Wimbledon Day 9 recap: Murray out; Federer, Djokovic survive tough tests
LONDON -- It was almost another wacky Wednesday at Wimbledon. After Grigor Dimitrov knocked out defending champion Andy Murray, it looked like Novak Djokovic might be next, as he fell down two sets to one against Marin Cilic. But the Serb grinded to a five-set win, just as Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka split the first two sets of their quarterfinal match. However, once again the favorite came through, and Federer ousted his fellow Swiss in four sets. The semifinals are all set here at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer avoided the upsets: Djokovic was the one who looked like a cow on ice in his five set win over Marin Cilic. He struggled with his footing all afternoon, taking awkward fall after awkward fall, but after dropping back two sets to one, he steadied the ship to win 6-1, 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. He'll play Dimitrov on Friday.
Federer also dropped the first set to a big-hitting Stan Wawrinka, but after taking the second set in a critical tiebreaker, Federer rolled to a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 win. Wawrinka was gassed after rain delays forced him to play back to back matches on Monday and Tuesday, but credit to Federer for tightening up his game in that second set to take the wind out of Wawrinka's sails. The victory puts Federer into his ninth Wimbledon semifinal where he'll face Milos Raonic.
Women's semifinals are set: Simona Halep won 11 consecutive games to oust last year's finalist Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-0, and Eugenie Bouchard continued her dazzling form to beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4. The two will face off on Thursday for a spot in their first Wimbledon final. Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova will play an all-lefty, all-Czech derby in the other semifinal.
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Pendant ce temps, à Wimbledon... pic.twitter.com/F32YeQYCuu— MiniPeople.ch (@SwissMinipeople) July 2, 2014
@stanwawrinka is playing amazing grass court tennis... The way he is taking the ball early is .... just wow...— Taylor Townsend (@Taylor_Townsen) July 2, 2014
@GrigorDimitrov is playing more old school grass court approaches, sneak plays & mid court volleys than others. You can see Aussie influence— Pam Shriver (@PHShriver) July 2, 2014
With her loss, last year's finalist Sabine Lisicki fails to defend most of her 2013 #Wimbledon points and will fall out of the top 30.— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 2, 2014
Halep Halep Halep Halep #analysis— Louisa Thomas (@louisahthomas) July 2, 2014
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Wimbledon today. Will there be more pictures of Kate, Amelie or Kim in tomorrow's papers?— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) July 2, 2014