7/6/13 6:34 AM | Ricky Dimon
Andy Murray ends Jerzy Janowicz's Wimbledon run in four sets on Friday. Murray is through to a second straight title match, in which he will face Novak Djokovic.
Andy Murray is once again one win away from the Wimbledon title.
Murray recovered from a slow start to defeat Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 during semifinal action on Friday evening. The crowd favorite needed two hours and 52 minutes to set up a showdown against Novak Djokovic.
Having never previously advanced past the round of 32 at a major, Janowicz did not go away quietly in his first slam semi. The 22nd-ranked Pole won the first set in a tiebreaker and even led 4-1 in the third.
In the end, however, Murray's defense and consistency proved to be too much for the underdog. The second-seeded Scot reeled off five straight games to steal the third and he seized another break at 1-1 in the fourth. Finally on his last legs, Janowicz turned in a weak service game at 3-5 and it ended when Murray abused a second serve with a forehand winner.
"I'm obviously delighted," Murray assured. "It was a tough match today; completely different to any matches I've played so far. He's very talented; very unpredictable. He hit huge serves out there and gave me very little rhythm. I'm very glad to get it done."
"I'm a little bit disappointed," Janowicz admitted. "Today I didn't play my best tennis. I think this was my second worst match during this tournament. It's such a shame I didn't play my best tennis today. I was struggling a little bit with my serve. But I'm still deep down really happy. This was my first semifinal in a Grand Slam, so tomorrow I'm going to be okay."
Murray, who finished runner-up to Roger Federer last year, is 8-11 lifetime against Djokovic. The Serb booked his spot in a second Wimbledon final by outlasting Juan Martin Del Potro in an incredible five-setter earlier in the day.
Find the latest tennis odds at Unibet.com
|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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