- The Washington Times - Friday, July 3, 2009

FRIDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Still seeking his first major league win, the Nationals’ Ross Detwiler faces the Atlanta Braves. MASN, 6:30 p.m.

THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS

AT&T; National

Defending champion Anthony Kim and host Tiger Woods are off to fast starts at Congressional. Reigning amateur champ Danny Lee is also in the hunt.

Wimbledon

Roger Federer enters Friday just two wins away from his record 15th Grand Slam title. Fan fave Andy Murray, veteran Tommy Haas and American hopeful Andy Roddick hope to spoil his bid.

NASCAR Sprint Cup at Daytona

Matt Kenseth won there in February, but he may be distracted while he and his wife, Katie, await the birth of their first child.

Mets at Phillies

This heated rivalry resumes with the Phillies holding a slim lead in the NL East. The Marlins and Braves would love to see these two beat each other up.

TWT FIVE BEST WIMBLEDON MATCHES OF THE PAST 10 YEARS

1. Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, 2008 men’s final — Probably the best match ever played, with the top seeds battling until twilight. Nadal won his first Wimbledon title when he topped Federer 9-7 in the fifth set.

2. Venus Williams vs. Lindsay Davenport, 2005 women’s final — Williams eked out a second-set tiebreaker and hung on to win 9-7 in the third set of one of the longest women’s matches in Wimbledon history.

3. Serena Williams vs. Elena Dementieva, 2009 women’s semifinal — Tremendous shotmaking and intensity throughout. Williams saved a match point to prevail in three sets.

4. Patrick Rafter vs. Andre Agassi, 2000 men’s semifinals — A show of contrasting styles. Rafter’s serve-and-volley game topped Agassi’s sublime baseline play in a five-set thriller.

5. Goran Ivanisevic vs. Patrick Rafter, 2001 men’s final — Ivanisevic, a Wimbledon runner-up three times, pulled out a thriller, winning 9-7 in the fifth set of a match that stretched to Monday because of rain.

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