Andy Murray cruised into his third straight Wimbledon semi final with a comprehensive straight sets win over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. The British number one dominated the match on Centre Court, winning his quarter-final 6-3 6-4 6-4.
It was an impressive performance by Murray this evening and it all means he will once again play defending champion Rafael Nadal on Friday, in a repeat of last year’s semi-final at Wimbledon and last month’s semi final in Paris.
Murray exerted pressure from the off, he was reading the Spaniard’s serve well and despite Lopez saving the first break point of the day with a brave second serve, moments later he handed Murray a 4-2 lead.
From then on Murray never looked back, he took the first set and then secured a break of of serve in the 5th game of the second set.
After taking the second set, there was one worrying moment at 1-1 in the third set, when the Scot appeared to jar his hip. Although it looked to have affected his movement between points, it never seemed to hold him back for too long in the match.
Murray got the decisive break in the third set and although Lopez finally earned some break points at 15-40 in game eight, he wasted them and Murray closed out the match. After winning Murray spoke to the BBC,
I thought it was good. Feliciano looked a little tired and struggled a bit with his movement, but I thought I served well throughout the match. I’m playing well – you get pushed more and more as the rounds go on, and I’ll have to up my game.