Andy Murray vs Andreas Seppi - Wimbledon 2015 live - Live coverage - The Independent

Andy Murray vs Andreas Seppi - Wimbledon 2015 live

    Hello and welcome to live coverage of Andy Murray's third round match against Italian Andreas Seppi - a  victory on Centre Court would set up a clash with the winner of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Ivo Karlovic. 

    Elsewhere Roger Federer, Petra Kvitova and fellow Brit Jamie Ward are also in action. We'll bring updates from the various games throughout the day with game-by-game updates of the Murray match.
    7/4/2015 12:14:12 PM

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    7/4/2015 12:17:41 PM

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    7/4/2015 1:30:00 PM
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    Roger Federer impressed again on his way to victory (Getty Images) 

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    7/4/2015 4:46:00 PM
    Apologies, we've been experiencing some technical difficulties here.
    7/4/2015 5:50:38 PM
    We're back online now but we have missed the first set, which Murray won quite quickly, 6-2.

    The Scot has just broken Italian Seppi in the first game of the second set - excellent stuff so far.
    7/4/2015 5:52:01 PM

    Wimbledon 2015: Defending champion Petra Kvitova crashes out to Jelena Jankovic

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    7/4/2015 5:54:22 PM

    Wimbledon 2015: James Ward loses five-set thriller to Vasek Pospisil

    The IndependentJames Ward's finest-ever grand slam showing has ended in an agonising five-set defeat to Canada's Vasek Pospisil, with Wimbledon's second week remaining just out of reach.
    7/4/2015 5:58:32 PM
    Murray is making quick work of this second set too and is up 3-1, playing some fantastic stuff. Seppi is really struggling.
    7/4/2015 6:03:24 PM
    Murray is excellent here and Seppi is looking completely overawed by the occasion. 

    As a Mexican wave goes around Centre Court the Scot takes a 5-2 lead. 
    7/4/2015 6:14:59 PM

    Andy Murray has started off at a lightning pace (Getty Images) 

    7/4/2015 6:15:50 PM
    There's the second set for Murray, he again takes it 6-2 and looks well on his way to wrap this one up nice and early. Great play from the Scot
    7/4/2015 6:23:12 PM
    Seppi wins the first game of the third set with some smart service, but Murray comes right back to hold his own serve. The Centre Court crowd are purring at the No 3 seed. Excellent so far
    7/4/2015 6:30:13 PM
    The Mexican waves continue, the true marker of a game that has lost all competitive edge. Seppi is getting a bit of treatment from the trainer on an ankle problem - maybe he's had enough... 
    7/4/2015 6:35:21 PM
    Seppi is back on the court, leading 2-1 with Murray to serve.
    7/4/2015 6:36:26 PM
    Well, well. It's just got a bit interesting with Seppi breaking Murray.

    Perhaps he was reading our blog and got a bit complacent. 
    7/4/2015 6:39:50 PM
    Seppi has held serve and is now 4-1 up in the third set - it's all going wrong (ish) for Murray.

    Any hopes I had of an early exit are definitely over, at any rate. 
    7/4/2015 6:43:45 PM
    And now Murray is grabbing his shoulder after every serve. Oh my. 
    7/4/2015 6:44:02 PM
    Murray has just been broken again - 5-1 to Seppi. It'll definitely go to a fourth set, at least.
    7/4/2015 6:46:23 PM
    Murray comes to the net to force break point but Seppi brings it back to deuce. The Scot defends two set points but it's third time lucky for Seppi and 6-1 to the Italian means we head into a fourth set.

    7/4/2015 6:51:58 PM
    Encouragement for the Scot, though, as Murray didn't seem to be feeling his shoulder during that game. A bit of fight on the counter-attack, too. Reasons to be positive. 
    7/4/2015 6:53:53 PM
    Seppi forces break point with a beautiful groundstroke beyond the stretching Murray. The Scot successfully defends, holding his nerve to win a 23-stroke rally. 

    But after a few exchanges Seppi has the advantage and returns Murray's second serve to break early in the fourth. The world No. 3 is flagging, here. 
    7/4/2015 7:00:52 PM
    Murray is taking a medical time-out here and boy does he need the time to regather his composure. 
    7/4/2015 7:02:48 PM
    The worry is it's Murray's right shoulder that's getting all the attention.
    7/4/2015 7:04:01 PM
    We're back underway and Murray is looking a bit more comfortable after some extensive work by the trainer
    7/4/2015 7:06:49 PM
    Two break points for Murray as cheers erupt around Centre Court - much better now. 
    7/4/2015 7:08:05 PM
    Murray breaks! The pair exchange backhands in a long rally before Seppi makes a slight mistake leaving one just a bit short, he hits a powerful forehand and Seppi goes long with a return. 
    7/4/2015 7:09:39 PM
    There we go - Murray wins that game to love, right back in the flow of it as the WImbledon fans get some relief. 
    7/4/2015 7:11:32 PM
    Murray breaks again! Three of the points were won off three unforced errors by Seppi but there's some real zip now in the Scot's shots, something he had lost a couple of games ago when he was struggling with that shoulder. 
    7/4/2015 7:14:56 PM
    Another game for Murray, who senses he's close to a victory here. All the confidence Seppi 15 minutes ago seems to have vanished.
    7/4/2015 7:18:42 PM
    He breaks again! Into (what should be) the final set we go as Murray takes it to a level that Seppi can't get close to!

    Murray lost six games in a row just a short while ago... he's now won five of his own in a row and looks unstoppable.
    7/4/2015 7:22:38 PM

    Andy Murray is on the verge (Getty Images) 

    7/4/2015 7:23:12 PM
    Match point....
    7/4/2015 7:25:07 PM
    And there we go! He wins in with an ace - what a phenomenal performance in the last half an hour, Murray took it to a whole other level after looking down and out for a period.
    7/4/2015 7:25:49 PM
    Andy Murray beats Andreas Seppi 6-2 6-2 1-6 6-1
    7/4/2015 7:26:18 PM

    Murray overcomes shoulder injury to book place in fourth round

    The IndependentAndy Murray is the last Briton standing in the singles at Wimbledon after he overcame a third-set blip to beat Italy's Andreas Seppi and book his place in the fourth round.
    7/4/2015 7:38:54 PM
    There's your match report, thanks very much for following our live coverage. See you tomorrow...
    7/4/2015 7:39:12 PM
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