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Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murray v Fernando Verdasco - LIVE!

By Jack de Menezes
by Jack de Menezes on Jul 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of this quarter-final between Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco at Wimbledon.

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  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of this Wimbledon quarter-final match between Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco at the All England Tennis Club.
  • Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Andy Murray v Fernando Verdaso. I'm Jack de Menezes and I'll be taking you through game-by-game updates of this quarter-final clash. Murray is aiming to reach his fifth consecutive semi-final at SW19, while Verdasco has surpassed his previous best at Wimbledon, having never reached the quarter-finals before.
  • The players are out on court ahead of their warm-up so we have about 10 minutes until we start. Murray has won the toss and elected to receive, so it'll be Verdasco to get us underway. In the meantime, let's have a look at what's in the news...
  • After a Wimbledon with more twists and turns than a fairground ride, Andy Murray will be determined not to become the latest big name to fall from the roller coaster here this afternoon. The 26-year-old Scot is just one win away from equalling Fred Perry's British record of 13 appearances in Grand Slam semi-finals and will give Fernando Verdasco, his opponent on Centre Court, the greatest respect, despite the Spaniard's lowly position at No 54 in the world rankings.
    Read more of Paul Newman's preview of today's match by clicking HERE
  • The whole leftie-rightie debate...

    Now I believe this will be the first time Murray has taken on a leftie this year. I like lefties – remember I said earlier in the tournament that I would take a good leftie to beat a good rightie. The thing is, Murray is too good a rightie and Verdasco is not quite a good enough leftie.

    Read more of legendary trainer Nick Bollettieri's analysis by clicking HERE
  • Ok then, the players are ready, Verdasco to serve, and we're under way!
  • *Murray 0-1 Verdasco
    Verdasco looks shaky to start off with, failing to get his serve going and opening with a double-fault. Murray looks to have settled quickly, and earns his first break-point in the very first game. Verdasco fights back though, and saves the game with an ace.
    by Jack de Menezes edited by The Independent 7/3/2013 2:53:06 PM
  • A couple of old friends catch up with each other...a bit too much by the looks of things

  • Murray 1-1 Verdasco*
    Murray doesn't hang around with his first service game, firing in two fierce aces. It was his first serve that got him to a one-set lead quickly agaainst Tommy Robredo, and he looks to be using it as a weapon again today.
    by Jack de Menezes edited by The Independent 7/3/2013 2:55:29 PM
  • *Murray 1-2 Verdasco
    The Spaniard is making hard work of it. He misses two big forehands that yo would expect him to land, and Murray earns another break-point when he makes two more errors. But he fights back again, and holds serve after twice at deuce. He's up against it, but Verdasco is just about holding on right now.

    by Jack de Menezes edited by The Independent 7/3/2013 3:00:18 PM
  • You could be forgiven for thinking it's Manchester United's first day of pre-season at SW19 today...defender Nemanja Vidic is here as well, having just shared a moment with his former boss

  • Murray 2-2 Verdasco*
    The Brit rattles off another game to-love as he wastes little time in holding his serve. Verdasco may be just about holding his own games, but he has no answer against Murray's serve.
    by Jack de Menezes edited by The Independent 7/3/2013 3:04:35 PM
  • *Murray 2-3 Verdasco
    Briliant. We get our first meaningful rally on the first opening point of the game. Verdasco pushes Murray out wide with his big forehand, but Murray attacks the ball to just find the baseline, Verdasco returns and sends the Brit the other side of the court, and he makes it, but hits the ball low into the net. The best point so far by a long way. Verdasco follows the point with another forehand miss though, his fifth in three games, but he finally pulls one off to hit a winner. Much better from Verdasco.
    by Jack de Menezes edited by The Independent 7/3/2013 3:07:51 PM
  • Murray 3-3 Verdasco*
    Murray comes to the net for the first time finding success as he pressures his opponent to hit into the net. He attempts to lob Verdasco but it's not high enough, and the Spaniard returns to see Murray find the net. Murray doesn't panic though and quickly sees out the game. A rather slow pace so far, the game needs a spark from somewhere.
    by Jack de Menezes edited by The Independent 7/3/2013 3:13:37 PM
  • *Murray 3-4 Verdasco
    ARGHHHH! - Fair to say Verdasco isn't happy with that one. With the open court begging, another error sees him let out a big cry in frustration, with a few sniggers in the crowd. But again, he improves as the game goes on and holds his serve again. He may not be producing his best, but it's enough for the moment. 
    by Jack de Menezes edited by The Independent 7/3/2013 3:18:11 PM
  • A few of you thinking Murray's got a challenge on his hands here...

    Steve's settled for the long haul...

    And Matt agrees that Verdasco is no 'chum'...

  • Murray 4-4 Verdasco*
    Murray isn't going for the kill here, perhaps concerned after Monday's match where he appeared to tire in the second set. Verdasco levels to deuce after a couople of errors from Murray, the Brit holds serve and he'll be a little relieved with that one.
    by Jack de Menezes edited by The Independent 7/3/2013 3:24:11 PM
  • *Murray 4-5 Verdasco
    That's better! Both players are all over the court, with Murray sprinting to the net only to retreat hastily to return a lob. Verdasco fights back, but wrongly second-guesses Murray who celebrates the point by clenching his fist while the crowd applaud. A second double-fault gives Murray a break-point, but it goes begging as Verdasco forces Murray to hit long. Again, Verdasco comes on strong to hold the game when Murray hits long again.

    by Jack de Menezes edited by The Independent 7/3/2013 3:29:13 PM
  • Interestingly, the majority of you think that Murray will go out today! Surprising as you've backed him every game so far, let's see if you're right come the end. If you haven't voted yet, why not?! We'll give you till the end of the first set to get your choice in.
  • Murray 4-6 Verdasco*
    Murray starts again with an ace, but he goes for a drop-shot on the next point which drops too much and finds the net. Verdasco starts to kick on, and he's finding his forehand shots with consummate ease now, earning a set-point. Nervous times for Murray here, and it's a double-fault that costs him! Well well well, I don't think the crowd expected that! Murray concedes his first set of the tournament.
    by Jack de Menezes edited by The Independent 7/3/2013 3:34:55 PM
  • *Murray 4-6, 0-1 Verdasco
    Verdasco holds his first service game comfortably, and he looks to have found his groove having taken that first set. Murray doesn't look calm at the moment, though we haven't had a typical outburst from the Scot just yet.
  • Murray 4-6 1-1 Verdasco*:
    Better from Murray, as he launches a couple of serves that have Verdasco all over the place. He quickly sees out the game and looks to have settled following that surprising loss of the first set.
  • *Murray 4-6 2-1 Verdasco:
    Murray quickly moves to 0-30 with two lovely winners that pump up the crowd, but Verdasco comes back at him to level. He follows it up with an error to give Murray an early break-point, and a cry of "YESSSSSSS" from the Brit signals Verdasco's ball landing wide as he breaks the Spaniard's serve.

  • Murray 4-6 3-1 Verdasco*:
    He's starting to power on here is Murray, backing up his first serve success with some precise forehands to give Verdasco a taste of his medicine. He comes to the net to see the game out, and he's taking the game to Verdasco.
  • Tennis legend Rod Lever is here too, as he takes his place in the Royal Box to overlook proceedings

  • *Murray 4-6 3-2 Verdasco:
    Verdasco's just riding the storm here, as he jogs calmly up to the net to see Murray's defensive lob drop short. He has reason to be confident, as he finishes the game with a huge ace, having nearly taken out a line-judge with the one before. He'll still need to break Murray to get back in the set though.
  • Murray 4-6 3-3 Verdasco*:
    Murray has all the time in the world to set up his smash, but Verdasco covers it well and Murray replies by hitting it into the net - a point he shouldn't have lost. It's going wrong again, and Murray misses another backhand. Verdasco has a chance to break back, and he takes it with another error from Murray. That wasn't in the plan...
  • *Murray 4-6 3-4 Verdasco:
    Another double-fault from Verdasco lets Murray into the game at 30-15, but an ace will please the Spaniard as he keeps the pressure on Murray. The world No 2 can't respond to his next serve, clocked at 134 mph, to round out the game. Impressive stuff.
  • Murray 4-6 3-5 Verdasco*:
    A few nervous faces in the crowd as he hits another winning forehand. Murray has plenty of time on his shots, but it finds the net again and it's 0-30. He takes a risk by going to Verdasco's forehand but he mis-hits it wide, to the relief of the crowd, but he puts another simple shot into the net to give Verdasco another break-point. OHHHHHH! Verdasco gets a huge chunk of luck as his return clips the net and finds Murray's half to break him, but they all count. Verdasco to serve for a two set lead.
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 Verdasco:
    Forget that, WHAT A POINT! The crowd start cheering midway through the point, and it's sublime play from both players. Murray's on the ropes, but somehow his cross-court forehand is good! Another winner from Murray and the crowd are behind him, and a Verdasco error hands Murray three break points. He puts the first into the net after a long rally, and the second is called long, much to his frustration. Verdasco is going for it with his forehand, and it works as he level to deuce. Great play to get back there, and Murray puts a weak drop-shot into the net. Murray then hits long, and Verdasco holds after saving his fifth break-point of the match for a two set lead.
  • You have to hand it to Verdasco at the moment, he's dominating the game and dictating play. Murray has to improve, and he's go tot dig deep and take it to a fifth set if he wants to make it through. He vents a little frustration with a foul-mouthed outburst as he sits down, and now it's up to him if Britain last hope is to make the semi-finals.
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 1-0 Verdasco*:
    Murray looks all over the place here. He hits into the net yet again on the opening point, and misses a forehand wide right as he looks to attack Verdasco. He levels to 30-30, before an un-returned serve takes him one point clear, but again he hits into the net for deuce. They trade points before its Verdasco's turn to find the net, and Murray holds serve. I can't remember the last time Murray has hit so many sloppy errors.
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 2-0 Verdasco:
    We get the first challenge of the match on Verdasco's serve when it's called in, and Murray is proved right. Coincidentally, it's the first successful challenge I've reported on all tournament! But enough of that, Murray is finding his aggression in this game, and earns two break-points, and he takes it when Verdasco hits low into the net. He broke Verdasco early in the second, so let's see if he can hold onto this one.
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 3-0 Verdasco*:
    The number of winners reflects the game for each player so far, with Verdasco's 20 dwarfing Murray's 13. But he's starting to find a few crucial one's, and he'll need them if he's to get back into this match. He lands an ace and then pressures Verdasco into the net. Better from the British No 1.
  • Murray struggles to find his game in the first two sets

  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 3-1 Verdasco:
    Verdasco settles - perhaps excited that he's two games up - and starts to play like he did in the opening sets. But Murray fights back, and Verdasco surprisingly misses wide-right when Murray looks out of it. Deuce, and Verdasco double-faults to hand Murray advantage, but a wide serve bails him out. An ace takes him to advantage, and Murray has no answer as a wicked backhand flashes past him.
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 4-1 Verdasco*:
    The Brit opes the racket to smash a winner home past Verdasco, and he thinks he has an ace to move to 40-0, but the umpire overrules. No challenge. Verdasco wins the subsequent point, but hits into the net, and Murray gets his ace to win the game.
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 5-1 Verdasco:
    Verdasco tries to save the point as he hits the ball running backwards, but it's straight into the net to hand Murray the point. Murray makes an error, but then Verdasco returns the favour to go 15-30 behind. Murray tries desperately to get to the next point, but he can't as it goes wide, yet Verdasco hits long again to hand Murray break-point. The crowd gasp...and Verdasco can't return. Murray has a second break of serve in the set.
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 Verdasco*:
    Starting with an ace, Murray looks to be a lot more comfortable now, with Verdasco making the majority of errors. A wide Verdasco forehand is followed by a second ace and three set-points. A double-fault takes care of the first, but Murray comes to the net and volleys for the set. Sir Alex looks very happy with that, but Murray stays calm.
  • Murray's done well to fight back there, and there's a sense that the tide has turned. A long way to go though, and he'll have to repeat his success just to draw level. Both players have left the court for a quick break, so we have a short lull in proceedings to take a look around. Earlier, Juan Martin del Potro fought back from a nasty fall to beat David Ferrer 6-2 6-4 7-6, while number one seed Novak Djokvic defeated Thomas Berdych 7-6 6-4 6-3. In the battle of the Poles, Jerzy Janowicz is leading Lukasz Kubot 7-5 6-4, and the winner of that match will face the winner of this one. Player's back out and we're ready to continue.
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 0-1 Verdasco:
    Verdasco looks a little rattled, and Murray takes the first point of the fourth set. He responds with an ace, and then Murray is unable to return the next two serves. Murray sends a forehand into the net to give Verdasco the game, and he looks pleased with that.
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 1-1 Verdasco*:
    As we reach the two hour mark, both players still look fresh. Murray attempts a forehand slice followed by a lob, but Verdasco reads it and overhead-volleys for the point. The Scot then hits a sloppy shot wide-left to allow Verdasco to level to 30-30. Another drop-shot from Murray fails to make it over, and he's had very little success with with that shot. break-point Verdasco, but an ace draws deuce. Murray lob goes long, and it's a second break-point to the Spaniard, but he can't take it. Brilliant recovery from both players to keep the final point alive, but Verdasco can't get the ball over the net without hitting it a second time to give Murray a good hold of serve.
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 1-2 Verdasco:
    Verdasco is really attacking his second serve, rifling in 100 mph+ when it matters. Murray is a little sloppy in that game, with a few errors creeping back in.
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