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Live Blog : Wednesday 3 July 2013

  • Murray comes from 2 sets down to beat Verdasco
  • Janowicz through to the semi-finals
  • Djokovic beats Berdych in straight sets
  • Del Potro sees off Ferrer despite injury
  • Wednesday's Results
by Caroline Cheese
Bye!

20:03Anyway, I think we all needed that: a good old-fashioned five-set nailbiter. Britain can breathe again - until Friday anyway - and we'll see you tomorrow for much, much more. Thanks for all your messages!

20:00Oh to be in Poland right now as they celebrate their first ever Grand Slam men's singles semi-finalist. And with Aga Radwanska in the ladies' semis, we're on track for a Polish double...

Wimbledon semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz

19:57"Right now I'm the most happy person in the world."

Thursday Order Of Play

19:47Ladies' semi-finals day tomorrow when Marion Bartoli and Kirsten 'Flipper' Flipkens will kick us off at 1pm to be followed by Sabine Lisicki v Aga Radwanska. Full order of play is available for your perusal now.

Tweet from Man Utd's @rioferdy5

19:46"Love @andy_murray bottle today....spirit"

Tweet from @GregRusedski1

19:39"Great effort from Murray today. Sometimes you have to find a way and he did. Great semi line up Djokovic v Del Potro , Janowicz v Murray"

19:37Sandy, it's safe to return to your sofa - but only until mid-afternoon Friday when the nation demands you go and do the gardening or something. A (virtual) Wimblemedal is in the post...

Email from Sandy (see 1834 entry)

19:36"Is it safe to sit down now? Do I have to do it again on Friday? Off to watch the highlights now. Loving the blog, thanks for keeping me touch! Sounded brilliant."

19:31And that is 16 straight grass-court wins for Andy Murray. Never in doubt was it? He and Janowicz have played twice before and won one each. Murray was one of the Pole's victims on his storming win to the Paris Masters final late last year.

Tweet from @Wimbledon

19:29"A fifth-consecutive #Wimbledon semifinal for #Murray. Now most successful British man at #Wimbledon in the Open Era"

Murray on the crowd and facing Janowicz

19:23"Towards the end, it was an unbelievable atmosphere, it's great to get through that one, now I'll rest and look forward to the semis. (Janowicz) is one of the best young players on the tour, he has a huge serve, he's incredibly aggressive, a good athlete for his size and it'll be a very tough match."

Andy Murray on Verdasco's performance

19:22"He served unbelievably well, especially when behind in games. I thought in the first set, he played some really good stuff at the end when he needed to. Second set, my level dropped, and I started rushing a bit."

19:17Murray is lapping up the response of this crowd - who willed him over the line in the end, just as they used to do with Henman. Murray will face Jerzy Janowicz in Friday's semi-finals.

Murray def. Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5

19:12HE'S DONE IT! HE'S WON WIMBLEDON!!! Erm, not quite - but you might think that was the case by the deafening roar that just went up. Verdasco challenges on the final point - but he knows the game is up. He's standing at the net smiling and shaking hands with Murray as the call is confirmed.

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 5-6^ Murray

19:08Oohs and aahs as first Verdasco then Murray look out of the point. Murray takes it when Verdasco nets a backhand and that's break point. Second serve to look at...PILEDRIVER FOREHAND from Murray and Verdasco can do nothing with it. Murray to serve for the match.

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 5-5 Murray

19:05Seemed like an appropriate time for that Kubot quote: this is only sport. May make it my new mantra. Britain can breathe again: Murray holds to love.

Lukasz Kubot on swapping shirt with Janowicz

A touching moment as Lukasz Kubot and Jerzy Janowicz swap shirts after their quarter-final match.19:04"I said, Let's go. Let's exchange. Let's make our tennis more famous, more popular, and show that Poland tennis is in the map of tennis. Because this never happen before, and that's it. I think it just shows how important is the fair play and shows the friendship on the court. We're just fighting with every point, but when match is finished we are friends. We are just showing that this is only sport."

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 5-4^ Murray

19:02OK, Britain, it's hold-your-breath time...

Tweet from Harry Potter star @EmWatson

19:00"@andy_murray Proud to be British. Thank you! You're doing great"

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 4-4 Murray

18:55Uh-oh. That's a first-two-sets forehand from Murray, flying well out. It puts him 0-30 down. Mass panic ensues among the crowd. Clever swinging serve from Murray, and then a shanked backhand from Verdasco, before Murray gets out of trouble.

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 4-3^ Murray

18:52Murray with a glimmer at 15-30, but Verdasco responds with an ace down the middle and the Spaniard shuts the door emphatically. No idea which way this one's going...

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 3-3 Murray

18:49Well, it's pretty high quality stuff now, neither player budging on serve. Murray sends down a big ace out wide to hold to love.

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 3-2^ Murray

18:42Murray missing by an inch a couple of times in Verdasco's latest service game and we remain resolutely on serve in the fifth. It feels a bit retro having a dramatic five-setter on Centre. First one of the tournament...

Statto Corner

18:40Of 124 matches, this is only the 17th five-set men's singles at this Wimbledon - the lowest percentage of five-setters here since 1968.

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 2-1^ Murray

18:37Verdasco hammers an ace out wide to hold to 15. Feels like the calm before the storm on Centre.

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 1-1 Murray

18:35Sandra has emailed again since the one I just posted to say she is still keeping away from her sofa. It's that kind of spirit that keeps Britain great.

Email from Sandra

18:34"Now I've got up from the sofa in desperation, Andy's playing a bit better. So if I don't look at the tv for the next two and a half sets he should be ok!! The things I do......c'mon Andy!!"

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 1-0^ Murray

18:31Murray has won five Grand Slam matches from two sets down, Verdasco has lost three times from two sets up: against Tomic at last year's Aussie Open, against Ancic at Wimbledon in 2008 and against Soderling at the 2005 French Open. He holds to open the fifth set.

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 0-0 Murray

18:26Challenge from Murray on the first point - and his serve was indeed IN. A booming ace brings up three set points and he only needs one - battering a smash into the open court. Fifth set here we come, hold onto those hats...!

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 4-5^ Murray

18:24Murray to serve to take us into a decider...

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 3-5 Murray

18:21You see, Andy? It's simple really. Reports that Sir Alex has left the Royal Box. Everything stops for tea and a scone round these parts.

Tweet from @GaryLineker

18:19"Blimey they've moved the BBC News. Quite right! This is the news."

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 3-4^ Murray

18:11The entire All England Club seemed to erupt just then as Verdasco whipped a forehand just long to give Murray the break.

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 3-3 Murray

18:10One of the great post-match interviews by Jerzy Janowicz: not sure I've ever seen a man quite so stunned. Now back to Centre where Murray is in a spot of bother. He faces two break points, but each time finds a big serve. Massive roar from the crowd as he squeaks through the game - and Judy is on her feet with a fist pump.

Tweet from New York Times writer @christophclarey

18:04"30 aces in just three sets for Jerzy Janowicz today and 90 percent of first serve points won #Wimbledon"

A shaking, sobbing, stunned Jerzy Janowicz

18:01"I'm just really happy...I didn't expect to go this far at Wimbledon...I'm just very happy...Really I have not many words to say right now...I'm just really happy."

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 2-2 Murray

18:00As Jerzy Janowicz quietly sobs on No.1 Court, trying to soak in what he's just achieved, Fernando Verdasco and Andy Murray continue to battle it out for the right to face him. Still on serve in the fourth.

Janowicz def. Kubot 7-5, 6-4, 6-4

17:56Poland has a men's singles Grand Slam semi-finalist for the first time - and it's Jerzy Janowicz. The No.24 seed falls flat on his back and covers his face in disbelief. The two compatriots then hug at the net before swapping shirts - nice, not sure I've seen that on a tennis court before.

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 1-1 Murray / Kubot 5-7, 4-6, 4-5^ Janowicz

17:46More anxious gasps on Centre as Murray twice faces a break point - but each time he finds a big serve. Incredible game point, both players scampering about and Murray coming up with a pass that Verdasco can't reach. Well he can but it takes him two hits to get it over - not allowed, Nando. Janowicz serving for the match...

17:42The Twittersphere now awash with jokes involving 'Fergie time' and/or 'hairdryer treatment' as Sir Alex looks on from the Royal Box.

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 0-0 Murray / Kubot 5-7, 4-6, 3-2^ Janowicz

17:38Drop shot from Murray and the easy put-away. Why didn't he play like this in the first two sets? If only tennis were that simple... Still on serve in the third over on No.1.

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 1-5^ Murray / Kubot 5-7, 4-6, 3-2^ Janowicz

17:35There's the double break. Murray with a return onto the baseline and a fierce forehand to follow. He'll serve for the third set.

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 1-4 Murray / Kubot 5-7, 4-6, 2-1^ Janowicz

17:30Murray is looking a bit more solid now, seems to have cut out the wild errors of a few games ago. This reminds me of the anxiety-filled days of Tim Henman - I'm feeling quite nostalgic.

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 1-3^ Murray / Kubot 5-7, 4-6, 2-1^ Janowicz

17:27Verdasco has taken his foot off the pedal - which doesn't seem like a good idea. A double fault gives Murray a look at another break point, but Verdasco digs himself out of trouble.

Tweet from @laurarobson5

17:26#comeonandy

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 0-3 Murray / Kubot ^5-7, 4-6, 1-1 Janowicz

17:20Andy Murray has come back from two sets down in five Grand Slam matches: Gasquet Wimbledon 4R 2008, Melzer US Open 3R 2008, Gasquet French Open 1R 2010, Troicki French Open 4R 2011, Haase US Open 2R 2011.

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 0-2^ Murray / Kubot 5-7, 4-6, 1-0^ Janowicz

17:19Well, it's a start. Murray pounces on a weak second serve to break at the start of the third. Crowd go bananas. Can he back it up though?

Verdasco ^6-4, 6-3, 0-1 Murray / Kubot ^5-7, 4-6, 0-0 Janowicz

17:15Centre Court crowd are ready to lift the roof off (were it actually on) if Murray can find any sort of form here - but not much sign of it. He holds from deuce to open the third.

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, 0-0^ Murray / Kubot ^5-7, 4-6, 0-0 Janowicz

17:10Plain sailing for Jerzy Janowicz though, serving out a two-set lead over his compatriot on No.1 Court.

17:08Wow. The Centre Court crowd is stunned into silence so Murray's pained cry of "what the ... are you doing?" is very audible. He has come from two sets to love down once before here - against Richard Gasquet in 2008. Can't remember the last time I saw Murray play this poorly.

Verdasco 6-4, 6-3^ Murray / Kubot 5-7, 4-5^ Janowicz

17:03Murray wins an exhausting-to-watch-let-alone-play 28-stroke rally with a gorgeous running forehand. He turns slowly and looks at the crowd as they rise to applaud his genius. Now, three break-back points. Netted backhand on the first, return long on the second, and now Verdasco cracking huge forehands to get back to deuce. Hmmm... EEK! Horrible drop shot by Murray lands halfway up the net. Set point Verdasco and Murray balloons an awful backhand over the baseline.

Verdasco ^6-4, 5-3 Murray / Kubot 5-7, 3-4^ Janowicz

16:59A rueful shake of the head from Murray as he misses a forehand and goes 0-30 down - and now he slaps one into the net to face two break points. Crowd can't believe what they're seeing... Even more so now: Verdasco's return smacks the top of the net and dribbles over. The Spaniard to serve for a two-set lead.

16:58Off I go! Back to you, Caroline Cheese...

Verdasco 4-3^ Murray / Kubot ^3-3 Janowicz

16:56Easy hold from Fernando, who somehow still has flawless hair. (HOW DOES HE DO IT?) Janowicz saves a fourth break point of the match there to hold in that one.

Verdasco ^3-3 Murray / Kubot 3-2^ Janowicz

16:53Sullen groan from the Centre Court crowd as Murray dumps a forehand into the net and then hits an overhead directly to Verdasco before volleying into the net to go down 15-40. And then Murray hits a forehand well long, giving the break back!

16:52"I will need to be 100 percent, or 110 percent, against him..." -Juan Martin del Potro on his knee facing Novak Djokovic.

Thursday Order of Play

16:49Usually Caroline would include lots of exclimation points with this post, but we all knew what was coming, didn't we? Marion Bartoli will face Kirsten Flipkens to start, then goes Agnieszka Radwanska against Sabine Lisicki. Centre Court, 1pm.

Verdasco ^1-3 Murray / Kubot 2-2^ Janowicz

16:46Murray holds with ease there, only missing an almost-over-the-net- dropshot for a hold at 15. Raucous applause as he holds. They want their ANDY! Kubot and Janowicz going about their second-set order of business, which has included a spin-volley winner by Lukasz. Fancy.

Ferrer on Del Potro's chances of winning Wimbledon

16:46Well, of course Del Potro, he has chance for to be in the final. He won one Grand Slam. He's young player. I think he has everything for to win another Grand Slam. He do it.

Verdasco 1-2^ Murray / Kubot 2-1^ Janowicz

16:41After falling down love-30 in the game, Verdasco blasted two big serves to level things. But then he erred on two straight forehands, spraying the second wide and Murray fistpumps as the crowd bursts into applause. The Spaniard will have an increasingly loud Centre Court crowd to contest with as Murray digs his heels in this one. All going to form in the second so far for Kubot-Janowciz.

16:40Murray is 5-4 lifetime at Wimbledon when losing the first set, including last year in the quarter-finals against David Ferrer.

Email from Lisa

16:39The various attempts by commentators to pronounce 'Jerzy Janowicz' make pretty painful listening. Somebody help 'em out! Okay I'll try: Yehr-jheh Ya-no-veech (soft j)?

Verdasco ^6-4 Murray

16:33An atrocious service game there from Murray, who double faults at set point down to hand the first to Verdasco. A massive groan of disappointment from the Centre Court crowd. This is the first set that Murray has lost at The Championships 2013.

Verdasco 5-4^ Murray / Kubot ^5-7Janowicz

16:29So. Serving for the first set of this men's singles quarter-final, young Janowicz goes up 30-0 with that big old delivery down the middle. Kubot and his backwards cap grab a point back, but it's slightly delaying the inevitable as JJ throws down an ace down the T for set point. Another unreturnable serve, a quiet fistpump, and Janowicz has the first set, 7-5.

Verdasco 5-4^ Murray / Kubot 5-6^ Janowicz

16:25Brilliant point from Andy Murray as he spins around on his toes to bring up 15-30 on the Verdasco serve. And then, crumbs, Verdasco double faults at 30-30... break point Murray. A couple of lets show FerVer's a little nervy, but he holds. Meanwhile Mr. Janowicz earns a break point of his own on his compatriot's serve, only for Kubot to bring it back to deuce. And another BP for JJ - not the female variety. And this time it's the charm. Janowicz breaks and will serve for the set. Boom.

Verdasco ^4-4 Murray / Kubot ^5-5 Janowicz

16:20Murray came from 0-30 down there and Janowicz saved a set point with a sizzling forehand to stay on serve in their respective matches. Still, no breaks of serve.

Ferrer on if the Del Potro injury threw him off

16:16No, I think it doesn't affect. He was fell off, but, you know, the first game I won finally because I had breakpoint down. And finally, I think Del Potro, he play better than me. He deserve to win today.

Verdasco ^3-3 Murray / Kubot 5-4^ Janowicz

16:15Janowicz about to serve to stay in the first set. Average time per game so far in the Pole clash? One minute, 54 seconds.

Verdasco ^3-3 Murray / Kubot ^4-4 Janowicz

16:11Murray holds with a convincing serve-and-volley effort, smacking away a forehand overhead. No drama in the Pole clash yet. Fourteen games played between the two courts, zero breaks.

Berdych on if Djokovic is the favourite

16:08I don't know if call it as a favorite. He is No. 1. He is No. 1 seed. Let's see who is going to face him. Last time at the Olympics I think he lost to Del Potro. He has a tough one to go against. So, yeah, I mean, possibly yes.

Tomas Berdych on his loss

16:07Well, I think there were only my incidents when I keep losing my serve. That was the only incidents that's been happening there. That's it.

Verdasco ^2-2 Murray / Kubot 3-2^ Janowicz

16:03Things going to form early on, but this stat mentioned by Caroline earlier is a doozy: Murray hasn't faced a left-handed opponent - as Verdasco is - in 2013. In fact, the last lefty he played was Feliciano Lopez - at the U.S. Open in 2012. 55 matches since then!

16:01I was writing about the empty seats at the same time as Carol, it seems. Carol, the folks need a bathroom break! I suspect we see a full house near the end of the first set.

Email from Carol

16:01Just watching the Murray Verdasco match at the moment and can’t believe how many empty seats there are on centre – absolutely disgusting... Look at all the people on Henman Hill, you should allow some of them in to fill the place up. This is our man playing in the Wimbledon quarter final and people can’t be bothered showing up to claim their seat. I would give my arm and leg for such a ticket. You really have to rethink how the tickets are sold in future.

15:59Plenty of open seats in both Centre and No.1 Court as the British sporting fans have done what they do (second) best - get some afternoon tea. What do they do best, you think? I'll leave you to email socialmedia@aeltc.com or tweet me @NickMcCarvel with responses...

Verdasco 2-1^ Murray / Kubot 2-1^ Janowicz

15:55After a double fault to start the match, Fernando Verdasco has settled down a bit, working hard to save a break point and hold for 2-1 vs. Andy Murray. No historic start in the historic Jerzy Janowicz-Lukasz Kubot match. Three games, three holds.

15:47I just checked in with those - as Caroline likes to call them - stat wizards at the ITF and they have confirmed this: With the three-setters between Djokovic-Berdych and Del Potro-Ferrer, only 16 of 122 completed gentlemen's singles have gone five sets. That's the lowest number at this point of any Wimbledon, including 2011 and 1981.

15:45Tomas Berdych obviously didn't feel like hanging around the All England Club any longer than necessary - he has headed straight to his post-match media commitments. We'll see what he had to say shortly - and you're about to read what Nicholas McCarvel has to say about, well, everything....

15:43No time to rest or recover for us viewers though. Onto the second set of quarter-finals. On Centre, it's Andy Murray against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. On No.1 Court it's the all-Pole encounter between Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot. Or Janadal and Federbot as I like to call them.

15:40Djokovic's win over Ferrer took ONE MINUTE less than Del Potro's victory. So maybe the Serb will have the benefit of freshness come Friday...

15:36Juan Martin Del Potro has just under two days to recover before he meets No.1 seed Novak Djokovic on Friday. Djokovic has an 8-3 lead over Delpo in the head-to-head. HOWEVER, Del Potro won their last match - in Indian Wells - and also their last and only match on grass, in the bronze medal match at the London Olympics.

Juan Martin del Potro on his knee injury

Juan Martin Del Potro takes a nasty tumble on Centre Court.15:35"It's the same thing like the third-round match. I think it's going to be dangerous in the next few days if I'm not careful...I am very, very happy to be in the semis, I was so close [to pulling out]. It was really painful and the doctor gave me some magic pills to feel better. I am so glad to go through the match."

Djokovic on his celebrity supporters

15:34"It means a lot to see Nemanja (Vidic) and Andriy (Shevchenko). I've only met Nemanja once so I was very glad be wanted to come. He's a great champion - we are very proud of his achievements in football."

Novak Djokovic on his title chances

15:31"I've been playing some of the best tennis of my career on grass. I won the title before and hopefully that experience will help me in the upcoming challenges."

Djokovic def. Berdych 7-6, 6-4, 6-3

15:28Ten seconds after Del Potro clinches victory, Novak Djokovic moves through to the semi-finals. He hasn't dropped a set either - although he had to come from a double break down in the second set against a nervy Berdych to keep that run going. It'll be Djokovic v Del Potro on Friday.

Del Potro def. Ferrer 6-2, 6-4, 7-6

15:26Against the odds, Juan Martin Del Potro is through to the semi-finals for the first time - and without dropping a set too. The Argentine finds a crunching winner to bring up match point and after an EPIC rally, he flings a forehand down the line to clinch the match. Meanwhile, on No.1 Court...

Ferrer 2-6 4-6 6-6 Del Potro / Berdych 6-7 4-6 3-5* Djokovic

15:19We're into a third-set tie-break on Centre, while Djokovic is serving for the match on No.1...

15:18Aussie duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua send the No.2 seeds out of the women's doubles to reach the semi-finals, beating Hlavackova/Hradecka 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 on No.2 Court. Barty on...

Ferrer *2-6 4-6 5-5 Del Potro / Berdych 6-7 4-6 1-3* Djokovic

15:09Ferrer gets to deuce on the Delpo serve - but nothing doing. The Spaniard has had two break points in the entire match - and failed to take either. Djokovic has struck on No.1 and is closing on his 13th straight Grand Slam semi-final.

Ferrer 2-6 4-6 5-4* Del Potro / Berdych *6-7 4-6 1-2 Djokovic

15:01All going very much with serve on both courts, Ferrer still battling to keep Delpo at bay.

Tweet from golfer @WestwoodLee

14:57"Love watching Del Potro play . Don't know much about tennis but he looks like he rips it."

Ferrer *2-6 4-6 3-3 Del Potro / Berdych 6-7 4-6 0-0* Djokovic

14:54It's fair to say that Berdych is handling the big moments pretty disastrously in this match. Three glaring errors - and Djokovic has two set points. He sees off the first with a big serve, but he saves the worst for last. The simplest of simple forehands - and he nets it.

Ferrer *2-6 4-6 2-2 Del Potro / Berdych *6-7 4-5 Djokovic

14:47Berdych stems the tide with a hold to 30 - before Djoko rattles through a hold to love in double-quick time. A lot for T Berd to think about at this changeover.

Ferrer *2-6 4-6 2-2 Del Potro / Berdych *6-7 3-4 Djokovic

14:44Djoko only getting 52 percent of his first serves in in this set, but he is back on track and back on serve. How will Berdych respond to letting slip a double break...?

Ferrer *2-6 4-6 1-1 Del Potro / Berdych 6-7 3-3* Djokovic

14:40Hmmm, looks like Djoko was just giving Berdych a head start. The Czech slaps a forehand into the net at break point down and from 3-0 down, Djoko makes it 3-3. Four breaks in the opening six games of the second set on No.1 Court.

Tweet from @ESPNTennis

14:36"Top 10 last time Federer was not in QF: Federer, Roddick, Coria, Ferrero, Moya, Agassi, Schuettler, Nalbandian, Henman, Grosjean #FedlessQF"

Ferrer *2-6 4-6 0-0 Del Potro / Berdych 6-7 3-1* Djokovic

14:32Del Potro serves out the second set to take control of that quarter-final. The injury drama seems a long time ago now... Djokovic pegs back one of the breaks against Berdych.

Ferrer 2-6 4-5* Del Potro / Berdych *6-7 3-0 Djokovic

14:24Don't win the first set against Berdych - you'll only make him angry. The T Berd is now a double break on Djokovic on No.1. Wasn't expecting that... Less unexpectedly, Del Potro has the break in the second against Ferrer.

Ferrer 2-6 4-3* Del Potro / Berdych *6-7 1-0 Djokovic

14:19Whoah. Big letdown from Djokovic in the opening game of the second set. He faces break points for the first time - three of them in fact - and on the first, he spectacularly frames a forehand to give Berdych the first break of the match.

Ferrer 2-6 3-2* Del Potro / Berdych 6-7 0-0* Djokovic

14:14Who'll blink first? Berdych, it turns out, who makes two errors in a row to go 6-5 down. He then misses a first serve before swinging a forehand into the trams. How to give a set away in three easy steps...

Ferrer *2-6 2-2* Del Potro / Berdych 6-6 Djokovic

14:10No quarter given so far and Berdych and Djokovic change sides at 3-3.

Ferrer 2-6 2-1* Del Potro / Berdych 6-6 Djokovic

14:03Djoko sends an ace down the T to take the first set against Berdych into a tie-break...

Ferrer 2-6 1-0* Del Potro / Berdych *5-5 Djokovic

13:57David Ferrer puts his shirt on inside-out and has to hurry back to the chair to rectify the situation. The fashion fumble doesn't prevent him holding his opening service game. On No.1, Berdych still hasn't had a break point against Djokovic, who has failed to take four.

13:56Our live blog favourite Jonny O'Mara goes out 6-3, 6-2 to his friend and No.5 seed Kyle Edmund in the third round of the boys' singles. Guess Edmund won't have to give his pal a lift in to the All England Club any more :(

Ferrer *2-6 0-0 Del Potro / Berdych 5-4* Djokovic

13:50Delpo faces a break point on the way to serving out the set. Not even sure Djokovic is human, the way he stretches and slides on this surface without any apparent pain. Most of us would be unable to walk straight. Berdych saves another break point to go ahead in an absorbing first set on No.1.

Ferrer 2-5* Del Potro / Berdych 4-3* Djokovic

13:46Points for a double break for Delpo. Ferrer saves two, but Delpo ambles into the net to put away a volley to force a third, and Ferrer nets a woeful backhand. Strange, strange, strange. Delpo winning the mental game - even if his knee is bothering him.

Ferrer *2-4 Del Potro / Berdych 4-3* Djokovic

13:41Berdych looking accusingly at the court as he mistimes a forehand - giving Djoko his third break point of the match. He overcooks one though and the Czech is off the hook again. Djokovic with a nasty slip on the last point of the game - almost doing the splits - but he indicates he's OK.

Ferrer *1-3 Del Potro / Berdych *3-3 Djokovic

13:34Chance for Berdych to engineer a break point, but Djokovic forces him to play a difficult volley and the chance slips by. Delpo consolidates the break and he's starting to look a little more sprightly...in his Delpo way.

Ferrer 1-2* Del Potro / Berdych *2-2 Djokovic

13:30Strange times. Double fault from Ferrer gives a half-paced Delpo a third break point of the match - and the Argentine takes it with a vicious cross-court forehand. Delpo going for clean winners to try to shorten the points, and that could spell danger for Ferrer.

Ferrer *1-1 Del Potro / Berdych 2-1* Djokovic

13:25Great roar meets every Delpo point won - and he wins four of them to hold his opening service game. Still looks very unsure of himself. Bad news for those of us on the Jonny O'Mara bandwagon: he's just dropped the first set 6-3 against fellow Brit Kyle Edmund.

Ferrer 1-0* Del Potro / Berdych *1-1 Djokovic

13:23He's never the quickest mover between points, but Delpo has been reduced to a sullen trudge. Ferrer holds after saving two break points. How will Delpo's serve hold up?

13:21Del Potro looks very shaken and he's limping as he runs. Not sure how long this will carry on for. Meanwhile, they're up and running on No.1 Court where Djokovic and Berdych have held their opening service games.

13:19Del Potro is given painkillers - although not sure if he actually took them - and he's going to carry on... Big roar from the crowd as he wanders back to the baseline.

13:17Del Potro now having a long conversation with the trainer. And here comes the doctor. Delpo has his head in his hand and looks very, very gloomy.

13:15OK, Del Potro is up and walking back to the chair. Not limping too badly - although he's not moving that quickly either. The incident happened on break point in Ferrer's opening service game as the Argentine chased down a volley.

13:13Oh my goodness... Horrible slip by Juan Martin Del Potro on Centre, his knee, which is already heavily taped, bending in a gruesome fashion. Trainer is on straight away....

Tweet from BBC reporter @georgeyboy

13:11"Sir Alex walks to royal box pursued by journo:"Sir Alex have u got any words for the spanish press?"..."Yes adios". Classic #wimbledon"

13:08I feel everything is right with the Wimbleworld when I see Rocket Rod Laver sitting in the front row of the Royal Box. A true legend. Would love to get his thoughts on this quarter-final: Ferrer leads the head-to-head 6-2 and beat Delpo in straight sets here last year. As for Djokovic v Berdych, it's an overwhelming 13-2 lead for the world No.1.

13:01Sir Alex Ferguson and his son Mark have taken their seats in the Royal Box. Fergie now chatting to 1969 Wimbledon champion Ann Jones. Anyway, more importantly, David Ferrer and Juan Martin Del Potro have taken to the court. Ladies and gents, we have a quarter-final...

12:55No more news about David Ferrer - who was reported to have warmed up for only a minute earlier before heading off to see the doctor. The Spaniard has been struggling with a toe injury, but looks like he will step onto Centre Court alongside Juan Martin Del Potro - who has a knee problem. We'll find out in five minutes...

Mansour Bahrami up to his old tricks12:37John and Patrick McEnroe beat Mansour Bahrami and Henri Leconte 6-1, 6-4 - leaving Jonny Mac just enough time sign a few autographs before he heads off for commentary duties on the men's quarter-finals, beginning in 15 minutes.

12:36Remember when the sun came out? It's long gone and now we seem to be surrounded by some very black clouds... Cross fingers everyone, please.

12:29Andy Murray is warming up for his quarter-final against Fernando Verdasco by hitting with lefty Greg Rusedski. Murray hasn't played a lefty since the US Open last year when he beat Feliciano Lopez in the third round.

12:27Hyeon Chung of South Korea sends No.1 seed Nick Kyrgios crashing out of the boys' singles in the third round with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 win.

12:24Swikar predicting yet another upset there. Djokovic leads the head-to-head against Berdych 13-2 - but the Czech did register one of his wins here at Wimbledon in 2010 when he made the final.

Email from Swikar

12:23"My predictions- Berdych,Delpo,Janowicz, Murray."

12:19John McEnroe looks at the sky with a baffled look on his face. Yes, Mac, that is the SUN. We have a sunshine situation. Maybe that might help Aussie Nick Kyrgios, who is now 6-2, 5-1 down against Hyeon Chung...

12:11I guess if I'm asking for your predictions, I should go with mine: Djokovic, Delpo, Janowicz, Murray.

Email from Howard in Hong Kong

12:10"I think that the Gentlemen's Final will be Novak Djokovic [1] vs. Jerzy Janowicz [24] (with Djokovic winning in 4 sets), and Ladies' final will be Sabine Lisicki [23] vs. Kristen Flipkens [20], with Lisicki winning on the third set. Sad that Nadal or Federer is out though, doesn't make sense:)"

Email from Sandy in New York

12:09"Delpo all the way. Tomas cd beat Novak but he seems to struggle mentally. On the Polish duo, congrats to them but JJ blisters amazing serves. Murray over a resurgent Nando."

Tweet from Jurgen Melzer @jojomelzer

12:07"Just shook the hand of SIR Alex F. Still star struck, was too shy to ask for a picture. #legend"

11:55Upset alert on Court 17 where Hyeon Chung is out into a 6-2 lead over No.1 seed Nick Kyrgios in the third round of the boys' singles.

11:51The McEnroes are in no mood for messing today. They are 3-0 up on clown princes Henri Leconte and Mansour Bahrami. Leconte and Bahrami seem to be taking it seriously too - which in my mind is a mistake. They need to get into the McEnroes' heads.

11:48Alarming reports on Twitter that David Ferrer only practised for a minute this morning and is now with the doctor... Updates if I see any. He is due first on Centre against Del Potro.

11:38It's a celebrity-stuffed Royal Box today. Fergie will be able to chat football with his former player Nemanja Vidic and England manager Roy Hodgson. If they get bored of talking shop, they could talk tennis with Richard Krajicek, Jan Kodes, Pam Shriver, Manuel Santana or the legend that is Rocket Rod Laver. Michael McIntyre will provide the gags, while Michael Parkinson will, erm, recall the many legends he has interviewed on his chat show?

11:30After what turned out to be false rumours a few days ago, can confirm that former Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be cheering on fellow Scot Andy Murray from the Royal Box today.

11:24If you're STILL missing Roger Federer by the way, I have some news: he's going to play Hamburg before he plays Gstaad on a strange post-Wimbledon clay-court swing before the US Open. Try to make sense of that if you can...

11:18The juniors would be getting us under way if there hadn't been a slightly delay in uncovering the courts - due to a spot of rain earlier.

11:13The juniors are about to get Day Nine under way on the outside courts. Boys' No.1 seed Nick Kyrgios is up first on Court 17 against South Korea's Hyeon Chung. The 6'4" Aussie is the Aussie Open junior champ - and also beat Radek Stepanek in the French Open men's last month. His hobbies are basketball and computer games. His ambition is to be No.1 in the world.

Tweet from @kierappa

11:08"today Polish Federer is playing against Polish Nadal (I can't decide who's who but anyway...). We are very proud here!"

11:06Sorry, Howard, was just kidding. There is no Court 13 here at Wimbledon - or for that matter a Federer or a Nadal. SORRY.

Email from Howard in Hong Kong

11:03"Federer v Nadal is on Court 13 - not televised I'm afraid, but I'll try to bring you updates." (see 1018 entry) Are you kidding (since this hasn't appeared on the Order of Play), playing a bad joke (13 is a bad number in Western countries) or seriously that is going to happen?

10:56Kyle Edmund has been giving fellow 18-year-old Jonny O'Mara a lift to the All England Club every day during the tournament - and they've stuck to that routine today even though they'll be on opposite sides of the net later.

10:54Your predictions, queries, thoughts and general whimsy are extremely welcome by email on socialmedia@aeltc.com or Twitter @carolinecheese or using #Wimbledon.

10:49We're on the Jonny O'Mara bandwagon here, Iona. But obviously we are also big Kyle Edmund fans, so at the end of the day, we just hope tennis will be the winner.

Email from Iona

10:47"Heart Broken that O'Mara and Edmund are against each other! Wanted to see them both go far but now I have to decide who to root for, sadly. Who do you want to win?"

Tweet from Tweet from Jonny O'Mara's brother @aramoc

10:44"GOOD MORNING! Jonny is playing 2nd on court 14, so about 1pm. BBC are showing it live on red button, very exciting! #GoJonny His home town is buzzing with excitement, but its gonna be a tough match against a good friend! #GoJonny #battleofbritain"

10:42As well as the men's quarter-finals, I know we'll all be nervously watching Court 14 where our new live blog hero Jonny O'Mara is second on in an all-British third-round boys' singles clash with Kyle Edmund. Jonny's big bro Chris has already been in touch. His tweets follow...

10:31The official weather forecast is cloudy this morning with a 20 percent chance of rain, with the risk diminishing as temperatures rise this afternoon. Max temp of 21C (70F). Scorchio.

10:28Now then, either our dear Prime Minister David Cameron has forgotten/doesn't know there's a roof on Centre Court - or he's showing off his tennis knowledge by referencing last year's final when the roof came over and Federer took control. You decide!

Tweet from @David_Cameron

10:26"The sky over Downing St a little grey right now. Let's hope it clears up for @Andy_Murray to win at #Wimbledon. Best of luck Andy."

10:18It's men's quarter-finals day at Wimbledon and your viewing schedule looks like this... Centre: Ferrer v Del Potro, Verdasco v Murray. No.1: Djokovic v Berdych, Kubot v Janowicz. Federer v Nadal is on Court 13 - not televised I'm afraid, but I'll try to bring you updates.

Morning!

10:15Who's excited for the Federer-Nadal quarter-final...?


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