Men’s QF Day at Wimbledon and my my was there plenty of action out on the courts today!
Our young Aussie sensation Bernard Tomic took on Novak Djokovic and showed that he clearly had the skill and class to be matching it with the world’s best within the next year or so. Often pushing Djokovic during the match and causing some moments of frustration for the world number two. It was a fantastic effort by the young Aussie, unfortunately for us in Australia however, Djokovic overcame his frustrations and defeated Tomic 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-5. It was great to see Djokovic at the end of the match display great sportsmanship and acknowledge the fight that Tomic gave him, friends or not it was a great sight to see in elite sport!
Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga round out this half of the men’s draw, Federer controlling the first set fairly easily against the Frenchmen. Tsonga bounced back in the second however, throwing his body and his racquet around the court to keep the ball in play. Still Federer held out before losing in the third set to the Frenchmen, who kept chasing down most of the balls Federer was hitting his way. That turned out to hold true for the rest of the match with Tsonga proving too good for Federer and winning the final three sets to clinch his spot in the SF’s. Scoreline for this match read: 3-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-4
Rafael Nadal, nursing a foot injury, made short work of the tenth seed Mardy Fish defeating him in four sets. Nadal won the first two with ease before dropping the third set to Fish, that seemed to shake him back into action however, and he wrapped up the match in the fourth. 6-3 6-3 5-7 6-4. This now puts Nadal on a collision course with the home-town hero, Andy Murray.
Murray had the easiest run through to the SF’s of all the competitors with a clinical win over Feliciano Lopez. Murray was the only player to keep it short and simple and beat Lopez in straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-4. He now takes on Nadal and the home crowd would be cheering him on and the noise on centre court if he gets in front would be unbelievable. Imagine if he made it to the final and won!
The top four seeds in the men’s draw almost completed the SF sweep, if it wasn’t for Tsonga knocking Federer out. This now puts Tsonga as the dark horse, Murray as the local hero and Nadal would still possibly be the favourite.
Matchups for the SF’s are as follows:
Nadal (1) v Murray (4)
Djokovic (2) v Tsonga (12)