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Wimbledon 2011: Nadal v Fish and Djokovic v Tomic as it happened

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By Chris Bevan at Wimbledon

1931: It's been a cracking day of tennis, leaving us with just four men standing: Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried-Tsonga and Novak Djokovic. You can watch all the action from their matches in Today at Wimbledon (on BBC Two/online/BBC HD) at 2000 BST. I'm going to sign off now but play is continuing around the courts and you can continue to watch the doubles on the online streaming above, as well as catching all the reaction from today's singles matches too. Cheerio.

Rafael Nadal on his four-set win over Mardy Fish: "I started the first two sets very well and had a break earlyu in third but then I made a few mistakes and lost my intensity. In the fourth set I played more aggressively, especially on my forehand. To be in the semi-finals again is a dream for me."

Rafael Nadal
1925: So, Roger Federer is out but, let's face it, Rafael Nadal never really looked like joining him in defeat, especially because Mardy Fish only started playing in the third set. "It's a shame that Mardy didn't produce that sort of form earlier because it was almost a practice session for Rafa when he was coasting at 2-0 up," says John Lloyd on the BBC. "credit to the American for coming back and forcing him to play some of his best tennis, although Rafa did make a few too many unforced errors in the third set."

BBC Radio 5 Live
Mark Woodforde on BBC Radio 5 live: "You'd put Nadal as the favourite for the tournament but it's such a fine line. No doubt Murray will have the crowd behind him on Friday and they can help you engineer the points."

Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-7 6-4 Fish
It's all over folks. Fish slams the ball a mile long at 30-0, bringing up three match-points for Rafa. He only needs one, running into the net to put away a volley that Mardy cannot make, and the champ completes a four-set win in two hours and 53 minutes. He now has a date on Centre Court with Andy Murray in his semi-final on Friday.

Spain
The match is over
RAFAEL NADAL BEATS MARDY FISH 6-3 6-3 5-7 6-4 TO REACH THE SEMI-FINALS AT WIMBLEDON

* Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-7 5-4 Fish
At 30-all, Fish is staring defeat in the face, and he is a lucky boy when Nadal wastes a putaway on the next point. I don't think the Spaniard is too worried about seeing that game slip away, though, because after two hours and 50 minutes on court, he is serving for a place in the semis.
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Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-7 5-3 * Fish
Rafa opens up with a forehand winner that is out of this world. It also loops over Fish's head before landing right on the corner of tramline and baseline. That's the sort of shot that shows why he's the world number one folks. Anyway, let's press on. Fish is swimming against the tide (if you lot are still doing it, I may as well join in again) as he tries to stop the champ's progress, because he cannot get near the Nadal serve here. The top seed now just a game away from a place in the last four.
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From Gary Jones, via text: "Do you know what Chris, I thought Fish had haddock it half an hour ago but a miracle cod happen."


Oh no, here they come again...

* Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-7 4-3 Fish
"Go on Rafa, batter him," shouts a comedian in the crowd. He clearly would have loved some of your texts and tweets from earlier. Mardy looks distinctly unamused, and he certainly isn't laughing when Rafa reads his cross-court volley and puts away a winner to force another break-point. Rafa makes a mess of his next return, though, smacking a second-serve a mile out of play. He soon gets another chance - fizzing a forehand into the corner after giving Fish the runaround - but, again, he cannot convert, reaching a drop-shot but only finding the top of the net. Mardy digging deep now, finds some sizzling serves to hold. He is hanging in here, but the fight goes on. "gutsy" is John Lloyd's verdict.
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Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-7 4-2 * Fish
A cracking forehand winner by Mardy, who takes the ball on the rise and rips it past the Spaniard, who makes a hash of a backhand too. No need to panic for the defending champ, though, because he is still serving well. He holds to move within two games of a place in the semi-finals, where Andy Murray awaits having just beaten Feliciano Lopez in straight sets.
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* Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-7 3-2 Fish
Some big serves, that's what. He needs them too, because Rafa does not look content with a single break - he wants this match finished as soon as possible. "The difference between these two players is that Mardy is had a few dips but Rafa has pretty much played at a constant level throughout," says John Lloyd on the BBC. "Basically, he is a horrible player to face in a best of five set match."
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Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-7 3-1 * Fish
The cries of "go Mardy" are getting a bit desperate now as Rafa holds to love. Time to see what Fish has got left in the tank...
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Spain
* Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-7 2-1 Fish
Oh dear. Just when Fish was gathering a bit of momentum, he stumbles and falls flat on his face. The American is in a spot of bother at 0-30 and this time his serve cannot save him. Rafa moves to break-point with a delicate drop-shot, and seals it when Fish flops a put-away volley into the bottom of the net.
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Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-7 1-1 * Fish
Rafa probably envisaged having his feet up by now, instead he is facing an awkward and improving opponent who is not going to go down without a fight. Rafa has room for improvement today, too, though - mentally, at the very least, and he holds comfortably enough here.
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* Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-7 0-1 Fish
I thought Fish would be fried by now but he is alive and kicking, and growing in confidence by the minute. That serve just keeps getting stronger and stronger, and a 12th ace sees him hold after a couple of sloppy shots at 40-0.
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5 live sports extra
David Felgate on 5 live sports extra: "Mardy Fish has played well, but I thought it would have been all done and dusted by now."

THIRD SET

Spain
Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-7 * Fish
Can he break Rafa? At 0-30 I think he can. But then he nets a backhand with Rafa on the ropes. That's not the end of it, though, because the American is back on the attack in the next point, with a backhand that is too hot to handle. That's two set-points. The first one comes and goes when he hooks a forehand into the tramlines but he takes the second with a scorching winner down the line. Super stuff. That's a set in the bag, does the comeback starts here..?
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* Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-6 Fish
Fish actually looks quite relaxed now and the 10th seed is cranking up his serve too, banging down his fastest one of the day - 131mph - as he holds with ease. Can he break Rafa though?
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Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-5 * Fish
Yep, Rafa flexes his muscles (or are they mussels today?) and slams down an ace to move 30-15 up, before moving in to polish off a half-court return then bringing another mistake from the American to hold. "Mardy threw everything he had at Rafa at the start of that game," says John Lloyd on the BBC. "It wasn't enough."
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* Nadal 6-3 6-3 4-5 Fish
Fish is up to a 76% winning percentage on his first serve now, a million miles away from the first set when he was down in the low 30s. Nadal is feeding on scraps at the moment, although he is not exactly under a heap of pressure as he prepares to serve to stay in the third set.
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Nadal 6-3 6-3 4-4 * Fish
A first double fault of the match by Nadal, leaves him 15-30 down. Feast or famine for Fish? The latter, I'm afraid, because he nets one return and can barely get a racquet on the next two Nadal serves, which both clock in around 119mph.
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* Nadal 6-3 6-3 3-4 Fish
Some fine shots by Fish, who holds with an ace after a wobble or two when he slips from 40-15 to deuce. A super Nadal shot to tell you about too - a one-handed backhand passing shot winner that leaves Mardy, me, and the Court One crowd gaping in amazement. "This is the sort of set we were hoping to see throughout the match," says John Lloyd on the BBC. "Close, competitive, and some great tennis. Maybe Rafa has got too comfortable and taken his foot off the accelerator a little bit?"
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Twitter
tangerine_dream on Twitter: "We know Rafa's going to win this but it would be kinda nice for Mardy to win a set or two just to keep things interesting."

Nadal 6-3 6-3 3-3 * Fish
The Fish fightback continues and, at 15-30, what price a break here? That particular door is quickly slammed shut with a forehand winner, ace and unreturnable serve from Nadal in quick succession but at least the American is giving the defending champion a bit of a game here.
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* Nadal 6-3 6-3 2-3 Fish
It might be too little, too late, but Fish is firing on all cylinders on his serve now, which is looking more like the weapon it was earlier in the tournament than the liability it was earlier in this match. A simple hold.
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Nadal 6-3 6-3 2-2 * Fish
Nadal is in no mood to surrender serve again here, cranking up his forehand too and hitting a couple of fizzing winners. I think I've just doubled up on a game description but if you manually refresh that should disappear, hopefully.
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* Nadal 6-3 6-3 1-2 Fish
Fish has impressed in fits and starts today and it would be typical if he lost this game after such good work in the last. At 30-all he is halfway to doing just that but his serve, so unreliable earlier, digs him out of a hole.
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Twitter
Brad_y_Bunch on Twitter: "Nadal 2 sets up... can Fish do a Tsonga???? Doubt it!!"

Spain
Nadal 6-3 6-3 1-1 * Fish
Oops, maybe I spoke too soon? Fish is not ready to give up the ghost just yet, forcing a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes from Rafa to move to 15-40. He goes long on his first break-point but Rafa flails wildly at a forehand on the next point and we are all-square again in the third set. "I think Nadal lost his concentration for a moment there," says John Lloyd on the BBC. "You don't expect to see those sort of errors from him."
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Spain
* Nadal 6-3 6-3 1-0 Fish
Not the start Fish needed to the third set, with Nadal rolling a couple of forehands past him when he comes into the net, and making the most of some sloppy serving from the American to break yet again. It's all been a bit easy, to be honest.
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5 live sports extra
David Felgate on 5 live sports extra: "The procession continues, Fish is doing as well as he can and you just don't see where he can win it from, Nadal is going from strength to strength."

SECOND SET

Spain
Nadal 6-3 6-3 * Fish
On the plus side, Mardy DID get a point this time. Two in fact, thanks to a couple of crunching returns. The bad news for the American is that Rafa has just wrapped up the second set, pumping his fist after seeing a Fish backhand return fly wide. "Rafa is playing very well, but it is difficult to know how well because he is not being pushed," says John Lloyd on the BBC. The third set stats make solid reading for Rafa, who won 79% of points off his first serve and hit 13 winners.
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* Nadal 6-3 5-3 Fish
At last, a point against serve, as Rafa zeros in on a half-court ball and smacks a backhand into the corner. That's all he gets, though because ace number eight gives Mardy the hold. Rafa to serve out for the set next.
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Nadal 6-3 5-2 * Fish
Another hold to love, meaning Rafa has now won 12 points in a row on his own serve. There were some rallies in that game, just not that many of them.
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* Nadal 6-3 4-2 Fish
Fish responds in kind, with four huge serves helping him also hold to love. "Probably his best game of the match," says Lloyd. "But he needs to string them together."
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Nadal 6-3 4-1 * Fish
Rafa holds to love. Blink, and you would have missed it. Rafa moves closer to collecting another set. By the way, there has been no sign of his foot injury from the other day yet.
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Spain
* Nadal 6-3 3-1 Fish
A few shouts of "c'mon Mardy" and "we love you Mardy" disrupt the Rafa love-in on Court One, and throw the American off his stride... maybe it was a deliberate ploy by Uncle Toni? A genius Nadal half-volley, failed Fish drop-shot and limp forehand by the 10th seed add up to three break points. He only goes and saves all three, though, mainly because that first serve kicks in... but it is only a temporary respite. A mis-hit lets Nadal in for a crunching put-away before a back-hand into the net gives the champ breathing space in this second set. "That was such a good fightback from 0-40 but in the end that game went away too easily," says John Lloyd on the BBC.
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Nadal 6-3 2-1 * Fish
What's this? Some rare serve and volleying from Rafa sees him take the first point but Fish has him flummoxed on the next two points, with a couple of thumping forehands taking him to 15-40. A way back into this match? Nope. An unreturnable Rafa serve saves the first break-point... and the second too. Deuce. An ace puts Rafa back on the front foot and he is into the net to put away a winner. Fish played some fabulous shots there but has absolutely nothing to show for it.
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* Nadal 6-3 1-1 Fish
The aces keep coming for Mardy, and boy does he need 'em. Every so often, Rafa will really get hold of a return but Fish hits big enough here to hold out. "I think he's going to make things a bit harder for Rafa in this second set," says John Lloyd on the BBC.
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Nadal 6-3 1-0 * Fish
Hmmm. Quite an average game from Rafa's point of view, as Fish senses a nibble at 30-all. Rafa bites back, firing home a ferocious run-around forehand to hold out.
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DaveFootHere on Twitter: "Mardy to win in four and face Murray in semis. Cod willing."

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From another anonymous Fish punner via text: "Fish is getting battered, if he doesn't get his skates on he'll have had his chips. He's caught between a rock and a hard plaice, etc"


'etc' is the most appropriate part of that text for me. I'm getting dozens of them...

FIRST SET

* Nadal 6-3 Fish
Two aces for Fish in the first three points but he is still shaking again at 30-all after Rafa responds with a genius lob. Fish is getting hammered on his second serve - he has won only 24% of those points - and Nadal gobbles the next two too, sealing the set after 36 minutes when Fish can only find the net with a forehand. "It's difficult to see a way how Mardy Fish can get through Rafa's defences," says John Lloyd. "His style of play will not help him much against the Spaniard."
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Spain
Nadal 5-3 *Fish
Rafa's not having things all his own way, mind. He nets a forehand at 30-all and shanks another one into the tramlines on the next point when Fish comes into the net again. That's one break back, for a start.
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From Dave in Chester, via text: "There's a time and a plaice for these jokes Chris. Sorry, I have no sole."

5 live sports extra
David Felgate on 5 live sports extra: "Nadal is striking the ball incredibly well, which is an ominous sign for everyone else left in the tournament."

Spain
* Nadal 5-2 Fish
Fish is really struggling to land a first serve right now - he's only managed to get 36% of them in - and paying a high price... "he is playing Rafa's reputation and not his own game at the moment," rues John Lloyd on the BBC as the American slips to 0-40. He does win the next point when a Rafa lob sails out but he flops a forehand into the net on the next point and that is a double-break for the champion. "Mardy has served so well all fortnight," adds Lloyd. "He has to get that back if he is to stand a chance in this match."
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Nadal 4-2 * Fish
Sooner or later, Fish is going to have to get to grips with Rafa's serve. It's not happening yet, though. Some lovely touches from Rafa and another routine hold.
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* Nadal 3-2 Fish
Right let's get some of the Fish jokes out of the way. Iain in Dumfries texts in to predict the American will look like "a fish out water today". Does anyone else want to take the bait? Anyway, on with the tennis. Fish is relying heavily on his first serve to win points in the early stages, so it is just as well he manages three in a row from 15-30, sealing his hold with his best shot of the match so far - a cross-court forehand winner with Rafa running into the net.
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Nadal 3-1 * Fish
John Lloyd thinks Rafael Nadal's head must be spinning after seeing that Federer defeat flash up in front of him. "You just don't expect that at this stage," says a stunned Lloyd. Is he rattled? Nope. His fastest serve of the day, at 125mph, takes him to 40-15 and he charges across to meet a tricky Fish return to slam a forehand winner down the line. I don't think Mardy saw it, because he definitely didn't get near it.
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* Nadal 2-1 Fish
Fish floundering already? Hardly. He wheels out an ace to go to 40-0 and another big serve finishes the job. Huge cheers on Court One at the changeover, when the big screens show that Fed is out. Even Rafa looks a bit shocked.
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Nadal 2-0 * Fish
Nadal is quickly up and running on serve, holding with ease when a Fish backhand lands out. You've not doubt heard by now but I have some BIG news from Centre Court, where Roger Federer is OUT of Wimbledon after an amazing five set fight back by Jo Wilfried Tsonga. The fabulous Frenchman will play Novak Djokovic in the semis.
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Spain
* Nadal 1-0 Fish
Not exactly a flying start by Fish, with some high-kicking groundstrokes giving Rafa the first two points. The American has only been broken once in 65 service games this fortnight, though, and he is not going to surrender that record without a fight. A couple of volleys just about do the job to take him back to 30-all but a rasping Rafa backhand, and hesitant volley into the net by Fish give the Spaniard an early breakthrough. "A nervous start there by Fish," says John Lloyd. "His first serve wasn't really working."
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1617: Ready? Good. Mardy Fish will serve first and get this match under way.

1615: Has Nadal, the defending champ, top seed and world number one, shaken off that foot injury that held him up during his win over Juan Martin del Potro. "It seems so," says John Lloyd on the BBC. "The MRI scan didn't show anything up."

1610: Fish, seeded 10th, is playing in his first Wimbledon quarter-final at the age of 29. He has never beaten Rafa in five attempts. Today would obviously be a good time to change that.

1605: Ah. here comes Rafa now. I think the loud cheers on Court One are for him, not Mardy Fish...

Serbia
1600: So, Novak Djokovic is the first man through to the men's semi-finals, and he seems quite happy to be there after what turned into a bit of a battle. Aussie teenager Bernard Tomic bows out but he can still be proud of his progress this fortnight. Coming up next on Court One is Rafael Nadal versus Mardy Fish, which I will take you through shortly.

Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-5 Tomic
Djokovic needs to serve solidly and he is in the semi-finals. Is there another twist in this match? No. Djoko's not been at his best today but he has still got enough in the tank to see this one out, moving to 40-15 before sealing a hard-fought win with a cool drop-volley. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Roger Federer await.

Serbia
NOVAK DJOKOVIC BEATS BERNARD TOMIC 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-5 TO REACH WIMBLEDON SEMI-FINALS

Serbia
* Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 6-5 Tomic
"The harder Djoko hits it, the better Tomic plays," says Greg Rusedski. "He's having to hit the no-pacers and that is not his style." It seems to be working, though, because some patient play by Djoko has brought a couple of errors from Tomic and it is his turn to have a sniff at 15-30. Tomic replies with a classic one-two serve-forehand but he is not out of the woods yet. The Aussie is long on a backhand at deuce and this is a break-point for Djoko. Can he take it? Yes he can you know. A delicate drop shot foxes Tomic after another lengthy rally and Djokovic roars with delight as he heads for his chair. He will serve for the match next.
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Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 5-5 * Tomic
Terrific stuff by Tomic, and that forehand seems to be getting bigger every game. He fires down another huge winner down the line to move to 0-30. Are we heading for a fifth set? Not yet, we're not, because Djoko replies with a couple of cool volleys and a big serve at the right moment. Tomic comes up with a barnstorming backhand on to the line to make deuce but an ace eventually sees Djoko hold. He's a relieved man, again, though.
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* Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 4-5 Tomic
Djokovic's turn to be wrongfooted, and to taste the turf, as Tomic bashes down a forehand winner to end the longest rally of this match (with 31 strokes). Djokovic tumbles again a couple of points later, and this time he looks hurt - he holds his foot and is limping. Is he badly injured? I think not, because he wins the next point with a sensational inside-out forehand, before a huge Tomic serve sees the Aussie hold out.
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Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 4-4 * Tomic
"A little bit of tension out there now," says Greg Rusedski on the BBC after Djokovic slams a routine forehand into the tramlines and finds the net with a straightforward backhand on his first two game points. No mistake third time round, though, as he whips away a forehand winner with Tomic wrongfooted. That brings a big sigh of relief from the second seed - every game is a battle right now.
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* Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 3-4 Tomic
The Fanatics are still making all the noise on Court One, and their boy responds with a solid enough service game, holding to 15 when Djoko dumps a forehand into the net. The next break will be crucial here. The rollercoaster ride continues. Is another collapse around the corner... and for which player?
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Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 3-3 * Tomic
Djokovic is still looking anxious out there - no smiles yet today, apart from that ironic one when he was celebrating getting a first serve in earlier. He's not having quite so many problems any more but is still not finding it easy breaking his young opponent down, and his best tactic seems to be to come into the net.
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* Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 2-3 Tomic
"You can do it Bernie," yells one fan as another tense game unfolds. And he can, just. Neither player looks secure on serve right now, but they are both mixing sloppy mistakes with some genius shots. Take Tomic, for example. After flopping a couple of backhands into the bottom of the net, he saves another break-point with a devastating forehand and goes on to hold. This match is still very much in the balance.
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5 live sports extra
David Felgate on 5 live sports extra: "Djokovic can't believe it, he's moping about at the back of the court. He has let him back in here."



Serbia
Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 2-2 * Tomic
Er, Tomic is going to do more than battle on by the looks of things, fizzing a backhand winner down the line to set up three break-back points and then stepping in to smash an inside-out forehand winner down the same flank. Brilliant stuff, and there is life in this match yet.
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* Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 2-1 Tomic
After losing seven straight games, Tomic wipes his brow and wonders what he can do next. Rediscovering his serve is a decent start. "A double break would have spelt the end for Tomic," says Greg Rusedski on the BBC. "But he is going to battle on for as long as he can."
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Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 2-0 * Tomic
It seems a long while since Tomic was banging down that fierce forehand of his and putting pressure on the Djoko serve. The second seed seems to have his mojo back now and follows some crashing deliveries (a lot faster than 76mph) with some devastating groundstrokes.
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Serbia
* Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 1-0 Tomic
Six games in a row now for Djoko, who is making the most of this collapse by the teenage tyro, who has now lost his way completely on serve. Another break, and the end could be nigh.
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THIRD SET

5 live sports extra
David Felgate on 5 live sports extra: "Djokovic didn't look to have any chance in that set. He did well to hold serve but you've got to say Tomic handed it to him after that, and where does he go from here?"



Serbia
Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3 * Tomic
Djoko is still not in full flow but he just has to get the ball in play at the moment, and Tomic will do the rest for him. That's five games in a row for the Serbian second seed, and the third set is in the bag. The stats for the third set are not pretty for either player but the worst belong to Bernie - he won only 43% of points off his first serve and made 13 unforced errors. Basically, he just shot himself in the foot.
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Serbia
* Djokovic 6-2 3-6 5-3 Tomic
Not the time to serve up your worst service game of the match. A double fault hands Djoko another break, and he will serve for the third set next.
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5 live sports extra
David Felgate on 5 live sports extra: "Mental fatigue maybe from Tomic? Let's not forget he was only two points from going out in the qualifiers. He has been laboured in the last few games."

Djokovic 6-2 3-6 4-3 * Tomic
Arggh. Tomic has come off the rails in a big way, and simply cannot find the court at the moment... mistake follows mistake follows mistake. Djoko has not exactly upped his level but he is allowed to coast through a simple hold.
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* Djokovic 6-2 3-6 3-3 Tomic
Oh dear. A-Tomic meltdown, I'm afraid. Four unforced errors basically hand the break-back to Djokovic on a plate. That couldn't have been more of a gift if he'd wrapped it up first. "He just rushed through that game for some reason," bemoans Rusedski. "Tomic needs to gather his thoughts now."
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Djokovic 6-2 3-6 2-3 * Tomic
Well, Djokovic holds easily enough but it doesn't seem to improve his mood - he remains grimfaced as he returns to his chair. Tomic is wrapped in his towel at the changeover and applying a new headband. Djokovic just needs some new ideas...
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* Djokovic 6-2 3-6 1-3 Tomic
A-Tomic kicks off with his fifth ace of the day but this game quickly turns into the sort of marathon we opened this match with. Djoko is hanging on for the most part, with his mutterings getting louder when tight calls go against him, but he gets his first break-point chance for a long time when Tomic puts a forehand long. A big serve out wide saves the Aussie, but he is soon back in trouble and has to conjure up a rasping backhand winner. Chance gone for Djoko, as two more thumping serve keep Bernie ticking over. "Djokovic's body language is very interesting - I don't think he knows what to do at the moment," says Greg Rusedski on the BBC.
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From Jess in Cardiff, via text: "Tomic is a breath of fresh air, none of this bouncing ball and taking ages a la Djokovic. Steps up, serves... Boom! And he's just 18. Great prospect for the Aussies."

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From another anon, via text: "Re anon. Think the hedgehog/microphone comparison is harsh... a grizzly bear crossed with Screech from 'Saved by the Bell' maybe? . "

Djokovic 6-2 3-6 1-2 * Tomic
Did I say Tomic is glued to the baseline? He doesn't have to be, because he shows great touch when he is in and around the net, coming out on top in a tense rally by finding an angled winner. That makes it 15-30 and Djokovic is approaching crisis-point. A big serve settles his nerves, and he is grateful to see Tomic find the net next. He still looks a bit rattled, mind, to the extent he opts to volley a Tomic backhand which is about to land a yard into the tramlines. I should add he plays a perfect drop shot which Tomic applauds. "Djokovic still looks very flat says Greg Rusedski on the BBC. "He needs to find some answers to the Tomic serve from somewhere."
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* Djokovic 6-2 3-6 0-2 Tomic
Pat Rafter is all smiles in Tomic's box, because his boy is on fire right now. Tomic may have looked tired in the first set but he is flying now. An easy hold... Now he will attack the Djoko serve again.
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5 live sports extra
David Felgate on 5 live sports extra: "Djokovic is playing not to lose rather than to win. It is Tomic who is making all the running and changing it up."

Djokovic 6-2 3-6 0-1 * Tomic
"This third set is going to be key says Greg Rusdeski. "Djokovic needs to serve well and regain the initiative. Does he? Erm, No. Quite the opposite. Two sloppy shots into the net and long from Djoko see him facing another break point and Tomic, glued to the baseline, is giving him the runaround. A Djoko half-volley sails wide and the Fanatics have another break to celebrate. "It is hard to believe how many mistakes Djokovic is making," adds Greg.
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SECOND SET

* Djokovic 6-2 3-6 Tomic
Will Tomic tense up? Not at first, apart from a wild slap at a backhand which flies a mile out. He soon has two set points at 40-15 but finds things tricker from there on in, dumping a couple of backhands into the net. Chance gone at deuce? Nope. A big Tomic serve gives him a third set-point and this time he loops a forehand winner into the corner. Djokovic challenges but HawkEye shows it landed plum on the line. One set all, otherwise known as 'Game On'.
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From anon, via text: "Re Lindsay. Djokovic's hair isn't impressive, It's infuriating. He looks like a cross between a hedgehog and a microphone. "

Djokovic 6-2 3-5 * Tomic
More double-trouble for Djokovic, with that serve letting him down again and opening the door for another Tomic break at 30-all. He shuts it for now, with a couple of high-kicking deliveries, but Bernie will still serve for the second set next, and with new balls too.
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* Djokovic 6-2 2-5 Tomic
"This is a mirror image of the first set," says Greg Rusedski, and he's right because Djoko just cannot get near Tomic's serve at the moment. I'd heard the teenager had a huge forehand to go with it but there is more to A-Tomic than that and he shows it here, covering every inch of the court before putting away a short forehand to hold and move within a game of the second set.
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Djokovic 6-2 2-4 * Tomic
Um, anyone know where Djokovic's serve has disappeared too? He can't land a first one right now, celebrating ironically when he finally manages one to make it 30-all. Tomic is still on the front foot, though, and the crowd start singing "here we go" when he steps in to fire a fizzing forehand winner on the next point. Djoko's brother Marko is grimacing in the Serbian's box but he does have something to smile about when a couple of big serves, and once ace, see his man hold out.
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From Lindsay, via text: "Most impressive thing about Djokovic - his hair! How does he keep it so fluffy all the time?"

* Djokovic 6-2 1-4 Tomic
The Tomic turnaround continues. He holds to love, leaving Djokovic to mutter darkly at his racquet as they head for their changeover. I fear for that racquet if this slump continues much longer...
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Serbia
Djokovic 6-2 1-3 * Tomic
Who saw this coming? A first double fault of the match for Djoko leaves him at 15-30 and he flops a backhand into the net on the next point after a 76mph serve. Ouch. Can things get any worse? Yes. Another double-fault. Djokovic disintegrates and the Fanatics are in full voice.
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* Djokovic 6-2 1-2 Tomic
"Let's go Bernie" is the yell from the crowd. Something for the Fanatics to get excited about? Yes. Tomic is wobbling again on serve at 0-30 but he pulls a couple of cracking passing shots out of the bag and seals a hard-earned hold with a forehand down the line. Impressive stuff "Tomic has been a lot better in this second set," says Greg Rusedski. "He is playing some nice tennis but it is still going to be very difficult for him against someone who has as much class as Djokovic."
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Djokovic 6-2 1-1 * Tomic
At last, something to think about for Djokovic on serve at 0-30 but that's as good as it gets for A-Tomic. Djokovic, who is still playing quite patiently, digs in to draw more mistakes from the Aussie and then comes in to put away a volley to hold, again.
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* Djokovic 6-2 0-1 Tomic
Tomic needs to keep plugging away with his serve but his first set stats of winning 54% of points off his first delivery and 50% off his second tell their own story. He holds easily enough here though.
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FIRST SET

Djokovic 6-2 * Tomic
A bit of a gulf in class is developing on Court One, quite understandable when you bear in mind there are 156 places between them in the rankings. Four more serves by Djokovic give him a first set which has taken 34 minutes. The second seed has won 92% of points on his first serve and 80% on his second. He is well on top right now.
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* Djokovic 5-2 Tomic
Tomic is reading those Djoko's drop shots now but sadly for him still making a fair few mistakes. Again, the second seed has a sniff of a break at deuce. He sends Tomic scuttling around the court on the next point, before he dumps a backhand in the net, but a fierce forehand saves his bacon. That serve-forehand one-two keeps the Aussie alive again on break-point number two but Djoko is piling the pressure on and forces another couple of errors. He will serve for the set next. "Tomic has to be tired - this is his eighth match of the tournament after playing three qualifiers," says Greg Rusedski. "You can see it in his movement, while in comparison Djokovic looks really fresh."
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Djokovic 4-2 * Tomic
Tomic still a break down in this set, remember, so he needs to find a way into the Djoko serve. Not this time, though, because Djoko hold to loves again. Fair to say he is looking comfortable at the moment. No sweat for the Serbian.
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* Djokovic 3-2 v Tomic
Tomic's serve is up and running now too, though, and he's giving Djoko something to think about. Another drop shot by the second seed, but it is the only point he picks up this time.
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Djokovic 3-1 * Tomic
Djoko's throwing in a few drop shots all of a sudden, and catching Tomic off guard. The second seed seems to be in full flow already. A quick-fire hold to love.
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5 live sports extra
Jeff Tarango on 5 live sports extra: "It's two guys who are very familiar with each other not being caught by any surprises so far."

* Djokovic 2-1 Tomic
Just what Tomic needed. His last service game took him 10 minutes, and he lost it. This one takes about 10 seconds, and he is on the scoreboard. "That should settle him down a bit," says Greg Rusedski on the BBC.
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Djokovic 2-0 * Tomic
These two are practice partners so Djoko should know what to expect from the Tomic serve... How will he fare on his own? Again, not great to begin with, with a net cord helping Bernie get to 0-30. Djoko's soon firing on all cylinders, though, with an ace the first of four straight points to give him an opening hold.
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Serbia
* Djokovic 1-0 Tomic
Goran Ivanisevic and Pat Rafter are in Tomic's box, which is not a bad support team to be able to call on. Bernie's a big server, just like those two were, so how will he get on here? Hmmm, not great at first. Djoko's not exactly come out all guns blazing, quite the opposite in fact, and he is feeling his way into these early rallies and drawing the mistakes from the young Aussie. That tactic brings him three early break chances after some terrific long exchanges, all saved, but Djoko is in at the net at chance number four, putting away the drop volley to get off to the perfect start, after a marathon 10-minute game. Phew.
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1311: Right then, here we go. Tomic won the toss, and he will serve first.

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From James the unpatriotic Glaswegian, via text: "I'm tipping A-Tomic to caus the only upset today... but maybe that's because I want to see a Federer-Nadal final... can't get enough of those guys. Sorry Andy!"

1307: Tomic, the world number 158, is the first 18-year-old to reach this stage at the All England Club since Boris Becker in 1986. 'Boom Boom' Boris went on to win that year of course - is there any chance of 'A-Tomic' Bernie doing the same?

1302: Are the world's top four men fated to meet in this year's Wimbledon semi-finals? Aussie teenage tearaway Bernie Tomic might have something to say about that... the 18-year-old qualifier is about to try to stop Novak Djokovic in his tracks.

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Nadal fights through to last four
29 Jun 11 |  Tennis
Djokovic rallies to end Tomic run
30 Jun 11 |  Tennis
Tsonga stuns Federer in five sets
30 Jun 11 |  Tennis
Murray wins to set up Nadal semi
30 Jun 11 |  Tennis
Men's singles results
21 May 10 |  Tennis
Men's singles draw
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