Andy Murray (4) is to play Rafa Nadal (2) after both players overcame dropped opening sets to record 3-1 victories in today’s Wimbledon 2010 Men’s Singles Quarter Final matches.
Home hopeful Andy Murray beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10) in four sets, 6-7 7-6 6-2 6-2.
Murray, despite playing some excellent tennis, which had seen him enter this match as the only player yet to drop a set, lost the opener on a tie break, before getting the early break in the second set. It wasn’t to be so easy for Murray, however, as Tsonga immediately broke back before both players held their serve to take the second set to another tiebreak.
Murray picked up the set-winning chance when he chipped back a return of serve with the scores at 5-5 in the breaker – Tsonga left the ball as it looped past him, only to watch in horror as it bounced on the base-line, setting up a service for the set for Murray, which he took when Tsonga’s second serve return flew long. 1-1.
In the third set, Murray took a huge 10 break points before converting in what was a match turning service game – Murray broke again on his way to a 6-2 third set, as Tsonga began to look tired.
The Frenchman had regularly been clutching his right, racket hand, after many big points, and was struggling to maintain the power he had displayed in the early stages of this match, so it was a little unsurprising that Murray broke twice to race away to 4-0 in the fourth and final set.
The handshake would follow soon after, as Tsonga could offer no resistence against Murray’s much improved first service.
Murray will play Rafa Nadal after the Spaniard came back from one set down to defeat Swede Robin Soderling (6) 3-6 6-3 7-6 6-1.
Nadal had a nervy start, but soon settled into his usual powerful game in the second set to level the match one-all. The crucial turning point would prove to be set number three, which Nadal eventually lifted 7-4 in the tiebreaker before overrunning his tiring opponent in the fourth set, 6-1.
Murray Nadal is the Semi-Final that the seeding would have indicated, and so it will be. With Murray showing excellent form, and Nadal demonstrating occasional lapses from his brilliant best, it could be the year the Britain, at last, has a man in the Wimbledon Final. With Roger Federer going out today, it seems like whoever can lift this difficult match has a real chance of taking the title.
Nadal versus Murray has all the hall-marks of a classic Wimbledon match, and it is difficult to predict who will win on the day – an interesting prospect awaits tennis fans on Centre Court this week.
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Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles and the 2016 Olympic gold medal in doubles. In addition, Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 five times.
In majors, Nadal has won a record twelve French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title, and won at least one Grand Slam every year for a record ten consecutive years (2005–2014). Nadal has won 85 career titles overall, including the most outdoor titles in the Open Era (83) and a record 59 titles on clay. With 81 consecutive wins on clay, Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.
Nadal has been involved in five Davis Cup titles with Spain, and currently has a 29-win streak and 29–1 record in singles matches at the event. In 2010, at the age of 24, he became the seventh male player and the youngest of five in the Open Era to achieve the singles Career Grand Slam. Nadal is the second male player after Andre Agassi to complete the singles Career Golden Slam, as well as the second male player after Mats Wilander to have won at least two Grand Slams on all three surfaces (grass, hard court and clay).