July 8 Wednesday: Gentlemen's Quarterfinals
Gasquet Upsets Wawrinka; Djokovic d. Cilic; Federer, Murray into Semifinals
July 8, 2015 ITS Staff: London, England - Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has entered his record 10th semifinal appearance at The Championships after playing almost flawless tennis in defeating Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday at the All-England Tennis Club. Facing him in the last 4 is 2013 champion Andy Murray who overcame last-minute jitters to beat unseeded young Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4 7-5 6-4.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic recorded his 27th semifinal Grand Slam appearance after the two-time Wimbledon winner defeated Croatia’s Marin Cilic, the reigning U.S. Open champion, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday. The victory also was the Serbian star’s No. 50th Wimbledon match win and also claimed his No. 650 triumphant contest on the professional ATP World Tour.
Djokovic will next face No. 21 seed Richard Gasquet who stunned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9. The Frenchman, who spoiled a rematch between the top seeded Serb and oft-practice pal Wawrinka, reached his second semifinals in Wimbledon the first one in 2007 where he lost to Roger Federer convincingly. Wawrinka was bidding to become the second Swiss male player in tournament history to reach the semi-finals in Wimbledon in his 11th attempt.
Wimbledon Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Wednesday July 8
1-Novak Djokovic beat 9-Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4 6-4
2-Roger Federer beat 21-Gilles Simon 6-3 7-5 6-2
3-Andy Murray beat Vasek Pospisil 6-4 7-5 6-4
21-Richard Gasquet beat 4-Stan Wawrinka 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 11-9
July 7 Tuesday: Ladies Quarterfinals
Serena Rallies Past Azarenka, Sharapova Next; Radwanska, Muguruza Reach Semis
July 7, 2015 ITS Staff: London, England – World No.1 Serena Williams battled back despite a first set hiccup against former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka winning 3-6 6-2 6-3 to set up an interesting semifinal showdown with Maria Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion. Sharapova defeated Coco Vandeweghe 6-3 6-7(3) 6-2.
In other quarterfinal matches Agnieszka Radwanska continued her excellent run by defeating American Madison Keys 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 to reach semifinals for the third time in 4 years. Meeting the Polish star is Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza denied Swiss Timea Bacsinszky, 7-5, 6-3 to advance to her maiden Grand Slam semifinal.
The No.23-seed Azarenka had the momentum on her side up a set and held a break point on Serena’s serve at 2-all in the second stanza before the 5-time winner reeled seven games in a row to take control of the match racing to a 3-0 lead in the decider then hung on to close out the match after two hours and 4 minutes.
In a post-match interview, the two-time Australian Open champion was impressed with Serena’s play saying, “Serena is No.1. I haven't seen her play like this, honestly, even the last matches before that."
When it was Serena’s turn to comment, the top seed was all praise, "I feel like Victoria and I always have really wonderful matches. She's always able to push it to three sets. We always have some great three set matches. Whenever I see her name I get excited, because I feel like there's going to be an opportunity to see how well I'm doing. We play each other pretty much every tournament. I'm getting used to that."
Serena was asked why she hugged Victoria at the net when the match ended, "I've been really proud of her and her comeback. I really support her coming back - and we really get along off the court. She's so sweet - we always text each other when we're doing well. She's a really nice girl. I really admire her because she's so intense on the court, but the second she comes off the court, she's just so different. It's really interesting to see. It's super respectful."
Wimbledon Women’s Singles Quarterfinals Tuesday July 7
1-Serena Williams beat 23-Victoria Azarenka
4-Maria Sharapova beat Coco Vandeweghe 6-3 6-7(3) 6-2
13-Agnieszka Radwanska beat 21-Madison Keys 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3
20-Garbiñe Muguruza beat 15-Timea Bacsinszky, 7-5, 6-3