Friday, July 3, 2009

An A-Bomb From A-Rod

Andy Roddick advances to third Wimbledon final after four-set semifinal win against Andy Murray. Next up for the American is Roger Federer, who beat Roddick in both of his previous final appearances. (Photo courtesy of BBC News)

There will be an Andy on Centre Court Sunday, but not the Andy that many had hoped would be there.

Andy Roddick, who had lost six of his eight previous meetings with Britain's Andy Murray before their semifinal match today, advanced to his third Wimbledon final, taking out the third-seeded Murray 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. Roddick lost both of his previous finals to Roger Federer, who he faces on Sunday. Federer is now one match away from a record 15th Grand Slam title after knocking out 24th-seeded Tommy Haas in straight sets today. Federer already broke a record by advancing to his 20th career Grand Slam final, and seventh straight at the All-England Club; but the buzz of the day was Roddick beating Murray.

"To be honest, the last couple of years I didn't know if I'd ever get a chance to play for a
nother Grand Slam title. Now I get to. It's just a dream." The dream of Murray becoming the first Brit to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 remains that, at least for another year, as Roddick looks to beat Federer to win his second Grand Slam, and first since the 2003 U.S. Open. "I had to play my best tennis out there to win today," said Roddick, who won the match despite Murray having more aces and winners.

The Williams sisters face off tomorrow for the ladies' title, with Venus looking to win her third consecutive Wimbledon.

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