THE phrase injury time winner doesn't usually apply to tennis but it might as well have been designed for Andy Murray last night.
The Scot slipped to the Centre Court turf no fewer than four times, and had to endure a fairly significant wardrobe malfunction, before beating both Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus and the clock to book his place in the second week of Wimbledon. The 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 scoreline was concluded at precisely 11.02pm under the roof at SW19, making it not only the latest finish ever to a match at Wimbledon, but so late in fact it was two minutes beyond the deadline which the local council insists that play is meant to finish at the All England club. Getting the job done last night was of paramount importance to the Scot, as it means he will face Marin Cilic, of Croatia, in the quarter final on Monday, rather than being forced to resume on Monday, causing a knock-on effect which would have seen him play three matches in three days. Whatever happens, the roof won't come into play in that match, as it has been scheduled second on Court No 1.
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