WIMBLEDON Date: 22 June - 5 July Coverage: BBC One, BBC Two, BBC HD, Red Button, website streaming (UK only) and text commentary, 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC iPlayer
Murray wraps up impressive quarter-final victory
By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Britain's Andy Murray broke new ground at Wimbledon by beating Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero to reach the semi-finals for the first time.
The Scot, 22, swept past the former French Open champion 7-5 6-3 6-2, and will face Andy Roddick on Friday.
Murray had a much easier time than in Monday's late-night fourth-round win.
After a tough first set he then hit top form to win in one hour 43 minutes and become the first British singles semi-finalist since Tim Henman in 2002.
"I'm very happy to come through in straight sets," he told BBC Sport. "To get to the semis is nice and I will try my best to go further."
Murray, the third seed, is trying to become the first British man to win the title since Fred Perry in 1936, and the first Scot ever to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Murray confident heading into semi-final
He resumed his campaign in very different circumstances to his last appearance on Centre Court, which had seen him leave at close to 2300 BST after a floodlit five-set win over Stanislas Wawrinka under the roof.
After the drama of that encounter, Murray's Wimbledon campaign had caused such interest that many people queued for two days to get into Centre Court, while thousands crammed in front of the big screen to watch the action in the blazing hot mid-afternoon sunshine.
Murray and Ferrero, 29, had met only once before, the Scot winning their recent semi-final at Queen's Club with relative ease.
Ferrero, who is currently ranked number 70 in the world and required a wildcard to enter the tournament, looked especially edgy in his first Grand Slam quarter-final since Wimbledon two years ago.
The Spaniard had to recover from 0-30 in his opening service game and faced a first break point in the second, but Murray could only float a sliced forehand over the baseline.
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It was the Scot who was forcing the issue throughout the set but he could not manufacture another break point until game 11.
Two flashing cross-court forehands took him to 30-40 and although the chance went begging with a missed backhand, a superb return gave the Briton a second chance and this time Ferrero obliged with the first double-fault of the day.
The Centre Court crowd sensed a relatively tension-free afternoon but that did not last long, with Ferrero capitalising on a Murray lapse of concentration to break at the start of the second set.
Ferrero looked in control of matters until Murray found the kind of form that destroyed Ernests Gulbis in round two, the Scot reeling off 20 of 21 points that included two breaks of serve to love and was rounded off by three successive aces.
With the second set quickly wrapped up there was an early chance to move ahead in the third but Ferrero fended off a break point in game three.
The Spaniard was running out of steam, however, and Murray looked stronger and stronger despite the heat, earning another three break points in game five and taking the last of them with a forehand winner.
Murray was racing to the finish line and another break followed as he sealed victory with impressive speed, and he now stands one win from the Wimbledon final.
"There were quite a lot of errors from both of us at the start of the match," said Murray.
"I served very well all match but it was very hot and there were quite a few mistakes early on, but once I got the first set I started to settle down and returned great."
He added: "You and try focus on each match. A semi-final is something I have not experienced here before but I have at the US Open last year where I played a semi-final against the world number one. I feel I can win it if I play well."
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