Wimblemedia: The Quarterecap
Wimblemedia is your TTI update on all the best, funniest and most interesting moments of the Championships.
Radwanska’s Run continues
The 2012 Wimbledon finalist survived a tough three-set match against Madison Keys, but it was slim margins between the two for the majority of the encounter. In the end, the Pole’s on-court craft and overall steadiness went the distance over the American’s big — but occasionally erratic — hitting.
Next up for the Pole is Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard took out Timea Bacsinszky in two tight sets to reach her first Slam semifinal. The question: will Radwanska’s experience on the grass prevail, or is Muguruza’s aggressive baseline game going to carry her all the way to the final?
It’s All Set for Serena-Maria XX
In what was probably one of the highest quality matches we’ll see all Wimbledon — perhaps all year — Serena Williams overcame a one-set deficit to take out Victoria Azarenka. It was their third meeting this year; all three of them featured intrigue and drama, but this was easily the one with the best tennis.
Azarenka came out firing, hugging the baseline to great success. But as the second set progressed, Williams’ serve began to click into gear and as opposed to in the opener, it was the Belorussian who was made to run around on court.
In the previous match on Centre Court, Maria Sharapova overcame a late second set wobble and a pumped up CoCo Vandeweghe to book her own place in the semifinals. The Russian looked well in control of the match until she served for it at 5-4; suddenly, the set then slipped out of the No. 2 seed’s hands.
Despite a couple of close games, Sharapova was able to break her American opponent for a third time in the decider, converting a third match point to set up a meeting with Williams.
No prizes for anyone guessing who’ll be the favorite in that match.
Gasquet Plays Spoiler
Three of the men’s quarterfinals were straight-forward affairs but — as anticipated by many — it was the match between Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet that proved to be the most interesting.
It delivered on stunning backhands, double faults on set points (#men), and drama in the deciding set.
Gasquet quietly fistpumped:
He tumbled all over the court:
Re-gripped all the time, always:
Avoided lethal Wawrinka shots:
And at the end he celebrated:
On Friday Gasquet will challenge Novak Djokovic, who made it through his match against Marin Cilic and had the Croat at a bit of a loss at times.
Actually, most of the time.
Does Gasquet have much of a chance against Djokovic on Friday? Not really, at least according to Wawrinka:
Federer & Murray Untroubled
Neither of the first two quarterfinals of the day were the most suspense-filled clashes we’ve seen — despite Mother Nature’s best efforts. Two rain delays infused some drama into proceedings, causing the much-anticipating closing of the Centre Court roof.
Both 2012 and the 2013 Wimbledon champions got through matches against Gilles Simon and Vasek Pospisil, respectively, and in fairly similar scorelines. Neither looked in genuine danger of losing a set — even if the Swiss found himself broken in his first attempt to serve out the second set.
Murray looked particularly solid on serve, allowing Pospisil just one break point opportunity. Regardless of that, the 27-year-old served up some of his signature sarcasm and gesticulations.
Pospisil came up with a nice trick shot late in the third set when he found himself jammed in the corner, but it didn’t help him as he lost the point — and eventually the match.
On Friday, Federer and Murray will meet in one of the most anticipated matches of this fortnight.
Let the hype begin!
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