Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

IN A HURRY TO MAKE HISTORY IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN FOR MIGHTY MURRAY; Andy Stays on Course for the Wimbledon Finale but Asks for a Little Help from All England Club If Semi Is Played under the Roof

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

IN A HURRY TO MAKE HISTORY IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN FOR MIGHTY MURRAY; Andy Stays on Course for the Wimbledon Finale but Asks for a Little Help from All England Club If Semi Is Played under the Roof

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Byline: James Olley Sports Correspondent, at Wimbledon

ANDY MURRAY has urged the All England Club to give him 30 minutes' notice if tomorrow's Wimbledon semifinal against Andy Roddick is to be played under the Centre Court roof.

After a dramatic five-set win over Stanislas Wawrinka on Monday, the 22-year-old criticised tournament offi-cialover their late decision to use the [pounds sterling]80million cover.

Murray has since clarified his concerns over the high humidity in the closed arena but with the threat of rain forecast all afternoon tomorrow, the world No3 said: "The one thing that I think is important, is that if you are going to play under the roof, you need to know half an hour in advance.

"That's all that I would ask for, which I don't think is unreasonable. I was a bit disappointed before. I think it was kind of made out I was complaining about the roof when I wasn't at all.

"I guess it was the first match ever to play under the roof and I was asked how the conditions were. I gave an honest and pretty fair assessment of how it played. It does play slower, which is not a complaint. It's more humid.

"But it doesn't make a difference to how I'm going to approach the match against Andy. You just have to alter your game style slightly because it's a slower court. But I don't mind if it's indoors or outdoors."

The slower conditions are unlikely to suit Roddick's powerful game, the foundation of which remains a fearsome serve that ultimately saw him past Australian Lleyton Hewitt last night.

After three hours and 50 minutes of gripping entertainment, the No6 seed edged a thriller 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals for the fourth time at the All England Club.

Roddick, who also played down any physical concerns after such a long match, said: "I'd kind of rather know what I was in for with the roof than have it be a surprise but that's not really

Andy's roof plea in final bid took care of him convincingly. …

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