Sunday 21 January 2018

Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray resumes title fight

Ellen Branagh

ANDY Murray will finish his fourth round battle at Wimbledon today, after rain stopped play.

The 25-year-old's game against Marin Cilic was suspended yesterday with Murray a set up and winning 3-1 in the second.

Murray's match on Court One, and others on outside courts, were delayed just before 5pm when drizzle hit the All England Club.

As rain continued in the evening, officials decided to postpone play on all courts except Centre Court where play continued under the roof.

Matches at SW19's show courts will start an hour earlier than usual today in an effort to clear the backlog, and Murray and Cilic will resume their match on Court One at noon.

The lengthy delay comes after the Scot narrowly avoided having to finish Saturday's third round clash with Marcos Baghdatis yesterday as he raced to complete it by the curfew time of 11pm on Saturday.

He won as the clock ticked a few minutes past 11pm so was able to relax during Sunday's tournament rest day.

Retired British tennis player Greg Rusedski was among those who said Murray should have been allowed to play on Centre Court again.

He tweeted: "A real shame Murray wasn't on centre court, a little mistake from organiser. Need to give him every advantage possible."

Yesterday's interruption for rain came as the Met Office revealed this June was the wettest since records began, with double the average rain falling during the month.

Fans were left disappointed as they were sent home for the day after seeing only a sparse amount of tennis.

Spectators only get full refunds if there is less than an hour's play, although they can get half the amount they paid if they see between one and two hours of tennis.

Keith and Carol Sutcliffe travelled from near Sheffield in what Mr Sutcliffe, 63, said had become a very "expensive" day.

"We've come all the way down from Sheffield so there's that expense, we're staying over tonight in a hotel, so it's been quite an expensive day for not much tennis," he said.

"You pay a lot of money but I suppose that's the risk you take."

But he said he understood why Murray was on Court One, adding: "I think they have got to share people out around Centre Court, and Murray was on Centre Court last time."

Isabel Assaly, 30, from London, said: "They definitely need a roof."

Her friend Chris Lazenby, 36, added: "I think we saw just enough so we can't get a refund which is a bit annoying."

Fans could face more delays today with wet weather forecast throughout this week.

Billy Payne, forecaster at Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "It's quite an unsettled week really."

Rained-off fans were not the only ones left disappointed at Wimbledon yesterday - world number one Maria Sharapova lost her battle for the title as she crashed out in straight sets to 15th seed German Sabine Lisicki.

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