Murray through to first Olympics Quater-final

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Murray – Baghdatis Match Commentary

A sluggish start couldn’t prevent Andy Murray from battling past Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis to make his first ever Olympics quarter-final. The Brit came through 4-6 6-1 6-4 in an hour and 58 minutes. The man who gave him a scare late into the night at this years Wimbledon championship set out to do the same this afternoon in front of a very noisy and partisan crowd full of mexican waves.

Baghdatis was more clinical and alert than Murray in the first set and with three breaks of serve in the first seven games, Baghdatis was to pick up two of them. The man from Cyprus knew he would have to contain Murray and sprint out of the blocks first if he was to have any chance of progressing.

Murray was re-energised in the second set and both players were finding joy from coming to the net more often. However, after pulling out some big serves at crucial times and with Baghdatis appearing to run out of steam after several long rallies, Murray broke twice to seal the second set.

The final set always appeared to be heading to the Brit, who plays Spain’s Nicolas Almagro in the next round, as he raced through the first two games without losing a point and subsequently never looked worried on his own serve for the remainder of the match.

Murray is due on court later today to play in the mixed doubles with fellow Brit Laura Robson against the Czech pairing of Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek.

 

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