Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2014 Jul 4, 2014 22:54:01 GMT
Post by Admin on Jul 4, 2014 22:54:01 GMT
Notably present was Maria Sharapova, girlfriend of semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov, who skipped his victory against Murray in the quarter-finals after being knocked out of the competition herself. And while Murray’s tragic fall on Wednesday was watched by British royals, today’s game attracted Hollywood royalty too with actor Bradley Cooper joining his British girlfriend model Suki Waterhouse, alongside actor Jude Law. Prince Andrew, Prince Michael of Kent, his son Lord Frederick Windsor and wife, actress Sophie Winkleman represented to the Royal Family today.
Novak Djokovic, who had to work harder than the other three semi-finalists to reach the closing weekend of Wimbledon, went into the trenches again on Friday against the flickering genius of Grigor Dimitrov but he is through to his third final. The Serb will need to find more consistency to replicate his championship form of 2011, after taking just over three hours to beat the 23-year-old Bulgarian 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (9-7).
Dimitrov, so impressive in beating Murray in three sets on Wednesday, looked less certain against the world No2 and tournament favourite and was not helped by his inability to stay upright on a surface that looked dusty and slippery towards the end of the championship fortnight. When the first crack in the Dimitrov defence appeared – at love-40 in the fifth game – he tried to hit his way out of trouble and, instead belted a forehand long. He would have to decide quickly between caution and daring.
Dimitrov, very much a touch player who relies on instinct rather than drilled technique, was not quite on song, framing his single-handed backhand, hitting long, wide and some times short – and surrendered his serve in the third game of the second set with a string of uncertain ground strokes. When he double-faulted for 30-all in the fifth game, a lone clap of encouragement echoed around the stadium. It belonged to Maria Sharapova – who won the women’s title here 10 years ago. If only she could transmit to him some of her famed fighting spirit, he might be able to extricate himself from the hole he had been digging.