Federer, Djokovic Line Up SF Meeting; Williams Sisters Win 2 at Wimbledon

by Staff | July 4th, 2012, 8:07 pm

The semifinals were set on the men’s side at Wimbledon on Wednesday, with Roger Federer erasing some of the disappointment of losing in the quarterfinals the past two years. The Swiss bullied Russian Mikhail Youzhny off the court 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to reach a record 32nd career Grand Slam semifinal.
“Feels great being back in the semis,” Federer said. “I know I’m playing really well. I am aware things are going to get complicated in the next match.”

“Complicated” means facing world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who had an equally easy time on Wednesday, mowing over No. 31-seeded German Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.

It will amazingly be the first meeting on the Wimbledon grass for Djokovic and Federer. Federer leads 14-12 in their career head-to-head encounters, but Djokovic has dominated of late, winning six of their last seven meetings.

“We never played on grass,” Djokovic said, “so I think it’s going to be interesting for both of us to see what happens.”

In the other semifinal, Britain will be on the edge of it’s collective seat to see if Andy Murray can advance past the powerful Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. On Wednesday Murray out-steadied Spain’s David Ferrer 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 6-4, 7-6(4), and Tsonga out-slugged German Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2.

Murray said he is not only ready for Tsonga, but ready to deflect the immense pressure to win at the All England Club.

“If you think too much about it, and you read the newspapers and you watch the stuff on TV that’s said about you, I think it would become far too much,” Murray said. “But if you kind of shield yourself from it all and kind of just get into your own little bubble, only listen to the people that are around you, then it’s something you can deal with.”

A.k.a., ‘I’ll be playing video games rather than watching the news.’
“Subconsciously, I’m probably extremely stressed out right now,” said the monotone Murray, “but I try not to feel it.”

Tsonga is 1-5 career against Murray.

In women’s doubles play on Wednesday, making up for rain-outs, the Williams sisters won two matches and are still not into the semifinals. In their second-round match they edged Russians Maria Kirilenko/Nadia Petrova 9-7 in the third, then in their third-round match they defeated American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and India’s Sania mirza 6-4, 6-3.

Already into the women’s doubles semis are top seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond of the U.S., who in their quarterfinal defeated Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in straight sets.

The Thursday women’s singles semifinals will see Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka, and Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Angelique Kerber.

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7 Comments for Federer, Djokovic Line Up SF Meeting; Williams Sisters Win 2 at Wimbledon

Kimmi Says:

Congrats to muzza. that was a tough match for him. very happy for muzza.

Hope he can reach the final.

Brando Says:

WOW, its set now: fed v novak, muzza v ali- 2 mouthwatering matches. who’s going to win? i think for the first time in a long time we have 2 genuinely 50/50 matches.

– Muzza v Ali:

i think tsonga is being underestimated in some quarters and has MORE than a punchers chance here. From the start of RG until now what we have seen is a mature, talented player FINALLY getting it together.

IF he could tae novak to mp on CLAY in front of the expecting home crowd in RG, why can he not beat andy- who will be feeling the heat on friday for sure? I thin he can, it’s certainly 50/50 IMO.

That said, HOPE andy wins. Murray in 4 or maybe 5 is my call.

– Fed v novak:

Another 50/50 contest- DEPENDENT on the condition of fed’s back. IF fed is telling the truth and he is fine and fit (genuinely hope he is), then he has a definate chance in this one.

I cannot see this match going to 5 sets. IF fed wins it’s probably in 3, BUT novak in 4 is what i fancy.

In my mind i’m certain that IF fed is to win he has to win the first set and end this current run of 8 CONSECUTIVE SETS LOST to novak!

He has to firing on all cylinders in order to win- something novak, imo, does need to necessarily do in order to win.

Facts are facts- one guy is going 31 and has seen his best years, the other is 25 and is enjoying his peak.

Novak in 4 is the pick here.

Nirmal Kumar Says:

I think the match against Youz was a bad setup for Roger. Youz played so badly, it would have given a false sense of satisfaction to Roger. Roger did not get any rhythm from this match. It was more like a practice session for him, not a typical Quarters match.

Roger typically gets his First serve percentage low against both Rafa and Novak, specially on GS. It’s more because of the pressure he faces on the returns, so he tries to go for the lines more than his normal instinctive serve. Many have been foolishly thinking that Roger’s serve breaks because of his back. But his serve breaks when it’s under pressure. He relies more on rhythm and placement which works fine when he is confident. When Roger loses confidence, then his serve is the first shot which shows it.

It’s a pity Roger has to face Novak consecutively with a poor winning record against him. It’s a huge positive for Novak, seeing Roger in the other side based on their last 4 months matchup.

Michael Says:

Novak Vs Roger

It is well known that Novak has got the measure of Roger in the last matches that they have played. But they have not met on Grass before and I think that will be the difference here. If a winner has to be picked here, I would say Roger in four competitive sets.

Murray Vs Tsonga

Murray’s confidence must be bolstered by his last win against Ferrer whereas Tsonga didn’t have a good match against Kohlschrieber. But still I give Tsonga the edge here and a win in five competitive sets. This is because on faster courts, Tsonga can upset the rythm of any player.

So, according to me it may be Roger vs Tsonga in the finals. But this is only my prediction and I may be wrong too.

Colin Says:

It is of course difficult to compare two matches involving four different players, but I’d say Murray’s quarter-final win was a more impressive achievement than Tsonga’s.
Both were hard-fought four-setters, but look at the opposition. Murray was up against the 7th seed, a formidable player in great form,Tsonga the twenty seventh, a man who has over-achieved this week.
In his best form, Tsonga is liable to beat anyone, but if he were at his best right now, he’d have swept Kohlschreiber aside as Fed and Nole did their quarter-final victims.
What makes it interesting is that both Andy and JW are unpredictable.

Colin Says:

Here’s a question that’s not about the game itself. What are those little items the players eat? They look like fruit filled cereal “breakfast bars”, but the guys don’t appear to be chewing anything. Rather they seem to be sucking the contents as if it’s a paste of some sort.
Eating bananas is surely pointless nutritionally. By the time they’re digested and absorbed by the body, the match will be over!

Margot Says:

Colin: what I really liked about Andy, besides his tough play in clutch moments, was the fact that during the matches against Baggy and Ferrer, he was able to play himself into form.
That should give him a lot of confidence in the future, because, usually, as we know, he’s a slow starter and sometimes he’s allowed initial poor play to weigh him down.
Perhaps he’s started to believe in himself at long last.
I think it’s a different Andy from Wimbledon last year. Sure hope I’m right.

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