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December 1, 2021

Wimbledon: Murray beats clock, US endure mixed emotions

Andy Murray reached the last 16 in the latest finish in Wimbledon history on Saturday while Serena Williams and Andy Roddick, two warhorses of American tennis, endured conflicting fortunes, according to BBC.On another dramatic day at Wimbledon, Marin Cilic triumphed in the second longest match in tournament history to set-up a fourth round clash with British fourth seed Murray.Murray clinched a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in a match which finished just past the 11pm Centre Court curfew.Four-time champion Williams clinched a three-set win over China’s Zheng Jie to reach the last 16 but three-times runner-up Roddick crashed to a second successive third round defeat, sparking more doubts over his future.Compatriot Brian Baker, who missed six years of action through a variety of injuries and operations, made the last 16 as his fairytale comeback gathered momentum.But fellow American Sam Querrey was the fall guy to Cilic’s epic efforts, losing in five grueling sets.Sixth-seed Williams saw off 25th-seed Zheng 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 9-7 and will tackle Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan for a place in the quarter-finals.“It was good to win. I needed a tough match and she’s always playing me incredibly well,” said Williams, who unleashed a Wimbledon women’s record 23 aces. Defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova crushed Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 6-1, 6-0 and will play 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone for a place in the quarter-finals.

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