Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Queen's semi as it happened

British number one Andy Murray fights back to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the rain-delayed semi-finals at Queen's.

15 June 2013 Last updated at 20:15

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  1. 2010: 

    Our time here must come to an end. There will, of course, be live text commentary on the final, while coverage beings on BBC One at 12:20 BST. And don't forget that there will also be live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live. What a Sunday it promises to be. Bye for now.

  2. 2008: 

    At one point it seemed as if the semi-finals would have to be played on another day, but the weather gods eventually shone kindly on Queen's and we're on track for a Sunday final between defending champion Marin Cilic and 2011 champion Andy Murray.

  3. 2001: 

    British number one Andy Murray: "I managed to turn that match around against a top player, he's one of the best grass court players in the world. I much appreciate people sticking around because I know it's a frustrating day."

    Murray explains how he knew Marin Cilic would be his opponent on Sunday: "The scores were coming up at the change of ends and then I heard it over the system, that's why I knew he had won."

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 Tsonga

    Murray opts to serve and volley, out to the wings and then bamboozling Tsonga with a deep backhand volley. A point away from victory... and Murray secures a place in the final in some style thanks to an ace down the 'T' does the job.

  5. 1954: 

    Defending champion Marin Cilic secures a double break of serve to beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-4 4-6 6-2 and book his place in the final. Scene set for a lively final.

    *Murray 4-6 6-3 5-2 Tsonga

    Boom-badda-bing. Tsonga has, at times, played brilliantly in this match and although he has unravelled in the third set he at least makes his opponent serve for the match.

    Murray 4-6 6-3 5-1 Tsonga*

    Oh la la! Tsonga, running at top speed towards the tape, is unable to dig the ball from his toes and, indeed, he has gathered so much momentum that he is unable to stop which means there's only one way to go: over the net. Simple and efficient serving from Murray. He's a game away from reaching the final.

    John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "This is what lets Tsonga down sometimes. When he does strange things he does them in bunches. It is never just one error."

    *Murray 4-6 6-3 4-1 Tsonga

    Poor Tsonga. The Frenchman's game is unravelling. He's a tad too casual with a forehand on the first point and then he slips on the turf on the next and, 0-30, a weak drop volley gifts Murray three break points. The Brit only needs the one chance, though, with Tsonga netting from the baseline.

    Murray 4-6 6-3 3-1 Tsonga*

    Anguished groans from the spectators as they watch Murray, at full stretch, respond to a beautiful Tsonga volley by dragging a backhand into the tramlines. A thumping forehand winner takes the world number two to 40-30 and the Briton eventually consolidates his break with ease.

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Radio 5 live at Queen's Club

    "Murray is really playing a guessing game on these Tsonga serves. The Frenchman has so much variety but on the seventh break point Murray breaks. Has he also broken Tsonga's resistance?"

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

    MURRAY BREAKS SERVE- *Murray 4-6 6-3 2-1 Tsonga

    A wayward volley from Tsonga and Murray has a whiff at 0-30. Another poor shot selection from the Frenchman, this time a sliced backhand volley, gifts Murray three break points. Tsonga saves one, he saves another and drags the game to deuce with a howitzer of a serve. A brilliant Murray return, combined with a poor attempted volley from Tsonga, presents Murray with a fourth break point. A stunning backhand winner down the line for a fifth break point... Chances come and go...sixth break point... seventh break point... and Tsonga eventually crumbles, punching a forehand wide.


    Mysterious Truth: @andy_murray got this - just needs to hold his ground because he's got Tsonga on the ropes.

    DomMcCormack™: Murray just needs to keep Tsonga on the baseline and then he's got him wrapped up.

    Stimpleton: Can't help but cheer on Tsonga. The guy is so cool and always looks like he genuinely loves playing the game.


    Lleyton Hewitt and Marin Cilic are also into a deciding set in their semi-final. The veteran Australian holds serve to lead defending champion Cilic 2-1 as the match enters its third hour on a sparsely populated Court One.

    Murray 4-6 6-3 1-1 Tsonga*
    Andy Murray

    Ferocious hitting from Murray, with the world number two sending his opponent lunging from tramline to tramline before engineering a crackerjack of a forehand into the far corner which gets the better of Tsonga. Another dazzling exchange between the two and, once again, it's Murray who comes out on top, a forehand winner doing the damage.

    *Murray 4-6 6-3 0-1 Tsonga

    Here we go then, buckle up, we're into a decider. A comfortable opener as a tad too much oomph on the Murray return allows Tsonga to hold to love.

    John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "Andy did the same thing in the previous round against Benjamin Becker - he lost the break and got irritated with himself - but he has got his focus back at the right time in this match, and here we are at one-set all."


    Adam: I love Andy Murray in this mood. he pulls out some amazing shots, especially the backhand cross court...

    DKerry Owen: Queen's semi finals day. Finally we see some tennis and Murray is finally playing.

    Stephanie Siu: Murray was gifted with those break points. It still wasn't a convincing break. FIGHT MUZZA!

    GAME AND SECOND SET- Murray 4-6 6-3 Tsonga*

    A service game which has a mixture of everything: A backhand winner, an ace... and then a baseline slug-fest which Tsonga ends by plonking a backhand into the net. The players walk to their seats and the camera capture a big old yawn from Ivan Lendl.

    MURRAY BREAKS SERVE- *Murray 4-6 5-3 Tsonga

    At 15-30, Murray sniffs an opportunity and a ferocious return, forcing Tsonga to plonk a forehand wide, earns him a break point - another wayward Tsonga backhand and the Scot has the opportunity to serve out the set.

    Murray 4-6 4-3 Tsonga*
    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Murray grabs the opening point with a deft backhand which kisses the paint. It may be gloomy in London, but this match is now awash in Technicolor as the duo tango at the net. Oh la la! Murray, stooping to conjure a volley from his shoelaces, looks to have the upper hand, but Tsonga, dashing to the net, pounces and Murray can only frame his response. Danger. Break point. A dazzling serve out wide comes to Murray's rescue. A lazy forehand gifts Tsonga a second break point. "Keep going, that's the way to get out of it," says Murray in sarcastic tones. The Brit digs into his box of tricks, coming up with a beautiful volley. It's nervy stuff if you're in the Murray camp, but Murray grabs advantage and Tsonga then goes long.

    Alastair Eykyn, BBC Radio 5 live at Queen's Club

    "Lleyton Hewitt served for the second set but was broken by Marin Cilic. However, he still leads 5-4 looking to level the match. Hewitt won five games in a row but they were very tight games. Cilic is serving to stay in the second."


    Adam James: Murray's first serve has been terrible at Queen's this year!

    Adam Gaunt: Murray's heart isn't in this. Needs a kick up the backside and the crowd behind him!

    Greg Ward: Tsonga is so consistent with his service games, Murray will have to take it to a tie break to win a set.

    John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "Tsonga's serve has been immaculate so far. Murray is struggling to do anything with it, and the variety of direction, spin and speed has been exceptional. He has also used the body serve well.

    "Murray just cannot get into the rallies to try to move Tsonga around and put him under pressure. Even when he gets a serve back, if he does not do enough with it, then Tsonga is winning the point with his next shot."

    *Murray 4-6 3-3 Tsonga

    The sun is playing hokey-cokey, popping in and out of the clouds, but the weather isn't as entertaining as the tennis on show. Tsonga follows up a huge serve with a picture-perfect volley, nudging the Frenchman to within a point of the game, and another howitzer of a serve, which Murray unsuccessfully challenges, sees Tsonga home.

    Murray 4-6 3-2 Tsonga*

    Murray holds to love and, before we know it, the players are heading towards their seats for the changeover. That was rapid serving from the Scot.

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Radio 5 live at Queen's Club

    "Murray has been up and down so far in this match. Tsonga's serve has been dominating of late and his sliced serve has been really effective."


    Gabi S Templeton: Tsonga is playing so well at the moment! Beautiful to watch.

    Tony Ridal: Looks like #tsonga wants it more than #murray at the moment.

    *Murray 4-6 2-2 Tsonga

    So potent is Tsonga's serve that Murray, one of the finest returners in the game, is unable to scatter seeds of doubt into the Frenchman's game. A Tsonga forehand whistles beyond Murray for 40-15 - but, hang on, talk about writing too soon - a rash forehand from Tsonga gives Murray hope at deuce. The crowd have woken up. But Tsonga merely ups the ante, skips towards the net and produces an irretrievable volley.

  30. 1856: 

    With more rain forecast on Sunday, tournament organisers have already decided to bring forward the start time for the final. Originally set for a 1400 BST start, the final will now begin at 1200 BST with live coverage across the BBC.

    "All indications are that rain will arrive mid-to-late Sunday afternoon, so we have made this decision to give ourselves the biggest possible window to play the finals," tournament director Chris Kermode said.

    Murray 4-6 2-1 Tsonga*
    Andy Murray

    A touch of razzle-dazzle from both players: Murray attempting to outfox his opponent with a deep volley, but the lithe Tsonga's riposte is a nonchalant lob which drifts into the tramlines. Oof. Murray holds, but it's Tsonga who looks the more assured.

    *Murray 4-6 1-1 Tsonga

    Gentle applause from the crowd as the entertaining Frenchman scoots to the net and aims a winning volley at Murray's shoelaces. A beautiful sliced backhand eases Tsonga to 40-15 and he then wraps up matters with a booming ace out wide. Murray challenges, but replays show the Frenchman's radar is in tip-top shape. Beautiful serving from the 2011 finalist.

    Murray 4-6 1-0 Tsonga*

    Murray strode purposefully to his chair after the opening set and has emerge from the changeover with fire in his belly. A comfortable hold to love for the world number two. By the way, coverage of this match will be moving from the Red Button to BBC Three at 19:00 BST.

    John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "At the moment Tsonga is taking the game to Andy Murray and is serving so well. Andy is up there with the best returners in the game but he is barely getting his racquet on the ball. Tsonga is just on fire at the moment."

    GAME AND FIRST SET- *Murray 4-6 Tsonga

    Tsonga serving and volleying with aplomb and it's a tactic which wins him the opening point. But, as is the Frenchman's way, he mixes artistry with carelessness with a straightforward backhand drifting beyond the baseline for 15-15. More canny serving, though, and Tsonga amasses two set points, which he gobbles up thanks to an ace to the wings.

    John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "Murray's second serve has been a bit short this week but he usually serves so few double faults. It is not windy, or certainly not any more windy than it has been this week so I am not really sure why that happened.

    "But part of the reason he was broken was the power of Tsonga's returning, I am not sure anyone else could have hit the ball like that and it has been an impressive first set from him so far. On serve Tsonga is keeping Murray guessing too and not giving him the same two first serves in a row."

    TSONGA BREAKS SERVE- Murray 4-5 Tsonga*

    Murmurs of concerns from the Murray faithful as their man is forced to defend two break points. The US Open champion surrenders with a whimper, a double fault allowing Tsonga to move to within a game of the set.

    John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "Considering the conditions and how long the players have had to wait around all day because of the rain, this is a quality match."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Queen's Club

    Real drama behind us where Cilic leads Hewitt 6-4 2-0 but shouts at umpire "he's putting pressure on you!" over a call.

    *Murray 4-4 Tsonga

    Both players intent on holding serve as quickly as possible and, with consummate ease, Tsonga levels the match.

    Murray 4-3 Tsonga*
    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    In the time it takes me to put some words together to create some sort of a sentence, Murray dashes towards the net to swat away a forehand winner for three game points. Clinically, ruthlessly, he produces the knockout blow and Tsonga merely turns away in disbelief.

    *Murray 3-3 Tsonga

    The sun seems to have disappeared for the evening, although some fans are refusing to remove their shades. No sign of the wet stuff, though, and that's what matters. A wild and wide return from Murray and it's an easy peasy hold for Tsong.

    Murray 3-2 Tsonga*

    There's danger ahead as Tsonga collects three break points. Worry not, though, Murray fans, as the 2011 champion confidently steps in from the baseline to crunch a forehand winner into the corner for deuce. The Brit then wriggles free with a serve out wide which leaves Tsonga floundering.

    *Murray 2-2 Tsonga

    Worryingly, silly errors are creeping into Tsonga's game. Murray senses an opportunity and a sublime forehand return from the Brit forces the Frenchman to defend a break point. But the 28-year-old coolly serves out wide and follows it up with a winning volley at the net. Tsonga has struck upon a winning formula and, once again, opts to serve and volley which, once again, it earns him a point - and with it the game.

    Murray 2-1 Tsonga*

    Disbelieving groans from the spectators as they watch Tsonga send a straightforward forehand into orbit and in the direction of those in the cheaper seats. A comfortable hold for the Brit.

    *Murray 1-1 Tsonga

    Tsonga rattles through the opening points to ease to 40-0, but a wayward backhand bounces into the tramlines and, suddenly, the Frenchman has been dragged to deuce. Deuce. Advantage. Deuce. Advantage. But parity is soon restored when Tsonga directs a serve into the Murray ribcage, the Brit plonking a return into the tape.

    Murray 1-0 Tsonga*

    We're off! A Murray forehand grazes the line, a shot so precise that the lunging Tsonga can only net his reply. A couple of sloppy forehands from the Briton allow Tsonga to level at 30-30, and the Frenchman then attempts to turn the screw with a lob from the back of the court - but Murray, ever alert, smashes away the danger. Murray then comes out on top of a baseline slug-fest to wrap up the game.

  48. 1804: 

    Britain's best tennis player and France's best tennis player are currently practising their serves. Ivan Lendl, Kim Sears, Judy Murray are all present which must mean the show will soon begin. Good things come to those who wait.

  49. 1800: 

    Hello again. Andy Murray arrives on Centre Court to warm cheers and it looks like a glorious summer's evening in London. Just a reminder, you can watch the ding-dong between Murray and Tsonga on BBC Two and online, while you can listen to live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live. Oh, and there's live text commentary, of course.

  50. 1740: 
    Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at table football

    What to do during a third rain delay? Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have been enjoying a game of table football, while my colleague Chris Bevan has been eating his way through packets of pineapple and monkey nuts. Not a tasty mix. Umbrellas are popping up again around Queen's. This live text will resume at about 18:00 BST. Let's stick with it.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport

    "A bit of reshuffling has taken place and anyone who's been overdoing it in the bar might be a bit confused when Murray and Tsonga stride onto Centre Court, while Cilic and Hewitt head for Court One. It's rare for a match that has started to be switched, and presumably the Aussie and Croat were happy to go along with things in order to get the semi-finals played. There is live coverage of Murray v Tsonga on the Red Button (and online, obviously)."

  52. 1735: 

    A chorus of boos as the spectators are informed that play will not begin until 17:55 BST. A number of fans have taken the news as an opportunity to leave their seats and, perhaps, chomp on some more strawberries.

  53. 1733:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spectators are slowly taking to their Centre Court seats and a handful off them are continuing to slow clap. A rain delay obviously makes for unruly tennis spectators. Coverage of the Murray v Tsonga semi-final has begun on the Red Button, while you can also listen to live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live.

  54. 1729: 

    In a bid to ensure both semi-finals are completed this evening, there has been a slight shuffling of the schedule. Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play on Centre, while Leyton Hewitt's semi with Marin Cilic - which had already begun - will be played on Court One.

  55. 1726: 

    As far as I'm aware, and I've not been told otherwise, it's still Saturday, 15 June. The rain has stopped, the sun is out and the spectators are slow clapping, no need to ask whether they've been guzzling something stronger than water during the rain break. Play will being shortly.

  56. 1619: 

    And with news that the rain clouds will continue to hover over west London for a wee while longer I will disappear until about 17:00 BST. Bye for now.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport

    "I'm not going to lie, it's pretty grim at Queen's right now, but the prospects do look a bit brighter from about 17:00 BST. There will be no biscuits left in the media centre by then, so fingers crossed."

  58. 1609: 

    Right, where were we? Ah, yes, admiring Gene Kelly for his ability to not only sing in the rain, but dance too. Kelly apparently had a fever when he was splashing through the puddles and getting soaked to his skin. Unfortunately, no such scenes in Queen's. No tennis, no dancing, no singing... it's just dark and gloomy.

  59. 1559: 

    News has filtered through that Brian Baker, the American who surprised many by reaching the fourth round at SW19 last year, has withdrawn from Wimbledon, as has Nikolay Davydenko and Mardy Fish. Belgium's Steve Darcis, ranked 110 in the world, replaces Baker, while Guillaume Rufin and Andreas Haider-Maurer also receive late call ups. That is all I have say on that.


    Dave Worley: If this storm that's battering North London is heading Queens' way, you'll be lucky to see any more play today...

    Veep: Oh the weather at Queens is raining. And for the players it's terribly draining...


    The powers that be have decided to show a replay of last year's Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Andy Murray. If the weather carries on like this it's only a matter of time before the 1981 Borg v McEnroe final appears on our screens.


    Will Downes: Queen's Club hope to finish the 2013 tournament some time in 2026.

    Lizzie Jones: 2 games & the rain covers are back on.. Welcome to Britain!

  63. 1543: 

    The covers are dragged over the turf and the players disappear, as do the spectators. They sky over Queen's now resembling a Turner painting, which is not a picturesque sight when there's tennis to be played.

    Hewitt 0-2 (40-40) Cilic*

    Hewitt's crisp white T-shirt is fluttering in the breeze which suggests conditions aren't ideal for serving on Centre Court. The Aussie saves two break points before easing to advantage thanks to a classy lob. The defending champion, though, is fights on thanks to a winner into the corner for deuce and then the wet stuff falls from the sky. Lots of it. And the umpire utters those horrible words: "Play is suspended". By the way, Sunday's final has been brought forward which means coverage will begin on BBC One at 12:20 BST.

    *Hewitt 0-2 Cilic

    Hewitt's victory over Del Potro, his 40th at Queen's, means the 32-year-old Aussie could become the oldest winner of this tournament. Only two more victories and he'll surpass Jimmy Connors's record. (The American won Queen's back in 1983 aged 30.) We're getting a bit ahead of ourselves, though, as an ace out to the wings takes Cilic to within a point of the game - Boom! - and the defending champion comfortably holds when Hewitt nets.

    Hewitt 0-1 Cilic*

    Cilic won the toss and decided to put his opponent in to bat, as it were. A double fault makes for an opening as grim as the overhead sky. The four-time champion needs to fine tune his serve as those first serves aren't going over the barrier. A third double fault takes the game to deuce... A canny Hewitt backhand leaves Cilic floundering... but the Croat then wins a fine point at the net. Fourth double fault and it's break point Cilic... First serve finds the tape - nerves - and Cilic snatches the game courtesy of a beautiful forehand winner.

  67. 1524: 

    Marin Cilic also had time to talk to John Inverdale before the final and here is what he had to say: "I'm very dependent [on the serve], especially on the grass. Against the top players you always need a few free points. We know that Lleyton is an extremely great defensive player and he's shown this throughout his career. There's going to be a lot of rallies and I'm just hoping I'm going to be serving well."

    Lleyton Hewitt (left) and Marin Cilic
  68. 1522: 

    Lleyton Hewitt on BBC One: "I have played pretty well in all four finals I have played here. My return of serve and movement is still good, and when the body is feeling good you are able to do stuff more often. Your priority is the wife and kids but when I am on the court, I am still the competitor that I have always been. Marin Cilic will be a tough competitor, it won't be easy."

  69. 1520: 

    The umpire has informed us that three minutes of the warm-up remains... We'll be rocking and a rollin' very soon. Cilic putting the final touches to his overhead volleys.

  70. 1515: 

    The players have been told to look lively and have emerged from the locker room, while spectators are slowly taking to their seats. Half of the sky looks like dirty dish water, while the other half is a baby blue. Which will prevail? Sun and blue skies currently dominating.

  71. 1511: 

    We've been entertained during the rain delay with a replay of Andy Murray winning Olympic gold, but it's time to move on from a time when the sun shone for 19 glorious sporting days because, as I type, there's a glimmer of sunshine in London!

  72. 1343: 

    Righteo, someone has made an executive decision, and it's probably a wise one, which means I will now stop writing gobbledegook and return when the clouds lighten and the players scoot back onto the court. In the meantime, you can watch a replay of Andy Murray's 2011 final with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, or do the ironing.

  73. 1338: 

    Sue Barker and Andrew Castle have resorted to chatting about the British and Irish Lions and this summer's World Athletics Championships in Moscow. If Sue can go off on a tangent then I don't see why I can't mention that there's live text commentary of the US Open and the Champions Trophy on this very website.


    Andrew Harvey: Really rooting for a Hewitt Murray final, what a fantastic spectacle that would be!

    Sophie: Just to let you know, there was torrential rain 30 miles west of you about half an hour ago. Enjoy!

    Ruth Guy: ‏Uch. Rain delay. Should take a bet on Andy Murray not playing today :(

  75. 1332: 

    Hewitt, the former world number one, was on the court but before his limbs could warm up rain splattered over our TV screens and brollies mushroomed across Queen's. Off trot the players. It's going to be one of those days...

  76. 1327: 

    To everyone's surprise Lleyton Hewitt is still in contention to win a fifth title at Queen's after the ageless Australian beat third seed Juan Martin del Potro 6-2 2-6 6-2. It is Hewitt's semi-final clash with defending champion Marin Cilic which we will concentrate on first before turning our attention to Andy Murray's showdown with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.


    Ruth Guy: Have tea (too cold for champers), strawberries and the remote control ready for an afternoon at queens club with Andy Murray

    Kels: I'm so excited for the semis today

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Queen's

    "We've just had a burst of bright sunshine and rain, it's now overcast and dry, so the usual story at Queen's Club this week. With the forecast in mind, organisers have brought Sunday's final forward by two hours to 12:00 BST - coverage remains on BBC One, HD, online and 5 live. The doubles final will begin at the same time on Court One, while the Rally for Cancer charity match follows the singles final on Centre."

  79. 1323:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    You know it's a special day when you can watch tennis on BBC One and the BBC Sport website. Yup, it's a wonderful pick n mix because while reading the live text commentary (which is compulsory, I'm afraid) you can watch moving pictures on the telly, on your mobile - or wherever you choose - and, wait for it, listen to live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live.

  80. 1319: 
    Trooping the Colour

    Good afternoon! It's semi-final day at Queen's although, disappointingly, I'm told that is not why the Royal Family have been gazing at Lancaster Bombers and the Red Arrows flying over Buckingham Palace. They're Trooping the Colour apparently over in west London, as well as preparing for two semi-finals of course.

  81. 1315: 

    As of yet there have been no anxious moments for Andy Murray on Queen's apple green lawns, no nail-biting deciders, no distressing groans, no injury scares - and they call this the height of British summer?

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