Murray beats Fernando Verdasco on Centre Court for semi-final place
British number one lost first two sets 6-4 6-3 before winning 6-1 6-4 7-5
At one point he appeared to mouth 'F****** w*****, what are you doing?'
By TOM KELLY, ELEANOR HARDING, STEVE ROBSON and MARK DUELL
Andy Murray celebrates after defeating Fernando Verdasco of Spain in their quarter-final tennis match
Andy Murray yesterday completed an extraordinary comeback in an epic Wimbledon quarter-final - winning the last three sets after losing the first two of his encounter with Fernando Verdasco.
The British number one beat the 29-year-old Spaniard - known as the Muscles of Madrid - on Centre Court as he continued his bid to go one better than last year and win the tournament.
But after a Wimbledon full of slip-ups, Murray, 26, had to be in top form to progress after losing the first two sets 6-3 6-4. He fought back to claim the third set 6-1, the fourth 6-4 and the fifth 7-5.
Murray was a relieved man after his victory over Fernando Verdasco at the Wimbledon Championships
Murray had gone down 6-4 in his second set to the Spaniard - putting Verdasco up 2-0 in sets - and retired to his chair before screaming: 'What the f*** are you doing? What the f*** are you doing?'.
BBC commentator Andrew Castle made an apology for the audible remarks - saying the broadcaster apologised for the language, but added he could understand the frustration felt by the British star.
She grimaced and gasped in horror as Murray made a series of blunders in the first half of the match.
Murray reacts during his game with Verdasco, which was watched by his girlfriend Kim Sears
When the Centre Court crowd rose as one as Murray finally secured victory she collapsed back in her seat in relief and was seen mouthing: ‘Get in’.
Minutes after the match, 25-year-old Miss Sears was herself cheered by the Wimbledon crowds as she ran through the All England Club on her way to congratulate her boyfriend.
Andy Murray closed in on beating Fernando Verdasco
Murray’s mother, Judy, who had looked on anxiously throughout the match, was seen punching the air as Murray broke Verdasco’s serve and prepared to serve for the match.
The win means Murray remains on course to become the first British player to lift the men’s Wimbledon trophy since Fred Perry in 1936.
Murray last night paid tribute to the Centre Court crowd after earlier in the week saying he missed the ‘raucous’ atmosphere at the All England Club when he won gold at the London Olympics.
He said: ‘I love it when it’s like that. It was extremely noisy. They were right into it pretty much every single point. It was good today, especially when I went behind.’
Roars also echoed across Murray Mount – formerly known as Henman Hill – where thousands of people packed on to the steep bank to watch the Scot fight to victory.
Murray as he returns against Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the fifth set
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