At the start of the Wimbledon, a semi-final match-up between the top-four was expected. By the ninth day at Wimbledon, only one of the four remains in last four! Roger Federer tamed Milos Raonic in three sets to make his way to his 12th Wimbledon semi-final. But, in the other quarter-final, Sam Querrey knocked out defending champion Andy Murray by winning 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-1 6-1. Novak Djokovic fared even worse. He retired after one set and two games into his quarter-final against Tomas Berdych. The Serb was down 6-7 0-2 in the match before leaving it. Marin Cilic saw off Gilles Muller 3-6 7-6 7-5 5-7 6-1 to advance.
Wimbledon 2017 Day 9:
2250 hrs IST: Roger Federer is through to his 12th semi-final at Wimbledon after he beats Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2 7-6 in the quarter-final!
2235 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic retires from his quarter-final! Tomas Berdych is through to the semi-final. Berdych was leading 7-6 2-0 when Djokovic decided to retire
2232 hrs IST: Berdych breaks Djokovic early in the second set and takes 2-0 lead! No breaks in the Federer vs Raonic third set yet. Raonic leads 5-4
2224 hrs IST: Tomas Berdych takes the tiebreak and the first set 7-6 against Novak Djokovic! Brilliant from Berdych to completely dominate the tiebreak. Novak takes medical timeout
2217 hrs IST: Tomas Berdych and Novak Djokovic are going into the tiebreak in the first set. Both tied 6-6 while Federer vs Raonic is into third set
2210 hrs IST: It’s 3-2 Raonic in the third set. No break of serve for any player so far. Can Federer hold to make it 3-3 in the third set?
2155 hrs IST:Berdych and Djokovic are going neck-to-neck in the quarter-final. Both players tied at 4-4 in the first set! Tense that match
2143 hrs IST: Set number two for Roger Federer! Magical from the seven-time Wimbledon champion. He wins 6-1, leads two sets to none
2115 hrs IST: In the other quarter-final, Tomas Berdych is tied 2-2 against Novak Djokovic. The winner will face the winner of Federer vs Raonic in the semi-final!
2110 hrs IST: Roger Federer takes the first set 6-4 against Raonic! Some brilliant returns from the champion and he is now one set up
2100 hrs IST: Marin Cilic is through! He beats Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in five sets 3-6 7-6 7-5 5-7 6-1 and makes it to the semi-finals where he will face Sam Querrey of America!
2045 hrs IST: Roger Federer takes on Milos Raonic of Canada in the quarter-final. The Canadian had defeated the Swiss in the semi-final last year!
2035 hrs IST: We need a fifth set in Muller vs Cilic as well. A stunning comeback from Muller and he has won the fourth set 7-5 to make it two sets all in the quarter-final
2020 hrs IST: Sam Querrey has done it! His first Grand Slam semi-final as he beats defending champion Andy Murray 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-1 6-1. What a win for the American!
2010 hrs IST: Murray gets on board with his first hold. But, Querrey holds as well. The American then breaks Murray and will now serve for the match and a place in the semi-final!
2001 hrs IST: Magnificent from Querrey! He begins with a love hold then breaks Murray. Follows it with another love hold to take a 3-0 lead in the decider!
1953 hrs IST: We are going into the fifth! Sam Querrey ups his game and dominates Murray in the fourth set to win it 6-1. Decider now
1945 hrs IST: Marin Cilic goes ahead! A big effort from Muller but he cannot close out. Cilic wins the third set 7-5 and leads the match two sets to one
1930 hrs IST: Andy Murray is too good in the tiebreak! He wins the tiebreak and the third set to lead a 2-1 lead in the match against Sam Querrey
1905 hrs IST: Marin Cilic prevailing in the tiebreaker! He takes the second set 7-6 and levels it at one set all. Both matches going neck-to-neck!
1841 hrs IST: Sam Querrey gets on board! The American takes the second set 6-4 and we are level at one-set all. Murray a bit upset after that. Will Querrey end Murray’s winning streak?
1820 hrs IST: In the other quarter-final, Marin Cilic is struggling a bit against Gilles Muller who had defeated Rafael Nadal. Muller won the first set 6-3 and now lead 5-3 in the second set
1804 hrs IST: Andy Murray wins the first 6-3. Querrey pushed the last game to 30 all but he couldn’t get a return right thus putting Murray on set point. The Brit had to only wait for an error from the American and took the first set
1733 hrs IST: Andy Murray and Sam Querrey are both out and warming up. The centre court roof is off and it doesn’t look like rains would play spoil sport today. Querrey had knocked out Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon 2016 and that was when the Serb was no. 1 on the ATP rankings.
1642 hrs IST: We had a new world no.1 in the women’s singles world rankings by the time the quarterfinals came to an end. Such a shift in the men’s rankings may not be on the cards today but it will be interesting to see if Andy Murray can hold on to a creaky hip once again. It was not one of his most convincing displays that allowed him to surpass Benoit Pairre. Giles Muller has been a force to reckon with this season and he showed that by sending Rafa Nadal packing in the Round of 16, today we get to see if that was his peak or otherwise.