What? No drama? Serene Murray making it look easy

Tue Jul 5, 2016 11:50am EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - So far so serene for Andy Murray as the bastion of British tennis closes in on a second Wimbledon title.

The 29-year-old's path to a ninth successive All England Club quarter-final, in which he faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, has been about as stressful as walking the dog on Wimbledon Common.

Three years ago Murray also cruised into the last eight but, with the hosts desperate for a first men's champion for 77 years, near hysteria broke out as the Scot edged toward glory.

On the way he gave the British public palpitations, dropping two sets in the quarter-final against Spain's Fernando Verdasco. There were sweaty palms too when fiery Pole Jerzy Janowicz snatched the first set of their semi-final.

Euphoric scenes greeted Murray's victory over Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final -- a redemptive moment for British tennis.

Since then Djokovic has been Murray's nemesis and the world number one was supposed to be standing in his way this year before the Serbian top seed's shock defeat by Sam Querrey on Saturday left the 29-year-old Scot as odds on favorite.

PERFECT RECORD   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 3/7/16 Great Britain's Andy Murray during a practice session REUTERS/Paul Childs