Is this his year? Could it be Murray’s turn to finally hold the Wimbledon trophy high above his head? It is about time and with Nadal making a shock exit in the second round, Britain are filled with optimism and hope that it will be their favourite Scotsman who will take the title. His quarter final match against Ferrer of Spain attracted a huge crowd, including royals William and Kate who had come to show their support, even the sun decided to make an appearance. Spirits were high as the game began.
Ferrer who has played consistently well throughout Wimbledon was seen as Murray’s toughest opponent yet; the Scotsman needed to play the game of his life is he wanted to proceed to the semi-finals, the first set however, did not exhibit Murray’s best tennis and he went down 2-5. Persevering, Murray managed to level with Ferrer at 6-6, taking the first set to a tie-break; Murray went down again, 2-4, and although a feeble attempt was made to take the first set; his inconsistent shots and frustrating unforced errors saw Ferrer triumph.
After extremely close and nail-biting performances from both Ferrer and Murray, the second set also went to a tie-break. Murray, finally in his element took control, battering Ferrer with a brutally accurate serve and cleverly played shots. The crowd erupted as Murray took the second set 7-6 but tensions resumed as the third set began.
Both players once again were neck and neck at 4-4, but with Ferrer waning Murray seized the opportunity and broke his serve, edging him in the lead at a crucial moment. Murray’s good fortune and fighting play followed him into his service; three set points and an ace to secure him the game. The crowd rise to their feet; emotionally exhausted and relieved from spectating such an enthrallingly close game but jubilant, that Andy Murray is through to the next round.