For the second year in a row Andy Murray has reached the semi finals of Wimbledon after coming back from losing the first set to beat 10th seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 6-7( 5-7) 7-6(7-5) 6-2 6-2 in under 3 hours.
He now faces Rafael Nadal in the semi finals on Friday.
The result could have been so different and really hinged on just one point in the second set tie break. With Tsonga leading 5-4 in the breaker and serving the next two points. Tsonga looked in control of the match until he made the worst decision of the day to leave a Murray return of serve that he thought was going long.
As the ball dropped inside the baseline Tsonga’s game dismantled, that point only leveled things up in the tie break, but the damage was done to Tsonga. Murray would get the mini break his way on the next point before serving for the set.
The next two sets breezed by with Murray breaking twice in each and begin to play the entertaining relaxed tennis that he shows off from time to time. This was in stark contrast to the previous very tight sets.
No breaks in the first set meant that Murray would need to play his first tie break of the 2010 Wimbledon championships. His record in important tie breaks has not been great. He lost two vital tie break last year to Andy Roddick in the semi final and lost a tie break he should have won in the Oz open final this year. And the tie break he played in the first set did not give any signs that this trend would stop as Murray’s serve deserted him.
A break of serve in Tsonga’s opening service game of the second set seemed to signal a change in Murray, but Tsonga soon broke back and the set became as tight as the first and another tight break was needed. As the centre court crowd watched in horror as Murray once again played a poor tie break to find himself a mini break and Tsonga with two serves for a two set to love lead.
If Murray goes on to win Wimbledon, it’s that next point that will stick out to me as the one that made it possible. After the match Murray spoke to the media,
It was really tough, The first couple of sets, we both had chances and neither of us could take them so we had the tie-breaks. I was having to do a lot of defending, but I played very well the last couple of sets.
|Ranking||Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (FRA)||Andy Murray (GBR)|
|1st Serve %||95 of 146 = 65 %||65 of 119 = 55 %|
|Winning % on 1st Serve||63 of 95 = 66 %||54 of 65 = 83 %|
|Winning % on 2nd Serve||26 of 51 = 51 %||34 of 54 = 63 %|
|Winners (Including Service)||57||46|
|Receiving Points Won||31 of 119 = 26 %||57 of 146 = 39 %|
|Break Point Conversions||1 of 6 = 17 %||5 of 16 = 31 %|
|Net Approaches||44 of 80 = 55 %||19 of 22 = 86 %|
|Total Points Won||120||145|
|Fastest Serve Speed||135 MPH||132 MPH|
|Average 1st Serve Speed||120 MPH||121 MPH|
|Average 2nd Serve Speed||102 MPH||93 MPH|