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Andy Murray was crashed by American John Isner in four sets

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray joined Emma Raducanu through the exit door after a four-set defeat by John Isner.

The great American Isner secured his first career win over the Scot on his ninth attempt, knocking down 36 aces in a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 win.

The Scotsman managed to take only 15 points against Isner’s relentless first serve.

But there was much more to the win in the 20th seed, with a series of accurate falling shots and skillful touches on the net that left Center Court stunned.

Murray still believes he can still produce his best Grand Slam tennis, indicating in his press conference that he has no plans to walk away from the game.

“I think most of the players on the 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,” said the 35-year-old.

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

“The game tonight, I don’t see why it should change it, really change that vision.”

He later added: “Physically I feel good, then we’ll try to keep playing.

“But it is extremely difficult with the problems I have had with my body in the last few years to make long-term predictions about what I will be like even in a few weeks, it doesn’t matter in a year.

“If I’m physically in a good position, yes, I’ll keep playing. But it’s not easy to keep my body in top condition to compete at the highest level.”

Murray failed to stop Isner's ace count as the American approaches Ivo Karlovic's record of 13,728 on the ATP Tour

Murray failed to stop Isner’s ace count as the American approaches Ivo Karlovic’s record of 13,728 on the ATP Tour

Murray’s serve was also supposed to shoot, but too often in the early stages he glanced at Isner on his second try, and it was a searing comeback that was too hot for the home favorite as he was broken in the third game.

It was only the second time Isner has broken Murray’s serve on 25 tennis sets in the past 12 years.

The second set sped by without either player putting a glove over the other, but Isner pulled first blood in the tiebreaker and when Murray had only one chance to recover the damage he dumped a simple pass over the net.

On set point, Murray did well to get a racquet on the 136mph rocket, but the comeback was floating wide and Isner had a 2-0 lead.

In the inevitable third set Isner’s tiebreaker mistakes crept in for the first time, a long forehand and a volley at the net giving Murray the lead and the fiery former star jumped wildly for joy as he halved. the disadvantage.

However, he was disheartened soon after when another simple backhand pass crashed into the tape to deliver Isner’s breaking point, which he caught with a return Murray could only score.

With Isner leading 4-2 and the light faded, the roof was closed. 10 minutes after the restart, so was the last chapter of Murray’s Wimbledon odyssey.

“I’m definitely not a better tennis player than Andy Murray, I could have been just a little bit better than him today,” Isner said after the Scotsman left the cheering pitch, waving goodbye.

“It has been an incredible honor to play him on this court in front of this audience. At the age that I am now, I need to savor these moments. This was one of the greatest victories of my career,” he added.

“Playing as well as I did against one of our greatest players ever was a great achievement for me. He’s a great source of inspiration for each of us in the locker room and we’re so lucky to still have him around.”

Murray vs Isner: match statistics

Murray Match statistics Isner
10 Axes 36
2 Double mistakes 2
81% 1st service payout percentage 84%
62% 2nd service payout percentage 54%
0/2 Break points won 2/3
39 Total winners 82
13 Unforced errors 32
124 Total points won 132

Cameron Norrie survived a major scare to make sure the British No.1 made it to round three after a 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-0 6-2 win over Juame Munar.

The friendly nature between former doubles mates could be over if the Spaniard right kept his level during an exciting back and forth battle on field one.

Norrie made sure to prevent any further suffering for the home players on day three of the Championships by returning to triumph in five sets not long after Emma Raducanu was out in the second round against Carolina Garcia.

British wildcard Ryan Peniston lost in two sets to American Steve Johnson

British wildcard Ryan Peniston lost in two sets to American Steve Johnson

Ryan Peniston’s impressive summer on British soil ended after losing in two sets to the American Steve Johnson.

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

The 26-year-old from Southend was unable to produce the level he had seen him shine in the past few weeks, with the great American servant seeing him easily.

Venus will team up with Jamie Murray in the mixed doubles; Edmund returns

The delightful collaboration of Jamie Murray and Venus Williams stars in the mixed doubles draw at Wimbledon, as Kyle Edmund makes his long-awaited return to tennis.

After Andy Murray and Serena Williams ‘captivating run in 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 make an offer to claim her first mixed doubles title in a Grand Slam for 24. years.

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

They will face those from New Zealand Michele Venus and Polo Alicja Rosolska in the first round while the former British number 1 Edmund partner housemate Olivia Nicholas against the American duo Coco Gauff And Jack Sock.

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

But this is an indication that he is finally approaching full physical form ahead of a hopeful return to solo action by the end of the summer.

of Britain Neal Skupski is American Desirae Krawczykthe reigning champions, are the second seeds behind Ena Shibahara Japan and the Dutch Jean-Julien Rojer.

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