Wimbledon: An in-depth look at who Andy Murray beat to reach the 2013 final
Last Updated: 06/07/13 7:54am
Andy Murray: Hoping to go one better in 2012 where he suffered a four-set defeat to Roger Federer in the final
Following Andy Murray's progress to a second successive Wimbledon final on Friday following a four-set victory over imposing Pole Jerzy Janowicz we have a look back at who he beat to set up a clash against world No 1 Novak Djokovic.
The Scot will be desperate to go one better than in 2012 where he suffered a four-set loss to Swiss legend Roger Federer.
Round one, Benjamin Becker, 6-4 6-3 6-2
Murray had beaten German Becker at Queen's two weeks earlier and had little trouble brushing him aside again. There were a few wobbles, especially when he was pegged back from 4-1 to 4-4 in the first set, but Murray improved as the match went on and played an excellent third set, with his forehand looking particularly good. The only drama came whenever Rafael Nadal's score on Court One was flashed up on the scoreboard as the Spaniard crashed out to Steve Darcis.
Djokovic v Murray
Head-to-head: Djokovic 11-7 Murray
In grand slams: 3-1
On grass: 0-1
Grand slam titles: 6-1
Wimbledon titles: 1-0
ATP titles: 37-27
Grass-court titles: 1-4
Round two, Lu Yen-hsun, 6-3 6-3 7-5
This was a fine performance from Murray, with the match not as close as the scoreline suggested. He began a little nervously, not surprisingly on a day that saw a host of top seeds tumble out, some literally. Murray had to save break points in the fifth game, but having survived that scare he did not look back. Lu hung in well in the third set but could not force a tie-break.
Round three, Tommy Robredo, 6-2 6-4 7-5
Murray looked imperious under the Centre Court roof. For a set and a half, the Scot was unplayable, timing the ball exceptionally sweetly and powering winners with his forehand and backhand. He could not quite maintain the same level for the third set but it was more than good enough.
Murray was given a massive scare against Fernando Verdasco before seeing off the Spaniard in five sets
Round four, Mikhail Youzhny, 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-1
Youzhny is a canny grass-court player and he made life difficult for Murray, who could not find the form he showed against Robredo. In the second set he lost four straight games from 3-1 up but battled back to force a tie-break, and then came from 5-3 down to win that. The third set was one-sided and Murray later played down concerns that his troublesome back was playing up.
Quarter-finals, Fernando Verdasco, 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5
Verdasco was a surprise quarter-finalist but played his best tennis in years to send Murray to the brink of elimination. The Scot played a very poor second set but a break of serve early in the third put him on the comeback trail. The fourth and fifth sets were hugely tense, with Verdasco thumping his serve and forehand to put Murray under extreme pressure. But the 26-year-old withstood it and a break of serve in the 11th game of the decider helped him win from two sets down for the seventh time in his career.
Semi-finals, Jerzy Janowicz, 6-7 (2/7) 6-4 6-4 6-3
The 6ft 8in Pole looked the main danger to Murray as soon as the big names went out of his half of the draw. Janowicz's huge serve made life difficult but Murray, who played a poor first-set tie-break, responded well in the second. He trailed 4-1 in the third but won five straight games and then dominated the fourth set under the roof despite protesting at the decision to close it.