Andy Murray prevails in five-set thriller to move into Wimbledon semis - As It Happened

Andy Murray prevails in five-set thriller to move into Wimbledon semis - As It Happened
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Tomas Berdych awaits in the semis for the Brit on Friday. He hasn't lost to the Czech since 2013. Let's hope Murray can prolong that streak.

Valiant effort from Tsonga, fighting from two sets down, but Murray proved too strong.

GAME, SET, MATCH! Murray wins 7-6, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1 in just over four hours.



15-0 Murray...

Tsonga prevents the bagel and Murray is serving for the match. Crowd roaring him on.

Murray leads 5-0, having just turned 25 to 9 in the evening, and is a break away from moving into the last four.

DOUBLE BREAK FOR MURRAY! Tsonga fires an awry forehand into the net and Murray surely -- surely -- cannot let it slip from here.

Murray consolidates his break and leads 3-0 in the final set.


Murray leads 1-0 in the decider. Massive hold.

Knife-edge tennis. Murray to serve first in the decisive set!



*Murray 7-6 6-1 3-6 4-4 Tsonga -- Murray is agigated at a feigned out call, but Tsonga holds with two expert passing shots on break point.


*Murray 7-6 6-1 3-6 4-2 Tsonga -- The Scot fashions two break points, courtesy of a delightful lob, and Tsonga sends an awry forehand south of the baseline.

MURRAY BREAKS! And is now two games away from the last four.

Murray 7-6 6-1 3-6 3-2 Tsonga* -- Murray's challenge proves to be fruitful and the Scot, pining for support from the home crowd, takes a 3-2 lead in the fourth.

*Murray 7-6 6-1 3-6 2-2 Tsonga -- The Frenchman holds to love.

Murray 7-6 6-1 3-6 2-1 Tsonga* -- Strong hold for the Scot, who yells out a massive "Yes!" as he serves out the game.

*Murray 7-6 6-1 3-6 1-1 Tsonga -- The Frenchman has ultimately found his rhythym and holds.

Murray 7-6 6-1 3-6 1-0 Tsonga* -- A protacted service game for the Scot but he holds.

Tsonga claims the third set and halves the deficit! The Frenchman has come back from two-sets down on four ocassions in his career.

Murray 7-6 6-1 3-5 Tsonga* -- Frenchman brings up break point but cannot convert. Serving for the set.

*Murray 7-6 6-1 2-5 Tsonga -- Murray produces a sumptous passing shot at 0-0 but it's vain as Tsonga closes in on the third set.

Murray 7-6 6-1 2-4 Tsonga* -- Excellent hold of serve from Murray given the way the set is going.

*Murray 7-6 6-1 1-4 Tsonga -- Tsonga holds after a thrilling deuce. Murray getting visibly agigated.

Murray 7-6 6-1 1-3 Tsonga* -- Tsonga with two excellent returns of serve and he breaks Murray. Frenchamn finally threatening the Scot's second serve.

*Murray 7-6 6-1 0-1 Tsonga -- Frenchman claims the opening service game after withstanding some unremitting tennis from the Scot.

Murray claims the second set! Only 26 minutes had elapsed and Murray fashions set point. Closes it out with a perfect 1-2 punch.

*Murray 7-6 5-1 Tsonga -- He removes the possibility of a bagel. Murray to serve to a two sets-to-love lead.

Murray 7-6 5-0 Tsonga* -- Would it be any surprise if Murray breaks to complete the bagel?

*Murray 7-6 4-0 Tsonga -- The Frenchman has crumbled and Murray breaks for the second ocassion this set.

Murray 7-6 2-0 Tsonga* -- Tsonga sends an awry forehand wide and the Scot breaks. Momentum shift after that taxing tie-break.

Murray 7-6 1-0 Tsonga* -- Commanding opening service from the Scot.

Murray claims the first set! Unbelievable sprint and volley to fashion set point and the Scot capitalises. A 1 hour 17 minute opening set.

Murray 6 (9-9) 6 Tsonga -- But he squanders it after a poor first service. Third changeover of the tie-break and nothing can separate the two players.

Murray 6 (9-8) 6 Tsonga -- Set point for the Scot.

Murray 6 (6-6) 6 Tsonga -- Knife-edge tennis as Murray makes a superb return to restore parity.  

Murray 6 (3-3) 6 Tsonga -- Honours even at the first changeover; each boast a mini-break.

Murray 6-6 Tsonga -- Tie break awaits. Excellent hold from the Brit.

*Murray 5-6 Tsonga -- The Frenchman sustains his pressure, closing out with two tremendous serves.

Murray 5-5 Tsonga* -- Murray responds with a strong hold, Tsonga briefly exerting pressure with a nice passing shot.

*Murray 4-5 Tsonga -- The Frenchman seals his break of serve with an emphatic service game. Murray serving to remain in the set.

Murray 4-4 Tsonga* -- Tsonga recovers the break of serve. Crucial considering the scoreboard pressure Murray may be under should the Frenchman take the next game.

Murray 2-2 Tsonga* -- Murray holds in commanding fashion. Court beginning to fill up now...

*Murray 1-2 Tsonga -- Murray constructs break point but Tsonga recovers. That 1-2 punch from the Frenchman appears to be his best route to glory.

Murray appears to be troubled his eye.

Murray 1-1 Tsonga* -- Tsonga fashions 30-15 on the Murray serve but two big serves sees the Scot hold.

*Murray 0-1 Tsonga -- The Frenchman holds despite double faulting.

Tsonga wins the toss and elects to serve first.

16:45 -- Federer's early dip means Murray is the only player yet to drop a set in the tournament. Can he continue such a historic run?

16:43 -- Tsonga and Murray enter the court to a slightly subdued reception, though many have escaped to the concourse after that thrilling opening act.

16:42 -- Meanwhile, Raonic will face the 17-time Grand Slam winner after prevailing in four sets against Sam Querrey.

16:41 -- The Croation raced into a two-set lead but the Swiss recovered, prevailing in a crucial tie-break in the fourth, and assuming control in the decisive set.

16:40 -- Federer has booked his place in the semi-finals with a thrilling five-set triumph over Cilic.

As previously mentioned, play is set to commence following Federer's clash with Cilic which begins at 1PM BST.

The world No.2 added that he must maintain this level of tennis over the course of the fortnight and feels that, when required, he has produced at SW19.

Speaking on Wednesday's encounter on Centre Court, Murray said: "I think if I play the level I'm playing at just now, I give myself a chance in most matches."

The Canadian prevailed from two sets down against David Goffin on Monday for the first time in his career and the 17 time Grand Slam champion will be aware of his serving capabilities.

Should the Swiss progress -- a tough ask considering Cilic's form -- he will face either Milos Raonic or Sam Querrey in the last four. 

BBC and former player John McEnroe believes Murray has been the standout performer during the first week and believes he could only be downed by Federer.

Murray, though, has triumphed in 12 of the 14 encounters between the pair, twice coming at Wimbledon.

As Murray has alluded to several times, Tsonga is a supreme grass court player and will doubtless pose a threat to the Scot. Whether he can navigate his way through and set-up a semi-final showdown with either Tomas Berdych or Lucas Pouille is another matter.

Will these two strike gold at the first attempt in a major? | Image credit: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images
Will these two strike gold at the first attempt in a major? | Image credit: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

The Frenchman must have breathed a huge sight of relief after coming through a taxing five-setter against John Isner on Middle Sunday, the longest match of the tournament thus far.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, meanwhile, sealed his place in the quarter-finals after compatriot Richard Gasquet's retirement after only five games on Monday afternoon.

His chances have been significantly bolstered by the premature exit of world No.1 Novak Djokovic, downed in four sets by American Sam Querrey. The Serb has claimed the previous four majors and has left the door slightly ajar for Murray to collect the third Grand Slam of his career.

He successfully navigated his way through the first week without breaking sweat, dispatching fellow Brit Liam Broady in the first round before weathering mini-spikes in tennis from both Yhen-Su Lu and John Millman to maintain hopes of replicating his heroics in 2013.

Though many instead focused their attentions on the petulance of Kyrgios, Murray was in sparkling form and is yet to drop a set on the lawns of SW19 all tournament.

Murray stamped his place in the last eight at the All-England Club with a commanding straight sets victory over Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios.

I'm Craig Vickers and I will be taking you through the Scot's pivotal clash, scheduled on Centre Court following Roger Federer's meeting with Marin Cilic -- the former a potential opponent for Murray in the final (should he progress).

Hello all! And welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of Andy Murray's last eight clash with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Wimbledon Championships.