Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murray v Fernando Verdasco - LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

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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  • Andy Murray beats Fernando Ferdasco: 4-6, 3-6, 6-1 6-3 7-5
    • Verdasco takes the first set 4-6 with late break of Murray serve, and breaks Murray twice to clinch second set 3-6
    • The Brit fights back to take the third and fourth set, before nail-biting climax sees Murray take victory
    • Murray will play Jerzy Janowicz in the semi-final, who beat Lukasz Kubot in straight sets
    • Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro have already progressed to the last four
    • *denotes player currently serving
    7/3/2013 4:41:24 PM
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 2-2 Verdasco*:
    Murray's ninth ace kicks-off the fourth game of the set, and Verdasco can't return the next two serves. Murray finishes with an ace, but hold on, Verdasco challenges and it's out. Seems like buses, you wait an age for one successful challenge and you get two at once. Either way, Verdasco hits long and Murray holds serve.
    7/3/2013 5:01:53 PM
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 2-3 Verdasco:
    Another double-fault from Verdasco, though on the whole he's served very well. Oops. It's another double-fault, I shouldn't have said anything. He gets back into the game with a simple winner down the centre of the court, and sends a powerful serve out wide to beat Murray. Murray returns into the net to give Verdasco a let-off, though he won't want anymore double-faults like that.
    7/3/2013 5:04:28 PM
  • Murray hits the ball into the net before venting his anger at his shot

    7/3/2013 5:06:42 PM
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 3-3 Verdasco*:
    Alarm bells again for Murray, as first a sublime Verdasco return beats him, before an unforced error brings up 0-30. He fights back to 30-30 before missing the base-line to give Verdasco another break-point. Verdasco returns long though, much to the pleasure of the crowd. Great play by Verdasco as he takes the pace off the ball before smashing a winner down the line, but Murray saves again and goes on to win the point. It's getting awfully tense on Centre Court.
    7/3/2013 5:11:47 PM
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 4-3 Verdasco:
    Murray is forced deep behind the baseline, but he stays in the game and Verdasco sends a ball into the crowd for 0-30. Huge chance for Murray, but the Spaniard fights back superbly to level up. Murray loses the next point and approaches the umpire about the first serve, but it's soon deuce as Verdasco fires the ball out. Advantage Murray...AND HE TAKES IT! Verdasco hits long and Murray breaks his serve.
    7/3/2013 5:18:19 PM
  • Danny remembers the good old days...
    Everyone seems to be behind Murray

    Even Fluffy...

    7/3/2013 5:21:35 PM
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 5-3 Verdasco*: 
    Murray pings off a game to love despite a bit of luck towards the end, but he'll take it nonetheless. Verdasco now has to hold serve to stay in the set and maintain any hope of holding onto his lead.

    7/3/2013 5:23:59 PM
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 5-4 Verdasco:
    Verdasco's game has changed slightly here, with no sign of the big serves and powerful forehands that won him the first and second set. He digs-deep to hold serve though after Murray hits long, and Murray will serve for the set.
    7/3/2013 5:25:52 PM
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 Verdasco*:
    The opening serve - called out - is immediately challeneged, and it's a great call by Murray as it finds the tiniest spec of chalk dust. Verdasco then returns long, and he can do nothing to return Murray's 12th ace. Three set-points for Murray, and he smashes home to take the set and level the match. Brilliant fight-back from Murray; can he now go on and claim victory? 
    7/3/2013 5:29:18 PM
  • Nothing funny about this match: Michael McIntyre is in the stands looking on.

    7/3/2013 5:30:35 PM
  • So, here we go then. A fifth set decider for a place in the semi-finals to face Jerzy Janowicz, who has beaten Kubot 7-5 6-4 6-3. It's Verdasco to start us off...
    7/3/2013 5:32:20 PM
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 0-1 Verdasco:
    Verdasco holds the first game of the deciding set, giving Murray a little run around as he smashes home a couple of winners. A slight lull in proceedings as the players have a quick breather between games.
    7/3/2013 5:34:16 PM
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 1-1 Verdasco*:
    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Andy Murray diving to volley home with a leap that Boris Becker is even proud of. Murray again comes to the net, and he's finding more and more success each time he charges forwards. Verdasco tries it, but gets it wrong and it's game Murray.
    7/3/2013 5:36:43 PM
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 1-2 Verdasco:
    Verdasco starts with a booming forehand, his 12th compared to Murray's 6. Murray makes a couple of unforced errors, and Verdasco finishes with an ace to hold serve. Don't count the Spaniard out at all here, he could very easily still upset the odds.
    7/3/2013 5:43:33 PM
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 2-2 Verdasco*:
    Despite looking comfortable in the previous game, it's Verdasco making the errors in this one and Murray quickly levels. Could that game shift the momentum of this set? A break now would be huge for either player.
    7/3/2013 5:45:17 PM
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 2-3 Verdasco:
    The crowd forget the occasion for a brief seciond the clap for a Murray challenge, but the call stands. Verdasco then takes a lengthy rally without ever looking challenged - it's Murray doing the running here. Murray's upset with himself, muttering away as usual, and Verdasco holds the game to love in a relaxed fashion. If anything, he looks prepared to go on and win the match. Surely not... 
    7/3/2013 5:48:12 PM
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 3-3 Verdasco*:
    Better from Murray as he makes Verdasco do the work, and he's quick to reach 40-0. As we pass the three hour mark, Murray takes the game to love with yet another ace. Momentum shifts all over the place here, I'll let you pick the winner!
    7/3/2013 5:51:35 PM
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 3-4 Verdasco:
    Not the time for errors, Fernando. Verdasco let's Murray into a brief lead at 15-30, but it's the briefest of leads as he hits an amazing ace to level on second serve. He's really going for it, and a serve-and-volley brings more success for the Spanish native. BOOM. Another ace, and Verdasco holds serve again.
    7/3/2013 5:55:03 PM
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 4-4 Verdasco*:
    Murray gets distracted by someone in the crowd with a flash-camera, and he makes a couple of errors to allow Verdasco ahead 0-30. He claws back a point on his next serve, and Verdasco hits long on his trusty forehand as Murray levels. The Brit leaps into the air for a gentle volley for the next point, and he takes the game with a serve-and-forehand winner. Good hold for the Murray; what can Verdasco respond with?
    7/3/2013 6:00:31 PM
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 4-5 Verdasco: 
    A huge cheer as Murray takes the first point, but he can't return serve as Verdasco goes big again. Murray does brilliantly to stay in the next point, but it's just not enough as he finds the net. Verdasco is playing tremendously on his serve in this set, and he holds serve again to return the pressure onto Murray. The world No 2 will now serve to stay in the game.
    7/3/2013 6:03:39 PM
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 5-5 Verdasco*:
    Verdasco is going for the win here, but his ever-so reliable forehand is just letting him down as he hits long twice. He's unable to return Murray's next serve, and Murray calmly takes the game when Verdasco hits into the net. Despite him staying focused, his girlfriend Kim is immediately on her feet screaming in support, along with a rather loud partisan crowd.
    7/3/2013 6:07:47 PM
  • *Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 6-5 Verdasco:
    What a crucial time to double-fault. Again, Verdasco's serve just suffers at the worst time, and he misses the baseline on the next point to his own disgust. He changes tactics and comes to the net to volley a winner and draw level to 30-30, and after an enthralling battle, he hits into the net. Murray has a hugely important break-point. Can he take it? YES HE CAN!! Verdasco hits long and the crowd erupt. Murray will serve for the match...
    7/3/2013 6:11:58 PM
  • Murray 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 0-0 Verdasco:
    ANDY MURRAY WINS: Murray takes the first point on his second-serve when Verdasco can't get back across the court. The crowd react as if he'd just won it. Not yet. He then sees Verdasco's shot drop long, before a crucial, crucial ace. Three match-points...AND HE'S DONE IT!
    7/3/2013 6:15:53 PM
  • Verdasco challenges the final shot in vain in hope that it found the line somehow, but he knows it's all over and the crowd are already celebrating. murray has done brilliantly to comeback from two sets down, but you have to worry about the way he opened the game, and how Djokovic, and even Janowicz, will expose that kind of start. A win is a win though, and he's just one more win away from the 2013 final.
    7/3/2013 6:19:47 PM
  • Despite the obvious relief of the crowd, there will be no-one close to the relief felt by Murray, who having seen Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal slip-up along the way, will be pleased just to have made the last 4. His coach may not be too pleased though, with Ivan Lendl unlikely to be pleased with that one. But we are, and there's still a Brit who can win, and that's all that matters...right?
    7/3/2013 6:24:00 PM
  • A rather happy Andy Murray celebrates his hard-fought quarter-final victory over Fernando Verdasco, having battled back from going two sets down to the Spaniard

    7/3/2013 6:26:06 PM
  • That's all from me today, and what an epic clash we were treated to. 38% of you backed Murray to win in 5, so give yourself a pat on the back if that was you. Join me again on Friday, when Andy Murray takes on the towering 6ft 8in Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in the semi-finals. To re-cap the match, take a look at the match report by clicking HERE. Thanks for joining me, and I'll see you on Friday!
    7/3/2013 6:29:45 PM
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