Andy Murray v Fernando Verdasco: Wimbledon day nine as it happened

Text commentary as Andy Murray fights back from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco and reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.

3 July 2013 Last updated at 18:49 GMT

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  1. 1942: 

    A magnificent five-setter to add to the many twists at this year's Wimblestun. In Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, two familiar names have made it through to the final Friday while Juan Martin Del Potro and Jerzy Janowicz add a touch of unfamiliarity, unpredictability if you wish, to the line-up.

    Women's semi-finals on Thursday. Who has made it through? Sabine Lisicki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Marion Bartoli and Kirsten Flipkens. Whoever wins, it won't be a stunning surprise as no-one has a clue who will reach the final.

    Time for us to wrap up today's live text commentary and prepare for the more of the same in the morrow. Still a thirst for tennis? Today at Wimbledon on BBC Two (20:00 BST) will quench it. Bye for now.


    Rebecca in Chelmsford: Went for a walk this afternoon, and when I got back, Murray was 2 sets down. He then won. Clearly I shouldn't go out again! Rebecca in Chelmsford.

    Oliver in Bramhall: Watching from my office with glass windows where all my staff can see me. Letting out a scream wasn't the best idea. I've sent this whilst slumping in my chair behind my computer screen. Avoiding the looks. Well done Murray!

  3. 1935: 

    And so four remain. Here is who they are:

    Novak Djokovic [1] v Juan Martin Del Potro [8]

    Jerzy Janowicz [24] v Andy Murray [2]


    Mark A Chambers: Bad news everybody...we've got to go through it all again on Friday! :)

    Katie Brown: Murray was 2 sets down & then I come home and start watching and he wins the next 3! Coincidence? I think not!

    Gill: Dear BBC, any chance of replaying the entire Murray v Verdasco match on Today at Wimbledon pls? Say you'll think about it.


    Sydney Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis: Exhilarating tennis @andy_murray v Verdasco! Wow!! Well done Andy - but what a shame no more Fernando

    BBC Sport presenter Gabby Logan: I could watch that all again. Especially now I know the ending.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "From Murray's point of view the opportunity to play Janowicz in a Grand Slam semi-final he didn't want to miss out on, but he will learn from this and make sure he is ready for Friday."


    Andy Murray speaking to BBC Sport: "He served unbelievably well especially when he was behind. In the first set he played some really good stuff, in the second set my level dropped and I started rushing a bit but just managed to turn it round. I made some poor choices. He served fantastically well. He's a very, very good player he's been at the top of the game before and he's playing well again. I started to play more solid and really took my time when I had the chance.

    "There's been a lot of matches where I've been behind and managed to turn it round; I don't know if it is the most emotional match, but it was an unbelievable atmosphere and great to get through."

  8. 1921: 
    Andy Murray celebrates victory

    Murray into his fifth consecutive Wimbledon semi-final, but he took the long road through the mountains to get there. Fernando Verdasco in the form many thought was years behind him, and even in that fifth he looked for long periods the more likely man. Breathless stuff. I need some fresh air.

    Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Murray is very relieved. What a mental battle. He was up, down, frustrated, angry. But he's got it out of his system and I think he'll be ready to take on Janowicz."


    Comedian Dara O Briain: bravo @andy_murray! A little less exhausting next time, please...

    Sprinter Adam Gemili: Murray you absolute beauty

  11. 1920: 

    Three hours and 27 minutes. No-one's moved in all that time. Well played, bladders of Great Britain.


    Ben Horrigan: Though I never thought that we could lose, there's no regret. If I had to do the same again, I would, my friend, Verdasco.

    Deccy: My 2000th tweet and I'm using it to say Well Done Andy fantastic game well played @andy_murray

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport commentator

    "Not since the Olympics have we heard this noise."


    Magnificent contest, magnificent recovery. Murray looked a goner there, his Wimbledon hopes up in smoke and tailspinning away into the grey evening light, but somehow he dragged himself back from the edge. Jerzy Janowicz ahead in Friday's semi-final, but we'll worry about that when we get there - for now, let's salute both players just as Centre Court does the same.


    Max Chamberlain: Walking home whilst following the tennis. Narrowly missed 3 lamppost collisions so far!

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5 Verdasco

    Long from Verdasco. Madness in the crowd, sheer giddy madness. Acer down the middle, it's moments away. Verdasco... LONG! MURRAY LIVES! HE LIVES!

    * Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 6-5 Verdasco

    Murray battering flat backhands down the line - Verdasco wilting, his own backhand wide. 15-30, palms sticky. First serve missed. Second hard and long, Murray out wide, Verdasco dismissive at the net, 30-30. What a rally this is - exquisite torture, each shot a heart-stopper, Murray taking control, taking charge, forehand down the line - break point. Come on, come one... Murray into the serve - he can launch a forehand deep into Verdasco's forehand side, and the return... long! It's long! Murray steals the break, and he'll serve for a place in the semi-finals.

    Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 5-5 Verdasco *
    Kim Sears, Andy Murray's girlfriend, looks on

    It's a serious old business, this sporting lark. Not sure anyone in the rammed stands would use the word "enjoyment" right now. Murray waits, bounces the ball, and again, Verdasco a jumping jack on the baseline... mmm, serves with meat, sliced backhands, Verdasco going long, Murray with a gap out wide - yes, finds it with laser-guided precision, and on we march...

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "Certainly at this stage it's going to be the clarity of thought that's going to be so important."

    * Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 4-5 Verdasco

    The only thing unmoved by this ding-dong is Verdasco's hair. Remarkable display under immense duress. He'll launch forehands away again like torpedoes, and Murray can once again do no more than watch them fizz past. Murray must hold serve to stay in the championships. Cross all available non-crossed digits/limbs.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "You feel like Verdasco is rolling the dice and at the moment his numbers are coming up, is he going to be able to sustain it coming up to the finish line?"

    Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash watching Murray v Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Verdasco has got nothing to lose. He's got all the shots. He's going for it but you wonder if he's going to keep it up."

    Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 4-4 Verdasco *

    A couple of chaps in the crowd, one with the word "Come" on his T-shirt and the other with "Murray". I'd guess that "On" has gone for a courtesy break. Trouble here, real trouble - a camera flash into Murray's face as he prepares to serve, and although the serve lands good the subsequent forehand goes long for 0-30. Nerves clang like a fire engine's bell. Slicing serve out wide, Verdasco into the net. Murray marooned deep and wide again, and Verdasco can cream this down the line - no! Went cross-court, tight like a tourniquet through the shoulders, bunts it wide, Huge escape. Murray to the net for a volley made simple by the approach - throaty roars - and then lacing a forehand away for the game. Wobbles a-go-go, wriggles away.


    Ross McDonald: Worry for Murray is how relaxed Verdasco looks! He's so chilled, and with nothing to lose, very dangerous.

    Eleanor Parker: Staying at work because I can't bear to go home and miss a second of Muzza!

    Heather AN: Come on #Murray! Desperately following the match on the BBC between tube stops #bbcwimbledon. So tense!

    * Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 3-4 Verdasco

    A 22nd forehand error from Verdasco, and a 23rd - 15-30 on the Iberian serve, and - he hasn't has he? He has, you know - second serve ace, and I'm not sure if going for that was genius or insanity. Big serve out wide to the forehand, in like a man on a bungee cord to crash away the volley. 40-30. Aced again! Admirable pluck from the 29-year-old, refusing to lie down, refusing to bend to the crowd's will.

    Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 3-3 Verdasco *

    Into a fourth hour, and with it the best possible tonic from Murray - a hold to love, the serve boom-booming, the forehand dismissive. That's lifted the crowd, too, not that the noise has abated since the turnaround began in that second set.

    Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash watching Murray v Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Nine months without playing a left-hander is causing Murray a lot of trouble."

    Listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "With so many early round losses confidence for Verdasco was so low and when you look it at him playing like this it's hard to believe he's 54 in the world, but if he carries on playing like this he'll be back in the top 20 and maybe the top 10."

    * Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 2-3 Verdasco

    You have to say that's magnificent from Fernando - slicing deep to Murray's backhand, slicing again, shaving more and more off Murray's resolve with every shot before couping de grace with a hammering forehand into the other corner. Murray yet to get any sort of fingerhold on the Spaniard's serve in this decisive set; if anyone imagined this would be a parade to the line for the home favourite, their delusion has quickly been exposed.


    Neil Bazley: Thank goodness for mobile internet devices and #bbcwimbledon coverage! Means I can keep up to date on the journey! Come on Andy!

    You can watch the match online, on mobiles, tablets and the BBC Sport app.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "Who's willing to go where it hurts?"

    Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 2-2 Verdasco *

    Vooosh, silly shot from Murray, that ping-pong style forehand slice asking Verdasco in to dictate and claim the point. There's the positivity we're after - in behind a big serve, volleying away with alacrity. Verdasco will float a backhand long, and on we shall roll. Who's bliking first?

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "Verdasco is not making it easy for Murray, he doesn't seem too rattled having wasted a two-set lead."

    * Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 1-2 Verdasco

    An irregular corner of court spread with buttery evening sunshine, the rest of the arena left dark and cool by creeping shadow. Murray with two backhand errors to let Verdasco breathe easy at 40-0; sliding leftie serve out beyond Murray's full-length forehand. The Spaniard has started this shoot-out marginally the better than the Briton; long hard yards yet to be claimed.


    Peter Riley: Is Murray on the verge of a comeback Sir Alex himself would be proud? Think Andy gave himself the hairdryer treatment

    Lau Stronach: Who would have thought leaving work would make you stressed! The commute is keeping me from #bbcwimbledon. Andy Murray YOU CAN DO IT!

    Champagne moment- Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 1-1 Verdasco *
    Andy Murray

    Murray at the net - Verdasco cross-court off that frightening forehand, Murray throwing himself to his left with racquet outstretched - Becker volley, a thousand camera clicks, 10,000 wild cheers of delight. Level pegs, hearts pound.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "Talk about a match of two halves, it took Verdasco an hour and 20 minutes to get two sets up and it took Andy an hour and 20 minutes to get it back to 2-2."

    * Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 0-1 Verdasco

    Navy-coated line judges lean forward, hands on the knees of their creme slacks, eyes narrowed against the low evening sun. Verdasco will crank up his serve - out to 40-15, back to 40-30 as Murray tries to pass him and forces a reflex volley long. Not this time - thrashing serve, the Spaniard in behind it to biff away the drive-volley.


    Anonymous on 81111 (please include your names): When Tim Henman retired I didn't think I would get so stressed watching tennis again... How wrong I was. Come on Andy!

    GAME AND FOURTH SET- Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 Verdasco *

    The Murray serve a fearsome weapon now - ace number 12, three set points... Thumper down the middle, the return high and hapless, Murray underneath it - the roars tells you all you need to know, hammered away deep and safe, and from the very brink Murray has brought it back to two sets apiece. Dash to the restroom, phone out for a takeaway dinner, let the dog walk itself - we're into a fifth...

    Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "When you are trailing by two sets every point counts so it has been a good effort by Murray. He has had his back against the wall but he is now performing."

    * Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 5-4 Verdasco

    Pressure all over the Spaniard - long on the forehand, his 32nd unforced error. He's hit 33 clean winners, a little stat which tells you a great deal. Murray just long to let the game slip; he'll go to his chair at the changeover knowing a single hold of his own will bring happy parity.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "There's never a bad time for a love service game but that seems like a very good time and from Murray's point of view he'd quite like another break of serve to be serving first in the fifth."

    Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 5-3 Verdasco *

    We're at the stage now where every point for Murray is greeted with bug-eyed delirium. Murray out to 30-0 before Verdasco can draw breath, then drifting a backhand into the corner to catch his man off-balance. Murray a single game away from taking us into a fifth set decider, but by cranky we're being put through the mangle...

    Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash watching Murray v Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Now Verdasco is getting frustrated. The noise of the crowd is putting him off."

    MURRAY BREAKS- * Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 4-3 Verdasco
    Andy Murray

    Verdasco launching those tank-busting forehands, Murray fizzing along the baseline with dash and scamper - slicing to create time to get back, flattening a forehand of his own to force the error. 0-30, yells and whoops blistering the ears. Verdasco has no interest in playing the stooge here though - wonderful depth and pace on those forehands, rapidly to 40-30 and seemingly safe. Yet what's this - Murray stepping in, picking off his rival gunslinger, fading a backhand down the line, clattering a forehand, Verdasco... long! Murray breaks! He breaks!

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "After getting on to level terms he's really got to try and make this game last, get stuck into the Verdasco service game."

    Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 3-3 Verdasco *

    Clubbing forehands from Verdasco, too much for Murray, 0-30 as jitters sweep through the stands. Thrashing ace down the middle, the service equivalent of a shot of brandy for the doom-mongerers and knee-knockers. Ach, forehand long under intense pressure, the baseline equivalent of a flat lager. Break point, all around fingernails between teeth... ACE! Centre roaring, waving fists, slapping backs - Verdasco into the net, Murray surviving by the skinniest of margins. And breathe.

  49. 1804: 

    "I'm just really happy," says semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz, taking deep breaths and shaking during his BBC interview. "I'm just really happy," he repeats, still visibly shaking. The Pole unable to string a sentence together after reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final.

    Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash watching Murray v Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is the sort of battle you expect Murray to win as long as he doesn't get too negative. But he's got to be on his toes and be ready to go again. As we have witnessed over the course of the last couple of hours, Verdasco is good enough to smack some winners."


    Jamie Scott: Easily the best moment of Wimbledon: Janowicz wins; the Poles embrace, in tears, & exchange shirts. History for Poland.

    Greg Matthews: If Murray does come through this, he has been extremely lucky. Not played well today at all.

    * Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 2-3 Verdasco
    Jerzy Janowicz

    A glimpse of Janowicz over on no.1 - blubbing his eyes out after his win over compatriot Kubot. Emotional. Verdasco to hold to keep his Iberian snout marginally in front.

    Former Wimbledon doubles winner Mark Woodforde watching Kubot v Janowicz, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Janowicz has been on song with that serve of his to fight off numerous break points. The two Polish players embrace at the end and even swap shirts."

    Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 2-2 Verdasco *

    Murray holds to love, and at this stage that's worth a GB up arrow. Sun's gone back in, not that anyone else has noticed. The match suddenly accelerating, the tension cranking and ratcheting up.

    * Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 1-2 Verdasco
    Ivan Lendl

    Coach Lendl, as impassive as a concrete wall. Verdasco holds in the first drama-free game for an age. No-one shifting from their seats around Centre. Food? Who needs food?

    Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "Maybe Andy Murray can be encouraged by fellow Briton Kyle Edmund, who has picked up his second win of the day - this time in the boys' doubles.

    "The Yorkshire player and Portuguese partner Frederico Ferreira Silva are top seeds and beat unseeded Swedish pair Daniel Windahl and Elias Ymer 7-5 4-6 6-3."

  57. 1758: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Janowicz 7-5 6-4 6-4 Kubot

    Jerzy Janowicz becomes Poland's first male Grand Slam semi-finalist after beating compatriot Lukasz Kubot. The 24th seed falls to the floor and sheds a tear or two.

    Murray Mount

    A pensive-looking Murray Mount as British number one Andy Murray battles against Fernando Verdasco on Centre Court. For more photographs, go to the BBC Facebook and Instagram pages.

    Champagne moment- Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 1-1 Verdasco *

    Murray, knee-length white shorts, mid-calf white socks, collarless t-shirt. Disconcerting backhand error wide of the lines, and what on earth... forehand drop-shot, never above net height, a thousand tiny sighs around Centre as a little more hope dies. Getting far too deep here, Murray - break point down, surely not now... BOOM! Won't be getting that serve back. Here we go - Murray scampering, Verdasco to the net - Murray cross-court, slipping as he does so, watching prone as Verdasco dives to his left - no! He'll get his racquet to it, but only to send the ball straight up - he'll flick over now on the second attempt like some sort of children's entertainer, but the rule-book has no truck with that sort of trick. Murray alive!

  60. 1756: 

    Janowicz squanders three break points in the third set of his quarter-final on Court One but grabs the fourth, his compatriot chasing down a tasty lob and biffing a backhand into the tramlines. Janowicz leads 7-5 6-4 *5-4

    Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash watching Murray v Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Murray will go on and win it now. The momentum is with him. Before he was almost relying too much on the crowd. The Olympic fever he relied on last year is not quite here. It's a more conservative Wimbledon crowd. Before he almost got to boiling point where he released everything, but now he has got some calm serenity."

    Listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "For me it's about the mentality of Verdasco, whether he has the courage, the belief to step up and commit to his shots."

    * Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 0-1 Verdasco

    As the metaphorical clouds begin to lift, so too do the heavy grey meteorological ones up above. Serendipitous. Murray with a second-set style forehand into the net. Two hours gone now, many sweaty minutes ahead.

    Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Verdasco will be hoping that Murray gets upset again because that is how he [Verdasco] won the first two sets. Murray was a little bit too enthusiastic and tried too much earlier. What Murray needs to do now is keep it simple and stay calm."

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    Mark A Chambers: Well I guess it wouldn't be Wimbledon if our Number 1 Brit didn't put us all through the mill.....Come on Muzza!! :)

    James Connolly: Relax everyone. With Sir Alex present, the comeback is on. He'll do it in Fergie time!

    Laura Lambert: Dont think the sole supporter of verdasco in the pub who keeps shouting "come on tobasco" realises how unpopular he is!

    GAME AND THIRD SET- Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 Verdasco *

    Mockers, where art thou sting? Apologies, that sentence makes no sense, but that's what this atmosphere is doing to logic - Murray gallooping away with his serve and with it the set. How's the mood?

    * Murray 4-6 3-6 5-1 Verdasco
    Judy Murray

    She's not the only nervous one in here. Verdasco maybe just wilting round the edges now though - forehand wide, Murray a point for a second break - take that, sir, biffed deep, Verdasco unable to handle the heat. Looking as if the end has been postponed for another set at least, although even as those words leave my fingertips I fear mockers reprisals.

  68. 1733: 
    Janowicz v Kubot

    The third set of the other quarter-final - being contested by Polish pair Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot - is all on serve. Janowicz leads 7-5 6-4 *1-2.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "There must be a reason why Verdasco hasn't won a big tournament and it's not because of his tennis so it must be his mentality, he's fragile at times."

    Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Murray is more composed. But he needs to win this set, get on the board and get Verdasco thinking a bit. He realises - or at least I hope he does - that he can't afford more negative moments because Verdasco is a good player."

    Murray 4-6 3-6 4-1 Verdasco *

    A giddily rapt woman courtside stands to wave two small hand-held Union flags with franctic encouragement. Now the serve is starting to fizz and flash for Murray, the ace out wide leaving his opponent flat-footed if still in the ascendancy.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "It's impossible not to be aware of the crowd and Andy is going to need all the help he can get. You've got to take small steps, put the first two sets behind you and start afresh. He's got off to a good start in this set and step by step you can put pressure on your opponent."

    * Murray 4-6 3-6 3-1 Verdasco
    Andy Murray fans on Henman Hill

    Make what you will of this Cronenbergesque image. It's you watching him being watched by multiple hims. Verdasco cruising at 40-15, but a forehand wide and double fault - his sixth - offer up another break point. Crashing serve out wide, deuce; crashing serve down the middle, advantage Espana. Acer out wide, Verdasco on the board in this third set.

    Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Murray has relaxed a bit and he understands he is probably going to have to play for another two hours if he wants to win this match."

    Murray 4-6 3-6 3-0 Verdasco *

    Murray ace - huzzah! at another anxious 30-30, and he'll come in behind this forehand - yes, volley into the corner, Verdasco pulling his backhand into the net. A little daylight, in this set at least, and on Murray Mound the Union flag umbrellas twirl. He couldn't, could he? Could he? Or could he?


    BBC Radio 5 live's Alison Mitchell: Umpire on Ct 1: "In courtesy to the players, can the crowd please get back to this match" #headphones #Murray.

    Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash watching Murray v Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Andy needs to grab Fernando Verdasco's headphones and listen to something for a couple of minutes. In other words he needs to relax. It's as though he is trying too hard. It's really tough when there are 16,000 people and the whole nation cheering him. His brain is going a million miles an hour and he can't focus."

    Listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

    MURRAY BREAKS- * Murray 4-6 3-6 2-0 Verdasco

    Hold back those horsemen of the apocalypse - double fault from Verdasco, then a forehand into the net - break points for Murray, and he'll take the second as the Spaniard clumps an off-balance baseline forehand into the net once more. That hissing noise you can hear? A life-jacket inflating. Now to hold, and then the rest.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "Murray's just got to find a way now, it doesn't have to be pretty, just find a way, find your courage."


    David: Murray is way too defensive. Waiting for his opponent to make mistakes will cost him this match.

    Re Carol's question, James in Manchester: Last time both winners came from same country was 2000, Pete Sampras and Venus Williams.

    Murray 4-6 3-6 1-0 Verdasco *
    Andy Murray

    Murray has a 14-6 record in five-set matches, Verdasco 16-13. Take what succour you can from those cold numbers. Gasps of horror around Centre, and Murray is living a nightmare out there, clawing at the sheets, screaming in his sleep - forehand wide, a forehand he could make a thousand times, chased by a forehand volley into the net so lacking in conviction it snivels off his strings. Deuce. Better serve down the middle, Verdasco into the net, advantage Murray, same again. Sweet relief, but for how long?

  82. 1715: 
    Janowicz v Kubot

    Jerzy Janowicz squeezes the second set out of his countryman Lukasz Kubot out on Court One to take a commanding lead in the all-Polish quarter-final. Janowicz has clocked up 21 aces. Janowicz leads 7-5 6-4*.

    Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash watching Murray v Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's easy from up here to talk about Murray's choice of shots. I'm concerned about him. There's something going on in his brain and he's yelling up to his box. Verdasco has been serving bombs."

    GAME AND SECOND SET- Murray 4-6 3-6 Verdasco

    Bedlam around Centre as Murray sprints wide, way wide to somehow flick a forehand cross-court. 0-30 - scratch that, 0-40 as Verdasco scoops a forehand out of bounds. Come on man, carpe the diem... He can't, putting that forehand well long, blown backwards by the force of the Verdasco forehand, throwing in a woeful backhand slice, wafting long - Verdasco ascendent, two sets to the good, Murray in a pit of despair. If it's going to happen, we're in for the long haul.

  85. 1704: 
    Janowicz v Kubot

    Just moments after Fernando Verdasco breaks Andy Murray's serve in the second set on Centre Court, Jerzy Janowicz does the same to his fellow Pole Lukasz Kubot out on Court One. Janowicz leads 7-5 *4-3.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "Verdasco's second serve over the years has been vulnerable and serving for a two set lead he's going to be wanting to make some first serves."

    VERDASCO BREAKS- Murray 4-6 3-5 Verdasco *
    Fans in Henman Hill

    Consternation on Murray Mound rapidly souring into panic as their man muffs a desperate forehand into the net. And again! No pressure on either, and the break points are coming thick and fast - first serve missed, second one out to the leftie backhand, the return cracking into the net tape with a noise like plastic snapping and cannoning off across court at a crazy angle - a man with arms as long as Mr Tickle couldn't have reached that, and Murray is canting, listing, shipping water at a frightening rate...


    Liam McMillen: I still think Murray has it in him. I can't see Verdasco keeping this quality of play up for three sets.

    Lee Swanwick: It used to be pressure and expectancy we talked about when Murray played. Now it seems complacency is creeping in.

    Helen: Hate to say it but I don't think Murray is gonna win this!

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "I'm not sure I've seen anyone serve this consistently, this aggressively, it's got a different feel again, Murray down a set and 3-4."

    * Murray 4-6 3-4 Verdasco

    Verdasco, the concrete-haired destroyer of British dreams, holds with a brace of pulverising forehands. Trouble in the air, sirens sounding.

    Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Not for the first time in this match Murray has grabbed his hip. It seems to be bothering him. It's something that's nagging him and it's taking his focus off the game."


    Hot off the email. Thursday's women's semi-finals order of play has just been released and it will be Marion Bartoli v Kirsten Flipkens up first on Centre Court before Sabine Lisicki and Agnieszka Radwanska vie for a place in Saturday's final.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "That was a poor game for Murray, you can't make four unforced errors and donate your serve like that."

    VERDASCO BREAKS- Murray 4-6 3-3 Verdasco *
    Sir Alex Ferguson reacts

    Fergie clutches at his head as Murray thumps an overhead down Verdasco's throat and can then only fend his subsequent volley into the net. Backhands long, dear oh dear, break points offered up on a silver salver - forehand, miles long, and that's a horrible game for the darling of the home crowd, an old-fashioned stinker...

    Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Hopefully we have seen the last of Murray's negative patch and it's business as usual."

    * Murray 4-6 3-2 Verdasco

    Verdasco with a forehand like the hammer of Thor, the ball hit so hard cross-court and then down the line that it's a wonder it maintains its structural integrity. Fine serve down the middle, Murray lunging to get a thin edge behind to an imaginary wicketkeeper.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "Murray's serve is now getting a defensive reply from Verdasco, in the first set it was the other way round."

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "Looks like the dialogue Murray had with his corner worked."

    Murray 4-6 3-1 Verdasco *

    Centre Court cooking at last, Sir Alex Ferguson chomping on a toffee in the Royal Box, a woman in a Union flag jacket/jester hat combo on her feet as Murray glides to the net on oiled castors to hammer away a volley and hold at a canter. The match turning.

  100. 1647: 
    Janowicz v Kubot

    The second set is still on serve over on Court One where Lukasz Kubot has just seen two break points swept off the table by Jerzy Janowicz's whipcrack of a serve. A total of 18 aces served up by the two players so far. Janowicz leads 7-5 2-2*.


    Chris Collins on 81111: Murray needs to add variation to his second serve, he is making it too easy for Verdasco to hit a good return.

    Carol: How realistic is a double Polish win? Radwanska and then Janowicz...when is the last time men and ladies champion were from the same country?

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "On that break point the most positive sign was Murray was looking to be positive, but to the forehand, and if he goes to the forehand he has a chance to open up the backhand. It should settle people down and get this ball moving in the right direction."

    MURRAY BREAKS- * Murray 4-6 2-1 Verdasco
    Fernando Verdasco

    Verdasco's hair as rigid as that of a Lego man (other anthropomorphic plastic toys also available). You could imagine it making a hollow, metallic noise if you tapped it with a pencil. Murray running round a second serve, thumping muscle, he'll have a break point here. Fizzing forehand, Verdasco forced wide, desperate forehand... wide! Murray fighting back...

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    Stephanie Siu: Handed on a plate. Come on Murray, pull yourself together and bash out the next three sets.

    Chris Harvey: Murray needs to wake up here, he's gone back into his passive shell like the bad old days

    Shohidur Rahman: Murray's weak 2nd serve is finally being punished.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "I don't like the way Murray is playing, he's way too passive and he's not moving like he was, his camp is worried and his girlfriend is a bit tense as well. He needs to get more emotion, get the crowd involved, this is the quarter-final of Wimbledon - get excited!"

    Murray 4-6 1-1 Verdasco *

    What do stats tell us? Verdasco made 15 unforced errors in that first set, Murray just three, but that double-fault on his only break-point blew the ruddy doors off. Verdasco will slice well wide off the backhand, and Murray has parity in this set at least.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "Murray really needs to knuckle down at the start of this second set, there was a lot of dialogue in the change over, one way from Murray, up to the box and that's not a good sign, he needs to change the momentum."

    * Murray 4-6 0-1 Verdasco

    Murray winning only 38% of points on his second serve, and that's been a problem all the way through for him - 44% in his fourth round victory over Mikhail Youzhny, but it was down in the 30s for a long period. The average speed of that second serve 87 mph, compared to 105 from Verdasco. Telling. Verdasco holds, trepidation and tribulation around Centre.


    Gary Lineker: Verdasco's hair is mightily impressive. I'm not sure even 5 sets will move it.

    GAME AND FIRST SET- Murray 4-6 Verdasco *
    Andy Murray

    Verdasco eyeing up Murray's vulnerable second serve, and he'll tuck into that with ravenous appetite - 15-30, and now more trouble for the Scot - is that long? Nope, it's fallen in, much to the Spaniard's surprise. Trouble now though - Verdasco flaying that forehand, Murray nowhere, set point... Murray misses the first, bounces the ball once, twice, ball toss high... missed it! Double fault, and Murray - flawless through the four rounds thus far - has dropped his first set of the championships.

  111. 1633: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET- Janowicz v Kubot

    Jerzy Janowicz breaks late to take the opening set on Court One 7-5 against fellow Pole Lukasz Kubot. The 22-year-old has won a sky-high 91% of points behind his first serve. Janowicz leads 7-5 0-0*.

    Aimee Lewis on Henman Hill, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "Henman Hill is closed. Jam-packed. No room for a slice of cucumber, let alone a glass of Pimm's. "Not even for Press?" asks my colleague Ben Dirs, greeted by four security guards perched on the steps. One burly guard pauses, thinks carefully before answering with a casual but cutting "nah". Fair enough, to the roof of Broadcasting Centre we go. [Ed, boys' doubles updates?]"

    * Murray 4-5 Verdasco

    Game of the contest so far - lovely exchange, Murray stepping on the gas to chase down a dropper, flicking it back, wrong-footing Verdasco, flighting a forehand into the open spaces to tie his opponent in such a knot it's a surprise to see his head facing the right way. Now then - double-fault, his second of the match, a Spaniard in the works as Lennon once had it. Break point, first serve wide... ah, huevos indeed, a muscular second serve at flashing pace to wriggle free. The contest alive.

  114. 1625: 
    Janowicz v Kubot

    Plenty of popping serves in the battle between the Poles over on Court One where Lukasz Kubot and Jerzy Janowicz are slugging away at each other. 5-5 in the first set, although Janowicz has wasted a couple of break points in the 11th game. Janowicz and Kubot level at 5-5*.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "It's a good game for Murray to get out of, now you really want him to put the pressure on Verdasco."

    Murray 4-4 Verdasco *

    That's nice from Verdasco, climbing into a double-fisted backhand for 0-15. Crunching forehand into the corner off another second serve, into the net for 0-30. Knees knock around Centre. Better serve, and again - serving down the middle, Verdasco's return clipping the net and falling on its backside. First serve down the middle, return off the dead portion of the strings for 40-30, but that's a sloppy forehand - deuce. Verdasco on the charge, trying to seize the initiative, swinging hard with a gambler's instinct - not this time, sir, the forehand long twice to level us up. No cake-walk this, and neither should it be.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "Some of the rallies have found Murray too defensive, too hesitant, too far behind the baseline, letting Verdasco dictate the rallies, that's going to be the key, the balance between the right aggression and too many unforced errors."

    Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash watching Murray v Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "We all said before the match that it was going to be tricky for Murray in the first set to get some rhythm. I think we have been proved right so far."

    * Murray 3-4 Verdasco
    Rod Laver

    Verdasco in at pace for a drive-volley - no no, battered long. Better first serve, Spanish hold. Rod Laver in the Royal Box - no more worthy guest. Give him his own special box. Or at least a velvet cushion.


    Elliott O'Brart: Tennis players need big theme music entrances like wrestlers - Murray struts onto Centre Court while some Hip-Hop blares out.

    Martin Robertson: You can't beat 90s wrestler the birdman Koko B Ware, love to see Murray flapping his arms whilst carrying a parrot.

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    Murray 3-3 Verdasco *

    Delightful variety from Murray, a chocolate box of old favourites - dipper cross-court, floaty backhand drop-shot, driven backhand flat, scamper to the net for a slapdown volley. Tasty.

    * Murray 2-3 Verdasco

    Verdasco's much-vaunted forehand puttering and clanking and emitting clouds of black smoke - batted well wide, then crashed long to give Murray the smallest of sniffs at 40-30. That's more like it - right onto the titanium dust, game pouched. Michael McIntyre in the Royal Box, the bouffant coping well with a nagging Centre Court breeze.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "The predicament for Murray is if he keeps going to the backhand, Verdasco moves further and further over, your target gets smaller and smaller and it means Murray is doing all the running."

    Murray 2-2 Verdasco *

    A suggestion from Ed Lucas via Twitter that there should be a gap between matches of half an hour or so to allow punters "to get drinks and nipples ready". I'm assuming he means nibbles, but these big matches do make you tense - each to their own. Murray will hold with elan once again, Verdasco making too many unforced errors to threaten consistently.

    Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Murray has to get used to the left hand serve. Once he does that then he will be more dangerous. I think the first set will be 7-5 but the second and third sets should be easy."

    Listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

    * Murray 1-2 Verdasco

    Oh dear. Verdasco stuffs a forehand into the net, and Murray has an early break point. No, more mustard on the hotdog from the Spaniard, and he'll escape in a curiously muted atmosphere. The match yet to catch light, but the kindling is there.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "For me there is no doubt Verdasco has the shots, my one question mark would be the belief, at this stage of a Grand Slam on a big court against the home player."

    Murray 1-1 Verdasco *

    Mmm, that's the way to still the early nerves - Murray, stern of expression, wiry of frame, holds in front of a stadium that is no more than half full. Almost no-one in the Royal Box. Someone bellow into the marble hallways.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, watching Murray-Verdasco, BBC Sport

    "I said in the pre-match Verdasco is one of the finest shot makers in the game today if he's on, so on a good day he's very dangerous."

    * Murray 0-1 Verdasco

    First look at this leftie serve for Murray - he's not faced a southpaw since beating Feliciano Lopez in the third round of last September's US Open. Dark clouds overhead, but Verdasco in sunny mood to hold under some pressure.

  131. 1551: 
    Janowicz v Kubot

    Jerzy Janowicz, who will be 22 years and 236 days old when the tournament ends, is bidding to become the youngest man into the Wimbledon semi-finals since one Andy Murray in 2009.

    Lukasz Kubot, the world 130, is hoping to become the lowest-ranked player to make the last four since Vladimir Voltchkov made a mockery of his 237th place on the ladder by making the 2000 semis.

    One thing is for certain. Whatever the result, there will be a Polish man into a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time.

    Kubot to serve...

    Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash watching Murray v Verdasco, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's a good effort by Verdasco to be in this position. He has changed his racquet and he seems to be happy with that. Sometimes you change something in your game, a coach or a tactic. I expect him to give Murray a decent game."

    Listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

  133. 1548: 

    A first grass court meeting between the two, this afternoon, but Murray holds an 8-1 advantage in contests on other surfaces. More than four years since they last met in competition, however. Murray to receive, we're almost there.

  134. 1545: 
    Ellen and Steph from Dundee

    This picture just in from our scouts on Murray Mount. Looking rather glassy eyed, our Scottish hero. Ellen and Steph from Dundee behind him. Good work.

  135. 1543: 

    Always a slightly lacklustre moments when the players walk onto court. Perhaps the All-England Club could look to spice these up a little - I'm not suggesting Murray comes in on a flying carpet, as Prince Naseem did once, but a recreation of the time Mick Jagger released those sacks of white butterflies on stage in Hyde Park in 1969 would be both a delight and entirely in keeping with the club's strict colour policy. Ideas to the usual - #bbcwimbledon, text 81111, @tomfordyce on Twitter.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "Murray has to make sure he dictates the points. Andy is a great returner of any serve I was amazed to hear it was the first left-hander he had faced this year but I am sure he will cope with the serve well. The conventional serve for a leftie is to try and swing it away but Andy is not only a great returner but a great reader and he will be nullifying that strength."

    Three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, watching Ferrer-Del Potro, BBC Sport

    "I'm so happy for this guy, you've got to admire Ferrer, who wouldn't, but to see Del Potro overcome what he has done to reach his first Wimbledon semi gives you goosebumps."

  138. 1538: 

    Here come the players - Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco in this third of the quarter-finals. Centre Court half empty as punters dash for restrooms post DelPo v Ferrer. Or half full, I should say - let's keep peckers up, no?


    Juan Martin del Potro talking to BBC Sport: "It's the same thing as in the third round match [against Grega Zemlja] I think its going to be dangerous if I don't recover in the next few days but I'm so happy to be in the semis. I was really close to pulling out, I felt a lot of pain it was exactly the same as before, really painful, but the doctor gave me some massive pills. I think I played my best tennis in this match, I'm so happy with my level at this moment, I beat one of the biggest players in the world, David is going to be number three in the world, and on grass he's a really tough opponent."


    Juan Martin del Potro, talking to BBC Sport about his injury: "I was really close to pulling out because I felt a lot of pain at the beginning of the match. The doctor gave me some magic pills and I was able to finish the match. I think I played my best tennis, I played my best forehand ever in this Wimbledon. It was a big performance for me. I am so happy with my level at this moment. I've beaten one of the biggest players of the season. David is going to be number three in the world next Monday."

  141. 1532: 

    Afternoon all, Fordyce with you after Henson's textbook stint. Extraordinary victory for Del Boy there, not sure anyone fancied him for that after that injury in the very first game. Pukka.


    Infostrada Sports: Juan Martin Del Potro through to semi-finals. He has yet to lose a set this year (WIM), just like Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

    Former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Jeremy Bates watching Ferrer-Del Potro, BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was a joy to watch, one of the best matches of the year. Del Potro found some of his US Open 2009 form. He has some of the most breathtaking shots in the game. He's a threat for anyone. Today he seems to have gone up another level.

  144. 1530: 

    David Ferrer takes the break, Del Potro snatches it back with a return right onto his toes, a forehand pass from the end of the world sets up a match point on the Ferrer serve and after a cagey exchange of backhands, the Del Potro forehands cracks the code. The Argentine is laid out on the lawn, just as he was in the very first game. This time it is pure joy, rather than knee pain that has him prostrate though.

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Sport

    "For a set and a bit Berdych was absolutely brilliant but he made the fatal mistake of a terrible service game when he was up a double break and let Djokovic back into the match and you simply can't do that."

  146. 1528: 

    Juan Martin del Potro beats David Ferrer 6-2 6-4 7-6 to make the semi-finals.

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-3 Berdych*

    Berdych looks across the net at the man serving for the match, the Czech's eyes full of sadness, and probably regret, after squandering a double break in the second set. A snap of the wrist and Djokovic conjures a forehand winner into the corner for three match points. A cute drop shot from the top seed... Berdych forced to scamper to the tape with the grace of a hippopotamus and he nets the volley.

    *Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 5-3 Berdych

    "OUT!" bellows a line judge, as if the world hadn't noticed a Djokovic return bouncing yards beyond the baseline. Warm applause for Berdych as he holds to love, but Djokovic unlikely to falter so close to the finish line. Or will he? Seconds until we find out.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, watching Ferrer-Del Potro, BBC Sport

    "Del Potro in the driving seat, he can certainly taste it now, and who'd have thought that a couple of hours ago?"

  150. 1524: 
    TIE-BREAK- Del Potro v Ferrer

    Juan Martin del Potro steals a mini-break up at 3-1 takes the next point as well for 4-1, but is pegged back as David Ferrer comes forward and smashes into wide open court. Still the momentum is with Del Potro at the changeover. Del Potro leads 6-2 6-4 6-6 (4-2)*.

    Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 5-2 Berdych*

    One flamethrower after another from Djokovic, the top seed easing to within a game of the set and match with a stylish ace down the 'T'.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, watching Ferrer-Del Potro, BBC Sport

    "Del Potro moving like a gazelle out there, next thing you know he's going to take all that tape off."

    *Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 4-2 Berdych

    Berdych having trouble dealing with the speed of the Djokovic returns, the Serb pouncing like a panther. Berdych crouches in an attempt to dig the ball from his toes, but he shovels a backhand into the barrier. The seventh seed holds firm though.

  154. 1520: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer

    David Ferrer usually brings a whole basketload of hustle and harry to the party, but against this patched up version of Juan Martin del Potro, all smooth movement and concussive ball-striking, he is barely ruffling his opponent. Del Potro holds to love and the Centre Court crowd edge forward in their seats to peer into a tie-break. Del Potro leads 6-2 6-4 6-6*.

    Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I still don't understand what happened to Berdych. He just stopped playing after going 3-0 ahead. He went somewhere and you can't do that against Djokovic. It's as though he said 'I don't want to win another set at Wimbledon this year'. It's just a matter of time when Djokovic breaks his serve again and they're back in the locker room."

    Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 4-1 Berdych*

    Djokovic goes on the attack, tugging his rival from tramline to tramline but the Serb errors, directing a straightforward volley into the tape. Some members are rubbing their eyes in disbelief. An ace eases the tension and the Serb, so it seems, will reach a fourth consecutive Wimbledon semi-final.

    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 3-1 Berdych

    Djokovic gambolling on the dusty baseline. An overhead at the net and all seems dandy for Berdych. But he double faults for deuce - nasty- and his camp look on anxiously. One of Berdych's crew in the players' box is nervously tapping his toes, eager to see his man limp over the line. A wayward backhand presents Djokovic with a break point and the seventh seed surrenders, throwing in the towel with a double fault of all things. Foolish.

  158. 1512: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer

    David Ferrer, 15-30, sees a serve scream through the fringes of his service box at the speed of light. He pops up a finger to challenge, but the video replay shows that Del Potro found his mark. A misjudgement from Del Potro, volleying a ball dipping right down onto his baseline, gives Ferrer deuce, but a double whopper pair of serves see off the danger. Del Potro leads 6-2 6-4 *5-5

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    Paul Trower: Del Potro vs Ferrer reminds me of Rocky IV, this tiny figure on the receiving end of gigantic serves.

    Former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Jeremy Bates watching Ferrer-Del Potro, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Ferrer doesn't seem to have the spark in his game that you normally see. He's made more errors than normal and he's fighting himself and his body rather than his opponent."

  161. 1508: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer

    David Ferrer's serve scrapes through to apply a bit for scoreboard pressure on Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine will have to serve to stay in the set at 5-4 down in the third. There has been barely a wobble from Del Potro so far though. Del Potro leads 6-2 6-4 *4-5.

    Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 2-1 Berdych*
    Novak Djokovic

    Berdych nets a return and his response is to tie a knot in his shorts. Might help. Probably won't. A howitzer down the 'T', a diving Berdych merely gets the tip of his racquet on the whizzing ball. Comfortable hold for the favourite.

  163. 1505: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer

    The Del Potro serve has more spice on it than a vindaloo and the delivery is more reliable than your local takeaway joint. Right now, David Ferrer's attempts to mount a challenge on the Argentine's serve are being shrugged off with ease. A hold to 15 and Del Potro leads 6-2 6-4 4-4*.

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Sport

    "For Berdych this a mental battle now, does he really believe he can come back against Djokovic that's the big thing. I don't think anyone else does to be quite frank."

    *Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 1-1 Berdych

    Dark clouds looming over Court One. A nerve settler for Berdych, concluding an easy peasy hold with an ace to the wings. A change of racquet for the Czech before he faces the Djokovic serve.

    Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 1-0 Berdych*

    Djokovic, the expert marksman, delves into his box of tricks and comes up with another booming ace. The Serb's serve seems impenetrable, Berdych getting his racquet on some of the missiles but his returns lack bite.

    Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I don't know what has happened to Berdych since he went 3-0 up in the second set. But it's not good."


    Martin Gardner: That's it for Berdych, he had his chance. Djokovic is going to steamroller him now.

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    GAME AND SECOND SET- *Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 Berdych

    The Czech, not renowned for being strong of mind apparently, attempts a winner but his radar malfunctions for 0-30. Another wild forehand presents Djokovic with two set points. Berdych saves one... Roar of despair from Djokovic as he scrambles to return a rip-roaring serve down the middle... With his opponent disorientated, Berdych advances to the tape, has the court at his mercy... and goes out with a whimper... plonking a simple volley into the tape.

  170. 1457: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer

    Great defences from David Ferrer as he moonballs his way back into a rally at 40-30 down on the Juan Martin del Potro serve. He then pumps a forehand long though as he looks to advance up the court and into deuce. Del Potro leads 6-2 6-4 3-3*.

    Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 5-4 Berdych*

    It is around this time of a set that a predator like Djokovic pounces on his pray. The Serb lurking, conserving energy by holding to love, waiting for the right time to stick his claws into his rival.

  172. 1452: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer
    David Ferrer

    David Ferrer's threaded backhand winner seals a service game to 30. Changing of the Line Judges as one set of blazers are replaced by another and the players take on fluids and fruit. Del Potro leads 6-2 6-4 *2-3.

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Sport

    "It's hard to keep that quality up they had in the first set, it certainly has dropped, the standard, for Berdych psychologically it's going to be difficult losing two breaks."

    *Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 4-4 Berdych

    Ferocious hitting from Berdych, a 90mph-plus forehand outfoxing Djokovic. A fine first serve from Berdych, a tame Djokovic return into the tramlines, and he's 40-0 ahead. A serve out to the wings is followed up by one of Berdych's tip-top forehands and it's a comfortable hold.

  175. 1448: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer

    Juan Martin del Potro has won 90% of points behind his first serve, which has landed 75% of the time. Uncompromising numbers. The Argentine runs down the baseline bunny's batteries with big cuffing forehands, drawing the netted backhand to take the third set back to parity. Del Potro leads 6-2 6-4 2-2*.

    Former French Open doubles finalist Jeff Tarango watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Berdych has the look of someone who has spent the last 36 hours in an interrogation room."

    Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 4-3 Berdych*

    Berdych attempting to intimidate the former champion by dashing to the net. The ploy earns the Czech a point as a sliding Djokovic places a forehand fractionally wide. At 40-30 the former Wimbledon finalist threatens but the Serb sees off the danger and nudges ahead for the first time in this set.

    Former French Open doubles finalist Jeff Tarango watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Berdych racing 3-0 ahead and then seeing Djokovic pull it back is like running a long distance race against a Kenyan. You get the first mile out of the way and you're leading and feel the best. Then you turn round and remember the Kenyan is behind you and he will probably pass you. I feel Berdych has some demons to conquer. There is something going on that has kept him from that last hurdle. You wonder what those demons are."

    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 3-3 Berdych

    Djokovic whips a forehand winner down the line and then wipes his brow with the back of his hand, as if telling to his opponent "give me the best you've got, punk". The Serb, crouching on the baseline, eyes popping with determination, moving side by side. before bursting into action with a sizzling backhand winner. Two break points. The Czech, at full stretch, takes a wild swing from the baseline and his forehand plonks into the tape.

    Former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Jeremy Bates watching Ferrer-Del Potro, BBC Radio 5 live

    "There's nothing inhibiting Del Potro with his movement at this stage of the match. He continues to penetrate Ferrer's defence."

  181. 1441: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer

    If anyone has the grit and the gumption to make it back from two sets adrift against Juan Martin del Potro, it is David Ferrer. The Spaniard's serve has gained a fair few miles per hour over the last couple of years and he gives Del Potro a bit of grief from the tee-off to hold in the first game of the second set.

    Del Potro is still crashing around like Animal on the Muppets drum-kit though. Four gigantic groundies as he holds his own serve to love. Del Potro leads 6-2 6-4 1-1*

    Three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, watching Ferrer-Del Potro, BBC Sport

    "If Ferrer can win a few easy service games he'll be able to take a little bit more risk on the Del Potro serve... if he can touch it."

    Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 2-3 Berdych*

    The world number one has recaptured his mojo. Crisp serving combined with wayward returning allows the Serb to close in on his opponent.

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Sport

    "He'll be disappointed in himself there, Berdych, he surrendered that break very easily."

    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 1-3 Berdych

    Gasps of delight around Court One, and some giggles too, as Djokovic beautifully disguises a drop shot to flummox his opponent. Complacency seems to have crept into Berdych's game as he allows Djokovic to accumulate three break points. A touch of drama as the seventh seed has words with the umpire, unhappy that his serve was deemed out when replays prove the ball bounced on the line. An intimidating stern stare from Berdych. The point is replayed... the Czech wobbles on the baseline... and Djokovic steals the game.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, watching Ferrer-Del Potro, BBC Sport

    "What an exhibition of ball striking from Del Potro, Ferrer doesn't know what hit him. Del Potro has magically, incredibly, shown some intense mental fortitude."

  187. 1433: 

    Relentless, pounding forehands from Del Potro followed by a big serve take him to 30-15. He then sweeps away a forehand to earn two set points, and takes the set when Ferrer nets a backhand. Not bad for man with one fully functioning leg. Del Potro leads 6-2 6-4*.

  188. 1429: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer

    Danger signs for Ferrer when he offers up a break point with a loose backhand, but a brave smash gets him out of trouble. Del Potro hammers his way to another chance, however, and Ferrer nets a backhand under pressure. The Argentine will serve for a two-set lead. Del Potro leads 6-2 *5-4.

    DOUBLE BREAK FOR BERDYCH- Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 0-3 Berdych*

    A 10th ace for Djokovic. Blimey. The Serb sprints to the net, places a volley over the barrier from an acute angle, looks good, but Berdych responds with a casual but effective backhand. The Czech reins in his opponent to deuce, collects a break point and a dipping backhand, full of top spin, knocks Djokovic to the canvas.

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Sport

    "I wouldn't have picked this after Djokovic won the first set, Berdych has just got right on with business."

    *Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 0-2 Berdych

    Can the Czech make the most of the opportunity he has engineered for himself? Yup. Very much so. The seventh seed's forehand as precise as a surgeon's knife and it's a hold to 15.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, watching Ferrer-Del Potro, BBC Sport

    "I liken Ferrer to a kangaroo, there is like a baseline hop and before you know it he's on to the ball."

  193. 1423: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer

    Serve is dominating on Centre, with Ferrer moving in behind it and sticking away a smash to edge ahead again in game seven, before Del Potro levels with a love hold thanks to a blistering forehand down the line. All knees, ankles and toes currently functioning well. Del Potro leads 6-2 4-4*.

    BERDYCH BREAKS- Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 0-1 Berdych*

    A double fault from Djokovic, which is a rare sight indeed. Only five double faults from the Serb during the Championships. Interesting, very interesting. Berdych swings at a forehand, finds the corner... three break points. And the Czech has it! Mind your heads if you're on Court One. Djokovic balloons a forehand into orbit. Wow.

  195. 1420: 

    Juan Martin del Potro is putting up a superb display on Centre Court after collapsing in agony during the opening game against David Ferrer. The Argentine required treatment but was able to continue and took the first set 6-2 and trails 3-2 on serve in the second. You can watch the moment he fell on the BBC Sport website.

    Former French Open doubles finalist Jeff Tarango watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Djokovic has learned to become relaxed. I don't think he was relaxed six years ago. Winning helps. All the winning he has been doing has taken all the pressure off him. He now goes to sleep thinking he's the best player of all time and wakes up determined to prove it."

    GAME AND FIRST SET- Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) Berdych*

    Berdych, at the net, smashes away an angry overhead. There was a bucket full of venom in that shot. The semi-final wannabes going toe-to-toe... 5-5... But Berdych caves in, directing the ball into the tape, the Czech's face contorts in anguish as he gifts the Serb a set point. A wayward Berdych forehand. A clench of the first from Djokovic. First blow to the Serb.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 6-6 Berdych*

    Court One bathed in sunshine, that orb in the sky peeking out of the clouds to watch this first-set decider. A wise choice, although the 12 previous games were also tasty. Djokovic looks up into the blue sky, a puffs of the cheeks, frustrated perhaps at failing to negotiate the barrier with a return. There's nothing wrong with the Serb's serve, though, and it's 3-3 at the changeover.

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Sport

    "This tie-break is more important to Berdych, it's important to both of course but if Djokovic wins it you think it will be an unbelievably tough battle for Berdych, but if Berdych wins you still think Djokovic will somehow find a way to come through."

  200. 1408: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer

    Ferrer whacks an ace down the middle to move ahead on serve at the start of the second, as the Centre Court is happily drenched in sunshine for once. Del Potro leads 6-2 *1-2.

    Djokovic 6-6 Berdych*

    Djokovic opts to serve and volley, dragging his opponent to the net and Berdych, sprinting to the tape, pushes a volley wide by the distance of a bunny's hop. The Czech seems intent on pulverising his opponent through the sheer force of his forehands, but the man on the other side of the net is Novak Djokovic. The world number one. He doesn't crumble. A beautiful lob, a booming ace and we're into a tie-break.


    Christian in Staffordshire: Berdych seems to have found his serve again to good effect, serving to love. He'll need to keep that up going into the tie break. Come on Tomy!

    Former French Open doubles finalist Jeff Tarango watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Both of these players are stretched out hitting the ball as hard as they possibly can. Berdych won that game, but is he going to win the war?"

    *Djokovic 5-6 Berdych

    Will Djokovic pounce? Nah. The Serb drags a return into the tramlines and it's a comfortable hold to love for Berdych.

    Djokovic 5-5 Berdych*

    A yelp from one nervous spectator as Berdych, noticing his opponent has his back to the play, approaches the net and taps away an easy volley. That is as good as it gets for the Czech, though, Djokovic sending down another missile which the seventh seed directs long.

    Former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Jeremy Bates watching Ferrer-Del Potro, BBC Radio 5 live

    "The injury has made Del Potro come out and be far more aggressive and throw all caution to the wind. There is continuous eye contact between Del Potro and his coach and I think he's looking for guidance [about the injury].


    Shabnam Younus: Been looking forward to Del Potro v Ferrer and it's looking like it could be epic already. DP's ahead even with injured knee!

    Steven Blake: Del Potro has mastered the art of playing tennis on one leg

    Alex Goosey: Del Potro's going to have to make this a 3 setter, or his knee is probably going to lose him the match

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "Over five sets that's what so daunting for Berdych is the amount of good shots he's going to have to keep playing. He's going to have to go slightly out of his comfort zone and be more aggressive, the approach has to be absolutely spot on and he's going to have to keep serving like that, 129mph right in the corner."

    *Djokovic 4-5 Berdych
    Nemanja Vidic

    Nemanja Vidic is in the posh seats on Court One and the Manchester United defender must be impressed by Djokovic's ability to lunge from side to side with the dexterity of a gymnast. We're at deuce. Djokovic looks on in admiration at his fabulous forehand into the corner, Berdych responds gathers, though, forcing the Serb to continue the rally. A Berdych volley plonks into the tramlines via the net and Djokovic has break point. Sound serving sees the Czech home and Vidic shuffles uncomfortably in his seat.

  210. 1355: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET- Del Potro v Ferrer

    A strange turn of events on Centre Court as Del Potro breaks again, converting his third break point, and then serves out the set after seeing off a couple of chances for Ferrer. We shouldn't forget that the Spaniard came into the match with toe and ankle issues, saying: "It's impossible to play without any pain or any hurt." It could be a case of last man standing. Del Potro leads 6-2*.

    Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "All over on Court 14 as Kyle Edmund takes the second set in 20 minutes to beat fellow Briton Jonny O'Mara 6-3 6-2 in the junior singles."

    Djokovic 4-4 Berdych*

    A beautiful backhand winner eases the 2011 Champion to 40-0 and the Serb's serve is on song, another ace down the middle acting like a powerful full stop.

    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Sir Alex Ferguson has got lots of spare time since he retired as Manchester United manager in May and what better than a day at the tennis, in the Royal Box? He's a big Andy Murray fan and will see him in action later. Meanwhile he seems to be having a laugh and a joke with former Wimbledon champion Ann Jones.

    Former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Jeremy Bates watching Ferrer-Del Potro, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It will be very frustrating for Ferrer seeing a wounded opponent who all of a sudden is pretty mobile and serving bombs to consolidate the break."

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, watching Djokovic-Berdych, BBC Sport
    Novak Djokovic

    "Given what has happened in this tournament, every time you see someone go over you think of the worst thing, Djokovic was so close to hyper extending his knee there."

    *Djokovic 3-4 Berdych

    The top seed, as is his way, content to fetch and retrieve until his opponent loses patience and clumsily plonks a forehand into the tramlines. A sniff for the Serb at 15-30. A baseline battle ensues and it is the underdog who comes out on top as Djokovic nets. A whiff of trouble develops into a stench, as these things tend to do, when Berdych, moving his feet at mobility-scooter pace, nets. Break point. The Czech, though, holds firm in adversity and scrambles home thanks to a ferocious forehand into the corner which forces the floundering Djokovic to do the splits on the baseline. It'd hurt any man, except the dexterous Serb.

  217. 1343: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer

    Del Potro never exactly scampers around the court like a giddy teen, but his gait between points is currently more ponderous than ever. The serve and the forehand are doing enough damage to keep him in front for now - Del Potro leads 4-2*.

    Djokovic 3-3 Berdych*

    Oh, the crowd liked that, applauding in unison as Djokovic turns defence into attack, pouncing on what looked like a winning Berdych forehand and dazzling the fans with an irretrievable crosscourt volley. Berdych making regular visits to the net, stoops to his shoelaces but fails to dig the ball from his toes. He then lashes a return wide to gift the game to Djokovic.

  219. 1332: 
    Del Potro v Ferrer

    Del Potro comes through his first service game with the help of a couple of net cords, and then smacks a cross-court forehand winner to break serve. So maybe he is OK. "The ankle is good and the knee is not good," was his succinct description of the medical situation before the match. Del Potro leads *2-1.

    *Djokovic 2-3 Berdych

    Djokovic not returning with his customary aplomb, a backhand bouncing wide, and the towering Czech strides back to his seat to sip some water with a regulation hold in his back pocket.

    Djokovic 2-2 Berdych*

    Bravo! The crowd nod in approval as a Berdych forehand hurtles passed Djokovic for an entertaining opening point. The Czech keen to attack the Djokovic serve, a forehand fractionally wide as he attempts a winning return. A fourth ace of the match from Djokovic takes him within a point of levelling and the favourite clinically crunches a forehand into the corner to restore parity.

    Former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "The crowd is giving Del Potro as much encouragement as possible. The last thing they want to see is this match brought to an early finish. It was very interesting to see the physio on the court so quickly after the incident."

    *Djokovic 1-2 Berdych

    Some might say Berdych has Djokovic's number, being as the Czech beat the former champion on their only tussle on Wimbledon's pristine lawns. If only that was so. The pair have faced each other on 15 previous occasions, with the seventh seed accumulating just the two victories. A puff of the cheeks from Berdych, as if he's attempting to blow a Djokovic forehand into the tramlines as it clips the net. It seems to do the trick as the ball bounces wide. A backhand down the line from Berdych and the game is his.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "At this stage I don't see how Del Potro can go through a match like this, the crowd wants to see him go on and to his credit he's giving it a shot here."

    Del Potro v Ferrer

    David Ferrer wins the game to take the lead and Del Potro takes on some water before making his way slowly to the other end for his first service game. Big test this for the Argentine...

    Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "The sun has peeped out on Court 14 where nothing is separating Kyle Edmund and Jonny O'Mara. Yorkshire's Edmund leads 4-3 on serve."

    Three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "Del Potro is hitting it cleanly and if he moves to his right he's OK, it's to the left when he starts moving to his backhand he's going to be tight, fearful. I really feel for him, I really feel bad."

    Djokovic 1-1 Berdych*

    A wristy ping of a forehand from Djokovic, followed by a crisp ace down the middle. Add another howitzer of an ace down the 'T' and the top seed holds to 15 with ease.

    Del Potro treated

    The TV replays of Del Potro's fall make for pretty grim viewing. He is up again trying to put weight on it and is going to give it a go. He takes his place to receive serve again and manages to keep going in the rally but Ferrer moves him around and wins the point. He's struggling moving to the left on his dodgy knee.

    *Djokovic 0-1 Berdych

    The lanky Czech sets down an early marker, spraying booming forehands around the court, forcing Djokovic to retrieve on the baseline, before securing the opening point with one of those rasping forehands. The seventh seed seems home and dry, but no-one is home and dry when it is the world number one on the other side of the net. A forehand long and the Serb has break point. Fine play from the 27-year-old Berdych, working his opponent around the court before stepping in to save the break. Second break point saved with a forehand into the corner. Backhand long from Djokovic. Berdych holds.

    Unwelcome scenes on Centre...

  231. 1316: 

    Del Potro gets to his feet gingerly and takes his seat. The umpire has called a medical timeout. His opponent David Ferrer looks concerned sat on his chair on the other side of the net. Murmurs around Centre Court. Del Potro has his head in his hands as the doctor arrives on court.

  232. 1314: 

    Del Potro has slipped over and is flat out on the ground. Looks like he has hurt his heavily wrapped left knee. The trainer is on and it looks serious for the Argentine. It was only the first game of the match on Centre Court when it happened.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "Djokovic has the psychological edge winning 13 of 15 but Berdych has such a big game and can take the game away from you because he hits the ball so aggressively, so flat from the baseline and can generate enormous power, that's where Djokovic's fantastic physical ability comes into it and I do see him getting through that."

  234. 1310: 

    Djokovic and Berdych going through the pre-match motions, Berdych gently popping forehands and the such to his opponent at the net. The Czech, of course, beat the world number one in their last encounter, which was on the clay in Rome earlier this year. Perhaps that quarter-final defeat has sown the seeds of doubt in Djokovic's usually undefeatable spirit. You never know. One minute until kick-off.

  235. 1307: 

    Bit of a headwear check on the show courts. Both David Ferrer and Juan Martin del Poto have wrapped headbands round the top six inches. Over on Court One, Tomas Berdych is rocking a cap, with top seed Novak Djokovic letting his locks flow free on the other side of the net.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "There has been so much uncertainty with all the upsets but now these match ups are in place its going to be intriguing to see how things unfold today. Second on for Andy Murray is the perfect time, and it is a bit of an advantage being on Centre when the weather is uncertain, you can guarantee you're going to complete your match."

    Former Australian Open singles finalist John Lloyd, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Tomas Berdych is dangerous but Novak Djokovic has been brilliant. Berdych might win a set but I can't see how he can sustain it against Djokovic."

  238. 1305: 

    Hello! Aimee here, taking over from Mike for a bit as he takes a stroll around Henson Hill. Novak Djokovic was twisting the ankles as he waited alongside Tomas Berdych in the bowels of the stadium, making sure his limbs are lithe and lean. The two quarter-finalists are on Court One, at the net, taking part in the coin toss as I type.

    Former Australian Open singles finalist John Lloyd, BBC Radio 5 live

    "If Juan Martin del Potro does have a problem with his knee then David Ferrer is the man to exploit that. You can be sure he will be making Del Potro run. This could be a really good match. Ferrer is the ultimate warrior and it could go to five sets."

  240. 1301: 

    With Fernando Verdasco also in the last eight, Spanish players have become increasingly comfortable on the green stuff since the days of Manuel Santana in the 1960s.

    At 24, Juan Martin del Potro is also starting to find his feet on grass. The Argentine has been carrying a bit of a knee injury through the early rounds, but has looked in decent nick and Olympic bronze last summer showed that he can mix it with the big boys.

  241. 1257: 

    Victory for David Ferrer over Juan Martin del Potro on Centre Court would take him into the semi-finals for the first time in 11 appearances at Wimbledon. He would also be only the fourth Spanish man to make the last four at SW19 in the Open era.

  242. 1252: 

    Kyle Edmund pulls his cap down tight over his eyes against the non-existent sun, he is knocking up with Jonny O'Mara on Court 14 in their all-British boys' clash. But attention is fast turning to matters amongst the bigger boys....


    Martin Aveling: Not many would have predicted the women's SF line-up. I'm going for Murray, del Potro, Janowicz and Berdych in the men's.

    Damien Lyth: Kubot, who plays serve and volley against Janowicz, who has every shot in his locker. It'll be a fascinating game.

    Alex Valentine: Can't wait to watch the Murray match! Its going to be exciting. I wonder how Verdasco is feeling...

  244. 1244: 

    Those young McEnroe brothers, John and Patrick, have a bright future in front of them. A 6-1 6-4 win is all tied up against Mansour Bahrami and Henri Leconte on Court Three.

    Out on Court 14, Andrew Castle and Guy Forget have bopped Peter Fleming and Johan Kriek 6-3 6-4.

  245. 1237: 

    With just under half an hour to go before the start of play on Centre Court and Court One, and it has suddenly got a little dark overhead.

    The lid is still open on Centre Court. A bit of meteological brinkmanship from the referee's office.

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "Andy Murray serves a huge ace to finish off his last practice session before this afternoon's quarter-final against Verdasco on Centre Court. He looks deadly focused as he leaves Aorangi Park with coach Lendl and hitting partner Dani Valverdu via a back exit, while the rest of his team depart through the normal route. The British number one will now shower, eat, rest and talk tactics. Then it's game time."

  247. 1229: 

    After getting the rough side of a line call out on Court 14, Andrew Castle decides that the offending official's viewing position must be at fault rather than his own tennis. He gently ushers the line judge along to a better spot, before preparing to receive his next serve.

    Castle and Guy Forget lead Peter Fleming and Johan Kriek 6-2 2-3. If he gets a wriggle on, Castle could still be on the BBC mic for the start of play on Centre Court at 1300 BST.


    Cezar via text: "The quality of Polish tennis players has improved in the recent years. Janowicz is bookies favourite, but Kubot knows it's a chance of his lifetime and he will not give this match away very easily."

  249. 1219:  
    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "That's better than the rubbish you were giving him last time!" coach Ivan Lendl tells Greg Rusedski with a chuckle as the former British number one nails a series of serves to the advantage court. "We haven't hit together since he was 17!" Rusedski bites back.

    "They're now on to volleys, overheads and passing shots but, with the clouds starting to gather and Andy Murray still needing lunch and a shower before putting the finishing touches to his preparations for Fernando Verdasco, we might not be here for too much longer. There is no sign of the back injury that ruled Murray out of the French Open and looked like it may be troubling him against Mikhail Youzhny on Monday - he appears in prime condition as he attempts to move into the last four of Wimbledon."

  250. 1215: 

    Jonathan Liew mourns the lack of a single-handed backhand in the men's and women's quarter-finals in the Daily Telegraph. "In a way, the one-handed backhand is what separates us from the animals," he writes.

    The Daily Mail highlight how Andy Murray will have to overcome the 'Curse of Cameron' after the Prime Minister tweeted his support to the British number one.

    Rather than run the rule over Fernando Verdasco's game on court, the Daily Mirror decide he has more game off court with a review of his long and eye-catching romantic history.

  251. 1207:  
    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "As the sun comes out, Andy Murray and Greg Rusedski get going with some forehand and backhand baseline rallies and the Scot is already cranking up the intensity. He is working on peppering the deuce court, which is Verdasco's weaker backhand side.

    "Murray looks up to those watching his session from a balcony behind the court and spots former world number four Jonas Bjorkman, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2006. Murray looks pretty pleased to see the Swede here, less so with the noise emanating from nearby Practice Court Three, where women's semi-finalist Marion Bartoli is practising the vocals on full blast."

  252. 1200:  
    Ian Westbrook, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "There is plenty of British interest in the junior events again today but one match stands out - Yorkshire's Kyle Edmund against Arbroath's Jonny O'Mara in the third round of the boys' singles.

    "The pair are good friends and stay together at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. Edmund has also been driving O'Mara into Wimbledon every day - but cheekily suggests he may force him to take the bus in today!

    "Fifth seed Edmund beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3 6-1 in the second round while qualifier O'Mara upset 11th seed Pedro Cachin 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

    "Their meeting is the second match on Court 14."

  253. 1158:  
    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "Andy Murray is going through a longer-than-usual stretching routine to loosen his back under the watchful eye of fitness trainers Jez Green and Matt Little, physio Johan de Beer and hitting partner Dani Valverdu. Meanwhile, coach Ivan Lendl is sharing a joke with Rusedkski and there seems to be a very relaxed atmosphere in the camp.

    "The media presence at Aorangi Park is far smaller today than it was yesterday and there are also far few players practising on other courts as the tournament edges towards its denouement."


    Your thoughts on today's action are welcome on #bbcwimbledon on Twitter and 81111 on text.

    I'm particularly interested in which Spanish duo Fernando Verdasco should call up to match the dream team of Sirs Alex and Sean who cheered Murray towards his first Grand Slam in New York last year.

    The suave stylings of Julio Inglesias? Rafa Nadal is unexpectedly at a loose end as well.

    Suggestions for a Polish contingent for Kubot v Janowicz are also welcome.

  255. 1148: 

    Are you left-handed? Do you know one end of a tennis racquet from the other? You were probably only a couple of names down the list for Camp Murray.

  256. 1146:  
    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at WimbledonLEFTIE LOVE

    "The morning drizzle subsides just in time for Andy Murray to arrive at his 1130 BST practice session bang on time, and he's been warming up for this afternoon's quarter-final meeting against Fernando Verdasco by hitting with former British number one Greg Rusedski.

    "Murray opted to train on Tuesday with Swedish doubles player Johan Brunstrom in order to get used to playing a left-hander in the mould of Verdasco, and that's precisely why he's brought in Rusedski too. They're on Practice Court 15 and Murray is just doing some stretching before they get started."

    Murray and Rusedski
  257. 1141: 

    Rubbing shoulders with Manuel, will be Sir Alex Ferguson. The former Manchester United manager suddenly has plenty of time to fill with David Moyes settling into his seat at Carrington and what better way to spend it by getting a courtside seat for fellow Scot Andy Murray's efforts.

    Ferguson gate-crashed Andy Murray's post semi-final press conference at the US Open last year with actor Sir Sean Connery.

    That is an A-team of gatecrashers right there. If Sir Sean's silver tongue doesn't get you, a blast of Fergie's hairdryer will. I pity the poor American who they left in their wake on their way in Flushing Meadows.

  258. 1135: 

    Spaniard Manuel Santana memorably summed up his dislike of Wimbledon by saying that "grass is for cows" in the early 1960s. Presumably going on to win the Championship in 1966 might have changed his mind, because he will be one of the notable faces in the Royal Box today.

    No relation to Carlos. At least I don't think so.

    Manuel Santana
  259. 1128: 

    That creaking sound that is emanating from the outside courts may not just be the net cord being cranked back tight. Some old joints will be coaxed into action today as former champions and some salty old mainstays of the legends circuits try and roll back the years.

    Three-time champion John McEnroe and younger brother Patrick will be taking on Mansour Behrami and Henri Lenconte on Court Three shortly.

    Due on Court 14 is BBC commentator and former British number one Andrew Castle to show that he can walk the walk as well as talk the talk against Americans Peter Fleming and Johan Kriek. He has Guy Forget of France to help him out.

  260. 1121: 

    Maybe those who were heading for the queue are not willing to chance their arms against the weather gods on the outside courts.

    The Met Office's predictions of a 20% chance of some patchy drizzle have already been fulfilled with the courts rushing through more costume changes than a Britney Spears gig.

    The covers were peeled back this morning, only to be cloaked up shortly after as a sprinkle of rain passed overhead and then de-robed again as the clouds held their fire.

    It could be one of those days.

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at WimbledonWHAT, NO QUEUE?
    No queue at Wimbledon Park

    "This may look like an innocuous picture of any old field, but in fact it is a rare, almost unrecognisable, sight - Wimbledon Park without a queue for tickets to the tennis.

    "All of those who lined up to be a part of men's quarter-finals day appear to have seen their wish granted. Perhaps it comes down to a lack of early interest among campers for the women's semi-finals on Friday, but the big winners could be those hoping to make an impromptu trip to the All England Club today and not spend hours waiting to get in."

  262. 1118: 

    British interest may have ended in the doubles events, but the meeting of domestic juniors Kyle Edmund and Jonny O'Mara second on Court 14 is one of the highlights of the programme on the outside courts.

    Edmund won his first senior Tour-level match by beating Frenchman Kenny de Schepper at Eastbourne in the run-up to Wimbledon.

    Considering De Schepper recovered from that defeat to make the fourth round of the main draw, that win just gets more impressive.

    Edmund is seeded fifth in the boys' singles.

    For full details of today's order of play, check the BBC Sport website.

  263. 1112: 

    For all the shocks and spills of the first week, two of the other quarter-finals are exactly as the tournament seedings foretold. The other is an all-Polish battle from way out in left field though.

    This is how play is set to roll out today:

    Centre Court (play begins 1300 BST)

    David Ferrer v Juan Martin del Potro; Fernando Verdasco v Andy Murray

    Court One (play begins at 1300 BST)

    Novak Djokovic v Tomas Berdych; Lukasz Kubot v Jerzy Janowicz

  264. 1107: 

    Spain's Fernando Verdasco is the man standing between Andy Murray and a fifth consecutive Wimbledon semi-final.

    Murray has been preparing for his southpaw service delivery by practising with Swedish doubles player Johan Brunstrom on Tuesday.

    Fernando Verdasco

    Fortunately, Murray's elder brother Jamie is also that way inclined so the British number one can draw on a whole childhood of hitting.

  265. 1100: 

    Left-handers have had a hard time throughout history.

    You throw salt over your left shoulder because evil hangs about on that side. The Bible contains over 100 favourable references to the right and 25 unfavourable ones about the left. Witches apparently favoured their left. And in the modern world spiral-bound notebooks, scissors, bread knives and can-openers all conspire against them.

    Today Andy Murray will keep up their troubles by trying to hound the last remaining left-hander out of the men's singles draw.

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