Andy Murray is through to his third successive Wimbledon semi-final after beating Feliciano Lopez with ease, 6-3 6-4 6-4. The Scot will meet Rafael Nadal in a mouthwatering rematch of last years semi-final.
Lopez’s game revolves around his serve, a fearsome shot made all the trickier by a left handed delivery. As strong as his serve may be, the rest of Lopez’s game leaves a lot to be desired; some good volleying technique is married with a workmanlike forehand and a decidedly unreliable backhand. The ultimate combination is solid, if unspectacular.
Murray routinely demolishes solid but unspectacular players and his 4-0 winning head to head against Lopez will not have filled his opponent with much pre-match confidence.Read more (221 words)
Lopez was under the cosh from the outset, obviously struggling with Murray’s baseline variety and superior return of serve. After saving a break point in the sixth game with a remarkable second serve ace, Lopez inexplicably netted a mid court forehand to hand the advantage to Murray.
The Scot took this gift and didn’t look back, cantering to victory in two hours.
Murray was imperious on serve throughout the match and only faced break points in his penultimate service game. Lopez managed to claw his way to 0-30 on several occasions, but the Scot inevitably fired down an un-returnable serve to evade the danger.
There was one moment of concern as Murray appeared to tweak his groin. This resulted in some characteristic gurning and grimacing, but no apparent long term damage.
This was a satisfying and mature performance from Murray. The Scot played well within himself against a lesser player who never looked like causing an upset. There were no real dips in concentration and the few moments of danger were swiftly evaded.
Next up is Rafael Nadal, who beat Murray at the same stage last year. The Scot will be looking to exact some delayed revenge and, on the form he’s shown so far, he may well get the chance.