The Semis Are Set Up

Jul 1, 2009

Today’s matches determined the places for the semi-finals; the final four all gunning for the final frontier.

1)      Roger Federer battled against the mighty Croat Karlovic and his even mightier serve. Despite the breath-taking force and speed of Ivo Karlovic’s serves, Federer found a way to break it on a number of occasion. Whilst Karlovic pounded around the court as though his height and build created some sort of impassable air resistnace, Federer was dancing on the air with his characteristic athleticism. Karlovic is certainly a lean mean serving machine, but it was Federer class of play that allowed him to move the Man Mountain. He will play Tommy Haas for the final.

2)      Andy Murray fought off resistance from Juan Carlos Ferrero to take the match in straight sets. At times the Scot’s form dipped below par and he was broken in a number of games, but beyond that Murray did not let Ferrero get his foot in the door. On a blisteringly hot Centre Court, Murray got his way into his first semi-final at Wimbledon. Murray Mania steps up a notch once again. He is up against Andy Roddick for his first campaign for a Wimbledon final.

3)      Andy Roddick went through the wringer against Lleyton Hewitt, but after 5 sets and 3hours 50 minutes managed to beat the Australian Will this affect him against Murray? Who knows physically, but mentally he appeared as confident as ever. But it wasn’t easy beating Hewitt. The Australian tried and tested him at every corner, coming back from seemingly obvious defeat with a determination he has showed consistently. There were rumours that his leg was giving him more trouble than he cared to show, but in the end Roddick just outplayed him and cinched a victory in the deciding set.  Roddick will be up against Murray.

4)      Tommy Haas beat Novak Djokovic in his quarter-finals today to make it to the semis. He ended Djokovic’s campaign after a tense, tight match that for a while could have gone either way. In the end, Haas took it 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-3. Djokovic fought well but just wasn’t able to capitalise on his break points and opportunities. Haas goes on to play Federer for a place in the final.  


The women’s semi-finals are shaping up nicely, with both of the Williams sisters absolutely thrashing their opponents to make it through. World No. 1 Dinara Safina beat Lisicki of Germany in three sets to make her own place in the semi-final, and Elena Dementiva beat Schiavone of Italy in a simple match 6-2 6-2. Putting money on anyone in particular getting through could be dangerous; all four women have been at the top of their game to get through to the semis and both Dementiva and Safina will be keen to topple the American sisters. But it also depends on how determined Serena and Venus are to meet each other in another Wimbledon final…

 Out of a tournament that has seemed a little muddled and confusing a times, the semi-finals have shaped up brilliantly. Now we just have to sit back, watch, and enjoy,

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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