2013 Wimbledon: Breaking Down Men's Semifinals Matchups

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2013 Wimbledon: Breaking Down Men's Semifinals Matchups
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All eyes will be on Andy Murray in his bid to return to the Wimbledon final.

The 2013 Wimbledon Championships have been just about as topsy-turvy as Grand Slam tennis tournaments come, but the top two seeds in the men's singles draw remain standing entering Friday's semifinals.

Novak Djokovic is the world No. 1 and, as the 2011 Wimbledon champion, will be favored when he takes on eighth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro. To be fair, though, the Argentine underdog is playing some brilliant tennis of his own, and like Djokoivc, has yet to drop a set in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Great Britain's Andy Murray has a more favorable matchup against No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz.

Let's take a closer look at each match and determine who will meet in the final of the season's third Grand Slam.

Note: All statistics and information are courtesy of Wimbledon's official website unless otherwise indicated.

 

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Juan Martin Del Potro (8)

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Del Potro took a nasty spill against David Ferrer in the quarterfinals, but even that did little to prevent the Argentine's march towards his showdown with the sport's best player in the semifinals.

Del Potro is only 24 years old, which makes it all the more impressive that he beat Roger Federer back in the 2009 U.S. Open final. Having said that, the fact that he has only that one Grand Slam title doesn't match up with the level of talent he possesses.

Everything looks to be coming together for del Potro in London this year. He's averaged nearly three winners to one unforced error throughout the fortnight and hasn't won fewer than 75 percent of first-serve points in any match thus far.

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ESPN.com's Howard Bryant points out that del Potro beat Djokovic in the final at Indian Wells back in March, rallying from 3-0 down in the third set and utilizing his powerful forehand to befuddle the Djoker.

Djokovic has a great chance because he's arguably the best returner in the game, and has the rare combination of power and fitness to neutralize Delpo's devastating ground strokes.

It should be an epic battle, but Djokovic will prevail in four sets.

Prediction: Djokovic wins 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5

 

Andy Murray (2) vs. Jerzy Janowicz (24)

This battle shouldn't be quite as hotly contested, but then again, all the pressure is on Murray to pull through for the home crowd.

Murray has looked up to the task thus far, and didn't panic—at least externally—when he trailed Fernando Verdasco by two sets in the quarterfinals before rallying to advance.

What also plays into Murray's favor is that Janowicz hasn't faced anyone nearly of his caliber thus far.

That's not to take any credit away from Janowicz, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the past year and a half and is the first Polish player ever to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. However, the only seeded opponent he's faced was No. 15 Nicolas Almagro in Round 3.

While the crowd will undoubtedly be in Murray's corner—or riding the "bANDYwagon," if you like—Janowicz's towering 6'8" presence and magnificent serve are sure to make Murray sweat.

In the end, though, the finals clash everyone is anticipating will materialize, courtesy of Murray's resilience and prior success having played the final in 2012.

Prediction: Murray wins 6-2, 7-6 (8), 6-3

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