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Murray Mount Crumbles

I sat down to watch the Sam Querrey v Andy Murray match asking myself a rhetorical question. How is it that the United States has more players in the top 50 than any other country, but only one that has made it into a grand slam quarterfinals in recent history? That’s how good Sam Querrey must be. This is his second here at Wimbledon. Querrey is an awesome player and a gentleman on and off the court. I always enjoy watching him.

The first set went Murray’s way only because Querrey’s nerves in his opening game gave Murray the early break. The more superior mover on grass is Murray and at 2 2 in the second set it showed, although Murray was (when he remembered) limping indicating some kind of injury. Querrey needs to move his opponent around the court more than he seems prepared to do, and at 3 3 and love 40 down Querrey is in trouble again. He gets himself back to deuce with more of the same: big serving. However, some daft approaches to the net on nothing balls,  gives the world number 1 the break he desired.

Querrey has come back from two sets down before, but not against Murray.  Now there are always swings in tennis matches and the pendulum is suddenly with Querrey who has break points on Murray’s serves. He takes it on the first point. Awesome. And the 133 mph serving is too. No bad language yet from Murray. We didn’t have to wait long for it though, and it came at set point down. Oh dear, what is the matter with Querrey as a backhand return goes into the the net. He does have another chance though.  This time he moves Murray wide to open up the court and take it on his backhand side. Match on.

Into set three we go. Murray starts the stronger as the American dumps serve with some very bad play. At an hour and 17 minutes of play, Murray is now 2 1 up and it looks plain sailing from herein. It was until Querrey got the break and levels at 5 5 and puts himself in the lead at 6 5. Murray now has pressure on his shoulder and on serve. Murray gets it to the breaker and one would put money on him now. He is now 3 1 up and has no right to be. Querrey let’s him into the tie break with a shocking overhead smash that went wrong. It’s all Murray now.

Querrey has it all to do in the fourth set and sets about it with gusto to give him a quick and decisive 5-1 lead. The crowd has been silenced as Murray’s theatrics gives the strong impression of no further oil in the tank. Murray is a superb actor though and don’t be fooled. He will take it all the way in the fifth.

Querrey rams home his advantage and holds on serve and now Murray has it all to do. At 3 1 and new balls for Querrey to serve with, a distinct disadvantage for Murray mount. It proved so be as he held without any trouble with a monumental service game. Murray has not won a five setter for more than a year against Tsonga and at the championships. 1 4 down and the tension is rising. Two more games and Querrey could be in his first ever semifinal here at Wimbledon. One has to think he believes the more today and conjures up break points to serve for the match. He does it with the point of his life.

You just have to love Querrey and now wish him well in the semifinals.

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