Updated: 06/07/2012 06:16 | By pa.press.net

Murray vows to lock out title talk



Andy Murray is refusing to get swept up in the wave of expectation surrounding him

Andy Murray is refusing to get swept up in the wave of expectation surrounding him

Andy Murray is again within touching distance of British sporting history at Wimbledon but the one person who will not be dwelling on that in the build-up to Friday's semi-final is the Scot himself.

Murray faced a formidable opponent on Wednesday in relentless Spaniard David Ferrer, and the seventh seed looked to be heading for victory at a set and a break up. But Murray found inspiration when he needed it most to turn the contest around and triumph 6-7 (7/5) 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 7-6 (7/4) in eight minutes short of four hours, setting up a last-four clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Not since Bunny Austin in 1938 has Britain had a men's singles finalist, while it was two years before that when Fred Perry became the last home player to win the title, and Murray said: "There's obviously pressure there. I think if you think too much about it, and you read the newspapers and you watch the stuff on TV that's said about you, I think it would become far too much."

He added: "But if you shield yourself from it all and just get into your own little bubble, only listen to the people that are around you, then it's something you can deal with."

Producing a home Wimbledon finalist has become a British obsession, with Tim Henman getting to the semi-finals four times but never going further.

Murray has now equalled that tally, but hopes are even higher this year because the man on the other side of the net on Friday will not be two-time champion Rafael Nadal, who has beaten the Scot the last two years.

Murray's other major opportunity came three years ago, when he was 22 and the favourite to beat Andy Roddick, only to lose to the American in four sets.

There are parallels, with Tsonga a player Murray has a good record against having beaten him five times out of six, and the Frenchman certainly possesses the weapons to upset the odds.

Murray was reluctant to describe this as his best chance, saying: "I think when I played Roddick in the semis was also a good chance. I had a good record against him before the match. He did play unbelievable in the semis, and especially in the final that year.

"I'm in a good position, that's for sure. Whether it's the best chance or not, I'm not sure. But I've been in this position a few times now and want to push on."

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16Comments
05/07/2012 10:07
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Well done Andy, proud of you. Hope this is your year. Go for it!
05/07/2012 11:46
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Andy, the ball's in your court!
Whatcha going to with it?
Win!
Good luck.
05/07/2012 14:05
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good luck andy i think its your year u hav work hard fr this so keep hold of it and you will win.


05/07/2012 16:25
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I really dispair that a forum that has anything to do with England-Scotland always descends into racial abuse.  Why don't you all grow up! England, Scotland and Wales all equal Great Britain, then plus Ireland, we are all defined as British, from the fact that the largest original tribe was known by the rest of Europe as Britons.  So please all grow up and try to have a rational, not BNP inspired discussion.
05/07/2012 16:59
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Will MSN ever get these damn dating and rip off money scam ads off the site?
05/07/2012 17:08
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Andy Murray has had most of the potential stumbling blocks in his section of the draw and has played some terrific tennis along the way.Federer and Djoko have had a relatively easy passage.
05/07/2012 14:06
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all the english are a joke slag the guy off all year hes a bottler, moaner , scottish , then when wimbledon comes along they all love him and hes "brittish" until he gets beat then goes back to be scottish haha english ****
06/07/2012 02:12
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spot on ethelred,the bitterness in here is getting very tiresome indeed.i mean i look at the postings and wonder if i've stumbled into mordor theres so many trolls.

 

05/07/2012 15:12
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Do one Murray. I couldn't be more proud to be English and I couldn't be more proud to be British. But this d**k thinks he can slag off England and then suddenly back pedal when his publicist reminds him he needs the English support at Wimbledon. I'd have more respect for him if he'd stuck to his guns but he's a bottle job. Sweaty sock mug
05/07/2012 13:02
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He has done well so far but he wont win the final. He will be up against either Federer or Djokovic, so has absolutely zero chance. He will bottle it as usual.

05/07/2012 14:33
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This will be his last wimbledon - the younger ones will give him no chance and he's never been up with the world class players. Its the draw and sheer luck which have got him this far this year
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