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Murray Wins In Latest Ever Wimbledon Finish
Andy Murray has booked himself a place in the fourth round of Wimbledon after winning in what was the latest ever finish at the grand slam.
The British number one raced the clock as he battled former grand slam finalist Marcos Baghdatis in a marathon match that broke the record for the latest finish at SW19.
There were fears the match would have to be stopped and carried over to Monday but Murray managed to close it out in four sets, winning 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Spectators sat for several hours as the drama unfolded and the clock ticked around to 11pm, when matches have to finish. In the end, the clash came to a close at 11.02pm after the Scot took charge.
He only won the third set at 10.30pm but raced through the fourth and the officials let the match run slightly past the curfew so that he could serve for the match.
The match did not start until 7pm after two lengthy clashes earlier in the day and the roof was put on at around 9pm when the light started to dim.
Dogged fans, some wearing yellow hats in the shape of tennis balls, watched as Murray's fortunes ebbed and flowed and the player struggled with apparent injury.
He slipped and fell several times and also battled with balls falling from his pocket onto the court as he played, which cost him two points.
His eventual victory, which lines him up to play Marin Cilic in the fourth round, narrowly beat the previous latest finish of 10.58pm set by Novak Djokovic and Olivier Rochus two years ago.
Murray said later: "When I got up at 4-1, I tried not to sit down. I don't know what the rules are. Maybe it's the first time that's happened here."
He described the conditions as tough, adding: "I was really struggling. I struck the ball a bit better under the roof and served better."
Jennifer Orme, 30, from Balham, watched with hundreds of other fans on so-called Murray Mount.
She said: "It was an incredible battle. We queued from 6am just for Murray but to see him win like that was incredible. The place was buzzing and everyone was behind him on the hill right until the end."
The Royal Box had been packed for "People's Saturday" at the All England Club, with guests including Sir Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs and Dame Kelly Holmes.
what do you think?
Never Hurry A Murray! (Sorry, folks, couldn't resist that one..)
excellen Sir !
Andy murray bla bla bla who cares, its like the tim henman drama every year, can he do it?? NO he cant. Remember when he said he wont be supporting the england football team? Well I wont forget that, without us english fans he'd have no fans at all.
you said that right m scottish and no one up here has any time for this injury feigner waster
So is he Sottish now, or British?
well he's done about everything he possible can to hide his scottishnessm surprised he has,nt changed his name
He was asked that in a superb comedy sketch - and his reply was "it depends if I'm winning or not". And he meant it !
oh dear, he's now got two excuses for being knocked out this year. he always tucks the "i've got an injury" under his belt, but now he can also blame the fatigue resulting from such a late finish.lets hope he goes out next round, the ambience of wimbledon always seems to lift when he has gone.
Not a big fan of his and tennis in genaral so he got through then but what I have notice though is when he wins his scotish and a proud scot and scot this and that etc etc but when he lose's all of a sudden he is british has anyone else notice this or is it just me cos iam not really a tennis fan
that,s right paul and can i just add to that when he is back up here he speaks with a scottish accent but the minute he steps across the border there is no accent of any kind just a boreing droll
It's been known for a long time he doesn't like the English, so I don't know why they still support him. It has to be because we've got no one else worth cheering about. He will always be Scottish before he is British. Although he might not even be British soon if the Scottish government get their way.
he's like sheena easton only scottish when it suits ie when he's in scotland but that does'nt change the fact that he is still an un shaven ugly plonker
Djokovic to win!
Phylip de la Maziere
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i wholeheartedly agree with you and m scottish
wonderful stuff, well said monseiur
Robin Van Der Spiegel
Because of course terrestrial tv is usually so much better without tennis or football. I assume you mean you want your soaps back, which in my opinion makes you a little bit sad. As someone who cannot afford sky its a pleasure to be able to watch a bit of sport once in a while
Doesn't matter,he'll lose the semi-finals.
mmm lets see now queens silver jubilee virginia wade wins wimbledon.. queens golden jubilee andy murray wins wimbfixed or whatledon..
Robin Van Der Spiegel
What on earth are you talking about? How can you fix a tennis tournament? Duhhhhh
same way as you fix football snooker horse racing any other sport duhhhhh
the idiots of wimbledon have changed the rules proberly to let murray win i just hope that all the real players next year tell wimbledon bosses where to go murray won't be much use if there is no one decent to play against.and last night on tv it was revealed on tv that hennman is on the wimbledon commitee board i could'nt help thinking if this is the case should he really be commentating for the bbc at all
Like the English football team...Murray will let Britain down. The English tennis players are all prima donas...they do not have the killer instinct to finish off. Hendon was typical of this
He's not English...
Which is why I said "British"
No you said "the English tennis players" and compared him to the England football team.
Sorry Baker101, I sit here totally corrected. You are very right my friend.
Robin Van Der Spiegel
Oh my god some miserable so and sos on here today. Why comment on something you don't like or have no interest in? I for one hope he wins it, as do many other people across the UK
It's good fun...
we comment because we have a view. sometimes it can be positive, sometimes negative. it's what provokes thought and discussion, a bit like your comment i suppose.
we say it like it is we are sick and tired of prima donnas letting us down by the way you got no fellow countryman to support
Pigs might fly!
Whilst Andy plays representing GB then all i can say is "C'mon Murray!"
A word of advice to Andy Murray, you may be a talented player and the only real British hope at present in men's singles championships - BUT please - do us a favour and try to control your emotions! I do find all this gesticulation and petulant behaviour annoying. Most of the real greats, Bjorg and Federera et al managed without the silly showing off that spoils the spirit of the matches. I distinctly noticed on one occasion the mouthed s*** word - and I am not a lip reader! So all the best mate, but try smiling and cheering up your supporters for a change! Does it have to be so grim?