It is Men's Semi-Finals day, and it's shaping up to be a good one! That is, if the weather holds out. We've experienced a good ten days of beautiful sunshine (and rather a lot of humidity too) but it looks as though the rain is making a breakthrough. Centre Court has it's roof, of course, but it's not quite the same atmosphere under there as it is when they get to play in the golden light of British summertime.

A ball person does their stuff during the 2010 Wimbledon tennis tournament

Credit: Yersinia / Flickr

A ball person does their stuff during the 2010 Wimbledon tennis tournament

I covered who remains in the draw yesterday, in quite delicious detail, so there's just a couple of notes to catch up with. Serena Williams won her match, although it certainly wasn't easy for her. I was rooting for Pironkova in the other match, but her fabulous Wimbledon campaign was brought to a halt by Vera Zvonareva. The women's final will shape up as Williams vs Zvonareva, and I would still put my money on Williams.

Coming up today, we have the Berdych/Djokovic match up first, followed by Nadal vs Murray. I think that is the one that everyone wants to see because whatever the outcome, it's likely to be some great tennis.

I was talking to a colleague yesterday, who I was surprised to see as she normally takes the second week of Wimbledon off. She said she had struggled to find anyone to get behind this year, and considering it's such a surprising tournament (or Opposite Wimbledon, as Amy would call it), it makes sense. I wonder if this is a transitional year. Some of the dominant players of past years are starting their downward slopes - not necessarily out of it, but not at their peak anymore - and perhaps the youngsters are not quite good enough to have become well-known yet. It's certainly an interesting year.

Anyway, let us know who you're cheering for and where you're watching, and most of all, enjoy the tennis!

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53 responses

  • Amy02/07/2010 at 08:41

    Raf! O! Le! Raf! O! Le!

    In other words, Rafa/Nole final please and thankyou.

  • paul02/07/2010 at 08:42

    Raf! O! Le! Raf! O! Le!

    In other words, Rafa/Nole final please and thankyou.

    We don't like Mandy?

  • Amy02/07/2010 at 08:42

    We don't like Mandy?

    Are you new here?

  • paul02/07/2010 at 08:43

    Are you new here?

    :D oops I must have missed that bit

  • RubberGoat02/07/2010 at 08:43

    Raf! O! Le! Raf! O! Le!

    In other words, Rafa/Nole final please and thankyou.

    We don't like Mandy?

    He doesn't like anybody!

  • Amy02/07/2010 at 08:44

    :D oops I must have missed that bit

    I have quite the list of reasons :D

  • Amy02/07/2010 at 09:22

    I'm not talking to Heikki anymore

    http://twitter.com/H_Kovalainen/status/17556695565

  • paul02/07/2010 at 09:23

    I'm not talking to Heikki anymore

    http://twitter…en/status/17556695565

    Maybe he doesn't know either?

    #just me and heikki

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 10:52

    Stats from the Beeb.

    The bad news for Murray fans is that he trails 7-3 in matches against Nadal, the good news is he's 2-2 in Grand Slams meetings and has won the last two. They last played each other at the Australian Open, when Nadal was forced to retire with a knee injury in the third set, which rather overshadowed one of Murray's best performances.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8781351.stm

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 10:55

    Good lord, a map of the queue: http://www.kevr1990.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Wimbledon-Map.jpg

    via @Wimbledon

  • Pat W02/07/2010 at 11:02

    Good lord, a map of the queue: http://www.kev…/07/Wimbledon-Map.jpg

    via @Wimbledon

    Wow they have everything there - golf course, athletics track, cricket pitch.

    They could hold the ultimate sporting competition, like a decathlon/heptathlon but bigger.

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 11:05

    There's talk David Beckham might be at Wimbly today, cheering on Andy. He wasn't much of a good luck charm for the England team, though, was he?

  • RubberGoat02/07/2010 at 11:39

    There's talk David Beckham might be at Wimbly today, cheering on Andy. He wasn't much of a good luck charm for the England team, though, was he?

    He's a real bad luck charm isn't he?

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 12:00

    Sir Tom has taken over: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8781351.stm

    But I think things are a bit too tense for Pride & Prejudice now. Yesterday was not very flowery at all. Mr C is better off sleeping, I reckon.

  • Fiox02/07/2010 at 12:10

    Just to make sure Andy Murray hasn't been in any cursed Nike adverts recently?

    The world cup one featured:

    Ronaldo/Portugal, out

    Rooney/England, out

    Donovan/USA, out

    Ronaldiniho - didn't get to the world cup

    Roger Federer, out

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 12:15

    Just to make sure Andy Murray hasn't been in any cursed Nike adverts recently?The world cup one featured:Ronaldo/Portugal, outRooney/England, outDonovan/USA, outRonaldiniho - didn't get to the world cupRoger Federer, out

    Andy is in Adidas, so he'll be fine.

    And FWIW, Kobe was in that Nike ad too - and he won the NBA Championship. ;)

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 12:33

    Oh dear, I think that Berdych might have just broken Nole.

  • paul02/07/2010 at 12:33

    Berdych has a break, which the commentator says is unexpected

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 12:37

    Oh dear, I think that Berdych might have just broken Nole.

    And he holds on his serve. 5-2 he leads.

    Nadal and Murray would smile - if they weren't so focused on each other.

  • paul02/07/2010 at 12:43

    Berdych wins set one. If I go to bed now, it means djokovic will win.

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 13:36

    Tie break in the second set.

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 13:53

    Berdych gets it.

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 13:53

    #blamepaul

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 14:11

    Laura Robson lost her juniors match just now. Tut tut.

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 14:29

    Berdych in straight sets.

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 14:30

    David Beckham is there! I need a picture.

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 14:32

    I didn't know they did wheelchair tennis. That's way cool.

  • Christine02/07/2010 at 14:47

    http://twitpic.com/21s3ru

    Wooo!

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 17:00

    Andy Murray vs. Rafael Nadal, and no one's in the comments??

  • Steven Roy02/07/2010 at 17:10

    Andy Murray vs. Rafael Nadal, and no one's in the comments??

    I think the tennis fans are either at Goodwood or asleep.

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 17:12

    Andy Murray vs. Rafael Nadal, and no one's in the comments??

    I think the tennis fans are either at Goodwood or asleep.

    Lou wouldn't mind missing this too much. Nadal's up 2 sets to love, and he's broken back on Murray...

  • Steven Roy02/07/2010 at 17:12

    I think Murray will regret the dropshot that cost him that break. He should have won this game

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 17:13

    I think Murray will regret the dropshot that cost him that break. He should have won this game

    Not as much as his poor form in the first set, I'd say. Well, it wasn't poor, but certainly not good enough.

  • Steven Roy02/07/2010 at 17:14

    Not as much as his poor form in the first set, I'd say. Well, it wasn't poor, but certainly not good enough.

    I didn't see that. The first thing I saw was the tie break at the end of the second. Haven't really been paying much attention to it

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 17:15

    I didn't see that. The first thing I saw was the tie break at the end of the second. Haven't really been paying much attention to it

    Just saw some parts of it. I was watching Brazil-Netherlands.

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 17:19

    Match point now.

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 17:19

    Match point now.

    Duly converted. Murray falls short... again.

  • Steven Roy02/07/2010 at 17:19

    Nadal in straight sets

    I blame Beckham

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 17:20

    Nadal in straight sets

    I blame Beckham

    He wasn't around last year, was he? :D

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 17:21

    He wasn't around last year, was he? :D

    Well, once again, looks like they will have to look to Button or Hamilton for British sporting success. ;)

  • Steven Roy02/07/2010 at 17:22

    He wasn't around last year, was he? :D

    Everywhere the man goes he sees defeat

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 17:22

    Can Nadal do what Fed and Nole failed to do - beat Berdych?

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 17:22

    Everywhere the man goes he sees defeat

    No kidding. ;) Everywhere bar Man U, though. :)

  • Steven Roy02/07/2010 at 17:24

    No kidding. ;) Everywhere bar Man U, though. :)

    He was OK when he was playing it is just on the sidelines that he is causing havoc

  • Journeyer02/07/2010 at 17:26

    Nadal's English has improved greatly over the last year or so. Almost as good now as Alonso, I'd say.

  • Lady Snowcat02/07/2010 at 17:40

    I blame Beckham

    Noooo....

    He brightens any day...

  • Steven Roy02/07/2010 at 17:41

    He brightens any day...

    I bet he hasn't brightened Andy Murray's day

  • Lady Snowcat02/07/2010 at 17:44

    I bet he hasn't brightened Andy Murray's day

    Maybe not ....

    OK... he certainly brightened mine and probably that of 95% of all ladies watching today...

  • Lady Snowcat02/07/2010 at 17:46

    Almost as good now as Alonso, I'd say.

    So he probably isn't certain of the meaning of the word manipulated then?...

  • lou & Lukeh02/07/2010 at 18:03

    nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

  • Fiox02/07/2010 at 22:13

    I suppose Britain is back to looking at sports they can win again then? Roll on the F1

  • RG02/07/2010 at 22:14

    I suppose Britain is back to looking at sports they can win again then? Roll on the F1

    Oh yes, F1, I was starting to think down the polo route.

  • Amy03/07/2010 at 01:25

    so I slept for 14 hours, including through both semis, and I woke up at 5am and for some reason was sure that Nole and Murray made it through. And when I properly woke up just now I realised that at 5am I hadn't turned my computer or my laptop on, so how on earth was I sure that I knew the results?

    Yeah, I was wrong.

    I am happy :D

    Berdych for Wimbly 2010 please.