THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Murray One Win From Wimbledon Glory
by ATP Staff|
World No. 2 Andy Murray will face No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final of The Championships on Sunday. The Scot came through a late-finishing semi-final with Jerzy Janowicz, rallying from a set down to prevail 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 under the roof and lights on Centre Court.
"I'm obviously delighted with that," said Murray. "It was a tough match today, completely different to any matches I've played so far. He's very talented, very unpredictable. He hit huge serves out there and gave me very little rhythm. I'm very glad to get it done."
It will be the fourth Grand Slam final that childhood friends Murray and Djokovic have contested. Djokovic triumphed when they met in the Australian Open finals in 2011 and this year, while Murray won his first major title when he defeated the Serb in five sets in the 2012 US Open final. Djokovic leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 11-7.
"It will be a tough match," said Murray. "He and [Juan Martin] del Potro played an incredible match. Some of the stuff they were playing... great rallies. Novak is playing very well. We've only played once on grass before, at the Olympics last year. I'll take that thought into my head on Sunday."
The 26-year-old Murray is through to the Wimbledon final for the second year in a row. He is the third British man since 1922 (when the Challenge Round was abolished) to reach multiple Wimbledon finals, following in the footsteps of Bunny Austin and Fred Perry.
"It's very different to last year really," said Murray. "This year's been a little bit different. There's been a lot of expectation. I was expected to get to the final since the early stages of the tournament. It was very emotional last year. I'm delighted to come through today and have the chance to play another final."
Read How The Semi-final Was Won
After finishing runner-up to Roger Federer last year, Murray is bidding to become the first British male to win Wimbledon in 77 years, since Fred Perry lifted the trophy in 1936. The Scot has a 1-5 record in Grand Slam finals.
In the quarter-finals, Murray had come back from two sets down for the seventh time in his career to beat Fernando Verdasco. He was also severely tested by the 22-year-old Janowicz, who was contesting his first major semi-final, eventually clinching victory in two hours and 51 minutes.
The 24th-seeded Janowicz was a qualifier at Wimbledon last year. Twelve months on he became the first Polish man in history to reach a Grand Slam semi-final after beating countryman Lukasz Kubot on Wednesday.
"I'm a little bit disappointed," said Janowicz. "Today I didn't play my best tennis. I think this was my second worst match during this tournament. It's such a shame I didn't play my best tennis today. I was struggling a little bit with my serve. But I'm still deep down really happy. This was my first semi-final in a Grand Slam, so tomorrow I'm going to be okay."