Wimbledon: Andy Murray lost in five sets against Stefanos Tsitsipas in their delayed second-round match, while Cameron Norrie and Liam Broady both withdrew on Friday afternoon.
The Scot was two sets to one up when the 11 p.m. curfew kicked in, but he couldn’t finish the job, with fifth seed Tsitsipas storming back to win 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (2-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4.
It was a major letdown for Murray on the 10th anniversary of his career-defining first Wimbledon triumph, and he is well aware that his prospects of making another long run here are dwindling.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) July 7, 2023
“It’s never easy against Andy,” Tsitsipas remarked. It was a challenging game, and I’m quite surprised with how he holds up after so many years on the tour and two hip operations. I was quite pleased by his skills and wish him the best of luck.
“It was terrifying. I have to get over it. It’s difficult when you’ve spent your entire life watching him play on this court. I looked up to him, as well as Novak, Roger, and Rafa. These four men helped to develop the game, and they are the reason I am the player I am today.
“I had to put in extra effort [on Friday] to win. My legs are currently achy. He had me run up and down, left and right.”
Murray skipped the French Open in order to concentrate on his grass-court preparations, and he arrived at the All England Club feeling confident and fit for the first time since winning his second title in 2016.
He was unlucky to run into a top seed so early, and while there were many excellent parts of his performance, he would have preferred to play Tsitsipas on grass, and this one will sting.
The match began beneath the dome on Thursday, but when the players returned to Centre Court on the warmest day of the tournament thus far, there was a blue sky overhead.
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