Andy Murray is going to do everything in his power to make sure he gets another shot at the Wimbledon title, losing in the championship match a year ago.
Murray will be successful.
Murray didn’t have an easy path to the final last year, as he had to get by David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals and semifinals. It took him four sets to defeat both to set up a showdown against Roger Federer—Wimbledon’s top player. Unfortunately for Murray, things didn’t fall in his favor.
Murray got off to a great start, taking the first set of the match. But from there, Federer went into a second gear and started taking Murray to school. Federer would take the following three sets to win his seventh Wimbledon crown. Murray came up short in another chance to win his first Grand Slam title.
The London native went on to win his first major crown at the U.S. Open later last year but now enters the final at Wimbledon seeking his second Grand Slam and looking to avenge last year’s championship match loss. Jerzy Janowicz has absolutely no idea what Murray is going to bring to the table Friday.
Murray had been outstanding entering the quarterfinals Wednesday. He hadn’t lost a set in the previous four matches, winning each in straight sets.
Murray was rarely even tested in any of them, as he was one of the top seeds to not be in much danger throughout the Grand Slam—unlike Rafael Nadal and Federer, among others. But the quarterfinal against Fernando Verdasco was no walk in the park, as Murray nearly got upended.
Murray found himself in a big hole after dropping the first two sets of the match. Verdasco was on the brink of heading to the semifinals, but then Murray woke up and realized what was happening. There was no way he was going to accept missing out on a fifth straight semifinal appearance. He soon caught fire.
Verdasco had no answer for anything Murray threw at him in the third set, falling 6-1. While he stayed competitive in the fourth, Murray took that one too, tying the match at a pair of sets each. The fifth would be an uphill climb, but Verdasco just couldn’t manage to put the finishing touches on Murray.
Murray won the final set 7-5 to advance to the semifinals, as shown in the tweet below from the official Twitter account for Wimbledon:
Now, Murray’s focus turns to Janowicz, but it shouldn't be as tough of a match as he just played. Janowicz has had an easy run to the semifinals, as he’s barely beaten any notable players. A straight sets victory over Nicolas Almagro was good for his confidence, but he was only the No. 15 seed.
Janowicz’s return game has not been sharp at Wimbledon, which puts him at a huge disadvantage against Murray. He’s only won three return games in each of his last four matches. Murray has rarely dropped a game that he was serving and has 29 aces in his last two matches.
Murray and Janowicz have met twice in their careers, the most recent coming last year at Masters Series Paris. There, Janowicz got the best of Murray, winning the match in straight sets. Keep in mind, though, that Murray has been horrible on carpet courts, and he’s usually fantastic on grass. A few years prior, back in 2009, Murray took down Janowicz at the Davis Cup in straight sets.
Janowicz has had a nice run through the tournament, but it’s going to come to an end. There’s no way that someone who had never made it past the third round at a Grand Slam is going to take out the No. 2 player in the world. The upsets are no more, and Murray will head to the final at Wimbledon for the second straight year.