Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Russell Fuller of BBC 5 Live on Wimbledon 2009

Thank goodness for a few drops of summer rain on the second Monday afternoon, or we would never have seen Wimbledon's stunning new roof .. nor for that matter witnessed the standing ovation which greeted the moment the two halves of the roof collided. It will become an integral part of Wimbledon - and who knows, maybe one day we'll see scheduled night matches under the lights.

It was great to watch the expectation - rather than the hope - that Andy Murray would progress deep into the tournament. Andy Roddick was just too good in the semi-final, and nearly too good for Roger Federer in the final. That was an amazing final set: they were both serving so well that it came as a real surprise when Federer finally broke through.

As for the BBC Radio Five Live commentary team, we always start the day in one of the bunkers in the broadcast centre .. leafing through match notes and eating the odd sausage roll, before rolling into the commentary box. We are provided with more statistics than it's healthy to remember, but have a fantastic courtside view on both centre and number one court, and the company of some terrific expert summarisers, including a couple of former Wimbledon champions. Looking forward to next year's sausage rolls already.

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