Preview: 2nd Men’s Singles Semi Final Match in Wimbledon 2012July 9, 2012
The grass court is ready, the lines have been marked and now All England Club is waiting to welcome its four semi finalists to book two spots in the final. When most of the attention has been drawn in the first semi final match where two top rated maestros, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are competing to get into the final, the second match is between fourth and fifth ranked Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga respectively. This is the fourth time in a row that Murray is appearing in Wimbledon semi final and this time second placed Rafael Nadal is not in his way to put an end to his run. While Nadal’s absence is like a blessing for Murray in this tournament, Tsonga has also got an easy way to the semi final because of Nadal’s early elimination.
While making his way to this semi final, Andy Murray has been looking for a spot in the final to become the first man from Great Britain to be in Wimbledon final after Bunny Austin in 1938. This Scottish smashed down the seventh seeded David Ferrer in 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to fix a spot in the semi final against this French. However, this win against Ferrer was not an easy one for him. Now while Murray is making his fourth straight appearance in the Wimbledon semi final, for Tsonga, it is his second appearance. These two stars have met six times in different events but for them this upcoming meeting is the biggest one at a major tournament. In their earlier encounters, Murray leads in 5-1 over Tsonga and this single win for the Frenchman came in Australian Open 2008 in the first round. Murray on the other hand has got four of his five victories in a row. On this grass court, they met twice and Murray won both the matches, one of which was Wimbledon 2010.
The French star, Tsonga has made his way to this round after defeating 27th ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter final. He is well known for his flamboyance in the court, he is an unpredictable contender in this tournament who can either expose an impressive and aggressive performance or can end up the match with a fault strewn performance. At this stage of this tournament, he is feeling a bit pressure to compete with the top rated contenders to book a place in the last round. Like Murray, he is also looking for a Grand Slam crown for his nation because in 1983, France got its last Grand Slam from Yannick Noah.
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