Wimbledon 2012 Live: Online Listing for Men's Semifinal
It's the semifinals matchup everyone has been waiting to see since Rafael Nadal got bounced from Wimbledon last week.
Now, it's finally here: Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer. The world No. 1 vs. one of the world's greatest players ever on grass. The 25-year-old in search of his second straight Wimbledon title vs. the 30-year-old struggling to prove he still has another major win left in him.
This is where the Wimbledon excitement truly begins.
There have been few players in this year's field who have been as dominant as Djokovic throughout the first five rounds of this tournament. He's won four of his first five matches in straight sets, losing his only set to Radek Stepanek in the third round. He's lost only once in his last 33 matches.
But perhaps Djokovic hasn't faced a real challenge yet, and maybe Federer is that challenge. Although he's been good, Federer has been unable to match Djokovic's brilliance at Wimbledon this year.
After winning his first two matches in straight sets, he squeezed by Julien Benneteau in the third round, beat Xavier Malisse in four sets in the fourth and then seemed to be back to form during his quarterfinals win over Mikhail Youzhny, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
The semifinals will be a unique challenge for both elites, each of whom will be facing different pressures.
For Djokovic, there will be the pressure to really fight to earn his place in a second straight Wimbledon final. For Federer, there will be the pressure of proving that he is still capable of standing in the way.
Djokovic has emerged victorious in six of the last seven meetings between these two, but Federer holds the overall edge with a 14-12 record.
Will Friday's match be a continuation of recent history or Federer's chance to prove he's still one of the best ever at the All England Club?
Nobody should be all too surprised to see either of them here. Tsonga has reached his second consecutive Wimbledon semifinals and has been riding a hot streak after making it to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last month. Murray, alternately, has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon for the fourth year in a row.
Perhaps this is the year he finally breaks through to his first final.
Here's a look at all the ways you can watch the showdown so you don't have to miss a second of the action.
Watch (TV): ESPN
Friday, July 6 at 8 a.m. ET
Watch (Online): ESPN3
Andy Murray will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second semifinals matchup following the conclusion of Djokovic vs. Federer.
Prediction: Djokovic, Murray Win
Djokovic has been so completely in the zone throughout the entirety of this tournament that it's hard to believe anyone—even Federer—could disrupt his momentum. He's been playing well at the All England Club lately, and he's been playing well against Federer for the last several years.
The one wild card to consider is the fact that these two have never met on grass before, and we all know how masterful Federer can be on this surface. I still think Djokovic is going to pull it off, but I don't think it will be anywhere near as easy as his previous five matches.
For Djokovic, the outcome of this match could come down to how well he responds to finally encountering a challenge.
In the day's second matchup, Murray finally gets over the hump and gets past the semifinals at Wimbledon for the first time in his career.
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