LITESPORT ANDY MURRAY, the man who insists he never feels the pressure, goes straight to the point when discussing todays semi-final against Andy Roddick. Hes got one of the best serves in the world, admits the Scot, attempting to become the first British man to reach a Wimbledon final since Henry Bunny Austin was defeated in straight sets by Americas Don Budge in 1938. Murray has been given the late slot on Centre Court -- after the Roger Federer- Tommy Haas clash -- when he will hope to ride a fevered wave of support as he attemptstogoonestepfurtherthanTim Henman in four losing semi-finals. But first he must tame THAT serve. Roddick has produced 139 aces this tournament, with his biggest serve to date clocking in at 141mph, 14mph slowerthantheworldrecordheld by -- you guessed it -- the A-Rod himself. It is unlikely to be a match of extended rallies, although 6th seed Roddick realises that he must be on top of all aspects of his game if he is to live with the shot-making variety of the British No1. Andheisreadytogrind out patient rallies with Murray, the world No3. Youre going to have to do some of it, admitted Roddick. Im not going to get into a match where we are both trying to poke the ball around on the court. That probably wouldnt work. But youre going to have to do it at certain times. Murraysaid:Roddicksoneof thebest serversinthegamesoIllobviouslyhave to return very well. HesmadetwoWimbledonfinals,been worldNo1andisaGrandSlamchampion so its going to be tough. But will the pressure get to him? Mur- ray says not: It makes absolutely zero difference at all to the way you perform on court. Why? Because it is hype. It is what everybody else is saying. It is not what Im saying. I understand the position that Im in. I need to play my best to win. Im going to try and do my best to do that. You play your match, do your press, practise the next day. 34 Friday, 3 July 2009 London Lite A-ROD HOLDSHes hit 139 so far but Murray is heading for history Anderson urns Ashes chance after long wait JAMES ANDERSON is relishing his chance to finally make his mark on the Ashes after waiting nearly eight years to be given the opportunity to play a leading role against Australia. The 26-year-old Lancashire seamer first got a taste of the Ashes when he was called into Englands squad during the 2002-3 tour for the one- day series and then stayed with the squad without featuring. He was also called up for the final Test of the 2005 series only for England to prefer Paul Collingwood, and it was not until the dismal 2006-2007 tour that Anderson played three unsuccessful Tests against Australia. But since then he has developed into a key player in Englands Ashes strategy and now cannot wait to take the field during next weeks opening Test in Cardiff. I think we just want to get started really, admitted Anderson, whose five Australian wickets have cost 82.60. The hype has been going on for so long now and we just want to get started. I hope it is my time. Im concentrating on my job which is to swing the ball and take early wickets to make as many inroads as possible in their top six or seven Im not thinking about how many Ashes I have played. Anderson warmed up for next weeks challenge by claiming five for 34 yesterday to help dismiss Warwickshire for a lowly 102 in Englands only practice match before the start of the series. Andrew Flintoff took two for 16 while Monty Panesar bounced back to take three for 10. England finished on 185-2 with Ravi Bopara on 88. Rain prevented England gaining any further practice today. BY DAVID DIBBLE Inbrief Mark ramps up yet another ton SURREYS Mark Ramprakash underlined his status as the County Championships most successful batsman by continuing his assault on former club Middlesex. The 39-year-old hit 136 at Lords, defying the heat to score his 106th first-class hundred. He hit 17 fours in 306 balls as Surrey reached 392 all out in reply to Middlesexs 385, who then made 38 for no loss in their second innings at stumps. Swimsuit row is wearing thin DOUBLE Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington believes a row over performance-enhancing swimsuits could overshadow the upcoming World Championships. Governing body FINA have backtracked on their ruling from last month to ban all-polyurethane suits and will now allow them to be worn in Rome at the end of July. Adlington said: There needs to be more rules in place so everyone has the same advantage. Sisters text is an Open secret DURING the third round of the Open last summer Chris Wood received a text from his sister who was on holiday in Prague. Are you still at that golf thingy? she asked, unaware that her 20- year-old then-amateur brother had not only made the cut, but was mixing it with the likes of Padraig Harrington, Greg Norman and Jim Furyk at the top of the leaderboard. He ended up in a tie for fifth to clinch the silver medal. ONeal adopts cavalier style CLEVELAND CAVALIERS newcomer Shaquille ONeal is relishing the challenge of winning an NBA title with fellow superstar LeBron James. ONeal arrived in Ohio this week after joining from the Phoenix Suns and hopes to form a partnership with captain James similar to the brilliant double acts he enjoyed with Kobe Bryant at the Los Angeles Lakers and Dwyane Wade with Miami Heat. Hockey stars fall well short ENGLANDS hockey players staged a rousing fightback from 3-0 down against Pakistan but lost the second Test 3-2 in Cannock to concede the series with a match still to play. Muhammad Waqas and Muhammad Imran scored before half-time and Abdul Haseem Khan added another 16 minutes after the interval. James Tindall pulled a goal back, then Jones won a penalty corner and Matt Daly drove home. 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