With the semifinals of the 2012 Wimbledon tournament upon us, it’s time to break down each of the men’s matchups you can’t miss.
Besides a loss by Rafael Nadal earlier in the tournament, this has been predictable and shaken down to the three remaining big-four of men’s tennis.
When: Friday, July 6
Time: Yet to be determined (check back for update)
Live Streaming: ESPN3.com
Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer
While many fans would have loved to see this matchup in the actual finals of Wimbledon, any time that Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer square off it’s an absolute pleasure to watch.
The duo has met 26 times so far in their careers, with Federer leading 14-12 overall. While Federer was the man that dominated early, Djokovic has held serve over Federer for the better part of two years.
The Djoker and Fed-Ex have played each other 10 times in Grand Slam events and remain tied at five apiece. This will begin the clear dominance of Djokovic over Federer for the remainder of their careers.
Predicted Winner: Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Everyone complains about how Andy Murray can never get over the main-event hump, but a loss by Nadal opens the door for a path to the finals. Standing in his way, though, is hard serving Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
If Murray struggles with one thing most, it’s speed. Tsonga has that in spades.
While Tsonga has the power to overwhelm Murray, there is little doubt that the British star has the ability to finally best his personal Wimbledon demons and advance to the finals.
Predicted Winner: Andy Murray
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