Day 9, Wimbledon 2017 – Murray and Djokovic succumb to injury!

So the hip injury that has been subject to so much speculation over these 10 days finally reared itself and by the end in pretty spectacular fashion! Fair play to Muzza, how easy would it have been to pull out here? He tried to find a way back in and that counts for a lot in this day and age! After serving for the third at one set all it all went south. He won it on a tie-break but the bigger picture didn’t look clever. The serve had lost its zip and the movement was restricted. Querrey played well but it’s difficult to gauge how well due to what was going on the other side of the net! Querrey’s serve made it impossible for Muzza to have any answers by the end. In his interview, he said that he needed to go away with his team and look at the long term plan. Is missing the US Open a possibility? One of the things I love about Murray is the fact he isn’t frightened of what others think! If it’s best for him, he will do it!

Djokovic suffered a similar outcome in his quarter-final against Tomas Berdych. An elbow/arm injury putting pay to his tournament. A few of my pals and I wondered whether everything was ok in the Nole camp after he had a bit of a moan up about the order of play on Monday, then about the state of the courts Tuesday. He never really looked comfortable today and after losing the first set on a tie-break and his serve at the start of the second, he decided enough was enough! Nole has talked about having a bit of an extended break and maybe it for the best. It’s a gruelling season and it’s probably not going to get any better for the Serbian with the injury!

Roger Federer once again coasted through in straights against Milos Raonic. This would look like a spot kick on paper now. Berdych followed by Cilic/Querrey. It is going to need a hell of serving performance to take him down here. I didn’t see it before the carnage of the last few days and I certainly don’t now! Milos played well today, not his best, but well. Fed was just on a different level! It was the Fed-Ex 100th win at Wimbledon and as usual was backed by a full house on Centre Court.

Marin Cilic will play Sam Querrey for a place in the final. Cilic beat Gilles Muller who ran out of steam in the fifth set. After his brutal encounter with Rafa on Monday, you always felt this was an even bigger task for Gilles. The Croat was certainly made to feel uncomfortable today. This was a big one for Cilic today, as he has been known to chuck in a lazy effort after hammering everyone insight in the first week of a slam. You know what you are getting with Gilles and he doesn’t make it easy for you. Cilic has a 4/0 head to head over Querrey so the pressure is well and truly on to deliver!

Andy Del Potro

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