Andy Murray, The People’s Champ, Storms Into Wimbledon Semis With Epic Comeback

The UK’s great hope is one step closer to a championship.

Jonathan Brady / AP

Andy Murray, Britain’s great hope to break its 77-year drought at Wimbledon, started his quarterfinal match against Fernando Verdasco by losing two sets. With Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer already out of the tournament — leaving Novak Djokovic as the only player of Murray’s stature remaining — it would’ve been a major disappointment to bomb out in the quarters. But Murray was able to tie the match with relative ease, winning the third set 6-1 and the fourth 6-4. The fifth, however, was tight, running to 5-5 without either player threatening a break.

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That’s when, at 30-30, Murray forced Verdasco into the net off a stinging backhand down the line.

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Murray finally broke Verdasco on the next point, and it was his turn to serve for the match.

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The atmosphere was tense. Ball dudes were too nervous to make anything but the slightest movement to avoid getting whacked in the leg.

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Murray (in the foreground) never let Verdasco win another point. The Spaniard’s final volley went long and the home-crowd favorite had pulled off the incredible, five-set win.

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The sheer relief was palpable, especially from Murray.

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The fans went bonkers inside the stadium…

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…and outside.

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Murray’s coach, Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl, could barely contain his emotion during those last few moments.

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And here’s your men’s semifinal pairings, all set for Friday morning.

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