x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Murray sails through Troicki test

Britain's Andy Murray makes the Wimbledon last 16 with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win over Serbia's Viktor Troicki.

Andy Murray of Britain returns the ball to Viktor Troicki during their match at Wimbledon.
Andy Murray of Britain returns the ball to Viktor Troicki during their match at Wimbledon.

Britain's Andy Murray made the Wimbledon last 16 yesterday with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win over Serbia's Viktor Troicki. The third seed faces Switzerland's Stanilas Wawrinka for a place in the quarter-finals. Murray, bidding to end Britain's 73-year wait for a home men's Wimbledon champion, had won both his previous matches with the 23-year-old Serbian and was never in trouble on Saturday. Despite the dark clouds over Centre Court, which heralded the end of a day when temperatures had smashed through 30C, Murray brightened the proceedings with a convincing display of serving.

He broke in the sixth and eighth games of the first set to take the opener and carved out another break in the second game of the second set. With rain threatening, Murray hurried through the decider with a break in the first game and wrapped up victory after just 96 minutes with his 17th ace. "It was a very good performance," said Murray. "I felt a little uncomfortable at the start and the conditions were difficult with the rain and clouds.

"But I was more comfortable after the first set and I'm happy with my first week here. "I have to play better next week if I want to win the title." *AFP