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Wimbledon Diary - Novak Meditates; Murray Watches Thriller

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del Potro, Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro reflected on their friendship after their exciting five-set clash.

ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at Wimbledon on the second Friday.

Djokovic Digs Deep
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic took time out around midday on Thursday, ahead of his semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro at The Championships, to meditate under a tree outside a Buddhist temple, home to four monks. 

Roy Nana, one of the guides at the temple, a short walk from the All England Club, pointing to a shaded spot and told The Times newspaper, “He popped into the temple by himself, then spent 15 or 20 minutes meditating over there. We didn’t offer him any help. He was just doing it by himself.”

Djokovic then handed out signed photographs to a group of school children. 
 
Murray Watches Epic
Though the semi-final between Djokovic and del Potro was the longest in tournament history, and subsequently left Andy Murray waiting to take the court for his last four clash with Jerzy Janowicz, Murray couldn’t help but follow the thrilling match himself.

“I saw bits and pieces of it. From what I saw, looked like they were playing some great tennis,” said Murray. “A lot of long rallies and big hitting. Novak looked like he was retrieving extremely well, as always. Juan came up with some huge tennis. In the fourth set, when he looked like he was tiring, he fought extremely hard. I think from what I saw, it looked like a very, very good match.”

No Kit = Murray Wit
When asked by a journalist what Fred Perry would say to him, Murray responded with, “Why are you not wearing my kit?”

Djokovic-del Potro Friendship
Djokovic and del Potro both spoke about their camaraderie off the court and how that comes across during their on-court interactions, from playful reactions to concerns about injuries.

Djokovic said: “I have lots of respect for him. He's a very nice guy off the court also. We’ve [known] each other for many years already. He's the same generation. He's a year younger. It's great. The crowd enjoyed it so much. He had some funny reactions.” 

Del Potro said: “Outside of the court, we are very friendly. We have a fantastic relationship. But when we are playing, we want to win for sure. It’s like a big battle down there. Of course, when he fell a couple of times, I was worried. He is my opponent, but also is my friend. He asked me all the time about my knee. That thing is very fair.”    

Tweet Of The Day
Tomas Berdych, who lost to Djokovic in the quarter-finals, had this to say about the Serbian after his semi-final win…

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