It’s Men’s Singles Semi-Finals day at Wimbledon, with three of the Big Four and Richard Gasquet (sorry, Richard) all doing battle on Centre Court for a place in Saturday’s Final. The seeding committee at The All England Club must be very pleased with themselves this year: three of the four semi-finalists are ranked 1,2 and 3.
It’s Gasquet who’s up first on Centre to take on defending champion and World No.1 Novak Djokovic. The Frenchman has had an impressive run to the Semis, seeing off French Open champ Stan Wawrinka, Aussie “bad-boy” Nick Kyrgios and Sharapova’s beau Grigor Dimitrov en route. He’s no stranger to the late stages of Wimbledon, either, having lost to Roger Federer at this stage back in 2007. His record against Djoker, however, is pitiful: he’s won just a solitary match in 13 attempts against the Serb.
After the amouse bouche comes the main event, for the locals if not the neutral. Eight time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will face both 2013 champion Andy Murray and an extremely partisan crowd in what is his 10th semi-final appearance at SW19. Federer stuffed Murray 6-0, 6-1 in their last meeting at the ATP Tour finals in December, but it was the Scot who won their last meeting on grass: the 2012 Olympic Final, at Wimbledon. 15,000 Brits inside Centre Court, along with many millions outside it, will be hoping for more of the same come Friday afternoon.
BBC One and BBC Two have extensive coverage of the full day’s play in the UK, starting 12:30pm BST on BBC Two and 1:45pm on BBC One. The BBC will be covering multiple matches via the Red Button, and will also have live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live.
In the US, ESPN has full live coverage of both semi-finals from 8am Eastern.
If you can’t get in front of a TV this Thursday, here’s how to watch online and on mobile:
Watch Wimbledon Tennis Live Online
In the UK, you can watch live online coverage of Wimbledon for absolutely nothing via the BBC iPlayer site. They’ll have multiple matches for you to choose from. While you really should have a TV license and be in the UK to watch, there are many, many ways to use BBC’s iPlayer service from outside the British Isles. Google it.
In the US, if you have the log-in info for a cable subscription with access to Watch ESPN, you can watch the game at WatchESPN.com. You’ll need a cable log-in and password, or the log-in and password of someone you know, to access the stream.
Watch Wimbledon Tennis Live on Mobile
Mobile users in the UK can watch all 13 days of Wimbledon live and for free via the BBC iPlayer app, which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play store. No subscription is required, though you should have a Television License to watch.
Mobile and tablet users with access to Watch ESPN can watch the game on the Watch ESPN app. As is the case with desktop, you’ll need the log-in for a cable subscription with access to ESPN. You can download the app for free in the App Store or Google Play store.