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Andy Murray and Serena Williams made it two wins from two in the Mixed Doubles after their straight sets victory over Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo.
Their victory was a much-needed boost to the Centre Court crowd after British No1 Johanna Konta crashed out in the Women’s Singles quarter-finals after defeat to the unseeded Barbora Strycova, who will now face Serena in the Women’s Singles semi-final.
That’s because the American won her quarter-finals over compatriot Alison Riske, before returning to court just 2hours and 45minutes later.
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Atawo holds again – including a fantastic point winning volley – to keep this set alive.
It’s Andy Murray to serve next, with the chance to book their place in the Last 16.
Williams holds to love and they’re edging closer and closer to the Last 16!
Martin holds with relative ease here, but he and Atawo need to pull something out of the bag to stand any chance of winning from here.
Back we go! Murray finishes with an ace as they clean up with a love game to move 4-1 ahead here.
Atawo wins the crucial point and ends the run of five games without success.
Serena holds! Murray and Williams are now three games up in this second set, and Atawo and Martin desperately need to break serve. But first they must hold their own!
Murray and Williams hold to keep the momentum of winning three games in a row, but they had to fight off two break points to do so. The first occasions that their service game has been under threat in this match.
Andy Murray’s coach Jamie Delgado is “optimistic” about the Scot’s hopes of returning to singles action, but says there is no set date, writes Jonathan Veal of the Press Association.
Murray is making his way back from a career-saving hip resurfacing operation in January and is playing doubles at Wimbledon.
The 32-year-old teamed up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men’s and formed a power coupling with Serena Williams in the mixed, meaning his rehab that is focused towards a return to the singles game has been put on hold.
Murray had previously hinted that he would try and come back on the US hard court swing, but Delgado is reluctant to set any targets.
“We are taking every day as it comes because we don’t know how the rehab will continue going,” he said.
“All I can say is that he is doing really well and there have been good signs the last few weeks and reasons to be optimistic in what he can do.
“The pressure is off him, I don’t feel like there is any pressure on him at all, it has just been good fun to see him playing with no pain.
“There has been very limited pain in recent weeks, so he hasn’t been moaning about his hip so we will just see how the next few weeks go.
“There is no date on it, it is a very much, ‘see how we go’, and there are certain physical targets he will have to get to before he can play singles and that is out of my hands, there are no dates on it.
“We just hope he is going to play singles at some point, but we just don’t know when.”
Murray’s injury nightmare has stopped him competing at the top end of the men’s game for the last two years, but if he does return he will come back to a familiar landscape.
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are all still bossing matters and, having been able to compete with those three prior to his injury, Delgado is hopeful he can again.
“He is an unbelievably special player, he is one of the best players in the world, his talent for tennis is one of the best,” he said.
“The top players are still winning and even when he was in pain, some of the matches he was playing he was actually quite competitive, which is amazing really.
“From that point of view, we are fingers crossed.
“I haven’t thought about that, what rankings he can get to or anything like that.
“Just to see him play fit and see how well he can do, because we don’t know yet.”
Serena Williams holds serve and we are heading towards a tie-break here.
Murray/Williams 5-5 Atawo/Martin*
And they do indeed hold serve! Albeit having fought off another break. Five apiece on Centre Court.
Another hold, and now Atawo and Martin will have to serve to stay in the set.
Chances are they will… they’ve won 94% of points on their first serve.
Murray/Williams 4-4 *Atawo/Martin
Close! But Atawo’s service game is held – after Murray and Williams spurn two break points in a back and forth game that went to deuce twice.
A very important win!
Still no signs of a break here, as Williams holds serve to move 4-3 ahead here on Centre Court.
What an end to that game! A pinball rally sees Serena battling at the net, but Atawo remains cools and service is held once again! Great entertainment.
And the score flow continues here, as Murray holds again.
This service game continues as Atawo cleans up to record the first love game of the match.
Williams holds serve and, understandably, this all-star pairing look more relaxed on court today now that they already have a game and a win under their belts.
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Men’s Singles, Fourth Round
Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, def. Ugo Humbert, France, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
David Goffin (21), Belgium, def. Fernando Verdasco, Spain, 7-6 (9), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Guido Pella (26), Argentina, def. Milos Raonic (15), Canada, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 8-6.
Roberto Bautista-Agut (23), Spain, def. Benoit Paire (28), France, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.
Sam Querrey, United States, def. Tennys Sandgren, United States, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5).
Rafael Nadal (3), Spain, def. Joao Sousa, Portugal, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
Kei Nishikori (8), Japan, def. Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, def. Matteo Berrettini (17), Italy, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
Women’s Singles, Fourth Round
Alison Riske, United States, def. Ashleigh Barty (1), Australia, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Serena Williams (11), United States, def. Carla Suarez-Navarro (30), Spain, 6-2, 6-2.
Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic, def. Elise Mertens (21), Belgium, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Johanna Konta (19), Britain, def. Petra Kvitova (6), Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Elina Svitolina (8), Ukraine, def. Petra Martic (24), Croatia, 6-4, 6-2.
Karolina Muchova, Czech Republic, def. Karolina Pliskova (3), Czech Republic, 4-6, 7-5, 13-11.
Simona Halep (7), Romania, def. Cori Gauff, United States, 6-3, 6-3.
Shuai Zhang, China, def. Dayana Yastremska, Ukraine, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
Men’s Doubles, Third Round
Lukasz Kubot, Poland and Marcelo Melo (1), Brazil, def. Marcelo Demoliner, Brazil and Divij Sharan, India, 7-5, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6), 6-3.
Nicolas Mahut, France and Edouard Roger-Vasselin (11), France, def. Bob Bryan, United States and Mike Bryan (7), United States, 7-6 (3), 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5).
Wesley Koolhof, Netherlands and Marcus Daniell, New Zealand, def. Aisam Qureshi, Pakistan and Santiago Gonzalez, Mexico, 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4.
Ivan Dodig, Croatia and Filip Polasek, Slovakia, def. Nikola Mektic, Croatia and Franko Skugor (6), Croatia, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Henri Kontinen, Finland and John Peers (8), Australia, vs. Rajeev Ram, United States and Joe Salisbury (12), Britain, 7-6 (2), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 5-5, susp.
Michael Venus, New Zealand and Raven Klaasen (3), South Africa, def. Frederik Nielsen, Denmark and Robin Haase (16), Netherlands, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (0).
Horia Tecau, Romania and Jean-Julien Rojer (5), Netherlands, def. Maximo Gonzalez, Argentina and Horacio Zeballos (9), Argentina, 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-5, 4-3, ret.
Robert Farah, Colombia and Juan Sebastian Cabal (2), Colombia, def. Philipp Oswald, Austria and Roman Jebavy, Czech Republic, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 7-5.
Women’s Doubles, Third Round
Kveta Peschke, Czech Republic and Nicole Melichar (7), United States, def. Abigail Spears, United States and Nadiia Kichenok, Ukraine, 6-2, 6-3.
Yifan Xu, China and Gabriela Dabrowski (4), Canada, def. Saisai Zheng, China and Ying-Ying Duan (13), China, 7-5, 6-3.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Germany and Demi Schuurs (8), Netherlands, def. Yafan Wang, China and Anna Blinkova, Russia, 6-4, 7-6 (7).
Barbora Krejcikova, Czech Republic and Katerina Siniakova (2), Czech Republic, def. Laura Siegemund, Germany and Anna-Lena Friedsam, Germany, 7-6 (6), 6-1.
Mixed Doubles, Second Round
Marcus Daniell, New Zealand and Jennifer Brady, United States, def. Maximo Gonzalez, Argentina and Yifan Xu (7), China, , walkover.
Robert Lindstedt, Sweden and Jelena Ostapenko, Latvia, def. Andres Molteni, Argentina and Makoto Ninomiya, Japan, 6-3, 6-1.
Franko Skugor, Croatia and Raluca-Ioana Olaru (12), Romania, def. Venus Williams, United States and Frances Tiafoe, United States, 6-3, 6-1.
Nikola Mektic, Croatia and Alicja Rosolska (6), Poland, def. Shuko Aoyama, Japan and Christopher Rungkat, Indonesia, 7-5, 6-4.
Aisam Qureshi, Pakistan and Nadiia Kichenok, Ukraine, def. Michael Venus, New Zealand and Katarina Srebotnik (10), Slovenia, 6-4, 7-6 (9).
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, United States and Jamie Murray, Britain, vs. Gabriela Dabrowski, Canada and Mate Pavic (3), Croatia, 4-6, 6-3, 3-4, susp.
Ivan Dodig, Croatia and Latisha Chan (8), Chinese Taipei, def. Su-Wei Hsieh, Chinese Taipei and Cheng-Peng Hsieh, Chinese Taipei, 6-3, 6-2.
Juniors Men’s Singles, First Round
Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune (1), Denmark, def. Kevin Chahoud, Sweden, 6-2, 6-4.
Anton Matusevich, Britain, def. Gauthier Onclin (15), Belgium, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Cannon Kingsley, United States, def. Otto Virtanen (11), Finland, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Roman Andres Burruchaga, Argentina, def. Pablo Llamas Ruiz, Spain, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Ryoma Matsushita, Japan, def. Blu Baker, Britain, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Baptiste Anselmo, France, def. Keisuke Saitoh (16), Japan, 6-2, 6-7, 8-6.
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (10), Spain, def. Tyler Zink, United States, 6-3, 6-2.
William Grant, United States, def. Nini Gabriel Dica, Romania, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.
Dominic Stephan Stricker, Switzerland, def. Andres Martin, United States, 7-5, 6-0.
Liam Draxl (12), Canada, def. Jack Pinnington Jones, Britain, 6-3, 6-3.
Andrew Dale, United States, def. Derrick Chen, Britain, 7-6, 6-4.
Brandon Nakashima (6), United States, def. Phuong van Nguyen, Vietnam, 6-0, 7-6.
Nicholas David Ionel, Romania, def. Jacob Fearnley, Britain, 6-3, 6-2.
Natan Rodrigues, Brazil, def. Peter Makk, Hungary, 6-4, 7-6.
Nicolas Alvarez Varona, Spain, def. Felix Gill, Britain, 6-4, 6-4.
Illya Beloborodko, Ukraine, def. Eliot Spizzirri, United States, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Juniors Women’s Singles, First Round
Katrina Scott, United States, def. Adrienn Nagy (16), Hungary, 6-3, 6-4.
Elizabeth Mandlik, United States, def. Mananchaya Sawangkaew (9), Thailand, 6-7, 7-5, 11-9.
Martyna Kubka, Poland, def. Emma Raducanu, Britain, 0-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Natsumi Kawaguchi (6), Japan, def. Alexandra Vecic, Germany, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.
Carole Monnet, France, def. Savannah Broadus, United States, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Polina Kudermetova, Russia, def. Amarni Banks, Britain, 6-1, 6-0.
Helene Pellicano (15), Malta, def. Alexandra Yepifanova, United States, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Daria Snigur, Ukraine, def. Kamilla Bartone (11), Latvia, 6-1, 6-4.
Robin Montgomery, United States, def. Marta Custic, Spain, 6-4, 7-6.
Funa Kozaki, Japan, def. Alina Charaeva (8), Russia, 6-2, 6-3.
Elsa Jacquemot, France, def. Hurricane Tyra Black (5), United States, 6-2, 6-0.
Oksana Selekhmeteva, Russia, def. Weronika Baszak, Poland, 6-2, 7-5.
Diane Parry (4), France, def. Darja Semenistaja, Latvia, 6-3, 6-3.
Matilda Mutavdzic, Britain, def. Sada Nahimana (7), Burundi, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Daria Frayman, Russia, def. Pia Lovric, Slovenia, 7-5, 2-6, 8-6.
Charlotte Owensby, United States, def. Shavit Kimchi, Israel, 6-2, 6-2.
Alexa Noel (10), United States, def. Amarissa Kiara Toth, Hungary, 6-4, 6-4.
Priska Madelyn Nugroho, Indonesia, def. Chloe Beck, United States, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4.