Murray triumphs in late night show

Western Telegraph: Andy Murray celebrates defeating Cyprus's Marcos Baghdatis during day six of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships Andy Murray celebrates defeating Cyprus's Marcos Baghdatis during day six of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships

Andy Murray was a man in a hurry as he booked himself a place in the fourth round of Wimbledon, with the latest ever finish at the grand slam.

The British number one raced against the clock to battle former grand slam finalist Marcos Baghdatis in a marathon match that broke a record for the latest finish at SW19.

Amid fears the match would have to be suspended until Monday, the Scot - buoyed by support from fans who cheered and chanted at various points - took the game 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 to rapturous applause.

Spectators sat for several hours, with the centre court roof having to be closed halfway through, and the match did not finish until just after 11pm - the cut-off time matches usually have to finish by.

Murray, watched on Saturday night by mother Judy Murray and girlfriend Kim Sears, is the only Briton left in the grand slam and was battling against a rival coached by his own former coach Miles Maclagan.

The Scot made his now trademark gesture of pointing to the sky after the game, and stopped to sign autographs on his way off the court.

Fans were left on the edges of their seats as Murray raced against time to finish the match, which saw him struggle with apparent injury, and suffer difficulties as a ball fell out of his pocket several times.

It was after 7pm when the game started, after two lengthy matches involving Serena Williams and David Ferrer.

Murray did not tie up his victory until 11.02pm, beating the previous record for the latest finish of 10.58pm set by Novak Djokovic and Olivier Rochus two years ago.

Afterwards, Murray said he was not sure what the rules were for late finishes, but he wanted to finish the game on Saturday night. Sunday is traditionally a rest day at the tournament and he would have faced a nail-biting wait to finish the match.

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