Murray cruises into next round

Updated: July 1, 2012

Andy Murray, beat Marcos Baghdatis in the latest match ever to finish at Wimbledon, wrapping up a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory at 11:02 pm (00:02 SA time) on Saturday underneath the Centre Court roof.

The deadline for stopping play under the roof is 11 pm (midnight SA time) but organisers allowed the match to continue as Murray was about to serve for the match. He served it out at love when Baghdatis sent his return long, setting off a raucous cheer from the home crowd.

The fourth-seeded Murray is trying to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon, and his chances have been boosted by Rafael Nadal getting knocked out in the second round. Murray and Nadal were set to meet in the semifinals.

Marin Cilic beat Sam Querrey 17-15 in the final set of a dramatic match which broke the record for the second-longest encounter in Wimbledon history.

Croatian 16th seed Cilic beat Querrey of the United States 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-7 (7/2), 6-7 (7/3), 17-15 in a match that lasted five hours and 31 minutes.

Spanish seventh seed David Ferrer beat three-time runner-up Andy Roddick to reach the last 16, sparking fresh doubts over the American’s future in tennis.

Ferrer came back from a set down to clinch a 2-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4, 6-3 triumph and goes on to face 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro for a place in the quarterfinals.

Tenth seed Mardy Fish, a quarterfinalist last year and playing his first tournament since undergoing a heart operation, beat Belgian wildcard David Goffin 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (8/6).

Fish will face French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a semifinalist in 2011, who defeated Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

Qualifier Brian Baker’s fairytale return hit a new high when he enjoyed a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over France’s Benoit Paire.

Baker lost six years of his career to an assortment of injuries that left him needing five different operations on a hernia, left and right hips and his right elbow.

The 27-year-old, who started the year ranked 458, will rise to at least 78 after his performances at Wimbledon.

Czech world 100 Lukas Rosol, who had caused one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport when he beat world No 2 Rafael Nadal in five sets in the second round under the Centre Court roof on Thursday, was knocked out.

On a windswept Court 12, normal service was resumed as German 27th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Nadal on grass at Halle two weeks ago, eased to a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) win and a first appearance in the last 16.

Kohlschreiber will tackle Baker for a place in the quarterfinals.

Del Potro defeated Kei Nishikori, the first Japanese man since 1995 to reach the third round, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 and will face Ferrer.