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Last Updated: Monday, 3 July 2006, 17:42 GMT 18:42 UK
The Britometer
THE BRITOMETER
LATEST VERDICT: OVER AND OUT
End of the road for Britain's last man standing

Andy Murray's Wimbledon campaign is over after his lacklustre defeat at the hands of Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis - and with him go any lingering hopes of British success.

After a superb run to the last 16 - including a straight sets win over two-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick - Murray seemed a far cry from his usual self as he slumped to a meek defeat.

The 19-year-old did not lack for support on a packed Centre Court, but was unable to raise his game and the Scot admitted as much himself after the match.

Murray's tame exit sees the Britometer slump from the top of the scale to rock bottom in the blink of an eye.

But the youngster can look back on a tournament in which he went further than many expected and laid claim to Tim Henman's status as the darling of the Centre Court crowd.

PLAYER

"It's the worst I've returned this year. I don't think I have ever missed so many second serve returns, especially off my backhand.

"It's hard to explain what happened. I didn't feel good the whole match. I tried to get myself going in the third but it didn't happen.

"I don't want to take anything away from Baghdatis but I don't feel like I put up any resistance today."
Andy Murray

OPPONENT

"Today I played my best tennis on grass so I'm really happy.

"Every day is different day and he was not so much on form but I played really good."
Marcos Baghdatis

PUNDITS

"I could understand some nerves at the beginning, but he was very passive for two sets - there was only one player who wanted to take the game on and that was Baghdatis.

"On the positive side, I don't think anybody expected Andy to get to the second week of Wimbledon. I think grass is going to be his best surface and I still believe he's going to be a big threat and may even win this tournament in a few years."
BBC summariser John Lloyd

"He has the ability and the opportunity to become a great player, it's up to him to go out and prove that he is.

"Everybody says 'he's only 19 years old' - he is, but he's been around for a couple of years now and it's time for him to move to the next level."
BBC summariser Jimmy Connors

THE FANS on BBC Five Live messageboards

Murray looked like he was happy at having made the fourth round and was just there to knock the ball about a bit.
Alan

To be fair to Murray, he was always going to struggle to reproduce the form he showed on Saturday. Even allowing for Roddick's dismal year, Murray himself called it the best match he'd ever played.

I think the jury's still out on whether he can reproduce that level of performance on a consistent basis. Until he can he will remain promising rather than great.
SportsRep

He needs a coach who will discipline him in the importance of reaching a Wimbledon quarter-final and tell him not to give it away.
donnacabab



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Tame Murray beaten by Baghdatis
03 Jul 06 |  Tennis


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