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Wimbledon SF Preview: Murray Vs. Tsonga

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Murray, Tsonga© Getty ImagesAndy Murray beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 in June 2011 in the AEGON Championships final.

Fourth seed Andy Murray will meet fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on Friday for a place in the final at The Championships, Wimbledon. British favourite Murray leads Tsonga 5-1 in their FedEx ATP Head 2 Head series, including wins at 2010 Wimbledon and the 2011 AEGON Championships final.

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Murray is appearing in his fourth successive Wimbledon semi-final. He is attempting to become the first British man to reach the Wimbledon final since Henry "Bunny" Austin in 1938. The last British man to lift the title was Fred Perry, two years earlier. Murray has a 0-3 record in Grand Slam championship finals.

Tsonga’s best major championship result came at the 2008 Australian Open, where he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic. Last year at Wimbledon, he lost to Djokovic in the semi-finals. The last Frenchman to reach the Wimbledon final was Cedric Pioline in 1997 (l. to Sampras). Yvon Petra was France’s last titlist at the All England Club in 1946.

Here's a look at their statistics:

Player Murray Tsonga
Birthdate (Age) 25 27
Coach Ivan Lendl No Coach
South African Airways ATP Ranking 4 6
2012 Singles Record 31-9 34-12
Wimbledon Record 29-6 18-4

With help from IBM, the official statistics provider of The Championships, here is how Murray and Tsonga have fared in their five matches en route to the Wimbledon semi-finals

Player Murray Tsonga
Aces (Double Faults) 65 (15) 75 (10)
Unreturned Serves 195/527 228/552
First Serves In 63% 64%
First Serve Points Won 78% 79%
Second Serve Points Won 66% 59%
Service Games Won/Lost 85/7 86/4
Average Serves First/Second 117/87 120/93
Returns In 75% 63%
Break Points Won 24/64 29/70
Winners - Forehand/Backhand 66/30 118/141
Unforced Errors - Forehand/Backhand 39/36 43/25
Serve & Volley Points Won 6/6 20/30
Total Net Points Won 86/121 120/166
Baseline Points Won 338/657 208/457
Time On Court 13:58 12:13

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