British men's number one and crowd favourite at this year's the Championships, Wimbledon tournament Andy Murray booked his place in the semi-finals last night (6th July), with a thrilling five-set victory over 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Building up a head of steam to lead by two sets to love, Murray appeared in full control of the match and looked likely to brush aside the powerful Frenchman with relative ease, before Tsonga fought back hard in the third.
The Frenchmen went on to claw back the next two sets to level the match at two apiece in front of the roaring crowds on Centre Court, but it was all to no avail in the end, as the final set saw Murray once again find his best form.
In the end, the match finished 7-6 (12-10) 6-1 3-6 4-6 6-1, with Murray's superior forehand proving the difference in a tight last set that was far closer in contest than the scorecard portrays.
Victory for the Brit ensures that Murray now moves on to face Czech tenth seed Tomas Berdych in the final four, while seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer faces Canadian sixth seed Milos Raonic on the other side of the draw.
The potential of a Murray-Federer final therefore now looms large - albeit with some tricky semi-final opponents still to be faced by the pair.
Such a meeting would be a repeat of the 2012 final, when the Swiss overcame the young Brit to secure his seventh Wimbledon honour. It would be a mouthwatering prospect for fans up and down the country, with support for both players expected to be large and loud.
By Keith Prowse