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Murray wraps up Benneteau victory
By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Andy Murray
Murray took control of the fourth set early and did not look back
Andy Murray needed only 26 minutes on Friday to complete victory over Julien Benneteau and book a third-round meeting with Andy Roddick.

The match had been suspended by bad light on Thursday after Benneteau had fought his way back into the match.

But Murray returned on Friday in commanding form and broke twice to complete a 7-5 (7-5) 6-4 4-6 6-1 win.

The 19-year-old, in the last 32 for the second year running, will face twice former finalist Roddick on Saturday.

Murray received criticism from the likes of John McEnroe and Michael Stich for the way he allowed Benneteau to stay alive in the match by taking the third set on Thursday.

However the teenager put it down to bad luck.

"I thought I played really well the whole match," he told BBC Sport.

This is the best I've played for the last couple of months

Andy Murray

"I just got a bit unlucky at 4-5 in the third when he got a net cord which just dropped over and that was a bit of a turning point.

"Obviously I would have rather finished it on Thursday but I wanted to come out today and put a few serves in which I didn't do on Thursday.

"But the rest of my game was good. I think he was nervous and I didn't make too many mistakes.

"It's a good learning experience for me.

"I started the third set really well and thought I'd done enough at 4-2. But these guys never stop fighting and are good enough to capitalise on it.

"I came out today and was pretty fired-up and I couldn't have asked for much more."

Murray completed a satisfying day when he partnered Belgian Kirsten Flipkens to victory in their first-round mixed doubles match later on Friday.

The teenager had left Wimbledon in disconsolate mood on Thursday evening, having allowed Benneteau back into the match.

The British number two bounced back from a break down to take each of the first two sets, but then lost his way in the third after taking a 2-0 lead.

Benneteau seized on Murray's loss of focus and took the third set at the first opportunity after the teenager netted a forehand.

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However, any fears that the 19-year-old might be forced into a fifth set shoot-out were quickly allayed when the players returned on Friday.

At 1-1, Murray fired a stunning backhand down the line to earn three break points and converted the second.

Benneteau's spirit, which appeared unbreakable on Thursday, deserted him and a host of errors allowed Murray to cruise through the set in less than half an hour.

After shaky patch during the claycourt season, Murray believes he is now getting back to his best.

"This is the best I've played for the last couple of months," he said.

"I feel like I can go for my shots a lot more and they'll drop in rather than going two feet out.

"Playing Andy Roddick, is a huge match for me. He's a former finalist, a former world number one, a Grand Slam champion, so it's an honour to be on the same court as him.

"Hopefully I'll play one of my best matches so it'll be a good match for the crowd."

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