Wimbledon is continuing to provide thrilling entertainment for tennis fans as Andy Murray progressed to the next round.
Following Nadal’s unexpected exit, many feel that this could finally be the year that a British player takes the Wimbledon title but there was still a tense atmosphere on Saturday night as Murray played Marcos Baghdatis.
In a match that lasted three hours and 13 minutes and continued until 11.02pm under the Wimbledon centre court roof, Murray eventually succeeded in defeating the Cypriot 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1.
There had been concern that the day’s play would have to end no matter what at 11pm and Murray admitted he had wanted to get the job done rather than be forced to continue the match on Monday.
“I was under the impression I was stopping at 11pm regardless of what the score was – even if it was in the middle of a game. I am obviously glad I managed to get the finish. The atmosphere at the end was excellent,” said the Scot.
Murray will now face 23-year-old Croatian Marin Cilic on Monday on Court One. Cilic had his own thrilling match on Saturday in which he beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-7 (7/2), 6-7 (7/3), 17-15 in the second longest match ever to be played at Wimbledon.
Cilic has a poor track record against Murray and has only beaten him once in their last six meetings.
For those disappointed to be missing out on the live action on centre court this year, then it is worth booking The Montcalm hotel London for the 2013 tournament to hopefully see Murray return to defend his first Grand Slam title.