Two days after Andy Murray's epic comeback and less than 24 hours after Sabine Lisicki squeaked by Agnieszka Radwanska in a dramatic ladies' semi-final, the men take centre stage on Centre Court, with the hopes of a nation resting squarely on Murray for the fifth straight year at Wimbledon. What else is happening around the grounds on Friday? Read all about it in our five to follow for Day 11.
Revenge for Djokovic?
Yes, you read that right: revenge. That's what Novak Djokovic is after on Friday when he comes up against Juan Martin Del Potro in the first of two semi-finals for the gentlemen. While the Serb leads their head-to-head 8-3 (including four out of their last five matches), it's the Argentine who has the two most important stats: he won the last time they met (in the semi-finals at Indian Wells in March) and the last time they met on grass (in the bronze medal match at the London Olympics less than 12 months ago). While - as noted - Djokovic owns their four battles between those two, the world No.1 will look to come out firing and continue his hot streak at a tournament in which he hasn't dropped a set and has never flirted with danger. But he'll have a tough and tall task with the 2009 US Open champ, who looked hobbled after a bad fall to open his match vs. David Ferrer in the quarter-finals only to play lights-out tennis, playing with the kind of form that earned him that lone Grand Slam and could make him a danger to the 2011 Wimbledon winner.
A Can't-Look-Past for Andy
Don't look now, but the last time Andy Murray played Jerzy Janowicz, he lost. The British hope at Wimbledon was a victim at the Pole's break-out performance late last season, losing 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-2 at the Paris Masters. But Murray could - and should - play on Friday with little to no pressure (except that of an entire nation) following a nail-biting, no-one-can-breathe-for-several-hours performance against Fernando Verdasco, in which the world No.2 came from two-sets-to-love down for just the seventh time in his career to win. In reality, Murray himself has said that he loves playing on Centre Court with the dreams and wishes of a nation willing him on, and should he truly feel like he can swing freely in the final four, it's his semi-final to win. Yet Janowicz, a Pole who has risen fast in the ranks since that week in Paris last October, clobbers the ball as big as anyone else.
Final Four in Ladies' Doubles
There are no Williams sisters to defend their doubles crown at the All England Club this year, nor are there the top six seeds, all who have crashed out prior to the semi-finals, where No.7 seeds Kveta Peschke and Anna-Lena Groenefeld are the highest remaining. It's Peschke who is the only one of the eight women that have won a ladies' doubles crown, hers coming in 2011 at Wimbledon with Katarina Srebotnik. She and Groenefeld meet the refreshing Aussie duo of Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty, who at 28 and 17 years old, respectively, are one of the new teams to watch on the circuit having made the Australian Open final before winning their first title together at Birmingham on grass three weeks ago. On the top half of the draw, Shuko Aoyama and Chanelle Scheepers take on Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng for a spot in the final.
No.3 Court's Big Line-Up
Friday's wild card court? That'd be No.3 Court. British hope Kyle Edmund kicks off the day against No.6 seed Gianluigi Quinzi from Italy. Edmund, the fifth seed, is looking to continue his run at Wimbledon in front of the home crowd. To follow, former Wimbledon winners Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna face off in invitation doubles alongside their respective partners, Pam Shriver and Barbara Schett. One of the two mixed doubles semi-finals takes place after, with the seeded pairs of Nenad Zimonjic and Katarina Srebotnik and Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic taking the court. Tracy Austin and Conchitz Martinez headline an invitation doubles match to close the day on No.3 Court. A good place to be!
The Mound's Mania
Wanting a spot on Murray Mound? Get to Wimbledon early. It's assumed all those spots will already be taken by members of The Queue as an electric atmosphere will form on the hill in front of the All England Club's big screen. And why wouldn't it? On Wednesday not a patch of grass went untaken as it appeared as though all of Britain flocked to the hill to watch Murray come back in five sets against Verdasco. Local fans will hope for less stress and more scintillating tennis from Murray, who is making his fifth straight semi-final appearance and aims for a second year in a row in the final. Andymonium? It'll ensue should he win on Friday.
20:24...But boy, it was a barrow-load of fun. I hope you enjoyed it even half as much as we did. Thank you for all your messages throughout, you've been the glue holding us together as the edges frayed amid the madness. Now if you'll excuse me, it's time for us Brits to raise a toast to Andy Murray and Fred Perry. British sporting legends both.
20:19It was the wackiest of Wimbledons with the most unlikely of headline-makers: Sergiy Stakhovsky, Steve Darcis, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Kimiko-Date Krumm, Jerzy Janowicz, Sabine Lisicki, Marion Bartoli...View all