Andy Murray is back in the pressure cooker that is the Wimbledon final weekend. After a heart stopping comeback today against Fernando Verdasco, Murray has returned to the Wimbledon semifinals for a fifth straight year.
With rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer out watching at home on the sidelines, the expectations are heightened with first-time Grand Slam semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz in the next round.
Murray still feels the weight, but it’s no different, he says, than before even with the Olympic gold and the US Open in his pocket.
“I think it’s pretty much the same,” Murray said regarding the pressure. “Not a whole lot’s changed. I mean, for me, I mean, I know if I had to finish my tennis career tomorrow, I’d be content that I won the US Open. But, you know, I also wanted to try and win more. The fact I’m still playing, giving myself an opportunity to play in the latter stages of these events, I want to try to win them.
“The pressure’s still there. I put a lot of pressure on myself.”
Murray and the 22-year-old Janowicz have played twice before and each has a victory with Janowicz winning most recently last fall at the Paris Indoors.
“It will be a very tough match,” Murray said. “He has a big serve. He’s a big guy with a lot of power. He also has pretty good touch. He likes to hit dropshots. He doesn’t just whack every single shot as hard as he can. It will be a very tough match. He’s played extremely well here, I think. He had a tough match in the last round against Melzer, but apart from that he’s been pretty convincing. He’s a tough player.”
But Murray nearly was part of the wave of Wimbledon upsets as Verdasco was in control of the match today up two sets before Andy took it 46, 36, 61, 64, 75.
“It was a tough situation,” Murray said. “The second set was a bad set of tennis for me. I was 3โ1 up and then made some bad mistakes, poor choices on the court. Then I turned it round really well after that.”
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