Murray fights past Fognini

By for on
Andy Murray was made to work hard to get past Fabio Fognini in the third round of Wimbledon, eventually prevailing 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 as darkness fell on Centre Court.

Fognini's shotmaking flair certainly made things tough and he threatened to take it to a decider. But the Brit's more consistent play helped him to close out the match in four sets, much to the delight of the Centre Court crowd.

The first set was straightforward for the top seed, closing it out with two breaks after the Italian double-faulted twice.

But a poor first set often doesn't count much for the Italian, often a wildly inconsistent player. He regrouped and began to put pressure on the Murray serve, with the pair exchanging breaks to start the second set.

Fognini's shotmaking was beginning to flow and he broke again to lead 3-2 after Murray's backhand found the net.

At one set all, Murray grabbed back the momentum and raced through the third set, taking it 6-1.

A dramatic fourth set followed, the crowd getting fully into the match. A sixth Murray double fault handed Fognini a 4-2 lead and the Brit faced further danger in his next service game, having to save two set points.

Serving for the set at 5-3, 40-15, the Italian very much looked like he was going to take it. But Murray's fighting qualities clicked into gear and he turned the game around, the crowd roaring as Fognini crashed a drop shot into the net.

The world number one saved a fifth set point to take the score to 5-5, and he turned the tables on a frustrated Fognini to break in the next game.

Having seized control of the match, Murray served his way to victory. He will face Frenchman Benoit Paire in the fourth round on Monday.

Beautiful report, Katie
July 07, 2017, 11:53 PM
By circe

Great report which sums it all up very succinctly.  Thanks Katie.
July 08, 2017, 03:32 AM
By Aileen

Thank you Katie, amazing you could see the match from behind the sofa!  thumb up
July 08, 2017, 06:22 AM
By blueberryhill

Thanks for the report Katie. It was a murraycoaster, which had the wine out  Smile
July 08, 2017, 08:29 AM
By ChrisMac

Watch .40 . Mentioned his hip.
July 08, 2017, 08:32 AM
By flowerpower

Thanks for the report. It feels for me as if the match has just ended. I still wonder how Andy won it without winners.
July 08, 2017, 09:11 AM
By counter_ puncher

Thank you Katie great report , could only watch the first set and a half , then watched posts . What a fighter he is , will give him confidence moving forward.
July 08, 2017, 10:32 AM
By deb

another great report, thanks Katie.  It was wonderful to see the Murray roar at the end.  Talk about mind over body.  If anyone tries to suggest Andy has lost motivation, we'll remind them of this match!   w00t
July 09, 2017, 01:03 PM
By Ruthie

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