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Andy Murray was eliminated by American John Isner in four sets

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray joined Emma Raducanu out the door after a four-set loss to John Isner.

Big-serving American Isner secured his first career win over the Scotsman at the ninth attempt, firing 36 aces in a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (3-7) win. ) and 6-4.

The Scotsman managed to win just 15 points against Isner’s relentless first serve.

But there was so much more to the 20th seed’s victory, with a host of clean shots and deft touches at the net that left Center Court stunned.

Murray still believes he can still produce his best tennis at the Slams, indicating in his press conference that he has no intention of walking away from the game.

“I think most players on tour would tell you that a game like that was won or lost based on a few points here and there. I didn’t play well enough on those points tonight,” the 35-year-old said. . ancient.

“As I said, I certainly didn’t serve well enough at the beginning of the match, which I think is understandable. Look, he’s a tough opponent to play against. As you say, I’ve obviously played well against him in the past.

“Tonight’s game, I don’t see why I should change that, change that view really.”

He then added: “Physically I feel good, so we will try to continue playing.

“But it’s extremely difficult with the problems I’ve had with my body over the last few years to make long-term predictions about how I’m going to be even a few weeks from now, never mind a year from now.

“If I am physically in a good place, yes, I will continue playing. But it is not easy to keep my body in optimal condition to compete at the highest level.”

Murray couldn't stop Isner's ace count as the American closes in on Ivo Karlovic's record of 13,728 on the ATP Tour

Murray couldn’t stop Isner’s ace count as the American closes in on Ivo Karlovic’s record of 13,728 on the ATP Tour

Murray’s serve also needed to be powerful, but too often in the early stages it gave Isner a glimpse on his second attempt, and it was a blistering return that was too hot for the home favorite as he lost serve in the third. play.

It was only the second time Isner had broken Murray’s serve in 25 tennis games in the last 12 years.

The second set passed quickly with neither player putting a glove on the other, but Isner drew first blood in the tie break and when Murray had a single chance to recover the damage, he blasted a simple pass into the net.

On set point, Murray did well to land a racket on the 136mph rocket, but the return floated wide and Isner had a 2-0 lead.

As Isner’s inevitable third-set tie-break errors slipped in for the first time, a long forehand and volley into the net gave Murray the initiative and the former champion jumped wildly for joy as he halved the deficit.

However, he was left dejected soon after when another simple backhand pass crashed into the tape to give Isner a break point, which he converted with a return that Murray could only score.

With Isner leading 4-2 and the light fading, the roof was closed. Ten minutes after the restart, this was the final chapter in Murray’s Wimbledon odyssey.

“I’m definitely not a better tennis player than Andy Murray, I could have been a little bit better than him today,” Isner said after the Scot left the court to cheers, waving as he left.

“It was an incredible honor to play with him on this court in front of this crowd. At the age I am now, I need to enjoy these moments. This was one of the biggest wins of my career,” he added.

“Playing as well as I did against one of our best players was a huge achievement for me. He is a huge inspiration to each of us in the locker room and we are very lucky to still have him.”

Murray vs. Isner: Match Stats

murray match statistics isner
10 aces 36
two double faults two
81% First Serve Winning Percentage 84%
62% Second Serve Winning Percentage 54%
0/2 Break points won 23
39 Total Winners 82
13 unforced errors 32
124 Total Points Earned 132

cameron norrie survived a major scare to ensure the British No. 1 advanced to the third round after a 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 victory over Juame Munar.

The friendly nature between the former doubles partners might have ended had the Spanish right-hander kept his level during a thrilling back-and-forth battle on Court One.

Norrie made sure to avoid further misery for the home players on day three of the Championships by triumphing again in five sets shortly after Emma Raducanu had knocked out Carolina Garcia in the second round.

British wild card Ryan Peniston lost in straight sets to American Steve Johnson

British wild card Ryan Peniston lost in straight sets to American Steve Johnson

Ryan Peniston’s impressive summer on British soil is over after he lost in straight sets to the American Steve Johnson.

Peniston reached the quarter-finals at Nottingham, Queen’s and Eastbourne but lost 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the second round in his first Grand Slam appearance.

The 26-year-old from Southend was unable to produce the level that had seen him shine in recent weeks, and the big-serving American outclassed him with ease.

Venus will partner Jamie Murray in mixed doubles; edmund returns

The accommodating partnership of Jamie Murray and Venus Williams tops the mixed doubles draw at Wimbledon, while Kyle Edmund makes his long-awaited return to tennis.

After Andy Murray and Serena Williams’ flashy run to the third round in 2019, this time it’s their siblings’ turn.

Venus, now 42, had said she would not play at Wimbledon this year, but decided to follow her sister across the Atlantic and will look to claim her first Grand Slam mixed doubles title in 24 years.

Jamie Murray has won five mixed doubles titles, including two at Wimbledon, in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic and Martina Hingis in 2017.

They will face New Zealand michael venus and pole Alicja Rosolska in the first round, while former British number 1 Edmund partners fellow local player olivia nicholl against the american duo Coco Gauff Y sock.

Edmund has been sidelined since October 2020 with a knee problem that has proven stubbornly difficult to fix.

But this is an indication that he is finally closing in on full form ahead of a hopeful return to singles action later this summer.

Britain Neal Skupski and american Desirae Krawczykthe defending champions, are the second seeds behind Shibahara Ena from Japan and Dutch Jean-Julien Rojer.

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