Andy Murray’s comeback from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco was the highlight of a dramatic men’s singles quarter-finals day at Wimbledon 2013.
Centre Court spectators were given a battling treat by the British number one, as he clawed his way back from two sets down against the Spanish world number 54.
Before the match it seemed as though Murray was the only person warning against the dangers of Verdasco’s game, as he was expected by most to cruise through.
Verdasco’s forehand was on fire in the early stages and the Scot had no answer to it, but rallied magnificently in the end to run out 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5 winner.
Murray will face Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz in the semi-final after he won an historic match against compatriot Lukasz Kubot on No.1 Court.
It was the first time two Pole’s had made it to the quarter-finals of the same Grand Slam and 24th seed Janowicz is the first to make a semi-final after coming through 7-5 6-4 6-4.
He will provide an extremely tough test for Murray with his huge serving and will hope the weight of expectation on the British number takes some off the pressure off of him.
Meanwhile, top seed Novak Djokovic saw off the challenge of seventh seed Tomas Berdych to win in straight sets.
The Serb survived an early second set wobble, in which he suffered breaks of serve, to comeback and grind down the big-serving Czech.
Berdych did cause some problems for the 2011 champion but any mistakes he made were pounced on and Djokovic eventually eased through 7-6 6-4 6-3.
He will play Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals after the eight seed recovered from a very nasty looking fall in the first game of the match to defeat fourth seed David Ferrer.
The Spaniard was also struggling with an injury, however, and the restriction in his movement it caused meant Del Potro’s serve was the key to the match.
Ferrer couldn’t get near it and was not solid enough on his own, so his opponent took advantage and ran out 6-2 6-4 7-6 winner to set up the clash with Del Potro.
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