Line up for Wimbledon 2012 men’s singles semi-finals

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Wednesday 4th July was a big day at Wimbledon.  It was mens quater finals day taking 8 men down to 4 for the semifinals on Friday.  Briton Andy Murray worked hard and staged an amazing fightback from 1 set and 1 break down against David Ferrer.  Murray remained calm despite this early setback and looking like he may be going out at the quaterfinal stage.  The rain delayed the match part way through the forth set, but this only delayed what was by now the inevitable ending to the match.  By the time of the rain Murray was well ahead leading 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 with the fourth set level on games.  The home crowd, as always cheered Murray all the way and this helped him win the fourth set on a tie break 7-6.  This puts Andy Murray into his fourth consecutive semifinal at Wimbledon and he has also now reached six semi finals in the last seven grand slams.

Roger Federer reached the Semi Finals with ease, cruising past Russian Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to reach a record 32nd Grand Slam SemiFinal.  This win also returned Federer to the Wimbledon Semi Finals, where he has been absent for two years after previously loosing in the quaterfinals.  Federer is now only two wins away from a seventh Wimbledon title, this hasn’t been achieved since William Renshaw back in the 1880’s.  Although he was loosing Youzhny managed to inject some humour into the match by making a joking plea for help to Andre Agassi who was seated with his wife Steffi Graf.

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga reached his second consectutive Wimbledon SemiFinal after beating German Philipp Kohlschreiber in another four set match.  The first set was even matched going with serve, although at one point Kohlschreiber had to work hard to save break points against him in game 8.  Once the German saved that game the rest went with serve, meaning the first set was to be settled on a tie break.  Tsonga won the tie break to take the first set.  Excitment mounted as the German won the second set 6-4 to level the match meaning that it would be at least a four setter.  Set three again went to a tie break as they were all square on games, Tsonga won this with ease.  In the fourth (and final set) Tsonga seemed to go up a gear as he took this last set with ease 6-2.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic took another step towards the title defence by overcoming German Florian Mayer in straight sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.  Mayer had plenty of opportunties to break Djokovic during the match but was unable to convert any of these, had he done so this match could well have gone to the German.  His confidence seems to have waned when he lost the first set, which was reflected in the scoreline of the second set.  Although Mayer then managed to regain his composure in the third, unfortunatly by then it was too late for him to recover.



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