Murray beats Fognini in epic

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jul 2017 09:24:44


DEFENDING champion Andy Murray defeated Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 here to advance to the fourth round at Wimbledon. The world number 1 needed two hours and 39 minutes on Friday to dispatch the tournament’s 29th seed in front of 15,000 spectators at Centre Court of the All England Club, Efe news reported. Fognini, 30, who bested the Briton in May at the Italian Open, looked unimpressive in the first set but recovered to win the second and make it a contest.

Plagued by an ankle injury, the Italian floundered in the third set. Even so, he was the better player in the early going of the fourth set, taking a 5-2 lead despite being penalised a point for an obscenity.

“The end of the match was tense. It was an up and down match. I didn’t feel like it was the best tennis at times but I managed to get through,” the 30-year-old said after the match.