London - Andy Murray has set up a titanic Wimbledon final showdown with Novak
Djokovic as the world number two beat Polish 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz
6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in a bad-tempered last four clash on Friday.
remains on course to end Britain's 77-year wait for a male winner of
the Wimbledon singles' crown, but the Scot had to do it the hard way
Just 48 hours after battling back from two sets down
to defeat Fernando Verdasco, Murray survived an early pummelling from
Janowicz and then a controversial decision to shut the Centre Court roof
due to bad light when he had just taken a two sets to one lead.
was furious with Janowicz, who had been pleading for the roof to be
shut, and referee Andrew Jarrett, claiming there was still time to
finish the match in daylight.
But he returned to finish the job,
sealing his second successive appearance in the All England Club final
thanks to 20 aces and 18 winners in two hours and 52 minutes of
"There was still 45 minutes of light left," Murray said of the roof controversy.
"This is an outdoor event and I believe you should play as much as possible outdoors.
had 20 minutes, took a shower and got back to work. He was on his phone
to someone. That's the way he is, he plays loose on the court as well.
"I'm delighted. He's very talented and unpredictable, he's got a huge serve and he didn't give me much rhythm.
"But after I got back from 1-4 down in the third set I felt the momentum was with me."
26-year-old, who missed the recent French Open due to injury, has now
reached the final in each of his last four Grand Slam appearances.
that will mean little to Murray unless he avenges last year's tearful
final defeat against Roger Federer and emulates Fred Perry's 1936
Murray's seventh Grand Slam final on Sunday
will be his fourth meeting with world number one Djokovic with a major
title on the line.
Djokovic defeated Murray in the 2011 and 2013
Australian Open finals, while the Scot won a five-set thriller to seal
his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open last year.
appearing in his fifth consecutive Wimbledon semi-final and had won his
previous 16 matches on grass, while Janowicz was making his Grand Slam
last four debut.
But the 6ft 8in Janowicz, who was ranked outside the top 200 last year, came out all guns blazing.
Firing down one 139mph rocket in his opening service game, Janowicz's booming deliveries regularly topped the 130mph mark.
failed to convert two set points at 5-4 and Janowicz took advantage of
that escape in the tie-break, racing into a 4-0 lead and sealing the
first set thanks to a Murray double fault.
Murray needed an
immediate response and he got it thanks to a first lapse from Janowicz,
whose double fault on break point gifted the Scot the opening game of
the second set.
Even then Janowicz ensured nothing came easily for
Murray. He forced the Scot to save a break point in the sixth game and
then three more in the eighth before he finally levelled the match at
one set all.
With darkness closing in Janowicz broke for a 3-1 lead in the third set.
a fortunate net-cord gave Murray a break point at 4-2 and he seized the
moment, racing to the net to fire a sublime forehand cross-court
Murray was in the groove and Janowicz, swiping angrily at
the net in frustration, had no answer as he dropped serve again to give
the resurgent Scot five games in a row and a two sets to one lead.
a 30-minute delay to close the roof, Murray emerged to take his
frustrations out on Janowicz when a searing return on break point gave
him a 2-1 lead.
The spotlight had proved too bright for Janowicz and Murray broke again to seal the win.Wimbledon results on Friday, the 11th day of the 2013 tournament (x denotes seeded player):
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Juan Martn Del Potro (ARG x8) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (6/8), 6-3
Andy Murray (GBR x2) bt Jerzy Janowicz (POL x24) 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
Hsieh Su-Wei/Shuai Peng (TPE/CHN x8) bt Shuko Aoyama/Chanelle Scheepers (JPN/RSA) 6-4, 6-3
Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS/AUS x12) bt Anna-Lena Groenfeld/Kveta Peschke (GER/CZE x7) 7-6 (8/6), 6-2
Daniel Nestor/Kristina Mladenovic (CAN/FRA x8) bt Nenad Zimonjic/Katarina Srebotnik (SRB/SLO x3) 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 11-9
Bruno Soares/Lisa Raymond (BRA/USA x1) bt Jean-Julien Rojer/Vera Dushevina (NED/RUS) 6-4, 6-4