Following two earlier meetings this season on hard court, 2013 champion Andy Murray and Vasek Pospisil will cross paths once again, this time at the Wimbledon Championships to determine who will advance to the semi-final stage of the tournament. This marks the fourth overall meeting between the two competitors, with Murray leading the head-to-head series 3-0.
Third seed Any Murray dropped only the second set of the tournament on Monday when he was forced to withstand 75 winners and 29 aces from towering Croat Ivo Karlovic. In the end, he was able to edge out the victory in four sets 7-6(7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
“I just tried to use some variety throughout the match, to not allow him to be too comfortable,” said Murray. “It worked at a few important moments. I took a little bit off my first serve. I wasn’t serving as hard as usual, to try and not allow him the opportunity to sort of go for huge returns or try to come to net off the second serve return. So I went for a high percentage of first serves. When I was in the rallies, I felt comfortable. It’s a tactical match, but it’s tough. It’s quite stressful to play against him.”
Murray will next play Pospisil, who reached the uarter-final by rallying from a two set deficit to defeat Viktor Troicki 4-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 39 minutes.
This is just the fourth time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Murray leading the head to head series 3-0 – one of those was a victory last season in Vienna, while the second and third ones took place earlier this season in Rotterdam and Indian Wells. While Pospisil is a deceptively tough match for the Scot, Murray appears to be in fine form and will likely further that momentum en route to the final four at the All England Club.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets