Murray out as Federer and Djokovic advance to Final

federerRoger Federer has advanced to his tenth Wimbledon final after an incredible straight sets win over Andy Murray. Murray played fairly well, but Federer was in unbeatable form as he continues his run of not dropping a set all tournament.

The match went with serve in the first set, with both players playing some outstanding tennis. Federer eventually broke Murray in the twelfth game, to take it 7-5. The second continued in the same vein, and included an absolute epic game which lasted over ten minutes. Murray saved five set points, to level the score at 5-5. However, this proved to only be putting off the inevitable as Federer held his serve and then broke the Brit to take the second 7-5. Federer sealed his place in his tenth Wimbledon final by breaking the third seed in the tenth game. Federer will look back at a remarkable flicked return from a Murray volley in that final game.federer murray

In the earlier game, Novak Djokovic cruised into his fourth Wimbledon final, defeating Richard Gasquet in straight sets 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-4. The Frenchman took the first set to a tiebreak, losing out 7-2, but from then on the result was in no doubt. Djokovic broke Gasquet in the first game of the second set, and proceeded to take it 6-4. The Serb broke early again in the third set, before holding his serve for the match.

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Murray in to Wimbledon quarters

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  • Andy Murray beats Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 5-7 6-4
  • Roger Federer beats Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 6-2 6-3
  • Novak Djokovic level with Kevin Anderson as bad light stopped play

Andy Murray continued his push for a second Wimbledon title with a four-set victory over the big-serving Ivo Karlovic. The Brit saw off Karlovic, seeded twenty-third, in just over three hours with a series of passing shots and lobs, which was no mean feat against his giant opponent.

The first set was a tight affair, as neither player could find a break. Murray had three set points at 6-5, but the Croat managed to hold his serve to force a tie-break, which Murray won after his seventh set point. Roared on by the crowd, Murray broke Karlovic in the first game of the second set, going on to take it 6-4.

However, a loss in concentration led Karlovic back in to the game. Having already dug deep to hold on to his serve, Murray was broken in the final game of the set. With the fourth set following serve, the momentum swung in the Brit’s favour as Hawkeye came to his rescue with the score at 3-3. Murray held his serve to take the fourth set 6-4, and will face fellow Brit James Ward’s conqueror Vasek Pospisil in the last eight. Pospisil was also in doubles action today, losing to Andy’s brother Jamie and John Peers.

Also on Centre Court, Roger Federer produced a tennis master-class as he dispatched Roberto Bautista Agut in under an hour and a half, despite needing six match points. The Spaniard needed medical attention after a heavy fall in the second set, but in reality he never looked like troubling Federer.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic was in trouble against South African Kevin Anderson, as he found himself two sets down, 6-7 (8-6) 6-7 (8-6). However, he responded in style by taking the next two sets 6-1 6-4 before bad light stopped play.

In the Women’s singles, top seed Serena Williams beat her sister Venus in straight sets, whilst Maria Sharapova is also through. Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki won’t be in the quarter finals though, having lost 4-6 4-6 to Garbine Muguruza.

Murray through to semis with stunning comeback

Andy Murray produced an outstanding comeback at Wimbledon today with a nervy victory over Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. Murray won in 5 sets 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5. Murray looked completely out of form in the first two sets, as he made an unprecedented amount of unforced errors and failed to deal with the Spaniard’s use of topspin. Verdasco, on the other hand, looked comfortable; especially when facing the Brit’s second serve. Signs of a Murray comeback surfaced as he broke Verdasco twice in the 3rd set. Murray broke the Spaniard’s serve in the 4th set, to take it 6-4. The world number 2 is of course no stranger to going the distance, having won 13 out of the 19 five set matches that he has played in his career, including his US Open win against Novak Djokovic last year. The fifth set went with serve until Murray broke to lead 6-5, before he held serve to take it 7-5. Verdasco left the court to a standing ovation, after providing an outstanding match, but the cheers for Murray at the end of the match were rivalled only by those at the Olympics last year.

Throughout the three and a half hour marathon, the Wimbledon crowd were always one hundred per cent behind Murray, with the Scot being the only British hopeful left in the tournament, after Laura Robson’s exit on Monday.

Elsewhere today, top seed Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 and Juan Martin Del Potro beat fourth seed David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 to set up a semi-final clash with the Serb. In the all Polish affair, Jerzy Janowicz breezed past Lukasz Kubot in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4, setting up a semi-final with Murray.