Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the second time with a battling four-set win over France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Centre Court.
The British number one came through a tense encounter 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 6-2 in two hours and 48 minutes.
Tsonga was close to a two-set lead in the second set tie-break but a poor misjudgement let Murray back in and the fourth seed never looked back.
The Scot will play world number one Rafael Nadal in Friday’s semi-finals.
“It was really tough,” Murray said. “The first couple of sets, we both had chances and neither of us could take them so we had the tie-breaks. I was having to do a lot of defending, but I played very well the last couple of sets.”
Murray’s first Wimbledon semi-final 12 months ago ended in defeat by Andy Roddick, and things will not get any easier this year against Nadal, but he is in good enough form to feel optimistic of becoming the first British man to reach the final since Bunny Austin in 1938.