2010 Wimbledon: Men's Semifinal Previews and Predictions

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2010 Wimbledon: Men's Semifinal Previews and Predictions

And we're down to the Final Four. 

And there's no Federer .

And it feels strange. 

But somehow it just doesn't feel wrong. 

Berdych deserved every bit of his upset. Djokovic got lucky only because he ran into Lu instead of Roddick but the way the Serb was playing, it probably wouldn't have made a difference.

Nadal flipped the match around completely after being 5-0 down in the first set and Murray simply played the crucial points better amidst a huge barrage of heavy ground strokes and attacking play by Tsonga.

So we've got two heavy duty semifinals lined up and they're both as unpredictable as can get:


Tomas Berdych (CZE) [12] vs Novak Djokovic (SRB) [3]

I seriously don't know who's going to win this. My mind says Djokovic while my heart says Berdych. And no offence to Nole, but this match depends on the hard hitting Czech. If he serves the way he served when he took the Swiss legend out then I'm not sure Djokovic has the fire power to keep up with him.

The only difference is that from the baseline, the Serb is definitely more consistent than Federer. He might make fewer errors and shank fewer forehands. If he can get that crucial break early on and avoid the tie breaks he could take this in four or five.

That being said, if Berdych can take this next big step after consistent semifinal tennis, he could take this in four or five too. It all depends on how he's feeling up there. 

Tomas Berdych def. Novak Djokovic 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6


Andy Murray (GBR) [4] vs Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2]

The semifinals of all semifinals takes its place as the main event after Berdych and the Djoker are done dueling. Murray's feeling the pressure but he's not showing it, and Nadal knows that he's never had a better chance of winning Wimbledon for the second time.

Deep down inside, he knows he's chasing Federer and he needs more slams to stand a chance. The problem is that Murray knows  how to beat Nadal even though he might not be able to execute it. He has to play his cautious and crafty brand of tennis and not let Nadal dictate the points in any manner. His serve has to be in rhythm and he needs all the free points he can get off his first serves.

This is going to be a really tight match and it could go either way depending on a tie-breaker or two. Somehow, I think it's time for Murray to reach a Wimbledon final and it won't surprise me if he does but then the bottom line is that I'd never bet against a hungry Nadal.

Rafael Nadal def. Andy Murray 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5

 

This has been one brilliant Wimbledon!

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