Murray’s Wimbledon dream still alive

Andy Murray has made it through to the third round of Wimbledon.

The British player defeated 6ft 10in Croatian  Ivo Karlovic to progress through to the final 16 and keep his hopes of taking the Wimbledon title alive.

Although Murray had an unbeaten record against Karlovic going into the match, there were still some tense moments for the home player. Despite losing a set it was still overall a strong performance with the Scot cleaning up 7-5 6-7 (7-5) 6-2 7-6 (7-4) in just over three hours.

"Winning is all that's important when you're playing a guy with his style," Murray told BBC Sport.

"Tie-breaks are a bit of a lottery with someone like Karlovic. You have to get your racquet on returns and hope he makes a mistake.

He added that his forehand shots were good and on time, so he will be hoping to continue his strong performance when he takes on Marcos Baghdatis this Saturday.

There was less success for the other British players in action yesterday at SW19. Anne Keothavong and James Ward both lost their second round matches as the competition starts to get even tougher.

Keothavong was defeated in straight sets by Italy's Sara Errani 6-1 6-1, while Ward put up a brave fight against tenth seeded player Mardy Fish.

Ward succeeded in saving a match point in a tense five match thriller that unfortunately ended 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-3.

"I stayed in there as much as possible. He was playing well but I gave it my all and it just wasn't good enough," said the 25-year-old.

Murray is now the only British representative left in the men's tournament and anyone staying in central London hotels can still see all the action as tickets are released every day – although getting there early is advised.

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