Andy Murray leads fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas by two units to at least one as their second-round conflict on Centre Courtroom was halted with 20 minutes nonetheless to go till the 11pm curfew and can conclude on Friday afternoon.
On the eve of the anniversary of his first title on the All England Membership, a battling show from the previous world No 1 noticed the 36-year-old get better from dropping the first-set to say the subsequent two, successful a vital tie-break within the second earlier than holding on to an early break within the third for a 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in a single day lead.
There was a late scare for the Scot, who has been affected by damage issues in recent times, as he tumbled to the bottom throughout his last service recreation. However he rapidly rose to his toes and received the subsequent level to clinch the third set.
That was to be the ultimate motion of the night, disappointing a nonetheless near-full and vocal Centre Courtroom crowd. The match will resume second on Centre Courtroom on Friday, following world No 1 Carlos Alcaraz’s conflict with Alexandre Muller – and never earlier than 3pm.
There have been boos when it was introduced the match can be stopped however Murray was in all probability not too disenchanted after his late slip, the Scot screaming in ache and clutching his left groin as he fell to the bottom.
Liam Broady’s five-set win over Casper Ruud earlier on Centre Courtroom earlier within the day meant Murray’s match didn’t start till after 7.30pm, the Scot hoping to emulate his fellow Brits by taking out a top-five seed.
Tsitsipas took the primary set, taking a web page out of Novak Djokovic’s ebook by taking part in a close to flawless tie-break, beating Murray 7-2 to take slightly air out of the Centre Courtroom balloon.
Within the second set Murray was hanging on because the Greek’s forehand actually caught hearth, the 24-year-old powering 11 clear winners off that facet. However Murray averted giving up any break factors and acquired his reward, with Tsitsipas lastly making just a few errors to slide to 6-2 adrift within the breaker.
Murray used all his residence benefit, lingering across the internet and whipping up the gang, and an enormous roar greeted the subsequent level.
At their solely earlier Grand Slam assembly, on the US Open in 2021, Murray mentioned he had misplaced respect for his opponent over the size of his rest room breaks throughout a five-set loss for the Scot.
The principles have since modified however Tsitsipas, who had referred to the court docket as Murray’s front room, was booed on his return from an prolonged break to alter his garments after the second set.
Tsitsipas carried his disappointment into the third and Murray pounced instantly, creating his first break factors of the match and breaking to like.
The 2-time Grand Slam runner-up recovered his composure and compelled two break factors within the fourth recreation however Murray’s serve was now purring and he recovered on his technique to clinching the set comfortably.
Murray’s late slip is a priority, however mercifully he was at the least capable of get to his toes and serve out the set earlier than play was suspended.