Today sees the semi-finals of the men’s singles at Wimbledon. Or, to be more correct, the gentlemen’s singles. The line up is Roger Federer (seeded 3) v Novak Djokovic (seeded 1) in the first match of the day, then Andy Murray (seeded 4) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (seeded 5) in the second semi-final.
I am a huge fan of Roger Federer. Ever since he won his first major tournament, Wimbledon, in 2003, I have found him to be the most complete player if his generation. Recently he has lost his dominance, initially to Rafa Nadal, and now also to Novak Djokovic, but I still find him to be a more skilful player than these two. He is, of course, the all time record holder of the most number of Major titles won by a man – 16. This includes 6 Wimbledon titles, just one short of the record of 7 held by Pete Sampras.
Of course, here in the Disunited Kingdom, the media are in a frenzy over Andy Muarray’s chances of finally winning a Major title. Certainly his path to the final has been eased by the defeat of Nadal last week in the 3rd round. But Tsonga will not be an easy opponent, his game suits grass very well.
Should Andy Murray get to Sunday’s final, he will be the first British male player to do so since Bunny Austin in 1938! Yes, this is how long Britain has been starved of a World-class male tennis player. And, you have to go back to 1936 for the last time a British man won Wimbledon, Fred Perry won the last of his three titles in that year.
Since the introduction of the roof over Centre Court, completing the semi-finals today is guaranteed. So, by this evening we will know whether Roger Federer is still on course to get his 7th Wimbledon title, and whether Andy Murray can emulate Bunny Austin in reaching a Wimbledon final.
Both Federer and Murray won by 3 sets to 1, so will meet in Sunday’s final.