Beauty might save the world, according to Janko Tipsarevic's tattoo, but it wasn't enough to beat Andy Murray at Queen's Club today, even if Pippa Middleton was spotted in the crowd. Murray won 6-4 7-6(3) to storm through to the quarter-finals.
The British number one, who could be forgiven for playing with an umbrella after his second consecutive rain-interrupted match here at the Aegon Championships, dispatched the 14th seed in two hours and five minutes to claim a spot against Marin Cilic or Thomaz Belucci.
As proceedings opened, many fans' eyes were on the Scot's troublesome ankle. Murray had admitted today that it hadn't fully healed from the mishap he suffered at the French Open last week, although he stressed that playing on the injury would not make it worse.Read more (257 words)
Although there was no outward sign of discomfort, the world number four opened poorly in the chilly London air, dropping his serve in the opening game against the player who beat him on this court five years ago.
Murray recovered to level for 3-3, as Tipsarevic's level dropped on his serve and, with the Scot leading 5-4, the clouds parted, giving the players the chance to hone their Pro Evolution skills for half an hour.
On the restart, Tipsarevic sent a smash long and a forehand into the tramlines to concede the first set.
At the start of the second, Murray again dropped his opening serve as the world number 31 dusted the line with a fizzing forehand and then fended off two break points to prevent Murray levelling at 3-3.
With his mood darkening with the skies, Murray piled on the aggression to break back at 4-4. As this entertaining encounter moved into a tiebreak, the sun finally emerged from behind the tugging clouds, just as Murray broke free of his shackles.
The Scot helped light up the centre court, surging to a 5-1 lead with a scorching pass, a thunderous forehand and some crafty volleys, before sealing victory with a well-executed return.
"I thought it was a high-quality match," said Murray. "We both played very well, especially at the end of the second set. There were a lot of long rallies and it was a really good test.
"I fell down a couple of times [but] luckily the ankle's fine. It's the best it's felt."