Experience key as Murray mounts Wimbledon comeback

03 July 2013 / 21:06

Andy Murray is probably a little too old to be labelled the Comeback Kid but as Sir Alex Ferguson watched on he produced the tennis equivalent of stoppage time winner.

Murray was two sets down and heading out of Wimbledon against Fernando Verdasco, a player ranked outside the world's top 50.

After four virtually flawless previous matches, boxing fan Murray was on the ropes in the last eight - losing five straight games in the second set and turning the air blue in a desperate bid to inspire what appeared an unlikely victory.

But whatever he said worked, as he stormed into the semi-finals 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5, securing his win in three hours and 27 minutes and setting up a last four date with Poland's Jerzy Janowicz.

"When you play more and more matches and gain more experience, you understand how to turn matches around and change momentum of games," he said.

"When I was younger I could have lost that match but I've learned how to come back from those sort of situations, I know what it takes.

"The second set was a bad set of tennis from me. I made some mistakes and poor choices on the court but I turned it around really well after that.

"I thought about what I was doing wrong. I changed tactics a bit, was a bit more patient and just didn't rush."

Murray will now take on Janowicz after the number 24 seed beat compatriot Lukasz Kubot 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 to become the first male Polish player to reach a Grand Slam semi-final.

And he's confident he can recover from his five set endeavours ahead of Friday's match.

"I know Janowicz pretty well," said Murray. "He's a big guy, with a bigger serve and a lot of power.

"He has also got good touch, with great drop shots, he doesn't just whack everything. He's been pretty convincing so far and he's a tough player and it's a tough match.

"My focus is on recovery now. If I am able to do all the right things then I can feel decent the next day. I put a lot of effort into chasing every ball out there. I feel pretty good now but it's normally the following morning when I actually feel it."

Murray knows the weight of expectation will only increase following his latest win, in contrast Janowicz is determined just to enjoy the experience.

"It should be really cool, maybe Andy might feel some pressure because all of Great Britain is waiting so long for a champion here," he said.

"It should be a special atmosphere and I know the crowd won't help me. I don't know what to expect because it's my first semi-final in a Grand Slam but I want to have fun and enjoy it."

Elsewhere, tournament favourite Novak Djokovic progressed through his last eight match with Tomas Berdych 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 and will now play former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 winner over fourth seed David Ferrer.

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