Andy Murray pulled off an exhilarating comeback in front of his British fans at Wimbledon, as he came from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5.
Murray, the second seed, was the favourite going into the quarterfinal, but found himself in a precarious position in the third set as he was trailing by two sets to love. But in a nail biting and relentless contest, he managed to avoid a shock exit by pulling back to reach the semifinals in three hours and 27 minutes.
Spainard Verdasco put in an impressive performance that was a surprise to everyone in center court, But his power and uncrushable belief was undone by errors and a fighting spirit from Andy Murray that is reminiscent of his success over the past year.
Murray told BBC Sports in a post-match interview:
“There’s been a lot of matches where I’ve been behind and managed to turn it round, I don’t know if it is the most emotional match, but it was an unbelievable atmosphere and great to get through.”
Next up for Murray in the semifinal is 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz on Friday. The Scottish-born British no. 1 is still alongside Novak Djokovic as the favourite to take the championship, they are expected to meet in the final.
The pressure for Murray was telling during the first half of the match, but he managed to reverse that and it soon became Verdasco who had something to lose. It was one of the most thrilling matches of an eventful and historically action-packed Wimbledon year, as Murray’s victory put his British fans through a nervous yet exciting ride.