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Wimbledon: 25 June - 8 July 2012

Bite-sized highlights from Day 11

by Courtney Nguyen
Friday 6 July 2012

Best of British: It was a banner day for Britain as Andy Murray ended a 74-year drought for British men in the Wimbledon final and Jonny Marray (no I didn't mispell) and his partner Frederik Nielsen beat the Bryan Brothers to advance to the men's doubles final. That puts two British men into the finals of singles and doubles for the first time since 1936.

A delicate subject: It can't be easy to try and manage the pain of being hit in...let's just say a delicate part of the body by a tennis ball on Centre Court. Millions are watching you, the crowd is trying its best to stifle its giggling amongst the hush, and, oh yeah, it's a Wimbledon semi-final. But Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did his best as he tried to catch his breath after being hit by a full-force forehand off Andy Murray's racket. "I will have a revenge one time," Tsonga laughed afterwards. Watch out, Andy!

Doubles love it: Twice Serena Williams has completed the double at Wimbledon, winning both the singles and doubles titles along side her sister Venus (she's accomplished the feat six times total at the majors). With their win over No.1 seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, she'll have a shot at doing it a third time on Saturday.

Oh Canada: Let's not forget about the Canadian uprising. Sure they have Milos Raonic sparkling as the future of Canadian tennis, but Eugenie Bouchard and Filip Peliwo are into the girls and boys finals as well. The boys' final will feature a rematch of the Australian Open junior final, as Australia's Luke Saville looks to defend his Wimbledon title. Not a bad day for the Commonwealth.

Tickets soar: Even before Andy Murray secured his spot into the men's final, ticket prices for the men's singles final were soaring. Word on the street is that tickets are going for as much as £45,000. Anyone have some spare change?

Sneezing and wheezing: Is there something going around the Wimbledon player area? Novak Djokovic sounded a bit sniffly during his post-match interview (though he refused to talk about it) and Agnieszka Radwanska was forced to cancel her pre-final press conference due to a respiratory illness. But don't fret. Aga says she's fine when she's on court she just seems to have lost her voice. Phew.

Stat of the day:

8

Wimbledon finals for Roger Federer. I know it probably doesn't need to be said, but that's a record.

He said:

It's not the end of the tournament yet. The time for all of that stuff comes when I'm done. You know, I spoke to Ivan after the match. It was, Good job. You did really well. What time do you want to practice tomorrow? That's it. There's no time for anything else.

Andy Murray, who knows there's more work to do if he wants to win his first major title at Wimbledon.

She said:

Agnieszka has had a better year than I have. She's been way more consistent than me. She's done really well, so she's ranked higher than me. She deserves to be. You know, I have to go out there and fight for this. This is by no means going to be easy. Never, ever do I underestimate any opponent. She's out there to try to do her best.

Serena Williams downplaying her role as the overwhelming favourite heading into Saturday's Ladies' final.


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