The men’s draw at Wimbledon has opened up massively after the finalist of the last seven years crashed out: Roger Federer.
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Although Roger Federer hasn’t been in the most tremendous form at this year’s Wimbledon, and some of the other top players have been playing outstanding tennis, few expected the six time champion to be defeated by Tomas Berdych yesterday. Even two sets to one down, most people expected the Swiss maestro to win the fourth set to at least push the match to five sets.
After all, Federer has been in the last seven Wimbledon finals. This is his earliest loss in the competition since 2002, and he will now drop to number 3 in the ATP World Rankings – his lowest position since 2003.
However, Berdych played tremendously and fully deserved his victory. There is now a Czech player in the semi-finals of both the ladies’ and men’s draws, though Petra Kvitová has a tough match against defending champion Serena Williams. Still, she can take inspiration from her compatriot’s shock victory yesterday.
Elsewhere yesterday, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray both came from a set down to defeat Robin Soderling and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga respectively, and will now meet in a tantalising semi-final tomorrow. Berdych will play Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic in the other semi-final, after the world number 3 beat Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei in straight sets. Lu beat Andy Roddick in his previous match so could have been quite a banana skin for Djokovic, but the Serb played excellently to close out victory.
With neither Djokovic or Berdych having played in a Wimbledon final before, there will certainly be at least one new finalist at SW19 this year – and if Murray can overcome Nadal, there could be two. Naturally, excitement is building extremely fast as the competition reaches its latter stages, and many newspapers had pictures and headlines referring to Fred Perry this morning. Perry was of course the last British winner of the Wimbledon title back in 1936, but Murray seems wonderfully adept at ignoring the pressure heaped onto him by the UK media.
Last week there was a lot of coverage regarding the prices touts charged for Wimbledon tickets – especially if Murray was playing. A couple were widely reported to have bought tickets to last year’s semi-final between Murray and Roddick for £20,000. Given that currently debenture tickets are available from £1175, there are considerable savings to be made from the street prices.
Article originally published on Tixdaq.com