Murray stretches past Baghdatis

Andy Murray pulled off a 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 win to reach the fourth round

Andy Murray pulled off a 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 win to reach the fourth round

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Wimbledon extended their curfew for Andy Murray and the British number one took advantage to book his place in the fourth round where he will take on Marin Cilic.

Murray was not at his best as he wrapped up a 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 victory over Marcos Baghdatis, in the latest finish known at Wimbledon.

Victory was tied up at 11.02pm, exceeding the previous record of 10.58pm set by Novak Djokovic and Olivier Rochus two years ago. The official curfew is 11pm, which is the time the final game began.

Murray was playing within himself in tricky breezy conditions, and he often found himself on the back foot in rallies. The Scot took a tumble in the seventh game and seemed to be feeling his right shoulder, and he had more problems when Baghdatis brought up two break points.

But Murray saved both, one with the coolest of drop shots and the second with a running forehand pass that was initially called out but HawkEye showed to be in. Murray's chance arrived in the 11th game, and he took his second break point when Baghdatis pushed a forehand wide.

The Scot then served out a cagey set with an ace after exactly one hour. Murray moved ahead in the second set with a break in the third game, taking his third chance when Baghdatis netted a volley.

The Scot looked set to make it three breaks in a row but six times Baghdatis saved break point, and then made it three games in a row with a forehand winner. The Scot was slipping and sliding and clearly not happy, and, with the light fading, it was Baghdatis who served out the set 6-3 to level the match.

The players were then called off court at the end of the set, at 9.04pm to allow time for the roof to be closed, with the match to continue under lights. When play resumed, the Scot came out with strapping on his leg but a positive attitude and began the third set by serving three aces in the first game.

Murray dug deep to hold his serve and then, despite yet another fall, broke back when Baghdatis netted a rather tame forehand. Murray faced another break point after being penalised for a ball popping out of his pocket for the third time in the match.

But his serve saved him, before the Scot finally nailed a backhand pass down the line to clinch the set 7-5. Baghdatis folded wretchedly in the fourth set, which began at 10.36pm, and the winning moment came when he lobbed a forehand well over the baseline.

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