Queen’s 2013: Murray pays credit to home support after semi-final win
Queen's 2013: Top seed Andy Murray beats Jo Wilfried-Tsonga 4-6 6-3 6-2 to secure his spot in the final against Marin Cilic
Andy Murray thanked supporters for their patience after coming back from behind to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the semi-final at Queen’s Club on Saturday.
The highly-anticipated last-four clash had to be put back several hours after rain had stopped play in both semi-finals at numerous points throughout the day.
However, the world number two claimed a thrilling three-set victory when play did eventually commence and he saluted the crowd for staying on to watch him.
“I much appreciate people sticking around because I know it’s a frustrating day,” Murray said. “I managed to turn that match around against a top player, he’s one of the best grass court players in the world.
“I’m playing well. I’m hitting the ball well, just sometimes making some bad choices or some poor mistakes.
“That will come with playing matches, so it’s been a very productive week for me and it’s great to be in the final.
“With the match tomorrow and a good week’s practice before Wimbledon, it’s looking good.”
The 26-year-old will now play Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final after the Croat also overcame Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt in three sets.
The news came as no surprise to Murray, though, with the Scot admitting that he followed the score of the other match throughout his tight encounter.
“The scores were coming up at the change of ends and then I heard it over the system, that’s why I knew he had won,” Murray explained.
It was Tsonga who struck first on a rain-interrupted Saturday at Queen’s, with the Frenchman claiming the first set 6-4 to place doubts into the mind of the home favourite.
But Murray showed no hesitation in taking the next two 6-3, 6-2, winning 80% of points on his first serve and booking his place in the third Queen’s final of his career.