Murray survives Ferrer test

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Updated: July 5, 2012

Andy Murray survived a gruelling examination from Spain’s David Ferrer to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the fourth successive year with a 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) victory.

Murray took three hours and 52 minutes to finally subdue the gritty Ferrer on Centre Court and now only French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stands between the world number four and a first Wimbledon final appearance.

The 25-year-old Scot’s victory avenged last month’s French Open quarter-final defeat at the hands of seventh seed Ferrer and means he has equalled four-time semi-finalist Tim Henman as the most successful British man at Wimbledon in the Open era.

But Murray won’t be satisfied until he ends Britain’s 76-year wait for a first male Wimbledon singles champion since Fred Perry.

Rafael Nadal’s shock exit last week has given Murray, beaten in the Wimbledon semi-finals for the last three years, a golden opportunity to become the first British male finalist at the All England Club since Bunny Austin in 1938 and he looks determined to take full advantage.

Tsonga reached the semifinals for the second successive year with a 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 win over German 27th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, he will now take on the British no. 1.

The 27-year-old, who has lost five of his six meetings with Murray including on grass in the 2011 Queen’s final, knocked out Federer in last year’s quarterfinals after being two sets to love down before losing to Djokovic in the last four.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and six-time winner Roger Federer face a titanic Wimbledon semifinal showdown after the two title contenders wasted little time on their last eight matches on Wednesday.

While third seed Federer pummelled Russian 26th seed Mikhail Youzhny into submission in a 90-minute 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 masterclass on Centre Court, Djokovic also took the express route against German 31st seed Florian Mayer, recording an emphatic 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 victory on Court One.