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Wimbledon 2009: Nadaless but memorable

July 1, 2009

Although the best player in the world, Rafael Nadal is not participating in the Wimbledon 2009 Grand Slam event, it is still shaping up to be one to remember.  The quarterfinals were very exciting, with Tommy Haas upsetting Novak Djokovic in four sets.  Roger Federer took down Ivo Karlovic in a tough three set match.  Andy Murray won in straight sets to the fans delight.  Murray is from Scotland, and is the heavy fan favorite at Wimbledon.  He is trying to become the first Brit to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry did it in 1936.  73 years is riding on Andy Murray’s shoulders.  He will be up against the american, Andy Roddick.  Roddick ousted Lleyton Hewitt in an epic 5 set battle.  Roddick is looking for his second career major victory.  His sole win came in the 2003 US Open.
Looking ahead:

Roger Federer vs Tommy Haas:  Tommy Haas had a 2 set to 0 lead on Federer in the French Open, only to wind up losing in 5 sets.  Haas has made a great run, but Federer will steamroll this match, and win in straight sets to reach the finals.

Andy Murray vs Andy Roddick: The battle of the Andy’s should be very competitive.  Andy Murray has the homecourt advantage, and he is also a more well rounded tennis player than Roddick.  However, Roddick has the best serve in tennis history, and is in the best shape of his life.  He has the ability to upset Murray and send all the British faithful home for the 73rd straight year without a victory for Britain.

Finals prediction: Roger Federer vs Andy Murray

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