It was a fantastic day of tennis for what has proven to be a wild Wimbledon. And while this Wimbledon has been insanely unpredictable, there are lessons to be had in the quarterfinals that should help us all make sense of what is coming next.
|Gentlemen's Singles Quarterfinals||Score|
|Novak Djokovic (1) defeats Tomas Berdych (7)||7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-3|
|Andy Murray (2) defeats Fernando Verdasco||4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5|
|Juan Martin del Potro (8) defeats David Ferrer (4)||6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)|
|Jerzy Janowicz (24) defeats Lukasz Kubot||7-5, 6-4, 6-4|
Novak Djokovic Will Not Be Beat
Novak Djokovic is not going to be denied his second Wimbledon title. He has yet to drop a set, and while his first set against Tomas Berdych went to a tie break, Djokovic cruised from there looking dominant.
The win earned Nole his fourth straight appearance in the Wimbledon semifinals, and he did so with ease.
Once Djokovic took the first set, Berdych, as ESPN Tennis noted, faced long odds:
The odds proved to be right. Djokovic barely needed 30 minutes to finish the third set, as he was in full control.
Djoker is in top form, and with his dominance he is well rested. That is terrible news for the rest of the men standing at Wimbledon.
Andy Murray Has Come a Long Way
Unlike Djokovic, Andy Murray is not rested. After dropping the first two sets to unseeded challenger Fernando Verdasco, Murray had to launch a grueling and epic comeback.
There was a time in Murray's career when he could not have turned this match around. Murray is an emotional player, and those emotions have gotten the better of him on numerous occasions. He's found a way to work past them though, and it was on full display on Wednesday.
In the fourth set alone, Murray turned away four break points. He only had one break point in the set. He won it, and took the set 6-4. That is the clutch play of a gritty champion.
I expect a Murray and Djokovic final. As he's shown, it is dangerous to ever count Murray out, but as I stated above, I don't see Djokovic losing to anyone.
Juan Martin del Potro Is Maturing
Andy Murray isn't the only player to put his growing mental maturity on display on Wednesday. Juan Martin del Potro just qualified for his first semifinals at the All England Club, and he had to upset David Ferrer to do so.
The first notable sign of maturity for Delpo is simply the fact that he's made it this far. He's never been a strong grass player, and prior to this year his record at Wimbledon was just 9-5.
In this match, Delpo had to not only battle on his weakest surface, but do so on a taped knee he tweaked during the play captured in this image provided by the Wimbledon Twitter feed:
However, Delpo was dominant with his serve this day, and masterful with his ground strokes.
While I've already stated I think Nole is unbeatable, it is dangerous to count del Potro out.
He beat Nole the last time the two faced off at Indian Wells back in March, and in this wild Wimbledon, anything is possible.