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Murray holds nerve to tame big-serving Janowicz

Murray holds nerve to tame big-serving Janowicz
Andy Murray of Britain plays a return to Jerzy Janowicz of Poland. Photo: AP
Wimbledon set for final showdown between Murray and Djokovic
Published: 7:05 AM, July 6, 2013
Updated: 7:06 AM, July 6, 2013
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LONDON — Andy Murray held his nerve to tame Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4 6-3 yesterday (June 5) and set up a Wimbledon final showdown against top seed Novak Djokovic.

The leading two players in the world will meet in the final on Sunday after Murray recovered from the disappointment of losing the first set to beat 24th seed Janowicz in two hours and 52 minutes on Centre Court.

“I’m delighted, it was a very tough match and completely different to any other match I’ve had here this year,” Murray told the BBC.

“He’s talented and unpredictable, he has huge serves, which give you very little rhythm to come back at him.”

The first set was dominated by serve but after Murray squandered a break point in the third game followed by two set points on the Janowicz serve at 5-4, it went to a tiebreak.

The Pole then hit top gear and powered through it 7-2.

The pendulum, however, swung immediately back Murray’s way at the start of the second set.

He broke the giant Pole in the first game and clung on to his own serve to level the match.

Janowicz was far from disheartened, however, and continued to send bullet serves across the net, following them up consistently with heavy duty ground strokes that pushed Murray deep in the court.

He broke early in the third set and led 4-1 to regain the initiative in his first grand slam semi-final.

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