Murray Sneaks In; Did Andy Roddick Say Goodbye to Wimbledon?
by Staff | June 30th, 2012, 9:16 pm
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No. 4 seed Andy Murray beat the clock Saturday night at Wimbledon, defeating Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 under a closed roof on center court at 11:02 p.m., two minutes after the Wimbledon curfew.


“I think the quality of tennis improved under the roof,” Murray said. “I was under the impression I was stopping at 11:00 regardless of what the score was. Even if it was in the middle of a game. But, yeah, obviously glad that I managed to get the finish. And the atmosphere at the end was excellent.”

Murray in the round of 16 will meet No. 16 seed Marin Cilic, who survived a marathon match with American Sam Querrey 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-7(3) 17-15 in five hours and 31 minutes, the second longest match in tournament history.

“We didn’t have too many rallies that were physically tough,” Cilic said. “It was a lot of serving and one or two shots. It’s more of walking in the match for that long. I played this year also five hours and 10 minutes with [David] Nalbandian on clay in Argentina in Davis Cup, so that was really difficult physically. I would say this was more mentally tough to stay in there and to cope with all the things that are coming.”

No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was another winner Saturday, defeating Slovakian Lukas Lacko in a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. He will next meet No. 10 seed Mardy Fish, who ended the run of 2012 success story David Goffin of Belgium 6-3, 7-6(6), 7-6(6).

“He’ll be a good player,” said Fish of the 21-year-old spindly-legged Goffin. “He got better and better every set today. I served well and was sort of able to control the match with my serve. I played much better today than I did in the past two matches, for sure. This was the best player that I played so far. It was windy out there. I used that to my advantage. Growing up in Florida and playing in windy conditions most of my life, that doesn’t bother me.”

No. 7 seed David Ferrer will next meet No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro after Ferrer topped Andy Roddick 2-6, 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-3, and del Potro defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-1.

Roddick appeared to tear-up after the match, giving the Wimbledon crowd an extended goodbye and blowing kisses to the crowd as if possibly saying farewell to the All England Club for the last time.

In other results No. 27-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber ended the run of Rafa-killer Lukas Rosol in straight sets, and American qualifier Brian Baker continued his miraculous run, defeating unseeded Frenchman Benoit Paire in four sets.

The remaining men will all be in action Monday in the round of 16, featuring (3) Roger Federer vs. Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Viktor Troicki, (4) Andy Murray vs. (16) Marin Cilic, (7) David Ferrer vs. (9) Juan Martin Del Potro, (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. (10) Mardy Fish, (18) Richard Gasquet vs. (31) Florian Mayer, (Q) Brian Baker vs. (27) Philipp Kohlschreiber, and Denis Istomin vs. (26) Mikhail Youzhny.


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21 Comments for Murray Sneaks In; Did Andy Roddick Say Goodbye to Wimbledon?

roy Says:

good riddance re: roddick


skeezer Says:

roy,

Let me guess, you think you’re better than Roddick, right? No one rates in ur world except Rafa. Typical Rafa lover…

Roddick will end his career with a Slam in his pocket ….. Better than most of the tour!


Margot Says:

Ooofff, another up and downer from Andy, but he finished very strongly, yay!
Expect all u neutrals enjoyed that one….;)
Does anyone REALLY think that Baggy would’ve come back from 5-1, if the match had been suspended, REALLY?
Idiotic about stopping match at 11pm. Guess it’s the snobby residents of SW who don’t want their beauty sleep spoiled cos tubes and buses and taxis run all night long. Matches need to start at 12 then, or do the snobby residents of SW not want their lunches ruined?


Sienna Says:

I like the attitude of Andy a lot.

But he seems to fallback into his old habits and then he tries to win the match by letting his opponent loosethe match. I dont think that is gonna cut it in the end.

But he did used the break yesterday very good. Lendl put it right.
If he can maintain that attitude. Fresh eager and confident attacking then he can winthis tourne.
But normally there is not gonna be a breack and he will have to think about those things himself. Lendl doesnot have the luxuary Uncle T has with the oncourt coaching. facility


Margot Says:

Sienna I agree, but old habits are so hard to break. At least he’s trying…..very at times lol


Wog boy Says:

Margot,

If i understood you correctly London SW is something like Sydney Eastern Snobburbs:) post code is what matters for some people!


Wog boy Says:

Btw, I am happy with way Andy played, just finished watching it. Only thing that I was wandering is ITT, does he smiles at all, if he is like that at home I feel sorry for his wife and kids :)

I mean, they are all jumping happy with the result and he is sitting emotionless, strange bloke.


dari Says:

I wonder, too Wog Boy, especially when he was leaning his head on his folded arms over the players box ledge. Suggested boredom almost, and with drama like that?!

Very happy for Andy to push through for the win, hope for good health and improvements in the next round. Adidas has all weekend to make some new shorts ;)

PS, RG was a relative snooze fest compared to what Wimbledon has offered in just the first week


Margot Says:

You two, don’t u remember that smile he gave at RG when he walked on the court with Crashquet and the crowd booed him?
I think there’s too much pressure, too much tension, too much emotion to smile much on court but if u check out interviews away from courts, lots of smiles.
Wog boy: sounds exactly like Sydney. Very, very expensive property in SW London.


Margot Says:

And to prove he smiles:
http://the-slice.com/2012/06/andy-makes-new-friend-at-wimbledon/

Think the kids a relative..in case you’re wondering….


Wog boy Says:

Margot,

OK, OK just don’t get upset, please:)
Yes, SW London and E Sydney sounds much the same.

Dari,

Agree about Wimbledon first week.
Btw I have seen a bit of your state (Kansas) in Billy Connolly travel documentary “Route 66″. He started from Chicago, I am laving it.
Having a day off from tenis and traying to catch up with the things that I missed last week.
“Mrs Brown’s boys” is not bad eirher, Margot:) Language is a bit sharp but while you get used:)


Wog boy Says:

“either”
“but after while”


Wog boy Says:

Margot,

I wasn’t talking about Andy’s smile but ITT. I know Andy can smile and has good sense of humor, well Scotish sense of humor. I saw his pictures with his dog, kissing and cuddling her. He was all smile. I loved , after his lost final with Nole at AO last year, when he answered the question ” what are his plans now” he said something like this”… To go home because he is missing his dogs, his friends and his girlfriend…” what was funny was the order in which he put the things:-)


dari Says:

WB, I moved to east coast for college at 18 and have been on east coast for several years for school and working, now am going back home for med school. It is an “easy” place to live
Will miss living by the USO, though!

Margot, we mean Ivan, not Andy! I know Andy’s smile well, it reminds me of a child’s smile, pre-braces ;)


Margot Says:

Sorry guys mis-read there. Believe ITT did smile once during the match…;) He does look very stern court side. But lots of pics of him smiling on the practise courts with Andy.


harry Says:

WB, Margot, dari –

I came across this article on ITT, a few days back (may be even posted it here). He seems to be ITNST (ivan the not so terribe):
http://tinyurl.com/8yn7cxr

Margot — I liked Muzza in that link ;)


Colin Says:

I don’t doubt that many of the Wimbledon local inhabitants are indeed “snobby”, and that I wouldn’t like them a bit if I met them. However, they do live there, and they have a right to a quiet night like anyone else. It is important to remember that a lot of people (including some friends of mine) are completely uninterested in sports of any kind.
I live in London (a very non-posh part of it),but I shall as far as possible ignore the Olympics, and to the extent that the event interferes with my peace and quiet in any way, I shall resent it.


Colin Says:

Players’ teams can’t win, can they?
Judy Murray is wrong when she leaps up and down and gets excited, and Lendl is wrong when he is impassive.
I wouldn’t really want everyone to be like Ivan, but isn’t his stone-faced demeanour entertaining in its own way?
When he was young and slim, I always thought he’d be perfect as a lone gunman in a movie, with poncho and cigarillo.


Wog boy Says:

Colin,

I can see Clint Eastwood when I am reading your post.

I partly dissagree with you about people that want peace where they live. That would be OK if somebody inforced Wimbledon on them but that is not the case, they mo ed and live in the area where Wimbledon is happening and been there for a while. We had same situation in Sydney with Luna Park on the north side of Harboure Bridge, extremly expensive part of Sydney. Part of Luna Park was that big Wheel like one in London, though not so big. Well, developers new skyscrapers with million dollar view of Harbour Bridge, Sydney horbour, Opera House and CBD skyline. You are guessing where I am going, they manage to remove the Wheel on the bases that it was noisy even it was there before they built the skyscrapers. But we are talking about filty rich people who can do what they want to have their million dollar view:(


Daniel Says:

Same thing everywhere,

I live in Ipanema, Rio ($10K square meter area) and during carnaval the street blocks (2 thousand of them all over the city) makes hard to even move, let alone park your car. As much as I as Brazilian love carnaval, I try to get away from Brazil during this time, it’s just too much.

Last time I was here an ambulance was trying to get through the mob and my only thought was: perfect timing for a heart attack:)

But everybody knows that close to beaches in Brazil you are f…d during carnival. You just ave to leave or embrace it, but at least in our case is a holiday period, during tournament is a little more complicated.


Margot Says:

Colin :a) it’s once a year and b) as Wog boy says, Wimbledon has been going for a long time and people knew about it when they purchased their very expensive houses.
As for the Olympics, it’s once in a lifetime and I’m embracing it and I live in an area mightily effected.
However, rather wish, in the present economic climate, we hadn’t got it, but that’s another story.
harry: cheers :)

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