Big guns eye spots in Wimbledon semi-finals

06:19, Jul 04 2012
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Tents are put up as tennis fans camp over night during previews for the Wimbledon Championships.
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Rafael Nadal of Spain serves in a practice session.
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Andy Murray of Great Britain in a practice session.
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Petra Kvitova talks to the media during a pre-tournament press conference at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon.
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Novak Djokovic talks to the media during a pre-tournament press conference at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon.
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Petra Kvitova arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Elena Vesnina arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Li Na arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Caroline Wozniacki arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Maria Sharapova arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Ana Ivanovic arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Venus Williams (L) and Serena Williams (R) arrive at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland bounces a football at the practice courts at Wimbledon.
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Heather Watson of Britain hits a return to Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic during their women's singles tennis match.
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Ernests Gulbis of Latvia celebrates after defeating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their men's singles tennis match.
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Kim Clijsters of Belgium celebrates winning her women's singles tennis match against Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.
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Ernests Gulbis of Latvia hits a return to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their men's singles tennis match.
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A general view of Court 2.
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Naomi Broady of Great Britain hits a forehand return during her women's singles first round match against Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain.
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Venus Williams of the US hits a return to Elena Vesnina of Russia during their women's singles tennis match.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return to Albert Ramos of Spain during their men's singles tennis match.
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Matosevic of Australia serves the ball during his men's singles first round match against Xavier Malisse of Belgium.
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Anne Keothavong of Great Britain returns a shot her Ladies Singles first round match against Laura Pous-Tio of Spain.
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Ashleigh Barty of Australia serves during her Ladies Singles first round match against Roberta Vinci of Italy.
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Andy Roddick of the USA reacts to a play during his Gentlemens Singles first round match against Jamie Baker of Great Britain.
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Urszula Radwanska of Poland in action during her ladies singles first round loss to New Zealand's Marina Erakovic.
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Jamie Baker returns a shot returns a shot during his Gentlemens Singles first round match against Andy Roddick of the USA.
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Robin Haase of the The Netherlands in action during his Gentlemens Singles first round match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina.
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Ryan Harrison of the US.
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Sorana Cirstea of Romania celebrates after defeating Li Na of China.
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Maria Sharapovaof Russia serves to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.
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Sorana Cirstea of Romania celebrates after defeating Li Na of China.
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Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic reaches to hit a return to Kim Clijsters of Belgium.
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Tamira Paszek of Austria celebrates after winning the second set in her womens singles tennis match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return to Fabio Fognini of Italy.
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Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall sit on Centre Court.
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Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic unleashes a serve during his second round win over Rafa Nadal.
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Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic celebrates his win over Rafael Nadal in the second round.
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A security guard stands on Centre Court as the roof is closed.
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A ballboy crouches near the net on Court One.
Novak Djokovic
Novac Djokovic hits a return to Radek Stepanek in a third round match at Wimbledon.
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Roger Federer serves to Julien Benneteau of France during his third round match at Wimbledon.
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Serbian tennis player Janko Tipsarevic hits a return to Mikhail Youzhny during their third round match at Wimbledon.
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Roger Federer returns the ball during his fourth round match against Xavier Malisse.
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Sabine Lisicki of Germany celebrates after her fourth round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia.
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Serena Williams hits a backhand return during her fourth round match against Yaroslava Shvedova.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland recieves medical attention during his fourth round match against Xavier Malisse of Belgium.
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Viktor Troicki of Serbia slips during his men's singles tennis match against Novak Djokovic.
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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hands to a ball boy feathers that she picked up from the court during her match against Ana Ivanovic.
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France checks on a line judge hit by the ball from a serve by Mardy Fish.
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Spectators shield themselves from the rain showers on day seven of Wimbledon.
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Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland lines up a shot during her Ladies' Singles quarterfinal match against Maria Kirilenko of Russia.
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Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra of France in action during their Gentlemen's Doubles third round match against Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the USA.
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A general view of umpires on day eight.
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Sabine Lisicki of Germany returns a shot during her Ladies' Singles quarterfinal match against Angelique Kerber of Germany
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France celebrates after winning his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Mardy Fish of the USA.
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Serena Williams of the USA celebrates after winning her Ladies' Singles quarterfinal match against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic.
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Mardy Fish of the USA reaches for a shot during his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
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A general view of atmosphere on day eight.
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David Ferrer of Spain in action during his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina.
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Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates winning his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Marin Cilic of Croatia.
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Ipek Soylu of Turkey in action during her Girls' Singles first round match against Maria Ines Deheza of Bolivia.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray waits during a change in ends during his quarterfinal against David Ferrer.
Prince William
Prince William (right) shakes hands with former Wimbledon winner Rod Laver as he exits the arena.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray gets airborne as he serves during his victory over David Ferrer.
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An ecstatic Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France leaps in the air after his win over Philipp Kohlschreiber.
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Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber regroups after his defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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Venus and Serena Williams (foreground) walk off court after their doubles victory against Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova.
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Briton Andy Murray (R) shows no sign of the weight of expectation on him as he shares a joke with coach Ivan Lendl at a practice session.
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Agnieszka Radwanska wins match point against Angelique Kerber to qualify for the Wimbledon final.
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Agnieszka Radwanska (R) consoles beaten opponent Angelique Kerber following their Wimbledon semi-final.
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Serena Williams reacts after beating Victoria Azarenka to qualify for her seventh Wimbledon final.
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Serena Williams in happy spirits during her semi-final defeat of Victoria Azarenka.
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Serena Williams in happy spirits during her semi-final defeat of Victoria Azarenka.
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Roger Federer celebrates his semi-final win over Novak Djokovic.
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Novak Djokovic returns serve during his semi-final against Roger Federer.
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Novak Djokovic congratulates Roger Federer after their semi-final.
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Andy Murray slips during his semi-final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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Andy Murray celebrates reaching the Wimbledon final.
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga serves to Andy Murray during their semi-final.
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Serena and Venus Williams celebrate a point during their doubles semi-final win.
Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska stretches for the ball during the women's final.
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Serena Williams is all smiles after winning her fifth Wimbledon title.
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Serena Williams collapses on the grass after beating Agnieszka Radwanska in the women's final.
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Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska walk onto centre court for the women's final.
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Serena Williams slips on her way to net.
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Serena and Venus Williams celebrate after winning the Wimbledon doubles final.
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Roger Federer salutes the Wimbledon crowd after being presented with his trophy.
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Roger Federer kisses the Wimbledon trophy for the seventh time after beating Andy Murray in the men's final in London.
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Champion Roger Federer (L) poses with beaten finalist Andy Murray after their singles battle on centre court.
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Residents of Scottish town Dunblane, the home of Andy Murray, get excited during the Wimbledon men's singles final.
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Roger Federer collapses on centre court after winning match point against Andy Murray.
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Andy Murray disputes a point during his Wimbledon final loss to Roger Federer.
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Roger Federer steps up to receive the Wimbledon trophy as beaten opponent Andy Murray walks away.

A year to the day after becoming world No 1, Novak Djokovic hopes to award himself the anniversary present of a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Djokovic is two steps away from defending his Wimbledon title in Sunday's final. First, he must beat Florian Mayer, one of two German men left in the competition, in Wednesday's quarter-finals.

Mayer knows he will be the underdog against the Serbian but he has a game plan: ''I can play everything; I can serve and volley, I can play dropshots, I can play with slice; I can play fast,'' he said.

Novak Djokovic
MAN TO BEAT: Novak Djokovic will face Florian Mayer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

''So I will try to irritate him a little bit. You never know in tennis. Everything is possible.''

The winner is likely to face six-times champion Roger Federer in the semi-finals, if the Swiss third seed's winning streak against Russian Mikhail Youzhny continues uninterrupted.

Federer has beaten Youzhny 13 times in as many meetings, including five wins on grass.

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''I played many times against him; I never beat this guy,'' Youzhny said.

''It's good for me that I have one more chance against a great player, one of the best players in the world.''

The worry for Federer might be the continuing damp, chilly English weather which will not be good news for his bad back after he twice needed treatment during his fourth-round win over Xavier Malisse.

While Djokovic and Federer both enjoyed a day off after getting through their fourth round matches under the shelter of the Centre Court roof, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Philip Kohlschreiber endured rain delays and Tuesday play on the outside courts.

Murray, who will be back on court on Wednesday to play Spanish seventh seed David Ferrer, shrugged off the disadvantage.

''The more rest you can get the better, but it's part of playing grand slam tennis,'' said the Scot, who is hoping to become the first British man since 1936 to win Wimbledon.

Ferrer, a first-time quarter-finalist here, was hoping the pressure of being home favourite might get to Murray.

''He has more pressure than me because he plays at home with his people,'' the Spaniard said. ''Sometimes it is not easy but I think Andy is a very great player.''

Fifth seed Tsonga, who lost to Djokovic in the last four a year ago, plays German Kohlschreiber, another quarter-final debutant here.  

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