Wimbledon: Murray still ahead; Broady clears


Andy Murray will have to resume his Wimbledon match against Stefanos Tsitsipas today (Friday) after the match was cut short yesterday due to the All England Club’s 11pm curfew.

The 36-year-old British two-time champion lost the first set, but then turned the match around to lead 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.

The match’s end came at the right moment for Murray when he fell and injured his left groin, causing him to scream in pain.

However, he got up to play the third set.

Murray won the Wimbledon titles in 2013 and 2016, but this was the first time Tsitsipas had played on the main court.

Liam Broady, who is 142nd in the ranking, delighted fans on Thursday and made a clean sweep in the second round of the tournament when he won the fourth seed Casper Ruud with five sets.

The defending women’s champion, Elena Rybakina, achieved a victory of 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) against the French veteran Alize Cornet.

Kazakh third seed Rybakina won the first set against Cornet without too much trouble, but was forced to fight hard in the second.

Due to the rain earlier in the week, there were still a lot of first-round matches on Thursday, including Alexander Zverev’s 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5) victory over Dutch qualifier Gijs Brouwer.

The men’s defending champion Novak Djokovic played his second round match on Wednesday, and top seed Carlos Alcaraz has to wait until Friday.

Djokovic, who is chasing an eighth men’s title, will next face Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka, who beat the Argentine 29th seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Wawrinka (38) has won three Grand Slams, but he has suffered a series of injuries in the past few years and has dropped to 88th in the rankings.

He won just six of 26 matches against Serbia’s Djokovic, but beat him in two Grand Slam finals.

Seventh seed Andrey Rublev beat his Russian compatriot Aslan Karatsev in four sets, while 2021 finalist Matteo Berrettini also advanced.

American tenth seed Frances Tiafoe edged past Swiss qualifier Dominic Stricker and will next play 21st seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Tommy Paul of the USA settled with Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6, 6-7 and 6-4.

There were also victories for Ukrainian player Elina Svitolina and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.

American qualifier Sofia Kenin followed up her shock win against compatriot Coco Gauff by defeating China’s Wang Xinyu in straight sets while French fifth seed Caroline Garcia also advanced.

Polish 17th seed Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer in the quarter-finals in 2021, overcame Britain’s Jan Choinski 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).