Murray wins epic five-setter

Andy Murray will face Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon semi-final following his win against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Wednesday.

The Scot nearly let a two set lead slip but eventually reigned supreme, winning 7-6(10), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1 in front of a wonderful crowd on Centre Court.

The opening set was a thriller, with Murray drawing first blood. He would then save a plethora of break points, but Tsonga eventually broke back to level matters and force a tiebreaker.

The nail-biter continued, as both players squandered three set points each before Murray finally put his nose in front to take the lead.

The missed opportunities of the opening set seemed to play on the Frenchman’s mind in the second set, as he notched up 12 unforced errors, handing the set to Murray in just 25 minutes.

But a relentless Tsonga regained composure in the third, as he began putting the pressure on Murray’s second serve and reaped the rewards, racing to a 4-1 lead before closing out the set.

Murray went up a break in the fourth set, but Tsonga would rally to win four consecutive games to clinch the set and force a decider.

But that was as far as Tsonga could push it, as he was clearly feeling the effects of his four hour epic against John Isner in the third round. Murray would run away to a 5-0 lead before Tsonga finally held serve, but it was too, little too late as Murray moved in to the semi-finals.

Waiting for Murray is Tomas Berdych, who dispatched Lucas Pouille with consummate ease 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-2 in  touch under two hours on Court 1.

Berdych was simply sublime against Pouille – who was featuring in his first grand slam quarter-final – as the tenth seed outclassed him on all levels.

A tense opening set saw the Czech break first, but the inspired Frenchman rallied to break back immediately to level matters at 2-2.

And so it continued, all the way to the tiebreaker. After earning a 5-1 lead, Berdych would see out the set.

And that was effectively the last chance a wide-eyed Pouille would have, as Berdych would face just one break point for the rest of the match.

Three breaks of serve later, Berdych would seal a routine win.

Murray and Berdych have never before met on grass, but the Scot leads their head to head 8-6 and more importantly has won the last four matches between the two.

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