London 2012

Murray reaches quarters

Third seed fights back from one set down

Last Updated: 01/08/12 6:48pm

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Andy Murray: Olympic quarter-finalist

Andy Murray: Olympic quarter-finalist

Andy Murray fought back from a set down to defeat Marcos Baghdatis and reach the quarter-finals of the Olympic men's singles tournament at Wimbledon.

The third seed looked in trouble early on but turned things around in the middle of the second set and there were no real alarms as he came through 4-6 6-1 6-4.

Murray is now only two victories from a first Olympic medal and will play Spanish 11th seed Nicolas Almagro in the last eight on Thursday.

Baghdatis is a very dangerous grass-court player who loves the big stage, and Murray had to dig very deep to beat him in the third round of Wimbledon recently.

That match will mostly be remember for finishing at 11.02pm, the latest in the history of the tournament and two minutes past the curfew.

Murray had breezed through his first two matches against Stanislas Wawrinka and Jarkko Nieminen but, with the Centre Court roof open and a stiff breeze blowing, it immediately became clear this would be very different.

Nervous

The home favourite looked nervous and Baghdatis seized the initiative with a break of serve. Murray retrieved that in the fourth game but the match was still being played on the Cypriot's terms.

Baghdatis moved ahead again in the seventh game and, although Murray saved two set points on his own serve, he could not prevent his opponent taking the opening set.

The third seed moved closer to the baseline at the start of the second set and he got his reward, although he needed a gift from Baghdatis, who netted a forehand with the court gaping to hand Murray a 3-1 lead.

The Scot then fought back from 0-30 down in the next game and that seemed to relax him. A second break followed immediately and then the set.

Baghdatis had rather fallen apart after such a bright start and Murray made it six games in a row at the start of the third with another break, winning the opening point courtesy of a full-length diving volley.

It was a real crowd-pleaser, and Murray was being roared on by the Union Flag-waving masses on Centre Court.

Frustration

The only frustration for the 25-year-old and his fans was that he did not manage another break in a third set he dominated, but one was enough as he clinched victory with a forehand winner after an hour and 59 minutes.

Baghdatis threw everything into the last game, leading 15-30 at one point, but it was not enough.

Murray had been due to play his mixed doubles opener later on Wednesday evening with Laura Robson against Czech pair Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka but the earlier rain delays and a couple of lengthy matches meant the clash was postponed until Thursday.

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