(No. 4... No More)
The men's semifinals are set, with one more top seed saying goodbye to the competition. No. 4 David Ferrer lost to slightly injured No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (5). For his efforts, Delpo will now face off against No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, who recorded a straight sets victory over No. 7 Tomas Berdych, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3. Coincidentally, both matches which started at the same time on different courts also finished within a breath of each other.
On the bottom half of the draw, Murray also continued on besting Verdasco, but it took him 5 long sets. So maybe I've been wrong all along. Maybe it's not Murray who's got all those voodoo dolls in his racket bag. Maybe it's actually Djokovic after all. Novak hasn't faced a significant challenge at all the whole tournament, while his whole list of top competitors have lost early, withdrawn with injury or been pushed to their very limits in 5 sets. The only thing standing between Novak and the final now is a hobbled Delpo. Murray still has to contend with No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz who could prove to be a wild card in the next round. Obviously I'm hoping for a Delpo-Janowicz final. I mean, with the way things have been going this year, why not just overturn the apple cart completely?
(Radwanska is SO over this whole handshake thing.)
On the women's side the final match up has been decided. The last remaining top seed has fallen with No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska losing to No.23 Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 2-6, 9-7. It was a nail biter of a contest with both players having their chances. Radwanska just couldn't put the final few points together in the end when she needed them, which has to be a huge disappointment for her. She had the final in sight with no Serena, no Sharapova and no Vika waiting for her there. Instead it will be Lisicki who will face off against No. 15 Marion Bartoli, who will be making her second appearance at the Wimbledon final after losing to Venus Williams in 2007. It seems impossible to make a prediction at this point, but the way Lisicki has been taking down the strongest players all tournament, I'll say I'm rooting for her to win the whole thing. We'll find out soon enough! This crazy tournament is almost at an end!