Murray conjures up magic to beat Fognini
Andy Murray bt Fabio Fognini 6-2 4-6 6-1 7-5
Andy Murray showed extra reserves of strength and determination to turnaround a match that seemed to be slipping from his grasp.
Leading two sets to one, he trailed his Italian opponent 5-2 in the fourth only to save five set points and win the final five games to pull off one his famous comebacks.
The pair were 3-3 in previous matches but had never competed on grass. Murray roared into a commanding lead in the opening set, only for the 28th seed to prove he was no push over with some scintillating power play that stretched the Scot across the baseline.
With the world number one faced with losing in an edge-of-the-seat fourth set and the possibility of an unwanted fifth he somehow manage to find a way back into the match and book his place in the last 16 against Benoit Paire.
Murray, who struggled with a hip problem in the build up to the tournament, said: “I didn’t feel like I moved as well as in the first two matches.
“It was a completely different match. There were a lot more rallies and I felt a bit off balance. I didn’t feel I moved particularly well.
“I don’t know if it was because of my hip, hopefully it will be a bit better from now on. Physically I though certainly could have played a fifth set. I finished strongly.”
Britain’s Johanna Konta bt Sakkari 6-4 6-1 but Watson & Bedene went out. Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares are out of the men’s doubles. Rafael Nadal bt Khachanov 6-1 6-4 7-6