The final Friday at Wimbledon. The Gentlemen’s Semifinals. Yep, this is the stuff.
First up we have the Grass Court King vs. a resurgent veteran who is playing the tennis of his life (see Federer vs. Haas, Rd. of 16, 2009 Roland Garros.) Head to head: 9-2, Roger. I’m not picking a winner due to extreme Fedophiliac tendencies.
Then we have the Andys. One Roddick, one Murray. One American, one Scottish. One can serve. One can serve and return. Both hired and fired Brad Gilbert. Both have girlfriends with Rapunzel hair and Ray Bans. Etc. Etc. Head to head: 6-2, Murray. (That’s the same head to head he has over Fed. . .spooky!) Winner: Andy.
Here’s the schedule:
Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Semifinals Schedule
All times BST
Centre Court, 1:00 pm:
(24) Tommy Haas v (2) Roger Federer
(6) Andy Roddick v (3) Andy Murray
Who are you cheering for?
Re: U.S.A. television coverage. As far as I can tell, ESPN2 will show Haas vs. Fed LIVE in all time zones – the match starts at 8am ET. NBC will go on at noon (“in all time zones.”) I have no idea what will happen if (when?) the Fed vs. Haas match wraps up before NBC’s broadcast window begins. I’m assuming Roddick vs. Haas will be held “hostage” until noon and shown on tape delay if necessary while ESPN2 shows doubles, replays of old matches or a Fowler vs. Gilbert smackdown. (West Coasters – we’re screwed.) I suggest you check out NBC’s live stream at http://wimbledonlive.nbcsports.com if at any point you are writhing in agony in front of the set, wondering where the live tennis went.