Wimbledon: Andy Murray’s hopes are dashed by John Isner, but Cameron Nori manages to do it | Tennis news


Andy Murray was sent to crash by American John Isner, who is heavily served in four sets

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray joined Emma Raducanu through the front door after losing four sets to John Isner.

The great American Isner secured his first career victory over the Scot in the ninth attempt, shooting 36 aces in a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 victory.

The Scot managed to score only 15 points against the ruthless Isner’s first serve.

But there was much more to the victory of the 20th placed in the scheme, with many neat strokes and deft touches in the net, leaving the Center on the court stunned.

Murray still believes he can still play his best tennis in slam tournaments, saying in a news conference that he has no plans to retire.

“I think most players on the tour would tell you that a game like this is won or lost based on a few points here and there. I didn’t play well enough with those points tonight, “said the 35-year-old.

“As I said, I certainly didn’t serve well enough at the beginning of the match, which I think is understandable. Look, he’s a tough opponent to play. As you say, I’ve obviously played well against him in the past.

“The match tonight, I don’t see why it should change that, really change that perspective.”

He later added: “I feel good physically, then we will try to keep playing.

“But it’s extremely difficult with the problems I’ve had with my body over the last few years to make long-term predictions about how I’ll be even in a few weeks, let alone in a year.

“If I’m physically in a good place, yes, I’ll keep playing. But it’s not easy to keep my body in optimal condition to compete at the highest level.”

Murray failed to stop the number of aces of Isner, as the American is approaching the record of Ivo Karlovic of 13,728 in the ATP Tour

Murray failed to stop the number of aces of Isner, as the American is approaching the record of Ivo Karlovic of 13,728 in the ATP Tour

Murray’s serve also had to shoot, but all too often in the early stages he gave Isner a look at his second attempt and was a fiery return that was too hot for the hosts’ favorite as he was broken in the third game.

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

The second set went without a single player putting a glove on the other, but Isner took the first blood in the tie-break, and when Murray got a lone chance to repair the damage, he threw a simple pass into the net.

At the set point, Murray did well to catch the rocket at 136 miles per hour, but the rematch went wide and Isner took a 2-0 lead.

In the inevitable third set of errors, Isner’s tiebreak slipped in for the first time, a long forehand and a volley in the net gave Murray the initiative, and the avid former champion jumped wildly with delight until he halved the deficit.

However, he was depressed soon after when another ordinary backhand pass crashed into the lane to pass the breakthrough point to Isner, which he took with a return that Murray could only score.

With Isner leading 4-2 and the light fading, the roof was closed. Ten minutes after the resumption, that was the last chapter of Murray’s Wimbledon odyssey.

“I’m definitely not a better tennis player than Andy Murray, maybe I would just be a little better than him today,” Isner said after the Scot left the applause, waving as he left.

“It was an incredible honor to play with him on this court in front of this audience. At the age I am now, I have to enjoy these moments. It was one of the biggest victories of my career,” he added.

“Playing as well as against one of our greatest players ever was a huge achievement for me. He is a great inspiration to each of us in the locker room and we are so happy that we still have him by our side.

Murray vs. Isner: Match Stats

Murray Match statistics Isner
10 ace 36
2 Double faults 2
81% Percentage of profit from the 1st service 84%
62% Percentage of profit from the 2nd service 54%
0/2 Earned break points 2/3
39 Total winners 82
13 Unforced errors 32
124 Total points earned 132

Cameron Nori experienced great fear to ensure that the British number 1 qualified in the third round after a 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-0 6-2 victory over Huame Munar.

The friendly nature between the former doubles partners could have ended if the Spanish right-winger had maintained his level during an exciting back-and-forth battle on Court One.

Nori took care to prevent further misfortunes for the hosts on the third day of the championship, returning to triumph in five sets shortly after Emma Raducanu came out in the second round against Carolina Garcia.

British wildcard Ryan Penniston lost in consecutive sets to American Steve Johnson

British wildcard Ryan Penniston lost in consecutive sets to American Steve Johnson

Ryan Penniston’s impressive summer on British soil came to an end after he lost in consecutive sets to an American Steve Johnson.

Penniston reached the quarterfinals in Nottingham, Queens and Eastbourne, but lost 6-3 6-2 6-4 in the second round of his first Grand Slam.

The 26-year-old Southend player failed to reach the level he had seen shine in recent weeks, with the American being served easily.

Venus will partner Jamie Murray in mixed doubles; Edmund returns

Jamie Murray and Venus Williams’ pleasant partnership led the Wimbledon mixed doubles draw as Kyle Edmund made his long-awaited return to tennis.

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

Venus, now 42, had said she would not be playing at Wimbledon this year, but decided to follow her sister across the Atlantic and claim her first mixed doubles title in a 24-year Grand Slam tournament.

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

They will face that of New Zealand Michael Venus and a Pole Alicia Rosolska in the first round, while the former British number 1 Edmund partners fellow host player Olivia Nichols against the American duo Coco Gauff and Jack Sock.

Edmund has been removed since October 2020 with a knee problem that has been persistently difficult to eliminate.

But this is an indication that he is finally approaching his full form before a hopeful return to single later this summer.

of Great Britain Neil Skupski and American Desiree Kravchikdefending titles are the second placed behind Ena Shibahara of Japan and the Dutch Jean-Julien Roger.

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