The Wimbledon 2016 semi-finals matches are airing tonight, and avid tennis aficionados are going to be looking at the center court to see who might end up winning this year?s tournament. With Rafael Nadal missing due to a wrist injury and Novak Djokovic out of the running, enthusiasts are looking to Andy Murray and Roger Federer to bring the drama.
Both Murray and Federer will be playing on the center court this afternoon, with Murray going up against Tomas Berdych and Federer battling it out with Milos Raonic. Raonic, who lost to Federer in straight sets in 2014, will have another shot at taking down the world No. 3. Raonic is coming from a stunning win over Sam Querrey, who himself bested Djokovic.
It will also be exciting to see the match between world No. 1 Murray and world No. 9 Berdych, as the two have recently resolved a personal disagreement stemming from Berdych?s ?stealing? Dani Vallverdu from Murray?s coaching staff. That disagreement even spilled out of the courts, with Murray?s then fiancee Kim Sears using the F word from the stands during Murray and Berdych?s match in the 2015 Australian Open.
While Berdych has defeated Murray six times before, he has been unable to do so again since that Australian Open match. Their past four encounters have resulted in Murray wins, and with observers of the game remarking that Murray has been playing the best tennis of his career since he recovered from his back surgery, tonight?s Wimbledon match may be an uphill battle for Berdych.
Raonic, meanwhile, usually loses against Federer. However, their last meeting in Brisbane saw Raonic dispatching Federer, and on the heels of the Querrey win, Raonic might just pull an upset.
If it?s a Federer and Murray match in the finals, Murray is expected to have a tough time winning another Grand Slam title as he has been on the losing end in his past five encounters against Federer.
Fans looking to catch some of these potential epic matches can visit the official Wimbledon stream here.
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