Andy Murray remains the favourite to win Wimbledon with the absence of Novak Djokovic and can move one step closer to doing so when he takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Centre Court on Wednesday. With either Tomas Berdych or Lucas Pouille awaiting in the semi final, the winner will be confident in their chances of advancing to the final.
Murray is still to drop a set at the tournament and navigated what many saw as a tough fourth round match against Nick Kyrgios with ease. Despite the Australian’s hard hitting game, Kyrgios never really troubled Murray and couldn’t even manufacture a single break point. Murray is now 5-0 against Kyrgios in his career with a win at each of the slams.
He was off court in just 102 minutes, winning 7-5 6-1 6-4. Murray was happy with the performance he put in especially the first set which set the tone for the rest of the match. “I thought I played well. The first set was obviously key. He served extremely well in the first set with high 80s for first serve percentage, which to win a set against someone serving like that is big and totally changed the way the match went” Murray said.
While the pressure is on Murray every year at Wimbledon, the World No.2 will be under bigger pressure now with the expectation that he will win rather than being expected to. However, he seems unperturbed by the the expectations. “In terms of dealing with everything else (the pressure), I’ve been dealing with it for years. I feel no different this year to any other year when I played here.” said Murray.
After playing a marathon match against John Isner, Tsonga struck lucky by facing an injured opponent in Richard Gasquet. They played just six games in 23 minutes before the seventh seed retired. After playing 4 hours and 24 minutes over two days against Isner, Tsonga should now be sufficiently rested to take on Murray.
It will be tough for Tsonga, who has lost five straight grass court matches against Murray including twice at Wimbledon. The Frenchman is under no illusions of the task he faces and what he needs to do to have a chance of success. “For me the biggest challenge is, of course, to break him because I know I’m able to keep my serve. All the times I played him, I didn’t break him enough. It’s going to be the key.” he said when asked on the challenges he faces against Murray.
Prediction – Andy Murray in four sets