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Andy Murray Survives Wimbledon Upset Bid

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

After dropping the first two sets, Murray rallied back to reach the Wimbledon semifinals.

Andy Murray Survives Wimbledon Upset Bid

Andy Murray sure made that much harder than it needed to be. Facing unseeded Fernando Verdasco (the 54th-ranked player in the world) in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Murray quickly fell down two sets to none. He had several unforced errors on shots he would normally hit in his sleep and let Verdasco dictate the play. You could feel the tension as all of England was collectively holding its breath.

Murray faced two break points early on in the fourth set but bounced back to force a deciding fifth set. There, he was able to hold out his serve and minimize mistakes until Verdasco cracked with the set tied 5-5. After breaking, Murray served out the match with four straight points to move on to the Wimbledon semifinals.

Both players put forth fine performances. Verdasco served well throughout the match and hit several sparkling forehands that sent Murray scrambling. But as the match grew on, Murray's endurance and athleticism certainly came into play. Several long rallies ended up in Murray's favor towards the end of the match. Murray played the the more consistent for the entirety of the match. 

I get too emotionally invested watching Murray play during Wimbledon. I'm almost as demonstrative as a spectator as Murray on the court after won and lost points. I want so badly for Murray to succeed here on his home turf. They are desperate for a British winner at the All England Tennis Club, and after coming so close last year it would have been cruel for him to go down here with Federer and Nadal already out of it.

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Murray still faces a tough road ahead. He will have to advance past Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, the 24 seed, in the semifinal. Then he will have either Martin Del Potro of Argentina or world No. 1 Novak Djokovic waiting for him in the championship match. After a stunning win like that, though, the momentum might be enough to carry him to the finals. 

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