Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wimbledon Report: Gentlemen's Quarterfinals


The shocks at Wimbledon continue into Day 10 of the tournament as the men take their turns in the main courts.

Defending champion Roger Federer was outplayed by Tomas Berdych as the Czech unexpectedly reached the semifinal beating the 6-time champion 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. In his presser, Federer said he was playing hurt, but with this loss and going title-less since winning the Australian Open, he drops to #3 in the world rankings since November 2003.


The other matches went as expected as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray won against their respective opponents. Nadal was down 0-5 in the first set against Robin Soderling and ended up losing the set before decisively winning in the 4th set 6-1. Djokovic had little trouble with Roddick-killer Yen-Hsun Lu, winning in straights. Finally, Britain's hope of a homegrown champion is still alive as Murray managed to recover from losing his first set of the tournament to defeat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Semifinal Preview: My predictions were shot to hell, but whatever. Even with Federer gone, the match-ups are quite juicy. It's difficult to see how both matches will go. All of them are extra motivated to win... Berdych to prove he can hang with the best of them, Djokovic to get that elusive second major title, Murray to get that elusive first major title (and at home too!), and finally Nadal to consolidate his mastery over everything.

Federer wasn't the only big upset of the day as the top American male and female doubles teams also lose. Top seeds Serena and Venus Williams, who have won the last four Grand Slam doubles titles, were defeated by Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva. Former champions and 2nd seeds Bob and Mike Bryan was ousted in four tight sets by 7th seeds Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman.

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