Tennis: Men’s Quarter Final Day at Wimbledon

Updated: July 4, 2012

Andy Murray has vowed to put friendships aside when he faces David Ferrer in men’s quarter-finals day. After an impressive victory over Marin Cilic, the fourth seed meets the Spaniard on Centre Court who had an emphatic win over Juan Martin del Potro. He’s a very nice guy,” Murray says I was talking to his coach just before he went out today and I also spoke to him yesterday when we were waiting around. I’ve known them for a long time.”

Also on Centre Court today will see Roger Federer play Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny. The Russian 26th seed will be a huge under-dog, especially as his fourth round tie went to five sets, though the six-time champion has been suffering with back complaints. Novak Djokovic will continue his defence against the German Florian Mayer. The German overcame the challenge of Richard Gasquet in the last round, but will need the game of his life to defeat the world number one, who is 33/1 on to progress.

The final tie sees Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber dismissed the challenge of the final remaining unseeded player Brian Baker. The American had no answer to the German’s power and went out 6-1 7-6 6-3. He will take on Jo Wilfried Tsonga after the fifth seed was taken to four sets and rain delays in his win over American Mardy Fish.

In yesterday’s women’s action Victoria Azarenka beat Tamira Paszek 6-3 7-6. The Russian number two seed has still yet to drop a set, and will meet Serena Williams in her semi-final. The American was in top form as she knocked out the defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-3 7-5, overpowering the Czech with 13 aces and not a single double fault.

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska reached her first grand slam semi-final after she fought off a valiant 7-5 4-6 7-5 in their quarter-final tussle. The third seed will face Germany’s Angelique Kerber after a titanic encounter with crowd favourite Sabine Lisicki. Kerber got off to a flying start, taking the first set and leading the second before Lisicki stormed back, and at 5-3 in the third set was serving for the match. However, she missed her chance and with a total of 50 unforced errors over the course of the game, Kerber simply showed more composure at the right times to book her passage to the last four.

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