Updated: 05/07/2012 15:08 | By pa.press.net

Murray prevails in Ferrer battle



Andy Murray is once again through to the Wimbledon semi-finals

Andy Murray is once again through to the Wimbledon semi-finals

Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the fourth year in a row with a hugely impressive victory over in-form Spaniard David Ferrer.

The fourth seed looked in big trouble at a set and a break down but he dug deep, saved a set point in an epic second-set tie-break and eventually came through 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 7-6 (7/4).

On Friday he will play Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he bids to become the first British man since Bunny Austin in 1938 to reach the Wimbledon singles final.

The Scot, who was watched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, had two chances to break in the third game but Ferrer held firm, and it was the underdog who drew first blood to move 3-1 ahead when Murray netted a forehand.

With two of the best returners facing one another, it was not surprising the games were close, and Ferrer kept his nose in front until he served for the set at 5-3. Murray stepped up a gear on his return and saved one set point before breaking back courtesy of a great backhand pass.

Into the tie-break they went and, from 2-0 behind, Ferrer won the next four points to take control. Murray retrieved the mini-break but then netted a forehand to go set point down at 6-5, and this time the Spaniard took his opportunity when the home hope again found the net.

Ferrer found himself serving for the second set but for the first time he wobbled, a series of errors allowing Murray to level at 5-5.

A second tie-break followed and again it was Ferrer who took control, winning the first three points and then opening up a 5-2 lead. Murray fought back to draw level though, and then saved the first set point, this time his sometimes suspect forehand holding firm. A big serve gave the fourth seed a set point and he took it when Ferrer finally buckled after another brutal rally.

Another tie-break looked on the cards in the third, but a super forehand return from Murray earned him his first break point of the set in the ninth game and a chance to serve for it at 5-4. He took it, a backhand proving too good even for Ferrer's remarkable defences, and he did not allow his opponent a sniff of a break back as he clinched the set with an ace.

There was a brief rain delay shortly before their third tie-break to decide the fourth set, and this time Murray seized his moment, setting up match point with a forehand down the line and then sealing one of his best grand slam victories with his 18th ace after eight minutes short of four hours.

172Comments
04/07/2012 22:28
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I am English and have lived in the Highlands for many years. Yes the England/Scotland thing has become boring. Sadly it is in danger of becoming more than that when people use forums like this to air views that really have no place in modern Britain. Andy Murray is a Scot, yes, but he also British and we should all be able to take pleasure in his victories. Bigotry in sport, and those that follow it in any form, brings only shame on those who practice it.
04/07/2012 20:16
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Fantastic Andy against a really tough opponent, well done.
04/07/2012 20:19
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Well done Andy.Terrific win against a fantastic competitor.Looking forward to another great match against the enigmatic Tsonga.
04/07/2012 22:26
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Evcellent! Well Done!Well Played. Great Match. Good Luck
04/07/2012 20:15
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Well done Andy...Good luck in the next round...One step at a time..
04/07/2012 22:07
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Real tennis fans dont need to turn tennis matches into yobbish attitudes keep these types of comments to your football matches where those players cheat their way through matches and just enjoy the man for what he is..... a bloody good tennis player a world class tennis player with grandslam potential and if not then what a player he is anyway! and brittish to boot
05/07/2012 03:04
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If Andy Murray was English the posts on here would be very different indeed. Give the guy a break and get behind him.

God you all loved Greg Rusedski hoping his sweat band would fall into your lap at SW19 and he was Canadian ???

 

Henman hasn't came near the number of trophies that Murray has one. All he needs on his mantle is a grand slam win.

 

English, Irish, Scottish and the Welsh people please lets get behind him. After all he is British. Would you rather see a Frenchman win it ??? No I doubt it. Remember the war and all that jazz lol.

04/07/2012 20:13
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Well done Andy, and now you have the greatest chance in your life yet to make the Wimbledon final with no Rafa to contend with in the semi, don't get me wrong Tsonga is a beast but he isn't Rafa, good luck to ya Andy
04/07/2012 21:42
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WELL DONE ANDY GOOD LUCK ON FRIDAYS SEMI FINAL .****
04/07/2012 20:25
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Well done, beat a strong player made it to the semis nice 1
04/07/2012 22:43
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Well done Andy!!! You showed true grit, passion and fight. You are a rock under pressure, even with royals in attendance. Like a true BRITISH champ you battled back hard fast and with attitude to win back the day. No wonder 75% of the S.A.S are/were Scotish with  traits like yours!!!!!!!! Good luck!

 

04/07/2012 23:51
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Hi 'someone' whoever you are: i'm English but with Scottish ancestory on Mothers side but effectively classified as English: I have been watching the matches avidly and have always supported Andy Murray and its a bit annoying that people keep saying stuff like 'spoiled' 'Mummys boy' 'arrogant' he is none of these. How can anyone refer to him as 'arrogant' when they havent actually met him? He is just a determined young man completely dedicated to his sport. I am a good judge of character and can see that he is a kind, thoughtful young man. Im glad hes up on the game and I believe he has got the determination to take the trophy as long as he believes i himself he WILL get there.

If he reads this: WELL DONE ANDY! I HOPE YOU WIN THROUGH THIS TIME: SENDING ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD YOUR WAY!

Your matches so far have been awesome!

04/07/2012 21:21
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well dome Andy.  You were superb today keep up the momentum and you could bre in line for your first slam.  Good Luck
04/07/2012 20:32
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Well played Andy. A tough game against a great competitor. Good luck in the semi.Can you be the first Brit in the mens final since 1938 ??

05/07/2012 05:46
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As a Brit I used to love watching Schumacher in the Grand Prix. I say a great sportsman is a great sportsman and deserves support no matter what nationality. I rank Young Murray in that number and we just have to get behind him, because there is MUCH more to come. Good Luck Andy.
04/07/2012 21:54
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It was a fantastic match!!! I was on the edge of my seat. The whole English/Scottish thing is a bit boring now. Murray is British and if he does win a Grand Slam it can only mean good things for the whole country???????
04/07/2012 21:25
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Amazing match. It was the best one of the tournament so far. As for that  fast ,passing backhand shot, took my breath away. For all the Murray doubters, you don't get to Number 4  and be one of the 3 best returners in the world  by just 'winning points off the opponents mistakes'
04/07/2012 23:41
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some of the comments on here are trully,trully sad and pathetic,nothing but bitters on both sides.good luck to murray i say.i know i will be cheering him on as im not some sad racist anonymous keyboard warrior.(im niether scottish or english btw)

 

P.S. If all you trolls are in here,who's watching out for the three billy goats gruff ????????????????

04/07/2012 22:00
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well done Andy really pleased you won.  look forward to the semi's on friday.  good luck and our very best wishes to you.
04/07/2012 21:05
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Well done Andy just you carry on the way you have been, one game at a time good luck for the semi

Margo

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