Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his second round match against Germany’s Oscar Otte REUTERS/Toby Melville
July 1, 2021
LONDON (Reuters) – For the second time in three days British hero Andy Murray left a late-night Centre Court crowd spellbound as he battled past German qualifier Oscar Otte to win a five-set epic and reach the third round.
The 34-year-old who plays with a metal hip after surgery in 2019 looked to be in big trouble against the world number 151 but after a break while the roof slid closed in the fourth set he returned inspired to win 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-4 6-2.
Otte played a full part in a mesmerising match in which every Murray winner in the closing stages produced deafening roars from the 7,500-crowd.
Murray, who also put his fans through the wringer against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili on Monday night, ended the contest with successive topspin lobs before embracing his valiant German opponent at the net.
The two-time champion, who had played only five Tour-level matches this year before Wimbledon, will now play Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov in the third round on Friday.
It was a fair bit quieter earlier in the day as top seed Novak Djokovic dispatched Kevin Anderson in clinical fashion, winning 6-3 6-3 6-3 to reach the third round.
Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios reached the second round as he returned to beat Frenchman Ugo Humbert 9-7 in the fifth set in a match that began the night before.
It was a good day for the men’s seeds with Matteo Berrettini (7) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (16) winning delayed first-round matches and Andrey Rublev (5) reaching round three.
But the women’s fourth and fifth seeds both lost.
Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion, was dispatched by fellow American Madison Brengle in the second round while Canadian Bianca Andreescu, the former U.S. Open champion, is still looking for her first Wimbledon match win after losing easily to Alize Cornet.
Second seed Aryna Sabalenka dug deep to beat Britain’s 219th-ranked Katie Boulter after dropping the first set.
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Wimbledon order of play on Wednesday
Wimbledon order of play on Thursday
1958 BAD LIGHT SUSPENDS PLAY
Play was suspended on Centre Court while the roof was closed, with Britain’s Andy Murray two sets to one down against Oscar Otte. The score was 2-2 in the fourth when play was stopped.
1920 VENUS KNOCKED OUT BY JABEUR
After Serena Williams retired injured on Tuesday, sister Venus Williams lost 7-5 6-0 to Ons Jabeur in the second round, marking the first time neither player advanced to the third round at Wimbledon when both played in the tournament.
1830 ERROR-PRONE KENIN KNOCKED OUT IN 45 MINUTES
Fourth seed Sofia Kenin was knocked out in the second round by compatriot Madison Brengle, who won 6-2 6-4 in just 45 minutes. Kenin fired 20 winners to Brengle’s six but that was offset by 41 unforced errors.
1735 EVANS TOO GOOD FOR LAJOVIC
Briton Dan Evans, seeded 22nd, needed less than two hours to dismantle the challenge of Dusan Lajovic, beating the 42nd-ranked Serbian 6-3 6-3 6-4 to reach the third round.
Seventh seed Iga Swiatek also advanced with a comprehensive 6-1 6-3 victory over 2010 finalist Vera Zvonareva.
1655 SABALENKA OUTLASTS WILDCARD BOULTER ON CENTRE COURT
Second seed Aryna Sabalenka dropped the opening set in her second-round match before powering to a 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory over Briton Katie Boulter, who is ranked 219th in the world and was spurred on by the home crowd on Centre Court.
In the men’s draw, Canada’s 16th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime moved into the second round with a 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory over Brazilian Thiago Monteiro without conceding a single break point opportunity.
1459 KYRGIOS OVERCOMES HUMBERT IN THRILLER
Nick Kyrgios’s problems with the Wimbledon grass continued on Wednesday but the Australian overcame a nasty fall on Court One in his opener against 21st seed Ugo Humbert before sealing a 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-1 9-7 victory.
Kyrgios was unable to hide his frustration at the grass he believed was playing too slowly before the match was postponed on Tuesday due to Wimbledon’s 11pm curfew.
His compatriot Jordan Thompson also came through a tough five-setter, stunning 12th seed Caspar Ruud 7-6(6) 7-6(3) 2-6 2-6 6-2.
1426 DJOKOVIC STROLLS PAST ANDERSON
Defending champion Novak Djokovic produced a flawless performance to beat Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-3 in a rematch of their 2018 Wimbledon final.
The world number one continued his perfect record against South African Anderson, with four wins in as many meetings at the All England club.
1350 SVITOLINA PASSES VAN UYTVANCK TEST, NORRIE THROUGH
Third seed Elina Svitolina was pushed the distance by Alison Van Uytvanck before the Ukrainian advanced to the second round with a 6-3 2-6 6-3 victory on Court One.
Queen’s runner-up Cameron Norrie dropped the opening set against Lucas Pouille but the Briton bounced back to win 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2 7-5.
1330 ISNER ELIMINATED IN FIVE-SETTER BY NISHIOKA
Japan’s unseeded Yoshihito Nishioka beat 28th seed John Isner 7-6(5) 2-6 6-3 6-7(3) 6-4 to move into the second round after an error-strewn performance from the American.
Playing on Court 18, where he beat Nicolas Mahut in 2010 in the longest match in history, Isner fired 87 winners and 36 aces and won four more points than his opponent but made 70 unforced errors to give Nishioka victory.
1220 NISHIKORI, BERRETTINI ADVANCE
Japan’s former world number four Kei Nishikori beat Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-4 6-4, firing 30 winners past the Australian to claim his 100th win in Grand Slam matches.
Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini, who won the Queen’s Club Championships on his tournament debut this month, dropped a set against Argentine Guido Pella but won his first-round match 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-0.
1137 ANDREESCU STUNNED BY CORNET
Unseeded Alize Cornet crushed fifth-seeded Canadian Bianca Andreescu 6-2 6-1. The Frenchwoman had beaten 2019 U.S. Open champion Andreescu in the last 16 in Berlin this month.
French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the 16th seed, eased past Romania’s Ana Bogdan 6-2 6-2 while Karolina Muchova downed Zhang Shuai 6-3 6-3.
1104 PLAY GETS UNDERWAY
Play on the third day of Wimbledon began on time under cloudy conditions, with the temperature hovering around 15 degree Celsius (59°F).
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak, Shrivathsa Sridhar and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ed Osmond and Toby Davis)