Murray storms into Wimbledon third round

Andy Murray

In saying that, both of those players are well behind on the rankings and grass court play, with Fognini set to deliver Murray his first real challenge of The Championships.

Reigning champion Andy Murray is through to the third round of Wimbledon after beating Germany's Dustin Brown in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. It ended just before 9:00 p.m., moments before the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Sam Querrey match on Court 2 was suspended with Querrey leading 6-5 in the fifth set and on serve.

"I didn't feel like I moved particularly well", said Murray. "Right now I don't feel really happy, but I'm really, really happy about my performance, my tennis, because most of the time, when I was playing on this line, it was better than him".

Wimbledon has been Brown's best grand slam with the 32-year-old reaching the third round twice, and producing that win over Nadal in 2015.

But it felt as though the crowd wanted a battle, and the Italian provided it, winning the second set.

All three of his wins against Murray have come on clay, as have his four titles on the ATP Tour, but the top men's seed remains wary of the Italian's talent for shot-making on any surface.

The world No 1 faces France's unseeded Benoit Paire on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals and Murray added: "He has very good hands, moves well, takes a lot of chances, goes for his shots".

Forget Bend It Like Beckham, it was more like Mend It Like Murray as he had to find a way to outmanoeuvre the highly talented and temperamental Italian maverick Fabio Fognini.

Nadal took the set and began to deconstruct the Russian in the second, placing himself on the brink of victory.

"I think he's always dangerous", said Murray, who faces Fognini on Friday on Centre Court.

Murray, one of two remaining Brits in the competition following Johanna Konta's earlier triumph over Maria Sakkari, eventually prevailed 6-2 4-6 6-1 7-5 in a thriller.

The third set opened with Murray screaming "come on!" as loud as he's ever shouted it. Fognini is a fighter, displaying good touch and could well take this the distance.

"It's true that in the third I served a little bit worse".

Fognini, one of the more combustible players on the tour, already owns the record for the biggest single fine in Wimbledon history after being penalised $27,500 in 2014.

France's 21st seed Caroline Garcia now awaits in the fourth round and while the draw is wide open heading into the second week, plenty of contenders remain. Murray, the defending champion, beat the 97th ranked Brown in their only previous encounter at the 2010 U.S. Open.

Just after 10:30 a.m., the race was on to get the best spot on Mount Murray.

The Frenchman, who beat Jerzy Janowicz 6-2, 7-6, 6-3, said: "I'm not gonna watch".


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