Wimbledon: Flexible Friends Fire Andy Murray Closer to Roger Federer Showdown

Wimbledon: Flexible Friends Fire Andy Murray Closer to Roger Federer Showdown

Wimbledon: Flexible Friends Fire Andy Murray Closer to Roger Federer Showdown

Wimbledon 2016 predictions on Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga Quarterfinal match today sounded a bit obvious.

But that's not all. Querrey and Canadian Milos Raonic are in the other quarterfinal on Murray's half, while 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych takes on Lucas Pouille in Federer's. "At the end of the fourth set it was really tough", Murray, who had not dropped a set to reach the quarter-finals, said in a courtside interview.

When Murray won Wimbledon three years ago he said that Ivan Lendl, his coach, had become more agitated as the tournament progressed because he could see that the Scot was playing well enough to win the title.

While Serena continues to be one of the most dominating players in women's tennis, Venus has failed to live upto the expectations in the last several years.

Murray and Tsonga played an exhilarating tiebreaker of their own in the first set, with two aces and 10 winners across 22 points, including a 20-shot rally that Tsonga won with a backhand volley victor.

Such a meeting would be a repeat of the 2012 final, when the Swiss overcame the young Brit to secure his seventh Wimbledon honour.

Federer, bidding for a record eighth Wimbledon title and 18th Grand Slam trophy, nearly came unstuck in the quarter-finals. "I was trying to find my rhythm in the first set".

Tsonga played only six games in his last match here when fragile Richard Gasquet's back problems flared up again, but he isn't lacking for court time this week after a marathon against John Isner the round prior to that.

Tsonga, 31, came out firing in the first set.

But the momentum was to switch markedly in the third set.

Earlier, Beckham had watched Wimbledon darling Roger Federer fight back from three match points down to defeat Marin Cilic in five sets.

Tsonga is the unfancied outsider to pull off a shock at 13/2.

Murray needed just 103 minutes to pocket the fourth round match 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 here on Monday.

He backed that up by breaking Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a 2-0 lead in the decider, having earlier surrendered a two-set lead on Centre Court.

Now with the bit between his teeth, Murray raced for the line, dropping just one game, 6-1, closing it out to love with an ace.

"Missed a ball that was nearly inside the service box", Murray said.

A little glimpse into the way Andy Murray is perceived around these parts _ and the sorts of questions put to him at post-match news conferences: "How does it feel to be the nation's last hope?" Tried to use all my energy at the start of the fifth set, and get the crowd pumped up: "It's been a long day for them too!"

Tomas Berdych advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals for the second time, beating Lucas Pouille 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-2 on Court No. 1. He had a tough battle and came through against Vesely. It's similarly rare that this tennis player is the odds-on favourite to win Wimbledon as we head into the business end of the tournament.

"Yesterday (against Kyrgios) was a much-talked-about match, people talked about the stress of that one, but he was so focused from start to finish".

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