Andy Murray overcomes Marcos Maghdatis to advance at Wimbledon
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Andy Murray made history on Saturday, with one of the latest finishes to a match at the all England club ever. The contest went on until 11:15pm in some of the worst circumstances for tennis as the match was halted for 36 minutes to close the roof due to bad light. The Scot performed magnificently, looking determined and focused as he eventually finished off Marcos Baghdatis, 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 in their third round match at Wimbledon.
The British number one had to fight back from losing the second set to claim one of the most memorable wins under the roof on centre court with the added drama of the contest finishing up fractionally after the tournaments 11pm curfew. The blazer brigade at Wimbledon were poised to take the players off with the possibility of play continuing on Monday, which neither player fancied. The number four seed, however, clinched a breathless win just in time to set up a fourth round battle with tough Croatian, Marin Cilic.
Murray and Baghdatis had faced each other 6 times before, with both players managing 3 wins each. The last time these two men had faced each other at Wimbledon, the Cypriot came out on top in 2006 in straight sets. On this occasion the match took close to three hours and thirteen minutes to complete as both players were playing hard and challenging for very ball.
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Baghdatis began the match in rather a sluggish fashion as he was quickly put under pressure from Murray in the opening service game, Murray raced into a 15-30 lead and was looking impressive, but he planted two successive forehands into the net to allow the Cypriot some breathing room and time to regain control of his opening service game.
The set continued in tense circumstances as Murray came under pressure himself when serving with the new balls, as Baghdatis forced two breakpoints with the contest poised at 4-3. The tournament’s number four seed managed to save the first with an excellently placed drop shot and the second was prevented with the help of a hawk-eye challenge.
The first break of serve came with the set locked at 5-5, Murray applied relentless pressure and outmanoeuvred the strong Baghdatis serve to go 6-5, before serving out the opening set in clinical fashion and including the first ace.
A roller-coaster continued in the second set for both players as Baghdatis had to overcome two breakpoints in the opening game and Murray twice taking a tumble to the ground following some long, hard rallies.
The fourth seed went a break up early but a sloppy double-fault allowed his opponent an immediate break back. The world’s number 42 took full control of the set as he broke the Scot for a second successive time following some frustrating unforced errors by Murray.
The Cypriot closed out the set in unconvincing fashion before the contest was stopped by the organisers in order to close the roof due to bad light. The stoppage appeared to be exactly what Murray needed as he was struggling to contain his frustration on court, the break allowed him to regain his composure and plan his next move.
The third set began, following the 36 minutes enforced break, much the same way as the previous two, with both players combining excellent and sloppy play. The set was tied at 5-5 and despite being penalised for a ball dropping from his pocket twice, Murray was able to hold serve then follow it up with a critical and perfectly timed break of serve to take the set.
The fourth and final set saw the British number one continue his momentum from the previous set as he held the opening service game and broke immediately after. The tournament officials loitered along the side-lines as the match was closing in on the 11pm deadline, but with the match suddenly looking like it could end, they relented to allow things to play out. The British number one only allowed his opponent a single game in the final winning 6-1, much to the delight of the home crowd and the Wimbledon anoraks .
The contest was thrilling, tense and full of drama, Murray will now move on to the fourth round where he will face Croatian hitman Marin Cilic and one more step closer to Wimbledon glory.
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