Updated: 30/06/2012 12:32 | By pa.press.net

Draw opens up for Murray



Andy Murray celebrates defeating Croatia's Ivo Karlovic in the second round at Wimbledon

Andy Murray celebrates defeating Croatia's Ivo Karlovic in the second round at Wimbledon

Andy Murray reached the third round at Wimbledon with a controversial four-set win over Ivo Karlovic that prompted the giant Croatian to accuse tournament officials of bias towards the British number one.

And within hours the home title hope received a huge boost to his chances of becoming the first British Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry in 1936 when Rafael Nadal was dumped out of the tournament in a stunning upset, losing to unheralded Czech Lukas Rosol.

Suddenly the door to the final has swung open, with Nadal having been in Murray's half of the draw. The pair were seeded to clash in the semi-finals, the stage at which Nadal has beaten Murray in each of the last two years.

Against big-serving Karlovic, Murray needed to show formidable mental strength to come through 7-5 6-7 (7/5) 6-2 7-6 (7/4), with the Scot recovering from dropping the second set to edge through in a fourth-set tie-break.

But Karlovic, at 6ft 10in the tallest player ever to be ranked in the top 100, was left furious after being called for a succession of foot faults, including one in the final tie-break.

The 33-year-old, a former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, said: "In my whole life, ever since I was eight years old, I didn't do this many foot faults. It was never called when it was 30-0 or 40-0, it was always when it was 30-30 or in a tie-break. I mean, what is this? Is it Davis Cup or is it Wimbledon? After this match, the whole credibility of this tournament went down for me.

"After I don't know how many, I stood a little bit back so they could not call it and they still did. It was outrageous. It's Wimbledon, Centre Court, and they do this. I feel cheated."

And pressed on whether he felt his treatment was because he was playing against the home favourite, Karlovic said: "Definitely."

He added that he was unsure whether he would make an official complaint, saying: "I don't know what I'm going to do. Right now I'm angry about it... because I don't expect it here. Even though it is against the English (sic) guy who they always want to win, I don't expect it here."

Murray was diplomatic on the subject but admitted he had no idea whether the foot-fault calls were correct. He said: "That's very tough to question the integrity of Wimbledon, I would have thought. It's got a lot of history, a lot of tradition. There's been hundreds of thousands of matches played here over the years. I've never heard that before."

11Comments
29/06/2012 07:32
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Sounds like sour grapes to me...Well done Andy. Good luck for the next round ...One step at a time.
29/06/2012 10:16
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If you want the truth about what Andy Murray said about England go to YOU TUBE and watch the clip as detailed below. Straight from the mouth of his close friend Tim Henman, who was there when the original comments were made.....This myth should be put to bed once and for all

 

"Andy Murray anti-English myth debunked by Tim Henman"

 

Mind you I am sure that the bigoted "little englanders" and Murray haters still won't believe it.

29/06/2012 09:59
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n 1 what a bitter, petty minded, racist, Scot and Murray hater you are. It's obviously you who hates other people because of their nationality, not Andy. This "he hates England" rubbish you and your fellow BNP and EDL racists spout, dates back to a bit of amicable England-Scotland football banter between him and his fellow British former tennis player Tim Henman. This was picked up and twisted into something ugly and untrue by a racist columnist on one of your anti-Scottish rags, Richard Littlejohn, and his Goebels-style lie has been perpetuated since by trolls like yourself. What you can't get your pea-brain around is the fact that Andy is not only a proud Scot, but is also the best tennis talent ever produced in Britain, and has consistently and deservedly been in the top four in WORLD tennis for the past few years. Right, rant over, back to swinging from your tyre on a rope in your cage.
29/06/2012 07:37
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Sounds like sour grapes to me. Should be easy to verify with all the camera angles they have  and use of slow mo.
29/06/2012 08:55
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Nobody called Murray a cheat (unless you think he has some kind of mind control over the officials).

 

29/06/2012 10:58
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N1..??? who said Murray cheated??? did you watch the match at all???
29/06/2012 13:47
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to be honest the only chance Andy Murray will get is with Nadal out in his  half. Scot's haters or not

this is his best chance,Time is fast running out for him.

30/06/2012 23:19
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Well done Andy ...Good luck for the next round....One step at a time

29/06/2012 08:34
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Hahaha, calling him English would hurt him a million times more than calling him a cheat, he HATES the English and has never made a secret of it. They woulnt call em as fouls tho if they wernt so he is just bitter. The English hatin Jock marches on petending this is home tounament in front of his home fans when he cant stand us really, and if we wernt so desperate for a win, we wouldnt like him either. Stroppy borin sulky greedy ugly dude
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