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Experience Sees Murray Through

Posted 07-04-2013 at 09:50 AM by Philip Oliver
World number two Andy Murray believes past experiences of coming from behind to win big matches were key in his five-set victory over Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

Murray, now one of the favourites in the Wimbledon odds, appeared to be heading out at two sets down but showed plenty of spirit to defeat the Spaniard 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5. He will feature in the last four at SW19 for the fifth successive year.

The 26-year-old was relieved to progress and avoid suffering a major shock like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal before him.

"There's been a lot of matches where I've been behind and managed to turn it round," Murray told BBC Sport.

"I don't know if it is the most emotional match, but it was an unbelievable atmosphere and great to get through."

Murray had made serene progress through to the last eight but was knocked out of his stride early on by the powerful Verdasco, who ensured the Scot lost his first set at this year's championship.

Murray broke early in the second but handed the initiative back to his opponent in the sixth game. Things went from bad to worse for Murray as he lost five games in a row to give himself a mountain to climb.

The US Open champion dug deep and took advantage of some nerves on Verdasco's part. He took the third set with ease before edging the fourth.

The decider was tense as both players held serve. The defining moment came when Murray broke Verdasco at 5-5. He served the match out in style to move a step closer to another Wimbledon final.

Murray will play 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz in the semi-finals on Friday, with top seed Novak Djokovic taking on Juan Martin Del Potro, a lively outsider in the Wimbledon betting, in the other clash.
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