• Wimbledon, Day 12

Murray hits Tsonga where it hurts

ESPN staff
July 6, 2012

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New balls please
With Jo-Wilfried Tsonga threatening to launch a comeback in his semi-final against Andy Murray, the Scot took a leaf out of coach Ivan Lendl's book as he hit his opponent where it hurt. No really. The Scot drilled a forehand which smacked Tsonga in the unmentionables and left the Frenchman bent over double. He held on to win the third set, but had to take a comfort break - or should that be a discomfort break?

74 years of hurt
Murray ended a 74-year wait for a British representative in the men's finalist at Wimbledon as the Scot triumphed in four sets to set up a final showdown with Roger Federer. Having become the first man since Bunny Austin in 1938 to reach the final, he now has the small matter of ending Britain's 76-year wait for a grand slam champion.

Smashed it
In what was arguably the turning point of the match, it was a tale of two overheads in the final game of the third set between Federer and Novak Djokovic. With Djokovic firing a smash wide to hand his opponent two set points, the Swiss showed him how it was done, wrapping up the set with an emphatic smash after an attempted Djokovic lob.

French fancy
Murray's win over Tsonga was his 15th consecutive win over a Frenchman at a grand slam - his last defeat coming at the hands of Tsonga at the 2008 Australian Open. Bet Murray wishes Roger Federer was French.

Not Murray but Marray
Anything Murray can do, Jonathan Marray can do too. Alongside Denmark's Freddie Nielsen, the pair dumped out defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan to reach the men's doubles final. Marray is the first Brit to reach the doubles final at Wimbledon since 1960, while Nielsen is the first Dane to make a major final since his grandfather Kurt back in the 1950s.

The greatest rivalry of all time?
Roger Federer's rivalry with Rafael Nadal is in many people's eyes the greatest of all time, although Nadal's recent enmity with Novak Djokovic is certainly threatening to muscle in on the act. However, as Djokovic and Federer took to the court for their semi-final, it was the 11th time the pair had met in a grand slam - a major record.

Stupid question...
Watching Murray can, at times, be painful, but the Scot was quick to point out that whatever spectators go through, it is nothing to what he has to endure. Asked in his post-match interview how what is was like for his parents to watch from his box, Murray replied: "I have no idea...it was much harder for me."

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