Wimbledon 2013 Murray Blasts Back to Beat Verdasco

Andy Murray Wimbledon 2013Andy Murray performed another Wimbledon great escape, coming from 2 sets down to claim the win and his place in another Wimbledon semi final.

Murray eventually prevailed over the Spaniard Fernado Verdasco 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5 to reach his 5th consecutive semi final at Wimbledon.

Murray started the match in very timid fashion, looking really tense and playing far to far behind the baseline. He looked to be trying to win the match by avoiding the Verdasco forehand and breaking down the backhand. Although this strategy was not completely failing in the first few games, Murray had generated a few break points, the Scot was slipping into very passive negative play and when Verdasco claimed his first break point with Murray serving to stay in the first set at 5-4, it was the Murray who choked and dumped a second serve into the net.

Anyone who watches Murray regularly, knows what usually comes next, starting slow and losing sets can at times be the norm for Murray and we can forgive for being nervous. It all started of well in the second, Murray claimed the early break which most would have predicted and even consolidated it holding serve in the next game.

It all went a little pear shape from then for the next 20 minutes. Murray lost the next 5 games, dropping his serve twice to lose the set, despite have 0-40 on the Verdasco serve when the Spaniard was serving for the set.

Murray though finally got it together in the third set, two breaks of serve sealed a comfortable third set and just one break of serve was required in the fourth set. The fifth set proved a closer and more nervy affair, after 10 service holds, Murray finally broke down Verdasco at 5-5 to get the crucial break of serve and Murray then hel nerve to serve out the match.

Murray will now face 24 seed Jerzy Janowicz who beat his fellow Pole, Kubot in straight sets. This will be Andy Murray’s thirteenth grand slam semi-final and his record currently stands at won 6 lost 6 in semi-final matches. Murray and Janowicz head to head currently stands at one all.