“It will be a very different match from today”. Feeding off the energy of a partisan crowd, Murray was scorching winners at will and exerted his control to record four breaks of serve.
An early break gave Muray a very early lead this evening, one which was consolidated by some extremely strong service games.
Seppi showed glimpses of a more positive mindset as he occasionally edged into the net but his forehand was wayward and Murray picked him off easily. “He does it all the time“, Andy Murray muttered when Novak Djokovic used some possible gamesmanship ploys in the Australian Open final. Seppi must bring everything in to this game.
“My shoulder began to hurt, you could probably see a little bit towards the end of the second set that I started to tighten up”.
“He has the crowd behind him”. “I got distracted. I let what was happening at the other end bother me”, Murray had said in his post-match press conference.
Watson impressed many with her singles display against Williams on Friday, with Andy Murray taking to social media to declare his approval in the immediate aftermath of the three-set thriller. Such were the problems he was suffering with his back in 2014, Murray had to adapt his ball toss for his serve, losing the power of his ex- style.
– MURRAY 4-2 SEPPI: A first cry of “Come on” from Murray as he gives Seppi’s forehand a good working over and another as he moves to 40-15.
The pressure was now on Seppi – and it told, as he was broken to go 3-1 down. Despite saving the first two again, the third seed surrendered his serve and allowed his opponent to serve for the third set at 5-1. “That’s the psychological part of the game and maybe something I could have done a better job of dealing with myself”.
The British number one booked his place in the fourth round at Wimbledon following his 6-2 6-2 1-6 6-1 victory on Saturday.
Whether this was a strategic or serious was as unclear as Seppi’s time with the trainer, though it does not seem realistic that Murray would call for a medical time out just because Seppi had.
Britain’s number one, however, came roaring back, fist-pumping and firing up the Centre Court support, to overturn a break in the fourth and clinch a convincing victory.
Ex- semi-finalist Angelique Kerber was dismissed in three sets by Muguruza, who won 7-6 (14/12) 1-6 6-2 against the 10th seed.
But Murray was then able to play his own joker and decided his own ailing body needed some work and the trainer returned to vigorously massage the Briton’s right shoulder.
The British number one was now in real trouble, requiring an intensive bout of treatment to his shoulder at the changeover, but once again the break in play benefited the injured party.
Ace king Ivo Karlovic has admitted he will bid to upset a nation by blasting Andy Murray out of Wimbledon with his record-breaking, siege-gun serve.