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The 20 year old Serb has done it one more time. Novak Djokovic defeated Marcos Baghdatis in the quaterfinals of Wimbledon 7-6 7-6 6-7 4-6 7-5 to set up a clash with the number 2 seed Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Nadal previously brushed aside Tomas Berdych.

Serb Djokovic, 20, took the first two sets on tie-breaks, winning the second 11-9 with his first set point after Baghdatis had missed six of his own.

Cheered on by his vocal Cypriot fans, Baghdatis won the third tie-break and came from behind to win the fourth set.

But third seed Djokovic broke Baghdatis’s serve at 5-5 in the decider before serving out for a 7-6 7-6 6-7 4-6 7-5 victory.

Once Djokovic had snatched the second set and gone a break up in the third, it looked as if he was on course for a straight-sets win.

But Baghdatis then reeled off five games in a row and although he was broken serving for the set, this time he held his nerve in the tiebreak.

In the fourth set, Djokovic was again a break up but once again 22-year-old Baghdatis fought back to force a deciding set.

Games went with serve until 5-5 when Baghdatis put a simple forehand into the net to give Djokovic the chance to break.

He then calmly served out for victory but there will be no time to celebrate as the Serb, who needed treatment for a back injury during the match, will be back on court at 1100 BST (12CET) on Saturday.

“After what I have been through in these last two weeks – and after playing 9½ hours in two matches, I don’t know how I have managed,” said Djokovic. “I’m playing the best tennis of my life but I’m pretty exhausted.”

(source: BBC, photo: getty images)

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Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 1-0

2007 AMS Rome Clay Djokovic 62 75

Djokovic is bidding to reach his second successive Grand Slam semifinal, having reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at 2007 Roland Garros. He is contesting his third Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Djokovic defeated 2002 champion and No. 16 seed Lleyton Hewitt 76 76 46 76 in the round of 16. Previously he defeated Potito Starace 60 63 64 in the first round, Amer Delic 63 36 63 76 in the second, and Nicolas Kiefer 76 67 62 76 in the third.

Djokovic is bidding to become only the second Serbian player to reach the Wimbledon semifinals after Slobodan Zivojinovic in 1986. Zivojinovic, playing under the Yugoslav flag, went on to lose in the 1986 semifinals to Ivan Lendl 62 67 63 67 64.

This is Djokovic’s career-best performance on grass. He has played four previous events on the surface, with his previous best showing a round of 16 appearance at 2006 Wimbledon.

Through his round of 16 victory here, Djokovic has now accumulated a 45-10 win-loss record so far for 2007, placing him second behind Rafael Nadal (49-7) for total number of match wins.

Djokovic is the youngest player to reach this year’s quarterfinals, at 20 years and 39 days (age at end of event).

Djokovic warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the round of 16 at Queen’s. As No. 4 seed, after a first round bye, he defeated Robert Kendrick 36 63 62 in the second round, before falling to Arnaud Clement 26 63 64.

Djokovic is making his third appearance at Wimbledon. On his debut in 2005, as a qualifier, he reached the third round before losing to No. 9 seed Sebastien Grosjean 75 64 57 64; and then in 2006 advanced to the round of 16, losing to No. 7 seed Mario Ancic 64 46 46 75 63.

Djokovic posted his best Grand Slam result at this year’s Roland Garros, as No. 6 seed advancing to the semifinals, where he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 75 64 62. He advanced to the last eight of a major for the first time at 2006 Roland Garros, retiring with a lower back injury while trailing Nadal 64 64.

As well as losing to the eventual champion at this year’s Roland Garros, Djokovic also fell to the eventual champion at this year’s Australian Open, losing to Roger Federer 62 75 63 in the round of 16.

Djokovic has won three tour titles in 2007: Adelaide (d. Chris Guccione 63 67 64), AMS Miami (d. Guillermo Canas 63 62 64) and Estoril (d. Richard Gasquet 76 06 61), taking his career total to five titles. He also reached the final at AMS Indian Wells (l. Rafael Nadal 62 75).

Djokovic achieved a career-high ranking of No. 4 on 11 June 2007.

Baghdatis is bidding to reach the semifinals for the second successive year. He is contesting his third Grand Slam quarterfinal, having won both previous quarterfinals at the 2006 Australian Open and 2006 Wimbledon.

Baghdatis upset No. 6 seed Nikolay Davydenko 76 63 63 in the round of 16. Previously he defeated Ernests Gulbis 36 64 63 62 in the first round, Nicolas Devilder 60 76 67 62 in the second, and No. 23 seed David Nalbandian 62 75 60 in the third.

Following his round of 16 victory over Davydenko, Baghdatis now has a 9-10 career win-loss record against Top 10 players.

Baghdatis warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching his first grass court final at Halle, where he lost to Tomas Berdych 75 64. He then withdrew from ’s-Hertogenbosch with a foot injury. Baghdatis has now won 16 of his last 19 grass court matches, having also reached the semifinals at 2006 ’s-Hertogenbosch.

Baghdatis is making his third consecutive Wimbledon appearance. He had his best result here last year, reaching the semifinals by defeating Andy Murray 63 64 76 in the last 16, and No. 6 seed Lleyton Hewitt 61 57 76 62 in the quarterfinals, before losing to No. 2 Rafael Nadal 61 75 63. He lost to Mikhail Youzhny 62 36 61 64 in the first round on his debut in 2005.

2006 was an outstanding year for Baghdatis. Before reaching the Wimbledon semifinals, he advanced to his first Grand Slam final at the 2006 Australian Open, as world No. 54 recording three consecutive wins over Top Ten players – No. 3 Andy Roddick in the round of 16, No. 8 Ivan Ljubicic in the quarterfinals and No. 4 David Nalbandian in the semifinals – before falling in the final to No. 1 Roger Federer 57 75 60 62.

This year Baghdatis won the second title of his career at Zagreb on indoor carpet (d. Ivan Ljubicic 76 46 64 in the final), and reached finals at Marseille on indoor hard (l. Gilles Simon 64 76), and at Halle on grass (see above). In Grand Slam play, he reached the second round at the Australian Open (l. Gael Monfils 76 62 26 60), and round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Igor Andreev 26 61 63 64).

Baghdatis moved back to Limassol, Cyprus this year, having trained in Paris since the age of 13 on an Olympic Solidarity Youth Development Progamme Scholarship. He was also a member of an ITF Development Touring Team in 1999, funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund.

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Second seed Rafael Nadal made a dramatic comeback against Mikhail Youzhny in round four in Wimbledon.

Nadal was on Court Two 24 hours after his five-day epic with Robin Soderling, and it looked a match too far when he dropped the first two sets.

But the Spaniard battled back to win 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 and set up a quarter-final with Tomas Berdych.

There were also fourth-round wins for Novak Djokovic and Marcos Baghdatis.

On a raucous Court 13, Baghdatis gave the crowd plenty to cheer with a straight-sets win over Nikolay Davydenko.

A large Cypriot contingent cheered the 10th seed’s every move as he saw off the Russian sixth seed 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to reach the last eight.

Baghdatis will face Djokovic, who beat Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 7-6 4-6 7-6, in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic won the first two sets in a tie-break, proving once more that he is the best when it comes to tie-breaks. Hewitt came back in the third set winning it 6-4. In the break between the third and the fourth set Djokovic asked for a medical time-out as he was complaining about the pain in the back.

In the fourth set Hewitt broke Djokovic’s serve twice, but Djokovic answered both times, second time being when Hewitt was serving for the set at 5-4. In the end they played a tie-break which Djokovic won to secure an epic victory for him.

Czech 14th seed Berdych beat Jonas Bjorkman 6-4 6-0 6-7 (6-8) 6-0.

(source: BBC)

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Head-to-head: Davydenko leads 1-0

2006 AMS Miami Hard Davydenko won 26 62 75

Davydenko has reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the first time, and has now appeared in the round of 16 at all four majors. He defeated fellow Russian Evgeny Korolev 76 64 76 in the first round, Chris Guccione 36 57 76 64 62 in the second, and Gael Monfils 63 75 63 in the third.

This is Davydenko’s sixth appearance at Wimbledon. Prior to this year, Davydenko had won just one match here, that being in 2005, when he defeated Scott Draper 76 64 63 in the first round, before losing in the second round to Jonas Bjorkman 76 21 ret. (wrist injury). Last year, he lost to qualifier Alejandro Falla 26 76 76 63 in the first round.

Davydenko is bidding to reach his fourth consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal, and his eighth in total. He has never lost in the round of 16 at a Grand Slam.

If Davydenko defeats Baghdatis, he will complete a set of Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances. He has made quarterfinal appearances at each of the other three majors: for the past three years at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, and at the US Open last year.

Davydenko’s best Grand Slam results are three semifinal finishes, achieved at Roland Garros in 2005 and in 2007, and the 2006 US Open.

It is six years since a Russian reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Marat Safin doing so in 2001. There have never been two Russians in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Before Davydenko’s victories in the first three rounds here, he had won just two tour-level grass matches in his career, from 14 such matches played. Following his first round victory here in 2005, his second tour-level grass court win was at Halle just over two weeks ago, when as No. 2 seed he defeated Jurgen Melzer 76 46 62 in the first round, losing in the second round to Florian Mayer 64 64.

Although Davydenko has yet to win a title in 2007, he has had some good results on surfaces other than grass this season. He was a semifinalist at Roland Garros for the second time, and reached the quarterfinals at the 2007 Australian Open. Away from the Slams, Davydenko’s highlights are semifinal finishes at Doha, Rotterdam and AMS Rome, and quarterfinal finishes at Barcelona and Portschach.

Baghdatis defeated Ernests Gulbis 36 64 63 62 in the first round, Nicolas Devilder 60 76 67 62 in the second and No. 23 seed David Nalbandian 62 75 60 in the third.

To view the rest of the information about Marcos Baghdatis click on the related post: Wimbledon match preview: Baghdatis v Nalbandian

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Head-to-head: Baghdatis leads 2-1

Baghdatis defeated Latvian Ernests Gulbis 36 64 63 62 in the first round and then recorded the 100th victory of his career in defeating Nicolas Devilder 60 76 67 64 in the second.

Baghdatis is making his third consecutive Wimbledon appearance. He had his best result here last year, reaching the semifinals by defeating Andy Murray 63 64 76 in the last 16 and Lleyton Hewitt 61 57 76 62 in the quarterfinals, before losing to Rafael Nadal 61 75 63. He lost to Mikhail Youzhny 62 36 61 64 in the first round on his debut in 2005.

2006 was an outstanding year for Baghdatis. Before reaching the Wimbledon semifinals, he advanced to his first Grand Slam final at the 2006 Australian Open, as world No. 54 recording three consecutive wins over Top Ten players – No. 3 Andy Roddick in the round of 16, No. 8 Ivan Ljubicic in the quarterfinals and No. 4 David Nalbandian in the semifnials – before falling in the final to No. 1 Roger Federer 57 75 60 62.

By contrast, Baghdatis lost in the second rounds at 2006 Roland Garros and the 2006 US Open, but the above results combined with winning his first career title at 2006 Beijing saw his ranking jump up 44 places throughout the year to end the season at No. 12.

This is Baghdatis’s 12th Grand Slam event and he is bidding to reach the round of 16 at a major for the fifth time.

In 2007, Baghdatis has picked up where he left off in 2006, although his Grand Slam results have been less impressive so far. He won his second career title at Zagreb on indoor carpet (d. Ivan Ljubicic 76 46 64 in the final), and also reached another final two weeks later at Marseille on indoor hard (l. to Gilles Simon 64 76), and a third final at Halle on grass (l. Tomas Berdych 75 64). His best Grand Slam result to date this season was a round of 16 appearance at Roland Garros (l. Igor Andreev 26 61 63 64).

2007 Halle marked Baghdatis’s first career grass court final. That was the only tournament he played on this surface ahead of 2007 Wimbledon, as he then withdrew from ’s-Hertogenbosch with a foot injury.

Baghdatis was ITF Junior World Champion in 2003, winning the boys’ singles at the Australian Open and finishing runner-up in that event at the US Open that year. He fared less well at Wimbledon during his junior career, losing in the boys’ singles second round on both of his appearances here, in 2001-02.

Nalbandian, playing in his fifth Wimbledon, defeated qualifier Mischa Zverev 63 64 62 in the first round and lucky loser Frank Dancevic 62 63 57 63 in the second round.

Nalbandian has maintained his record of always reaching the third round at Wimbledon. Last year he lost at this stage for the first time, losing to Fernando Verdasco 76 76 62, his earliest Wimbledon exit.

Nalbandian reached his first Grand Slam final on his Wimbledon debut in 2002. He defeated Nicolas Lapentti 64 64 46 46 64 in the quarterfinals and Xavier Malisse 76 64 16 26 62 in the semifinals, before losing to Lleyton Hewitt 61 63 62 in the final. This is his most successful Grand Slam performance to date and remarkably was achieved in his first ever professional grass court event.

Since reaching the final in 2002, Nalbandian’s best performance at Wimbledon has been a quarterfinal finish in 2005 (l. Thomas Johansson 76 62 62).

Nalbandian is one of two active players, along with Roger Federer, to have reached the semifinals or better at all four Grand Slams. He reached that stage here in 2002 en route to the final (see above), at the 2003 US Open, and at 2004 Roland Garros, and completed the set at the 2006 Australian Open. He reached his fifth Grand Slam semifinal at 2006 Roland Garros.

Nalbandian is playing a Top 10 player for the 53rd time in his career. He has a 20-32 win-loss record in his previous meetings with Top 10 players.

Nalbandian is joined in the third round by Guillermo Canas, who plays Lleyton Hewitt today. If both Argentines win today and advance to the round of 16, it will mark the second time in the Open Era that two Argentines have advanced to the round of 16 at Wimbledon. Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria achieved this for the first time in 2005.

Nalbandian warmed up for Wimbledon at Halle, but as No. 7 seed lost in the first round to Marc Gicquel 57 62 64.

Nalbandian reached the round of 16 at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year, losing to Tommy Haas 46 63 62 63 and Nikolay Davydenko 63 76 36 76 at that stage respectively.

Nalbandian’s other highlight of 2007 was reaching the quarterfinals at Barcelona. After a first round bye, he defeated two Spaniards (Alberto Martin and Carlos Moya) in the next two rounds before losing to another Spaniard David Ferrer 76 62.

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As the seeds for the Wimbledon tournament have been announced for both gentemen and ladies, it is time to look at the top ones.

1. Roger Federer

The World No. 1 is a strong favorite to successfully defend his Wimbledon title. He has not lost a grass-court match since suffering a 3-6, 6-7(2), 3-6, loss to Croatia’s Mario Ancic in the opening round of the 2002 Wimbledon. He has not participated in any tournaments on grass before Wimbledon this year, deciding to rest for the big event.

2. Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal was the only man to take a set from Federer at the All England Club last year, where they played in the final. This year, Nadal played in Queens where he lost to Niclolas Mahut in the quaterfinal.

3. Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick has played two times in the final of Wimbledon and both times he lost to Roger Federer. Roddick, who reached successive Wimbledon finals in 2004 and 2005, lost to Andy Murray in the third round last year. Roddick ripped 24 aces and saved a match point in edging Nicolas Mahut, to capture his fourth career Queen’s Club crown this year.

4. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic played in Queen’s Club, and lost to Arnaud Clement in the third round. Last year he was beaten by Mario Ancic in Wimbledon. Novak has been working hard for the grass court season, as he appointed Mark Woodford to help him prepare.

5. Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez played in Queen’s Club this year where he lost to the Russian Dmitry Tursunov. Last year he was stopped by David Ferrer in the last 32, which was then a big surprise as Ferrer is a clay court specialist. Gonzalez can be a threat on grass, especially because of his big forehand.

6. Nikolay Davydenko

He did not have much success on grass throuhout his career, and that is the reason he is seeded at number 6 despite being third on the ATP list. This year he played in Halle where he lost to Florian Mayer, and last year in Wimbledon he lost to Alejandro Falla (ranked 127 back then) in the first round.

7. Tomas Berdych

We will have to pay close attention on Tomas Berdych on Wimbledon as he is one of the best players on grass in the world. He won the trophy in Halle this year beating the likes of Nieminen and Baghdatis. Last year in Wibledon he defeated the likes of Fabrice Santoro and Tommy Haas, before eventually losing to Roger Federer in R16.

8. Andy Murray

The Brittish hope is still undecided whether he will participate in Wimbledon or not, because of his wrist injury. It will be hard for him to reach top gear right away, but anyway he is still one of the favourites because of his talent.

9. James Blake

Not the best of seasons for James Blake, looking the whole season. On grass he played in Halle and lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quaterfinal. Last year in Wimbledon he lost to Max Mirnyi in R16.

10. Marcos Baghdatis

Atother player our eyes should be focused on, as he has great results on grass. He played the final in Halle where he lost to Tomas Berdych, and last year in Wimbledon he reached the semifinal where he lost to Rafael Nadal. Look for Baghdatis to reach one of the top spots on this years Wimbledon.

(source: tennisweek)

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The seeding for next week’s Wimbledon championships were announced on Wednesday with the All England Club again using players’ grass-court credentials to come up with their top 32. Unlike the other Grand Slams where the top 32 seeds in the men’s and women’s singles are decided purely on world rankings, Wimbledon takes into account results on grass in the past two years, particularly in the men’s draw.

For example, Tomas Berdych who is seeded seventh in the men’s event compared to a world ranking of 11.

Russian world men’s No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko drops to sixth in the seeding, meaning Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Chilean Fernando Gonzalez go up to fourth and fifth respectively.

World No. 7 Tommy Robredo finds himself down at 11th because of his poor record on grass.

Marcos Baghdatis, a semifinalist last year, is seeded 10th, six places higher than his world ranking.

Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, was No. 16, three spots above his ranking.

Here are the seeded players:

1. Roger Federer
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Andy Roddick
4. Novak Djokovic
5. Fernando Gonzalez
6. Nikolay Davydenko
7. Tomas Berdych
8. Andy Murray
9. James Blake
10. Marcos Baghdatis
11. Tommy Robredo
12. Richard Gasquet
13. Tommy Haas
14. Mikhail Youzhny
15. Ivan Ljubicic
16. Lleyton Hewitt
17. David Ferrer
18. Mario Ancic
19. Jarkko Nieminen
20. Jonas Bjorkman
21. Juan Carlos Ferrero
22. Dmitry Tursunov
23. Guillermo Canas
24. David Nalbandian
25. Juan Ignacio Chela
26. Carlos Moya
27. Marat Safin
28. Philipp Kohlschreiber
29. Robin Soderling
30. Agustin Calleri
31. Filippo Volandri
32. Juan Monaco

(source: ESPN)

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