Britain's next big hope vs. the last American standing – it's the semifinal showdown fans have been waiting for!
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It’s a mouth-watering match-up tennis fans have been waiting for: the projected semifinal showdown between Andy Murray and Andy Roddick at Wimbledon.

On Friday, both players will play for a spot in the men’s championship Sunday against either Roger Federer or Tommy Haas.

The hope of a nation is riding on the third-seeded Murray, who reached his first Wimbledon semifinal Wednesday by sweeping aside Spanish veteran Juan Carlos Ferrero. He’s making a bid to become the first British player to win the men’s title since Fred Perry did it in 1936.

But Murray, who leads Roddick 6-2 in their head-to-head meetings, has to get past the monster serves of the American, who has made two previous Wimbledon finals (in 2004 and ’05, losing each time to Federer).

Whichever Andy makes the men’s championship, the match promises to be a slug-fest to the finals.

Either way, “I think the crowd’s going to be electric,” says Roddick, adding, “I’m just going to pretend when they say, ‘C’mon, Andy,’ that they mean me.”