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Gamewatch: Baghdatis v Murray
Wimbledon fourth round result:

M BAGHDATIS Cyp 18 v A Murray GB

6-3 6-4 7-6

GAME-BY-GAME UPDATES

By Tom Fordyce

Third set:

Baghdatis 7-6 Murray
Oh dear - Murray's game collapses, just when he needed to be at his best. Two double faults give Baghdatis the opening he needs, and when Murray nets a forehand at 5-2 down, the end is close. Baghdatis slices a drop-shot millimetres over the net and Murray doesn't bother chasing it - he knows he's beaten. So that's it - Murray is out in straight sets, unable to take a great opportunity to make the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. You'll never see Baghdatis as restrained as that again, but he knew what he was doing - Murray gave the match away with those unforced errors.

Is that the official end of the British sporting summer? Out of Wimbledon and the World Cup, thrashed in the cricket, it's all gone wrong rather quickly for Britain's sporting hopes. Still, there's always the European athletics championships - and what about Monty winning the Open? While there's August, there's hope...

"Sure, there was plenty of pressure out there - but that's what champions have to cope with. Murray has the ability to become a great player, but it's down to him now whether he does so." Jimmy Connors, BBC Sport summariser.

"Marcos Baghdatis is dangerous on this surface - he could be a superstar." John Lloyd, BBC Sport summariser.

Baghdatis 6-6 Murray
30-0 down, Murray produces his best two shots of the match to give himself a glimpse of a break. Baghdatis misses then his first serve, only for Murray to be surprised by the bounce and put his return out. Baghdatis serves out the game, and it's a tie-break. Deep breaths, please...

Baghdatis 5-6 Murray
The frown on Murray's face is tremendous - as if his mum had asked him to tidy his bedroom just when he's off out to hang around bus stops with similarly disconsolate teenage chums. His anger has at least focused his mind - he doesn't give Baghdatis a sniff of a chance in that game. Are we heading for a nerve-battering tie-break?

Baghdatis 5-5 Murray
Who will crack first in this set? Murray, as in the last three Baghdatis service games, raises the crowd's hopes by winning the first point, only for Baghdatis to over-haul him.

Baghdatis 4-5 Murray
The feud between Murray and umpire continues unabated. Murray chunters away to himself between points but serves with accuracy and power to edge back in front. But where's the break going to come from? Even Henman Hill is quiet, and it's not just the heat doing that.

Baghdatis 4-4 Murray
Murray throws everything at Baghdatis, but to no avail - the Aussie Open finalist shows no sign of cracking. Murray is aghast at another line call - he's lost all faith in this umpire. He wipes his forehead with his blue and white Scotland sweatband and squints up at the chair in bemusement.

Baghdatis 3-4 Murray
Murray's best game since the first set. His serve clicks, his volleying stays solid and for once he doesn't throw any points away. Gulping water down at the changeover, he puffs out his cheeks. We're closing in on another key point in the match.

Baghdatis 3-3 Murray
A little too easy for Baghdatis. Murray edges in front at 15-0 but from then on it's one-way traffic. Who will break first in this set?

Baghdatis 2-3 Murray
When the under-fire umpire over-rules his line judge and calls a Baghdatis backhand good, Murray decides he's had enough. He marches to the chair and delivers a McEnroesque tirade about chalk dust, albeit in that same Scottish monotone. The anger inspires him - and the crowd - and a beautifully-judged drop-shot wins the game. Teenage temper tantrums can sometimes be a good thing, you know - even if the watching Jimmy Hill would disagree.

"You have to go up to the umpire's chair sometimes and get in his face - show him who's in charge." Jimmy Connors, BBC Sport summariser.

Baghdatis 2-2 Murray
If Murray continues to make this many unforced errors, he's going to find it very difficult. Number 19 gifts Baghdatis the game. We haven't seen much of that Melbourne-style charm from Baghdatis, but he hasn't really had to extend himself - he's just quietly waiting for Murray to hand him his opportunities.

Baghdatis 1-2 Murray
Murray is getting stroppy, and it's helping his game. He's forgotten all about getting the trainer on - all he's interested in is haranguing the umpire. After serving well for the game, he spends the entire changeover lecturing the official about chalk dust in a flat - yet angry - monotone. On reflection, Judy Murray's shades are more Matrix than Terminator. You could see Carrie-Ann Moss in them for sure.

Baghdatis 1-1 Murray
A great chance comes and goes for the young Brit. With a break point at his mercy, he watches a Baghdatis smash go long and prepares to celebrate - only for it to be called good. Murray can't believe it and goes to have words to the umpire, who obviously refuses to change his mind. When the game slips away, Murray bounces his racquet on the ground in frustration.

Baghdatis 0-1 Murray
There's a start, at least - a determined Murray holds to love with the help of a much-improved first serve. You wonder how much the loss of that second set took out of him - going from complete control at 4-1 up to capitulation at the end. His mother Judy watches on, wearing Terminator-like mirrored shades. How useful it would be if she could travel back in time like Arnie to the start of this match to warn her son of the tribulations ahead...

Second set:

Baghdatis 6-4 Murray
Baghdatis is now in complete control. With Murray needing the break, the Cypriot bosses his way through the game, passing Murray down the line at will. With just over an hour gone, Baghdatis goes two sets up. How can Murray turn this around? Forget James Bond - he might need Superman on his side now.

"Murray now needs to win three sets in a row. Talk about a big ask..." John Lloyd, BBC Sport summariser.

Baghdatis 5-4 Murray
Murray is crumbing before our eyes. It's two breaks and four games on the bounce for Baghdatis, and Murray errors are doing half the job for him. Baghdatis might be just 21 years old, but he's making as much of his opportunity as an old veteran - forcing Murray back and then hitting him with the drop shot sucker punch. Forget 3am phone calls from Sean Connery - it's right now that Murray needs James Bond, or at the very least Q with some sort of cunning tennis-related gadget.

Baghdatis 4-4 Murray
As Baghdatis draws level, Murray motions to the umpire - he wants the trainer on. You can't blame him - he needs to put a break on this somehow. He is barely chasing points down, and it's not teenage laziness.

Baghdatis 3-4 Murray
Oh dear. That's a wretched game from Murray. He double-faults twice, slips to 0-40 and then smashes a wild forehand way wide. Baghdatis has the break back, and he hardly had to do anything to win it.

"Murray gave that one to him on a silver plate." Jimmy Connors, BBC Sport summariser.

Baghdatis 2-4 Murray
A fantastic disguised cross-court forehand seals the game for Baghdatis. Murray's focus seems to be wavering again - this is not the same player who took Roddick apart in such impressive fashion.

Baghdatis 1-4 Murray
Murray holds again - his first serve is firing at last. He's up to 86% on it now, whereas in the first set he was in the low 40s. Baghdatis eats turf as he stumbles chasing a wide Murray forehand. He stays prone for a few seconds before clambering to his feet. It draws applause from a man in the crowd wearing a tartan cap with fake orange hair glued underneath the rim.

Baghdatis 1-3 Murray
When Murray goes to 30-0, a second successive break seems on the cards - only for Baghdatis to regain his concentration in time to save the day. Both players are making more unforced errors than they are winners - they're going for the sort of flamboyant shots that you'd expect to see in a veterans' doubles featuring Henri Leconte.

Baghdatis 0-3 Murray
The players have completely swapped roles from the first set. Murray is now rattling through his service games while Baghdatis goes for ill-advised winners that fail to find their target.

Baghdatis 0-2 Murray
Here's your answer - he can. For the first time in the match, Murray breaks Baghdatis - and for the first time, the Cypriot is the one making the unforced errors. Is that Jimmy Hill in the stands? It is, you know - impeccably coiffured and with his top button done up. He is chewing on something at the back of his mouth, much like a cowboy masticating upon some tobacco.

Baghdatis 0-1 Murray
Murray races to 40-0, only to watch helplessly as Baghdatis's energy and persistence haul him back to deuce. It feels like a key stage in the match already - and Murray finds the form that has so far eluded him to win the next two points in dominant fashion. Can he use that as a springboard?

First set:

Baghdatis 6-3 Murray
At set point down, Murray gets lucky with a net cord and survives. But Baghdatis pins him beyond the baseline and then dinks in a delightful drop-shot to set up another break. A booming serve is too strong for Murray and Baghdatis is a set up.

"It's only one set, but this is far from impressive performance from Murray." John Lloyd, BBC Sport summariser.

Baghdatis 5-3 Murray
Another double-fault sets the alarm bells ringing, but Murray forces two errors from his opponent to keep the set alive. He now needs something special to get that break back.

Baghdatis 5-2 Murray
Baghdatis is handing out a bit of a lesson here. He cruises through another service game, not in the least troubled, and is now just a game away from taking a deserved first set lead. Cliff Richard, looking rather drawn, watches on anxiously.

Baghdatis 4-2 Murray
Better from Murray - two bigs serves allow him to hold serve. But he's not playing well - his body language (slumped shoulders, slouching walk) tells its own story. Although it's difficult to be sure from this distance, Murray's Maori symbol looks like a Hei-Matau - a stylised fish hook that represents strength, prosperity, fertility and a great respect for the sea. It's not going out on too much of a limb to suggest that the first two of those attributes would probably be more useful than the others in his current predicament.

Baghdatis 4-1 Murray
This doesn't look good - Murray is holding his back between points. Baghdatis takes full advantage to extend his lead. Murray is wearing a carved Maori symbol around his neck - it's not bringing him much luck at the moment.

Baghdatis 3-1 Murray
To moans of disappointment from the Centre Court crowd, Murray double-faults at break point. Baghdatis has come out in fifth gear, while Murray is still trying to get his engine started.

"It's early days, but Murray looks very nervous to me." John Lloyd, BBC Sport summariser.

Baghdatis 2-1 Murray
The match comes to life with a sparkling 11-shot rally that ends with Murray stretching to put an overhead into the net. Baghdatis, moving beautifully, doesn't drop a point and beams at his mother in the VIP box as he trots to his chair.

Baghdatis 1-1 Murray
Gulps all around as Baghdatis powers a forehand down the line to set up a break point. Murray winds up a big serve to save it and then slides one out wide to go to advantage. Baghdatis forces an error to take it back to deuce, nets a backhand and then watches a Murray ace whistle past - it's level pegging.

Baghdatis 1-0 Murray
Baghdatis goes to 30-0 in rapid time, allows Murray back in briefly and then closes the game out with a good deep forehand. He is sporting a large white headband over his hair, which is pulled into a tight high ponytail. It's a very Sporty Spice 1997 look. Who does he think he is - some kind of superstar? (Note to Cypriot readers - that was not a serious comment).

1428 BST: Everyone who's anyone in tennis is here today. Jimmy Connors, working for the BBC as an expert summariser, is wearing a bright blue sports jacket and yellow tie featuring an elephant motif - a fantastic effort considering the temperatures courtside.

1424 BST: The two players walk out into the sunshine to cheers and applause. Murray, iPod headphones in, is carrying a bag of iced water and the usual enormous racquet bag. The other enormous thing is his hair - the curly mop is reminiscent of Bob Dylan's circa the Blonde On Blonde album.

1417 BST: The big match of the day is just minutes away. Can Andy Murray follow up his brilliant straight-sets win over Andy Roddick with more of the same against Marcos Baghdatis?

As Justine Henin-Hardenne and Daniela Hantuchova leave Centre Court after the first match of the day, the buzz in the stands grows louder.

There's some stretching of legs and refilling of beverages, and then seats are taken once again.

SEE ALSO
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