Unseeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, former World no. 7, gave title contender Andy Murray a lot to think about in the opening two sets. He won the first one despite committing twelve unforced errors more than the British player (15-3) – Murray was serving to stay in the opener at 5-4 and conceded his first double fault when trying to fend off a set point. He seemed to have been back on track in the second set as he went 3-1 up, but the underdog threw in a five straight games run to further frustrate his rival as well as the home audience. It was a well-deserved double set lead by the Spaniard thanks to his very mature performance against nervous Murray. The latter had an uphill battle to fight now, backed by supporters both inside and outside of the Centre Court. He clinched an early break in the third set after a series of Verdasco’s mistakes and added a second one later in the set to eventually reduce the 54th-ranked Spaniard’s lead. Murray needed to avert four break point threats in the beginning of the following set to keep his nation’s hopes alive and made Verdasco pay for wasting his chances straight away. The Spaniard thus suffered a loss of serve in the seventh game and was unable to prevent the 2012 finalist leveling the terms. The athletes served confidently in the decider until 5-5 when Murray converted the only break point of the set and was in possession of a triple match point next. It was all over after the Verdasco’s final shot sailed long – the relieved domestic player advanced with 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 after three hours and a half of tennis.
The surprise all-Polish Wimbledon quarterfinal match lasted only three sets with twenty-fourth seed Jerzy Janowicz sending home Lukasz Kubot to enter his first Grand Slam semis. It was a biggest day of their tennis lives for both of the players who had not met before on ATP courts. Janowicz saved a set point at 5-4 in the opening set before breaking his compatriot in the follow-up game and serving out the opener next. Unseeded Kubot, ranked 130th, prepared four break point opportunities in the second set, yet none of them was converted, while Janowicz put away the only one to get his nose in front. He made it two sets to nil after holding to love a few games later. The set number three followed a similar pattern as the seeded Pole only managed to break his countryman in the ninth game and grab his semifinal ticket with another love hold. End result: 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.
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