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The 2012 men's final at Wimbledon features the No. 4 seeded Andy Murray and No. 3 seeded Roger Federer. Murray will be the crowd favorite since he is from Great Britain and is the first to make it to a final at Wimbledon since 1938. If he is able to defeat Federer he would then be the first Brit to win their championship since Fred Perry did so back in 1936.
Murray made it this far be getting past the No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals, and he started of strong to take the first two sets. Tsonga did make things interesting to win the third, but in the end it was Murray who won in four sets by a score of 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
As for Federer, he is also looking to make history if he can defeat Murray and win his seventh Wimbledon title. If that can be done then Federer would tie Pete Sampras for the most titles at Wimbledon in the Open Era.
For awhile, it looked like Serena Williams was going to cruise to her fifth Wimbledon title. Williams dominated the first set, winning it 6-1 over Agnieszka Radwanska.
Radwanska, though, did everything she could to make it a match, as she went up 6-5 in the second set, and broke Williams' serve in the final game, winning the second set 7-5.
Williams, though, was not going to be denied another chance at Wimbledon glory.
Williams quickly went up 5-2 in the third set, after breaking Radwanska's serve in the seventh game. After breaking Radwanska, Williams was therefore in position to serve for the Grand Slam title -- an opportunity that she would not waste, winning the game, and the match, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.
The win is Williams' first Grand Slam victory since winning at Wimbledon in 2010. We'll see later this year if Williams makes a run at the U.S. Open.
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No. 6 seeded Serena Williams is taking on No. 3 seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the finals of Wimbledon. Williams is making her sixth championship appearance and is looking for her fifth Wimbledon title, and if she can pull off the upset it will be Williams' third title in four years. These two have only two career matches against each other, and Williams has come out on top both times.
Radwanska has never made it past the semifinal round of any Grand Slam event, and now she finds her self just one match away from winning her first ever major championships. To get this far, Radwanska defeated No. 2 seeded Angelique Kerber in straight sets.
Williams made it to the finals by getting past Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6. Williams also set a Wimbledon record with 24 aces.
The women's final can be seen live Saturday July 7 on ESPN at 8 a.m. CT, the WatchESPN app and Live @ Wimbledon.
Britain will finally have a native son in the gentlemen's final at Wimbledon, as Andy Murray defeated Jo-Wilifried Tsonga, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, to advance to Sunday where he'll face six-time champion Roger Federer. The Scot came out of the gates quickly against Tsonga, getting a break and winning then winning the first two sets in convincing fashion.
But the Frenchman battled back to take the third set and rebounded down a break in the fourth set to even things up. It got tense in the fourth but Murray, who had last in the semifinals in each of the past three years, managed to get over the hump, closing out Tsonga on shot that was initially called wide but overturned on review.
This will be Murray's first finals appearance at Wimbledon, and his third appearance in the finals of a major. He has never won a major and will be facing a man who's playing in his record eighth final at the All-England Club. Murray will be the first British man to play in the finals since 1938, and has the potential to be the first British winner since Fred Perry in 1936.
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Roger Federer continued his quest for a seventh Wimbledon championship on Friday morning, defeating defending champion Novak Djokovic in four sets at Centre Court of the All England Club to advance to the finals of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
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 seemed to coast through most of the match, winning by a final score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
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 has been back to her old form, advancing to the 2012 Wimbledon final with a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win over Victoria Azarenka on Thursday.
The No. 6 seed defeated the No. 2 seed thanks to a Wimbledon-record 24 aces.
"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 to advance to her first Grand Slam final. 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."
Tennis fans will get a superstar match after all at this year's Wimbledon tournament -- even despite the fact that the No. 2 player in the world, Rafael Nadal, was knocked out in the early rounds.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will meet in one of the two Gentlemen's semifinal matches, after both players advanced in straight sets on Wednesday.
The top-seeded Djokovic disposed of Florian Mayer, the 31st seed in the tournament, with ease, winning 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. Mayer never stood to stand much of a chance against the Djoker, but advancing to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon is nothing to sneeze at for the 31st seed.
Federer breezed as well, defeating Mikhail Youzhny, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Suffice to say, both Federer and Djokovic will have a much tougher task on Friday, when they face each other in what could be a tennis match for the ages.
The other Gentlemen's semifinal will pit the fourth and fifth seeds. No. 4 Andy Murray defeated No. 7 David Ferrer in four sets, 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Murray will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated 27th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
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It was a mixed bag for American competitors on Tuesday at the 2012 Championships at Wimbledon. While the grass courts will finally say farewell to the last two remaining American men's players, one well-known American women's player will soldier on into the semifinals.
Serena Williams was able to knock off last year's champion, Petra Kvitova. Williams looked dominant and on top of her game while dispatching Kvitova in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5. Just one more match stands between her and the finals.
Meanwhile, on the men's side, five singles players advanced to the quarterfinals, but Americans Brian Baker and Mardy Fish will not be among them. Fish was bested by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-4, while Baker was upended in straight sets by Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3.
No. 4 seed Andy Murray was the biggest men's name to advance on Tuesday, eliminating Marin Cilic in three sets, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3.
Maria Sharapova's hopes for a second straight Grand Slam were dashed Monday with a fourth-round upset.
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."
In other women's bracket news, 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, earning an easy 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Viktor Troicki.
The second-highest-ranked men's player remaining, No. 3 seed Roger Federer, had some issues.
Federer dealt with a back injury, even calling for a medical timeout, 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.
Wimbledon begins its second week on Monday, and the American focus is on Serena Williams and Mardy Fish.
Williams is one of the first women on the court and will need to get past Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan to advance to the quarterfinals.
Fish won't start until later, as he's the third match of the day on Court No. 2. He'll be looking to pull off the upset as he faces fifth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. Besides fourth-seeded Andy Murray, Tsonga is the highest-seed man left on Fish's side of the bracket.
Both No. 1 seeds are on the court today as Maria Sharapova takes on Sabine Lisicki of Germany and Novak Djokovic plays fellow Serbian Viktor Troicki.
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Andy Roddick is gone once again from the All England Club. Wimbledon will bid Roddick adieu after he lost in four sets to David Ferrer, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, 6-3.
The 30th-seeded Roddick looked good in his opening set, firing almost every shot imaginable past Ferrer. However, Ferrer took care of business in an epic second set in which he won the tiebreak, before easily dispatching Roddick in the final two sets.
In other news around Wimbledon:
American native Mardy Fish made quick work of 21-year-old David Goffin in straight sets, despite needing two tiebreaks (6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6). The No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated the Slovenian Lukas Lacko quite comfortably to move on (6-3, 6-4, 6-4).
On the women's side, Serena Williams kept things moving along after a very tough set against No. 25 Jie Zhang. Williams had to gut out a victory but got the job done, 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 one-time American superstar Andy Roddick looks to continue his run in England.
Roddick has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon this year, though he's hardly faced as tough a challenge as he will on Saturday. Roddick disposed of Jamie Baker 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 7-5 in the opening round, before defeating Bjorn Phau 6-3, 7-6 (6-1), 6-3 in the second round. On Saturday, Roddick will face off against seventh-seeded David Ferrer.
A trip of top ten seeds will also be in action on Saturday, as fourth-seeded Andy Murray takes on Marcos Baghdatis, fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes on Lukas Lacko, and tenth-seeded Mardy Fish goes up against David Goffin. If Wimbledon has taught us anything so far this year, it's that upsets can and will happen -- so no player should be looking past their current foe.
On the Women's side, sixth-seeded Serena Williams will take on No. 25 Jie Zheng, while second-seeded Victoria Azarenka takes on Jana Cepelova.
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American Andy Roddick, perhaps better known in recent years for his marriage to supermodel Brooklyn Decker instead of his tennis stardom, avoided another first round exit in a Grand Slam event. Roddick, who lost in the first round at the 2012 French Open, defeated Jamie Burke in straight sets, winning 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 7-5.
Roddick, who is the No. 30 seed in the tournament, certainly has a long way to go before he redeems himself in the eyes of fans and tennis critics alike, but certainly, a straight set win is a step in the right direction. Should Roddick win his second round match, it'll be the furthest he'll have advanced in a Grand Slam event this year, as he was eliminated in the second round at the Australian Open.
Roger Federer, meanwhile, won his second round match on Wednesday in straight sets over Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. Many tennis experts believe that Wimbledon 2012 is Federer's best chance at capturing another Grand Slam title.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic cruised in straight sets as well in his second round match, as he defeated Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
A full scoreboard can be found at SI.com.
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Serena Williams suffered an ignominious defeat in the 2012 French Open when, for the first time in her illustrious career, she was eliminated in the first round of a Grand Slam event. On Tuesday at the 2012 Championships in Wimbledon, she achieved some small bit of redemption on the famous grass courts.
Williams advanced by defeating Barbora Zahlahova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. She will prepare for the second round. She fared better than her sister Venus, who was eliminated in the first day of play on Monday.
Also advancing on Tuesday was men's No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal, who bested Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci in three sets, 7-6, 6-2, 6-3. Mardy Fish picked up a win as well, keeping American tennis hopes alive as he dispatched Ruben Ramirez in straight sets, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6.
Still to finish play on Tuesday are Andy Roddick and Andy Murray.
ESPN3 will give fans the option tto chose from coverage of nine other matches than what is being shown on television. There are multiple ways to watch ESPN3 which are online through WatchESPN.com, through one's smart phone or tablet device.
Wimbledon.com will also be providing even more coverage through Live @ Wimbledon which will provide coverage of the big matches or story lines that are going on at any one moment.. Live @ Wimbledon will be available to all those within the United States as well as the United Kingdom.
Tennis' third Grand Slam at Wimbledon gets underway on June 25 - July 8, with the top tennis players in the world vying for the men's and women's titles. With the tournament just a few days away the top-15 seeds for the men and women were announced.
On the men's side the No. 1 seed is the 2011 Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic. Djokovic will be looking to defend his title and win his second ever Wimbledon championships.
Maria Sharapova was named the top women's seed, and she is worthy of that seed since she is coming off winning the 2012 French Open which gave her the career Grand Slam.
The American contingency is not projected to do all that well, especially on the men's side. Mardy Fish is the highest seeded American man at No. 10, and just behind him is John Isner at No. 11. Serena Williams earned the highest seed for an American and is 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.
Americans have not had much success in majors since Andy Roddick's game began slipping.
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