Andy Murray survived a scare at Wimbledon on Friday (July 7) but eventually overcame volatile Italian Fabio Fognini in four sets with a dramatic surge to dig himself out of trouble. The British defending champion triumphed 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 on Centre Court, winning five consecutive games in the fourth set and saving five set points to book himself a spot in the fourth round.
Murray struggled to find his rhythm throughout the match or read what was his third unpredictable opponent in a row was after Alexander Bublik and Dustin Brown. The world number one faces France’s unseeded Benoit Paire on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals.
Murray had been struggling with a hip problem before Wimbledon but insisted it had not flared up and hampered him during his third round match with 28th seed Fognini.
It was deemed an obscene gesture by umpire Damien Dumusois and, having already been warned for abuse of his racket, Fognini was docked a point and lost the game.
Fognini, one of the more combustible players on the tour, already owns the record for the biggest single fine in Wimbledon history after being penalised US$27,500 in 2014.
ROUND OF 32
13 G. Dimitrov Vs D. Sela
6 M. Raonic Vs 25 A. Ramos-Vinolas
- Ferrer Vs 11 T. Berdych
27 M. Zverev Vs 3 R. Federer
15 G. Monfils Vs A. Mannarino
- Gulbis Vs 2 N. Djokovic
8 D. Thiem Vs J. Donaldson
- Ofner Vs 10 A. Zverev
- Hercog Vs 7 S. Kuznetsova
9 A. Radwanska Vs 19 T. Bacsinszky
1 A. Kerber Vs S. Rogers
- Cirstea Vs 14 G. Muguruza
- Riske Vs 24 C. Vandeweghe
- Kontaveit Vs 5 C. Wozniacki