Did you see the match last night?
Andy Murray playing against Stanislas Wawrinka. What great tennis. Long rallies of powerful skillful shots with both men playing really well. At one point the match could have gone either way. When Murray got a break of serve against Wawrinka, he later lost that advantage when Wawrinka broke back and things were even again. After two sets each they were battling it out for the deciding set. Andy Murray looked absolutely exhausted. But he struggled on and managed to win, to the delight of the crowd whose support and encouragement he needed.
All Andy’s matches have been played third in order of play on Centre Court, which has been really good news for me! I work part time in the afternoons, and wanted to change my hours to mornings while Wimbledon was on so that I could watch it, but someone else had booked the two weeks off which meant that I couldn’t change. But it didn’t matter, because I’ve been able to see all of Murray’s matches after I’ve finished work!
Each one of them well worth seeing. He plays proper tennis, with power and skill and tactics and it’s so good to see long rallies back again. That’s what tennis is all about. There was a time after the brilliant tennis of the Borg and McEnroe era when tennis just wasn’t worth watching. Racquets were made out of new materials which made the play so fast that it just consisted of a series of aces – a fast powerful serve that shot straight past the server’s opponenet without any chance of it being returned. I even stopped watching Wimbledon in that era. I’m so glad it’s changed. I’m not quite sure what they’ve done to bring back ‘proper’ tennis, but I’m glad they have.
Yesterday history was made. The new roof which wasn’t needed during the first sunny week, was closed for the first time and Murray’s match with Stanislas Wawrinka was the first men’s match to be played under it. So Andy Murray is the first man in history to win a match at Wimbledon under the roof. That’s something to remember for pub quizzes!
It’s a good thing that the roof was closed because with the artificial lights it meant that they could carry on playing even though it was late. They didn’t have to stop for poor light. Play continued until 10.38pm, which was the latest finish in the history of Wimbledon, delaying the Ten O’Clock News by nearly 40 minutes.
If a match has to be suspended because of rain or poor light and can’t continue until the next day, it can completely change the play and the result. It’s much better to get the match finished in one go, especially for the fans on Henman Hill, (or is it Murray’s Mound now?) who have travelled a long way and probably queued for a long time to get in. I’m sure they wouldn’t want to go home and miss the end of a match because of the light. Yesterday they were able to sit in the darkness and watch the whole match on the big screen.
Murray is now through to the Quarter Finals for the second time, but it won’t be plain sailing for him. He has some challenging opponenets to face and beat if he’s going to get to the finals. I hope he recovers well from the exhausting match he played yesterday to give him the best possible chance in his next match. He still has a lot of work to do, but he does seem to be capable of it. Wouldn’t it be amazing if he became the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry 73 years ago.