Andy Murray produced a gutsy display to beat David Ferrer in 4 sets 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)  in a hard-fought win in the Wimbledon quarter-finals to make the last 4 for the fourth consecutive year.

The British number-one lost the tight first set in a tie-break to the Spaniard and then went a break down in the second set. After saving 3 break points in the seventh game of the set, Murray’s serve was broken in the ninth giving Ferrer a chance to serve for a 2-0 lead as the Spaniard’s tough resistance was living up to his nickname ‘The Wall’. However, Murray showed great determination and character when he had to as he crucially broke his opponent staright back and levelled the set again at 5-5.

After both players traded service games the set went to a vital tie-break. Ferrer led 3-0 and 5-2 during the course of the breaker, and had a set point at 6-5. Murray’s resolve was demonstrated once again as he saved the set point on his serve and went on to win the tie-break 8-6 to level the match, after winning a long rally which ended with the Spaniard hitting the ball into the net for, providing a huge psychological boost to the Scot. 

The third set also proved to be a close, tense affair, but Murray edged ahead as Ferrer mistimed a backhand for Murray to go 5-4 up and go on to serve out the set for 2-1.

Midway through the fourth set there was a 20-minute rain delay, but thankfully the match was not to be as heavily interrupted as Murray’s previous match as both players returned to take the set to the third ti-break of the match. After Ferrer went 4-3 ahead, Murray produced a flurry of aces, with his 18th ace of the match providing the final blow to secure victory and a semi-final encounter with Joe-Wilfried Tsonga for Britain’s hope.


Simon Mulligan