|"You're shittin' me right?!?!|
Well, yes and no.
No, it's not a full-on British invasion in tennis yet but, yes, they have reason to be psyched. Wild card James Ward squandered 8 match points (7 in the second set TB alone) but eventually defeated Adrian Mannarino and his hairy situation 6-2, 6-7(14), 6-4 to reach his first ATP World Tour semifinal at Queen's Club. He joins fellow Brit baller Andy Murray, who faces off against Andy Roddick, in the final four - the first time two Brits have made it to an ATP semifinal since 1999 (Rusedski + Henman - Rotterdam). JW also took out defending champ Sam Querrey.
If I didn't know any better I'd say these Brits have their 'O' faces down pat. Right Muzz? But seriously, they must be pinching themselves seeing two of their boys in a big semifinal on their home turf. It's like a bad dream turned good. Or maybe it was the luck of Prime Minister David Cameron who was in attendance today. Who the hell knows but, in any case, go hit the pub and drink up Britters. It's a good day!
In other Queen's Club news, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga upset top seed Rafael Nadal and will face off against JW. Rafa looked def looked fatigued towards the end but full credit to the Frenchie for some spectacular play including a tremendous dive volley on a Rafa passing shot up the line. I guess this win will make him think this whole coachless thing is working. Don't believe the hype, Jo-Willy. Not just yet.
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