Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal: Wimbledon men’s semi-final live scores, blog

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    Mens Singles, Semi-final

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    Novak Djokovic won in 5 sets

     
     
    Finished s1 s2 s3 s4 s5
    Novak Djokovic, SRB (12) 6 3 7 3 10
    Rafael Nadal, ESP (2) 4 6 6 6 8

    In their 52nd meeting, Novak Djokovic will take on Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semi-finals. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from around 1:30am (AEST).

    It’s one of the most famous rivalries on the ATP tour, but this is almost a story of redemption for the Djoker.

    He is a former world No.1, but has struggled for form over the last year and a half. Injuries and form have derailed his career and while he isn’t back at the top of his game, the world No.12 made the quarter-finals at the French Open and now finds himself in the semi-final at Wimbledon.

    The key to this matchup as Djokovic takes on the current world No.1 will be in the baseline groundstrokes. Whoever can get further inside the baseline and strike the ball to the corners will take the win.

    The problem is, both of these players are players who enjoy playing the defensive route, which generally doesn’t suit grass, no matter how good either of them have been on the surface previously.

    The courts are playing right into Nadal’s hands this year as well. He didn’t drop a set across the first four rounds, with the warmer than usual weather allowing the ball to have more bounce on it and for Nadal to play from deeper in the court.

    It was his saving grace when he took on the big-serving, all-powerful Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final, coming away with a five-set win in nearly five hours.

    While the Spaniard made it out of that match in the end, the fatigue he will be feeling out of it is going to set him back against a player like Djokovic, who is happy to run all day.

    You feel if Nadal is going to win, he has to do it quickly, especially coming off such a long and taxing clay court season.

    Djokovic, on the otherr hand, has only dropped two sets across the entire tournament – to Kyle Edmund in the third round and Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.

    His serve is firing, and it’s making it hard for his opponents to get into matches.

    Prediction
    I’ll take Nadal, but with absolutely no confidence. The courts are playing into his hands and so I expect him to get the job done.

    Nadal in four.

    Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of this match from around 12:30am (AEST) or at the completion of Kevin Anderson versus John Isner on the centre court and don’t forget to add a comment in the section below.

    One of the mainstays of The Roar, Scott Pryde has written over 2000 articles covering everything from rugby league to basketball, from tennis to cricket. You can follow him on Twitter @sk_pryde.

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    • Roar Guru

      12:10am
      Rick Figjam said | 12:10am | ! Report

      Incredible tennis.

    • Roar Guru

      12:07am
      Rick Figjam said | 12:07am | ! Report

      Wow!

    • Roar Guru

      9:46pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:46pm | ! Report

      The match is going to resume at the beginning of the fourth set in about 15 minutes time. Be sure to follow the live scores feed above.

    • 10:32am
      Fionn said | 10:32am | ! Report

      Surprised Djokovic won that set. He was changing direction very effectively in the first 1.5 sets – moving Nadal forehand to backhand and keeping him off balance.

      In the last 1.5 sets he started going crosscourt too much, not changing direction and Nadal was given time to get balanaced and wack the ball. I think Djokovic was very lucky to win that set.

      • Roar Rookie

        3:11pm
        tsuru said | 3:11pm | ! Report

        Fionn, maybe it’s an illustration of what Gary Player supposedly said years ago after sinking a very long shot – “The harder I practice, the luckier I get.”

        But seriously, I think that Djokovic is still finding his way back to full confidence and still needs the safety of crosscourt shots. As you suggest his strength has always been that ability to go down the line when least expected.

        • 9:35am
          Fionn said | 9:35am | ! Report

          I agree he’s not at full confidence, but I just thought he needed to back the strategy he knew he could use to beat Nadal.

          Big chance for Djok to win another Wimbledon, and a big chance for Anderson to break through and win a Grand Slam.

    • Roar Guru

      5:58am
      Scott Pryde said | 5:58am | ! Report

      As much as I’d love to hang around, I’m going to have to bring coverage to a close after 8 hours of tennis. You can, however, still follow scores in the section above.

      Hopefully you have enjoyed it.

      Join Riley Pettigrew for the two finals weekend.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      5:57am
      Scott Pryde said | 5:57am | ! Report

      END 1ST SET: Djokovic 1 – Nadal 0

      Djokovic has taken the first set. Some really high-qiality serving.

      Djokovic… 6 –
      Nadal……. 4 –

    • Roar Guru

      5:56am
      Scott Pryde said | 5:56am | ! Report

      Three set points.

      Djokovic… 5 – 40
      Nadal……. 4 – 0

    • Roar Guru

      5:55am
      Scott Pryde said | 5:55am | ! Report

      Nadal with a forehand into the net now.

      Djokovic… 5 – 30
      Nadal……. 4 – 0

    • Roar Guru

      5:54am
      Scott Pryde said | 5:54am | ! Report

      The Djoker to serve for the set here. Rafael Nadal challenges an ace, and it was well out. The second is at the body and develops into a long point before Nadal sends a passing forehand wide.

      Djokovic… 5 – 15
      Nadal……. 4 – 0

    • Roar Guru

      5:52am
      Scott Pryde said | 5:52am | ! Report

      A fault from Nadal. The second is at the body and returned on a backhand, before Nadal holds serve with the Djoker returning long.

      Djokovic… 5 –
      Nadal……. 4 –

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