Andy Murray reached the second week of Wimbledon with a 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) victory over Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic.
Rain meant that Murray once again would be playing under the centre court roof and at 7pm the players took to the court, 3 hours later Murray was walking into the last 16.
It was not a straight forward match as Ljubicic threatened with his huge serve but after two closely fought sets Murray found a burst of form in the third set and edged over the line in a nervous fourth.
Murray will now face Richard Gasquet in the 4th round on Monday, this will be a repeat of their five-set epic at the same stage three years ago.
The 32 year old Croatian, was playing on the centre court for the first time in his career and the world number 33 look to be relishing the challenge as he gave Murray a stern test, in large part because of his world-class serve.
In first set after failing to break Ljubicic’s serve when he was leading 0-40, Murray dropped his own serve on his next service game. It was looking great for the Scot, but he rallied to win the next three games and secure the first set.
From then Murray should have pushed on, but lapses in concentration that seem to plaque the Murray game were to reappear early in the second set, successive double-faults rounding off a dreadful service game and handing Ljubicic a lead he would not relinquish as he served out to level at one set all.
Murray found his form though in the third set, taking a two break lead and serving out for 6-1. It looked to be heading for a straight forward fourth set with Murray securing a break of serve and having the chance to serve for match. It would not be straight forward as Ljubicic broke back to force a tie break which Murray secured eventually.
After the match Murray spoke to the BBC,
It was a tough one. Both of us were struggling a bit behind our second serves. When I served for the match he swung and
made it. You’ll have tough sets and you have to come through tough matches in Grand Slam.