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Bolton 3 Birmingham 1 – match report

Bolton 3 Birmingham 1: Trotters come from behind to record first win in three

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17:25 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:46 GMT, 29 December 2012

Bolton put the disappointment of back-to-back defeats behind them with a come-from-behind victory over struggling Birmingham.

Dougie Freedman's side suffered losses to lowly Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday over the festive period and fell behind after just 11 minutes on Saturday.

Nikola Zigic headed his fifth of the season but the hosts hit back to lead by half-time with goals from Marcos Alonso and Chung-Yong Lee.

Comeback: Lee (second left) put Bolton in front

Comeback: Lee (second left) put Bolton in front

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan; Mears, Ream, Knight, Alonso; Lee, Pratley, Spearing (Butterfield 89), Andrews, Eagles (Afobe 90); K Davies.

Subs not used: Lonergan, Ricketts, Riley, Petrov, Sordell.

Booked: Lee.

Goals: Alonso 27, Lee 33, Andrews (pen) 79.

Birmingham: Butland; Hancox, Caldwell, Davies, Robinson; Burke (Redmond 72), Spector (Elliott 59), Mullins, Reilly (Jervis 79), Hall; Zigic.

Subs not used: Doyle, Pablo, Gordon, Delfouneso.

Booked: Mullins, Caldwell, Zigic. Sent off: Zigic.

Goal: Zigic 11.

Referee: Simon Hooper.

Attendance: 17,068.

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A second-half penalty from Keith Andrews
settled the matter and Zigic saw red as Birmingham's three-match
unbeaten run came to an end.

The hosts started much the brighter, Chris Eagles cutting in from the
right and trying his luck with an early long-range strike but Jack
Butland was equal to the challenge.

The Trotters threatened again moments later as Jay Spearing hit a superb
looping volley from 30 yards which just dropped wide of the post.

But it was Lee Clark's side who seized the advantage. Chris Burke's
right-wing corner hung in the air and Zigic came through a crowded scene
to nod home from six yards.

Bolton's frustration continued to build when Eagles flashed a shot across goal after being played in by Kevin Davies' backheel.

They did not have to wait much longer for the goal their dominance
deserved after Tyrone Mears burst down the right and delivered a teasing
ball for Alonso to provide the headed finish, outmuscling Curtis Davies
to do so, in the 27th minute.

Spot on: Andrews slots home Bolton's third

Spot on: Andrews slots home Bolton's third

It got even better for Freedman's side just past the half-hour mark, Lee
skipping past two defenders, rounding Butland and squeezing the ball in
from a tight angle.

The impressive Spearing linked well with Davies and the veteran striker
forced a smart stop from Butland as Bolton finished the half on top.

Clark turned to his bench for inspiration early in the second half, bringing on Wade Elliott for Jonathan Spector.

The veteran winger was soon involved, feeding Burke down the flank but his cross cleared everyone in a packed penalty area.

Burke tried to atone but his 20-yard strike was well held by Adam Bogdan as the visitors began to grow into the game.

But after Steven Caldwell handled in the box, Andrews stepped up to calmly steer the spot-kick past Butland in the 79th minute.

Zigic was given his marching orders late on after picking up two
bookings in little over a minute as the Serb went from hero to zero.

Aston Villa, Newcastle Swansea, Bolton and Norwich watch Cluj"s Modou Sougou

Villa, Newcastle and Norwich chase Cluj's Senegal winger Sougou

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22:39 GMT, 4 December 2012

Aston Villa, Newcastle and Norwich will have FC Cluj winger Modou Sougou watched at Manchester United on Wedneday night.

Sougou, 27, impressed against United in October and caught the eye again, scoring against Galatasaray last month.

Swansea and Bolton are also among a clutch of clubs watching the Senegal international, who is available for around 2million and wants to leave Romania in January.

Catching the eye: Modou Sougou is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs

Catching the eye: Modou Sougou is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs

Sougou has a Portuguese passport which will enable him to pick up a work permit should a move to a Barclays Premier League club be forthcoming.

Newcastle have also made an enquiry for Atletico Mineiro right back Marcos Rocha, 23, in case they fail to prise Mathieu Debuchy from Lille.

Watford and Charlton are to give a trial to Togo forward Thomas Dossevi, 33. The former Swindon striker has been playing in Thailand.

Bolton 1 Ipswich 2 match report

Bolton 1 Ipswich 2: Chopra strikes late as McCarthy's revival gathers pace

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17:38 GMT, 1 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:38 GMT, 1 December 2012

Michael Chopra came off the bench to snatch a last-minute winner for
Ipswich and hand Dougie Freedman his first defeat as Bolton manager.

Wanderers raced into an early lead courtesy of superb 25-yard strike by Mark Davies.
Bolton proceeded to dominate the opening exchanges but could not add to
their advantage, while Lee Martin came closest to finding an Ipswich
equaliser before the break.

Super strike: Bolton's Mark Davies (R) scores the opening goal

Super strike: Bolton's Mark Davies (R) scores the opening goal

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Ricketts, Alonso, Spearing, Andrews (Butterfield 77), Mark Davies, Ngog, Eagles (Lee 63),
Kevin Davies (Afobe 72). Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Mills, Ream, Pratley.

Booked: Mears.

Goals: Mark Davies 6.

Ipswich: Henderson, Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Drury (Emmanuel-Thomas 55), Martin, Barnett (Murphy 55), Campbell (Chopra 76). Subs Not Used: Loach, Hewitt, Higginbotham, Carson.

Booked: Campbell,Chopra.

Goals: Campbell 70 pen, Chopra 90.

Att: 17,208

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

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Despite a pair of early second-half chances for Kevin Davies, Town were growing into the game and DJ Campbell levelled from the penalty spot when Tyrone Mears brought down Darryl Murphy.

That left Chopra to capitalise on some slack handling from Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and move Ipswich five points clear of the relegation zone following back-to-back wins.

Bolton headed into the match unbeaten in their first six games under Freedman – a post-war record for a new Wanderers manager.

Despite the impressive display at Ewood Park, Freedman shuffled his pack again – recalling Mark Davies following suspension and restoring David Ngog and Marcos Alonso to the starting line-up.

Mick McCarthy made one change to the Ipswich side that beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 in midweek, with Andy Drury replacing the injured Luke Hyam.

Town goalkeeper Stephen Henderson touched a Keith Andrews drive over as Bolton served early notice of their intentions, and they were ahead by the sixth minute.

Mark Davies exchanged passes with Jay Spearing before unleashing a sublime shot that dipped into the top corner, leaving Henderson with no chance.

Alonso had an effort from distance deflected behind before Kevin Davies prodded wide as he stretched to meet a pull back from strike partner Ngog, but Ipswich managed to see out the early storm without suffering any further damage.

After the half-hour Martin was the beneficiary of a cleverly worked Town free-kick and saw his strike beaten away by Bogdan.

Wanderers might have extended their lead on the stroke of half-time but Chris Eagles elected to shoot with Kevin Davies well placed.

Henderson produced a magnificent stop when Kevin Davies fired a volley goalwards from Mark Davies' cross in the 50th minute. The veteran striker was thwarted again moments later with a header from Andrews' lofted ball.

Despite those opportunities, Bolton were unable to reproduce their earlier fluency and Ipswich drew level with 20 minutes to play.

Bradley Orr played the ball in to Murphy who cutely nutmegged Zat Knight before being brought down by Mears.

Bogdan guessed correctly but Campbell's spot kick nestled in the corner. Ipswich now appeared the most likely winners and Bogdan saved well with his feet from Martin following good work from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who was introduced in place of Andy Drury 10 minutes into the second half.

Bolton substitute Jacob Butterfield cut in from the left to thrash narrowly wide but there would be late heartbreak for the hosts after Knight blocked Murphy's goalbound effort.

The resulting corner, taken by Martin, was half cleared and and when Bogdan failed to hold Orr's well-struck volley Chopra was on hand to finish.

Breeders" Cup 2012: Slim Shadey runs for Simon Callaghan

Slim hopes for Callaghan as Breeders' countdown raises stakes

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14:03 GMT, 30 October 2012

They say America is the land of opportunity and Simon Callaghan has taken that ethos to heart.

In the 29-year-old's third year since switching his operation from Newmarket to the west coast, Callaghan will be represented at the Breeders' Cup for the second year running when Slim Shadey runs in Saturday's Turf over a mile and a half.

The four-year-old, who finished fourth to Frankel in the 2011 2,000 Guineas when starting as a 200-1 shot for his then trainer Stan Moore, may have a lot on his plate to cope with Aidan O’Brien's defending champion St Nicholas Abbey, French Yorkshire Oaks and Prix Vermeille winner Shareta plus top US hope Point of Entry but the improvement wrought in him by Callaghan has been eye catching.

Shadey character: The four-year-old will race at the Breeders' Cup on Saturday

Shadey character: The four-year-old will race at the Breeders' Cup on Saturday

Before crossing Atlantic, Slim Shadey, who will be ridden by Garrett Gomez, had won only one of his 13 starts, a novice stakes as a two-year-old.

With Callaghan, he has won twice and finished second three times in seven starts.

Those victories both came at Santa Anita – the Grade Two San Marcos Stakes and John Henry Turf Championship Stakes.

Callaghan said: 'It is certainly better opposition than he has faced. I guess St Nicholas Abbey and the filly Shareta are coming off a slightly below par efforts in the Arc but if they bounce back they will be really tough to beat and Point of Entry from the East coast is an improving horse having won his last five.

'So it is going to be his toughest competition but has been improving and training really well so we are hopeful of a good run.

Final countdown: The showpiece event continues this weekend

Final countdown: The showpiece event continues this weekend

'He has definitely transformed since he
has come here and unleashed the potential that he had. He loves the
track which is his home territory so that is in his favour and if he
runs in the first three it will be a good result.'

Callaghan, whose father Neville
trained in Newmarket for 25 years, was doing well numerically in his two
UK season’s after he took over his family’s old stable with 33 and 34
winner in 2008 and 2009.

But from his California base, he has
managed three grade one wins, two with Dubawi Height, who he trained in
Britain, and, most recently, one with Belle Royale in the Gamely Stakes
at Hollywood Park in March.

A win which reads even better when you factor in that the filly once won a seller when trained in Britain by Mark Brisbourne and never won outside handicap company before being exported.

He added: 'It vindicates the decision coming here from England and the good thing is that we have quite a few horses competing at the top end whereas back home it is very hard to get those horses.

Grandstand finish: The event is being held at Santa Anita Park in California

Grandstand finish: The event is being held at Santa Anita Park in California

'I've been here three years now and certainly have no intention of coming back (to Britain). I'm pleased the way it is going. We are growing and getting some good clients. I feel settled and happy.'

Those clients already include Slim Shadey’s owner Phil Cunningham, whose Cockney Rebel landed the 2007 2,000 Guineas, the Coolmore Stud team, and new clients Qatar Racing and Sheik Fahad Al Thani.

He is responsible for Callaghan’s latest recruit, three-time group two winner Strong Suit, who knocked on the door in group one when trained by Richard Hannon.

Callaghan, who will also take over Tom Dascombe's Qatar Racing-owned Cheveley Park Stakes fourth Upward Spiral after it runs on the Santa Anita undercard on Saturday.

Callaghan said: 'Strong Suit arrives in a couple of days – we’ll be competing with him in group one races. You’d think he has the perfect form to do well here and being by (sire) Rahy, loving fast ground and the way he travels in his races. He looks taylor-made for the racing out here.'

Birmingham 2 Bolton 1: Match report

Birmingham 2 Bolton 1: King's spot kick sinks travel sick Trotters

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23:46 GMT, 18 September 2012

Bolton's miserable form on their travels continued as they were beaten by Birmingham, for whom Leroy Lita scored on his home debut.

Marlon King's 48th-minute penalty, awarded when assistant referee Steven Copeland flagged for a foul by Marcos Alonso, proved decisive in an action-packed encounter after a stunning free-kick from Chris Eagles had cancelled out Lita's early opener.

Owen Coyle's side now boast the unenviable record of four defeats from as many away matches this term, while Birmingham have lost just one of their last 26 league games at St Andrew's.

Spot on: Marlon King scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot

Spot on: Marlon King scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot

MATCH FACTS:

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis (Davies 54), Caldwell, Ibanez, Murphy, Burke (Redmond 71), Mullins (Fahey 46), Spector, Elliott, Lita, King.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Lovenkrands, Morrison, Asante.
Booked: Caldwell.

Goals: Lita 16, King 48 pen.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Alonso, Lee (Petrov 59), Mark Davies, Spearing (Andrews 17), Eagles, Ngog (Afobe 59), Kevin Davies.

Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ricketts, Sordell, Pratley.

Booked: Knight, Mark Davies, Lee.

Goal: Eagles 44.

Attendance: 14,693

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Lita – on loan from Swansea – was left with a simple finish in the 16th minute as right-back Paul Caddis latched on to a superb pass from the recalled Wade Elliott, who delivered an outstanding display, before selflessly sliding the ball across the six-yard box.

Eagles' curling strike from 30 yards ensured the teams went into half-time on level terms, yet King wasted little time in restoring Birmingham's advantage.

The striker was bundled over by Alonso as he looked to connect with David Murphy's left-wing cross and dusted himself down before confidently sending Adam Bogdan the wrong way from 12 yards.

Both sides showed one change from the weekend. Elliott replaced Peter Lovenkrands in Birmingham's line-up, while Bolton dropped Keith Andrews to the bench, with Chung-Yong Lee gaining a starting berth.

Bolton were given an early warning in the seventh minute when a delightful cross from Caddis picked out Lita, whose header deflected narrowly wide of the near post.

Opening up: Leroy Lita scores the first for Birmingham

Opening up: Leroy Lita scores the first for Birmingham

David Ngog had the ball in the net for the visitors soon after, but the linesman's flag had long since gone up for offside.

Caddis and Lita duly linked up to good effect to put Birmingham ahead following Elliott's defence-splitting pass, and Bolton were forced into a substitution prior to the restart, with Andrews replacing the injured Jay Spearing.

After a brief lull, another fine through-ball from Elliott put Chris Burke in the clear, but Wanderers goalkeeper Bogdan stayed big to make a vital save.

Lee and Ngog saw subsequent chances go begging, but the visitors grabbed a deserved leveller a minute before half-time through Eagles' fourth of the season.

Friendly welcome: Fabrice Muamba a former player of both Birmingham City and Bolton goes on the pitch

Friendly welcome: Fabrice Muamba a former player of both Birmingham City and Bolton goes on the pitch

There was warm applause during the interval when guest of honour Fabrice Muamba, who played for both clubs before being forced to retire on medical grounds, was welcomed on to the pitch.

Birmingham introduced Keith Fahey in place of Hayden Mullins and made a flying start to the second half; after King's spot-kick, Caddis tested Bogdan with a powerful shot from distance and Lita fired wide after latching on to a poor header from Zat Knight.

The impressive Caddis was withdrawn soon after, having landed awkwardly on his shoulder during a Bolton attack that saw Jack Butland deny Matt Mills.

Feeling down: Owen Coyle looks dejected at the final whistle

Feeling down: Owen Coyle looks dejected at the final whistle

Coyle subsequently introduced Benik Afobe and Martin Petrov, and both substitutes went close, the former with a thunderous volley, either side of Elliott curling a 65th-minute shot wide for the hosts.

There was still time for Birmingham substitute Nathan Redmond to bring a fingertip save from Bogdan following a sensational solo run, while Butland remained alert to pull off a host of late stops as Bolton piled on the pressure.

Andy Murray beats Marcos Baghdatis – London Olympics 2012

No Wimbledon revenge for Baghdatis as Murray survives scare to reach last eight

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17:16 GMT, 1 August 2012

Andy Murray came from one set down to beat Marcos Baghdatis and book his place in the quarter-finals of the London 2012 Games on Wednesday.

Baghdatis gave the British No 1 a scare when he took the first set.

But Murray bounced back to the delight of the home crowd to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and seal a spot in the last eight.

More to follow…

Going through: Murray booked his place in the last eight after beating Baghdatis on Centre Court

Going through: Murray booked his place in the last eight after beating Baghdatis on Centre Court

Andy Murray beats Jarkko Nieminen – London 2012 Olympics

British ace Murray sails through to last 16 with Wimbledon win over Nieminen

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14:18 GMT, 31 July 2012

Andy Murray has booked his place in the third round after cruising to a straight-sets victory over Jarkko Nieminen.

Murray, who won 6-2, 6-4 will now face Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis for a place in the quarter-finals.

More to follow…

Net gains: The British No 1 is safely through to the third round

Net gains: The British No 1 is safely through to the third round

Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray backs roof policy

People want to see tennis! Murray backs roof policy but admits potential for trouble

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13:00 GMT, 1 July 2012

Andy Murray feels Wimbledon's Centre Court roof policy is still very much a work in progress.

The world No 4 was the latest winner in Wimbledon history on Saturday night when he completed his 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 victory over Marcos Baghdatis at 11.02pm to move into the fourth round.

The roof has been a real feature of a dramatic first week at the All England Club, with Centre Court covered while Rafael Nadal lost to Lukas Rosol and Roger Federer fought back from two sets down against Julien Benneteau.

Getting ready: Andy Murray is gearing up for his clash with Marin Cilic

Getting ready: Andy Murray is gearing up for his clash with Marin Cilic

Wimbledon chiefs have come in for
criticism for the way they have used the four-year-old roof,
particularly on Friday when it was on for the whole day despite there
being little rain.

Murray said: 'With the roof there's
always going to be some difficult situations for the tournament director
or the referee. Yesterday's match was a perfect example.

'Do we start the match with the roof
on so there's no delays On Friday I think they got criticised quite a
lot because it didn't rain at all and the roof was shut the whole day,
when it shouldn't have been, because it's obviously meant to be an
outdoor event.

'I think that was probably one that
they might have made a mistake on. Apart from that, people want to see
tennis. If it does rain, having the roof is a huge benefit because there
is always guaranteed matches going on.

'There are always going to be
difficult situations when you only have one court with the roof, because
obviously for me now it's an advantage that I got the match finished.

'Other years I would have had to play
three sets on Monday. Cilic played 17-15 in the fifth set. I'm sure he
would have rather I was having to play three sets on Monday before
playing against him.'

Hurry: Murray wanted to win by the deadline

Hurry: Murray wanted to win by the deadline

It looked very much like Murray would
have to come back on Monday to finish the match as the clock reached
11pm, Wimbledon's curfew, but, with the Scot poised to serve for the
match, he was allowed to carry on and duly wrapped up victory in a
raucous atmosphere.

Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis explained the match against was allowed to continue because a conclusion was in sight.

Victory was tied up by Murray at
11.02pm, which exceeded the previous record of 10.58pm set by Novak
Djokovic and Olivier Rochus two years ago. The official curfew is 11pm,
which is the time the final game began.

However, Lewis explained on BBC Five
Live's Sportsweek programme: 'The fact is planning permission for the
roof and the air management system was granted on the basis of an 11
o'clock finish.

'So once you get to 11 o'clock, it
becomes a tennis decision and it was quite obvious last night that Andy
Murray….was to be given a service game at 11 o'clock to give the
player a chance to finish the match, so it was a very simple decision.'

Victory: The match was near a resolution so it continued

Victory: The match was near a resolution so it continued

While there is a small degree of
flexibility and common sense, Lewis also emphasised the safety aspects
of all the spectators dispersing and that local residents also have to
be taken into consideration.

Lewis agreed there is 'merit in the
idea' of a midnight finish but was loathe to compare Wimbledon with the
US and Australian Opens, held in New York and Melbourne respectively.

'In
New York everyone travels by car so it is a different situation, the
Australian Open is played almost at the heart of the city centre so
people can disperse very easily.

'Wimbledon has its unique situation. We make that tennis decision at 11 o'clock in the best interests of the match.'

The BBC announced that Murray's victory was watched by a peak audience of more than eight million viewers.

On
Monday Murray will face Croatia's Marin Cilic, who beat the clock
himself on Court Two, completing a five-set win over Sam Querrey that
went to 17-15 in the decider.

Murray was watched by his usual support team as he battled his way past Baghdatis, with mum Judy back in his corner after spending the rest of the day in the Royal Box.

The Fed Cup captain was accompanied by her mother Shirley Erskine, and Murray said: 'I saw my mum beforehand. I don't normally see her out of a tracksuit so I think she was a little bit nervous about the outfit. But I think they really, really enjoyed it.'

The dress got the thumbs-up from the 25-year-old, who said: 'I thought she looked nice.'

Things certainly do not get easier from here, with Cilic on an eight-match winning streak on grass after benefiting from David Nalbandian's moment of madness in the AEGON Championships final at Queen's Club.

The Croatian also knows what it is like to beat Murray at a grand slam having ousted him in the fourth round of the US Open in 2009, his only victory in six attempts.

Murray got his own back the following year when he beat Cilic to reach his first Australian Open final, and he said: 'It will be important for me to try to get off to a good start. If you are feeling a little bit tired and you go behind, it can be tough to come back.'

The Scot slipped over a number of times during the Baghdatis match and emerged for the third set under the roof with strapping on his left knee, but he is confident there is no lasting damage.

He added: 'There's nothing I'm too worried about. I've got a few bumps and bruises. I fell quite a lot more than I normally do on the grass. I put a new pair of shoes on when the break came with the roof and I moved better after that.'

Murray will practise later than usual on Sunday after his late finish and will then return to Wimbledon on Monday for the Cilic clash, which is scheduled second on Court One, although rain could well disrupt play.

'So once you get to 11 o'clock, it becomes a tennis decision and it was quite obvious last night that Andy Murray….was to be given a service game at 11 o'clock to give the player a chance to finish the match, so it was a very simple decision.'

While there is a small degree of flexibility and common sense, Lewis also emphasised the safety aspects of all the spectators dispersing and that local residents also have to be taken into consideration.

Lewis agreed there is 'merit in the idea' of a midnight finish but was loathe to compare Wimbledon with the US and Australian Opens, held in New York and Melbourne respectively.

'In New York everyone travels by car so it is a different situation, the Australian Open is played almost at the heart of the city centre so people can disperse very easily.

'Wimbledon has its unique situation. We make that tennis decision at 11 o'clock in the best interests of the match.'

The BBC announced that Murray's victory was watched by a peak audience of more than eight million viewers.

Wimbledon 2012: Marin Cilic wins second-longest match in tournament"s history

Cilic has the staying power to outlast Querrey in epic marathon

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21:11 GMT, 30 June 2012

Marin Cilic triumphed in the second longest match in Wimbledon history as he saw off Sam Querrey to set up a potential fourth-round tie against Andy Murray.

John Isner's record clash with Nicolas Mahut in 2010 will surely forever be the longest played at the All England Club, but Cilic and Querrey were in no rush either.

Marathon man: Marin Cilic reacts after defeating Sam Querrey

Marathon man: Marin Cilic reacts after defeating Sam Querrey

It went to a final set that Cilic eventually won after he broke serve in the 31st game and then held on his own delivery.

Cilic, who won the AEGON Championship
at Queen's two weeks ago, slumped in his chair with relief after five
hours and 30 minutes of play that ended with a 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 6-7 (2/7)
6-7 (3/7) 17-15 win for the 16th seed.

Neither player was willing to blink towards the end of an epic tussle that drew a strong crowd on Court Two.

When will it end: Cilic shows his frustration

When will it end: Cilic shows his frustration

Cilic broke through in the 11th game when Querrey punched a forehand long after a tense rally.

But, serving for the match, the
Croatian buckled under pressure, handing Querrey two break points and
the American grabbed the first opportunity when his opponent cleared the
baseline with a forehand.

Both players held firm until that 31st game when Querrey netted at 30-40.

Cilic held his nerve to win a
29-stroke rally at 30-30 in the next game and the 6ft 6in player punched
the air after his American opponent hit a woeful backhand long.

Cilic, who has won just one of the
six matches he has played against Murray, insists he will be ready for
his fourth-round encounter against the Scot, or Marcos Baghdatis,
despite today's draining game.

'The next match will be difficult but hopefully I will be fresh,' Cilic said.

'It will be a little bit different from today's match, but it was another big performance from me today.

'When I was serving for the match it wasn't easy.

'It was windy and the light was fading so that made it difficult.

Long goodbye: Sam Querrey was an unlucky loser

Long goodbye: Sam Querrey was an unlucky loser

'But I tried to put that out of my mind. I'm really happy I stayed focused all the time.

'Sam served well today but I'm definitely glad I came through.'

Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray beats Marcos Baghdatis

Late-night Murray sees off Baghdatis in four gruelling sets to seal last 16 encounter with Cilic

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22:16 GMT, 30 June 2012

Wimbledon extended their curfew for Andy Murray and the British No 1 took advantage to book his place in the fourth round.

Murray was not at his best as he wrapped up a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Marcos Baghdatis, in the latest finish known at Wimbledon.

Victory was tied up at 11.02pm, exceeding the previous record of 10.58pm set by Novak Djokovic and Olivier Rochus two years ago. The official curfew is 11pm, which is the time the final game began.

Relief: Andy Murray hails a hard-fought victory under the Centre Court roof

Relief: Andy Murray hails a hard-fought victory under the Centre Court roof

It was after 7pm when the players walked onto Centre Court following lengthy matches involving Serena Williams and David Ferrer.

Murray has been deemed to be the main
beneficiary of Rafael Nadal's shock loss two days ago but his path to
the final is hardly looking smooth.

The latest hurdle was posed by
Baghdatis, a semi-finalist here six years ago. The Cypriot was a danger
and only in the late stages was he dominated by Murray.

Mutual respect: Murray embraces Marcos Baghdatis

Mutual respect: Murray embraces Marcos Baghdatis

Of added intrigue to the contest was
the factor that Murray's former coach Miles Maclagan now works with
Baghdatis, and the underdog began well.

Murray was playing within himself in tricky breezy conditions, and he often found himself on the back foot in rallies.

The Scot took a tumble in the seventh
game and seemed to be feeling his right shoulder, and he had more
problems when Baghdatis brought up two break points.

Safe passage: Andy Murray sealed his place in the last 16 after a hard-fought win over Marcos Baghdatis

Safe passage: Andy Murray sealed his place in the last 16 after a hard-fought win over Marcos Baghdatis

But Murray saved both, one with the
coolest of drop shots and the second with a running forehand pass that
was initially called out but HawkEye showed to be in.

Murray's chance arrived in the 11th game, and he took his second break point when Baghdatis pushed a forehand wide.

The Scot then served out a cagey set with an ace after exactly one hour.

The pair had shared their six previous
meetings but Murray had won three of the last four, including both
since Baghdatis began working with Maclagan.

Slipping: Murray fell throughout the evening's play

Slipping: Murray fell throughout the evening's play

Slipping: Murray fell throughout the evening's play

Murray moved ahead in the second set with a break in the third game, taking his third chance when Baghdatis netted a volley.

Murray was trying to lure his opponent
into mistakes in long, tactical rallies, and for the most part it was
working, but, not helped by another fall, he was broken straight back,
serving a double fault on break point.

The Scot looked set to make it three
breaks in a row but six times Baghdatis saved break point, the
flamboyant Cypriot revelling in the crowd's appreciation of the
cat-and-mouse exchanges.

It was Baghdatis with the momentum,
and he made it three games in a row with a forehand down the line that
was too hot for Murray to handle.

Tough ask: Marcos Baghdatis proved a resilient opponent

Tough ask: Marcos Baghdatis proved a resilient opponent

Tough ask: Marcos Baghdatis proved a resilient opponent

Tough ask: Marcos Baghdatis proved a resilient opponent

The Scot was slipping and sliding and
clearly not happy, and, with the light fading, it was Baghdatis who
served out the set 6-3 to level the match.

The players were then called off court
at the end of the set, at 9.04pm to allow time for the roof to be
closed, with the match to continue under lights.

Play resumed at 9.40pm.

Murray had strapping on his left knee, presumably as a result of one of his numerous falls.

But the Scot came out with a positive attitude and began the third set by serving three aces in the first game.

Tough to watch: Murray's coach Ivan Lendl observes from the sidelines

Tough to watch: Murray's coach Ivan Lendl observes from the sidelines

The indoor conditions had changed the
match and Murray was hitting with much greater freedom. He brought up
two break points in the fourth game, celebrating with a fist pump to the
delight of the noisy crowd, but he could not take either.

Baghdatis, who took a set off Novak
Djokovic at the same stage last year, took heart and promptly brought up
three break points of his own, and, unlike his opponent, he took one,
powering a winner onto the line.

The Cypriot had hit a real purple
patch, but Murray dug deep to hold his serve and then, despite yet
another fall, broke back when Baghdatis netted a rather tame forehand.

The tension was extremely high, and it
ramped up even more when Murray faced another break point after being
penalised for a ball popping out of his pocket for the third time in the
match.

But his serve saved him, the Scot
letting out a great roar and then an even bigger one when he finally
nailed a backhand pass down the line to clinch the set 7-5.

Baghdatis folded wretchedly in the
fourth set, which began at 10.36pm, and the winning moment came when he
lobbed a forehand well over the baseline.