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Del Potro's lethal forehand and Murray's roof woes

ESPN staff
July 5, 2013
Novak Djokovic was fully tested against Juan Martin Del Potro © PA Photos
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Del Potro feeling Djokovic's pain

When Juan Martin Del Potro tumbled to the ground and nastily twisted an already-injured knee against David Ferrer, his tournament could have been over.

But after recovering and making it to the semi-finals, Del Potro then saw Djokovic fall on court, and the big Argentine checked to make sure if his opponent was okay having been through it all himself a couple of days ago.

Of course no one was better placed to advise Djokovic if he was injured.

A weapon of a forehand

There are many great sights in tennis.

That of Roger Federer elegantly gliding through shots, Rafael Nadal hunting down every shot and Djokovic returning balls with plenty of interest.

But the forehand of Del Potro is up there with the great sights, not just for how he wins points off it, but for how he fires bombs off his racket by generating incredible speeds all over the court.

One at 113mph flew past Djokovic in the semi-finals on Friday, and even that was too hot for the world No. 1 to handle.

Anything you can do I can do better

Though Del Potro lost out in a five-set classic to Djokovic, there were moments when the Tower of Tandil produced out-of-this-world shots to wow the audience on Centre Court.

Djokovic threw everything at Del Potro, but the former US Open champion was equal to it all, and went one better on a few occasions that Djokovic had to stand and admire, even when Del Potro ended up near the fans and on the same side of the court as Djokovic.

Minority outdo majority

The majority of the 15,000 crowd on Centre Court were on the side of Murray, but during the early stages of the match the Jerzy Janowicz camp made themselves heard loud and clear.

Every time their man won points, or was close to doing some damage, they began a sequence of clapping that was too good for the majority of Murray fans.

Who says bigger is always better?

Djokovic roar rekindles memories

Djokovic often shows his passion on court by roaring to his camp or to the crowd.

So when he was being asked the questions in the closing stages against Del Potro, on the crucial points Djokovic roared with delight, rather like the way Marat Safin used to as the Russian was a volatile character but often captured the hearts of the fans with his passion.

But that is where the similarities end, as Safin used to vent his anger towards chair umpires, smash plenty of rackets and one time hit a ball out of Centre Court.

Cool ballboy

There was an excellent moment during Murray v Janowicz when the British No. 1 flicked a ball towards the courtside ball boy, who stuck out an eager arm to pluck it from the air.

We do not have a video, sadly, but it is a good excuse to watch this bit of ballboy magic again:

Just keep the roof open!

"It's so unfair!" wailed a distraught Murray as he was told the famous Centre Court roof would be closed before the commencement of the fourth set.

We are absolutely delighted that the roof is there. But why, when it is not raining, they cannot just turn the lights on and leave the roof open is beyond us.

It also meant we were subjected to a bunch of "hilarious" reminiscing about the time Tim Henman was delayed during a Wimbledon semi-final...

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