WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013 — Wimbledon this year doomed the hopes of some tennis’ best players. The latest to slide towards the exit is Spain’s David Ferrer, who was taken down by Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 6-4, 7-6, who himself slipped and fell early in the match, injuring his left knee. At one point, there was some doubt whether he would continue.
Ferrer, who was hurt in an earlier match, was not able to take advantage of del Potro’s injuries, and found himself on the receiving end of ferocious returns. Later, del Potro told the BBC that his last shot of the game was “my best forehand ever.”
When del Potro fell early in the play, many thought it was end, but he fought back fiercely to win. It was almost as if he understood that he had to take this match in three sets if he had any chance of advancing. Del Porto had already slipped during Saturday’s match, hyperextending his leg, and he came into the Quarterfinals all taped up.
On Friday he goes up against Serbian Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 seed, who took out No. 7 Czech Tomas Berdych, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3, in the Quarterfinals. The last time Djokovic and de Potro played on the Wimbledon court was at last year’s summer Olympics, which del Porto won, taking the bronze medal.
Britain’s Andy Murray, No. 2, gave himself a serious talking to after losing his second straight set to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, No. 54. And it helped to have the crowd pumped, loudly encouraging him, although it prompted the chair umpire to admonish them. And Murray had another advantage: he stayed on his feet and ended the match uninjured, something many of the players have not been able to do.
After five sets, Murray took the match 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5, admitting that the match was incredibly tough and “it could have gone either way.”
The Men’s Semifinals are on Friday, July 5:
Djokovic vs. del Potro
Murray vs. Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz (24)
The Women’s Semifinals start on Thursday, July 4
Germany’s Sabine Lisicki (23) vs. Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska (4)
France’s Marion Bartoli (15) vs. Beligan’s Kirsten Flipkens (20)
All coverage is live:
Thursday, July 4
7:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.: Women’s Semifinals (ESPN)
Friday, July 5
7:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.: Men’s Semifinals (ESPN)
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