Murray’s late show raises the roof

Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon final for the second year running with a dramatic win over Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz under the Centre Court roof last night.

Murray’s late show raises the roof

He will now play Novak Djokovic in tomorrow’s final.

The Briton, 26, was furious when play was stopped after the third set because of fading light, but he returned to complete a 6-7 (2/7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 victory.

“It’s unfair, it’s an outdoor tournament,” Murray complained to the match referee. “You’re only doing it because he’s been complaining about it for 45 minutes.”

Murray lost the first set on a tie-break, but he upped his game, winning the following two sets to lead 6-7 (2/7) 6-4 6-4, within sight of the final.

In the third set Janowicz started complaining about the light, but his complaints stopped as soon as he gained a lead.

But when Murray regained the initiative, the Pole remonstrated with the umpire. And following the end of the third set, tournament referee Andrew Jarrett told the players the roof would be closed and the lights switched on, much to Murray’s annoyance.

“It’s a tough situation, there was about 45 minutes ofdaylight left. It’s an outdoor event and we should play as much outdoors as we can. And I’d won five games in a row.

“I took a shower, spoke to the guys and got back to work.

“He [Janowicz] was on his phone at the break, he seemed very relaxed. That’s the sort of player he is, that’s why he is very loose on the court.

“The first set was tight, I had a few chances but he came out with some big shots and he got on a roll, but I managed to turn it round.”

Murray added: “I’m delighted, it was a very tough match and completely different to any other match I’ve had here this year.

“He’s talented and unpredictable, he has huge serves, which give you very little rhythm to come back at him.”

On the prospect of playing Djokovic, an exhausted Murray said: “Novak and [Juan Martin] Del Potro played an incredible match, Novak moved so well. I’ve only played him on grass here at the Olympics so I’ll take that into Sunday.”

Earlier in the day, Djokovic edged past Del Potro in a record-breaking semi-final.

Astonishing, phenomenal, compelling, the Centre Court clash stretched to four hours and 44 minutes, knocking the 1989 last-four clash between Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl, Murray’s coach, out of future record books.

Despite a mammoth fight from Del Potro, world No 1 Djokovic came out on top.

Towering Argentinian Del Potro impressively fought back after Djokovic edged the first set and repeated the trick to take the match through to a deciding set.

Djokovic eventually eked out a 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-7 (6/8) 6-3 victory to put a seventh grand slam crown within striking distance.

Djokovic said: “It was one of the best matches I have been involved with. One of the most exciting, definitely. It was so close, really. I couldn’t separate us.”

Former US Open champion Del Potro was bidding to get back in a grand slam final for the first time since his run in New York, and Djokovic knew he was facing a scrap.

“But, look, that is why he is a grand slam champion.

“That is why he is right at the top because every time he is in a tough situation he comes up with some unbelievable shots,” Djokovic said.

Del Potro added: “It was my best tennis on grass but against the world No 1 it’s not enough.”

Djokovic beat Murray in the 2011 and 2013 Australian Open finals, while the Scot won a five-set thriller in last year’s US Open decider.

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