Wimbledon, Day 9: Murray, Djokovic remain on course for 'final clash'
World number one Novak Djokovic reached his 13th consecutive Grand Slam semi-final while Juan Martin del Potro played through the pain barrier to reach his first Wimbledon semis. India's Rohan Bopanna made it to the mixed doubles quarter-finals. All AFP and AP images.
World number one Novak Djokovic reached his 13th consecutive Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-3 win over Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. (AFP photos and text)
Djokovic, the 2011 champion, will face Juan Martin del Potro, the Argentine eighth seed, for a place in Sunday's final.
After the loss, Tomas Berdych had this to say, "I can play better than I played today. If you give him too much then it's a lot."
Andy Murray pulled off a dramatic comeback from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco in the Wimbledon quarter-finals and keep up home hopes of a first British champion since 1936.
Fans inside the 15,000-seater court were on their feet as Murray came back from the brink. Outside, the world number two was roared on by supporters packing the Aorangi Terrace, where fans waving British and Scottish flags watched on the big screen.
"I came through an incredibly tough match. It could have gone the other way. I found a way to get through and that's all you need," said Murray, the US Open and Olympic champion. <br><br> "I know how good these players are and it's everyone else who keeps trying to say that they're not," he said of his opponents, calling Verdasco "incredibly dangerous".
Juan Martin del Potro played through the pain barrier to reach his first Wimbledon semi-final as the former US Open champion defeated Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5).
Juan Martin del Potro needed treatment after suffering a nasty fall in the first game of his Wimbledon quarter-final against Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer. He was treated for several minutes before finally deciding to resume playing.
Seventh seeds Rohan Bopanna and his Chinese partner Jie Zheng became the first pair to enter the last eight after defeating unseeded Swedish-Hungarian duo Johan Brunstrom and Katalin Marosi 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-1 in one hour and 29 minutes.
Jerzy Janowicz became the first Polish man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday when he defeated compatriot Lukasz Kubot 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.