Murray survives 5-setter to reach Wimbledon semis
LONDON — Andy Murray’s predicted stroll to the Wimbledon final became a hazardous obstacle course yesterday (July 3) as he was forced to claw back a two-set deficit against Fernando Verdasco to join top seed Novak Djokovic in the last four.
In the stands and from afar, some of the biggest names in Britain were cheering on Murray. There was Alex Ferguson, the recently retired manager of Manchester United, sitting among the crowd at the All England Club and smiling broadly.
And there was David Cameron, the country’s prime minister, tweeting his well-wishes before the match and then later a photo of him watching it on television.
Murray didn’t let either of them down, or any of his other millions of fans, but he did make it hard to take at times.
The second-seeded Briton advanced to the Wimbledon semi-finals for the fifth straight year, overcoming a two-set deficit to beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 yesterday (July 3) on Centre Court.
“I think when you play more and more matches and gain more experience you understand how to turn matches around and how to change the momentum of games,” Murray said, relating his comeback win to one of Ferguson’s famous late turnarounds with Man United.
“Maybe when I was younger I could have lost that match. But I think I’ve learnt how to come back from tough situations more as I got older.”
Ferguson is becoming something of a regular at Murray’s big matches. Along with Sean Connery, Ferguson even crashed a post-match news conference last year after Murray won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open.
Ferguson didn’t make it that far this time, but there could be two matches still to go at Wimbledon, where a British man has not won the title since Fred Perry in 1936.
“Just got off the court a few minutes ago, so I haven’t seen anyone yet,” Murray said flatly about Ferguson, perhaps trying to downplay the feeling of having such an accomplished fan in his corner.