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Wimbledon Heats Up as Andy Murray Wins Five-Set Thriller

30/6/2009
Atypically for an English summer, the weather at the Wimbledon tennis championships has been dry and sunny – until yesterday when the skies opened in earnest for the first time. The change in weather didn’t disturb home favorite Andy Murray, who progressed to the quarter-finals in dramatic fashion.

Playing in the first match to ever begin under the new retractable roof over Centre Court, Andy Murray has borne the weight of many of the home press who are seeking their first champion since Fred Perry in 1936. However, it seemed that he was in for a tough battle against practice partner Stanislas Wawrinka after losing the opening set 6-2. Wawrinka’s reputation as a hard hitter certainly seemed well warranted, with the Swiss number two’s backhand poses particular problems for Murray.

A key moment in the match came in the fifth game of the second, with Murray saving two break points before going on to win the set 6-3 to tie the scores. The third set went the way of the Scotsman by the same scoreline, but a fourth set victory for Wawrinka set up a mouth-watering decider.

The final set started in resounding manner for Murray, who fought back from 40-0 on the Wawrinka serve to break in the opening game. With his erratic first serve finally slotting into gear, Murray held his own until the fifth when he was broken once again by Wawrinka. The second seed would not be denied though, eventually breaking back and taking the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Mens Wimbledon Outright Winner:
Roger Federer - 8/13 - (Extrabet)
Andy Murray - 11/4 - (sporting Bet)
Novak Djokovic - 12 - (Sporting Bet)
Andy Roddick - 16 - (William Hill)
Lleyton Hewitt - 40 - (Sporting Bet)
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