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Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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Andy Murray at Wimbledon

Highlights - Murray too strong for Tsonga (UK only)

By Tim Henman
Former British number one

Andy Murray battling into the semi-finals, Roger Federer suffering a shock defeat, Rafael Nadal advancing with a fine win and Novak Djokovic hitting top form at the perfect time - another classic day in an unforgettable Wimbledon fortnight.

I was particularly pleased to see Murray get past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the most exciting thing of all is that he still appears to have plenty left in the tank.

There was a lot of talk about Murray winning his first four matches in straight sets and it was always going to be interesting to see how he reacted to dropping one.

Against Tsonga, his answer was unequivocal.

This was a real test and, with so little to choose between the pair in the first two sets, you couldn't help but be impressed by the way he came through it.

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He dug extremely deep to come from behind and level the match at 1-1, but from then on he took the wind out of Tsonga's sails, went through the gears and denied his opponent a sniff in the third and fourth sets.

The turning point was at 5-5 in the second set tie-break, when Tsonga was preparing to drive-volley a Murray return but opted to leave the ball at the last minute, only to watch it drop inside the baseline.

That was a seriously costly mistake and full credit to Murray for the way he punished Tsonga thereafter.

His overall standard of play was very high, he performed with intensity and won a lot of the important points, stayed very positive on Tsonga's serve and created plenty of chances.

I wouldn't say this is the best I've seen him play - that was probably at this year's Australian Open - but he's not far off and will have to step it up another level against Nadal in the last four on Friday.

Murray elated to progress to semis

In his four-set victory over Robin Soderling, Nadal once again proved that he is the ultimate competitor. His fighting spirit and ability to turn matches around continue to amaze me.

Having come from being a set down to level at 1-1, the third set was so important. He was broken when serving for it at 5-4 but managed to put that disappointment behind him, win the tie-break and go on to claim a superb triumph.

A lot of people looked at that match as a potential upset because Soderling has been playing fantastically well, so Nadal will know what a big win that is.

Talking of upsets, who expected Federer's title defence to end at the hands of Tomas Berdych?

It was, of course, a huge surprise because of Federer's incredible record here - he has participated in the last seven finals and won six of them.

Any time he loses on grass it's going to be a shock, but on this occasion Berdych deserves all the praise. He hits the ball as cleanly as anyone on the men's tour, he's so aggressive from the back of the court and he played fantastically well.

Berdych was the one dictating play and I wouldn't necessarily say Federer lost that match, rather that the Czech won it.

Federer blames back trouble for defeat

Federer's total dominance and consistency in the Grand Slams had to end at some stage and even he has said that himself. Has he won his last Slam? I certainly don't think so. He's still only 28 and I can see him lifting more of these trophies in the future.

I commentated on Djokovic's first round match against Olivier Rochus and he didn't play well at all, but he's really upped his game and against Yen-Hsun Lu, we saw a player brimming with confidence.

Beating Lleyton Hewitt in the last 16 was a big psychological boost and he would have been happy to see Andy Roddick lose to Lu in the same round.

Djokovic took Lu apart and to win like that in the quarter-finals is great news for the Serb - mentally and physically.

So the semi-finals will pit Nadal against Murray and Djokovic against Berdych.

Going by everything that's happened during this Championships, it's very difficult to predict the outcomes and you could look at both matches as a bit of a coin-flip.

All four men are playing well and now it's a case of going out there, creating chances for yourself and taking those chances. Whoever does that best will win.

I'd like to see a Murray-Djokovic final and I'll repeat what I've said before - Murray has a great chance to win this tournament.

At the beginning of the tournament I wrote that Federer and Nadal were the two favourites and mentioned Murray just behind them. With Federer gone, that increases everybody else's chances.


Tim Henman was speaking to BBC Sport's David Ornstein. Henman is part of the BBC's commentary team for Wimbledon 2010.



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see also
Murray wins to set up Nadal semi
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Federer stunned by super Berdych
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Brilliant Berdych
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Nadal hits back to beat Soderling
30 Jun 10 |  Tennis
Djokovic beats Lu to reach semis
30 Jun 10 |  Tennis
Henman on Murray
28 Jun 10 |  Tennis
Henman on Murray
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Henman on Federer's fightback
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Federer escapes first-round shock
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Henman on Murray
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