Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

British Success Inspired Murray to Get into Quarter-Finals

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

British Success Inspired Murray to Get into Quarter-Finals

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ANDY Murray was inspired by Britain's golden Olympic moments as he stayed on course for a medal of his own with a battling display against Marcos Baghdatis to reach the men's singles quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

The third seed watched Britain's first two golds of the Games in rowing and cycling, with Bradley Wiggins' stunning time-trial victory coming just before he walked on court.

Things did not go to plan for Murray at the start as he was twice broken to lose a nervy opening set, but he turned things around to come through 4-6 6-1 6-4. He said: "I saw the rowing right before I went on to practice and I saw the cycling right before I went on to the match court. When you watch it, it's extra motivation and you want to try to be part of that success for the team.

"But it's easy when you see someone win a gold, you want to go out and do the same thing. If you think too far ahead, it can mess you up a little bit. So I am watching all the sport because I love it, but I'm trying to make sure I don't get ahead of myself because I really want to do well here."

Murray and Baghdatis had met in the third round of Wimbledon a month ago in a match that will be remembered for finishing at 11.02pm, the latest in the tournament's history and two minutes after the curfew.

But what may have been forgotten is that Baghdatis, who loves both grass and the big stage, was close to taking a two-sets-to-one lead and had Murray in trouble. He showed the same form in the first set as while Murray struggled with the windy conditions and looked out of sorts.

The key moment came when Bagh-datis dumped an easy forehand in the net to hand Murray a break for 3-1 in the second, and from there the 25-year-old grew in confidence.

He wrapped up victory in an hour and 59 minutes with a forehand winner, letting out a huge roar as he booked a last-eight meeting with Spanish 11th seed Nicolas Almagro.

Murray had brushed aside Stanislas Wawrinka and Jarkko Nieminen under the Centre Court roof in the opening two rounds and admitted he struggled to adapt to the outdoor conditions.

"At the start of the match it was very windy and it pretty much continued that way," said the third seed. …

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