LONDON (AP) — His lead slipping away, Andy Murray needed a little something extra to keep him going in the fifth set.
He found it in the fans. And in himself.
The second-seeded Murray absorbed everything he could from the Centre Court faithful, using their screams and cheers to help him hold off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (10), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1 and advance to the Wimbledon semifinals for the seventh time.
“That’s why it’s important to try to use the crowd, if you can, to your advantage, because they do make a difference,” said Murray, who has now won six straight five-set matches. “In long matches, tough matches, even if it’s half a percent difference, it’s good.”
Murray won the title at Wimbledon in 2013, becoming the first British man to win at the All England Club since Fred Perry in 1936. But he hasn’t won a major since, losing in the finals of both the Australian Open and French Open this year.
The man he lost to in both of those finals, Novak Djokovic, has been eliminated from Wimbledon. But Murray still has to beat Tomas Berdych in Friday’s semifinals to have a chance at a second Wimbledon title on Sunday…