Andy Murray believes his battling Wimbledon quarter-final victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will benefit him as he looks to win a second SW19 title.
The Scot headed into the match having not dropped a set in this year’s event but despite racing into a 2-0 lead, the Frenchman showed plenty of resistance.
However, after forcing a decider, Tsonga eventually ran out of steam and the world number two collected a 7-6 (12-10) 6-1 3-6 4-6 6-1 victory.
Tomas Berdych now waits in the last four on Friday and the 29-year-old will be confident of victory, having beaten the Czech in their last four meetings.
After Novak Djokovic’s elimination last Saturday, Murray is the 1.57 favourite to win Wimbledon and he showed good levels of resolve to finish Tsonga off having been pushed hard by the 12th seed.
The home favourite admits his confidence has been boosted by his battling display against the Frenchman and believes Wednesday’s win will stand him in good stead in his bid to win a third Grand Slam title. “I was definitely tested a lot today,” said Murray.
“This was a really hard, hard match to come through. “I think it can give you a bit of confidence.
It can help to go through games and stages in matches that are challenging. If you’re in that position in the next couple of matches, you know you’ve been there.
“So I’m hoping it helps me the next couple of rounds.”
Murray is currently 1.10 to book his place in Sunday’s final, while Berdych is priced at 6.00 to make the SW19 showpiece for the second time in his career.