Andy Murray cruised into the semi finals of Wimbledon 2009 with a comfortable straight sets win 7-5 6-3 6-2 against Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Murray never played at his very best for the whole match, but when it was required he stepped up and showed the Britain that he is the man that can end drought at Wimbledon.
It took Andy Murray a little while to get going in his quarter final match against former world number 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, but when he did he raced away with the tie. The first set went with serve until Murray claimed the crucial break in the 12th game after Ferrero double faulted.
Murray stuttered at the start of the second, dropping serve, but was soon in control again as he broke back to love and followed it up with breaking the Spaniard’s serve again to take the set 6-3.
The Murray machine was in cruise control as he began to step up the pace and the Scot powered by the former French Open winner with another two breaks of serve.
Murray will now face the winner of Hewitt v Roddick which is 1 set a piece at the moment.
For the second time in his career Andy Murray will take to centre court to compete in the men’s quarter final at Wimbledon.
This time unlike 12 months ago Murray will be the odds on favorite to reach the semi-finals as he takes on former world number 1 and grand slam winner Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Last year he took on the best player in world in his first grand slam final and was given a lesson on what being the best was all about. Rafael Nadal would go on to win his first Wimbledon crown in what most people view as the best match ever against Roger Federer.
While most people were rejoicing about that final, Andy Murray was working. Working on moving himself from a top 10 contender and potential grand slam winner to the world number 3, arguably the best player over the last 12 months and realistic grand slam winner.
Although Murray had made large strides in his physical fitness prior to his quarter final with Rafael Nadal, it was clear to him that more was needed. The physical change in Murray over the 12 months since that defeat can be seen by even the most casual of tennis fans, it’s perhaps the element of the game that he received most criticism in his early years and in the last 12 months since his intense physical training he his considered to be one the fittest players on tour.
His opponent this year, like Nadal is a former French Open winner, he won his title in 2003 and held the world number 1 ranking for 8 weeks and reached the US Open final in that same year. Since those results though, Ferrero has never produced the same level of performance. He had not won a title since 2003 until earlier this when he claim the ATP 250 event in Casablanca in April. His ranked was so low this year he needed a wild card for entry into the main draw, though since he was given his wild card he has improved his rank to 70 in the world and would have gained automatic entry with that.
Until a month ago Ferrero had never player Murray, that all changed wen they met in the semi-finals of Queens Club, Murray cruised to victory with a 6-2 6-4 win.
The bookmakers that day didn’t give Ferrero much chance of winning though, best odds on a Murray win were just 2/25, this time though you can get a lot better odds on Murray winning from some bookmakers. There is a wide varied of available odds which is down to partly the caliber of opponents that Ferrero have eliminated and the unknown element of how Murray will recover from his 4 hour epic match he had to endure on Monday. If you are betting on Murray, get in quick while odds ar 3/20 at Betfair.
On the other hand Sporting Bet don’t give Ferrero a hope and Murray is just 1/20 their, but Sporting Bet do have the best odds at 7/1 for a Ferrero win.
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