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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 June, 2005, 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK
Brave Murray loses to Nalbandian
Wimbledon third-round result:

A MURRAY (GB) v D NALBANDIAN (Arg)

7-6 6-1 0-6 4-6 1-6


Game-by-game updates:

Fifth set:

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 4-6 1-6 Nalbandian
Murray's Wimbledon odyssey is finally over as Nalbandian serves to victory. Murray limps off Centre Court to a standing ovation from the home crowd as British hopes in tennis' most famous tournament end for another year.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 4-6 1-5 Nalbandian
Just when it looks all over for Murray, the Scot saves a break point with a brilliant passing shot. But the injured teenager cannot turn the tide and Nalbandian breaks him again, so he can serve for the match.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 4-6 1-4 Nalbandian
Another service game for Nalbandian sees Murray fall further behind as the gripping match reaches its climax.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 4-6 1-3 Nalbandian
A good passing shot down the line leaves Nalbandian flat-footed at the net and helps Murray seal his first game of the fifth set.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 4-6 0-3 Nalbandian
Murray is limping in pain as he watches the set slip further and further out of his grasp. He is still making a valiant effort, holding Nalbandian to 40-30 but too many errors means keeps the game firmly in the Argentine's favour.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 4-6 0-2 Nalbandian
Murray is still fighting away, saving one break point but unable to stop Nalbandian claiming the other.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 4-6 0-1 Nalbandian
Murray puts up a fiesty display snatching a point but cannot stop Nalbandian comfortably securing his service game.

The start of the final set is delayed as Murray seeks medical treatment from his trainer. The Scot's frail teenage body is really struggling with the demands of this five-setter and the trainer is forced to dig his fingers deep into Murray's hip area to alleviate the pain.


Fourth set:

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 4-6 Nalbandian
Murray seems to be still reeling after missing his chance in the last game, handing his opponent three set points. Nalbandian converts the first to force a fifth and final set.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 4-5 Nalbandian
Murray misses a golden chance to break three times. There seems to be plenty of drama in this tense enounter as Murray twice goes on the offensive on Nalbandian's second serves to force deuce. After earning the break point, Murray is unable to lift the Argentine's powerful forehand shot over the net but gains another chance moments later. Murray is left fuming when the umpire calls Nalbandian's baseline shot out but then corrects the linecall. Nalbandian saves another break point before sealing a vital game.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 4-4 Nalbandian
Nalbandian breaks back with a carefully angled drop-shot against a tired Murray.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 4-3 Nalbandian
Murray has shown a golden eye for break opportunities during this match but cannot overcome the Argentine this time as Nalbandian seals a love service game.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 4-2 Nalbandian
Murray races to 40-15 with a thunderball of an ace, his sixth of the match, before eventually closing out the game.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 3-2 Nalbandian
Nalbandian survives a scare as Murray keeps up the pressure and takes the Argentine to deuce before the game goes with service.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 3-1 Nalbandian
Murray consolidates his break in nail-biting style. Nalbandian earns a vital break point after a dramatic rally sees both players at the net and the Argentine manages the winning passing shot. But Murray battles back to deuce with a sublime forehand down the line. The spectators, including James Bond legend Sean Connery, eventually whoop with delight as the teenage Scot seals the game.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 2-1 Nalbandian
Nalbandian seems to be making the most of Murray's physical problems, forcing the young Scot to run around the court in a series of baseline rallies. But Murray refuses to succumb, converting the first of three break points to take the lead.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 1-1 Nalbandian
Murray looks physically spent but takes some solace from securing his service game after outduelling Nalbandian on the baseline.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 0-1 Nalbandian
Nalbandian looks to keeping up the momentum, while Murray seems to be struggling with mobility, as the Argentine seals a love service game.


Third set:

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-6 Nalbandian
Murray fails to put away Nalbandian's easy high lob, showing he is really focusing on the next set rather than this one which Nalbandian has sewn up with the first of two set points. Murray also looks to be physically suffering, stretching his hips at the end of the game.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-5 Nalbandian
Murray appears to be deliberately letting the third set slip away, perhaps to conserve his energy for a fourth set as Nalbandian storms to another service game.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-4 Nalbandian
Nalbandian has got a solid grip on the third set, converting the second of three break points.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-3 Nalbandian
A mishit by Nalbandian hands Murray a break point as 30-40 but the Scot misses his chance as the Argentine takes the next three points to hold his serve.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-2 Nalbandian
Nalbandian is looking to turn the tide, despite never having come back from two sets down before. He finally goes a break ahead on his second attempt.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 0-1 Nalbandian
Nalbandian bounces back from the crushing blow in the second set by storming to a 40-0 lead before uncertainty sets in again. More unforced errors allow Murray to pull back to deuce. Nalbandian is then forced to change rackets when his frustration boils after hitting long and handing his Scottish opponent a break point. However, the Argentine regains his focus to close out the game.


Second set:

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 Nalbandian
Murray powers ahead to take the second set as the ecstatic crowd cheer on. He marches to a 40-15 lead before closing out the game and set in style.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 5-1 Nalbandian
Murray is left serving for the second set after more mistakes from his Argentine opponent. Nalbandian fails to get the ball over the net twice in quick succession to hand Murray a break point on 30-40 before the the Scot converts to take complete control of the set.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 4-1 Nalbandian
Teenage sensation Murray marches on with another service game to look in full control of the second set and edging ever closer to a fairytale fourth-round appearance.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 3-1 Nalbandian
Nalbandian wins his first game of the second set after an initial struggle from Murray. Home favourite Murray levels the scores at 30-30 before the Argentine outwits the Scot with a drop-shot and powerful serve.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 3-0 Nalbandian
Murray survives a tough test from Nalbandian to consolidate his break. Nalbandian squanders three break points in a tightly-fought game.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 2-0 Nalbandian
Murray grabs his fourth break of serve in the match as Nalbandian looks increasingly unsure. A series of errors hand Murray three break points, which he happily converts.

Murray 7-6 (7-4) 1-0 Nalbandian
Murray re-establishes himself by winning his opening service game of the second set. After a lengthy toilet break, Murray returns to the court but stumbles to 0-30. He soons regains control however, moving to 40-30 with a superbly angled drop-volley before closing out the game.


First set:

Murray 7-6 (7-4) Nalbandian
Murray takes one step towards the fourth round after clinching the first set in a tie-break. He grabs the mini-break at 3-1 and consolidates it with an ace to move to a 4-2 lead. Nalbaldian breaks back but Murray marches on to 6-4 and serves out for the set.

Murray 6-6 Nalbandian
Nalbandian is still hanging in there after breaking back. Murray squanders a golden opportunity, not helped by yet another double fault as the set goes to a tie-break.

Murray 6-5 Nalbandian
Murray is serving for the set after clinching a vital break. He nows looks in fiesty form, pushing the scores to 0-30 with a clever sliced backhand. He goes on to earn two break points with a superb drop volley but Nalbandian refuses to buckle, battling back to deuce. It is a see-saw scrap but Murray eventually converts his fourth break.

Murray 5-5 Nalbandian
Murray claims his third service game of the set, causes some controversy when he protests against a line-call on his first serve at 40-0. The Scot regains his focus to win the next point and level the scores.

Murray 4-5 Nalbandian
One of the rare occasions in the first set that the game goes with service as Nalbandian comfortably moves ahead.

Murray 4-4 Nalbandian
Murray is starting to look more assured as he wins only his second service game in four with a brilliant crosscourt forehand shot as Nalbandian charges into the net.

Murray 3-4 Nalbandian
Murray gets back in the first set after a series of errors from Nalbandian. A poor drop-shot from the Argentine hands Murray a break point, which he takes with a carefully taken backhand passing shot.

Murray 2-4 Nalbandian
Murray is looking uncharacteristically troubled, committing his second double fault of the match and then hitting an easy smash into the net to go down 0-30. Nalbandian earns two break points but squanders both as the scores go to deuce. The Argentine finally converts the fourth.

Murray 2-3 Nalbandian
Murray is still looking disappointed at not consolidating his break in the last game. He grabs a point at 30-15 but cannot stop the Argentine winning his service game.

Murray 2-2 Nalbandian
Perhaps the nerves are starting to sink in as Murray fails to capitalise on his break with some poor serving. Nalbandian make no mistake, grabbing the first of three break points to put the scores level again.

Murray 2-1 Nalbandian
Some flustering from the Argentine allows Murray to move to 0-30 before more errors enable the Scot to convert the second of two break points, much to the delight of the Centre Court crowd.

Murray 1-1 Nalbandian
Murray eases the pressure on himself by racing to 40-0 before an unforced error sees the Scot unable to lift the ball over the net. However, he closes out the game with the next point.

Murray 0-1 Nalbandian
Despite the overpowering support for the home favourite, Nalbandian eases to a comfortable love service game.

1619 BST: Murray has walked out onto Centre Court, with Nalbandian, to a rapturous applause from the home crowd. There is a definite buzz around the court with many supporters decked out in national flags, hats and facepaint.


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