Andy Murray has equaled Tim Henman’s record of reaching four semi finals at Wimbledon by defeating David Ferrer in a tense, four set quarter final.
The 25-year-old Scot lost the first set against, 30-year-old, Ferrer and was made to work exceptionally hard to seal victory in a fourth set tie break.
"It was a very tough match, a long match with a lot of tight moments. I just played a little bit better at the end of the sets," said Murray, who has impressed many from within the sports betting community with his performances this summer.
"He's a great player and sometimes doesn't get enough respect. I went behind in a lot of the tie-breaks but managed to come back in the end.”
The world number four will now advance to his tenth grand slam semi final and will face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday.
Tsonga defeated Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in his quarter final but he knows that the partisan British crowd will make his meeting with Murray a completely different ask.
“I’m through and I’m very happy. I have a lot of support from the crowd here, although the semi may be different and normally the crowd cheer for Andy,” Tsonga said.
Murray and Tsonga have met on six previous occasions with the Scot winning all but one of these encounters.
A victory on Friday would make Murray the first British man to reach the singles final at Wimbledon since 1938 but he is not taking anything for granted.
“It will be tough against Tsonga. He's serving very well. I'll have to play very well to win that one," he said.
If Andy Murray can recreate the steely determination that characterised his victory over Ferrer, then few online betting regulars would doubt his capabilities of making it past Tsonga to create history as the first Briton to reach the Wimbledon men’s singles final since before the Second World War.