|Andy Murray (GBR), 5||vs||Kevin Anderson (RSA), 18|
ScheduleMonday, 30 June 2014 at 03:30 GMT / 04:30 UK / 09:00 IST
Andy Murray, currently 5th on the ATP ranking, is playing Kevin Anderson, currently 18th on the ATP ranking.
Kevin Anderson, reached the fourth round of Wimbledon after defeating the Italian Fabio Fognini, 3-2. From this almost three-hour long uncertain match the South African player emerged as the winner, after a relentless fight, 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 in games. But not only excitement made this match special, because Fognini was extremely nervous, as in the match against Kuznetsov, and again had incidents with the referees, almost hit the ball boy, and wrecked his racquet. He even broke Wimbledon's record of the largest sum of money he is supposed to pay as a punishment for his behaviour, that is, £16,100. According to the statement of the referee Wayne McEwan, Fognini threatened him that he would smash the racquet against his head. The Italian's nervousness was palpable through the entire match, which turned out good for Kevin Anderson. With his calmness and great serves the tall South American has gone through to the next round and earned the chance to play against Andy Murray at the Central court.
Anderson met his huge fan, the stand up comedian Ricky Gervais, which probably relaxed him before the match, and there was undoubtedly a lot of comic situations.
Andy Murray, the defending champion, has reached the fourth round highly motivated and better rested than his opponent Kevin Anderson. Murray went through to the fourth round after defeating Robert Bautist Agut in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, in their first ever match against each other. It was an easy job for Murray, who has shown why he is considered to be one of the best players on the grass court. He ended the match in one hour and 35 minutes, won 7 out of 15 break points and had an amazing 88% on his first serve.
It was interesting that his mother Judy wasn't watching his match, but was supporting her other son Jamie whose match was at the same time. The defending champion didn't mind and even joked that he was the no. 2 son.
This will be their third encounter. In their last match, in Montreal three years ago, the winner was Anderson. Of course, Murray can count on the support of the home terrain, which definitely feels good for him and motivates him additionally for every match.
This is not going to be an easy job for the defending champion. Anderson is certainly going to cause him trouble with his devastating serve and strong strokes. We expect an interesting match and the victory of Murray.