LONDON – Andy Murray reached the last 16 in the latest finish in Wimbledon history Saturday.
On another dramatic day at Wimbledon, Marin Cilic triumphed in the second longest match in tournament history to set-up a fourth round clash with British fourth seed Murray.
Murray clinched a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in a match which finished just past the 11pm Centre Court curfew.
The Scot triumphed at 11:02 P.M. (2202GMT) under the roof on Centre Court, two minutes beyond the deadline set by the local municipality for health and safety reasons.
Murray had broken to lead 5-1 just as the clock hit 11pm and so was allowed to serve out the match.
“When I got up at 4-1 I tried not to sit down. I don’t know what the rules are, maybe the first time that’s happened here,” he said.
Cilic, the 16th seeded Croat, beat American Sam Querrey 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-7 (7/2), 6-7 (7/3), 17-15 in a match that lasted five hours and 31 minutes.
It was the second longest match in Wimbledon history, but remains a long way behind the world record 11 hours and five minutes it took John Isner to beat Nicolas Mahut in 2010.
Spanish seventh seed David Ferrer beat three-time runner-up Andy Roddick to reach the last 16 on Saturday, sparking fresh doubts over the American’s future in tennis.
Ferrer came back from a set down to clinch a 2-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4, 6-3 triumph and goes on to face 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro for a place in the quarterfinals.
Tomic reproached over racket tantrum
Wimbledon officials spoke to Australia’s Bernard Tomic after the racket-smashing end to his surprise first-round loss, a report said Sunday.
Repairs were needed when Tomic, 19, damaged court two at the All England Club and he was also fined, the report said. Tomic, a quarterfinalist at last year’s tournament, lost in four sets to Belgian wildcard David Goffin Tuesday, and repeatedly slammed his racket onto the grass as he walked to the net to shake hands.
“A ‘talking-to’, I think would be the wrong word, but we had a word with him,” Wimbledon spokesman Johnny Perkins told Sydney’s Sun-Herald newspaper.
“Essentially, I think it was ‘this is not really the behavior we expect, and, more to the point, you have damaged the court’, and we did have to put a bit of filler in it.”
Perkins said tournament officials were concerned with two aspects of the behaviour of Tomic, ranked 28th in the world.
“One is it’s damaging the courts for the other competitors, and that’s probably the worst bit,” he told the newspaper.
“And from our side obviously it’s not a great spectacle, and I’m sure Bernard thinks that as well, that with hindsight he wishes he hadn’t.”
Perkins said such an official approach to a player was rare at Wimbledon, but that the damage was substantial.
“If it needs filler then that means it is quite a rut,” he said.
“There’s normal wear and tear, which is scuffing, really, but this put really quite a dent in the surface.” — Agencies