- The Washington Times - Friday, July 3, 2009

From combined dispatches

WIMBLEDON, England | Now that Serena and Venus Williams have earned their places in the Wimbledon final, they’re rooting for another American to make the men’s championship.

Andy Roddick of the United States plays Andy Murray of Scotland on Friday for a spot in Sunday’s final.

“Nothing against Andy Murray, but I’m just rooting for the American,” Serena said after beating Elena Dementieva 6-7 (4), 7-5, 8-6. “I really, really want him to do well.”

Roddick, who lost in the 2004 and 2005 finals, is trying to become the first American man to win at the All England Club since Pete Sampras in 2000. Murray is looking to become the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.

“I’ve been rooting for Andy so hard. Yesterday when he was playing Lleyton [Hewitt], I was screaming at the TV saying, ‘Come on!’ ” Serena said. “I think I startled people next to me.”

Venus - who advanced to her fourth Wimbledon final against her younger sister by beating top-ranked Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-0 - didn’t even want to attempt to guess who would win the second semifinal on Centre Court.

“I just don’t know. I just don’t know,” the five-time Wimbledon champion said. “You got to ask someone else.”

Two and out

James Blake and Mardy Fish let a two-set lead squirm out of their grasp Thursday, missing out on their first Grand Slam final.

The unseeded American duo lost to defending doubles champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 5-7, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3), 10-8 in the semifinals.

Second-seeded Nestor and Zimonjic will play top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan in Saturday’s final. The American twins beat Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-4.

Bob and Mike Bryan, who have won every major title at least once, will be looking to win their eighth Grand Slam doubles title in the Wimbledon final.

Nestor has won the doubles title at all four Grand Slam tournaments. He captured the 2002 Australian Open, 2007 French Open and 2004 U.S. Open with former partner Mark Knowles. Last year’s Wimbledon title is Zimonjic’s only Grand Slam title.

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