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Make that number seven for Roger Federer. Seven-time Wimbledon champion.
Andy Murray jumped out to an early lead on Federer, winning the first set of the WImbledon Final and having the entire British crowd rooting him on to victory. Unfortunately for Murray, Federer wasn't having it, and rallied to win the next three sets to claim his title for a 7th time.
After the first set, Federer took just under 40 minutes in the second set to take out Murray 7-5 in dominating fashion. All of the momentum Murray had earned in the first set was gone in the second. 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. Murray fell to a crushing 6-3 third-set loss and Federer was one set away from title No. 7.
In the fourth set both players battled back and forth. Federer kept the advantage with crafty play and playing mistake-free tennis. Even with the home crowd chanting his Murray's name, Federer seized control and with a 6-4 set win he now owns the record for most Wimbledon titles in Tennis history.
One thing for certain at Sunday's 2012 Wimbledon Championships is that the crowd will definitely be behind Great Britain's own Andy Murray when he takes on Roger Federer. For Murray, this is his first ever Wimbledon final and he made it this far by defeating No. 5 seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by a score of 6-3, 6-4, 3-6 and 7-5.
Murray is the first British man to reach the finals of Wimbledon since 1938, and if he were to win on Sunday, Murray would be Britain's first men's champion at Wimbledon since Fred Perry won the title in 1936.
As for Roger Federer he is looking for his seventh Wimbledon title which would tie him with Pete Sampras for the most in the Open Era. Federer made it to the finals by knocking of top seed and the defending champion Novak Djokovic in four sets. The semifinal match was all Federer as he had control of the match to win 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
It looked like Serena Williams was going to cruise to a fifth Wimbledon title. After winning the first set 6-1, Williams looked dominant -- and it looked like it would be a quick, two-set match.
Agnieszka Radwanska, however, wasn't going to make it easy for Williams.
Radwanska dug deep and won the second set, 7-5. Radwanska led 6-5 after the 11th game, and broke Williams' tough serve to capture the second set.
At the end of the day, though, it was too much Serena Williams.
Williams quickly went up 5-2 after breaking Radwanska's serve in the seventh game, giving Williams an opportunity to serve for the Wimbledon tile. An opportunity, as it turns out, that Williams would not waste, as she went on to win the third and decisive set, 6-2, capturing her fifth Wimbledon title.
The win is Williams' first Grand Slam win since she won Wimbledon in 2010.
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The women's final at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships will be No. 3 seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 6 seeded Serena Williams. Williams is playing in her sixth Wimbledon finals and is looking for her fifth title, and third in four years if she can pull off the upset Saturday morning.
To reach the finals, Williams defeated No. 2 seeded Victoria Azarenka in straight sets 6-3, 7-6, and did so with her dominating serve to rack up 24 aces. Williams has faced Radwan two times in her career and is 2-0, but Williams is not going to be taking Radwan lightly.
Radwan is having one of her best tournament runs in her career. Prior to Wimbledon, Radwan has never made it to a semifinal of a Grand Slam Event, and now she is the favorite to win this year's Wimbledon. Radwan made it to the finals after defeating Angelique Kerber in straight sets in 6-4, 6-4.
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 advanced to Wimbledon's gentlemen's final on Friday afternoon with a rousing 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, win over Jo-Wilifried Tsonga. Murray battled the Frenchman to become the first British man to advance to the finals for the first time since Bunny Austin in 1938. He will face Roger Federer in the men's final on Sunday with a chance to become the first British Wimbledon winner since Fred Perry in 1936. It's a historic drought that will certainly add to the hype and anticipation on Sunday, with Federer making his record ninth appearance in the final and looking for his seventh championship.
Murray came out hot against Tsonga, quickly breaking him and taking the first two sets in convincing fashion. Tsonga battled the Scot in the third set, getting a break and then pushing it to a fourth set. Tsonga, down a break in the fourth, found the reserve and would not fold as he came back to even it up at 3-3. But Murray would take control to clinch the win with a 7-5 fourth set victory. The match point was initially ruled wide but after a video review overturned the call, the home crowd resumed its roar.
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Roger Federer is just one match away from his seventh Wimbledon championship, defeating defending champion Novak Djokovic in four sets at Centre Court of the All England Club on Friday morning to advance to the finals of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
The latest chapter between Federer and Djokovic could hardly be considered a classic: Federer seemed to coast through most of the match, winning by a final score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. 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, 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 found her old form on Thursday, advancing to the 2012 Wimbledon final with a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win over Victoria Azarenka.
"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 in the other semifinal. 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."
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Andre Agassi is one of the greatest men's tennis players in the history of the game. After winning at Wimbledon 20 years ago, he knows a thing or two about what it takes to win at the All-England Club and as such, despite picking defending champion Novak Djokavic to win at Wimbledon, he does believe American Andy Murray has a chance according to a report by the UK's Daily Mail:
Agassi said: 'I think Murray has it in him to go the distance. You have to play good matches from here on in, but really he has to play a great match at the right time, and that's still ahead of him.'
Still, despite his faith in Murray, he knows that defeating Djokavic will be a tough task
'I always favour Djokovic,' said Agassi. 'I just think it's his time in his career, he's proven that in the last year and a half or so. You've got to give him the advantage.'
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It looks like tennis fans will get a dream match at Wimbledon after all. Both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals on Wednesday, and they will meet in one of the two semifinal matches.
The top-seeded Djokovic won in straight sets over No. 31 Florian Mayer, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. Though the Djoker won't get a crack at nemesis Rafael Nadal, who bested Djokovic at this year's French Open, he will get a chance to defeat tennis legend Roger Federer.
Federer, who is the No. 3 seed, also won in straight sets on Wednesday. Federer might not have even broken a sweat, as he defeated No. 26 Mikhail Youzhny, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
The other men's semifinal will feature the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds. Fourth-seeded Andy Murray defeated David Ferrer in four sets, 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
Murray will be opposed by fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who, like Murray, won in four sets. Tsonga bested No. 27 Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
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It was a busy day of action on Tuesday at the 2012 Championships at Wimbledon. Serena Williams picked up a big win to advance to the ladies' semifinals, while the two remaining American men's players were both sent packing.
Williams bumped off defending ladies' champ Petra Kvitova to advance, thanks to a dominant win in straight sets of 6-3, 7-5. In the semifinals later this week, she will meet up with the winner of the match between No. 2 Victoria Azarenka and Tamira Paszek, with an eye towards making it to the championship match.
In men's action, Mardy Fish was eliminated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-4. Brian Baker will also be heading home after losing out to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3.
Tsonga and Kohlschreiber will be joining Andy Murray, Florian Mayer and David Ferrer in the quarterfinals, as all four men advanced on Tuesday.
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Wimbledon action is underway on Tuesday, with Andy Murray and David Ferrer already advancing past their respective opponents in straight sets. Murray handled Marin Cilic, while Ferrer defeated Juan Martin del Potro.
These victories pit Murray and Ferrer against each other in the quarterfinal round of Wimbledon. Ferrer is the player that most recently defeated American Andy Roddick.
At this point, everyone is waiting on a finals matchup between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Serena Williams will meet Petra Kvitova in a matchup of favorite and defending champion. Her sister Venus was already eliminated in the first round of the tournament, suffering with visible physical ailments.
This is one of those last few Wimbledon's where we get to see the Williams and Federer at the same time, as time is surely winding down on all of them.
Maria Sharapova's career took off after a win at Wimbledon when she was a little girl. After a French Open title a few months ago, she appeared to be back. But her 2012 Wimbledon hopes were derailed in the fourth round on Monday.
The top-seeded Sharapova was defeated by No. 15 seed Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-3.
"It's just unbelievable," Lisicki said, according to the AP. "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."
Also 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, while No. 3 seed Roger Federer had some issues.
Djokovic earned an easy 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Viktor Troicki. Federer dealt with a back injury, 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.
The second week of Wimbledon kicks off on Monday, and for America fans, all eyes are on Serena Williams and Mardy Fish.
Williams is on the court first for the women and will try to advance to the quarterfinals by beating Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.
Fish has his work cut out for him as he takes on fifth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. If Andy Murray loses one of his next two matches, Tsonga could be the highest-seeded player Fish plays until the Wimbledon final.
The Fish match against Tsonga will begin this afternoon as it is the third match on Court No. 2.
The highest-seeded player for the men's on the court early is Roger Federer, who is taking in Xavier Malisse of Belgium.
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Andy Roddick gave it everything he had, but it simply wasn't enough.
Roddick will now head back across the Atlantic Ocean from the All England Club, after going down in his 3rd round match to Spain's David Ferrer, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, 6-3.
The 30th-seeded Roddick looked like he might be able to pull off the upset in the first set, beating Ferrer with all kinds of winners. Unfortunately for Roddick, Ferrer stepped up and showed why he's the No. 7 player in the world, starting with an epic second set in which he won the tiebreak.
In other news around Wimbledon:
American Mardy Fish beat German David Goffin into submission in straight sets. Although Goffin didn't go without a challlenge, forcing two tiebreaks before finally losing (6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6). The No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took care of business against the Slovenian Lukas Lacko to advance (6-3, 6-4, 6-4).
On the women's side, Serena Williams won on Saturday despite being pushed to the brink against No. 25 Jie Zhang. Williams had to gut out a victory but got through alive, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 9-7.
For all the rest of the scores, please check out the SI.com scoreboard.
Wimbledon resumes on Saturday, as two Americans look to continue their run in England. Former tennis superstar Andy Roddick continues his redemption tour, while tenth-seeded Mardy Fish looks to keep chugging along at the All England Club.
Roddick, to his credit, has yet to drop a set through the first two rounds at Wimbledon. Roddick disposed of Jamie Baker in the opening round of play, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 7-5, before defeating Bjorn Phau 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 in the second round. Just by reaching the third round, Wimbledon marks the furthest into a Grand Slam tournament Roddick has gone this year, as he lost in the second round of the Australian Open, before losing in the first round at the French Open.
Roddick faces his toughest test of the tournament so far on Saturday, as he takes on seventh-seeded David Ferrer.
Fish, meanwhile, takes on unseeded David Goffin.
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Novak Djokovic is still in pursuit of the 2012 Wimbledon title after taking a four-set match against Radek Stepanek in the third round on Thursday, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
Djokovic recorded 12 aces to Stepanek's eight in the match and both players were 66 percent on their first serve. Djokovic and Roger Federer are presumably on a collision course to meet in this tournament for another classic between the greats of the game.
Federer is on the court battling with Frenchman Julien Benneteau in a second set to be decided by a tie-break. Benneteau actually won the opening frame, so this match could get more interesting. It could also end up like Djokovic's match when he dropped his first set against Stepanek, but came back to dominate the next three.
American Andy Roddick, perhaps better known lately for his marriage to Brooklyn Decker rather than his tennis skills, advanced in the first round of play at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
Roddick defeated the unseeded Jamie Baker in straight sets, winning 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 7-5. Roddick is the tournament's No. 30 seed -- which is quite the fall from grace. Roddick lost in the second round of the Australian Open earlier this year, and then lost in the first round of the French Open. He'll look to regain respectability in the tennis world by making a run at Wimbledon.
Tennis legend Roger Federer advanced on Wednesday as well, winning in straight sets over Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. Many tennis experts and analysts believe that this is Federer's best chance at winning another Grand Slam title.
A full scoreboard for all of Wednesday's action can be found over at SI.com.
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University of Georgia alum John Isner was upset in the first round of the 2012 Championships at Wimbledon on Monday, but the Grand Slam event continued along without him. On Tuesday, the first round of the most famous tournament in tennis moved into its second day.
Big names advanced on Tuesday, as expected. No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal comfortably defeated Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2, 6-3. Serena Williams achieved a measure of redemption for her first-round elimination at the 2012 French Open by defeating Barbora Zahlahova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Mardy Fish also advanced by defeating Ruben Ramirez 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. Petra Kvitova also advanced, as did Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who dispatched Lleyton Hewitt.
Venus Williams dropped her opening round match with Russian Elena Vesnina on Monday, and was dominated in the process. Vesnina defeated Williams in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. The loss for Williams, which comes off her second round exit of the French Open earlier this month, is starting to spark conversations speculating on her retirement, since she is dealing with a list of health issues.
Williams had to pull out of several tournaments in 2011 due for health reasons, and her performance has steadily declined over the past couple of years.
Still, she said she's not retiring and plans to return back to form. We'll see. For now, her sister Serena will Court 2, the same one where Venus lost.
John Isner, in only Isner fashion, went the full distance in his match with Alejandro Fallas at Wimbledon on Monday afternoon, but fell short to the veteran from Columbia. Falla won the match 6-4, 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5.
For a while Isner was an 84 percent winner on his first serve, while Falla was 79 percent. And Isner had 31 aces to Falla's four. Isner is known for long, drawn out, physical matches. It's what made him famous two years ago. But in this match, he seemed to be the more dominant and more physically imposing one.
So it's a bit confusing how Isner could lose the match just in those last few points, when he clearly played decent tennis. With the loss, Isner is knocked out of the opening round of the tournament.
The 2012 edition of Wimbledon gets under way on June 25 begins at 6:30 a.m. ET and the coverage will once again be anchored by ESPN. There are many ways to watch the action from the All England Club online. In addition to the coverage on ESPN and ESPN2, there will be hours upon hours of coverage on ESPN3.
ESPN3 will have expanded their coverage for the 2012 edition, and the coverage includes broadcasting nine additional courts. Viewers can watch ESPN3 online or through the WatchESPN app via their smart phones or tablets.
Then there is also coverage through Wimbledon.com called Live @ Wimbledon which will provide live video and audio coverage of all the big matches taking place at any one time. Live @ Wimbledon is available to the United Kingdom and the United States.
The third Grand Slam of the tennis season begins at Wimbledon on June 25 - July 8, with the top tennis players in the world vying to become the champion at the All-England Club. With the tournament just a few days away the seedings were announced for the top-15 players on the men's and women's side.
The No. 1 seed for the men's side is Novak Djokovic who is the defending Wimbledon champion. Djokovic will be looking to defend his title and win his second Wimbledon championships.
Maria Sharapova is coming off winning the 2012 French Open which gave her the career Grand Slam, and now she has been named the top women's seed at Wimbledon.
The American contingency is not rated too high, and on the men's side Mardy Fish is the higher of the two seeded players at No. 10, and just behind him is John Isner who is seeded at No. 11. As for the women's side from America, Serena Williams has earned the No. 6 seed.
Men's Top Seeds:
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
3. Roger Federer (SUI)
4. Andy Murray (GBR)
5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
6. Tomas Berdych (CZE)
7. David Ferrer (ESP)
8. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
9. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
10. Mardy Fish (USA)
11. John Isner (USA)
12. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
13. Gilles Simon (FRA)
14. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
15. Juan Monaco (ARG)
Women's Top Seeds:
1. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
2. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
3. Agnieszka Radawanska (POL)
4. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
5. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
6. Serena Williams (USA)
7. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
8. Angelique Kerber (GER)
9. Marion Bartoli (FRA)
10. Sara Errani (ITA)
11. Na Li (CHN)
12. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
13. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
14. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
15. Sabine Lisicki (GER)
You can view the full seedings at the official Wimbledon website.
The former Bulldog has his best chance to make a deep run in a major at the tournament that first made him famous.
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