Updated: 30/06/2012 23:37 | By pa.press.net

Murray stretches past Baghdatis



Andy Murray pulled off a 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 win to reach the fourth round

Andy Murray pulled off a 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 win to reach the fourth round

Wimbledon extended their curfew for Andy Murray and the British number one took advantage to book his place in the fourth round where he will take on Marin Cilic.

Murray was not at his best as he wrapped up a 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 victory over Marcos Baghdatis, in the latest finish known at Wimbledon.

Victory was tied up at 11.02pm, exceeding the previous record of 10.58pm set by Novak Djokovic and Olivier Rochus two years ago. The official curfew is 11pm, which is the time the final game began.

Murray was playing within himself in tricky breezy conditions, and he often found himself on the back foot in rallies. The Scot took a tumble in the seventh game and seemed to be feeling his right shoulder, and he had more problems when Baghdatis brought up two break points.

But Murray saved both, one with the coolest of drop shots and the second with a running forehand pass that was initially called out but HawkEye showed to be in. Murray's chance arrived in the 11th game, and he took his second break point when Baghdatis pushed a forehand wide.

The Scot then served out a cagey set with an ace after exactly one hour. Murray moved ahead in the second set with a break in the third game, taking his third chance when Baghdatis netted a volley.

The Scot looked set to make it three breaks in a row but six times Baghdatis saved break point, and then made it three games in a row with a forehand winner. The Scot was slipping and sliding and clearly not happy, and, with the light fading, it was Baghdatis who served out the set 6-3 to level the match.

The players were then called off court at the end of the set, at 9.04pm to allow time for the roof to be closed, with the match to continue under lights. When play resumed, the Scot came out with strapping on his leg but a positive attitude and began the third set by serving three aces in the first game.

Murray dug deep to hold his serve and then, despite yet another fall, broke back when Baghdatis netted a rather tame forehand. Murray faced another break point after being penalised for a ball popping out of his pocket for the third time in the match.

But his serve saved him, before the Scot finally nailed a backhand pass down the line to clinch the set 7-5. Baghdatis folded wretchedly in the fourth set, which began at 10.36pm, and the winning moment came when he lobbed a forehand well over the baseline.

332Comments
01/07/2012 00:14
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Let's be effing proud of him for a change rather than slag him off.
01/07/2012 00:02
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Nadal might be out but Federer and jokovic are still in, although I think they'll meet in the other half of the draw so one will go out, still a huge match of a final if Andy murray makes it, and if thats the case, then he'll have my full support. He's achieved more than any other British player in recent history and is a credit to the nation.
01/07/2012 00:38
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Great match Andy, well played.

All the best for your next game with Cilic.

Lets hope all of the UK will get behind you now.  

 

MURRAY ALL THE WAY.

30/06/2012 23:51
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Brilliant, go all the way mate, i`m English but i`m proud of you mate.

01/07/2012 08:09
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I neither like or dislike Andy Murray/Tennis what I hate is all the media hype that surrounds any brit (england squad included) when they are in any sports event (just wait till the olympics) Its not that im not patriotic but we can all judge who is or isnt anygood without the endless building up to knock them down mentality This spoils everything for me  not to mention the ridiculous pressure thats put on the athletes!
01/07/2012 00:10
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A great match tonight which at one stage appeared to be slipping from Andy.  Great credit for showing battling qualities in a game he would have lost before Ivan Lendl began to coach him. He is showing inner strength now. He still has some tough matches before the semi but I hope he makes it through.
01/07/2012 07:19
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HOW MANY MORE TIMES does this need to be posted

Andy DOES NOT hate, and NEVER HAS hated the english.

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.

30/06/2012 23:45
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Well done Andy ...Good luck for the next round...One step at a time.
30/06/2012 23:53
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Why on earth, when the organisers well know the game cannot be finished in daylight before it even starts, do they not close the roof on Centre Court at the start of the match. So much better than wasting half an hour in the middle of the match, after two sets, totally changing the playing conditions and disrupting the flow of the players. The roof should have been closed immediately at the end of the Roddick game, when there was a natural break anyway. The match might then have finished well before 11pm.
01/07/2012 10:59
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Ugly, arrogant, Scottish. I'm baffled. Don't really understand what difference it makes whether he's good looking or not, he's a tennis player not a model. People who play solo sports are often described as arrogant, it could be better described as self belief which is necessary when you don't have a team to hide behind. He's Scottish, so what! People keep saying that he refers to himself as Scottish when winning and British when losing. Rubbish! people refer to HIM as Scottish when he's losing and British when he's winning. The guy is ranked No.4 in the World and deserves credit for it. Not really interested whether he's Scottish, Welsh, Irish or English. I just think he's a really good tennis player who's unlucky enough to have to compete with the likes of Nadal and Federer for a Grand Slam when they are from a different planet.
01/07/2012 09:13
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During many wars the Stottish have upheld

 the true grit of the British, why knock them now. As a BRIT I think he has done wonderfully well and the best of British luck to him, I for one hopes he goes all the way

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Good. Keep pushing and prove me wrong.

Nadal is shockingly out, this could be your chance.
01/07/2012 11:20
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Wow there are some strange people that post on here. So what if andy murray does not have the perfect tv personality.. He is not arrogant, hes more ill at ease when interviewed.. He is a TENNIS PLAYER not bruce forsyths protege. Its also laughable how people pull his ability down whilst sat on their arses.. TYPICAL
01/07/2012 09:09
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dont know why alot of people are goin on about the english scottish thing, give it a rest please we all come from the same island and its a tennis match we are here to talk about not politics
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Can't get my head round this scottish, welsh, english thing.  I know several Welsh and Scottish people who if their team or people get knocked out they would support any other country rather than English,so why are they living in England.  I am English/British married to a Scotsman/British who quite rightly supports Scottish sportsman and teams then if they get beaten supports any of the home countries above the Italians, Germans etc.  My 3 sons support any of the home teams.  I'm not into sports but prefer any of the home teams to win whatever country they come from.  Any politics should never be brought into it that is a completely different subject.  The people and teams don't go out there to get beaten they try their best and it doesn't always work out on the day
01/07/2012 08:36
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@ Dave Carlsson (lucylegs)  

May I be the first to congratulate you for your excellent and highly intelligent contribution to this thread. (NOT)

01/07/2012 09:13
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awesome for somone british to win !
01/07/2012 08:03
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You weren't playing to well but you showed your grit & fighting spirit and turned it around. You have another tricky one on Monday, just keep your focus and you can do it. Not good for my nerves though :)
01/07/2012 09:09
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well im gobsmacked, he's the only player ive heard saying *please"  when asking  the ballgirl for more water :)
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