Murray edges out Tsonga in epic

"It's totally different now because I've won Wimbledon so the pressure isn't the same", said Murray, who is yet to drop a set in four matches.

British men's number one and crowd favourite at this year's the Championships, Wimbledon tournament Andy Murray booked his place in the semi-finals last night (6th July), with a thrilling five-set victory over 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Seven-time champion Roger Federer can reach an 11th Wimbledon semi-final on Wednesday and become the most successful Grand Slam match victor when he tackles Croatia's Marin Cilic.

Tsonga looked down and out after letting an epic 22-point tiebreak slip away despite having three set points, then capitulating in a one-sided second set.

Two games later, the 2013 champion closed things out on his first match point.

And before meeting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, the Scot served up some mind games by insisting players, seeking their first Major, face more stress now Novak Djokovic is out.

But buoyed by his own passionate war cry, Murray raced to a 5-0 lead in the decider before sealing victory with a 15th ace after four hours of breathless ups and downs.

Much to the delight of the local fans, Federer, went equal with Jimmy Connors' mark of 14 quarter-finals at Wimbledon and tied Martina Navratilova's all-time Slam record of 306 match wins by seeing off Steve Johnson of the United States 6-2, 6-3, 7-5. In 2014, Raonic advanced to the semifinals, where he lost to Federer. "At the end I got it done".

"I'm sure I played a few matches here and in Davis Cup where I would have been as fired up", Murray told a media conference.

The way he dug deep to subdue Tsonga's onslaught after surrendering a two-set lead spoke volumes for Murray's refusal to buckle in the face of adversity - a characteristic exemplified by a formidable 23-7 record in matches that have gone the five-set distance.

After the memorable Federer exploits there was a danger that Murray's match against Tsonga might prove a mere footnote.

Sam Querrey was the unlikely conqueror of Djokovic and will be hoping to extend his run with another upset win over sixth seed Raonic.

Federer is 5-1 against Cilic, but it's the one loss that still hurts.

'It's not that I don't like them (the commentators)', said Murray.

Tsonga has held serve on grass 95.8% of the time this season, but it's from a small sample and he did play most of those games against Isner, so perhaps his career service hold mark on grass of 91.6% is more likely to be of interest. "I think both of us did that". If he plays well, and I'm not on my game, I can lose that match for sure. Ideally, I don't want to have him dictating all of the points because then I'll be doing a lot of running.

Querrey beat Raonic at Wimbledon in 2012, when the Canadian was just 21.

"His net play, his confidence going forwards - you just look at the stats from this week and he's come forwards with a lot of success. It's like a day of practice", Berdych said. "Yes, I did surprise myself, in quite a big way actually".

Tsonga, who has reached his 13th Grand Slam quarter-final in search of his first title, joked: "The one time that Novak Djokovic goes out early, he is not in my section of the draw!"

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