Wimbledon: Andy Murray’s hopes crushed by John Isner but Cameron Norrie makes it through | Tennis News

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American John Isner notches up his first victory in nine attempts over two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, winning in four sets on Centre Court

Last Updated: 29/06/22 9:58pm


Andy Murray was sent crashing out by big-serving American John Isner in four sets

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray joined Emma Raducanu through the exit door after a four-set defeat by John Isner.

Big-serving American Isner secured a first career victory over the Scot at the ninth attempt, firing down 36 aces in a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 win.

The Scot managed to win only 15 points against the relentless Isner first serve.

But there was so much more to the 20th seed’s victory, with a host of neat drop shots and deft touches at the net leaving Centre Court stunned.

Murray’s serve needed to be firing as well, but too often in the early stages he gave Isner a look at his second attempt, and it was a searing return which was too hot for the home favourite as he was broken in the third game.

It was only the second time Isner had broken the Murray serve in 25 sets of tennis over the last 12 years.

The second set whizzed by with neither player laying a glove on the other, but Isner drew first blood in the tie-break and when Murray got a solitary chance to retrieve the damage he dumped a simple pass into the net.

On set point, Murray did well to get a racket on the 136mph rocket, but the return floated wide and Isner had a 2-0 lead.

In the inevitable third-set tie-break errors from Isner crept in for the first time, a long forehand and a volley into the net giving Murray the initiative and the fired-up former champion jumped wildly in delight as he halved the deficit.

However, he was crestfallen soon after when another simple backhand pass crashed into the tape to hand Isner break point, which he took with a return that Murray could only net.

With Isner leading 4-2 and the light fading the roof was closed. Ten minutes after the resumed, so was the latest chapter in Murray’s Wimbledon odyssey.

Murray vs Isner: Match Stats

Murray Match Stats Isner
10 Aces 36
2 Double Faults 2
81% 1st serve win percentage 84%
62% 2nd serve win percentage 54%
0/2 Break points won 2/3
39 Total winners 82
13 Unforced errors 32
124 Total points won 132

Cameron Norrie survived a big scare to ensure the British No 1 made it through to the third round after a 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-0 6-2 victory over Juame Munar.

The friendly nature between the former doubles partners may have ended had the Spanish right-hander maintained his level throughout an exciting back-and-forth battle on Court One.

Norrie made sure he prevented any further misery for home players on the third day of the Championships by coming back to triumph in five sets not long after Emma Raducanu had exited in round two to Carolina Garcia.

British wildcard Ryan Peniston lost in straight sets to American Steve Johnson

British wildcard Ryan Peniston lost in straight sets to American Steve Johnson

Ryan Peniston’s impressive summer on British soil is over after he lost in straight sets to American Steve Johnson.

Peniston reached the quarter-finals at Nottingham, Queen’s and Eastbourne but he lost 6-3 6-2 6-4 in the second round on his maiden Grand Slam appearance.

The 26-year-old from Southend was unable to produce the level that had seen him shine in recent weeks, with the big-serving American seeing it out with ease.

Venus to partner Jamie Murray in mixed doubles; Edmund returns

The crowd-pleasing partnership of Jamie Murray and Venus Williams headlines the mixed doubles draw at Wimbledon, while Kyle Edmund makes his long-awaited return to tennis.

After Andy Murray and Serena Williams’ attention-grabbing run to the third round in 2019, this time it is the turn of their siblings.

Venus, who is now 42, had said she would not be playing at Wimbledon this year but decided to follow her sister across the Atlantic and will bid to claim a first mixed doubles title at a Grand Slam for 24 years.

Jamie Murray has won five slam mixed doubles titles, including two at Wimbledon – in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic and Martina Hingis in 2017.

They will take on New Zealand’s Michael Venus and Pole Alicja Rosolska in round one while former British No 1 Edmund partners fellow home player Olivia Nicholls against American duo Coco Gauff and Jack Sock.

Edmund has been sidelined since October 2020 with a knee problem that has proved stubbornly difficult to fix.

But this is an indication he is at last nearing full fitness ahead of a hopeful return to singles action later this summer.

Britain’s Neal Skupski and American Desirae Krawczyk, the defending champions, are the second seeds behind Ena Shibahara of Japan and Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer.

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