Saturday 10 December 2016

Andy Murray survives thriller to reach Wimbledon semi-finals

Eleanor Crooks

Published 06/07/2016 | 18:26

Andy Murray celebrates winning the first set in his match against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Andy Murray celebrates winning the first set in his match against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Andy Murray survived a Centre Court thriller to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon for the seventh time.

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The world number two had cruised into the last eight but was taken the distance by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before coming through 7-6 (12/10) 6-1 3-6 4-6 6-1 after three hours and 53 minutes.

Murray has made a habit of fighting back from two sets down but this time it was Tsonga threatening to do the improbable.

Yet Murray has only ever lost once having won the first two sets and, after telling his box he was not going to lose this one, he delivered superbly to set up a last-four clash with Tomas Berdych.

Murray said: "Obviously it was a tough match. The end of the fourth set was really tough.

"I tried to use all my energy at the beginning of the fifth set to get myself up and get the crowd pumped up.

"Thankfully I got the early break and I hung on to it."

Asked about letting his lead be whittled away, Murray said on BBC One: "Tsonga's a pretty good player, he's not bad, he's one of the best grass-court players in the world. He came up with some great shots.

"He started returning better and mixed it up well. Credit to him for fighting his way back into the match.

"He fought really hard until the end."

Murray was thrilled with the way he handled the decider, and added: "I'm happy I'm through to the semis, it's time to go and rest and get ready for the next one."

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