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Roddick gatecrashes Murray’s Wimbledon party
The build-up to Friday’s second Wimbledon semi-final was all about Briton Andy Murray but the man of the hour was the fearless American Andy Roddick.
Sat on a packed and sunny Centre Court, the prospect of Murray’s party being gate-crashed did not take long to dawn on a crowd who did not seem sure who they should be cheering for.
Roddick never stopped playing like a man on a mission, contesting every point while Murray’s more subtle, patient approach was not coming to fruition as many had predicted.
Murray produced glimpses of magic and he stood up bravely to return many of Roddick’s meteoric serves, which hit a staggering speed of 143MPH, but his own first serve let him down too often and the passing shots he regularly makes went amiss.
At 22-years-old, a grand slam semi-final still represents progress for Murray and the defeat will by no means damage his confidence or reputation — British fans will just have to wait a little longer for a homegrown Wimbledon finalist. After all it has been 71 years already.
However, tennis fans will not begrudge Roddick, a former world number one and the 2003 U.S. Open champion, another chance to renew his rivalry with defending champion and overwhelming favourite Roger Federer in Sunday’s final.
If Roddick serves like he did on Friday, he has a chance, don’t you reckon?
ANDY 1: Andy Roddick seems scarcely able to believe his won over Andy Murray in their semi-final at Wimbledon, July 3, 2009. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
ANDY 2: Murray’s expression says it all. REUTERS/Toby Melville