Murray goes for Tsonga and it’s ‘Czechmate’ for Berdych!

Wimbledon is hotting up, literally! Centre court fans, basking in the sunshine (how many times has that sliding roof actually been used since it was installed?), cheered Andy Murray on to a 3 sets to 1 victory over France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, yesterday afternoon. It wasn’t all plain sailing. Having lost the first set on a tie break, Murray very nearly conceded the second set in a similar manner but rode his luck, thanks to a costly lapse of judgement by Tsonga, and from there on never looked back.

His quarter-final victory was made all the more significant given that reigning champion and top seed Roger Federer stumbled to a sensational defeat against bouncing Czech, Tomas Berdych. The once invincible Federer, a tennis all time great if ever there was one, was totally out of sorts and his game as full of holes as a swiss cheese!     

The top and bottom of all this is the mouth-watering prospect of a Murray v Rafael Nadal semi final tomorrow. The 2008 champion (incidentally, Federer’s only previous Wimbledon defeat in the lat 8 years), missed last year’s tournament due to injury and with Federer out-of-the-way will fancy his chances of regaining the Wimbledon crown. Murray, of course, is one step closer to that elusive first British men’s singles championship since good old Fred Perry in 1936!  For the eventual winner, this semi-final might well prove tougher than the final!

Just when I was convincing myself this really was Murray’s year, I remembered that for Spain there is still a very real chance of  the World Cup/Wimbledon double. Ole, ole, ole, ole!

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