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Last Updated: Friday, 21 September 2007, 09:44 GMT 10:44 UK
Davis Cup day one as it happened
Great Britain 2-0 Croatia

Second rubber result:


6-4 6-3 6-3

First rubber result:


3-6 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-3



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By Sam Lyon


Henman 6-4 6-3 6-3 Karanusic
That's it! The Tiger's done it - and in some style too. A brilliant backhand winner sets him on the way to victory, handing Britain a 2-0 lead - and what a moment for the Tiger! He even gave us a customary wobble, gawd love him, and that might just be his last ever singles match on the professional circuit. He, his father in the stands and wife Lucy are in tears and it's all really rather emotional - wonderful stuff.

Which means I will leave you all on 606 to your discussion about famous people with the last name Hawks - you bunch of weirdos! I don't mean that of course I love you all - come back and keep me company on Saturday when Jamie and probably Timbo will hope to tie this all up early doors. The first pint's on me!

Henman 6-4 6-3 5-3 Karanusic
Well, there will be no freebies from Karanusic - Henman hits a couple of fabulous forehand winners in a two-deuce game on the Croat's serve, but he must see it out on his own serve with Karanusic digging deep and bringing out a couple of passing winners of his own. Can Henman do it now and get us all down the pub before the rush?

"There's the wobble we were waiting for. You gotta love 'im."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Henman 6-4 6-3 5-2 Karanusic
Haha, Henman you little blighter! The Briton manages to allow Karanusic a glimmer of hope, the Croat breaking back to 15 with a series of sublime winners. Lucy Henman looks untroubled in the crowd - shouldn't we all...

"Awww Tim is such a scamp, I'd say he was 25 and in his prime, he cant actually be 33 and retiring? Sad times... Love you Tim."
Robert via text

Henman 6-4 6-3 5-1 Karanusic
Jeeves - start the car son! Brilliance from Henman, who really has put some exhibition tennis on this afternoon. A fabulous cross-court forehand brings up three break points and Karanusic goes long on a return to hand the Briton the double break. Even Timbo couldn't throw it away from here could he?

Henman 6-4 6-3 4-1 Karanusic
He loves a drama doesn't he ol' Timmy? All is going rather swimmingly at 40-15 up but a double fault helps Karanusic back to deuce. Still, Henman brings two serves out wide from the top drawer and he holds.

Henman 6-4 6-3 3-1 Karanusic
Henman emerges from the break sporting that annoying towel-fluff-caught-in-the-beard look bless im, but it seems to be doing its jobs as he battles back from 0-30 down to go to deuce with a delightful drop shot. A stunning inside-out forehand winner brings up break point but Roko aces to level, only for Henman to power another forehand return winner to bring up another. Karanusic digs deep and the game goes to deuce four more times, but a brutal backhand and sublime volleyed drop shot eventually seal the Tiger the break - and there's the Henman punch! Oh how we'll miss that... won't we?

Henman 6-4 6-3 2-1 Karanusic
Well if Henman is going to play the doubles tomorrow as Andy Murray speculates, he could do with getting this one done sooner rather than later - and he's doing his best, holding to 15 with some brilliant tennis.

"Andy Murray has revealed that it is 75, 80 or maybe even 90% certain that Henman will pair up with Jamie Murray in tomorrow's doubles if Britain are 2-0 up at the end of today. And that looks a pretty good bet - providing there are no Henman wobbles. Perish the thought..."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Henman 6-4 6-3 1-1 Karanusic
Fair play to Karanusic, he's still plugging away and going for his shots. He holds to 15 mixing good defence with the odd passing winner and we're level in the third set.

Henman 6-4 6-3 1-0 Karanusic
There's no let-up from the Tiger just yet, the Briton playing out an immaculate game to hold to love and it looks a long way back for Karanusic.

"Let's not get too ahead of ourselves, he's only 2 sets up."
Un-Bell-ievable on 606


Henman 6-4 6-3 Karanusic
Hello hello hello, Timbo rolls back the years at just the right time. A glorious forehand winner down the line is followed by a dreamy backhand return that creeps over the net to bring up two set points. He seals it on the second, Karanusic firing wide with a simple overhead and the crowd are loving this.

Henman 6-4 5-3 Karanusic
And Karanusic is staying positive - and with good reason - pressuring Henman with some fine returns and brutal groundstrokes. Henman brings up game point with a fine cross-court forehand but fails to dig a return out from his feet at the net to let Roko back in. No worries, though, Timbo bringing out the big guns and he moves to within a game of a two-set lead.

"Say what you will about Tony Hawkes, but his Skateboard games on the PlayStation were peerless!"
Craig Carrington via email

Henman 6-4 4-3 Karanusic
Comfortable hold for Karanusic and, given Henman's age and fitness, the Croatian coach will be telling Roko to stay positive and you never know... Not that Henman's showing any signs of fatigue or that back injury of his, he's looking very comfortable. *Cue commentator's curse*.

Henman 6-4 4-2 Karanusic
Good hold from Henman, serve-volleying well and even a couple of Roko passing shots can't stop him consolidating the earlier break. A shot of the crowd shows Timbo's four-year-old daughter Rose looking on rather happily - all together now... "awwwwwwww"...

Henman 6-4 3-2 Karanusic
Henman is doing his best to target Roko's second serve, but with a 92% success rate on it the Croat is happy enough about that. Still, Henman pulls it to deuce with a nice sliced approach at 40-30 down that Karanusic can't return, and he does the same to bring up break point at advantage. It's all the opening he needs as he pings a backhand winner down the line to break.

Henman 6-4 2-2 Karanusic
I'm telling you, even when Henman's playing his grandchildren in the family garden 40 years from now he'll still be a demon at the net - and today's no different. Every chance he gets he comes in on a serve or return and Karanusic has no answer when he does. When Henman's approach is poor, though, Roko punishes him off the ground and Timmy has to battle to win through to 30 having been 40-0 up.

"Oi! Leave Tony Hawks alone, the man's a comedy genius and a superb writer. Try 'Playing the Moldovans at Tennis' as an example of his work."
JD, London via text

Henman 6-4 1-2 Karanusic
Is anyone else worried that Cheesey just appears to be following Ainsley Harriott around Wimbledon? Well Henman's not as he builds a 30-0 lead on Roko's serve with a couple of stingers across court. Karanusic turns it around with a few booming passing shots, though, and he holds on.

"Ainsley appears to have some bells round his wrist now, which he's shaking with approval every time Henman hits a winner. Bizarre."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Henman 6-4 1-1 Karanusic
This is actually turning into a nice contest, this, with Henman just about keeping his nose in front despite some fine tennis from Karanusic. It's the little touches of class that count, though, and a sublime lob and fabulous forehand winner seal the game for Henman to 30.

"I can't believe this is probably the last time we'll see Tim Henman on court at Wimbledon *sniff* I'm getting a little choked up."
Wannabie_Pro on 606

Henman 6-4 0-1 Karanusic
Henman is using his trademark sliced backhand to brilliant effect, and Karanusic is struggling to stay in the rallies as a result. A fabulous net volley brings Henman to 30-30, but an even better backhand pass brings Karanusic game point. The Tiger draws back to deuce with a superb forehand down the line, but two long passing shots hand Roko the first game of the second set.


Henman 6-4 Karanusic
A customary scary moment for the Tiger as Karanusic digs a backhand winner out of the bag to 30-15 up. The Croat goes long next point, though, and he fails to return a heavy second serve from Henman next up to hand the Briton set point. It's all he needs as a Karanusic forehand goes long and Henman takes control.

"Tony Hawkes was at the Turbo Tennis the other day too... glutton for punishment, obviously."
JonnyFedFan on 606

Henman 5-4 Karanusic
A comfortable love game for Karanusic and Henman will have to serve out the set.

Henman 5-3 Karanusic
Roko changes to a red shirt ... thankfully not bearing his chest to do so... and it has an immediate positive impact as he finds two winners on the forehand side to peg Henman back at 30-30. The Tiger whips a stunning forehand of his own to bring up game point, though, and an unreturnable serve seals it.

"I think if you scraped the celebrity barrel, you'd find comedian Tony Hawkes at the bottom. And I've just seen him."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Henman 4-3 Karanusic
One thing I have to say about Karanusic - for a professional sportsman, he does not look a very well man. He's paler than Lurch from the Addams Family bless 'im. Still, he's got some shots and while Henman struggles to get to the net whenever possible, Karanusic is happy to bang away from back in the court. He holds to 15 and don't go thinking this is a cakewalk just yet. This is Henman after all.

Henman 4-2 Karanusic
More good serve-volley work from Henman and Karanusic has no answer at the moment. Especially not when the Briton throws in the odd forehand winner across court as well - jubbly stuff.

"Here's one for you - Is Tim Henman the greatest player ever not to have won a Grand-Slam? I guess only Rios comes close..."
chumbawumba2 on 606

Henman 3-2 Karanusic
Comfortable hold for Karanusic, who looks like he might blow hot and cold a bit today.

Henman 3-1 Karanusic
Ooh it's like rolling back the years it really is - Timbo is firing on all, rather dusty, cylinders, with his serve ticking nicely and his volleying as immaculate as ever. The Briton holds to love.

"If we're in need of a bit of a fillip for Timbo's match, here's a killer fact for ya: Karanusic has lost to Arvind Parmar. TWICE!"
King of the Biscuits on 606

Henman 2-1 Karanusic
Karanusic, it would appear, is out of the Marin Ancic, Ivo Karlovic, Marin Cilic school - a Croatian school if you will - of tennis. Big serves, good on the baseline, but a little work needed on his mobility. The Croat goes 40-0 up, but Henman finds his touch brilliantly and drive volleys his way to break point at the net. A stunning drop volley at the net seals it and it's the perfect start for the Tiger.

Henman 1-1 Karanusic
Karanusic is not the only one showing some nerves out there, with Henman not yet hitting his straps. A couple of passing shots go wide and Karanusic does well to keep the pressure on to earn break point, but the trusty serve-volley saves Henman's skin. Karanusic brings his second break point up with a superb backhand down the line, but the Tiger digs deep and holds with a lovely forehand pass.

"Is it wrong that I am 22 and have a secret crush on Tim Henman? I too will definitely miss him!"
Kate via text

Henman 0-1 Karanusic
Roko Karanusic serves first - and early indications are the big Croat is not a serve-volley man. Henman is decked out mainly in white - for commercial reasons I'm sure - though he does have a dash of blue across his chest, the little rebel. And it's a fairly decent start for the British veteran, powering one winner down the line, but a nervous-looking Karanusic holds when the Tiger uncharacteristically misses a net volley.

"The little break has allowed everyone in the crowd to stock up on white wine and Pimms - this could get lively! Well, for Wimbledon anyway."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

1437: In case you're tuning in for the first time today - in which case shame on you - and were expecting to see Ivan Ljubicic, the big Croat has pulled out of this afternoon's match citing a urinary infection. That means an opportunity for world number 164 Roko Karanusic, whom British Davis Cup captain John Lloyd admits he's "never heard of". Which should set Tim up for a five-set defeat nicely of course.

1433: What a reception for the Tiger, who looks like he's a little watery-eyed as he strolls onto court for what will be the penultimate time in his professional career. But can he make it a dream finale?

"Not too long before Tim makes his big entrance. But just a thought - if Britain are 3-0 up on Saturday, that could mean that this is actually Tim's last match. No one is saying whether Tim will play on Sunday regardless. That will be a nightmare for the newspaper editors clearing their Monday sports pages for the big farewell!"
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese on 606

1425: Well, no rest for the wicked - it would appear I will be tied to my desk for the afternoon! And of course I wouldn't have it any other way... especially with Tim Henman set to launch his final farewell to the tennis world with his last-but-one match in the Davis Cup. He's been handed the perfect platform by Murray's win over Cilic, and Ivan Ljubicic's withdrawal should also provide a nice fillip for one of Britain's best ever tennis players. That's right - I don't care what the naysayers might remark, Tiger Tim's right up there for me and I will be sorry to see the man go. And so will my mum. So there.


Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-3 Cilic
That's it! Despite Greg Rusedski's best efforts to give fate a good old poke in the eye, it's a crucial victory for Britain as Murray holds to 15, Cilic netting a forehand return on the final point to hand the Scot a five-set win. The crowd go mental and Murray looks a mixture of joy and relief. Go put your feet up son, job done. Tiger - it's over to you...

"Both players have hit their straps in this set, but Murray is looking focused and strong and he should see this out now."
BBC Sport's Greg Rusedski

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 4-6 5-3 Cilic
Hats off to Cilic - he ensures Murray will have to serve for the match with another immaculate hold. It's hard to believe this pair are only 20 and 18 respectively, even if Murray does act like an eight year old in a sweet shop at times.

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 4-6 5-2 Cilic
That's two games in the row that Murray holds to love - this set is barely 20 minutes old, but we're seven games down. The Scot has now won 11 straight points on serve and if he can keep that going he's home and dry. Hold on, that's pretty obvious isn't it? Look, it works for Andrew Castle alright...

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 4-6 4-2 Cilic
Well it's taken until the last set, but both players are really motoring on serve now. When Cilic gets it right, there's very little Murray can do - especially the boomer out wide to the Murray forehand - and the Croat holds to 15 comfortably.

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 4-6 4-1 Cilic
Well, 'anything you can do' says Murray, as the Scot rolls through an excellent service game to love, Cilic struggling for answers as the Briton clicks.

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 4-6 3-1 Cilic
Cilic keeps his hand in with a brave service game, mixing drop shots with booming serves and he holds to 30.

"Looks like Murray is back in "Hulk" Mode (You wouldn't like him when he's angry). Finish it quick now kiddo!"
King of the Biscuits on 606

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 4-6 3-0 Cilic
Woah - it doesn't look like Murray will be doing anything easy from here on in. He goes 30-0 up with a couple of brilliant passing shots, but gifts Cilic three points on the bounce with a few unforced errors. But the Muzza roar is in full flow thereafter, as he crunches down a couple of stinging serves and he consolidates the break.

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 4-6 2-0 Cilic
Kerplunk! A couple of delicious backhands precede a beauty from Murray, smashing a glorious forehand across the open court and into the corner to bring up two break points. And he does it on the second following a wonderful rally, dripping a wonderful forehand from behind the baseline over the net to make it advantage Briton in the decider.

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 4-6 1-0 Cilic
Good start from Muzza, holding to 15 aided by a series of fine first serves - let's hope that's an indication he has his game face back on.

"He's let his temper get the better of him and allowed Cilic back into the match. It is totally up to Andy Murray who wins through - can he keep his composure and play his best tennis? If so, he'll do it."
BBC Sport's Greg Rusedski


Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 4-6 Cilic
I'm not sure who was the better tennis player out of Jekyll and Hyde, but that's the one Murray resembles at the start of the game, firing a fabulous open-body forehand down the line and fizzing a backhand winner to go 30-0. Fair play to Cilic, though, the Croat finding some power of his own on his passing game and winning four straight points to secure the game and set.

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 4-5 Cilic
Cilic has got to be wondering who he's playing here - Jekyll or Hyde. Andy Murray is firing again and he gets a couple of passing shots to fizz down the line to ensure Cilic must serve out the set.

"Apparently, Jamie Murray actually went to a barbers and asked for his hair to look like that. We're wondering if he took a picture of Kevin Keegan with him."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 3-5 Cilic
A couple of fine cross-court passes help Muzza into a 30-0 lead against serve, and a superb return catches Cilic off-guard coming into the net and the Croat can only hit the net to hand the Briton two break points. A booming serve helps save Cilic the first and Murray misses the second with a disappointing return with his opponent at the net. A fabulous forehand down the line brings Murray another, though, and he wraps it up with a backhand down the line. Andy's brother Jamie - sporting the biggest 'do' in showbiz surely - looks rather chuffed. Just a shame Andy couldn't have done that last game, really.

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 2-5 Cilic
The crowd do their best to lift him, but Murray's dummy, toys and blanket are all out of the pram and he goes 0-40 down before his supporters can blink. He brings it back to 30-40 but a blistering forehand seals the game for Cilic and we're looking at a fifth set here folks.

"Andy Murray has to regain his focus as quickly as possible - no matter how bad a call it was - because if he doesn't this is definitely going to a fifth set."
BBC Sport's Greg Rusedski

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 2-4 Cilic
Cilic comes out on top of the best rally of the match so far, forcing Murray to miss his pass out wide with a delightful drop shot, but Muzza is a picture of concentration again as he puts on a fine defensive display to force the errors and a break point. The Scot looks to have won it, but a ridiculously late line call - an incorrect one - against him sends the game to deuce. Murray can't regain his composure and Cilic serves out to stay a break up.

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 2-3 Cilic
The momentum has swung firmly back Muzza's way now, and he holds to love with a couple of forehand winners.

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 1-3 Cilic
Seriously, I reckon I could be Murray's coach - just give him the occasional slap across the chops and you're laughing. Cilic goes 30-0 up but misses a simple half-volley to bring Murray back into it and the Briton forces a winner down the line and another error to get back on terms in this set.

"In Andy Murray's hour of need, it would appear the people in the posh seats have gone for their lunch."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 0-3 Cilic
Oh dear... we're back to frustrated, petulant Murray at the moment. Another double fault and another couple of unforced errors and Cilic is two breaks up. Murray's coach Brad Gilbert and Britain captain John Lloyd bare the brunt of the Muzza stare after several points, but the 18-year-old Scot has no-one to blame but himself at the moment.

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 0-2 Cilic
Marin Cilic consolidates the break, Murray missing a couple of opportunities on the forehand and the Croat digging deep to grind out the odd winner. I'm not sure Muzza can afford for this to go to five sets you know...

Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 0-1 Cilic
The mysterious toilet break boost strikes again - and Cilic is the man to benefit. The Croat starts to get his passing game going again, and Murray falters on a few - finding the net at 15-40 down to lose his second consecutive service game. You can all blame mikesiva for that (see below).

"Great news! Ljubicic is out! Britain have this tie wrapped up now. I'm sure of it..."
mikesiva on 606

Talking of advantage Britain - Ivan Ljubicic has now officially pulled out of his rubber against Tim Henman due to a recurrence of a urinary infection. Replacing him will be world number 164 Roko Karanusic, with a decision about Saturday and Sunday's matches yet to be made.


Murray 3-6 6-4 6-2 Cilic
Well there you go, Murray ended the last game looking in all sorts of physical bother, but then Cilic sends down a couple of rubbish serves and goes long on a backhand volley to hand the Scot three set points. Muzza needs only one, Cilic finding the net and that's advantage Britain.

"This is the problem when you haven't played so often - closing out matches and games become difficult. Murray does not look comfortable, and I think he might have strained something, but I'm not sure that justifies three double faults."
BBC Sport's Greg Rusedski

Murray 3-6 6-4 5-2 Cilic
Hhmm... a little slip at the end of that last game has Murray hobbling a bit and the Scot does not look comfortable in his movement. Although he powers a brilliant forehand down the line, a couple of double faults hand Cilic break point... and a third gifts his opponent the game. He doesn't call for the physio, but this is worrying.

Murray 3-6 6-4 5-1 Cilic
Murray has a breather, failing to return three of Cilic's serve as the Croat gets on the board for this set to 30, but you feel Muzza has one eye on his next service game.

Murray 3-6 6-4 5-0 Cilic
Muzza is in total control now, pulling Cilic all over the court and throwing in the odd spot of genius - such as fizzing lob that gives the Croat no chance. An unreturnable serve consolidates his second break and the crowd are hitting party-time.

Murray 3-6 6-4 4-0 Cilic
More brilliance from Murray and he is really pumped up now. Cilic looks like a little boy lost at the moment, sending volleys and passes wide in the face of superb aggression from Muzza, and the Scot takes a second break to 15.

Murray 3-6 6-4 3-0 Cilic
While someone fetches Miss Cheese a taxi for that woeful Cilic Bang gag below, Murray starts to tick nicely out on Court One. The Briton whips a brilliant forehand across court for the first point and sees out the game to 30 with another ace - his fifth of the match.

"You've got to love these Croatian fans - it doesn't matter what their man does, they just keep on singing. No idea what, but my colleague reckons one of their chants sounds like "Cilic Bang".
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Murray 3-6 6-4 2-0 Cilic
Just call me Septic Peg... Murray is starting to find his feet on his volleys, while Cilic is suddenly stuttering on his passing game. A wayward forehand hands Murray two break points and the Scot fires a brilliant return to force another error and he makes it 2-0.

Murray 3-6 6-4 1-0 Cilic
Murray goes 30-0 up with a couple of solid backhands, but Cilic finds a way back into the game when Muzza's inaccuracies creep back in. Still, the Scot wins through when Cilic falters himself and could the young Croat be wobbling a bit here?


Murray 3-6 6-4 Cilic
A window of opportunity for Murray as a forehand winner and double fault from Cilic puts him 0-30 up, and a superb backhand volley at the net brings him two break - and set - points. He finds the net with the first but Cilic sends a wild forehand long on the second and we're back level! Murray nearly implodes as the frustration of that first hour explode from within him and maybe that will get him going.

"If Andy can just get clicking, with fire in his belly, this crowd are desperate to get behind him."
BBC Sport's Greg Rusedski

Murray 3-6 5-4 Cilic
Well, with the sun doing it's best to burn off the remaining cloud in the London sky, Murray is blowing increasingly hot on his own serve too. He holds to love with a nice mix of serve-volley and baseline winners - including a ripped forehand down the line that bodes well for anyone worried about his wrist injury.

Murray 3-6 4-4 Cilic
Nope - Muzza is yet to click here and he knows it. Lip-readers will be able to tell you just how well he knows it. A sliced backhand shows he still has touches of brilliance but Cilic is rather frustratingly cruising through his service games. He wins this one to 30 without great alarm.

Murray 3-6 4-3 Cilic
BBC Sport's Greg Rusedski is near apoloplectic - well, as apoplectic as Rusedski gets, which is sort of a hushed murmur - that Murray keeps pushing his second serve to Cilic's backhand. It helps the Croat to a 0-30 lead but Murray battles back and earns game point with a rare serve-volley. A stinging ace wraps it up for the Scot and at last he emits something resembling a roar. Maybe he's finally waking up - about time because he's barely been out of second gear so far.

"Celebrities don't just come out for Wimbledon you know - we've just spotted Ainsley Harriott! He was once a ball boy here you know. Not sure he'd be up to the task now though."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Murray 3-6 3-3 Cilic
One fault to Cilic's game might be his mobility and flexibility and twice Murray catches him off guard with drop shots, but it's not enough to win the game as Cilic keeps his serve going to win through.

Murray 3-6 3-2 Cilic
Great hold from Murray to love, including a delightful unreturnable backhand and it's a welcome comfortable game for the Brit.

"I estimate there are precisely no people under the age of 40 in this crowd. Bad news for tennis - but great news for me cos I'm feeling young again."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Murray 3-6 2-2 Cilic
Cilic gets out of jail yet again on his own serve with a stunning backhand drop shot at 30-30 to bring up game point with Muzza looking poised. Murray battles back but another drop shot and yet another booming ace earns Cilic the game.

"Maybe it wasn't wise to play on grass, after all...."
mikesiva on 606

Murray 3-6 2-1 Cilic
Murray continues to make it tough for himself when he double faults to go 0-30 down, but comes back to game win through to 30 with a forehand winner.

"Notoriously slow in the 'morning'! I can imagine that getting to work for an 11am start must be so taxing."
Anon via text

Murray 3-6 1-1 Cilic
Murray goes 30-15 up against serve with a wonderful backhand, but lets Cilic back in when he sends a forehand long to end the longest rally of the match. He makes amends with a stunning cross-court backhand to bring it back to deuce, but Cilic brings out the big guns again and just like in the first set the Croat is playing the big points well.

Murray 3-6 1-0 Cilic
A notoriously slow starter in the mornings, Murray really needs to find his zip and fast. He does his best to wake himself from his slumber with a few words of, ahem, encouragement to himself and he wins through when Cilic sends a forehand long.


Murray 3-6 Cilic
Like a Tyrannosaurus Rex testing the fence in Jurassic Park, Muzza is probing away desperately looking for a weakness in Cilic's game. He finds a chink or two on the Croat's forehand to bring it back to 30-30 after two unreturnable serves, but sends a whipped cross-court wide to gift Cilic set point. Cilic powers a forehand down the line to take full advantage and it's first blood to Croatia.

Murray 3-5 Cilic
Cilic is really preying on Murray's second serve and the Croat is growing in confidence by the second. A dismissive backhand puts Cilic 30-15, but Murray brings up game point with a brilliant couple of forehand winners. A backhand strikes the net to bring it back to deuce but a bludgeoned ace makes it 3-5.

"Tim can't bear to watch - he's left the court. Will that spell an upturn in Murray's fortunes?"
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Murray 2-5 Cilic
Kaboom! That's not really the sound Cilic's serve makes on every swing, but you get the idea. Some solid defence brings Murray two points but it's not enough to keep him in the game and Cilic is one away from the first set.

Murray 2-4 Cilic
Better from Murray, getting his first serves in consistently and bringing up game point with a booming backhand down the line. The Briton - for he is only Scottish when he's losing - wraps up the game to love with a another big serve to Cilic's backhand.

Murray 1-4 Cilic
Murray almost finds inspiration with a delightful lob that falls inches out, but it's the closest he gets in the game as Cilic keeps his serve ticking over nicely and he consolidates his break when Muzza sends another forehand long. Fabulous start from the young Croat, who is gaining a lot of support from the visiting supporters in the crowd.

"Curly hair can be a curse. If the Murrays got some straightners they could be boy-band material."
EileenToupis on 606

Murray 1-3 Cilic
A missed forehand and poor drop shot from Murray help Cilic take a 15-30 lead, and the Scot then double faults to open the door for the Croat. Cilic needs just one chance as Murray finds the net with a lame forehand and that's just what Britain didn't need.

Murray 1-2 Cilic
One thing is for sure - Muzza will have to be at his best to combat Cilic's massive first serve, the Croat firing down two aces to go 30-0 up. Murray keeps himself in the game with a couple of baseline forehands, but Cilic wins through with a booming backhand of his own.

Murray 1-1 Cilic
Comfortable hold for Murray, mixing good defence with the odd sliced winner and he wins the game to 15.

"There's a man sitting next to me in a red and white T-shirt, red and white bandana, with a red and white flag. I think he's Croatian. And clearly not familiar with press box form."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Murray 0-1 Cilic
Decent start from Andy Murray, smashing a backhand cross-court to go 30-15 up before a backhand volley low and deep into the corner brings him break point. A fine serve brings Cilic to deuce point but a wayward forehand hands Murray another go. However, the Croat is again saved by a big first serve and a deft drop shot and forehand winner set him on his way to winning the opening game.

1114: The sun - remember that people? - comes out as Marin Cilic prepares to serve first and get the tie underway. Here we go...

1111: As the players warm up there is certainly no sign of any discomfort of lack of movement from Andy Murray on that right wrist, an injury to which has troubled him for months. The crowd have clearly been on an early morning combo of Berocca and Red Bull because they are buzzing about like a bunch six-year-olds high on fizzy pop. Hold on, they ARE a bunch of six-year-olds high on fizzy pop...

1105: Another quick update on Ljubicic - apparently a blood disorder has flared up overnight and his part in this tie remains firmly in doubt. A decision will be left until the last possible moment, meaning Henman will have to sit tight and may just find out who he's playing when he strolls onto court later...

"Dreadful news from Wimbledon - the first Mexican wave has started. Bring on the tennis."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

1100: The players are called onto court - and I must confess it's all a little bit showbiz! What's this about? Muzza strolls out to the tune of Kasabian's "Processed Beats" like a heavyweight boxer and the crowd is full of screaming kids, blowing horns and waving inflatable instruments. Wimbledon won't ever have seen the likes of this before - brilliant stuff!

"If Murray doesn't win this first rubber, then the whole tie is toast. This is the easiest one of the lot."
King of the Biscuits on 606

1055: An early rumour from our intrepid reporter on the scene at Wimbledon Caroline Cheese is that Ivan Ljubicic, the star turn of the Croatia team, may pull out of this weekend. What a fillip that would be and we haven't even got underway yet.

"What are you doing on Centre Court? You'll miss all the action. Get over to Court 1 and tell up what's going on!"
Pauly T, London via text

Ah yes, my first deliberate mistake of the weekend and Pauly T wins, erm, absolutely nothing but pride for pointing it out. They may be a few more of those over the next three days - just to keep you on your toes I stress - so keep your eyes peeled!

1050: First up at Wimbledon is Andy 'the great white hope of British tennis' Murray against rising Croat star Marin Cilic, who beat Tim Henman at the Stella Artois Championships earlier this year. Britain could do with a winning start here, get the crowd - of which there are literally dozens - in full voice for Tiger's last-but-one professional tennis match ever. Come on Muzza...

1040: Morning people! On what is an overcast day out on Court One, the atmosphere is (sort of) building nicely ahead of what could be a massive weekend for British tennis. It's Davis Cup, with a place in the World Group up for grabs if Britain can overcome Croatia and it's The Tiger's farewell - what more could you want?

I'll tell you what more - cheerleaders! That's right the crowd, which as it stands is rather paltry to be honest, is being treated to a bit of pre-match entertainment by some scantily clad teenage cheerleaders. This country...

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21 Sep 07 |  Tennis


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