Wimbledon 2019 day four: Murray makes winning return, Nadal edges past Kyrgios in thriller, Kerber crashes out

5 Jul

Andy Murray won his first match at Wimbledon in two years after he and men’s doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert made it safely through to the second round with a late-night win.

The Scot was making his long-awaited return to SW19 after first sustaining a hip injury during the 2017 championships.

Murray and Herbert made it through with a four-set victory
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And Murray didn’t let his fans down as he and Herbert beat Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-0 in an entertaining evening match under the new roof of No.1 Court.

Two-time men’s singles champion Murray, 32, admitted to being a bit nervous before the start of the match.

He said: “It was great to get the win and a nice atmosphere.

“I was a little bit nervous at the start but we got better as match wore on.”

There was a thriller on Centre Court as third seed Rafael Nadal defeated the fiery Nick Kyrgios in four sets.

The Spaniard won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3) against Kyrgios, who reportedly prepared for the crunch clash by spending Wednesday night in a local pub!

Kyrgios caused Nadal all sorts of problems and even foxed Nadal with an underarm serve during the first set, however, the Australian was involved in a number of arguments with the umpire.

The best and worst of Kyrgios was on display
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Defending women’s singles champion Angelique Kerber is out after losing 2-6 6-2 6-1 to American world No.95 Lauren Davis.

The German, who beat Serena Williams in last year’s final was far from her best. Williams, who is Murray’s mixed doubles partner, managed to avoid a defeat in the second round to 18-year-old qualifier Kaja Juvan – winning 2-6 6-2 6-4.

Meanwhile, there was more success for Britain in the singles with Johanna Konta breezing past Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-4.

Konta had no problems in her match
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Harriet Dart, 22, claimed a 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-1 win over Brazilian Beatriz Haddad and will face top seed and French Open champion Ashleigh Barty in the third round.

Dan Evans continued his fine form on grass with a straight sets triumph over 18th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili – winning 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-2).

It was the end of the road for Jay Clarke, however, as he lost 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 to the great Roger Federer, who’s bidding for his ninth singles title at SW19.

Marin Cilic and John Isner’s 2019 championships came to an end following defeats to Joao Sousa, who will face Evans next, and Mikhail Kukushkin respectively.

And Australian Bernard Tomic was fined his entire £45,000 prize money for his lacklustre 58-minute defeat in the first round.

Tomic goes home empty-handed in more ways than one
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