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Tennis: Murray back from brink to reach Wimbledon semis

Published on Jul 4, 2013 6:14 AM
 
Britain's Andy Murray celebrates beating Spain's Fernando Verdasco during their men's singles quarter-final match on day nine of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Club in Wimbledon, south-west London, on July 3, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Andy Murray pulled off a dramatic comeback from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco in the Wimbledon quarter-finals and keep up home hopes of a first British champion since 1936.

The second seed defeated the 54th-ranked Spaniard 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 in a thrilling match on Centre Court that lasted nearly three and a half hours.

Murray faces Poland's Jerzy Janowicz in Friday's semi-finals after the 24th seed beat compatriot Lukasz Kubot in straight sets.

"I came through an incredibly tough match. It could have gone the other way. I found a way to get through and that's all you need," said Murray, the US Open and Olympic champion.

 
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