Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays down pressure on Andy Murray
Jul 15 2016
The Scot started off as the favourite going into today's match, having decimated each of his opponents en route to the quarter-finals easily.
Murray has made a habit of fighting back from two sets down but this time it was Tsonga who threatened to do the improbable and end the Dunblane star's 2016 dream.
"It wasn't going well for me, so for me it was about staying in the match", Federer said. Raonic also got to the semifinals at this year's Australian Open, falling to Andy Murray. He won the Olympic Games.
Thus, Murray's quest for a second Wimbledon title remains intact.
Tsonga, 31, looked down and out but suddenly called on a new source of energy to secure the third set courtesy of a break in the seventh game.
With the match all square, Tsonga who had the momentum would look to take advantage.
It was not the way Tsonga wanted to advance but he is thrilled to be back in the last eight for the first time in four years. Murray manages to save set point once, but falls to Tsonga in the next game after a 40-30 win for the Frenchman.
Murray claimed the first set via a tie-break, before strolling through the second with two break points in the bag to go 2-0 ahead.
"You saw it a little bit with matches on Monday". Murray got the only break points of the last frame, breaking Tsonga twice in his two break point tries.
Elsewhere, Serena and Venus Williams will be on court again in the doubles semi-finals after coming through a tough three-set match on Thursday. The end of the fourth set was really tough. "Maybe I need to scream and throw my racquet more". This was a really hard, hard match to come through. I think it can give you a bit of confidence.
"So I'm hoping it helps me the next couple of rounds".
There was no deciding set necessary in Milos Raonic vs. Sam Querrey and Tomas Berdych vs. Lucas Pouille.
But just when the match appeared to be spiralling out of control for the agitated Scot, the 2013 champion rediscovered his early authority to dominate the decider and set up a semi-final with Czech 10th seed Tomas Berdych. The Frenchman's errors were rapidly totting up as Murray kept his own head and took the set 6-1.
This is, of course, Murray's first Wimbledon as a father and he has been spending time with baby daughter Sophia on his days off. "How did he get out of that?" gushed American great John McEnroe. Querrey was unable to get through the sixth-seeded Milos Raonic on Wednesday, with Raonic taking the win in four sets, 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.
Meanwhile, Sam Querrey-the surprise of the tournament thus far-also seems the most likely amongst the underdogs in play on Wednesday to actually pull off the upset. But David Goffin did have him down 2-0 before Raonic recovered to win the next three sets.
Among those in action are No. 3 Roger Federer (playing 9th ranked Marin Cilic) in the first match of the morning session. Federer and Cilic combined for a total of 50 aces, Federer with 27and Cilic with 23.
Along with partner Bruno Soares, the number three seeds lost 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 10-8 to Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.