treated on court three times
yesterday against Mannarino. We have to keep an eye out and see if that
injury is OK. A three-time winner here. He is on court. Let's join our
commentators on Court Number One, John Lloyd and John Inverdale. JOHN
INVERDALE: With all due respect to all concerned I think it is fair to
say that not too many TV executives and advertisers the world over are
rubbing their hands at the prospect of a last four of Querrey, Cilic,
and Berdych. There was a lot of pressure, whether they are aware of
it or not. We probably know what we're going to get from Berdych.
Solid, big serving, systematic, control. From Djokovic, you know,
are we going to get the grumpy I went to arch from yesterday calling
for decking to put on Court Number One? How is his fitness, mind, body
and game? I suppose in many ways this match and its outcome hinges on
him, it's in his hands. We will see how mentally he is. If he's mentally
strong, he wins this match, no doubt about it.
APPLAUSE At what point in this match can you
inevitably tell the foetus, like Astori? Oh, that is a great story.
Well, some good hitting from the Cech.
He's level in the list of Czech players and the number of semifinal
Grand Slams they've got to. He is level on six with Janko Lish. They
are both a long way behind Ivan Lendl, but he would overtake Janko
Lish if you were to get through to the rich today. A bit of running
repairs to the racket. -- through Djokovic today.
That was a very tame second serve. I was going to say, 80 mph on the
second serve. That's the thing we have to keep our eyes open on the
server just to see if that is affected on the speed on his first
and second. We have seen how the physical state-of-the-art weeks on
Centre Court, as in Andy Murray, had a major effect of the outcome on
that match -- physical state of the athletes. So, Berdych goes long.
We'll get it out the way now... It is one of the great sporting greats
of all time, it is a cliche, -- sporting quotes. In 1980, after
having lost 16 consecutive times to Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitis beat
him at Madison Square Garden. And he walked into the press conference
straight after the match clutching a huge bottle of champagne, plonked it
down on the desk, and said, nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a
row! And Berdych is in a similar situation here. Is he going to say,
nobody beats by 13 times in a row?! That is where he sits at the moment
with Novak Djokovic. CROWD GASPS
APPLAUSE He's still looking at his racket.
I thought in that first game, it was tape which they sometimes put on to
keep the weight in certain areas, but he's got about another 20
rackets in the bag, I don't know why he's worried so much.
The trouble is, it's at times like this we all become sort of amateur
doctors, don't we, and muscle surgeons and things, we're looking
at Djokovic and saying, how much pain is eat... In? How is his
movement restricted? -- how much pain is he in.
That was a gigantic forehand. Berdych things, I've hit a good shot
there. Nope! How much bearing does the win- loss
record between these two have on this match, do you think? Huge. On
both sides of the net? Both sides of the net.
Yes, for Novak it is about styles, the tellers match. Novak knows that
his style, and Berdych's style just fits perfectly for his game. On the
other side of the match, Berdych is thinking, my game doesn't match up
to well. Well, is trying not to think that.
And if you haven't done your research on this, let me tell you
that if we look at it from Berdych's point of view, played 27, won two,
lost 25, relegated. Definitely relegated.
But he's playing well! He's playing well. He beat Dominic Thiem in five
sets, no mean feat. He has come through a lot of matches with tight
sets as well. He is very, very matched height and in match form. If
Djokovic is remotely vulnerable today, and Berdych is an especially
good form to take advantage of that. Agreed.
I do think, though, when you talk about five set matches, you know,
the starting matches, the first set, it is important. But best-of-3 sets
is much more important. I think in this, when you have a record like
this, the first set for Berdych is crucial. If he loses the first set,
mentally that is huge. Don't forget, he has got to a final
here, albeit seven years ago. Djokovic, three times the winner of
this title, 2011, 2014 and 2015. We did a Djokovic match on Centre
Court yesterday when he was having a hullabaloo with the condition of the
court. This court looks in better nick, doesn't it? Koumba Centre
Court, I think it does, too. -- Van Noy the Centre Court. I don't know
why that would be, but it does look better.
Oh! Well, the Djokovic forehand seems to be working very nicely,
thank you. First thoughts? Well, I was just
looking actually to see this that's an Djokovic's first serve there. To
me, it looks at the moment like he's a little bit careful on the first
serve. He doesn't seem to be exploding on it as much. He's not
got a huge serve, but I was just looking at that committee seems to
be moving fine on the ground strokes seem pretty good. -- amber ground
strokes. But if he is having any problems in his shoulder, one of the
big things is going to be his service power. It's like rubber, the
way he contorts his body sometimes to hit winners. If they had had
gluten-free indoor day, John, you would have been like that! His
fastest serve at the moment is 114, only two service game, that's quite
a way below his fastest serve during the tournament. Whether he's just
warming it up, not going for it fully at the moment, we'll see. That
would be one interesting thing just to look for.
Two of the 30 somethings in the last eight of the men's draw. Five out of
the eight. They are 30 and over. An indication of how the sport has
changed in recent years. We saw it so much with Andy Murray
early on. If you are favouring an injury, how is it to disguise that
from your opponent? Well, certainly not easy if it's the serve.
Berdych will feel, he'll feel the power coming on the serve. And if
Djokovic continues to be around that pace and doesn't go up, Berdych will
feel like you is going to get a lot more hits off the serve, there's not
going to be a any free points against him, which will be an
encouragement. That's baked! Well played. Unless
something explosive happens at the start of the match... -- that's big.
There's always a bit of a lull at the start of the second game on a
big day like today, especially following the five set quarterfinals
we just had. We're kind of in that situation at the moment, it's a
little bit more than sparring, but nobody's really going for the big
punches here. What do you make about Berdych's
movement on grass? I mean, that's the weakest part of his game, isn't
it? His defending is not the best. But for a big man, he moves pretty
Well, he's been made to move there. The first ace of the match. Perhaps
surprisingly, from Djokovic's racket.
Djokovic is a great athlete, isn't he? He's like a big cat, like a
Jaguar or eight Shuter or something like that. Whereas Berdych is kind
of an antelope, really. But if you come back to the record between the
two of them, how much can he, sitting there, not that he would be
thinking about it at the moment, but in the build-up to today, how much
will he have told himself, seven years ago I beat this guy in
straight sets here at Wimbledon, and that year I got through to the
final? Positive thinking. Endlessly, over and over and over again. Well,
I think that's his coaching team, that's exactly what they will be
reinforcing. That match, they'll throw away all the other stuff.
Obviously they'll say, what you need to do, and Berdych knows that. But
they'll just keep pumping that into him the whole time, you have beaten
him and you've beaten him on grass and you can do it against point but
the psychological aspect is so big. That's one of the reasons why I
think it does help to have a great player in your camp on these type of
occasions, like Agassi with Djokovic. You know, a player who's
been there and done it, they can tell you the things the night before
a match, it just little details that can help you psychologically. In
Djokovic's case here, under no circumstances, despite that record,
be complacent. No, not at all. APPLAUSE
Well played by Berdych. It's a delicate balance for Berdych. You
don't want to go to for outside of your sort of comfort zone, your
norm, so to speak. Having said that, with the record he's got, there's a
tendency to think, I have too. And then you make more errors. So it's a
really fine balance. What word would you use to describe
Berdych's game? Structured, perhaps. You came up with the first word, I
love the word you said, but I can't remember what you said now. Very
similar to structured. It's so great that I've forgotten it! It was a
great line. I thought, yes, I'll think of it in a second. I don't
want to say mechanical stop. Regimented? I think that's good.
Systematic. Well, that's good hitting from both
sides until Djokovic went long. Lots of rallies like that in the match
against Mannarino yesterday. And invariably yesterday Djokovic came
out on top. Different type of shot coming at him, though, with Berdych.
More top-spin, bounces up higher. Mannarino is very sort of flat
through the court. He's playing well, very well.
There's also a thing called tie-breakers as well. Worst case, if
he can hang in to get to that, anything can happen in a
tie-breaker. I just feel this first set is so crucial.
I don't think he's hitting his serve very hard at the moment, though.
He's not exploding on the serve. I don't think he's hit one above is it
114 at the moment? 105, that second serve. That's 113.
He would have been warmed up by now, so...
Good serve. If this continues with this first serve, you will see his
service percentage go up, because he's going to hit its lower, if it
looks like it, but he'll make sure he gets almost every first serve in,
it will be difficult for Berdych to get ahead in the rally.
It might be a bit too late for this game, but a warning shot across
Djokovic... 86% first serves in so far.
APPLAUSE Well, that second serve was only 84
mph. Djokovic does not look happy. I think it's stating the obvious
there. His body language, his facial expressions... If we look at the
service action, are we able to discern anything from it in terms of
being different to what he would normally be doing? Not really, no.
He is not suddenly going to develop a hit with pain. He'll just know how
far or how fast to snap that wrist, how much to really put the strain on
it. The motion is so good he can hit it at any pace he wants. If that
soreness is stopping him from exploding on the first serve, which
it looks like it is at the moment, it becomes a different game now. It
becomes a gain of placement, getting every first serve in. He is doing
that very well serve. Berdych will cotton onto that got to take more
chances on the return of serve than he would normally. -- start to take
more chances. We talk about the racket speed, that is what enables
people to whack it down at 130 mph like Sam Berry was doing this
afternoon. If you don't want to impinge on your shoulder muscles,
that's where he's going to go much more top-spin serves and kick us out
wide and things like that. That takes the whole arm absorbing the
pressure as opposed to that sort of snap. Absolutely. He will be nice
and smooth but he just went snap it is hard. Everything will be in
control and he won't be taking too many chances. So far he hasn't hit
any big serves at all. When you are in a grand slam and you
have a day off, you have 24-hours arrest, more treatment. -- rest.
Great shot. That is a superb forehand. That is strength. The ball
looked like it was behind him. A fantastic return of serve. Just
brilliant. He is striking the ball so well at
the moment. He hits the ball pretty fat as well. A bit of an arc on the
forehand. But it goes through the court so quickly when he gets a hold
of it properly. You might know the answer to this.
We had black underpants gate out the court today with one of the young
guys, who sent off to change his underwear because it was against the
clothing regulations. The first double fault of the match.
I am just wondering if the yellow braiding on Burdick's Sheard
constitutes anything? -- Berdych. Probably. The underwear rule is so
ridiculous. You can't even wear coloured souls on your shoes.
Really? Who cares? All about the brand. And this match is
interestingly poised at the moment. He just soaks up pressure so well,
Djokovic. He is a master at it. The ball flooding at him. You think he
is in trouble. But he gets back there and put the ball back in
awkward positions all the time. It is so difficult to put a ball away
against him. This time last year, he arrived here as Master of the tennis
world. Four grand Slam 's. Now he has none. What do specifically
attributes that to? -- what do you specifically attribute that to? I
think that was all in the mind. I think after winning the French and
completing his grand slam, he was exhausted. In retrospect, he should
have done what Federer did, take six months off. Literally take six
months off and reboot. Of course, his sponsors won't allow that. Is
that something you would advise Andy to-do? I think he may have no choice
anyway. Big blow from Berdych. Open to court
up. -- he opened. I'm not sure the court was to blame. I'm not sure
either. Of course you blame something else. You look at the sun,
it is windy. Djokovic had a conversation with the crowd. I'm not
sure about what. Djokovic driving with the handbrake
on. But he is still leading. And Berdych will have two serve to stay
in this absolutely key first set. Djokovic is managing his game well.
He is definitely not serving near as big as he normally does. The
contortions he was doing yesterday, the trainer was getting him into a
pretzel positions. It was very worrying at one stage. Made of
rubber, so it was no problem. I think his biggest serve so far today
is 114. Because he has, come into the match with this shoulder injury,
is he allowed to have a medical time-out at any stage of the match,
to have manipulative work on it? I don't think he is alleged. I'm not
up-to-date. They seem to change the rules every three months. It seems
strange that you wouldn't be able to. At all these matters we keep
showing pictures of the boxes, the coaches, the girlfriends and the
families. In many ways it is easier being on the court. Up there you are
utterly helpless. The coaches can signal a bit. That is a very, very
calm Prensa rally from Berdych. That's Makombe Prensa. Even here,
Djokovic had no right to get that back. That is why he is so annoying
to play against. That was an easy ball. But its tires you out
eventually when they keep coming back at you. If you hit that hard,
it doesn't matter. I think he is deciding that he anything inside the
baseline he will try to do some severe damage to Djokovic, not
allowing the chance to do anything with the ball. Does Berdych want
short, sharp rallies? He is not the sort of player who takes silly
chances. But I think he will try to impose himself more than normal. He
will take ours like that all day from the Djokovic rally. I'm waiting
for Djokovic to have the first explosion like he did yesterday.
When he got verbal. He hasn't looked that way today. He has looked a
little bit flat. Yeah, that shook him from his lethargy.
Straightforward enough for Berdych. Five apiece. Novak right in front of
our commentary position. Shaking his head in that sort of, I'm not quite
sure what is going on here, kind of way. I don't know how I can impose
myself on this match any more than I can do at the moment. I know the
word. Quizzical. I'm going to write that one down, two! -- too.
There was the reaction after he missed the forehand, where he
straightened his arm. He was in a little pain. Ten unforced error is
in this set from Djokovic. They have all been similar shots.
Got it! He didn't do enough, did he? But still, a fabulous passing shot
from Berdych. Tuck shot from Djokovic. Studied right back to him.
A big point here. -- he stabbed it right back at him.
We keep saying that this first set could be absolutely key in
determining the outcome of this match, in which case Berdych may
live to regret that error at the end of that longest rally of the match
so far. And that one. So Djokovic hangs on,
which sounds ridiculous to say because he is leading 6-5. But you
almost feel like he is a wounded animal. There is no question his
serve is struggling. Having said that, I was just thinking, Berdych
might prefer him to go for first serves. It might push his first
serves down. They are firm enough in the corners that Berdych cannot
attack it. If he had some second serves to go out, perhaps he would
have a chance to get in the rally. At the moment Djokovic is managing
serve immaculately. Isn't that the virtue of being somebody who has
been there and done its money times before? There would have been so
many matches the former Djokovic has been injured, whether it is his
shoulder, hip, arm, leg. And he has had to manage that situation. There
is not one player in the draw who is 100% fit at the start or at the end.
It is all about that arm. The upper reaches of the arm. For the moment
it is all about Berdych. Serving to take us into a tie-break, if he can.
You never know. I saw Sam Querrey miss one from that position against
Andy Murray today. Djokovic rooted to the spot at the
back of the court. Berdych with three points to take us into an
opening set tie-break. One will do. No, it want! He just put it wide.
APPLAUSE Not a bad strike with a bad arm. He
bent that round. The final chance to take us to six each.
Berdych doesn't give much away on court, does he?
What a time for that. It is that old saying, net cord is even themselves
out during the match. That is nonsense. It is when they happen.
From 40-0 to deuce. That is brilliant. Brilliant. It has taken a
long while. That was his first ace this set. You don't feel like he is
clobbering it like not either. -- like normal. That was his 50th Acer
Wimbledon this year. Three in a row from Berdych ride on
the baseline. That one, ultimately, just a bit long. We're back to
deuce. I know it is very early to say this after just 45 minutes, but
this could be a defining moment in this match.
Hired a second serve. -- what a second serve. Who do you think the
crowd want to win? Novak. And a tie-break, you suspect, that
Berdych just has to win. Well, you would think so. If he had lost that
last game from 40-0, psychologically that would have been - I don't think
he would have recovered from it. Beautifully done. Fantastic strike
on the return and then lovely faint and a drop shot. So good. It has
been one pace in a lot of ways from Berdych in terms of what he has been
doing with his groundstrokes. There, the complete opposite. Lovely feel.
Soft hands. What a start to the tie-breaker.
Berdych is saying that Djokovic played the ball as it was and it was
out, and that was his point. The umpire is saying it was an immediate
call and it did impact on how Djokovic played the ball.
What are you doing? You guys have the same line for every single call
you are doing. I don't think he is right. That is
seriously animated for Thomas Berdych. And it is at moments like
this that that record, played 27, won two, maybe creeps through your
mind. Moments like that absolutely key to the direction of this set.
Unless you can do that. Was that the right call by the
umpire? The right call, I thought. It is only one point against the
serve at the moment. But it's Berdych with the nudge early in this
tie-break. Well, Djokovic has won the last 14
sets that these guys have played against each other. He has won the
last 12 matches. Our both of those records about to come to an end in
the next couple of minutes? And with it, a definitive change in the
balance of power between these two today.
Djokovic talking to the umpire. I wonder if he is asking for a doctor,
or for some kind of physio at the end of the set. Yesterday we had the
doctor on court giving out various pills, which we assumed that the
time were for headaches. Actually, we were none the wiser. Confirmation
that somebody is going to be on court shortly. And then of course we
had the trainer on to manipulate the shoulder. We will see what happens.
Perhaps as soon as a couple of points' time.
This is a poor tie-breaker he has played here.
He got it. Nobody beats Thomas Berdych 15 sets in a row. And first
blood to Berdych. It is Novak in real bother?
I'm not sure he will carry on much longer if this doesn't improve. If
he can't serve - that last first serve was about 90 mph. He is just
barely throwing it in. You can't win the tournament playing like this. No
way. I wonder how much now, and it is easy to be wise after the event,
you never quite know every action and every decision has a
consequence, put him not playing two nights ago, an extra 24-hours on
that shoulder, if he had an injury, might have put him a better position
today. Etc etc. Of course. Two days in a row. The only one in the draw
who has had to do it. If that injury was already there when he walked on
court, which presumably it was, he had to play two days in a row. The
work yesterday was done on his shoulder at the top end of the
bicep. Is that a medical phrase? Anyway, this is at the bottom end.
This is more elbow. Yeah. There is the proof of what you were saying.
82% first service for Djokovic. He is just throwing them in. You can
see he normally wins a high percentage on the first service
points when he gets them in. 69% is OK but it is below normal. Berdych
has been 91% on his first serve. Unforced errors is pretty good for
Djokovic. The winners, 44 Berdych. This, obviously, this work that he
is getting now, and I presume he will take some pain killers, if it
doesn't improve, I don't see the point in going on.
SUE BARKER: It is not looking good for Novak Djokovic. We will keep you
up-to-date on that. This match will continue on the Red Button. We're
heading over to Centre Court to see Federer against Milos Raonic. A
repeat of last year's semifinal. Roger Federer has just held on a
mammoth game where Raonic had many break points. Federer is leading by
two sets. It is level in the third set.
MARK PETCHEY: It was almost a bit flat at the end of the second set,
but that's not the case, as we move towards the end of this third set.
You obviously don't remember your match against Richard Krajicek,
Boris? BORIS BECKER: No. Apologies, I read the wrong line.
Thomas Muster. It gets better! He literally sprinted to the net
trying to take the ball early, but to no avail. His box are losing
their minds, slowly but surely. Oh!
APPLAUSE Lightning swiped from Federer after
the turn. That is something that Raonic perhaps could learn from.
Taking the ball early and stepping in.
But the effort from Raonic. He's really played a lot better in this
third set -- gutsy effort. He hung in there well.
One thing that has been noticeable is the lack of pace on his second
serve. He was averaging 109 mph coming into this match on his
second. Today he is 101. Last year when he played Federer he was up
112. New kind of deal with the predictability going into the
backhand side he is allowing himself to get dictated to off the second
serve rather than being the one who is dictating to Federer with that
shot -- you kind of feel that with the predictability.
It seems like he was listening to you, Petch! This one was hit with
much more authority. If Raonic wants to stand a chance of prolonging this
match... Well, for the neutrals that was the
best portion of the match so far. Plenty of intrigue in what was
unfolding in front of us. Up until now, it's been fairly one-way
traffic for Federer. But Raonic certainly coming to the party. Later
the party, but he's made entrance, finally. TIM HENMAN: You feel there
are moments when he has been able to impose himself on the game. Whereas
in the first set, it was just Federer from start to finish. He was
dictating, more aggressive, had Raonic on the back foot. Certainly
in that game at 3-4... Raonic upped the intensity. And you've got to
give a bit of credit to the Canadian. He is maybe not the most
talented, his style looks a bit awkward. But effort level is
absolutely 100%. He does whatever he can, what's within his powers.
SUE BARKER: Well, they are just coming out to play here on centre.
We are briefly going to go back to Court Number One. This was a moment
ago. That was 3- 02 Berdych. Djokovic shakes his head, no, I
cannot continue like this. He knows he would not be competitive in this
match. He has had the train on, he hasn't been at his best. How sad to
see this -- he has had the trainer on. A shoulder injury yesterday, and
an elbow today. Another injury and another retirement here at
Wimbledon. It is Tomas Berdych who goes through to the semifinal to
face the winner of the match we are watching on Centre Court. It is
another sad retirement here at Wimbledon. Back we go.
APPLAUSE MARK PETCHEY: Simple and efficient
hold of serve, unlike the last time, for Federer. It gives him one last
chance to break the Raonic serve before he potentially will take it
into a tie-break. BORIS BECKER: The shade is slowly
creeping onto the court, making it more difficult for the players to
see the ball quickly, especially when you are an Federer's side, the
sun is very low. TIM HENMAN: I suppose the lines are
there to be hit. Federer finding them Prydie consistently. Look at
this, just aiding that ball away. -- finding them pretty consistently.
You call it a masterclass, by the master himself.
He hasn't missed many poor shots in the match. But at 0-15, Federer was
like that one again. -- would like that one.
APPLAUSE Raonic does the best he can.
Well, for this set and the next one it may well be Raonic's best chance
of claiming them on the tie-break. He is at least guaranteed that
opportunity, leading 6-5 here in the third. But so often we see top
players producing their best in tie breakers. He cannot be assured of
getting the run of the green as well in the tie-break. He will be looking
to try and get a break here. He had his best chance the last time
Federer served from this end. But by owners is on the court. There is the
Berdych upside of Novak Djokovic. Remember, the winner of the Federer-
Raonic match is playing Tomas Berdych in the semifinal on Friday.
I'm sure both players have seen that as well. An interesting moment in
the match. Federer is sticking to his winning
formally -- formula. Making the Canadian run.
CROWD GASPS APPLAUSE
Well, it's rare that he even finds the backhand on the return of
Federer. But even then, the winner comes from
that side from the Swiss superstar. And we are at a tie-break.
UMPIRE: Both players receive one additional challenge. Ball boy, get
the ball, please. Thank you. Raonic has kept his nose in front in
this third set. He needs to keep his nose in front in the tie-break.
Mis-hit return, misdirected forehand, though, from Federer. And
it is a mini-break from the Canadian. For the first time,
there's a little bit of hope. Couldn't have asked for more of
himself there. He did take a risk on this forehand down the line. We
talked about that, you've got to hit close to the line. If you want to
win a point against Federer. And that is some forehand from
Federer! Because that was well played from Raonic. Excellent that
throughout the rally. -- excellent depth. Yes, you couldn't do much
more. Federer was ready for it. CHEERING
That is the first point that Federer has taken off the Raonic serve when
he's gone after the forehand side on the Gs in the entire set. And he
catches it absolutely flush --, deuce. You can't fault Raonic there.
He hit his spot. Federer way outside the doubles lying. Back on serve. --
the doubles line. He had to be vigilant after the
forehand, Federer, couldn't quite get enough on it. It was a little
lower than he would have liked, the first shot. No mistaking the winning
volley. No mistake who the crowd want to win this match.
It has certainly come alive in the last 15-20 minutes. The quality has
improved, the atmosphere has improved.
Well, it's Federer that uses the Borlee serve to great effect there.
-- by Bolieve serve. Following it up with a nice backhand
drop shot. Oh! Oh, my goodness! UMPIRE: Mr
Raonic challenging the call. The ball is called in. The scary thing
was, Raonic was covering the line. But Federer has managed to hit
around the outside of this ball and bend it back onto the line.
Raonic needed to stop the rot there. Five points in a row for Federer,
CHEERING Well, Michelangelo is best
remembered for the work that he did on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
This man's best work will probably be remembered here on the hollowed
turf of the Centre Court. We witnessed one of the best forehands
he's ever struck. He's now got two match points.
CHEERING And he's through to his 12th
semifinal here at Wimbledon! He has so many records, so many
numbers by his name. But that is the most in the Open Era ahead of Jimmy
Connors now. He is virtually ahead of everybody in every category. He
is simply one of the best of all time.
For me, the reaction on match point tells me a lot about how he felt
with regards to this match, this opponent. The history of 12 months
ago, that he knew that Raonic was a dangerous opponent with a serve like
that. And from 0- three in that third set tie-break to win the next
seven of eight points... He feels good about this match and good about
his chances. Moving forward. Well, he'll be aware of cause of who
he plays in that semifinal, because it flashed up on the screen here on
Centre Court. Tomas Berdych of course through with the retirement
of Novak Djokovic. But he had to get past the man that put him out of the
semifinal stage last year, and he did so in straight sets. It seems
straightforward over the first couple of sets, but then things got
a little tricky, and he was certainly tested.
What a year it has been. Better than anybody, I'm sure, could have
scripted, even the most die-hard Federer fan. After stopping a year
early in 2016 to get himself fit and healthy, he came so quickly out of
the in Australia, and he is continuing his charge in the middle
part of the season, having taken the clay-court part of the season off,
what a great decision that is looking like right now. Certainly a
lot of people were questioning it at that time. Having spoken to him, he
said, I've only won the French once in 18 attempts. I think I'll save my
energies for the grass. Well, he's certainly been saving his
energy, hasn't he? He has yet to drop a set. Through to the
semifinals here. Energy won't be a problem. And normal motivation.
There's the score, -- nor will motivation. And he will be chatting
with Lee McKenzie. Roger, yet again, due to congratulations. Your 100th
match at Wimbledon ends in victory. An excellent performance for a big
Master? Absolutely, I can't believe it, 100 matches is Inglot. Very
happy that my body kept me going over all these years -- is quite a
lot. It was a perfect setting, beautiful weather, the crowd was
into it, the Mexican wave, an Wimbledon Centre Court you don't see
that every day. It was great. I'm so, so happy to be in another Sehmi
here. Your body has kept you going. Everybody has been talking about the
four pillars of men's tennis, you are the last man standing because
Novak Djokovic has retired injured, Andy Murray is out and traffic is
not here. A different complexion than we thought maybe just ten days
ago -- Rafa is not here. Probably, but we knew that the danger was
there for anyone of us. I hope Novak is OK with his injury, because I saw
that he retired. Rafa fought till the very end of -- and Andy wasn't
looking very good with his injury, I hope they will recover for the time
of the American summer and play their hearts out over there again.
Rafa, I'm convinced he will be back very strong. It's unfortunate that
they don't go on, but there's other great stories in the tournament. I
predicted that Cilic could have a deep run at Wimbledon, and he is
proven to do so. Gilles Muller was incredible, and Murray by Djokovic
here last year. -- Querrey eat Djokovic. He is a good friend of
mine. It is nice to see different guys, maybe, but I'm happy that my
dream run continues, and we'll see what happens next. Everybody is
talking about the type of tennis you're playing. It looks like
perfection, sublime. When you come off court, do you see it is sublime
tennis what does Roger Federer think he still needs to be working on
Basilica you can always play better but you can definitely play much
worse. You feel the same everyday. Can conditions changed. Maybe not as
hot and crisp and fast as the first week. You adjust to the conditions.
As I go to work, you know, just produce the best every single day.
You have to make sure that your average is as high as possible every
single day, and I'm doing a great job this week. Another good day in
the office, well done. Thank you. SUE BARKER: I'm sure he is happy. He
was tested in the third set tie-break, down 3-0, but from there
he got better and better. He was unplayable. I don't care who wins
down the other end of the net, that was a superhuman performance from
Roger. He has won back his 100th match year and reached his 12th
Wimbledon semifinal, he is on for a record eighth title. The records
keep tumbling for this great champion. And he is through to the
semifinal yet again. And everyone coming out of Centre Court, they
have seen something truly special. You think you're going to see tennis
played at the highest quality, but that was even better than that.
Roger was just so good today. Well, Roger was wishing that Novak is OK.
The sad news coming from Court Number One is that Djokovic has been
forced to retire. Novak lost the first set tie-break to Berdych. But
it really dominated this tie-break. You can see that his heart really
wasn't in it, Djokovic. He called to the umpire, who called for the
trainer halfway through the tie-break. The trainer came on
court. When he was playing yesterday, it was the shoulder. This
is further down. There is obviously quite a few problems going on with
the Novak. More than elbow and forearm problem. The train was on
court. He tried to battle on. But this was the shock that put him down
3-0. And you can see that he was just in so much pain. When you're in
that much pain, it is pointless to the semifinal, so he walked up. No
player likes to do this, to end on a retirement. Certainly a great
champion as well. He did retired ten years ago in a semifinal against the
dull. But it is certainly not the way he wants to go out -- against
the Bell. Andre Agassi very sad to see that as well. Novak Djokovic out
of the Championships as well. So, it really has been a dramatic day here
at Wimbledon, not what we expected when we arrived here this morning.
On Centre Court it was Andy Murray's turn to suffer an injury. The injury
we've been following for the past three weeks, the hip injury, Murray
losing in five sets to Sam Querrey, who certainly played a fantastic
match, in the middle of the third set Murray was limping. He was only
58 minutes, the last two sets. Take nothing away from this man, Sam
Querrey, he played the match of his life, through to his first-ever
Grand Slam semifinal. And he played a magnificent match, but it was very
sad to see and is struggling with his serve, struggling with his
movement, and limping out of Wimbledon.
After the match he spoke with Clare Balding.
Andy, I'm sorry about that. You will want to pay due credit to Sam
Querrey and how he played out of there. Yeah, I think it was a tight
match, the first few sets. I had some opportunities in the second
set, up a break. But some started to play better as the match went on. He
served big. He was a lot more aggressive, especially on the return
games. I think because he was serving better and getting a lot
more free points on serve, he was able to loosen up and go shot a
little bit more. And yeah, he dated -- dictated pretty much most of the
match at the end of the second set. He was starting to play better and
move better, you were starting to move with noticeable restriction.
When did you first start to feel pain and lack of power on your
serve? Look, I spoke about it before the tournament. My hip has been saw
most of the event. Yeah, it was a little bit to sort today. In the end
I was struggling a bit on serve. When you are playing a guy who
service huge himself, and you are not getting many free points on your
own serve, it is very difficult. You are not dictating many rallies. You
are having to do more moving and that was tough at the end. If it
hadn't been Wimbledon, if it had been a normal tournament, would you
have skipped it? I think if it was any slam I would have... I get
myself a great chance to get to the semis. I had an opportunity to win
the match in straight sets. I was up a set and they break. Unfortunately,
I didn't get that. I was in good enough shape to give myself a chance
to go deep in the tournament. And almost managed to get through today.
Any slam I would have taken that compared to how I was feeling before
the tournament started. I would have been out there for a slam, for sure.
What is the plan now in terms of treatment and giving yourself time
to get back to top shape? I will sit down with my team tomorrow and see.
Obviously the US Open is six, seven weeks away. There is time. I will
sit down with my team and come up with the best plan of action.
Whether that is taking a bit of a rest or not, we have to wait and
see. But we will do that tomorrow. It was a brave defence. I'm sorry
it's over. Thank you. Yes, it was. This was
just a short time ago. Andy leaving along with Josh Murray, part of his
management team. No relation. You see him limping out of Wimbledon.
Very sore. Hip injuries are very difficult to cure. I have a horrible
feeling we may not see him back on the tennis court for some time. That
was the news from earlier. An injury for Andy, an injury for Djokovic as
well. But Federer has gone marching on. We have seen Querrey go through.
We know he will need Marin Cilic, who came through in five sets
against Gilles Muller, the man who put out Rafael Nadal. That is what
it means to him to be in the world and semifinal, the first time he has
been in the women's and semifinal. He has lost at the quarterfinal
stage for the last four years. He is always dangerous in a Grand Slam. A
huge serve. Big forehand and backs -- backhand. It means a lot to him
to be through. Knowing this is a huge opportunity as the draw is
opening up. His coach absolutely delighted with how he came back in
that match. Let's hear what he had to say
afterwards. Many congratulations. You are through to the semi final at
Wimbledon for the first time. What does that mean to it means a lot.
Absolutely amazing achievement. I was three times getting stuck in the
quarters. This is just amazing, an amazing achievement. Today was a
really hard-fought battle. He played great tennis. He was serving
unbelievable. I had to work hard until basically the end of the third
set get a first break. It was just a couple of points deciding match. I'm
glad I pulled it. You let out a scream at the end of the match. What
were you feeling? Obviously I was focused mentally to get it over
with, especially when these matches are quite long, you have to keep
your focus. It was just a relief to finally do it. Speaking about
keeping your focus, you lost the first set, the first one you had
dropped in the tournament. How did you gather yourself for a fightback?
I kept my cool. I played well until today. I knew I was going to get in
a good rhythm. I wasn't serving as good in the first set as in the
first couple of matches. He returned really well. I tried to gather my
thoughts and continued to play good tennis. Were you aware of what was
happening on Centre Court? Did you see the scoreboard? I saw it at the
end of the match that Sam won. Amazing achievement for him.
Definitely from -- great for both of us might to reach the semis. You
played the longest match in Wimbledon history five years ago.
What can you expect in the semifinal? Hopefully not the longest
one! Definitely Sam has an amazing server and plays really well,
especially this season. A lot of success. That will be a hard one. I
will get ready and get back into my rhythm and try to play good tennis.
Good love. Well done. Thank you. When we started the
championships we expected the top four to go through to the
semifinals. This is what we have. Sam Querrey against Marin Cilic and
Roger Federer against Thomas Berdych. Between them they hold 19
grand slam titles, Federer has 18 of them. Overwhelming favourite, I
think it is fair to say. Let's reflect on what has been a dramatic,
momentous day. Boris Becker is with me. We talk about Andy Murray. He
battled hard on that court but it was obvious halfway through the
third set that he was struggling? Remarkable that he carried on. On
the Sunday before the championship, that is when he green-lighted his
participation in the tournament. He was struggling. He would never admit
it but he was struggling. The first week was pretty smooth until the
Fognini match. He was about to go into the fifth set. He won the last
five games. He had the weekend off. On Monday he looked pretty good.
Losing the second set after being a break up, that cost him. That was
the key. If he had got the first couple of set might have gone
through. Not going five. Not going five. I believe Sam Querrey sensed
the moment. Andy didn't have the power on the serve. Especially on
the forehand. Players watch each other to see when one is struggling.
Within the rules. Ultimately you want to win the match. Credit to Sam
forgiving is focus on doing the right thing. He has really improved
this year. We have always talked about his big serve. But more than
that today, he was great from the back of the court. Since he beat
Djokovic last year, which I remember in a different position, I have
great respect for the American. He was always talented and powerful.
Sometimes he didn't give it all. He has had a tremendous season. He won
earlier in the year. He is not just a serve -- serve, one shot type of
player. He plays with his heart on his sleeve. Moving Murray all over
the place. Mixing it up. He is hitting the ball so well. That is
what you have to do when you have an injured opponents down the other
end. You have to stay focused. He certainly moved him around. This was
an incredible point to give him the double break in the fifth. He knew
how important this point was. Yes, you are playing the defending
champion. Querrey did the right thing. Moving around. He wants to
the point. He was going to make it as difficult as he could for Murray
to win the point. He sees that physically he was struggling. Murray
has to get back. He has two diagnosed how bad it is and how long
the break will be. We have seen before hip injuries are not easy to
get rid of. Yeah. I'm not sure whether he is fully aware yet of
what is going to happen. He needs to be 100%. It is no good friend to
play 75%. He may be good enough to come to the quarters. Easy number
one player in the world. He wants to win tournaments. With his injury and
his limitations in movement, that is the key phrase game. Needs to get
fit 100%. Before he plays in tournaments again. Bad news for Andy
Murray but not good news for Novak Djokovic. We saw a shoulder injury
yesterday but an elbow injury today. It must have been a sad sight for
you. I know you are not working with him and immoral but supporting him.
Yes, it may be started from the neck. It moves down the arm. He has
not played a lot of matches this year. He played at Eastbourne to get
himself ready for grass. That is when you want to get yourself into
form and not spend too much energy. Maybe there was too much for his
arm. He didn't have the day off like everybody else yesterday. He had a
pretty quick win against Mannarino but he still played. You can see
here, he is only playing at half pace. He is not putting anything
into it is -- into his shots. It is always sad, but you have to detect
your body. If you do not feel you can win three sets, you are going to
risk making that injury worse. Most players have niggles and pains.
There is nobody in the second week was 100% healthy. He is an
experienced player. He knows how bad the injury is. He knows best whether
he can continue or not. He has won this tournament before. After the
match, Novak Djokovic went back to the pressroom. He clarified is a
clue what the injury was. It's not a shoulder, it is the elbow
that keeps bothering for a year and a half. It is unfortunate that I had
to finish Wimbledon Grand Slam this way. If someone feels bad about it,
it is me. But you know, I tried. I tried. What I could do from
yesterday to get it in the condition where I am able to play. I was able
maybe for 30 minutes to play with some pain that was bearable. Let's
put it that way. All the treatment and medication couldn't help. The
serve and forehand or the shots were I could feel it the most.
There was really no sense. It is another blow for him. It has been a
disappointing year. If you think about dominating by a mile last
year. Nowhere near the form. Yes, physical injury is a part of it.
Yes, the race for number one last year. They went back to scheduling
this year. But it is a gruelling season. It is a gruelling tour. If
you are not 100% fit, everybody will chase you, everybody will take the
extra 10% to beat Djokovic, to beat Murray. That is the other problem
they have. When they are 100% fit everybody wants to beat them. Spas
Thomas Berdych was concerned, he knew how important the first set
tie-break was. You can always sense when a player is injured, can't you?
Very much so. Thomas is a veteran. He is a Wimbledon finalist before.
They have played 26 times. His record wasn't the best. He has
beaten him on grass before. If there is one surface where he has a
chance, it is grass. It has proven to be right. Always hard to beat. He
is a big hitter. Poking of big hitters, Marin Cilic, that roar at
the end of the match. Finally he is knocking at the door. It is so
frustrating for a player that talented. Always to follow the same
hurdle. It was a huge mental relief. I am sure all the pressures of now,
he is in the semifinal against Querrey. You sure the pressure is
off? I think it is less than before because reaching the semifinal is
already a big achievement. For both players it is a huge opportunity to
go down in the history books. He is always dangerous. He has got the big
serve. Yunus Bjorkman is making him be more aggressive. Very much so. He
was a winner at the Queen's Club. He is a natural on grass. He moves
well. He is a big hitter. You mentioned 19 grand slams, 18 by
Federer but one by Cilic. He has won one already. As far as his game
goes, he has got such a big wingspan. He is hard to pass. Yeah,
he has a big authority on the court when he is playing well. For a big
guy, he gets to a lot of balls. His footwork is excellent and he plays
with emotion. That is so important in the later stages of the
tournament. He has got the full package. I think he is proving a
point to himself. I think that is what the reaction was about. He
wants to be a grand slam champion. That is what he will be remembered
for. Absolutely. In practice sessions, what motivates you? What
stimulates you? Where do you want to leave your mark to the different
slams. What is the most important one? It is Wimbledon. We have just
been watching the sublime Roger Federer. Just how good was he? A
masterclass. I can't believe he is playing the top level at 35.
Everybody thought last year was maybe the last one we have seen from
him. He was injured in the knee. We had to take six months off. Fast
forward and he is the dominating player not only at Wimbledon but
throughout the year. Remarkable. I don't know how he does it. The way
he is playing, it is better than ever at 35. He is more aggressive
than recent years. He has two. Tennis is changing every 1824
months. Whatever was good ten years ago is not good and immoral.
Opponents read your game, you have two improved consistently. The fact
that he has improved all aspects of his game. He has improved his
backhand. He is a natural at the net. His footwork... We could go on
and on. This guy is one of a kind. We talk about the big service. His
placement is so good. He mixes it so well. You can't redid. No, it is a
technique. He uses little effort to win service games. He has the slice,
he has the kick, he hates it onto body. He uses all six spots where he
is supposed to serve. He does it during the whole match. That is
frustrating for his opponent. You don't have many opportunities to
break his serve. When you look at who is in the semifinals, everybody
will say, shall we give him the trophy now? He is clear favourite
but he knows better. The strength in depth? Absolutely. The others are on
top of their form. The pressure is on the man from Switzerland. As far
as we're concerned, will we be talking about tomorrow? Jo Konta!
Yes Boris, absolutely! Thank you for coming in. Lovely to get your
thoughts on the semifinals. Yes, we will be talking about Jo Konta
tomorrow. She is second on Centre Court against Venus Williams. What a
test against the five-time Wimbledon champion. Somebody who knows all
about the big occasion. It will be interesting to see how she copes.
Garbine Muguruza, former finalist, against the fairy tale story of the
championships, Magdalena Rybarikova. She was injured. She only came back
on the tour in February and she is in the last four. That is tomorrow.
But now we're heading out to court number two to see the defending
champions in the mixed doubles. Henry continent and Heather Watson
against Ivan Dodig and Mercer. They have just taken the first set.
Let's find out more about it as we join Sam Smith and Nick Mullins.
APPLAUSE It has been a mightily impressive
performance from the defending champions. Heather Watson lost our
first service game. Dodi gone the other side of the net served for the
first set at 5-4. He was broken. Continent and Watson took a Donnie
tie-break. This is Dodig and murders. A combination of Croatian
and Indian. It has been interesting watching
this one. Merz and Dodi gave more powerful team all round. But they
don't have that chemistry of Watson and Kontinen.
Two break points at the start of the second set. The defending champions
looked as if they missed a little sharpness in the first few games.
They have got better and better as every game has rolled by.
Kontinen is ranked number one in the doubles charts. The world's best
player in this format of the game. She has chosen well, Heather Watson,
in this year's championship. There were too good for everybody else
last summer, the defending champions.
The two of them back a year on from their day of days and Centre Court.
They are looking to do it again. It is indefinable but there is a
chemistry that is hard to put your finger on. Yes, I think it has a lot
to do with Kontinen. He is so chilled, so relaxed. He is quite
extravagant in some of the shots he plays. He is a showman. Flair at his
best. That keeps Heather super relaxed. She feels as if she can go
after her shots. He let her take responsibility. It seems to work.
One feature of the first set, Dodig and Mirza are not getting enough
first serves in. Kontinen playing his second visit to
this court today. He was on here first thing in the men's doubles
with his partner, John Peers. They won their game in the fifth set. And
he is playing so far like he has not needed a map to get around this
place. He knows it well. Is serving is outstanding. I watched them in
previous round. You just couldn't lay a hand on him.
Well, I'm sorry, he says. None of us believe it. He just dragged it down.
You can see how far he fell left when he hit that Jokanovic. -- shot.
Sagna Mirza is 30 now. Once a top 30 singles player. It is doubles that
pays the bills these days. That is the most famous woman in India! She
has not had the electricity bill coming through the post box and
thought, oh no, that is going to be a stretch! She has been great for
the sport back home. She bases her self in Hyderabad largely. She has
raised the levels of tennis there. She is one of the big superstars.
And that was as straightforward as it gets.
UMPIRE: New balls, please. Kontinen and Watson may be the
champions but it didn't impress the seedings committee.
They beat the 13th seeds in the second run. They are yet to drop a
set. They are kind of picking up where they left off last summer.
Yes, it was a French ship and a duo that build through the rounds. There
were quite shaking in their opening match. I was lucky enough to follow
them pretty much all the way through. There was no sign in even
the first match, the second match, they would be the champions. It just
sort of unfolded in front of us. They smiled. Henry hit massive
service, a few crazy shots. It was a dream for both of them. Next up,
Heather Watson. British number two these days, behind Jo Konta. New
balls. A brick of serve in the second set. 2-1.
One of the reasons that Heather's singles has become more buoyant than
it was a few months ago is her first serve accuracy has improved. There
seems to be more pop on it as well. I remember asking them after they
won Lasher, who is the boss? They both looked at each other. The way
Kontinen looked at Heather, I think Heather is the boss!
Continent and Watson have done a very good job of neutralising both
the returns of their opponents, particularly Sania Mirza,
particularly off the forehand wing, easier to deal with. Done it very
well. Ahead courtesy of the early break in
the second set. Her mum has been leading by applause
all evening. It looks a lovely evening, and it is a lovely evening,
but there's a bit of a chill in the air.
Even though Dick, the 32-year-old Croat from Zagreb. -- Ivan Dodig.
He's a grant from champion, winner of the men's doubles at the French
Open a couple of years ago now -- he is a Grand Slam champion. He and his
partner outlasted the Bryan brothers.
A couple of years before that, success on court. They had been
runners-up to be American twins here at Wimbledon. He has been a
Wimbledon finalist. This might, having been a really
good singles player, he is now a fully road-tested the Bulls star. --
doubles star. Well, I'm not surprised he's the
world is best, because he's got unbelievable power. And then the
softness, the vision and the imagination to play such difficult
shots. He will have played on a lot of
quick courts through the winter, back in Finland, in doors. Wonderful
reactions. UMPIRE: Mr Dodi challenging the
call, the ball was called out. -- Mr Dodig.
These two have twice come close to winning a Grand Slam in tandem, but
not quite get over the line yet. They lost a Championship tie-break
in the first sat 10-8, and at the start of this year they lost to
Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal. In Melbourne. So they are
pushing. It would come as no surprise if they ended up winning
this, the fourth seeds, but they are going to have to come from behind
your. They are very good, but the blend of skills is not quite doing
it for me at the moment -- from behind here. I thought Dodig would
be more in charge at dominating this match.
There's still plenty of time, though. Watson and Kontinen with a
double break would make us rest a lot easier. The shadows and then on
Court Number Two. -- are lengthening. The six foot to frame
of Henri Kontinen of Finland prepares to serve.
APPLAUSE It is a tennis career for Kontinen
very much based on playing this sport alongside somebody else. He's
never been higher than 120 in the singles. Injury helped him start to
zone in on the doubles. He had one or two injury problems and thought,
it would be better to play alongside somebody else.
She got herself in such a muddle with her signals then! It's such a
difficult serve to return. If you watch Kontinen, he's almost got that
kind of double jointed salt so much older or something, the way that he
leans back and puts himself in that position. -- double jointed shoulder
or something. You can't get any clues from the racket face where he
is going. That's some flexibility that most of
us don't possess. And then he's got this wonderful kind of Leo Goosen
whip with the racket, a fantastic snap as well. -- a last zoo whip.
And you do find the kind of fiendish angles in this version of the game,
Sam, that you just don't find on this single is called.
-- singles court. Once again, serving.
Big reaction from both of them here. They know they could do with another
break. It's the Watson serve up next.
She served tremendously well, but she was broken in her third game of
the match. Also, it's the last roll of the dice for Mirza and Dodig,
they will be targeting it. How can somebody seemingly so casual
playing doubles tennis from another planet?! This was sewed up by
Heather's brilliant backhand. She got so good. Kontinen has the
licence to do whatever he wants, but look how he disguised his body as
well. And he avoided the bag. Freedom and fun, that is Henri 's
tennis motto. Not quite so much smiling on the other side of the net
at the moment. For this pair, it's a very serious business.
Sharpe from Dodig. Business still to attend to.
Ivan Dodig has a good story to tell, the story of his life, as he
struggled to establish himself as a youngster on the tennis circuit. He
recalled nights where he couldn't afford a hotel. He slept as a guest
in bus stations, airports. And in the back of his car, which I think
was his favourite spot. But it's a struggle. And we too easily lose
sight of that sometimes when watching players on a stage like
this. So many of the players who are not from Grand Slam countries, they
are not well funded. Croatia has a lot of talent, and there are so many
Croatians that unless they are signed to a sponsor or picked up by
a big Academy, like some from that part of the world, there could be so
many more Croatian tennis players actually out there if they were
properly funded. Tell us the story of how he had to walk three hours a
day -- he tells the story, he had to leave at 6am to get there from 9am,
and then that three or walk on the way home, that's dedication. --
three old walk. Right now, it's all about Heather Watson. A smile still
on her face, despite the pressure she must be fuelling. This is so
good for her. In singles, this is the moment where Heather can just
tense up a little, not let that go through. -- not let that on.
If she can replicate these situations in a less extreme
circumstance with some support on the court, it's going to help her
singles. That was not far away, Sam. Well,
one of the reasons he missed was because there was a wonderful move
off the ball from Henri Kontinen. He just sort of pushed Dodig wide with
that return. You've got to keep this serve away from the Mirza forehand.
Excellent! 108 mph. It is a big serve from Heather. She has added a
few more mph, and that serving accuracy has been a revelation this
grass court season. Well played, Heather Watson! With a
little bit of work from Henri Kontinen. And they are one game away
from taking their place in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, the
defending champions. The scoreline might look
comfortable, but it's very important for the defending champions when
these two work really hard in the service game, just to keep applying
the pressure. Oh, no! I think we're going to have
to have another look at that to believe that it happened! Heather
can't believe it, is neither can her mum.
Henry's top ten of show tunes, that has to be at number one -- Henri.
Haven't got the sack numbers, but the backhand wing is Heather Watson
has been a vital component. She has won so many points for her team on
that side. They need at least one more game to
sort this one out. Ivan Dodig holding his nerve. And
holding his serve, despite some extra terrestrial brilliance in the
middle of that game from the Finn. This will be worth watching again.
Oh! It's actually a really, good Boys' Singles play at -- he was a
good Boys' Singles player. He was a runner-up and beat Bernard Tomic in
the semifinal. Before eventually losing to Grigor Dimitrov in the
final. But that was something else. Right, down to business, however.
You won't get shots as good as that to get into the quarterfinals,
but... They need some brilliance here. The defending champions for a
place in this year's quarterfinal. CROWD GASPS
He's not the only genius on the court!
Well, there's been a sharpness about these two this evening.
APPLAUSE Honestly, Sam, this has been so much
fun. This is one of those that you could do with five sets for. The
serve is just extraordinary. It is a very unusual action, the way that he
lays his head back, lays his body back, and the racket sort of comes
from by high him. He has got a superfast arm.
And you look at the kind of realisation with the defending
champion, there's been so much tension, hasn't that, with Mirza and
Dodig. They've not really released themselves out here.
Just making sure that they get the code right.
And again! Completely bemused now! I think she's going right, maybe.
UMPIRE: Mr Dodig challenging the call. Right baseline. The ball was
called out. If the Croat isn't right, then we've got two match
points. And he's not right by a long way. UMPIRE: Mr Dodig and miss Mirza
have one challenge remaining. The evening balm for British tennis,
at the end of what's been a tough game. No more Andy Murray, but
hopefully lots more Heather Watson. In tandem with the genius that is
Henri Kontinen, the defending champions,,! Into the quarterfinals.
This was a serious, serious test. But the crowd have really enjoyed
the Heather and Henri show, and they continue with us for the rest of the
week. H squared, quite a partnership. Absolutely magnificent.
Not just Kontinen with some tennis genius out here, Watson as well.
There are three -- three wins straight sets.
SUE BARKER: Yes, they are enjoying another fantastic run through these
Championships. The defending champions through to the next round.
And isn't it lovely and so enjoyable to watch the mixed doubles here late
in the evening after all of the drama of the singles on the show
court. Everybody enjoying that match out Court Number Two. Isn't that a
fabulous shot? What a lovely evening it is here as well. We have a lot to
look forward to. Coming up next at 8pm, Clare Balding with Today at
Wimbledon. I'll be back tomorrow at 12:30pm on BBC Two. And 145 on BBC
One. We will be looking forward to this, the order of play on Centre
Court on Lady semifinals they... First up it is Garbine Muguruza
against Magdalena Rybarikova, what a story that is. Muguruza is a former
finalist here. And then the lady with the most experience of this
Championship, Venus Williams, five times the champion. She is up
against items number one, Jo Konta. That is tomorrow on Centre Court. --
Britain's number one. We are going to head to Court Number One, the
British pair of Jocelyn Rae and Ken Skupski. We join it where they are
just two points from losing this first set. Our commentators, Peter
Harder a Matt Chilton. COMMENTATOR: Oh, that is a terrific
return to set up... Set point for the second time. They have been
round the houses are bit here. Deuce three times. Jocelyn Rae serving.
Set point, the Russian Belarussian combination. Nearly punctures that
volley to seal the opening set. 45 minutes it took. Max Mirnyi and
Ekaterina Makarova had a break. They were pegged back. Max Mirnyi is
unhappy about something. He is in conversation with the umpire. There
are one or two calls that he was unsure. He didn't use his challenge.
The walk-out challenge is available to the players out here, of course.
They have plenty to be proud of, the Brits, in that opening set.
Understandably it was a nervous start from them. They were always
playing catch up. But they did such a good job from 5-2 down to get back
to 5-2, almost broke the Makarova serve. Just the last couple of
games, the big points just went the way of the Belarusian- Russian
pairing. The stats are pretty good for the Brits, they'll be happy with
that. They're not doing enough behind the first serve. Max Mirnyi
and Makarova are able to read their service. It doesn't really tell by.
Read. It was a slow start, a few nerves being on this court for these
two. After going 5-2 down, they settled and played some stunning
doubles. They are enjoying themselves. They have been laughing
and joking at the changes of ends and the sit downs. I think it's
important to do that. You know, it's not often in their career that they
will have got out here on Court Number One, a show court. Neal
Skupski, Ken's brother. He was in the men's doubles earlier on today.
Max Mirnyi will serve at the start of the second set. He and Ekaterina
Makarova having taken the first. He has got a decent first serve,
probably the biggest first serve that Jocelyn Rae will face here at
Wimbledon. Makarova just shuffling across to the centre of the court.
Both pairs with a left-hand- right-hand combination. She had a
bit of a dip in form, didn't she, when they were 5-2 up, but she's
found her game again. This really lively net play.
Just long. Skupskis challenging. I think that's probably... Oh, he's
changed his mind. A bad idea, but he decided against it. The umpire,
Pascal Maria. Oh, you've got to credit Jocelyn Rae
just forgetting that fast serve bags, 121 mph. -- or betting that
fast serve back. It was a mis-hit, but she did well to just get a
bracket to it. -- a bracket to it. Oh, straight up the player. I hope
she's all right. -- straight at the player. I'm sure Jocelyn Rae has had
worse. It actually hit her hand, her left hand. Good to see that she's
smiling. Apology from Max Mirnyi. But he
certainly gave it plenty. Mirnyi and Makarova take the opening
game of the second set. 49 minutes of play. It looked like
it would be a runaway first set for a for a while for Mirnyi and
Makarova. They weren't originally scheduled to be playing on Court
Number One. But because of the Djokovic retirement and the need to
keep the spectators entertained, they sent this match out to Court
Number One. Delightful for the players and spectators to get a bit
of British interest in some mixed doubles. Just 20 minutes or so for
Skupski and Rae to settle down in this big arena. Nice play. It's not
just a big arena, it's a big court. That's the thing that can sometimes
affect players. Skupski turned out a hot streak at the back-end of that
first set. He started enjoy himself. And he has served well.
Not quite matching Mirnyi's 125 mph, but he's been up there. 118 his
quickest serve so far. Didn't really do up this with the
first volley. They dug it into the surface too much. Allowed Mirnyi to
play on forehand and from there it was going to be difficult for Rae.
Good serve out wide. Moving away, a big lefty swinger from Kent Skupski
That was only 86mph. That shows what you can do with that.
Lots of chat ever between the players on both side of the court
before they line up for the next game. It will be Makarova's service
game now. Dropped in the crowd I'm afraid.
Hence the groans. Catching hasn't been great this Wimbledon.
Must be the heat. Good serving this game from
Makarova. Yes, 103mph on the serve. Gave them
the early advantage in the point. It was deep into the box too, so not a
lot of time for Rae to get that one out in front. Good hand skills from
Skupski, with the long levers all over the net again.
Tightly matched here in this second set, third game, going to Mirnyi and
Makarova. It's a fine evening above London. We can take a little look
outside. Powerful lens across to some of the landmark, you can see
the London Eye and the shard. So-called Walkie-talkie which I
think is officially called 20 Fenchurch Street or something like
that. Panning across the lake in Wimbledon park and the disputed golf
club. Will it be extended or will the club pay them off? It is all to
be discussed and there is Henman Hill, a little depleted in numbers
now. But still plenty of people out there watching the big screen, which
is on the side of Court Number One. Now they have seen themselveses on
the hill, that is the view from, our camera just above the pond.
Lots of excitement out there, they have had a good day despite the lack
of success for Andy Murray. Maybe Skupski and Rae can restore the
British success rate here today. Rae to serve, 1-2.
How's that lob somebody in oh, perfect.
Good footwork from Rae and excellent racket head control, too.
Got herself back behind the ball with time and brushing up the back
of the ball to generate top-spin. Slightly tangled up with her feet
there, Makarova. She is going forward for the return with the body
weight and Skupski with a good deep volley. Turning backwards very
quickly. Lob return of serve.
That shot, for my, it is one of the toughest shots to execute in sport.
The chipped lob volley return. Did that one beautifully, did the bell
Russian. Right down the line for a winner.
Taking her chances there, Makarova. This was a sweet strike, talked
about her getting her body weight forward and her previous return, you
can see she is going forward again, almost a full swing.
She's done it again. Twice in the game.
This one was tougher, on the backhand side so it is harder to
pass here. Percentage serve from Rae down the tee, not a lot of space
there to get it past Skupski but she found it.
Rae getting plenty of power op these serves, 107mph, that delivery.
Just a little quicker than her opposite number.
So well there, Rae to keep cons train, it looked like Skupski was
going to take that first volley. Great focus from the 26-year-old. --
concentration. He is the oldest player on court at
40. He used to be known as the beast of Belarus, more for his size than
anythingel. Not quite so beastly these days.
As he approaches middle age. Ball thats for Max Mirnyi. Two fames
all and they lead by a set to love. -- games all. Right past the
outstretched arm of Makarova. That is a delightful return of receive
from Jocelyn Rae. She has got better and better as it continues, angle
her body to create the angle. Wonderfully controlled.
Doing a great job of making it tough Makarova and Mirnyi.
An hour of play. Good entertainment. A decent number
of spectators inside number one court.
Miles an hour in a bit of bother here, love 30.
118mph, down the centre with the ace. It was him that was broken out
of the duo in the first set. Two break points for the British
pair t wildcards into the mixed doubles draw.
Took the pace off the ball there with that serve, Max Mirnyi and then
swerved away from Jocelyn Rae. The rain of yesterday has
disappeared. It has been bright and clear for the men's quarterfinals in
which there were three of the Big Four in action. Safe to say it has
been a topsy-turvy day, we will have much to discuss in the company of
Boris Becker and John McEnroe. Join me from 8 on BBC Two.
So the early break in the second set to Skupski and Jocelyn Rae from
Great Britain. Who would have thought it would be
miles an hour they have broken twice in this one.
-- Mirnyi they have broken twice in this one.
An hour and three minutes played. Skupski will hope to consolidate
that break of serve now. 3-2. Two or three teemses this this match
now Skupski has produced a moment of brilliance and this was one of
those. This was out of this world. Look at the hand skill, he is almost
leaning away but still able to control it.
Great balance. Rapid fire, service hold from Ken
Skupski. Four games to two. He is thriving out there.
Well, the British pair clear favourites now to take this second
set. Can they break Makarova? What a shot from Jocelyn Rae? It's
all been about Skupski for the last ten minuteses or so but Rae getting
in on the action. Mirnyi did not expect thisment.
Or so but Rae getting in on the action.
Mirnyi did not expect this.. Mirnyi's pride taking a beating. He
has been found out time and time again. Down the line for a winner.
Beautiful stroke. About Skupski for the last ten
minutes or so but Rae getting in on the action.
Mirnyi did not expect this.. Mirnyi's pride taking a beating. He
has been found out time and time again. Down the line for a winner.
Beautiful stroke. Neighbour plaster has come off his
heel and moved into his sock. Took its time but it did find the
service box. He hasn't missed much, Skupski.
Maybe got bait overexcited on that forehand.
Encouragement from Ken Skupski to Jocelyn Rae. Second serve from
Makarova. Is She's put it away, well played.
Another break point. It is just inside. That is a great
shot from the Russian. Rae was predicting that Makarova was
going to go up the line here, so this has to be oh so tight to the
line. It was exactly that. Skupski was running himself ragged.
Premet Taited move. In the end it backfired because it put Rae off. --
premeditated. The winner of this match will play Jamie Murray and
Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals. That would be quite a line up, if it
is Rae and Skupski in particular. Makarova, despite being in trouble
on that service game has hell it together, following the change of
end, Jocelyn Rae will serve for a 5-3 lead.
They are experienced these two, when you look at what they have done in
Grand Slam tennis, ten Grand Slams to miles an hour's names. He won the
mixed here with Serena Williams back in 1998.
Makarova has won two women's doubles titles. In the Grand Slams. Never
here in Wimbledon though. Did win the mixed at the US Open, Bruno
Suarez back in 2012. So it was going to be a big ask for Rae and Skupski
being the wildcards, but you have to say they have done a brilliant job.
It hasn't looked like the pair... They have raised their game on Court
One. British pair's connections sits
above the score board there, can they take it along and win this
second set, 4-3 in front. At the moment very few unforced
errors coming from Skupski and Rae. They are playing the percentages and
playing really solid doubles. There has been a couple of flashy shots in
there too. Giving very little away. That was a decent return right at
the feet of Jocelyn Rae. A long way down, he is -- she is
tall. Taller than Ken. First set is important for Rae. Now
Skupski dictates and dominates at the net.
Max Mirnyi is really having an off day with the service return.
Weave not seen very much in the way of spectacular from the bell Russian
here tonight. He has been broken. Hope to break him again now, and
take this second set. 3-5. Belarussian here tonight. He has
been broken. Hope to break him again now, and take this second set. 3-5.
A great move by Skupski, wanting to get forward, wanting to get on top
of the point. These are the type of misses you
don't mind, if you are doing the right thing.
Ian here tonight. He has been broken. Hope to break him again now,
and take this second set. 3-5. A great move by Skupski, wanting to
get forward, wanting to get on top of the point.
These are the type of misses you don't mind, if you are doing the
right thing. That the best service game Max
Mirnyi has thrown in for a while. After this break, change of ends
Italy be Ken Skupski attempting to serve it out and take to us a third
and final set. -- it will be.
Tactical discussions going on, what is characterised their performance
has opinion their sheer enjoyment of being out here, there has been lots
of smiling and laughter. It is about trying to get the right balance. You
want to have fun and as you can see, they are in a lot of discussion. You
want to stay relax. You want to stay loose. You also want to enjoy the
moment, as I said before, it is no often these will will get the chance
to play on such a great court. You have to stay focussed and focus on
the job in hand. I am sure they are discussing a few bits and pieces
here. Skupski has been excellent on serve
so far, but as we same Mirnyi came out to serve it out at 5-4 and got a
little shaky. I am sure the British fans will be hoping that is not the
case with Skupski this time round, in the second set.
Younger brother Neil in the stands. Ken, serving for the set.
A bold second. That was quicker than his first serve.
That one kicked off the line, a big puff of white.
It grips it a bit, you often see players swing early. That is what
happened with Mirnyi there. Here are two set points for Skupski
and Rae. So we are tied at one set all. We do
have to Leigh it. If you want to continue watching it is the featured
match on the Red Button and Claire will update the result in Today At
Wimbledon. It has been a dramatic day, but looking ahead to tomorrow,
lady's semifinals day. Muguruza versus Rybarikova and the five time
champion Venus Williams up against Johanna Konta who has not looked as
though she is a player shouldering the burden of expectation then a
lovely mixed doubles match to look forward to as well. That is
tomorrow, we will be on the air at 12.30 on BBC Two, but stay tuned,
because today at Wimbledon is next and there is is a lot to discuss.
Live coverage continues from Wimbledon with Sue Barker. The men take centre stage as they battle to make it through to the last four. This time last year sixth seed Milos Raonic impressively defeated American Sam Querrey in four sets to set up a semi-final meeting with legend Roger Federer.