Murray stays in fast lane to cruise past Pospisil

Wed Jul 8, 2015 2:27pm EDT
 
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Early in the third set of Andy Murray's Wimbledon quarter-final against Canadian Vasek Pospisil the Centre Court scoreboard flashed a message warning of the impending shutdown of the London Underground.

As the capital prepared for strike-induced gridlock, however, home hope Murray stayed in the fast lane through the men's draw, winning a rain-interrupted match 6-4 7-5 6-4 to reach his sixth All England Club semi-final where seven-times champion Roger Federer awaits.

Murray was solid rather than adventurous, which has been good enough so far to dispose of players ranked 59, 78, 27, 23 and 56, but the next hurdle standing in the way of a second Wimbledon title will be considerably higher.

The 28-year-old 2013 champion can only beat who is on the opposite side of the net though and in Pospisil he faced a player with enough in his armory to keep him on his toes, even if he rarely threatened to derail the third seed and dampen the spirits of the Pimms-drinking home crowd.

Pospisil, battle-hardened after three five-setters en route to his first grand slam quarter-final, served superbly and produced some stunning touches around the net, but only in the final game of the match did he earn a break point.

Murray duly snuffed out the danger, and with Prince William, his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and ex-England soccer captain David Beckham, watching under the Centre Court roof that slid shut after a second rain delay, he delivered the winning blow.

Unseeded Pospisil was given two warnings for slow play by French umpire Pascal Maria -- the first at 5-5 30-30 in the second set and the second, which cost him a first serve, when he was broken at 4-4 in the third.

Both looked harsh and even Murray's fans booed.   Continued...

 
Andy Murray of Britain hits a shot during his match against Vasek Pospisil of Canada at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 8, 2015.                           REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett