Wimbledon 2010: Andy Murray to face Nadal in semi-final
Wimbledon Championships Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July Coverage: Live on BBC One and Two, HD, Red Button, BBC Sport website (UK only), Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra; live text commentary online and on mobile phones; watch again on BBC iPlayer
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Highlights - Murray too strong for Tsonga (UK only)
By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the second time with a battling four-set win over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Centre Court.
The British number one came through a tense encounter 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 6-2 in two hours and 48 minutes.
Tsonga was close to a two-set lead in the second set tie-break but a poor misjudgement let Murray back in and the fourth seed never looked back.
The Scot will play world number one Rafael Nadal in Friday's semi-finals.
"It was really tough," Murray told BBC Sport. "The first couple of sets, we both had chances and neither of us could take them so we had the tie-breaks. I was having to do a lot of defending, but I played very well the last couple of sets."
Murray elated to progress to semis
Murray's first Wimbledon semi-final 12 months ago ended in defeat by Andy Roddick, and things will not get any easier this year against Nadal, but he is in good enough form to feel optimistic of becoming the first British man to reach the final since Bunny Austin in 1938.
He entered a sunbathed Centre Court with his hopes of winning the title arguably boosted already by the demise of six-time champion Roger Federer against Tomas Berdych in the preceding match, and Centre Court was still buzzing in the aftermath.
The Briton, 23, had beaten 10th seed Tsonga in two of their three previous meetings and had not dropped a set in the opening four rounds at Wimbledon 2010.
Tsonga, on the other hand, arrived at the All England Club having retired from his French Open quarter-final with a hip injury earlier this month.
The quarter-final looked set to be a battle between the classic counter-puncher in Murray and the all out attack of Tsonga.
I can beat Nadal - Murray
After the opening 26 minutes were dominated by serve, Murray got a look at a second serve at 4-4, 30-30, and sent a dipping return that Tsonga could not control, but the Briton then failed to make a return on the break point and the fleeting chance was gone.
Tsonga earned himself an opportunity with a couple of huge forehands in the following game and when Murray blazed a forehand drive over the baseline, the fourth seed found himself set point down.
It took him two volleys, but the Briton saw off the danger from the net and fired down his fifth ace to make it 5-5.
With neither man able to make the breakthrough in the opening skirmishes it came down to a tie-break and, after the pair shared an early break apiece, Murray went long with a forehand to fall 4-2 down and could not claw the deficit back.
Tsonga converted his third set point, and first on serve, with a delicate drop volley and the Frenchman had taken the first set of the Championships off Murray.
It will be a great match, it's always fun. I think we've played four times in Grand Slams and won two each. I'm looking forward to it
Murray on facing Nadal
The British number one had done little wrong in losing the first set but he needed a lift and got exactly that at the start of the second when a floated forehand return forced Tsonga to volley into the net.
Murray was in charge at 3-0 but it did not last, a couple of backhand errors giving Tsonga the chance to break back and the Frenchman gratefully powered away a smash.
A second tie-break was required and Tsonga took the initiative with a move to the net to break for 5-4 but Murray responded immediately with a backhand pass, and the Frenchman then made a catastrophic error by leaving a gentle, floating return to drop inside the baseline.
With that mistake surely still in his mind, Tsonga blasted a forehand long on set point and Murray was level.
When a tiring Tsonga volleyed wide on the sixth break point of an epic game at 1-1 in the third set, it felt like the momentum had shifted once and for all, and after recovering from 15-40 in the next game Murray broke once again for an impregnable 4-1 lead.
The Scot saved a break point in game eight with a whipped cross-court forehand before wrapping up the set, and a backhand arrowed down the line moments later saw him break at the start of the fourth.
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