Murray wins thriller as Fed lies in wait

Second seed Andy Murray survived a ferocious Jo-Wilfried Tsonga comeback to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the seventh time last night, winning the day's second Centre Court blockbuster 7-6 6-1 3-6 4-6 6-1.

Andy Murray showed the grit of a champion as he battled his way into another Wimbledon semi-final.

The good news for the Scot, who will play in his third consecutive slam final after losing to Djokovic in Melbourne and Paris, is that the pressure could scarcely be any greater than that which he has experienced at Wimbledon for the better part of a decade.

Lendl said she apologised for not having seen any of Murray's matches yet, but asked him to pass on a message to the Scot, saying: "She said to wish him the best".

And Murray wasn't alone in winning in dramatic fashion.

"I'd missed a couple of poor shots in that game, especially on the 30-all point". It will be an interesting duel between one of the greatest ever that is trying to win his first Grand Slam since 2012 and a sharp young player looking to win his first career Grand Slam.

Both Murray and Federer aim to preserve the iron grip of the sport's "Big Four" on Wimbledon which has endured since 2003.

Those fears vanished in a high-quality opening set in which Murray was dragged into an epic 22-point tiebreak despite forging ahead with an early break of serve. Murray had 3 aces to 0 for Tsonga. However, as far as Tsonga was concerned, the match had only just begun. "I just going to try to focus on my next match". In Tsonga's next service game the Frenchman double-faulted twice in a row.

It was the first Grand Slam he had missed since 1999 and came in a year where he has yet to win a trophy.

Tsonga looked beaten but Murray let him back into the contest, conceding an early break in the third set. Tsonga saved the point, but it was Murray who broke to go 4-2 up.

"Obviously, being more effective coming forward was a big thing on my side". But mentally, this was a tough match. It would have been easy to have got very down on myself in that fifth set after the way the fourth set ended.

"He also won the tournament a lot more than me". When he went two sets up you thought it was cruise control but to Tsonga's credit he fought hard to put himself in a position. I think it was huge for me to play the seven matches I did in Halle and Stuttgart. "It can help to go through games and stages in matches that are challenging", Murray said. "So I'm hoping it helps me the next couple of rounds".

Tomas Berdych is one win away from reaching his second Wimbledon Final appearance.

After Murray's former coach Dani Vallverdu joined Berdych's entourage before the Australian Open past year, there was so much edginess around their match that Murray's future wife Kim Sears appeared to swear in the Czech player's direction. Another 10 minutes after that, Cilic held a third match point.

Murray hasn't reached the final of The Championships under anybody else's guidance. The Czech approached his countryman after his split with Murray in 2014 only to be told that "he didn't have the time and he didn't want to be involved in tennis".

The sixth-seeded Canadian beat Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 on No. 1 Court.

Murray leads Berdych 8-6 in their career meetings, but the two have never squared off on grass. Raonic was able to break the American three times out of five attempts. Whether it was the dust, the lack of atmosphere or just the long wait while Federer played, he seemed distracted and it took him time to settle.

Federer will face another big-server, Milos Raonic, for a place in Sunday's final.

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