The semifinals of the gentlemen's draw at Wimbledon is finally upon us as both matches get underway Friday. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take on Andy Murray in one of the matchups on the day. The other semifinal pits Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer in the first matchup of the day. That match is slated to be the first on Centre Court and it has a start time of 8:00 a.m. EST and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. Currently the odds for the match have Murray as a decent favorite at -240.
Andy Murray is obviously the fan favorite in this matchup as he is playing for all of England at the All English Club. SW19 has been pulling for a British-born male champion for awhile now and if Murray can get past Tsonga, he might be the right man for the job. This is going to be the second of the two big semifinal matchups on Centre Court, meaning the crowd will probably be amped up to see Andy play. He's dodged some bullets in this tournament and needs to continue to press hard when he is serving. He's dropped his first serve a couple of times and at times looks and seems like he isn't interested in playing at all. Maybe he's just faking an injury again, who knows. But in all honesty, if Murray cut the games and just concentrated on being a great player, he'd earn a lot more respect.
Tsonga enters this match as the newest kid on the block when it comes to being a dominant tennis player. The other three semifinalists are all ranked in the Top 4 and are always looked at as the ones to beat in these tournaments. It should come as no surprise because Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have pretty much won every major tournament dating back to Del Potro's US Open title. It's just been a dominant effort. Tsonga has become a wild man with great tennis presence and he is definitely on the rise. However, I think he's going to be a bit out-manned here today.
They've met six times before and Murray owns a 5-1 advantage. That's pretty good. Two of those wins came on grass and one even happened in the 2010 Wimbledon tournament, with Murray winning in four sets. I think history will repeat itself on Friday as Murray reaches his first Wimbledon final.
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