LITESPORT 38 Thursday, 2 July 2009 London Lite ITS MURRAY,Hes a Brit too good for A-Rod says loser Hewitt by neal collins Andyreadytohittheroofifofficialsdontservenotice ANDY MURRAY has urged the All England Club to give him 30 minutes notice if tomorrows Wimbledon semi- final 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 officials over their late decision to use the 80m 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. Thats all that I would ask for, which I dont 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 wasnt 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. Its more humid. But it doesnt make a difference to how Im going to approach the semi-final against Andy Roddick. You just have to alter your game style slightly because its a slower court. But I dont mind if its indoors or outdoors. by harry lane Taking cover: Murray beats Wawrinka on Monday Inbrief Test cricket at nights alright l FOUR-DAY and day-night Test cricket is being considered by the International Cricket Council. Its chairman, David Morgan, today revealed the governing body were seriously considering the innovations as they look to increase the appeal of crickets longest format. At an ICC meeting at Lords last week it was resolved to begin trials with the aim of playing a day-night Test as early as next year. Hot Henley, no jacket required lGLASGOW Rowing Club made history by becoming the first Scottish club to win two first-day heats at Henley Royal Regatta. Their victories came in the Britannia and the Wyfold coxless fours. On a sweltering opening day another landmark was recorded when organisers allowed men to remove their jackets in the stewards enclosure for the first time since 1976. Welsh prop is forced to quit lWALES international Chris Horsman has announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect. The 32-year-old Worcester prop, who has twice had cancer, is to step down on medical grounds following a neck injury. Worcester rugby director Mike Ruddock said: Unfortunately the injury is of the type and magnitude that will prevent him continuing to play at this level. NBA star lines up move to UK lNBA star Ben Gordon has announced his intention to sign for the Detroit Pistons next week in a move that helps clear the way for him to play for Great Britain this summer. Gordon became a free agent on Tuesday after his deal with the Chicago Bulls expired, but has moved quickly to find new employment with the Bulls bitter rivals, agreeing a deal worth a reported $55m over the next five years. RFU set date for Bath probe lTHE Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing against England flanker Michael Lipman and three ex-Bath team-mates is on 29 July. Lipman, Alex Crockett, Andrew Higgins and former Australia lock Justin Harrison face a number of charges including taking prohibited substances and wilful refusal to take a drugs test. Lipman, Crockett and Higgins all deny any wrongdoing. Harrison has not commented. ANDY MURRAY will become Britains first mens singles finalist since 1938 when he crushes Andy Roddick in tomorrows seething semi-final. Thats thefinalverdictfromAustralianLleyton Hewitt, beaten by A-Rod in a fantastic five-setter on Court One last night. Murray cruised into the semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 victory over fading SpaniardJuanCarlosFerreroyesterday, and then had the luxury of sitting back to watch the Roddick-Hewitt clash, per- haps the best of the tournament so far. Roddick fired 43 aces but still needed threehoursand51minutestoseeoff the limpingHewittandhisbandof chanting Aussie fanatics in searing heat. The two Andrews go head-to-head tomorrow and Hewitt, who twice came back from a set down before bowing out 3-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 4-6, said: I think its going to be a tough one for Roddick to win. When Ive seen Andy at his best, I think he matches up extremely well against Roddick. Its going to be an interesting match. A couple of years ago I saw them play here, and Murray took care of him con- vincingly. And Murray is a lot better player now than he was then. Roddicks going to have to play a hell of a match to beat him. The match Hewitt referred to came in the third round in 2006, with Roddick having lost the previous two finals to Roger Federer. Murray was only 19 at the time and making his second appear- ance at Wimbledon, but won 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 and has a 6-2 record against the US former world No1. Theirmostrecentmeetingcameinthe final in Doha earlier this year and Mur- ray won 6-4, 6-2. But Murray refuses to get carried away. After his comprehen- sive demolition of Ferrero -- which included a streak of 18 out of 19 points in 13 minutes -- Murray refuses to see a final against five-time champion Fed- erer, who faces German veteran Tommy Haas in his semi-final, as his right. The Scot, 22, said: I understand I can lose the next match if I dont play my best. Thats been one of the things Ive learned, and its made a huge difference to me over the last year or so. I realise that if I dont bring my best game then Im going to lose to guys like Roddick. 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