Murray looks set to confirm victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas today after establishing a considerable advantage on Thursday.
Thursday’s singles second-round match between Andy Murray and fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas was an enthralling watch, with both players vying for a place in the third round. Murray is challenging for a third Wimbledon title of his remarkable career.
Murray won the first of his two Wimbledon titles in 2013, beating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 on centre court. This win saw him lift the trophy and become the first British man to win the singles title at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1935. Perry beat Gottfried von Cramm 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 that year.
As for his second win, this was in 2016. This time Murray’s opponent was Milos Raonic. He beat his Canadian opponent 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 on the day to take home the trophy. In the twilight of his career, Murray will want to add at least one more Wimbledon title to his trophy cabinet before retirement.
Now back to the match in question. Murray was hopeful that he could have one key advantage over his Greek opponent, with grass not being a surface on which Tsitsipas has had much success in recent years.
The first set of the match was won by Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Murray 7-2 thanks to an excellent tie break that saw the Greek get off to the best start. This was not a sign of things to come, though, as Murray would recover as the game went on.
Tsitsipas initially carried the momentum into the second set of the match and was particularly adept with his forehand. Thankfully for Murray, he was able to avoid giving up any of the break points in this set, and he was then able to recover when his opponent began to make mistakes. The Brit was able to go on and win the second set.
Murray carried the momentum gained from the second set into the third, breaking to love after he had created his first break points of the afternoon. Tsitsipas managed to recover in the fourth set, but Murray could hold off any challenge presented by the Greek, managing to win the set comfortably in the end.
As a result of the 11pm curfew, play was suspended, with the final 20 minutes of the match to be played on Friday afternoon. Murray holds a 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 lead overnight.
Andy Murray will be looking to see out the remaining moments of the match and seal a victory that seems very much in his grasp. This game and performance should stand him in good stead for the remainder of the tournament, should the Brit ultimately secure his spot in the next round.
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