Roger Federer was the first winner of the day, beating the giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6. Federer broke Karlovic once in the first set and once in the second set while keeping his serve throughout the match – the winning recipe against Karlovic, who couldn’t dominate the number two player in the world like he has others all tournament. He improved his record against Karlovic to 9-1.
Federer has now won 17 straight matches and reaches his 21st consecutive grand slam semi final, in his quest to reach grand slam no. 15 and become the all time leader, surpassing Pete Sampras.
On Friday he will meet German Tommy Haas who will make his debut at the Wimbledon’s semi final. He beat in the afternoon’s upset match 4th seed Novak Djokovic who proved all the inconsistency claims about him to be correct. Haas beat him in four sets, 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. Haas has beaten Federer twice in his career, but has lost nine times. In their two meetings on grass in Halle Federer was the winner both times.
The British hope Andy Murray took care of business in straight sets against the Spanish Juan Carlos Ferrero, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2. This will be Murray’s first Semi Final appearance in Wimbledon, and he will meet another Andy on Friday, Andy Roddick.
Roddick faced Lleyton Hewitt and the two produced the thriller of the day, with Roddick coming out as the winner just before the sun went down, winning in five sets – 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Roddick landed 44 aces on Hewitt who seemed to lose a bit of concentration in the final games of the fifth sets, resulting in losing his serve and eventually the match.
Murray has a 6-2 record with Roddick, and in their only meeting on grass, three years ago in Wimbledon, Murray was the winner.