Wimbledon 2013: Passionate Centre Court crowd can roar me into the final on Sunday, says Andy Murray
World No 2 says fans make 'a huge, huge difference' after coming from two-sets down to reach last four
Andy Murray hailed the passionate Centre Court crowd here last night after producing one of the most remarkable comebacks of his career to beat Fernando Verdasco and reach his fifth successive Wimbledon semi-final. Murray beat the 29-year-old Spaniard 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 to earn a semi-final showdown tomorrow with Poland's Jerzy Janowicz, coming back to win from two sets down for the seventh time in his career.
"When I went behind, the crowd definitely got right behind me and made a huge, huge difference," Murray said. "If they can be like that from the first point to the last in all of the matches, it makes a huge difference.
"It was a great atmosphere to be playing in at the end of the match. I love it when it's like that. It was extremely noisy. They were right into it pretty much every single point. That's what you remember. It's not one point really – it's more just the atmosphere of the entire match."
Murray had been outplayed for two sets as Verdasco, the world No 54, served magnificently and struck his ferocious forehands with enormous power. However, the Scot is a past master at recovering from difficult situations and he finally secured victory after nearly three and a half hours.
The world No 2 said it had helped knowing that he had recovered from similar situations in the past. "If you haven't done it before you don't know exactly what it takes and how to turn it round," he said. "The more times you're in those positions and the more times you can come back, you understand the way you need to think and the way you need to negotiate your way through the last few sets.
"I did a good job with that. Sometimes it can be easy to get back to two sets all. In the fifth set, the guy who won the first two often comes back and wins that one. It's normally the toughest set of the three to win. I was expecting it to be tough and hung in well."
Janowicz, who is 6ft 8in tall, beat his fellow countryman Lukasz Kubot 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 to become the first Polish man to reach the semi-finals here. "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 drop shots. He doesn't just whack every single shot as hard as he can."
Novak Djokovic, the world No 1, will take on Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in the other semi-final. Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych 7-6, 6-4, 6-3, while Del Potro beat David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4, 7-6.
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