Murray Beats The Clock…. and Baghdatis

by The Insider on July 2, 2012 · 0 comments

in ATP News

Andy Murray advanced to the 4th Round of Wimbledon after beating Marcos Baghdatis in 4 sets, 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 at 11:02pm when play would of been suspended if he hadn’t of served it out.

At 8:12pm Andy Murray completed a tough first set full of drama and suspense, it was at this moment most of us thought the Brit would now up the gears and sprint through the next 2 sets, however a blend of excellent play by the Cyprusian and some untimely errors from Murray meant they levelled at one set all. It was now clear this match wouldnt finish with the current light outside, the umpire announced the roof would be closed for the remainder of the match or until the play curfew of 11pm.

After a 36 minute break, at 9:40pm the world number 4 came out and served to love, to open the third set proceedings under the bright lights of the centre court roof. The tennis was dicey from both players with break point chances on Baghdatis’s first service game but it was Baghdatis that drew the first blood under the roof when he sent a superb forehand down the line with the Brit moving very stiffly. After giving himself a right talking too, Andy managed to start producing the tennis he is known for, backhand down the line, passing shots and of course his beloved drop shot that really highlighted the cyprusian’s tiring footwork. Murray managed to break back and apply immense mental pressure on the world number 42’s serve to break and take the third set with a passing shot that sent the crowd into a frenzy!

It was now that the pressure really did build on Andy, at 10:35pm he had 25 minutes to finish the match, or suffer a 2 day delay in which his opponent could regroup! The early stages of the set showed the mental toll the third set loss had taken on Bagdatis, his footwork was cumbersome and his groundstrokes were much less penetrating so it was no surprise that 14 minutes later at 10:49pm Murray was 3-0 up! Rumours started to float around that play could continue up to ten minutes after eleven if an end was in sight, at 10:59pm the Brit had managed to gain a 5-1 advantage and was serving for the match, with the clock ticking it felt like mission impossible, however with the world number 4 around nothing is impossible, saving some of his best serves for last, he served the match out to love finishing at 11:02pm!

There were a couple of points throughout the match in which Murray had a clear advantage but somehow managed to drop a tennis ball out of his pocket to force a replay of the point and after the second event even the award of the point to the cyprusian, though the Brit did show nerves of steel having a point taken away to go 30-30 he fired down his fastest serve of the match so far. Andy will face Marin Cilic in the 4th round, second match on court 1 on Monday, he will really need to up his game if he is to advance but our man loves a challenge!

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