Sunday 19 November 2017

Andy Murray holds his nerve to set up mouthwatering finale

Andy Murray of Britain reacts to breaking his opponent's serve in the fourth set
Andy Murray of Britain reacts to breaking his opponent's serve in the fourth set

Andy Murray was thankful he managed to compose himself after raging at Wimbledon officials for closing the Centre Court roof three-quarters of the way through his semi-final win over Jerzy Janowicz tonight.

Murray will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final after he recorded a a 6-7 (2/7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 win over the 6ft 8in Pole, but the manner of his success was far from straightforward.

In the third set Janowicz started complaining about the light, but his complaints stopped as soon as he took the lead.

But when Murray regained the initiative, the Pole remonstrated with the umpire and following the end of the third set, tournament referee Andrew Jarrett told the players the roof would be closed and the lights switched on, much to Murray's annoyance.

Murray was overheard on courtside microphones saying: "How long has be been complaining about the darkness? It's not even dark."

Murray said afterwards, speaking to the BBC: "It's a tough situation, there was probably 45 minutes of light left. I like to think it's an outdoor event and we try to play as much as possible outdoors and obviously at that period I had just won five games in a row, but I managed to regain my focus.

"We had 20 minutes off the court, I took a shower and I spoke to (my coaching team) a little bit and got back to work."

Murray revealed that 24th seed Janowicz was so relaxed during the 16-minute break off court that he took time to make a phone call.

The Scot told the BBC: "He was on his phone, he was calling someone. He seemed very, very relaxed, it was the semis of Wimbledon and...

"But that's the sort of player he is. He plays that way, he is very loose on court."

Murray was elated at reaching his second Wimbledon final.

"I am obviously delighted," he said.

"It was a very tough match today, completely different to any of the other matches I played so far. He is a very talented and unpredictable player. He hit some huge serves out there and gave me very little rhythm. I am glad to get it done."

Murray will face a similarly powerful opponent on Sunday when he takes on the big-hitting Djokovic, who beat Juan Martin del Potro in today's other semi-final - a record-breaking five-set marathon that the Serbian edged.

"It will be a tough match, him and Del Potro played an incredible match today and I saw some of the stuff they played, there were some great rallies," Murray added.

"Novak was moving very well and it will be tough, I have played him once on grass at the Olympics last year [when Murray won] so I will take that thought into my head when I play him on Sunday."

Murray said he felt different emotions to the ones he experienced last year when he won in the semi-final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"It is very different to last year," the world number two said.

"I think this year has been a little bit different for me because there is a lot of expectations, I was almost expected to get to the final this year.

"Last year when I won my semi I was very emotional and today I was just delighted to come through and get another chance at playing in a Wimbledon final."

Reuters

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