Surprise, surprise. After a fairly form fitting Wimbledon, we finally got thrown a curveball today in the men’s semifinals. Roger Federer did his job taking out Tommy Haas in straight sets 7-6, 7-5, 6-3. Then in the battle of the Andys – still airing (thanks NBC!!) – it was Andy Roddick stunning Andy Murray 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(5).
While I write it was a surprise, in many ways I’m not terribly stunned because this was Murray’s biggest match of his career, even bigger than his US Open final. And I needed to see how he performs in a pressure situation as a favorite, this was it. And to his credit Murray played well, but Roddick was just better.
Roddick served big, approached smartly, played within himself and even occasionally troubled Murray off the ground. It was a great effort from the American.
I did think Murray was a bit too passive/defensive. And one has to wonder if the pressure and the moment got to him. I think I did. But again, Roddick did the work and got the job done. Good for him.
As for Federer, it was a pretty routine win over Haas who just doesn’t seem to have the belief required to beat Federer. Roger was exceptionally sharp especially on his serve while Tommy’s game seemed to slip the more his emotions took hold.
So that leaves us with Federer vs. Andy, Andy Roddick that is. Federer is obviously the clear favorite having won Wimbledon five times before and enjoying a 18-2 stranglehold over Roddick head-to-head. And with Murray ousted, Federer has to be licking his chops at Slam win No. 15.
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