It’s been a frustrating time at SW19 over the past few days, but even the persistent rain has not dampened the excitement surrounding the latter stages of the Wimbledon championships.
With Rosol defeating Nadal in the second round, a massive opportunity has arisen for Murray to make it to his first Wimbledon final, and with the hysteria of the British crowd who know… In recent times home support has been frustrated at the Semi-final stage on 6 occasions (4 Henman / 2 Murray). Nadal has been a formidable barrier to Murrays SW19 challenge over recent years, beating him in the last 2 semi-finals and also the 2008 quarter finals.
Having navigated through a difficult draw in the first 10 days of the Championships, Murray now faces an inspired and in form Ferrer who himself comes off a superb 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over the resurgent Del Potro. Ferrer also won the pre Wimbledon s-Hertogenbosch title on the grass, and now has an 8 match unbeaten streak on the surface.
A few facts about the Spanish number 2 David Ferrer:
Almost 8 years inside the top 20
ATP Race position 4 (1 above Murray)
This year has won four titles (47 wins only eight losses)
Enjoys 60 mile Cycle rides
Only 5ft 9” tall (Nickname: Little Beast or The Wall)
Yet to reach a Grand Slam final
Asked about his chances against Murray, Ferrer said “Andy is better than me on grass.” which is a typical humble reply, but in reality he’ll be believing he has got what it takes to get past the world number 4.
Ferrer is actually leading Murray in the ATP race (position number 4), and in their career head to head it’s 5-5. Ferrer has won their last 2 matches, including a 4 set victory at Roland Garros just a few weeks ago.
Key to the match: Both players have similar styles, Murray with a little more versatility, but Ferrer with incredible consistency on his side. If Murray plays at his best level and in particular serves as well as he did in the last match against Cilic, then he’s going to be almost impossible to stop. However if the pressure gets to him and his level falls just a touch this could turn into a 5 set thriller.
Other matches on day 9…
First up on centre court is Roger Federer vs Mikhail Youzhny. With a 14-0 win / loss record over the Russian it’s fair to say that on paper Federer is a red hot favourite in this one, but this match will be played on grass not paper and Youzhny will be clinging onto that fact. Federer fans will be anxious to see if the Swiss master shows any sign of the back issues he experienced in his 4th round win over Malisse 2 days ago. Federer has recently suffered losses against a few player he had major winning steaks against (Roddick / Davydenko), so perhaps there is a tiny glimmer of light for the Russians chances.
Djokovic is scheduled to play the resurgent Florian Mayer over on court 1, but the weather forecast is for prolonged rain so this match will likely be played on centre court after the Murray Ferrer encounter. Asked about the match Mayer said “”I will try to irritate him maybe a little bit”, and it would be a huge achievement if he can get under the skin of the Serbian powerhouse.
The final quarter final see’s Tsonga up against Kolshreiber, and organisers will be concerned that this match may not be completed today. However if they do have to play tomorrow, and the winner play again the following day against Murray (big assumption that he wins) then it may work out in favour of the home player.
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