For the fourth time in their careers Andy Murray and Vasek Pospisil battled it out however for Vasek his biggest match on the singles tour so far in his career. Sporting Royalty and actual Royalty were watching on from the Royal box including David Beckham, Billie Jean King and William and Kate.
It was the Canadian who got the match underway on Centre Court and could not have asked for a better start holding for love with some good serving and a lovely drop shot at the net. Murray likewise could not have had a better start without a point dropped on serve, 1-1. Murray’s start got even better after a good couple of drop shots between the two set up a break point and Murray took it after a forehand forced an error from Pospisil at the net. Murray held serve for 3-1 despite the worst double fault you will ever see miles wide of the box and rain followed with the covers coming on. 20 minutes or so passed and the courts came off and play would be begin in a few minutes. Pospisil got off to a good start after the delay holding for 2-3 before going 0-30 up on the Murray serve but the Brit won four points in a row with the next few games played on serve with Pospisil failing to find a break point and at 5-4 Murray would serve for the opening set. Despite the first deuce on the Murray serve and an exceptional rally showing more of Murray’s defensive skills and a lob to push Pospisil back behind the baseline the Brit took the first set 6-4.
The second set continued to be played on serve with neither player getting a look in at a break point with the set level at 2-2 in the early exchanges. A forehand error from Pospisil set up a chance for Murray at 0-30 however the Canadian got himself out of trouble at held for 3-2 with a shout of ‘COME ON’ at the change of ends we saw a glimpse of Pospisil reading from his note book again. At 4-3 on serve in the set with Murray to serve next more rain followed and another break with the covers coming on…
The big question is, why not close the roof?
Wimbledon must have listened as the roof began to close meaning at least another 20 minutes or more before play actually begins.
After a 35 minute delay, play resumed! Murray held serve well after for 4-4 with Pospisil then following up with a hold of serve including a couple more volleys at the net for a 5-4 lead with Murray serving to stay in the set. Murray served well to hold for 5-5 in just 68 seconds. Drama unfolded on centre court as at 30-30 on the Pospisil serve he was given a code violation for taking too much time between points and it seemed to bother the Canadian who was broken by Murray for a 6-5 after some good tennis and Pospisil failing to finish the volley at the net. Another easy hold of serve followed for Murray and he took the second set 7-5!
Pospisil came under pressure in the opening stages of the set having to save three break points in the first two service games with the set level at 2-2. More break points were saved by Pospisil as he took a 4-3 lead on serve. A hold of serve followed for Murray taking the set to 4-4.
Pascal Maria was at it again as at 0-30 on the Pospisil he was given a time violation and had his first serve taken off him. The Canadian got back to 30-30 but couldn’t hold despite a tweener during a rally and Murray broke serve with a lovely two-handed backhand cross court to take a 5-4 lead and ultimately serving for a place in the semi-finals.
It was a little too late but some errors from Murray gave Pospisil a break point which was quickly saved with an un-returned serve out wide and went on to hold to win 6-4 7-5 6-4 earning a standing ovation from the Centre Court crowd.