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When Andy Murray jumped out to an early lead on Federer by winning the first set of the WImbledon Final, the British crowd thought they were on the verge of witnessing their hometown hero on to victory. Then Roger Federer happened, the rain came, and Roger Federer happened some more for Wimbledon title number seven.
After dropping the first set, Federer took just 40 minutes in the second set to beat Murray 7-5. Then the rain came after the first game in the third. Wimbledon officials closed the center-court roof and invoked a 40-minute rain delay. Once play resumed in the third set, Federer calmed down and relaxed to win the third set over Murray for a 6-3 third-set victory and Federer was one set away from another Wimbledon title.
In the fourth set, both Federer and Murray traded game winners as both were on the fringe of victory and defeat. Federer stayed one step ahead of Murray and with crafty play and playing mistake-free tennis was able to gain the advantage. Even with the home crowd vocally supporting Murray's final chances, Federer stood tall and with a 6-4 set win he now owns the record for most Wimbledon titles in Tennis history with seven.
As if the tension wasn’t already at a fevered pitch in the 2012 Wimbledon men’s singles final match between Andy Murray and Roger Federer. Now fans will have to wait even longer to find out the winner given the inclement weather that has affected play at All England.
Murray is trying to make good on being the first Brit in the men’s final since 1938. Federer is, well, just being Federer, arguably the best men’s tennis player of all time. For now, both will have to wait on rains that halted the match.
SB Nation’s Nick Fasuro writes, “Through one game in the third set, rain has temporarily delayed the match, with Federer leading Murray 1-0. The players have currently left the court and returned to the locker room while maintenance crews cover Center Court with a tarp. Officials expect a 15 minute delay and, because of that projected time period, will likely not close the roof as that would take much longer.”
Serena Williams took care of business yesterday. Today Roger Federer and Andy Murray try to do the same. It should be an incredible match in terms of fan participation and interest given that Murray is the first British man in the singles final since 1938. That should make All England come alive, especially in the early going.
Federer is an all-world player who needs no introduction. A win this year at Wimbledon would be his 7th at Wimbledon at his 17th Grand Slam title overall in his career. He's already among the best men who've ever played the game, so at this point, everything is bonus.
Here's how to check out today's final match at Wimbledon for the men's singles final.
Where: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England
When: Sunday, July 8 at 9 a.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
After blazing through the first set against Agnieszka Radwanska in the 2012 Wimbledon Women's Single Final match, Serena Williams allowed her opponent to come back and now the two women, seeded third and sixth respectively, are tied and heading to a decisive third set.
It's been a compelling match since the second set, and Radwanska actually seems in complete control nearing the end of the second set. Williams must shift her focus and get a ground game going to stop the momentum.
Williams took the first set 6-1. Radwanska came back and won the second set 7-5 after being down early to Williams. Radwanska had never advances past the quarterfinals in six previous appearances at Wimbledon. This is, in fact, her first finals appearance in any Grand Slam event.
The 2012 Wimbledon finals on the women's side is set for Saturday morning between No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 6 seeded Serena Williams. These two of have played a pair of matches in their career against each other and Williams has won both times.
Radwanska is making her first ever Gran Slam final appearance, and she advanced this far by upsetting No. 2 seeded Angelique Kerber in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Williams is looking for her third title in four years, and fifth Wimbledon title for her career. She had to get past Victoria Azarenka on Thursday to make it to the finals, and Williams did so in convincing fashion with a Wimbledon record 24 aces en route to winning in straight sets 6-3, 7-6.
The women's final can be seen live Saturday July 7 on ESPN at 9 a.m. ET, the WatchESPN app and Live @ Wimbledon.
Andy Murray will meet Roger Federer in the gentlemen's final of Wimbledon Sunday after an impressive four-set semifinal victory over Jo-Wilifried Tsonga. Murray defeated Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to put the home crowd in full roar as he became the first Brit to advance to the finals since Bunny Austin in 1938. Murray came right out of the gate and went up a break on Tsonga, riding his hot play to a quick two-set advantage. But the Frenchman battled back to take the third set and then, down a break in the fourth, he evened things up at 3-3 and made it quite tense at the All-England Club. But the Scot finished him off, 7-5, winning the match point on a shot that was initially ruled wide but overturned on review -- letting the crowd resume their uproarious cheers.
Already ending one drought, Murray will now have a shot to become the first British winner of Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. But he will have his hands full with perhaps the greatest grass court player in the history of the game. Roger Federer is making his record eighth appearance in the Wimbledon final and has a shot at his seventh title. Murray, on the other hand, is 0-3 in major finals but is 8-7 all time against Federer (all coming on hard courts).
For more throughout Wimbledon, visit SB Nation's tennis hub.
It wasn't one for the ages, but Roger Federer will still take it - the seven-time Wimbledon champion will advance to the 2012 Finals in hopes of his eighth championship at the event after defeating defending champion Novak Djokovic in four sets Friday morning at Centre Court of the All England Club.
There was little doubt of Federer's win after the pair split the opening sets. A seemingly confused Djokovic managed to win the second set, but that would be his only lead on the day. The defending champion faulted several times with balls hit into the net, and grew visibly angry with his play after the second set. Federer seemed to coast through most of the match, winning by a final score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Federer, advancing to the final for the first time since beating Andy Roddick in 2009, now waits for his finals opponent - He will play the winner of Friday's afternoon match between No. 4 Andy Murray and No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Serena Williams had an ace up her nonexistent sleeve on Thursday, advancing to the 2012 Wimbledon final with a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win over Victoria Azarenka.
The No. 6 seed defeated the No. 2 seed thanks to a Wimbledon-record 24 aces.
"Actually during the match I thought I didn't serve well," Serena, ever the perfectionist, told reporters. "I thought, Gosh, I got to get more first serves in. I don't think my first‑serve percentage was up there."
"I thought my serve was off, and apparently clearly it wasn't, so... Maybe I should be off a little more," she laughed.
Williams will face No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the final on Saturday. Radwanska defeated No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 to advance to her first Grand Slam final. From the AP:
"I've been working so hard, and I really, I really wanted it," said Williams, a four-time Wimbledon champion who lost in the first round of the French Open. "I got a little tight in the second set. I couldn't relax. I was like, looking too far in the future and she came back. But I'm glad I was able to get through."
Tennis fans will get one of the best possible matchups at Wimbledon this year after all, despite the fact that second-seeded Rafael Nadal was ousted in the early rounds. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face third-seeded and tennis legend Roger Federer in one of the two semifinals on Friday, as both superstars advanced in straight sets on Wednesday.
Djokovic ousted Florian Mayer with ease, winning 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. Mayer never figured to be much of a challenge for the top-seed and world's No. 1 player, as Mayer was the 31st-seed in the tournament.
Federer had an even easier time on Wednesday, defeating No. 26 Mikhail Youzhny, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
The other semifinal will feature the fourth and fifth seeds, respectively. No. 4 Andy Murray won in four sets over seventh-seeded David Ferrer, 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Murray will face fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated No. 27 Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
For the latest tennis news and notes, head over to SB Nation's tennis hub.
Serena Williams stayed alive on Tuesday as play continued at the 2012 Championships at Wimbledon. Williams had a big, impressive win but now remains the only American left in either the men's or women's singles tournament, as two American men were sent packing today.
Williams knocked off defending Wimbledon women's champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5 to make it to the semifinals. She will wait to find out her opponent in the winner of the match between No. 2 Victoria Azarenka and Tamira Paszek and is now just one win away from reaching the finals.
On the men's side, Andy Murray and David Ferrer were among the five players advancing to the quarterfinals on Tuesday, but American men Mardy Fish and Brian Baker were both eliminated. Fish was bested by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-4, while Baker was upended in straight sets by Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3.
Maria Sharapova's hopes for a second straight Grand Slam were dashed Monday with a fourth-round upset at Wimbledon
The top-seeded Sharapova was defeated by No. 15 seed Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-3.
"It's just unbelievable," Lisicki said. "For the third time I've beaten the French Open champion here. I'm just so happy. I've lost the three previous meetings against her. Now I just played well and beat her for the first time."
Elsewhere in the women's bracket, No. 6 seed Serena Williams earned a 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 win over Yaroslava Shvedova.
On the men's side, top-seeded Novak Djokovic had no problem in his fourth-round match, earning an easy 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Viktor Troicki.
The second-highest-ranked men's player remaining, No. 3 seed Roger Federer, had some issues.
Federer dealt with a back injury, even calling for a medical timeout, but was able to secure his 33rd straight Grand Slam quarterfinals appearance with a 7-6 (7-1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Xavier Malisse.
"I feel way better than a few hours ago," Federer said after the match. "Honestly, I'm not too worried. I've had bad backs over the years. I just have to keep an eye on it now. ... I hope I'll be 100 percent on Wednesday."
For a full scorecard from Monday, check out SI.com's tennis page.
There are three Americans left in the men's and women's singles draw as Wimbledon enters its second week. The first on the court is Serena Williams who just defeated Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan to advance to the quarterfinals.
On the men's side, Mardy Fish faces fifth-seed Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. With Rafael Nadal already out on Fish's side of the bracket, Tsonga is the highest-seeded player Fish will face until a potential matchup with Andy Murray in the semifinals. The match will be the last of the day on Court No. 2.
The other American man still alive is unseeded Brian Baker. The 27-year old will play 27th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the round of 16. Fish and Baker would play each other in the quarterfinals, if both were to win.
For more Wimbledon coverage, be sure to head over to SB Nation's tennis hub.
Andy Roddick tried valiantly, but once again came up with the short end of the stick at Wimbledon.
Roddick's time is over the All England Club in 2012, after being defeated in his 3rd round match to Spain's seventh-ranked David Ferrer, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, 6-3.
The 30th-seeded Roddick appeared unstoppable in the first set, beating Ferrer with a wide array of tremendous shots. Unfortunately for Roddick, Ferrer took control from there, starting with a great second set in which he won the tiebreak.
In other news around Wimbledon:
America's 10th-ranked Mardy Fish ended the tournament for 21-year-old David Goffin in straight sets. Goffin does deserve credit though, forcing two tiebreaks against the favored Fish (6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6). The No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was able to beat Slovenian Lukas Lacko quickly to move into the final week (6-3, 6-4, 6-4).
On the women's side, Serena Williams kept her dreams afloat of another Wimbledon title, despite a grueling three set match against No. 25 Jie Zhang. Williams had to dig deep but got the win, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 9-7.
For all the rest of the scores, please check out the SI.com scoreboard.
A pair of notable Americans are set to take the court on Saturday in the Gentlemen's side of Wimbledon 2012. Tenth-seeded Mardy Fish looks to keep chugging along, while Andy Roddick looks to continue his deepest run at a Grand Slam event in 2012.
Roddick has yet to lose a set at Wimbledon this year, as he disposed of Jamie Baker in straight sets in the opening round, before winning in straight sets over Bjorn Phau in the second round. On Saturday, Roddick faces his toughest test of the tournament, as he takes on seventh-seeded David Ferrer.
Fish, who is the No. 10 seed at Wimbledon, takes on David Goffin.
Two other top 10 seeds will be in action on Saturday, as No. 4 Andy Murray takes on Marcos Baghdatis, while No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes on Lukas Lacko. If Wimbledon has taught us anything this year, it's that upsets can and will happen, so nobody should be looking past their current foe.
For the latest tennis news, be sure to check out SB Nation's tennis hub.
The first round of the 2012 Championships at Wimbledon continued on Tuesday, with not quite as many surprises as on Monday.
No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal advanced by defeating Thomaz Bellucci, 7-6, 6-2, 6-3. He will make it to the second round, as will Serena Williams, who dispatched Barbora Zahlahova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Mardy Fish advanced by defeating Ruben Ramirez in three sets, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. Fish hopes to keep hope alive of a rare American win at Wimbledon, although of course his road will get exponentially tougher in each consecutive round. Also still in the mix is Andy Roddick, who is going up against Jamie Baker in the first round on Tuesday. Also still to play is No. 4 seed Andy Murray, who hopes to join the other three top men's seeds, each of whom has already advanced.
In the most shocking of events during the first round of Wimbledon, No. 11 player John Isner was knocked out in a five-set match against Alejandro Falla earlier Monday, by a score of 6-4, 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5.
Isner came in without ideal training, since he hadn't had a match on grass entering the match, but he still seemed in control of things until the very end, when he unraveled. This is what Isner had to say to the media following the disappointing defeat:
"I just get so clouded and so frustrated," Isner said to the media following the disappointing loss. "It happened last match at the French (Open) and it happened here today. I just can't get out of my own way. I don't do the right things I need to do in the match and get too down on myself. There have certainly been better times than right now."
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Wimbledon 2012 has expansive coverage online through ESPN3 as well as Live @ Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova, earned the top seeds in Wimbledon this year. The highest rated American players are Mardy Fisher at No. 10 and John Isner at No. 11. On the women's side Serena Williams is the highest rated American female player at No. 6.
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