Wimbledon 2013: Men's semi-finals as they happened

Andy Murray wins the fourth set under the roof to beat Jerzy Janowicz and set up a Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.

5 July 2013 Last updated at 22:04

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  1. 2154: 

    Righto ladies and gentlemen, I think that's me pretty much done for the evening. Until tomorrow...

  2. 2152: 
    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray on the prospect of playing Novak Djokovic on Sunday in the final: "Novak and Del Potro played an incredible match, Novak moved so well. I've only played him on grass here at the Olympics so I'll take that into Sunday."

  3. 2150: 

    Andy Murray on the decision to close the roof: "It's a tough situation, there was about 45 minutes of daylight left. It's an outdoor event and we should play as much outdoors as we can. And I'd won five games in a row. I took a shower, spoke to the guys and got to back work.

    "He (Janowicz) was on his phone at the break, he seemed very relaxed. That's the sort of player he is, that's why he is very loose on the court."

  4. 2149: 
    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill
    The crowd on Henman Hill

    "It's been a long old day for those who have been on the hill for the duration. Hundreds of fans now making their way to the exits and all that remains on the hill that was once a mass of humanity are stragglers, empty plastic bottles and used food trays."

  5. 2148: 

    More from Andy Murray on his thrilling win:

    "The first set was tight, I had a few chances but he came out with some big shots and he got on a roll, but I managed to turn it round."

  6. 2147: 

    Andy Murray speaking to BBC Sport:

    "I'm delighted, it was a very tough match and completely different to any other match I've had here this year. He's talented and unpredictable, he has huge serves, which give you very little rhythm come back at him."

  7. 2145: 

    Murray reveals in his post-match interview that Janowicz was on the blower during the break while the roof was brought on. Now that's what you call chillaxed. Didn't really help, though, whoever he was talking to. So, please join us tomorrow for the women's final between Marion Bartoli and Sabine Lisicki, which kicks off at 1400 BST. I fancy Bartoli to be a little heartbreaker...

    Andy Murray

    Ben Pathe: Well done Andy Murray. Looking forward to a classic final on Sunday. Djokovic phenomenal. May the best man on the day win

    Ian Murray: Excellent composure from Murray. He didn't let the roof closure change the tempo of the match. Brilliant!

    Hannah Huck: Fantastic match, well done Murray! Two great semi finals today

  9. 2141: 

    That's Murray's fourth consecutive Grand Slam final, it's quite some CV he's compiling. DID YOU KNOW? That the last British man to win the men's singlezzzzz...

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "I favour Murray, the physical aspect will have an impact. Novak is a truly great player, they both are, but Murray is ready to finally do it."

  11. 2138: 

    So there you have it, Andy Murray into his second successive Wimbledon final where it will be an almighty bun fight - I repeat, an almighty bun fight - against top seed Novak Djokovic on Sunday. Do join us.

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 Janowicz

    Janowicz just misses with a forehand into the tramlines but the Pole hits back with a thunderclap first serve down the middle. Magnificent anticipation by Janowicz and the reactions of a cat to put that forehand volley away but the Pole follows up with a double fault for 30-30. And another! Jerzy's staggering like spinning top on its last legs and now he's dead, Murray sending back a pulverising forehand return...

    Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 5-3 Janowicz*

    Janowicz just misses with a forehand return before Murray unveils a wicked, curling forehand winner for 30-0. Outrageous bit of tit for tat at the net, not sure either man knew much about that, but it's Murray who wins the point courtesy of an overhead on the retreat. Janowicz pulls Murray out of court with a ripsnorter of a forehand but Murray finds a big first serve to hold. Only needs one more game...

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "Safe to say Murray can see the finish line but he should certainly not focus on it, he should take it one point at a time, focus on his serve and not give Janowicz a look in."

    *Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 4-3 Janowicz

    I'd imagine Janowicz is a fine lover - a big, bear of a man but with the hands of a miniature portrait painter. Sweet little drop-shot to kick off the game followed by some proper boom-boom serves to hold to love.


    Garreth Frank: Janowicz reminds me a lot of Ivanisevic. Good player, great server, but temperamental and prone to double faults.

    Ali Hill: Like lots of young players, Janowicz is letting his frustration beat him. Once he can control that he'll be very dangerous.

    Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 4-2 Janowicz*
    Jerzy Janowicz

    Janowicz climbs into that forehand return and Murray is only able to dink a forehand into the net. Janowicz fires a backhand return long before Murray sends a tracer of a first serve down the middle for 30-15. Powder puff second serve by Murray but Jerzy can only net with his backhand return. Janowicz knifes a backhand long, Murray in control.

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    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill

    "Is it better to give than receive? A young lady approaches a couple on the mound and just simply gives them her Centre Court tickets. The pair just stare at her. Stunned. Then dash off in the direction of the famous arena. Then another woman walks by and offers me a Centre Court ticket! I obviously turn down the offer, another fan takes the ticket before giving it up to a pleading teenager. This is what they said life was like in the 1950s, full of bonhomie, generosity and friendliness."

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    Jonnie Horden: Janowicz's serve sounds like a shotgun under the Centre Court roof. Fortunately it's misfiring.

    Ben Pathe: Shame Janowicz's cunning plan to disrupt Murray's game is failing #ohwell.

    Malcolm Harvey: "Hey Mr Referee. This roof isn't working for me any more. Can we have it open again? Best regards, Jerzy."

    *Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 3-2 Janowicz

    Murray hooks a backhand wide for 15-0 before sending one long for 30-0. Jerzy comes into the net and puts away the smash but follows up with a ninth double fault. Signs of frustration from Janowicz as he hooks a backhand into the tramlines, that's his 38th unforced error. Janowicz is a sitting duck at the net, Murray gives him the eyes before sending a forehand the other way to make it deuce. Janowicz goes nuclear on this first serve and manages to hold.

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "I'm happy to report that the 30 minute delay is no longer an issue. He's got the momentum back, impressive from Murray, we're done with that story."

    Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 3-1 Janowicz*

    Janowicz hides away under his towel between games, like a man with a cold sucking up Vicks. He badly needs a remedy at this point. Jerzy's lost it here, here he is muffing a backhand into the net before framing an outside edge into the slips. Ace out wide by Murray, he's got this match now...


    Elizabeth, Nottinghamshire: Very unfair to close the roof. Wimbledon is an outdoor tournament and games have been played later than this outside. Such a shame, it's a beautiful evening - wrong decision to close the roof! Come on Murray! You can do it! Murray to win!

    Janice from East Yorkshire: I am disgusted at the roof closure! Janowicz is playing a very bad unsportsmans game plan. He has complained for a long time about the roof. Andy is in the right and I hope he now goes on to win it. .

    *Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 2-1 Janowicz

    You have to say that's magnificent! Murray covers the baseline from left to right and unfurls a curling forehand that clips the sideline. Sweet as nut. Murray moves to 0-30 before Jerzy retaliates with a bomb of a serve down the T. But here's a double fault, the Pole's eighth, and here are two break points... Janowicz pulls out a plum of a first serve and puts away the overhead but nets with a forehand to hand Murray the break. Fuss? What fuss?

    Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 1-1 Janowicz *
    The players warm up under the roof

    Big game, this - Janowicz was hitting the cover off the ball in that last game, his game seems to have got even bigger with the roof on. If it gets any bigger they might have to take it off again. But that's a comfortable hold...

    *Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 0-1 Janowicz

    We're back in the room. Janowicz kicks off with a hefty first serve which Murray is only able to claw into the net before the Pole muffs a forehand into the onion bag. Tremendous forehand winner on the scamper by Murray but Janowicz cranks it up a notch on the next point, that's some monster, monster hitting. More piledrivers by the Pole, that's a hold...

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    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill

    Not everyone is unhappy with the unexpected interval. Thirsty spectators on Murray Mound see it as an opportunity. Off goes one gentleman with an empty cardboard tray and he soon returns, four pints close to the brim, beer swishing under his not-so-steady hold. "Chips?" asks someone else. They're an enterprising lot, grasping the chance to replenish and re-energise.


    Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker: Lendl would know,what to tell #murray ....been there and done it many times!!!

    Tim Henman on the decision to close the Centre Court roof, BBC Sport

    "If we didn't have the roof that would be detrimental to the guy that wins as they would have had to play tomorrow."

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "I agree the roof is a good thing, but I totally disagree with the decision tonight."

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    Players knocking up, Janowicz going through his racquet twirling routine, I like him, a little bit funky....

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    Monica Lee: Gamesmanship from Janowicz. Murray's right, it's not dark so why close the roof? #bizarre.

    Matt Lowndes: 2 miles away my kids are perfectly happy playing Swingball in this light. Get on with it.

    Sophie Mason: Murray must have really annoyed @Wimbledon somehow. It's like they don't even want him to win.

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    You have to think this will benefit Janowicz more than Murray, but this is where your man Lendl will earn his corn in the locker room. Court being set up, here come the line judges, players back out in a minute...

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    Tony Joseph: Ridiculous to let the light be at umpire's discretion. Need to do same as cricket and have an official light measurement.

    Douglas Jefferson: Federer and Nadal played on when I could barley see the ball on the telly! Seems rather early to me.

    Tony Foster: Wrong decision to close the roof now. But it will help Murray as it slows everything down.

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    The crowd has thinned out in the players' absence, although I'm assuming most of them will be back when play gets under way, which should be in about 20 minutes - I'll keep you posted...

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "They should at least go for another half an hour, until at least 9.00 at the absolute minimum. I think they could have completed another set."

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    Andy Murray

    Murray wasn't happy about that decision at all: "It's unfair, it's an outdoor tournament - you're only doing it because he's been complaining about it for 45 minutes..." He's got a point, then again there's not much light left, and we can't assume the set would have lasted only 45 minutes...

    Tim Henman on the decision to close the Centre Court roof, BBC Sport

    "It's a judgement call but influenced by fact that Janowicz has been complaining. The momentum is with Murray, but he has to accept the decision and make sure he does not lose focus."

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    PLAY IS SUSPENDED WHILE ROOF IS CLOSED- Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 Janowicz *

    Thanks Tom Fordyce, this is Ben Dirs to take you through to the close. Alas, I swoop upon you like the Grim Reaper - tournament referee Andy Jarrett has stepped in and told the players the roof is coming on, to Murray's enormous chagrin...

  40. 2031: 
    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill

    "Two brave Janowicz fans applaud their man, as incongruous as a Happy Mondays gig in a library. But, then, the Murray fans cut loose. Cries of "Ole Ole!" from a raucous group of blighters. Ear drums being damaged, drinks being spilled, but no-one cares about that. All eyes on the big screen."

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "He's in a league of his own when he turns it on."

    GAME AND THIRD SET- Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 Janowicz *

    Dreadful challenge from the rattled Pole - set point Murray, into the net, Jano blasting the ball back at Murray - ooof, onto the Briton's turned back and across the net - the crowd are celebrating it like a winner, but it didn't hit his racquet, doesn't count... Ace! Third set Murray, remarkable turnaround, belief flooding into this old arena where just minutes ago there was nothing but doubt and dismay.

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "It helped Murray that Janowicz got under his skin. It's really helped him in the last couple of minutes, got the crowd much more into this and you could not have written a better script."

    MURRAY BREAKS AGAIN- * Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 5-4 Janowicz

    Double-fault from Janowicz, and he's starting to lose it - thrashing his racquet onto the net-cord, going long now - by cracky, Murray has broken him back, and that's four games on the bounce for the Briton. Centre transformed, the match reversed.

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "This crowd is buzzing and they have witnessed some of the greatest tennis you will ever see on this court this afternoon."

    Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 4-4 Janowicz *

    Murray pumped, crashing away an ace out wide, the crowd bellowing. And another! And another! Momentum shifting, and don't the crowd know it...

    1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think after this set, they should ask both players and see what they want to do about the roof."

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    MURRAY BREAKS- * Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 3-4 Janowicz

    Oh, you jammy... Murray onto the net-cord at 30-30, and the ball will flop apologetically into Polish territory. Murray onto a drop-shot - he's there, the racquet flashing, the ball... IN! Nabbed the break back, and he roars at the caterwauling punters all around.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "He's got to keep asking questions on Janowicz's serve, see if he can get a half chance and get this break of serve back."

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    Enda Murphy: Jerzy has the body of a giraffe and the attitude of a pit bull. Can Murray out-fox him?

    Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 2-4 Janowicz *

    That will lift the mood a fraction - Murray holds to love. But how to break? And if Janowicz takes this second set before the roof goes over, what chance will he have in the fourth?

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Murray is smashing his racquet into his racquet bag again, not surprising with the way he was shaking it and staring at it in that fifth game."

    * Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 1-4 Janowicz
    Jerzy Janowicz

    Coach Lendl lifts his shades, but he might want to hide his face - Janowicz aceing down the middle to back up his break, and with him winning close to 80% of points on his first serve, this is a slippery slope that Murray must climb.


    Jonny Huntridge: 3DTV, I was the biggest non-believer when it came to the technology but BBC Wimbledon is flipping great.

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "Janowicz does not want the roof closed right now with the way he's playing, he wants to keep going."

    JANOWICZ BREAKS- Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 1-3 Janowicz *

    Murray won 73% of points on his second serve in that second set, compared to 53% by Janowicz. The Scot also hit three aces to the Pole's one ace. On we march. Jano getting something of a strop on out there, the ball-boy getting a burst of applause for pulling off a fine one-handed catch from a stray return. Lovely backhand slice from the Pole, Murray digging his reply into the net - oh, delightful drop-shot set up by a biffing forehand, and he's stolen away the break. Trouble rears its mug once again..


    Roy in Nottingham: Janowicz roaring like a wild animal on every crushing forehand. I have a bad feeling about this!

    * Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 1-2 Janowicz
    Fans on Henman Hill

    Serried ranks of faithful support on the Hill. Janowicz holds to 15, but he's having a prolonged pop at umpire Jake Garner now about the roof - wants it closed, on the basis that it's too dark for him. It's hardly gloomy out there, let alone Roger v Rafa 2008, but still.

    1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Big hold from Murray. Janowicz thought he should have broken there and maybe now he's getting a little bit irritated."

    Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 1-1 Janowicz *

    Janowicz with his right elbow heavily strapped with that stretchy tape. Murray misses the easiest volley of the tournament, his opponent nowhere, and will go long again to hand over two break points. Ace out wide, fitting riposte. And another! Well played sir. Six break point chances for the Pole, and he's not taken a single one. Ace! Jano wide off the backhand return, and that's a big escape.

    * Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 0-1 Janowicz
    Andy Murray

    Don't let this photo concern you - he's up on his feet, even if Janowicz has clattered his way through another service game. Centre still nervy, and why shouldn't it be?

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "They key is how long does this set go? If it goes 45-50 minutes, that's when they have to make the call about the roof. Play another set or part of another set?"

    GAME AND SECOND SET- Murray 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 Janowicz *
    Fans of Andy Murray

    Better now from Murray, the first serve landing once, twice, three times - an hour and 33 minutes in, he's levelled it up...

    * Murray 6-7 (2-7) 5-4 Janowicz

    Lovely touch around the net again from Janowicz, this time to lob Murray with dinky delight. A fifth double-fault for 40-30, but he'll drill away an overhead to stay in the set.

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "Janowicz is not a one trick pony, it's not just his serve, he's very athletic and has great touch. Can you imagine what he'll be like in three years?"

    Murray 6-7 (2-7) 5-3 Janowicz *

    Murray with a laboured backhand into the net, and he'll stick that one long - two break points down again, second serve... oof, well placed at pace out wide, and although Janowicz will swing at it he can only send it wide. Ace! Back to deuce, deep breaths all around. What the... backhand into the net again, a regulation backhand at that, and Janowicz has a third break point. Serve out wide to the backhand, job done. Murray will move Janowicz around now, the Pole unable to control his backhand, and Murray has wriggled off the hook. Every game a nerve-jangler now...


    Chris, Liverpool: At least Janowicz goes for his shots, against Verdasco and today so far, Murray has waited for his opponent to make mistakes rather than attacking the point!

    Ian, Winchester: Totally disagree regarding Janowicz being boring. I don't want to watch every men's match being a baseline duel. Having the odd old school big server is interesting. Fascinating to watch how Murray tackles a different problem.

  68. 1940:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Guess who's just popped in to the 5 live commentary booth? Only 2013 Wimbledon finalist Novak Djokovic. Is he tired? "A bit, of course," he says. "I do have my recovery routines and I try to rest as much as I can, good nutrition, hydration and lots of stretching." And will he watch the rest of the second semi-final? "Yeah - I will of course. We'll do a match analysis - and I'll enjoy it with my feet on the bed."

    * Murray 6-7 (2-7) 4-3 Janowicz

    Meaty forehand down the line from the Pole, who could use that right hand for a wrecking-ball. Nothing coming easy for the home favourite.

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    Mike Henson, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill

    "You've never seen people happier to part company with a tenner. With the late-running Djokovic-Del Potro semi sending some of the flakier Centre Court patrons scurrying to the trains, the resale queue is ticking over a fair rate. Ushered forward by a steward two at a time, the patient patrons throw the notes at the ticket distributor like they were Weimar-era marks."

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "It's very important that Murray stays focused and puts those break points in the last game behind him. He's a break up and has to maintain that."

    Murray 6-7 (2-7) 4-2 Janowicz *
    Jerzy Janowicz

    Rattled yells around the cheaper seats as Murray lists at 0-30, but Janowicz misses with an eminently makeable forehand mid-court, Murray marooned at the net. Backhand long, but he'll have a break point here as Murray fends a fizzer long. Oh, sensational chasing defence from Murray, somehow getting back a series of clubbing forehands and then getting back in position to clout away the winner. Janowicz clunks a forehand service return into the net, and Murray has escaped.

    Richard Krajicek, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Let's see if Andy has learnt from two days ago. Hopefully he understands that what is important is that he keeps holding serve and his composure."

  74. 1928:  
    Mike Henson, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill

    "If there are any Poles on the slope they are keeping it on the Q T. The Murray majority are silent, perhaps straining ears to see if they can detect the rumble of a home favourite comeback in the distance.

    "There are some latch-key kids being talked through the microwave settings for their dinner back home as their parents hunker down for the long haul."

    * Murray 6-7 (2-7) 3-2 Janowicz
    Fans on Henman Hill

    Here's the reaction on Henman Hill to that break of serve. Should be another one here too - Murray to 15-40 as Janowicz goes long, but the Briton tugs a forehand halfway down the net and sees his remaining hope in the game extinguished by the ferocious Jano serve.


    Andrew, London: I know it's traditional for big servers to do well on grass, but it's really dull to watch. Murray ahead in all the stats and still lost the set. One trick pony.

    Ryan in Rushden: Can't help but feel like the Janowicz game is very flat - just keep hitting hard. In time players will learn to absorb that with court craft

    Murray 6-7 (2-7) 3-1 Janowicz *

    Murray getting considerable joy with that service down the middle, and he will hold to love too - lovely reflex volley on the one return Jerzy hurts him with, a forehand pass pinged down the line. Rammed around Centre, but an atmosphere equal parts trepidation, expectation and exhaustion.

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    Rob Sinden: If anything, Wimbledon in 3D makes Janowicz's serve look quicker... Can't imagine how difficult it is to return for Murray .

    Alasdair D Murray: When the commentator starts saying Murray's 1st goal is "just to get the ball back into play" you sense it's looking ominous.

    * Murray 6-7 (2-7) 2-1 Janowicz

    After that first game blip, Janowicz resumes normal howitzer service. Hold to love, tension thick in the summer evening air.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "Murray has got to have that intensity now, he's got the break in this set and he has to hold onto it."

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "That is just what the doctor ordered for Murray with this quick start."

    Murray 6-7 (2-7) 2-0 Janowicz *

    The sun gone now from Centre, just a couple of rows at the back still tickled by the evening rays. Brilliant reflex backhand off Janowicz's drive forehand, and the break is backed up to love.

    Richard Krajicek, BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is a nice gift from Janowicz."

    * Murray 6-7 (2-7) 1-0 Janowicz

    Some very lively Poles in the VIP seats, and why not. Better from Murray, dipping a forehand onto the baseline for 15-30 and then being handed a double-fault for 15-40. And another! Get -out-of-jail card for the struggling Scot, and the crowd respond with the first ear-troubling roars of the contest.

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "That was extremely frustrating, Murray had three break points including two set points. Murray talked yesterday about the match turning on a couple of points, and when you don't get one it will boost Janowicz's confidence."

    Mike Henson, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill

    "Who left the sauna door open? As the sun dips and the shadows creep, there is a hint of chill in the previously toasty air. Negotiations being entered into among some couples with under-insulated ladies demanding sweaters and chivalry from their men folk."

    GAME AND FIRST SET- Murray 6-7 (2-7) Janowicz

    No no, a double-fault from Murray - first set gone, tossed away to a deathly hush around Centre. Hard yards ahead...

    Murray 6-6 (2-6) Janowicz

    Huge forehand from Janowicz, and he has set points all over the place.

    * Murray 6-6 (2-5) Janowicz

    Huge second serve from Jerzy, and this is looking ominous.

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "Playing Janowicz and his serve is like playing Ivanisevic or Sampras, you don't get rhythm but you get a lot of stress trying to figure it out. And you get a lot of tie breaks."

    Murray 6-6 (2-4) Janowicz *


    Murray 6-6 (1-4) Janowicz *

    The Pole bossing this - start kissing horse-shoes

    * Murray 6-6 (0-4) Janowicz

    Murray with a forehand muffed long...

    Murray 6-6 (0-3) Janowicz
    Murray 6-6 (0-2) Janowicz *

    I will, but it leaves me almost no time to describe the points. Murray in trouble, mini-break down...

    Murray 6-6 (0-1) Janowicz *
    Murray 6-6 Janowicz

    Both men at over 80% on their first serve - shall I go point by point for this tie-break?

    Murray 6-5 Janowicz *

    Jano into the net like an athletic octopus to reach out a long arm and flick a splendid backhand down the line. It matters little - Murray sliding that serve out to his opponent's forehand, and he's lost just five points on his own serve all set. Janowicz serving to stay in the set.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "You could see by his reaction Janowicz knew the importance of that game, with his second serves getting him out of trouble. Pressure on Murray."

    * Murray 5-5 Janowicz
    Jerzy Janowicz

    Now then - Murray with a blistering backhand, dipping over the tape, and Janowicz can't handle the mustard on it - into the net, 15-30. Long this time, and Murray will have two break points for the set. Kim Sears pumps a fist. Brutal first serve out wide, one saved. First serve, missed. Second serve - vooosh, 118 mph, Murray unable to ricochet it back. Good hold. Who said tie-break?

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "Murray has certainly been rock solid on his own serve, let's see if he gets to Janowicz's serve at all."

    Murray 5-4 Janowicz *

    Murray's service arguably even more impressive than Janowicz's in the 30 minutes so far. He holds to love again, Sir David Frost watching on with Lendlesque impassiveness from the Royal Box.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Radio 5 live has sent Dot Davies up to Henman Hill / Murray Mount / Rusedski Ridge [did that ever catch on?]: "It's the calm after the storm on Henman Hill. There are no wild scenes yet. It's packed but serene."

    Listen to match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

    * Murray 4-4 Janowicz

    The golden-armed outsider showing considerable poise out there, the touch around the net pleasing, the groundstrokes raking. Intriguing contest - who will blink first?

    Murray 4-3 Janowicz *
    Andy Murray

    Murray with an ace of his own down the middle. Hot to trot off the next one too, Jerzy fending one off the midriff into the boondocks. Janowicz has only been broken four times in more than 80 service games in these championships so far, an ominous stat for all those hoping for a straightforward Murray progression.

    * Murray 3-3 Janowicz

    Wimbledon line-judges, of course, go through an intensive pre-tournament training camp that involves being struck by aces for upwards of three hours a day. As much about character and temperament as physical conditioning. Janowicz will hold with the aid of two beautifully-judged backhand drop-shots, an excellent tactic when the big serve is forcing Murray so deep.

    OUCH!- Murray 3-2 Janowicz *

    Ah, point of the match so far - Murray cross-court, Janowicz stretching him, Murray with he volley, Jano with a floating lob - nope, missed it just wide. Murray aceing down the middle - good Lord, it's cracked the very same line judge on the head once again. No sign of a wince nor grumble, just as protocol dictates.

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    Martin Loat: Surely Jerzy Janowicz's arm strappings should be predominantly in white?

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "It was great for Murray to win the US Open, battle with Djokovic for over four hours and get that monkey off his back. I'd be surprised if we don't see him win numerous more Majors."

    * Murray 2-2 Janowicz

    Jerzy tugs on a cap to keep the low evening sun from his eyes, although he's so tall that its orbit is somewhere around his navel. Murray with a dismissive cross-court pass, and a double-fault will now give him his first break point of the day. Missed first serve. Second - ooo-wee, 124mph, and Murray can only loop it long. Backhand drive just long, although the gap was there, and the glimmer has gone.

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "Not surprisingly some first game nerves for Janowicz, and it's a tricky time as that shade moves across the court as this semi-final gets going."

    Murray 2-1 Janowicz *

    Errors aplenty from the debutant semi-finalist, into the net with two biffing forehands and then clouting a backhand into the same spot. A woman in the crowd smears sun-cream on her pinking snout, probably unnecessary at 1830.

    Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I was in the treatment room earlier. I didn't mean to be sticky-beaking but Janowicz has had his arm taped for five hours now. That's how early they got ready for this match."

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    * Murray 1-1 Janowicz

    Mmm, Murray dashing in to a Jerzy dropper and flicking away a pass off the backhand. The 6' 8" Pole is more than just a serving machine, however - delicious backhand cross-court winner, then the ace - 139 mph, a real child-frightener - and into the net for a forehand into Murray's unguarded corner.

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Radio 5 live

    "We're three hours away from the roof being required for bad light - I don't think this match will last three hours."

    Murray 1-0 Janowicz *

    And so we begin. Murray to open up, and that will do - big serve out wide to the forehand side, Janowicz into the net. Ace down the middle, and the unfortunate line-judge will wear that on her lid as she ducks into it. Right on the creme cap - if she's stashed a cheese and tomato roll under it for midway through the third set, it'll be a sorry mess. Polish forehand into the net, Murray up and running.

  117. 1816: 

    Jerzy Janowicz won the last meeting between these two, at the tail-end of last year, but this is only the 22-year-old's fifth Grand Slam event, and he has never before won a title on the ATP tour. Enough mockers for you? Let's play tennis.

  118. 1817: 

    Britain's Kyle Edmund, who earlier lost in the semi-finals of the boys' singles, has the consolation of a win in the quarter-finals of the boys' doubles together with Portuguese partner Frederico Ferreira Silva. The top seeds beat sixth seeds Clement Geens and Noah Rubin 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.

  119. 1814: 

    Corders possibly being a little forward with his talk of finals before the semi has even begun. The Big Pole TM the serving sensation of the championships so far, blitzing a remarkable 94 aces so far - 18 clear of the next man, Djokovic, who's played a round more.

  120. 1812: 

    Comedian James Corden on his mate Andy Murray: "It will be such a big ask to beat Novak Djokovic in the final - but he's beaten him before. I feel like the pressure on Andy is the same as it's always been but he seems to be more equipped to deal with it now."

  121. 1811: 

    Here come the players - onto a Centre Court that's no more than a third full. Oh, it'll change, don't you worry about that, but for now it's what I believe branding types call a 'soft launch'.

    Three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "That was one of the greatest matches of all time. Del Potro has so much to be proud of, I've never him give so much. The best part of it was to see a man loving every minute of it in Del Potro.

    "Djokovic will be fine for Sunday, don't worry about that."

  123. 1807: 

    The final word from Novak Djokovic on his win over Juan Martin del Potro that puts him into Sunday's final:

    "That was one of the best matches I've played here, it was at such a high level. I'm just privileged to be the winner of this match."

  124. 1806: 

    More from Novak Djokovic on that five-set thriller with Juan Martin del Potro:

    "When I lost the fourth set is was disappointing. I had lots of opportunities, but did not capitalise, but credit to him. It was a very high level of tennis, but it's what I expected.

    "I'm just enjoying this victory, then I'll think about the final tomorrow."

  125. 1805: 

    Epic stamina, wonderful quality - forget Nole and DelPo, I'm talking about Aimee Lewis. Fordyce to take over, if any of you have anything left.

  126. 1803: 

    Novak Djokovic has been speaking to BBC Sport's Phil Jones about his epic win over Juan Martin del Potro:

    "It was one of my best matches I've been a part of, one of the most exciting. It was so close. I could not separate us, apart from when I was 2-1 up and a break up, and I dropped serve. That's why he's a Grand Slam champion. He came up with some top shots. I didn't think I was wrong to be aggressive, but credit to him."

  127. 1757: 

    And now it's safe to breathe. Ear-splitting noise on Centre. The crowd rise in unison, saluting the two magnificent entertainers. Djokovic, the world number one, the 2013 Wimbledon finalist, scribbles his signature before departing the scene where magic was seen.

    The players hug
    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "How sporting of the British crowd to give the Argentine a standing ovation. Powerful stuff."

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "One of the great matches of all time, absolutely staggering from the the first game, you don't like to see anyone lose. Del Potro, what a performance."

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live tennis expert

    "They both get a 'Standing O' - and they deserve it."

    DJOKOVIC REACHES WIMBLEDON FINAL- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 Del Potro
    Novak Djokovic

    The Serb squandered two match points in the fourth set tie-breaker. Will his nerve hold? The six-time Grand Slam champion drags a backhand wide. 0-30. Del Potro can't rise from the ashes once again, surely? Azure sky overhead... glorious day in SW19... Snappers focus their lenses on the world number one... a perfect scene... The Serb reins in his opponent to 30-30, but a fierce Del Potro forehand for break point! Surely not. Djokovic sprints to the net, deft volley... clench of the fist... Saved. Menacing serve down the 'T', Del Potro returns long. Match point... Djokovic with a backhand down the line... It's a winner!

  132. 1752:  
    Mike Henson, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill

    "'Keep moving, keep moving,' say the over-worked security guards trying to keep the paths clear of pedestrians rubber-necking at the big screen. Usually people follow that command with "nothing to see here". That's difficult to pull off when one of Wimbledon's all-time hum-dingers is unfolding over your shoulder."

    Mark Petchey, BBC Sport

    "Del Potro is a giant of a man but he's up against a champion of colossal character, and it's that character that sees him break at such an important moment."

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    Chris Harvey: This is like Ali vs. Frazier, Ali out against the ropes, Frazier can't finish him off. Then wham!!! Knockout blow from Ali.

    Matthew Orchard: Swear Del Potro has grown that beard during the course of this match.

    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 5-3 Del Potro

    It is around this time in a set that a champion like Djokovic usually pounces on his prey. Del Potro attempting to keep his predator at bay by varying play, but his backhand volley trickles the net. Nose-to-nose at the barrier... Djokovic covering the ground like a panther... backhand volley over a stranded Del Potro. Bravo! Oops. Casual backhand into the tape - two break points... Del Potro's lady friend cheers her man on. One saved but forehand long... Djokovic serving for the match.

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 4-3 Del Potro*

    Del Potro challenges a line call... the sound of slow clapping ripples around Centre... replays proving the Argentine had found the whitewash by the width of a butterfly's wing. Matters not one jot in the end, though, Djokovic nudging ahead once again.

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live tennis expert

    "Djokovic is doubting himself - changing the shots in the middle of his swing."

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 3-3 Del Potro

    A fine array of hats on display on Centre. Straw hats, panamas and, of course, you've got the baseball. No fezes within sight. Disappointing. Anyway, to the tennis... Del Potro, on the run, looks a beaten man, but somehow produces a dazzling backhand down the line. Djokovic raises his arms, as if to ask 'what more can I do?' The Serb notches a break point but Del Potro wriggles free. Two sloppy errors from Djokovic. Backhand into the tape... forehand into the tape... An iffy hold, but a hold nonetheless.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport
    Juan Martin del Potro

    "It's a difficult spot for Djokovic, he had a match point, he's the favourite, and he must be thinking 'What is going on? How much longer do I have to play?'

    "Del Potro has been on the canvas a few times, but he keeps getting up and coming back."

    Watch the match online, on your mobile devices and the BBC Sport app.

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "Two huge first serves to finish that fifth game, that's a good sign for Novak Djokovic."

    Henman Hill

    Not a spare patch of grass to be had on Henman Hill/Murray Mount. There are more Wimbledon photos on the BBC's Facebook and Instagram pages.

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 3-2 Del Potro*

    US Vogue editor Anna Wintour looking down on the two gladiators from the Royal Box. Shades on. Arms folded. Warm applause for a Del Potro overhead for 40-30... A tilt of the head from Djokovic, he can't believe Del Potro has fired a backhand return down the line for deuce. Djokovic forehand wide. Break point! Calm down.A serve out wide coupled with a backhand winner to the forehand side is the perfect antidote and the Serb scrambles free.

  143. 1726: 

    Ever wondered what it's like watching matches from Henman Hill/Murray Mount or Aorangi terrace to give it its full title? You can watch via the BBC Sport website and sample the atmosphere yourselves.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "I'm sure Djokovic is not pleased he is still playing tennis this afternoon, but he's not showing any negative emotions, at least not on the outside. In my opinion Djokovic is making a mistake going head to head power-wise with Del Potro."

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 2-2 Del Potro

    A number of empty seats in the Royal Box. Don't ask... A few seats available on Centre but this grand old arena is close to capacity. Chokingly-tense atmosphere. Del Potro charges to the net, like a hippo on roller-skates, and swats away a winning forehand. Game concludes with a crackerjack ace down the 'T'.

    Mike Henson, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill

    "The Hand of Who? Brit-Argentine relations have never been better than out as support swings behind Juan the man on the Hill.

    "A sneaking suspicion remains that it may be motivated by perceptions of what it means for Andy Murray's chances in a possible final rather than any great love for the headbanded one."


    Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill: "This battle between Djokovic and Del Potro is incredible! What a semi-final!"

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 2-1 Del Potro*

    The Djokovic racquet humming. A half drop shot so delicate that you'd trust the Serb with your mum's finest china (though not the porcelain dolls, that would be risky). Hold to love.

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 1-1 Del Potro

    Four hours and eight minutes have ticked by since the start of this classic encounter. We are now watching the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history. (The previous was four hours one minute - Becker vs Lendl in 1989. Boris won it.) Is Djokovic still the favourite? Probably, but by the slenderest of margins. The Serb scoots to the net, volleys deep but Del Potro merely casually pops the ball back over from where it came. But from 40-0 to deuce. Are the Argentine's legs starting to feel like guacamole? Nah. Another boomer of a serve and a backhand volley acts as a powerful full stop.


    Marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe: Theatre, drama, gladiators, amazing.

  151. 1714:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Drama at Radio 5 live headquarters! Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic is leaving the commentary box before the decider because he has to go back home to Croatia. "I'm going to miss my flight," he says sadly. "I would love to stay with all of you."

    Listen to match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 1-0 Del Potro*

    Nails are jagged.. nerves are frazzled... spectators slow to return to their seats... the players quickly back into action... If this were a boxing match, one corner would surely be throwing in the towel. Djokovic and Del Potro, though, fighting on. The top seed opens with a hold to love.

    Novak Djokovic
    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "This was the appetiser before the main event! How does the next match follow this?"

    Mark Petchey, BBC Sport commentator

    "That was a point that that will be etched in all our memory banks forever."

    GAME AND FOURTH SET- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) Del Potro

    Hush. Hearts beating faster... An exquisite Del Potro return, deep and fierce. Djokovic nets. We're into a fifth! A decider!!

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    Frantic clapping from the Centre Court patrons as these behemoths take their positions. Backhand winner from Del Potro. He celebrates with a manic roar. Del Potro ahead 7-6.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    Forehand winner. A thunderclap of a noise on Centre. The crowd are on their feet! Magnificent. 6-6.

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Del Potro showed what a hero he is for his country making all those shots."

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    Screeches from the crowd. Djokovic fetching and retrieving... sliding along the baseline... 24 shots... The Serb spoons a forehand long. Djokovic 6-5. Still has a match point. What a classic.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    Djokovic with a serve down the middle then follows up with a fabulous forehand into the corner. Djokovic 6-4. Two match points!

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    Overhead from Djokovic followed up by a magnificent backhand volley. Del Potro takes a pew on the sidelines. Djokovic 5-4.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    Please let this match never end. Djokovic slips, watching a booming Del Potro forehand hurtle by. Even stevens. 4-4

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    Djokovic groaning, he's hanging on... but Del Potro ends matters with a thumping forehand into the corner. Djokovic 4-3.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    Ace! Down the middle. Djokovic 4-2 at the changeover.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    The pair slug it out from the baseline... Djokovic thinks Del Potro is long with the forehand, but Hawk-Eye proves otherwise. Djokovic 3-2.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    Djokovic smashes away an overhead, grabbing a mini break back. Djokovic 3-1.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    Super forehand into the corner from the Argentine and Djokovic nets a backhand. Djokovic 2-1.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    Djokovic somehow retrieves a Del Potro forehand and the Serb's backhand kisses the tramlines. Del Potro challenges. He thought the ball was long. He was wrong. Djokovic 2-0.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro

    Fine backhand from Djokovic, Del Potro's forehand reply goes long. The Serb 1-0 up.

    Mike Henson, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill

    "If you like internet videos of cats fighting their reflections, you'll love what happens when the TV cameras pan to the Hill.

    "Tipsy people leap to their feet and turn themselves inside out trying to simultaneously wave at a camera behind them while spotting themselves on a screen in front of them. It all ends up looking like mass dad dancing."

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-6 Del Potro*

    What have you got, Mr Djokovic? A series of thumping groundstrokes pins Del Potro to the baseline but the Argentine cannot be tamed - a 113mph crosscourt forehand winner from Del Potro. Centre Court gasps. The Serb concludes the game with a rasping ace and we're into another tie-break!

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 5-6 Del Potro
    Juan Martin del Potro

    Djokovic perhaps feeling now is not the moment to pounce. A hold to love for Del Potro and the Serb serving to stay in the set.


    British tennis player Heather Watson: Who's watching?! #Djokovic vs. #DelPotro Unbelievable tennis.

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 5-5 Del Potro*

    Djokovic swings at a forehand. Fails to negotiate the barrier. Anguished groans from the spectators rooting for the 2011 champion. Opening point to Del Potro. The Serb nudges ahead... Centre Court think they have witnessed another humdinger of a forehand from Del Potro but replays confirm the Argentine's shot had drifted wide. The 24-year-old attacking but putting too much oomph on his groundstrokes. Although, HawkEye shows that the Argentine - who has one challenge remaining - had touched the whitewash with the forehand which gifted Djokovic the hold. If only he'd challenged the call...

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "All credit to Del Potro, what a fighter. It's just fantastic, I thought the match was over at that break in the fourth set. Djokovic's frustration is showing, he thought he had this match but that man Del Potro keeps coming back at him."

    Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro have a chat after a point

    Joshua Murphy: Sun or tennis, sun or tennis ..... Aghhhhh it's going to have to be tennis, its always sunny isn't it.

    Edward Ditchfield: If this were real Del Po's leg would have fallen off & Djoker's groin snapped by now. BBC Drama alive and well.

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 4-5 Del Potro

    Del Potro digging into his reserves of energy and discovering there's more juice in the tank than he, and everyone else, initially thought. Djokovic nets a forehand. Del Potro a point away. He then launches a howitzer, which the top seed drags into the tramlines. The clock showing three hours and 33 minutes have elapsed but the Centre Court baying for more. Bravo.


    Doug from Hertfordshire: Kind regards go to Messieurs Djokovic and Del Potro for keeping Murray on ice until I get home from work!

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "When you think Del Potro is down and out he digs even deeper and finds a source of energy. What a competitor."

    DEL POTRO BREAKS BACK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 4-4 Del Potro*

    Whoa! Forehand long and Del Potro has break point. The duo go lunging from tramline to tramline... nervy stuff.. it's tense out there... and Del Potro conjures a rip-roaring forehand winner into the corner! Talk of this match's demise has been greatly exaggerated.

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "There is no fear about Djokovic, it's frightening the way he slides around the court, you think he is going to do himself some damage."

    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 4-3 Del Potro

    Del Potro asking questions of the Djokovic backhand but the Serb holds firm before skipping around to his forehand, forcing the Argentine into a lazy forehand into the barrier. Two break points. Del Potro, gravel for guts and spit it the eye as Jonny Cash would say, charges to the net and Djokovic no answer to that backhand volley. Super returning from the Serb, though, and another Del Potro forehand into the tape. Will this wonderful match soon be over?

  183. 1629:  
    Mike Henson, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill

    "Healthy camaraderie in the ticket resale queue as each lucky recipient at the front of the line is clapped on their way by those who remain and wait.

    "No one has yet, but the safety of any queue-jumpers could not be guaranteed."

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 3-3 Del Potro*

    Del Potro upping the ante, sending Djokovic one way before unleashing a forehand winner into his backhand side... In? Out? In? Out? Del Potro, stretching every sinew, using all his might, to whip a forehand on the run. It kissed the line apparently. Close. The Argentine, unable to put on the brakes, finds himself in Djokovic's end of the court and the pair front-up, actually they have a friendly chat about the point before resuming play. Trouble-free hold for Djokovic, though.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport
    Juan Martin del Potro

    "Del Potro is taking longer between points now, while Djokovic still has lots of spring in his legs."

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 2-3 Del Potro

    Del Potro nearly home and dry at 40-0 but nearly is not quite good enough when the man on the other side is the best player on the planet. Backhand volley from Djokovic claws back one point, menacing winner into the corner claws back another - but the Argentine holds firm. Another game. Another hold.

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    Reiss May: Over 3 hours of virtually non stop exercise. These men are absolute machines

    Aleks Klosok: The Del Potro forehand is sensational. Immense power, delicate poise and military-like precision from all corners of the court.

    Michael Julings: I feel like if they walked to the net and started fighting it would be less brutal.

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 2-2 Del Potro*

    A cluster of spectators rise to their feet during the changeover, numb buttocks and pins and needles the plight of the Centre Court ticket-holder during a three-hour tennis marathon. Ruthless serving from Djokovic, an ace out wide packed with top spin, and he holds to 15.

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 1-2 Del Potro

    Del Potro, the giant gunslinger from Tandil, comfortably notches three points on the trot for a 40-0 lead, but an iffy forehand into the tramlines gives Djokovic a whiff at 40-30 - but that's as close as the Serb gets. The Argentine pushing the Serb on his heels, forcing him to plonk a return into the barrier.

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 1-1 Del Potro*
    Novak Djokovic

    Oof! Take that, says Del Potro, as a winning forehand return whizzes passed the Serb. Crisp serving from Djokovic, though, and the world number one wraps up the game, a dodgy overhead from Del Potro gifting the top seed the final point.

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 0-1 Del Potro

    Whoops and whistles on Centre, applauding Del Potro's forlorn attempt to dive for a volley. The Argentine horizontal on the turf. He needs to get back into position. He does. Fortune favours Del Potro, forehand tickling the tape and flummoxing Djokovic. The eighth seed raises his arms. He knows he's a lucky so and so, reigning Djokovic in to 30-30... Deuce. Djokovic's forehand return drifts long and another clunky Djokovic forehand sets the Argentine free.


    The standout stat from the third set is that Djokovic won just 23% of the points behind his second serve, but he continues to dominate the winners with 45 to 24 overall. With neither man able to convert any of their three break points, it was Del Potro's unforced errors that made the difference in the tie-break as he slipped to nine for the set.


    Geoff, Liverpool on 81111: Enjoying the 3D coverage, but can you ask either player to hit towards the 3D camera a la Murray Lendl style please? I want to feel like I'm there.

    Adam, Leicester: You'd think with Nadal, Federer and Tsonga going out, the semi-finals would be simple for Murray and Djokovic against players of a lesser calibre. But credit where due, the players have done themselves proud by producing some breathtaking matches.

    John Inverdale, BBC Sport presenter

    "That was like watching one of those inflatable animals. You prick it and it deflates - that was what happened to Del Potro in that tie-break."

  195. 1605: 

    Del Potro in a fresh shirt, wiping his sweaty visage with a towel, waiting for his opponent to reappear. Has Djokovic given up? Perhaps he needs his daily dose of Bargain Hunt.... John Lloyd suggests the Serb has gone to collect his laundry. Giggles.

  196. 1604:  
    Mike Henson, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill

    "The things about the Hill is that it really is on a decent gradient. With the grass drying to shiny straw, cramp-ons are more appropriate footwear than flip-flops. And once you get sat down, you find yourself sliding into the front seam of your shorts. Pinchy.

    "The stewards shouted advice to go and watch the match on Court Two's big screen seem increasingly sensible. But, Murray? In a Wimbledon semi? It is never comfortable viewing, wherever you are sat."

  197. 1603: 
    Juan Martin del Potro

    Djokovic disappears through the green-panelled doors and Del Potro takes the opportunity to remove his shirt and sip water in the shade. The Argentine displaying his torso to anyone who cares to look. Middle-aged women a little giddy on Centre. Must be the heat.

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "Del Potro had that point, an easy overhead to go to 3-3 in the tie break, he could have put it anywhere but then the momentum changed. It's such a pity, but that set was fantastic."

    John Inverdale, BBC Sport presenter

    "Start warming up Andy. Murray will be up before too long I predict."

    GAME AND THIRD SET- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) Del Potro*

    The Serb catches Del Potro cold, scooping a winning backhand into the backhand corner.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-6 Del Potro*

    Del Potro with another lazy forehand into the tape and Djokovic serving for the set. 6-2 ahead.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-6 Del Potro*

    Djokovic back on his feet after slipping in the previous point. Dodgy first serve. Djokovic pounces on the second, and the Argentine nets a forehand. 5-2 Djokovic.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-6 Del Potro*

    First serve long... clumsy Del Potro overhead into the net. 4-2 Djokovic

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-6 Del Potro*

    The Serb pats an irretrievable volley. 3-2 Djokovic.

    TIE-BREAK- *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-6 Del Potro

    Djokovic serves and volleys. 2-2

    TIE-BREAK- *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-6 Del Potro

    Djokovic goes long 1-2 Del Potro

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-6 Del Potro*

    Thumping serve, Djokovic return into the tape. 1-1.

    TIE-BREAK- Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-6 Del Potro

    Backhand into the net. 1-0 Djokovic.

    TIE-BREAK- *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-6 Del Potro

    One gentleman in the crowd fanning his face with a piece of paper. I'm not sure whether it's because of the heat of the sun or the heat of this magnificent battle. Fabulous returning earns Dkojovic three set points. Djokovic attacks, forehand long by the distance of a bunny's hop. One saved. Del Potro taking the game to deuce with the sort of shot-making you'd see at a circus.. overhead volley then a brilliant winner down the line. Djokovic nets.. then forehand long. Tie-break!


    England fast bowler Steven Finn finds out on Saturday if he's in the squad for the first Ashes Test v Australia, at Trent Bridge next Wednesday. But he's found time today to come to Wimbledon to sample the tennis.

    "Parked up on Murray Mound for the semi finals at Wimbledon. Need some sun cream on my nose!"

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "Djokovic must be getting slightly worried, what can he do? He had him on the brink, but once again Del Potro came up with the goods. This is like a live highlights show! I cannot believe the quality of these two players today."

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "The crowd have still got Murray-Janowicz to see, but the tennis they are seeing now is just mind-boggling."

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-5 Del Potro*

    An 11th ace of the match for Djokovic, this time down the 'T', takes the Serb to 30-15. The top seed then steps in, crunching a forehand into the corner, forcing Del Potro to slip on the baseline... Seconds of concern before the 6ft 6in Argentine is back on his feet. A comfortable hold to 15.

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 5-5 Del Potro
    Juan Martin del Potro

    A tired-looking backhand into the tape is a slight cause for concern for Del Potro... Djokovic a nose in front at 0-30. The duo battle it out from the baseline, Djokovic thinks he's manoeuvred his opponent into a cul de sac with a pin-point forehand into the corner, but the Argentine's response is magnificent - a jaw-dropper of a cross court winner and Djokovic can do little but smile and admire like the rest of us. A fabulous hold after an edgy opening.

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "At this stage, if anyone has a slight dip the set is over. The pressure is on to keep this level up. This is spectacular."


    Philip, London: Boom follows bang follows boom. It's as physical as tennis ever gets but this is no classic. How many volleyed winners have we seen - how many volleys of any description. This is Roland Garros on grass. Green clay. Wimbledon deserves better.

    Prahlad, London: Although Del Potro is playing magnificently and putting pressure on the Nole serve, if Nole can weather this storm he is still the favoured contender.

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 5-4 Del Potro*

    First double fault of the match from Djokovic (his sixth of the Championships)... lazy forehand long... the Serb teetering... hush around centre... But Djokovic back into contention at 30-30 with a magical diving backhand volley and Centre is purring again after watching a super half volley drop shot from Djokovic. Beautiful. A big serve and the Serb nudges ahead.

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    Rob Simmonds: Come on Del Potro, lets make this a 5 set epic, 19-17 in the decider, finishing at around half 6.

    Tom Oddy: Still think losing Federer, Nadal and maybe Tsonga early on has detracted from this year's Wimbledon.

    Chris Harvey: This is outstanding and it looks like just a matter of time before Del Potro breaks. But then again, he's playing a wolverine.

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 4-4 Del Potro

    Djokovic dispatches a 108mph second serve with a sizzling backhand down the corridor. Impressive. Djokovic, alert, sliding, somehow scooping a volley from his shoelaces, but Del Potro, in the middle of the court, responds with an equal dollop of razzle-dazzle, crunching a forehand into the corner. Regulation hold for the Argentine.

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "You really see Del Potro experimenting his way through this while Djokovic is almost playing himself to get through this match."

    Listen to match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "Both players are playing their very best, especially in this third set and the emotions are flying high."

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "It's just brutal, amazing tennis we are seeing. The shot-making ability of both players is just staggering. It's so much fun, I have no idea where this match is heading."

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 4-3 Del Potro*

    Wallop! Backhand down the line from Djokovic. Nice. But the Serb's backhand is an unpredictable weapon, that faulty shot gifting Del Potro two break points. What will the Argentine do? Work his opponent this way and that before galloping to the net... the court is his... the crowd gulp... but he nets a simple volley and the Argentine can do nothing but hang his head in shame. Cheers of encouragement from the spectators, though, convince Del Potro to return to the baseline. Djokovic off the hook. Deuce. Advantage. Deuce. Advantage. One flame throwing shot after another from the Serb... Del Potro lunging... looping a forehand long. A manic roar from Djokovic.

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 3-3 Del Potro
    Novak Djokovic

    Running forehand into the tape from Del Potro, danger at 30-30... The Argentine falters on the first serve... it's only to add to the tension, though, as the second serve finds the target and an exquisite inside out forehand from the 24-year-old has Centre Court purring. The Serb hauls his rival to deuce, but Del Potro shrugs him off.

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "He turned that around with three amazing serves. It's been a fascinating contest and so well balanced. The striking capability of both, especially Del Potro, is staggering. It's amazing how fast they are hitting the ball."


    Krish, Maidstone on 81111: Shades of the form Del Potro had against Federer in his US Open win swinging big with his open stance. If he manages to nab this set, it's trouble for Novak.

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 3-2 Del Potro*

    "Out!" bellows a line judge, although no-one needed telling that Djokovic's backhand had bounced beyond the line by some distance. The Argentine grabs the opening two points... A sniff... A Djokovic serve kicks up nicely, but the Argentine nets the return. What could have been. Rat-a-tat-tat... Djokovic negotiates the danger thanks to three big serves. Deuce, though, Del Potro benefiting from a net cord. Oohs of concern from some, Djokovic netting a forehand - Break point. Serve out wide, Del Potro nets... Ace... Faulty Del Potro backhand. The top seed lives on.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "This match is up for grabs, the third set is key especially for Del Potro. Djokovic is tighter and more prone to unforced errors than before in the tournament."

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 2-2 Del Potro

    Del Potro quickly turning defence into attack, thumping a backhand into the corner and forcing a scampering Djokovic to net a running backhand. Ten unforced backhand errors from the favourite so far in this match. Del Potro cantering at 40-0 and whistles from some corners as the Argentine holds.

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    What do you do when you should be in the men's semi-finals but you're not? Do you watch? Well, if your name is Rafael Nadal the answer is no. The two-time Wimbledon champion has tweeted photos of himself and his friends playing poker this afternoon.

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 2-1 Del Potro*

    Nods of approval around Centre as Djokovic launches an ace down the 'T'. The top seed comfortable, could probably put on a pair of slippers... he races 40-0 ahead before Del Potro nicks two points. A looping backhand from Del Potro... Djokovic approaches the net but he has to do little other than watch the ball plonk into the tape.

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's one-all and we've really seen Del Potro play a game style he has a chance to win with. Now, he's shown himself the path - can he continue it?"


    Paul on 81111: People referring to Murray's record against Nole and del Potro. So what? Nadal and Federer's record counted for nothing as they got beat by nobodys.

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 1-1 Del Potro

    The world number one targeting Del Potro's backhand, then sounding out the Argentine's forehand. Del Potro, though, holding firm on the baseline. A puff of chalk as a booming serve down the middle stuns the turf, Djokovic falters, netting in fact. Evens.

    Djokovic 7-5 4-6 1-0 Del Potro*

    A thunderous backhand down the line from Del Potro forces Djokovic into a Becker-like dive, but the Serb should have saved his energy as his attempted volley only finds the tape. A beautiful Djokovic backhand grazes the whitewash... a forehand winner and the Serb is in front. Aimee here, by the way. Mike has popped out for a bit.


    With the two men level pegging in most of the stats, the key factor was Djokovic failing to convert any of five break points while Del Potro took his one and only chance. The Argentine served superbly at the decisive moments and stepped it up on the return, winning 67% of the points on the Djokovic second serve.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "Del Potro is giving everything he has, in my opinion his fuel tank is on reserve and he is putting it all out there. That's when he is at his most dangerous, when his back's against the wall and he goes for a few winners."

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "That was a very interesting set, both sets were evenly balanced and won by a player going into a gear the other could not compete with. Del Potro went on a run of 10 straight points, elevating his game and Djokovic could not live with him."

    DEL POTRO WINS SECOND SET- *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 Del Potro

    Not a flicker, not a waver, never a doubt. Juan Martin del Potro rushes the net and dribbles a drop-volley over the net for 40-0 and then batters his way through the final rally to seal the second set.

    Juan Martin del Potro

    This one is alive and kicking. Aimee Lewis is the live texter to take you through the thrills and spills.

    Djokovic 7-5 4-5 Del Potro*

    Novak Djokovic is not going to hand this one over on a platter though. A hold to love spins the spotlight back on Juan Martin del Potro. Del Potro will have to serve out if he wants to bring the scoreboard back on an even keel.

    *Djokovic 7-5 3-5 Del Potro

    Juan Martin del Potro romps to 40-0 and looks set fair to consolidate that break. A double-fault throws a spanner in those spokes though. A netted forehand from the Argentine brings up deuce and a blazed cross-court shot clears the trams to give Djokovic break point.

    Gutsy advance to the net sees that one off though and Del Potro has a bit of a spine of steel running through that mass of beef-fed bulk. He throttles the remaining life out of the game to move within a game of the second set.

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "The wounded bear has come out of the cave!"

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "You have to admire him after that first set where he played so well but he came up against an inspired Djokovic. I thought he might have got a bit down at the start of the second set, but Del Potro has raised his game.

    "The crowd are really embracing him and they want this one to go all the way."

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    Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander: "I didn't see that coming. Maybe that was caused by Djokovic changing his game and coming to the net. This is a hugely important game now."

    DEL POTRO BREAKS- Djokovic 7-5 3-4 Del Potro*

    Just keep running Juan Martin. Del Potro gallops forward to run down a Novak Djokovic drop shot and flick a winner for 0-30. He looks like he was heading down the tunnel and to the dressing rooms he was going so fast.

    A return gets right up the Serb's grill to bring up 0-40 and three break points. The crowd like the look of this. They like the look of that even more. Del Potro smacks a backhand winner down the line to convert the first. That backhand is doing more damage than Djokovic had an inkling of before the match.


    Sophie Janssen: Seems like getting a winner against Djokovic is a small victory in itself.

  247. 1437: 

    James Corden will be sitting with Andy Murray's camp in the player's box for his semi-final. The comedian and actor tells Radio 5 live: "The last time I came was when Andy was playing Rafael Nadal in the 2011 semi-final and my phone went off when he was about to serve - it was an alarm I'd forgotten I'd set - so I'm surprised I was invited back. I just really want this Del Potro guy to win. I like his commitment to the headband, which has been a bit lost to tennis."

    *Djokovic 7-5 3-3 Del Potro

    Juan Martin del Potro survives by the skin of his teeth.

    The Argentine slaps long off his forehand and a challenge can't save him from 15-30. A cagey swap of forehands heads south for the Argentine to fall 15-40 and two break points. Del Potro a rabbit in the headlights at the net, but a sinew-straining volley saves his skin on the first. A Janowicz of a serve scoops up the second. To deuce.

    Del Potro pushes a forehand to offer up a third break point. Djokovic is startled by a ball that gets big on him though and frames his chance up towards the rafters. A delicate nudge of a drop-volley from Djokovic and it is a fourth break point. Del Potro cracks down an ace and forehand wide of the mark from Djokovic allows him to slither off the hook.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "I like the change of strategy from Djokovic, he is sneaking into the net, giving Del Potro a look and keeping him honest. Djokovic's coaching team have done a lot of homework for this match."

    Djokovic 7-5 3-2 Del Potro*

    Novak Djokovic keeps mixing it up to throw Juan Martin del Potro off the scent. A few net rushes in that game gave the Argentine something different to conjure with and he could not pull a break out of the hat.

    *Djokovic 7-5 2-2 Del Potro

    Novak Djokovic has the width of the court to aim at as Juan Martin del Potro pats an overhead when it should have been thumped high into the Royal Box via the Centre Court surface. The Serb still needs his groundstroke radar fixing though. Into the net it goes, along with any chance to turn the screw on the Del Potro serve. A hold to love.

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    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill
    The view from the shady part of the hill

    "Latecomers scouring Murray Mound for any vantage point. Two teenagers think carefully about making the picnic area behind the hedges their home for the afternoon, but one tells the other: 'It's not ideal, is it.' Their search continues. The picnic baskets slightly skew the view of the big screen, I admit, but the violet and cream flowers only add to the experience, I think. Kids today..."

    Djokovic 7-5 2-1 Del Potro*

    A few handheld fans fluttering on Centre Court as the sun continues to beat down. Very much the Pride and Prejudice style rather than the battery-powered propeller type.

    Novak Djokovic nets as Juan Martin del Potro gets a groundstroke right up on a length on the baseline. Djokovic maybe a little guilty of trying to creep in a little early there and got himself in a spot of bother. 40-30. But Djokovic has enough in his locker to slip out of the Argentine's clutches.

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Del Potro looks like the kid who just got slapped in school and Djokovic is the glider, just cruising through town."

    Listen to match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.


    Formula 1 heiress Tamara Ecclestone: "At Wimbledon supporting Djokovic." What even with second practice from the German Grand Prix underway too?

    *Djokovic 7-5 1-1 Del Potro

    Plenty of pepper on the Juan Martin del Potro tee-off as he slam-dunks another serve through the box to seal his opening service game. There was a little reminder of the forehand power that isn't going anywhere as well with a resounding thump down the line in the midst of that game.

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    The key stats for Djokovic in the first set were winning 90% of the points behind his first serve and making 14 winners to four from Del Potro, while picking off 50% of the points when returning the Argentine's second serve. Basically, Del Potro needs to hit more than the one ace he managed in that set.

    Novak Djokovic
    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "This is a crucial stage for Del Potro, it's very important he does not let Djokovic run away now."

    Djokovic 7-5 1-0 Del Potro*
    Stefan Edberg

    Former champion Stefan Edberg is in the stands, perhaps occasionally breaking from the on-court action to glower at old rival Boris Becker in the BBC commentary box.

    Novak Djokovic has only lost four times in Grand Slam tennis after winning the first set says Andrew Castle in the Beeb booth. "Uh-oh," says Boris Becker. I think that would be the reaction in Del Potro's camp as well.

    Djokovic holds for the loss of a point.

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "This man Djokovic is made of rubber, he always gets the ball back somehow, and puts you on the defensive. Del Potro knows that, he's done nothing wrong but now he's a set down."

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "Where does Del Potro find the inner strength and will-power to overcome now?"

    DJOKOVIC WINS FIRST SET- *Djokovic 7-5 Del Potro

    Novak Djokovic spends about a third of his time on court with his groin stretched tighter than his racquet strings. A lovely split-legged sliding backhand followed by a deft drop-shot gives the Serb 30-30. A little bit of forehand hurry-up forced Juan Martin del Potro long in the next rally to bring up break and set point. Massive inside-out forehand from Del Potro is a whisker wide and Djokovic, after being short of his stratospheric best, has the first set in the racquet bag.

    CHALLENGE- Djokovic 6-5 Del Potro*

    Whomph! Juan Martin del Potro, stretching out wide, thumps a cross-court winner at 0-15. Hold up. No, he doesn't. On closer, video replay inspection the ball streaked just wide of the sideline. Novak Djokovic breathes again and he ensures himself at least a tie-break as Del Potro puts the family jewels on the line with a between-the-legs attempt to return a lob. The ball drifts over the baseline.

    Novak Djokovic
    *Djokovic 5-5 Del Potro

    Juan Martin del Potro serving to stay in the match. He creaks to 30-30 but Novak Djokovic is not quite at his best and cannot kick his opponent's serve to splinters. A forehand into the net prompts an anguished look up at his box before Del Potro lands one right on the baseline money to put us back all level.


    Colin in Lancs: Re: Bradley Heat, yeah because it's not like Murray beat Djok at Us Open and Olympics last year and has a 5-2 winning head to head record over Del Potro, oh wait he does....

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    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at Wimbledon on Henman Hill

    "The ultra violet rays have their first victim on the hill. A lady who was contently reading a newspaper under the full glare of the sun when Djokovic and Del Potro first appeared on Centre is now 'horizontalized' in the shade. She may be the first to cede territory but she won't be the last."

    Djokovic 5-4 Del Potro*

    All the talk pre-match had been about Juan Martin del Potro's fierce forehand, but the backhand is purring. He strokes one down the line to get to 30-30 as Djokovic suffers some splutters on the same wing. Seven unforced backhand errors already from the Serb. A serve, bristling with menace fizzes out wide before a pinpoint backhand down the line - the old tennising one-two - scoop up the game.

    *Djokovic 4-4 Del Potro

    Juan Martin del Potro pings a backhand pass, but a pirouetting stun volley at the net from Novak Djokovic cuts it off mid-sentence and takes him to 30-30. The Serb cuffs one long needlessly on the next point though and Del Potro has wriggled off the hook. The Argentine's serve is the one under the most pressure though.

    Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Poodle, poodle, poodle... You get poodles everywhere."

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Where do you find a poodle in Serbia?"

    John Inverdale, BBC Radio 5 live presenter

    "Djokovic says he's been enjoying the parks here in London with his poodle Pierre."

    Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "I think Del Potro hit the biggest forehand of the tournament in that last game, surely? 102 miles per hour, extraordinary."

    Djokovic 4-3 Del Potro*
    Novak Djokovic

    Juan Martin del Potro chews a couple of points off Novak Djokovic's serve but the top seed is still functioning as slickly as an oil spill from the baseline. It is just a writhing mass of pinking limbs out on the Henman Hill in anticipation of Andy Murray v Jerzy Janowicz.

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Talk about hitting the you-know-what out of the ball! Great play here."


    Bradley Heat: Quality stuff, can't see Murray beating either

    *Djokovic 3-3 Del Potro

    "C'mon Dee-Pee," someone shouts as the players emerge for the sixth game. Not sure that Big Juan goes by that nickname. The rather more wrestling style moniker of the Tower of Tandil has been attached to him before though. Which I think we all can agree is a lot better.

    He needs the encouragement though as Novak Djokovic gets a thick cord's help on the way to 30-30 and then grinds his man down from the baseline for a break point at 30-40. A juggernaut serve sees it off.

    A flaying forehand takes Del Potro to advantage, but there is still time for Djokovic to find an angle not even on the tennis protractor. A top-spinning sideways dink from somewhere over the umpire's chair that Del Potro cannot fish out of the front row. Djokovic is prodding and probing like a rigorous medical examination. A double fault takes us to a fifth deuce before Djoko plants a backhand wide to usher Del Potro through.

    Pippa Middleton is here with an unidentified smart type, by the way.

    Pippa Middleton
    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "A Wimbledon semi-final is a huge occasion for any player, but Del Potro has been around the block. He won't be too much in awe, he is very cool and collected, and not too overwhelmed by emotions.

    "With the state of his body, having played five matches may be something he wants to worry about more than being in the semi-final."

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at Wimbledon
    A fan of Andy Murray

    "Sen Dhayalan has caught the eye on the hill. A kilt, ginger wig and rugby jumper for the Glaswegian who now calls New Zealand home. 'I'm flying back to Christchurch on Sunday and I just know I'm going to miss him win it,' he says before dashing to Centre Court."


    Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford: "A massive good luck to @andy_murray today. I'll be watching somehow from Paris."

    Djokovic 3-2 Del Potro*

    Novak Djokovic stands and delivers from the baseline, crunching away a forehand down the thinnest of corridors for 40-15. Del Potro plonks a return into the net to cede the game and the ball boys are out on brolly duty, protecting the performers from the ultra-violet on the changeover.

    *Djokovic 2-2 Del Potro

    The first rick in the Novak Djokovic game as the Serb cuffs a backhand between the trams for 0-30. The Del Potro serve is kicking as high and hard as a mule though and Djokovic plants into the net attempting to get over the top of a shoulder-height bouncer. A hold to love for the Argentine.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "Interesting start from Djokovic on his serve, he took away speed and went for placement to move Del Potro around the court. With Del Potro's dodgy knee we will see more of that."

    Djokovic 2-1 Del Potro*

    A hold to love as pristine as his Wimbledon whites from Novak Djokovic. The Serb pings a languid backhand down the line to kiss the whitewash and send himself back to the stool on a high. His game is looking bullet-proof at the moment.


    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker: "If you're lucky enough to be on Centre Court today, make some noise and cheer @andy_murray . Never seen a sportsman give more."

    *Djokovic 1-1 Del Potro

    Novak Djokovic tries to keep the ball out of the range of Juan Martin del Potro's long lash of a forehand. The Argentine's backhand bat standing up to the pounding though. He lures Djokovic into the net after a long exchange on that wing. Level pegging on the scoreboard.

    Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I picked Djokovic to win the whole tournament so I have to stick with him but Del Potro has the weapons to win this match - he has a chance. I don't think Djokovic is bothered by the Del Potro injury at all, he will still play his game."

    Listen to match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Mark Petchey, BBC Sport

    "If Del Potro was hoping to catch the world number one cold, it didn't work."

    Djokovic 1-0 Del Potro*

    Novak Djokovic tip-toes in, barely denting the Centre Court grass blades beneath his feet, to slide a forehand up the line for 30-0. A rasper of a serve brings up a 40-0. A bit of a dud ball gets lobbed aside by the Serb as he prepares to serve on the next point. Even shoddy props cannot throw the world number one off his game though. Hold to 15.

    Three-times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, BBC Sport

    "Players always remember the last time they played their opponent. Del Potro won the last time these two played here for a medal at the Olympics, and that's important. Del Potro on a good day is able to beat anybody."

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    Djokovic to serve. Here we go...

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "You can say Djokovic has not had much match time here, and if he had not played a lot of matches on clay before Wimbledon you might say he's undercooked. But he will feel absolutely match-perfect for this and he will be happy with where he's at.

    "I'm going for Djokovic in three, there might be a tie break but for me he's too good."

  292. 1310: 

    The players are just knocking down the last of their practice serves on Centre Court. Juan Martin del Potro's flat, fast forehand will need to be at its clubbing best today if he is to stand a chance.

  293. 1308: 

    Novak Djokovic leads Juan Martin del Potro 8-3 in their head to head meetings, but the devil is in the detail of that record.

    Del Potro has won both their most recent meeting, at Indian Wells earlier this year, and their only encounter on grass, in the Olympic semi-final last summer on Centre Court.

  294. 1306: 

    Kyle Edmund forced a break point in the final game, but in the end the British youngster was snuffed out by the slightly more aggressive Gianluigi Quinzi in the boys's semi-final. The scoreboard ends 6-4 6-4 in the Italian's favour.

    Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "Janowicz's serve is a big weapon, and Andy Murray will know all about that. It's not just the pace, with his height it's where it comes from and the trajectory. Murray's return will be important, but I like Janowicz's attitude, it looks like he thrives in this environment.

    "He's got nothing to lose, he'll give it everything but I still see Murray coming through."

  296. 1259: 

    Kyle Edmund's backhand pass catches a thick top edge off the net cord, allowing Gianluigi Quinzi to come in and put away a winner to convert a break point. The Italian holds serve next and now is just a game away. Edmund trails 4-6 *3-5.

  297. 1256: 
    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport on Aorangi Terrace

    "Even a gecko would struggle to nestle on the hill today. Space at a premium on what has developed into a prime piece of real estate. "You make sure you cheer on Andy Murray," a Scottish lady tells a middle aged couple, before turning to her pal and adding in jest: "I hope Andy appreciates all of this."

    Henman Hill
  298. 1252: 

    Still on serve in the second set of the boys' semi-final with Kyle Edmund trailing Gianluigi Quinzi 4-6 3-3*.

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    There are plenty of names to juggle with in the Royal Box. Imagine a conversation between boxer Amir Khan, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Charles 'father of model Cara' Delevingne and Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. It could, in theory, happen today.

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    Kyle Edmund sees off break point to stay on serve in the second set against Gianluigi Quinzi. I fear for Edmund out there in the baking heat. The fair-skinned teenager from Beverley is wisely sporting a peaked cap to keep the sun off. Edmund trails 4-6 2-1*.

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