Saturday 2 July 2011

Wimblemund 2011, day 11

Novak Djokovic bt. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-7(9), 6-3
Rafael Nadal bt. Andy Murray 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
Men's semi-final day and everything's at stake. Who could possibly have predicted that the finalists would eventually turn out to be the world numbers 1 and 2, giving it the old one-two? First up was Djokovic and Tsonga, who played out a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting match full of flamboyant gymnastics. A lot more was on the line than just a place in the final: by winning Djokovic became the new world number 1 player. And had he lost, he would have had to swap silent letters with his opponent. But Dsonga and Tjokovic was not to be... just as Tsonga looked to be starting up another fightback, Djokovic managed to up his level and stay on course.

He will play Rafael Nadal. This is the third consecutive year that Murray's Wimbledon has ended in a semi-final defeat and the second consecutive year that it's been to Nadal, although if you want to find positives then this time he managed to win a set. Alas, tennis is a first-to-three affair and Nadal is one of the most relentless and talented players the world has ever known. Imagine how good he'd be with two good feet.

Sunday's final should be absolutely fascinating and, if we're really lucky, another classic.

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