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Murray powers into fourth round

By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Andy Murray
Murray is trying to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final

Andy Murray overcame a second-set wobble to beat former world number two Tommy Haas of Germany in the third round at Wimbledon.

The British number one, 21, came through 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-2 to reach the last 16 and give further evidence he could be a real contender this year.

Murray won in two hours 35 minutes on a hushed Centre Court.

He will next face eighth seed Richard Gasquet after last year's semi-finalist beat Gilles Simon 6-3 6-3 6-7 6-3.

It will be the fourth time Murray has played in the fourth round of a Grand Slam and the second at Wimbledon, following his loss to Marcos Baghdatis two years ago.

Murray and Haas had met twice before, with one win apiece, the German having got the better of their last encounter in Indian Wells earlier this year.

An experienced campaigner, the 30-year-old former Australian Open semi-finalist is ranked down at 38 after a succession of injury problems but won his first two matches in straight sets.

Murray happy to handle pressure

Things did not look good for Murray when he lost the opening six points, but the 12th seed remained calm and took advantage of his first chance in game three, chasing down a volley to send a stunning sliced backhand down the line for the break.

Another break point chance went begging in game seven but the Scot carried on where he left off in the previous round with some fine serving, and comfortably saw out the set in 32 minutes.

It was a similar story early in the second set as Murray again made the breakthrough in game three with some superb returning that left Haas struggling at the net.

A number of world-class shots followed from Murray - a drop shot followed by a lob in game six were particular highlights - and it came as a shock when Haas broke back.

Murray saved the first break point he faced in game eight with an ace out wide but put a very makeable forehand pass in the net on the second.

I probably didn't play the best tie-break today, and in the past that might have affected me, but today it didn't

Andy Murray

It came down to a tie-break and with the score on serve after nine points, Murray hit a double fault and netted a forehand to gift a set he should have won to Haas.

The momentum was with Haas at the start of the third but the German missed a golden opportunity when he put a high backhand volley just wide on break point at 1-1, before Murray saved another with an ace.

Murray was clinging on but had seen off the danger for the moment, and Haas gave him a huge boost in the next game with a double fault and two unforced errors handing over the break.

This time the Briton managed to hold on to the advantage and serve out the set.

A superb running forehand pass down the line helped Murray to three more break points at 2-2 in the fourth and, when Haas double faulted on the third, the game was up.

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Renewed confidence surged through the British number one and he was back in the form of the first set and a half, getting another break as he closed out in style.

"I thought it was a good match," Murray told BBC Sport afterwards.

"I maybe had the chance to win in straight sets but, apart from the last few games of second set, I thought it was a really good match.

"I've managed to deal with the tight situations. I probably didn't play the best tie-break today, and in the past that might have affected me, but today it didn't.

"The first three matches were very good. I've only dropped the one set, but I'll have to play better if I want to go further."

Haas said: "At 1-1 in the third I had two break chances and he came up with the goods. Then in the fourth he came up with some unbelievable shots.

"He has a very good first serve which some people underrate. I think he needs to work on his second serve but overall he has a game that's tough to beat."


see also
Haas v Murray as it happened
28 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Wimbledon photos
28 Jun 08 |  Tennis
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28 Jun 08 |  Tennis


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