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Murray vows to lock out title talk
Andy Murray is again within touching distance of British sporting history at Wimbledon but the one person who will not be dwelling on that in the build-up to Friday's semi-final is the Scot himself.
Murray faced a formidable opponent on Wednesday in relentless Spaniard David Ferrer, and the seventh seed looked to be heading for victory at a set and a break up. But Murray found inspiration when he needed it most to turn the contest around and triumph 6-7 (7/5) 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 7-6 (7/4) in eight minutes short of four hours, setting up a last-four clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Not since Bunny Austin in 1938 has Britain had a men's singles finalist, while it was two years before that when Fred Perry became the last home player to win the title, and Murray said: "There's obviously pressure there. I think if you think too much about it, and you read the newspapers and you watch the stuff on TV that's said about you, I think it would become far too much."
He added: "But if you shield yourself from it all and just get into your own little bubble, only listen to the people that are around you, then it's something you can deal with."
Producing a home Wimbledon finalist has become a British obsession, with Tim Henman getting to the semi-finals four times but never going further.
Murray has now equalled that tally, but hopes are even higher this year because the man on the other side of the net on Friday will not be two-time champion Rafael Nadal, who has beaten the Scot the last two years.
Murray's other major opportunity came three years ago, when he was 22 and the favourite to beat Andy Roddick, only to lose to the American in four sets.
There are parallels, with Tsonga a player Murray has a good record against having beaten him five times out of six, and the Frenchman certainly possesses the weapons to upset the odds.
Murray was reluctant to describe this as his best chance, saying: "I think when I played Roddick in the semis was also a good chance. I had a good record against him before the match. He did play unbelievable in the semis, and especially in the final that year.
"I'm in a good position, that's for sure. Whether it's the best chance or not, I'm not sure. But I've been in this position a few times now and want to push on."