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Djokovic fashion chain glee, Del Potro reloads cannon

ESPN staff
July 3, 2013
Novak Djokovic came out on top against the dangerous Tomas Berdych © PA Photos

High-street battle

Novak Djokovic got the better of Tomas Berdych in straight sets to reach the semi-finals and the marketing men at UNIQLO will be rubbing their hands with glee, while their H&M counterparts will be less pleased.

Both players are sponsored by high-street fashion chains as opposed to the sporting behemoths and it was the UNIQLO-backed Djokovic who came through.

Drop Djok at your peril

With the first five games of the match going with serve, Berdych got ahead on the Djokovic serve in the sixth game. He had a big chance when in control of the point and attempted a drop shot. It was just short of perfect and Djokovic scampered forward and flashed a brilliant passing shot across Berdych for a clean winner.

Down but not out

With so many players having withdrawn through injury, officials were probably fearing the worst when Juan Martin Del Potro hit the deck in the second point of his match with David Ferrer.

Replays showed his left knee heading at the sort of angle knees are not meant to go. The Argentine was in pain and had the trainer on court, and things did not look good as he limped around the court for much of the first set. But he got a break up, was able to feel his way back into the contest and somehow found a way to beat Ferrer in straight sets.

A forehand or a cannon?

Thankfully for Del Potro, his knee problems did not damage the radar on his forehand. He beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on his run to US Open glory in 2009 thanks mainly to his rocket of a forehand.

It was in prime form against Ferrer, as time and again he slammed the ball hard and flat over the net. There were so many great forehands but the pick was arguably the one on match point.

Ferrer looked the boss as he sent a spinning ball out wide, but the long legs of Del Potro enabled him to track the ball down and slam it down the line for a clean winner. He started the match on his back in pain, he ended it on his back in celebration.

Verdasco the clear winner in the looks department

Even though he blew a two set lead in losing to Andy Murray, there was one victory that Fernando Verdasco could claim on quarter-finals day.

And that is the one of looking extremely smart on court thanks to his immaculate hair.

Now, normally you would expect to see your hair slightly ruffled after playing over three hours and five sets, but not that of Verdasco's, as his hair remained exactly the same as it was when he climbed out of the shower this morning.

Classic Centre Court roars

Everyone licked their lips at the prospect of Federer facing Nadal in the last-eight, but instead we got a battle between two Poles in the shape of Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot.

And with Murray fighting back on Centre Court, the roars were so loud that Kubot had to stop whilst break point down on his serve just to recompose himself.

Shirt swaps on a tennis court?

Normally you would see players from the world of football swapping shirts after a match, but the scenes from that sport arrived to tennis.

Janowicz and Kubot are extremely close friends that they decided to hand their sweaty shirts to one another.

And once Janowicz managed to put on his fellow countryman's t-shirt, he screamed with delight.

But we think it was for the win rather than being able to actually get the shirt on.

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