October 3, 2022

Andy Murray was sent crashing by American John Isner in four sets

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

American Isner, a big server, picked up a first career victory over the Scot on the ninth attempt, knocking down 36 aces in a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (3-7) win ) 6-4.

The Scot managed to earn 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 to the net leaving center court stunned.

Murray still believes he can still produce his best Grand Slam tennis, telling his press conference he has no plans to step away from the game.

“I think most players on the tour would tell you that a game like this 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. Old.

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

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

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

“But it’s extremely difficult with the issues I’ve had with my body for the past few years to make long-term predictions of how I’m going to be, even in a few weeks, let alone a year.

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

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

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

Murray’s serve was also expected to fire, but too often early on he glanced at Isner on his second attempt, and it was a blistering comeback that was too hot for the home favorite as he was broken in the third game.

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

The second set slipped by without either player putting a glove on the other, but Isner fired first blood in the tie-break and when Murray had a lone chance to recover the damage he threw in a single pass in the net.

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

Into Isner’s inevitable third-set tiebreaker errors crept in for the first time, a long forehand and volley into the net giving Murray the initiative and the excited former champion jumped wildly for joy as he cut the deficit in half.

However, he was discouraged soon after when another single backhand pass crashed into the boards to give Isner a break point, which he took with a return which Murray could only score.

With Isner leading 4-2 and the light fading, the top was closed. 10 minutes after the resumption, it was therefore the last chapter of Murray’s odyssey at Wimbledon.

“I’m definitely not a better tennis player than Andy Murray, maybe I would have been a bit better than him today,” Isner said after the Scotsman left the court in jubilation, waving from the hand.

“It was an incredible honor to play him on this court in front of this audience. At the age I am now, I have to savor these moments. It was one of the biggest wins of my career,” he said. he adds.

“To play as well as I did against one of our greatest players was a huge accomplishment for me. He is a huge inspiration to all of us in the dressing room and we are so lucky to have him. still be around.”

Murray vs Isner: Match Stats

MurrayMatch statisticsisner
2Double faults2
81%1st serve winning percentage84%
62%2nd serve winning percentage54%
0/2Break points earned2/3
39Total Winners82
13Direct errors32
124Total points earned132

Cameron Norrie survived a big 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 may have come to an end if the Spanish right-hander maintained his level throughout a thrilling back-and-forth battle on Court One.

Norrie made sure to avoid any further misery for the players at home on Day 3 of the Championships by coming back to triumph in five sets shortly after Emma Raducanu went out in the second round against Carolina Garcia.

British joker Ryan Peniston lost in straight sets to American Steve Johnson

British joker Ryan Peniston lost in straight sets to American Steve Johnson

Ryan Peniston’s impressive summer on British soil is over after losing 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, with the big-serving American seeing that easily.

Venus will partner Jamie Murray in mixed doubles; Edmund returns

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

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

Venus, who is now 42, had said she would not play Wimbledon this year but decided to follow her sister across the Atlantic and will try to win a first mixed doubles title at a Grand Slam for 24 years.

Jamie Murray has won five Slam 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 as the former British No.1 Edmund home teammates partners Olivia Nicholls against the American duo Coco Gauff and Jack Sock.

Edmund has been sidelined since October 2020 with a knee issue which has proven stubbornly difficult to resolve.

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

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

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