Murray eliminates Robredo, Janowicz defeats Almagro at Wimbledon

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Jerzy Janowicz threw out seed number fifteen Nicolas Almagro of Spain in straight sets to revenge the third round defeat at Grand Slam in Melbourne earlier this year. The twenty-fourth seeded Pole could not get on the board before the fourth game of the match, yet he broke back in the seventh one and the players would decide the outcome of the opener in a tie-break. The Spaniard pulled ahead at 5-3 in the thirteenth game, but never made it to a set ball opportunity, while Janowicz tucked away his second one. Almagro dropped the first set despite scoring four aces more than his big-serving opponent.

The set two progressed quickly with the rivals maintaining high level of serving. In the eighth game Almagro moved to 30-0 and it seemed like he will make the result 4-4 without problems, yet he gave away two consecutive points before Janowicz pulled off an exquisite return to generate a break ball. The Spaniard responded with a strong serve, but failed to wrap up the point as he smashed an easy forehand into the net. Serving for the set the Pole hit another couple of aces and gave his counterpart no chances to break back.

Janowicz then converted a break point late in the third set and was only four points away from advancing to the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time. A glimmer of hope emerged for Almagro as he found himself 30-15 up, yet Janowicz answered with a powerful second serve ace and a service winner to get in possession of the match point number one – it was the only chance he needed as he smashed his 30th ace past the helpless Spanish player to complete a 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-4 victory. He is meeting unseeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer in the round of 16.

In the same part of the draw local hero Andy Murray dealt with another Spaniard Tommy Robredo expressly as well, beating him in three sets after spending two hours on Centre Court. The second seeded British player’s strong start indicated his adversary would have little chances to stamp his authority on the proceedings. The Olympic champion ended the opener with a double break advantage and went on to seize 32nd-seeded Robredo’s serve in the beginning of the second set – Murray held all of his service games to extend the lead. The set number three went with serve all the way until 5-5 when the home crowd favorite prepared a break point with an accurate backhand volley and went 6-5 ahead after Robredo’s error. There was no way back for the Casablanca 2013 winner as the title contender went 40-0 up and took advantage of the match ball number two as Robredo’s shot hit the top of the net and the ball rolled back to the Spaniard’s half of the court. Murray is past to round four after winning 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 and will play either Youzhny or Troicki next.

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