Wimbledon 2015: Federar, Murray set up a semi-final thriller with each other

This year’s Wimbledon saw many upsets – the major being 14-time major champion, Rafael Nadal losing to unseeded German Dustin Brown in the second round. With the Spaniard seeded a low 10th, he was expected to meet Andy Murray in the quarter finals.

However, the other three members of the “Big Four” have safely made their way through to the last four and the tennis fans have got a nail-biting thriller between Federer and Murray, just as they wanted.

With his dominating win over Gilles Simon of France, 17-time major champion, Federer reached his 10th Wimbledon final, setting up a 24th career clash with Murray.

Murray on the other hand, defeated a pumped up Vasek Pospisil from Canada in straight sets who came off from playing three five-setters in four rounds.

Both of them are in their vintage forms – Federer with his classic serve and volley and Andy with his demolishing backhands.

Talking about Federer’s serve and volley, a significant change has been noticed in his game in this year’s SW19. And it’s evident that it’s Stefen Edberg’s – his coach, effect. Edberg was known to play at the net in fact; he was a master in that. Federer has shown to have incorporated that mastery very well and that promises to make the semi final clash against the mighty Scot even more interesting.

Murray is himself an excellent net player. A close examination of all of his matches against Novak Djokovic- with whom he shares a very similar playing style, will show the Scot’s fantastic retrieving ability both at the baseline and at the net.

Friday’s showdown will be the first time these two champions meet since Federer acquired a record 7th SW19 title in 2012, defeating Murray in an emotional final.

Interestingly, only weeks after he was left to tears for losing the final; Murray avenged his loss by winning the Olympic gold against Federer that many claimed to be the last and only shot for the Swiss to complete a career golden slam.

The statistics speak well for both men. Federer has dropped his serve only once in the tournament until now and that came against Gilles Simon. Murray on the other hand, has conceded only two sets.

Federer however has the advantage of leading in the recent head-to-heads with victories in the three meetings he has had with the Scot.

Murray will have the full-home support when he takes the court for his 17th major semi final against Federer. However, Federer has fans all around the world thereby, making the semi final even more thrilling with the full involvement of the audience.


Federer is serving better than ever besides executing Edberg style net play, but Murray has been showing extreme balance in all areas of his game – serve, returns and winners. Therefore, the Scot looks to walk away as the winner of this thriller.

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