British third seed Andy Murray excited the home crowd at Wimbledon on Wednesday as he beat Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the tournament semi-finals. He faces Andy Roddick, winner of a 5-set tussle with Lleyton Hewitt.
REUTERS - British third seed Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon semi-final for the first time with a 7-5 6-3 6-2 win over Spanish wildcard Juan Carlos Ferrero on Wednesday.
Murray treated a capacity crowd in a sun-drenched Centre Court to a decisive display of hitting, pouncing early on the Spanish player's serve to take a step closer to ending Britain's 73-year wait for a men's champion.
The Scot broke in the 12th game of the opening set when Ferrero double-faulted, but the wily Spaniard, the 2003 French Open champion and former world number one, surged to a 3-1 lead in the second.
Murray reeled off five straight games with some gloriously crisp hitting and victory came when Ferrero ballooned a forehand long after an hour 41 minutes.
He will play sixth seed Andy Roddick or 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia for a place in Sunday's final.
Date created : 2009-07-01