Andy Murray was involved in an absolute dogfight with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon on Wednesday, and he was thrilled to have ultimately come out on top.
Murray was on the verge of a straight sets win after clinching the opening two sets, but Tsonga refused to go quietly and battled back to win the next two sets to put Murray under immense pressure.
With the crowd at the All England Club urging him on, Murray claimed the fifth set to defeat Tsonga 7-6 (10), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1 and advance to the semi-finals.
“It was a great match and the crowd were unbelievable. They got two pretty good matches, I think,” Murray told reporters.
Murray has now defeated Tsonga in 13 of their 15 meetings, but the world number two lauded the Frenchman for putting up a sensational fight after finding himself two sets down.
“Tsonga’s a pretty good player,” Murray told the BBC. “He’s one of the greatest grass-court players in the world. He came up with some great shots. Credit to him for fighting his way back into the match.”
Murray had the chance to end things in the fourth set as he was leading 4-2 at one point, but despite not being able to close out the match then, he ensured that he kept his cool heading into the fifth set.
“Today was a tough match,” Murray said. “It would have been very easy to get down on myself after the way the fourth set ended. You also have to be able to play good tennis in the big moments, and we both did that today.
“The end of the fourth set was really tough. I just tried to use all of my energy at the beginning of the fifth set to get up early and the crowd pumped up.”
The 29-year-old will face Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals, who he has an 8-6 record against, and admitted that he will have to be at his best in order to get past the Czech.
“Berdych will be very tough,” Murray, who has beaten Berdych in their last four encounters, said. “He’s been to the final here. He’s beaten Djokovic and Federer at Wimbledon. I’ll need to play well.”