Murray beats Baghdatis and the clock

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Andy Murray is through to the second week of Wimbledon after an enthralling 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 victory over Marcos Baghdatis.

The British number one looked down and out during the third set, but he showed reserves of grit and determination to recover, and serve out for victory before the encroaching 11PM deadline.

The windy conditions around Centre Court made for a rather tentative start to the match. Baghdatis was the player striking the ball with more purpose and verve, as the first set grew older. Murray was opting for slice and conservative depth, especially on his renowned double handed backhand. Remarkably, Murray's defensive tennis did just enough, and the Scot carved out a solitary break to clinch the opening set, 7-5.

Encouraged by taking the first set, the fourth seed edged ahead with a break in the second, but Murray seemed to relinquish control of the match at this crucial juncture. Baghdatis fought back, and started to dictate proceedings with some booming winners on both wings. Murray regressed into his shell and handed all of the momentum back to the Cypriot, who duly obliged by levelling the match. After the last two nights of drama, it was obvious that another night of theatre was unfolding under the lights.

The fabled roof closed, and after a brief interlude, the players strolled back out to resume battle. Despite a bright start, it was Murray who conceded serve first, immediately after squandering break point opportunities. Profligacy on break points was a definite concern for the British number one, and something he will need to rectify in future matches.

A break down in the third set, Murray looked stressed, uncomfortable and physically unwell. However, to his credit, he dug deep, tightened up his game, and managed to claw his way back into the set. The partisan crowd, inspired by the British number one and his fightback, grew more vociferous, and Baghdatis crumbled under the relentless pressure. Huge relief.

It was at this moment that the 11PM curfew became apparent. Due to health and safety reasons, local authorities do not permit play at Wimbledon past 11:00PM. The task for Murray was clear ; approach the fourth set with all guns blazing, or be patient and wait for a resumption on Monday. The Scot opted for the former. Reinvigorated by the deadline and the match being back in his grasp, he powered through the tiring Baghdatis to break twice, and seal a famous victory. Murray's relief at finishing the match was extremely palpable.

Marin Cilic will be Murray's opponent in round four. The Croat endured a five hour marathon against Sam Querrey earlier today, but his big serving and powerful game could be a real threat if he is physically capable of delivering.
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Will done fellow Scot
June 30, 2012, 11:17 PM
By SevvyLFC

Well that worked out in the end. lol

How much times has Andy now played under the roof? His 4th?
June 30, 2012, 11:22 PM
By Allan

Well that worked out in the end. lol

How much times has Andy now played under the roof? His 4th?

Wawrinka - Gimeno-Traver - Ljubicic - Baghdatis?
June 30, 2012, 11:25 PM
By Sir Panda

Wawrinka - Gimeno-Traver - Ljubicic - Baghdatis?
And Roddick?
June 30, 2012, 11:27 PM
By Mark

And Roddick?

That was during the afternoon.

Come on, you only actively support Murray during Wimbledon, you should at least know this!
June 30, 2012, 11:29 PM
By Sir Panda

Come on, you only actively support Murray during Wimbledon, you should at least know this!
June 30, 2012, 11:34 PM
By Mark

At least your GIFs always have a hallmark of quality.
June 30, 2012, 11:35 PM
By Sir Panda

Wawrinka - Gimeno-Traver - Ljubicic - Baghdatis?
That's what I'm remembering. Smile
June 30, 2012, 11:35 PM
By Allan

At least your GIFs always have a hallmark of quality.
And you too, sir. highfive
June 30, 2012, 11:35 PM
By Mark

How do you write a report of that length in 3 minutes!!   

I think Andy should be made to play against the clock more often.
June 30, 2012, 11:40 PM
By Tessie

Quick and good report, sir panda, thank ypu! A bizarre win against Baghdatis and the clock, so true! It was a nervous game -second set!- , (Andy said in the post match interview that he was nervous) and a fantastic fast but close finish. Very happy he will not have to play on monday to finish this game. Well done!
June 30, 2012, 11:44 PM
By flowerpower

Yup, good report - except though he may have looked on his way down a couple of times, I never felt he looked on his way out!!
June 30, 2012, 11:58 PM
By Fiverings

Andy's scheduled to play 2nd on Court 1 on Monday...
July 01, 2012, 12:03 AM
By Allan

Andy's scheduled to play 2nd on Court 1 on Monday...

Probably expected. Can't remember a year at Wimbledon when one player had CC for all of their matches.
July 01, 2012, 12:04 AM
By Sir Panda

Thanks for the report Andrew. Super quick too. Cant go to bed without reading the report and checking some newspapers!
July 01, 2012, 12:04 AM
By lashurst

This match has just gone level with the 08 Gasquet one as my all time favorite.

However the passing shots will have to be worked on over the next day or so because most of the break points were lost because of missed passing shots.  Very worrying as he missed quite a lot in the Karlovic match as well.

When he needed to he pulled off some brilliant tennis to rescue the 3rd set and get out a huge hole to be able to finish the match at 11pm and that is what we will remember about this match.
July 01, 2012, 12:15 AM
By Geo

Probably expected. Can't remember a year at Wimbledon when one player had CC for all of their matches.
So Djokovic will be on Court 1 for his quarter final assuming he beats Troicki?
July 01, 2012, 12:18 AM
By Allan

No, probably not, which is galling. He's been on Centre Court for all his matches so far, hasn't he?
July 01, 2012, 12:20 AM
By Sir Panda

No, probably not, which is galling. He's been on Centre Court for all his matches so far, hasn't he?
Aye, and two of them have been under the roof as well.
July 01, 2012, 12:27 AM
By Allan

I think Merton Council that cover SW19 were feeling the heat.  They tweeted this message to Wimbledon + all the British newspapers and news stations including Sky, ITV and the BBC.

“Great win for Murray.  We will always be flexible and take common sense approach.  We pre-arranged with AELTC that they would use their discretion”.
July 01, 2012, 01:19 AM
By IonaRed

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