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Murray v Tsonga as it happened


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By Piers Newbery

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It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2212: Murray was cool, calm and collected, you were all magnificent, and I have broken new ground with my tie-break update technique. Just wait until Caroline Cheese sees them. Andy Roddick and Juan Martin del Potro meet overnight in the second semi, and we will be back at 1830 BST on Sunday for the final. Night.

2209: "He's very tough, he dictates everything that happens on the court," Murray says of Tsonga. "I knew I was going to have to play a solid match because he's so up and down. To get past Rafa is incredible. Roger and Rafa have shared the top two for the last few years and I didn't know if I was ever going to be able to do that, but I worked hard to get there and there's just one more place to go."

2205: Well, that was emotional. Murray has done a good job all week of playing down the rankings element but I've never seen him so animated after winning a match. He was too mentally tough for Tsonga tonight, and the good news is that he can play a lot better. Plenty more to come.

MURRAY BEATS TSONGA 6-4 7-6 (10-8)

* Murray 6-4 7-6 (10-8) Tsonga
Tsonga nets a forehand to give Murray a match point... but he saves it in incredible fashion, just getting a lob-volley over the Briton. A big serve then takes Tsonga to 8-7 and a second set point... and he nets another drop volley! It's all getting a bit much for me now. Murray hits an ace out wide and screams "C'maawn!" Match point number two... and a blistering return is too much for Tsonga! Number two in the rankings, in the bag.

Tie-Break latest: * Murray 6-6 Tsonga
Tsonga leads 4-2 when he plays a poor drop shot to bring Murray back on serve. A thumping forehand winner from the Scot levels things up at 4-4, but Tsonga then hammers a winner to move 5-4 clear. A great backhand return from Murray sets up the pass and he's back to 5-5.... tense stuff now. Tsonga plays a magnificent lunging volley to earn set point at 6-5.... but he goes for way too much on a second-serve return and it's level again.

Tie-Break latest: Murray 2-4 Tsonga *
We're on serve after four points before Tsonga leaps on a second serve and gets the mini-break with a crunching forehand, and a backhand drive volley sees him turn around with a handy lead...

* Murray 6-4 6-6 Tsonga
Tsonga is enjoying his best spell of the match on serve and takes the game to love as Murray is unable to make any impression. Now to work out how to do a tie-break in auto-refresh world. I'm thinking updates at every change (six points)...

Murray 6-4 6-5 Tsonga *
Murray looks in charge at 30-0 but misses a bit of a sitter, and then plays a dodgy volley that Tsonga belts back past him on the run. It's 30-30, big point, and Murray plays a nerveless forehand drive volley. Great stuff. Tsonga goes long and - after a quick confirmation from all-seeing tennis robot Hawkeye - it's game Murray.

* Murray 6-4 5-5 Tsonga
That's a great love hold from Tsonga in the circumstances - some great serving, a brave sortie to the net and a swashbuckling forehand suggest he's not done yet and Murray could do with wrapping this one up in two. Obviously.

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Murray 6-4 5-4 Tsonga *
Look out - Murray nets a high backhand volley and the crowd, who are starting to sound a lot more French and a lot less Canadian, yell "OUI!" as one. Three successive loose shots from Tsonga let him down again though - it's been the story of his match so far - and Murray holds. One more game and you're world number two... no pressure.

* Murray 6-4 4-4 Tsonga
Murray plays a magnificent forehand on the stretch out wide that takes him to 0-30. Tsonga serves his way back to 30-30 but a double-fault follows and it's break point for Murray... he gets a second serve but it's a really good one from Tsonga, and Murray cannot make the return. Deuce, and this time Tsonga sends a forehand well long. Break point number two... and Murray goes for the topspin lob when he surely had time and space for the pass. But what do I know? Tsonga then wins the best rally of the match with a lob-volley and takes the game. A narrow escape for the Frenchman.

Murray 6-4 4-3 Tsonga *
An ugly backhand into the tramlines from Murray sees him pegged back to 30-30 but Tsonga is not in the kind of form required to take advantage at the moment. Nearly, but not quite. He makes two fairly tame errors and it's Murray game.

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The sun is out again at Wimbledon
* Murray 6-4 3-3 Tsonga
As the temperature approaches 40C on court, Tsonga opens his service game with a double-fault and plays a howler of a volley at 40-15, but Murray lets him off the hook when he sends a backhand long.

Murray 6-4 3-2 Tsonga *
There are a few signs that Tsonga is working his way towards a purple patch here and Murray does well to keep him at bay again after netting a forehand for 30-30. Don't forget, Big Jo lost the second set against Federer 6-1 and was 5-1 down in the third but, like The Terminator, he kept on coming. Still, Murray moves ahead again when Tsonga belts a forehand return wide.
* denotes NEXT to serve

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* Murray 6-4 2-2 Tsonga
Tsonga looks to be faltering a bit as he wallops a forehand into the net for 0-30 but he recovers well, smacking an ace to earn game point. Murray is not done though and, nimble as a fawn, he races in to collect a drop volley and force the error. Deuce again, and Tsonga edges through.

Murray 6-4 2-1 Tsonga *
That's more like it from Murray, a solid hold to 15. And well done Ben in Aylesbury for combining socialising with text-based sports commentary - the perfect evening.

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* Murray 6-4 1-1 Tsonga
Murray fizzes a backhand return winner that gets a few gasps from the locals. Deuce, and Tsonga is under pressure but comes up with a screamer of a forehand before Murray leaks a forehand into the tramlines.

Murray 6-4 1-0 Tsonga *
Murray's first-serve percentage is down at 39% as the game starts and again Tsonga takes advantage, thanks in part to a fine drop shot. He gets to 15-40 and two break points but cannot convert either, firing a forehand long on the second, and Murray comes through to hold.
* denotes NEXT to serve


* Murray 6-4 Tsonga
OK, we've got a match now. Murray draws an error from Tsonga to earn a set point but the Frenchman takes charge to save it with some heavy hitting. A poor forehand into the net follows though and Murray has set point number two... and he takes it with an off-forehand winner. "C'maaawwn!" He's gone all Lleyton. It wasn't easy at the end but Murray deserved that set.

MattCon108 on Twitter: "Andy Murray just won my grand slam tennis game, this gives me the confidence to bet £50 he'll win in 3."

Murray 5-4 Tsonga *
It's never straightforward, is it? The Murray first serve disappears again and Tsonga gets the forehand going. He earns two break points at 15-40, attacks the net and takes it with a deft backhand drop volley. We're back on serve.

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* Murray 5-3 Tsonga
There are a couple of loud shouts of "Oui!" from the crowd as Tsonga keeps the set alive with a hold to 15. He finishes off the game with a leaping forehand volley that is completely unnecessary and highly enjoyable. Flash so and so.

A bagel
Murray 5-2 Tsonga *
Crikey. A smooth cross-court backhand, a thumping forehand down the line, it's another love-hold for Murray. I'm now slightly distracted by the thought of bagels.

ca7randall on Twitter:" "As entertaining as Total Wipeout is, I am fully prepared for a night of tennis with vodka, apple juice and a bagel. Sorted."

* Murray 4-2 Tsonga
Tsonga gets back on track with a relatively comfortable hold but Murray could not look more relaxed today.

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Murray 4-1 Tsonga *
Yeah, maybe Tsonga doesn't look quite so flat... he sets about the Murray serve with abandon and storms to 0-40. The Murray first-serve percentage has been one of the few disappointments so far this week but he's found the big deliveries at key times, and he does so again. Two first serves help him to 30-40 and Tsonga then frames an inviting second serve. Murray goes on to hold - big game.
* denotes NEXT to serve

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
* Murray 3-1 Tsonga
Tsonga looks a bit flat after his exertions last night - he came back from 5-1 down in the third against Federer, in case you missed it. Murray looks in total control and gets the break when the Frenchman flops a forehand into the net.

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Murray 2-1 Tsonga *
Easy lads! A third successive love-service game sees Murray move ahead again and it's as gentle as you could imagine.

* Murray 1-1 Tsonga
And the Frenchman hits back with a love game of his own. The pair have met twice before, with one win apiece, but not since Tsonga's victory at the Australian Open in 2008.

Murray 1-0 Tsonga *
Murray plays a superb opening game, throwing in an ace and an effortless backhand winner as he holds to love.
* denotes NEXT to serve

2012: OK, we're ready to go and Murray will serve first. While we promise this page will refresh automatically, you may want to do so manually every now and then. I don't trust it.

2008: Some fact from our friends at the ATP World Tour - a victory tonight will see Murray become the first player other than Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer to rank number two since 18 July, 2005. On that date, Lleyton Hewitt was number two behind Federer. Murray is also trying to become the first Briton since 1970 to reach the Canadian final - Rog lost to Rod Laver by the way. Fair enough.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
2005: It looks like another sweltering day in Montreal. Thank goodness I'm in west London, eh? Feel free to keep me company via text on 81111, on 606 or through Twitter if you're into that sort of thing.

2001: Evening all. I know, Total Wipeout is still on, but sometimes we have to make sacrifices when history beckons. A victory this evening for Andy Murray over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take the man from Dunblane to second in the world rankings next week. That's right, second. You can only do one better than that. Fact.

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see also
Murray wins to set up Tsonga semi
14 Aug 09 |  Tennis
In-form Murray races past Ferrero
13 Aug 09 |  Tennis
Murray eases through in Montreal
11 Aug 09 |  Tennis

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