Andy Murray is out of Wimbledon after a 3-2 defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas on the tenth anniversary of his most famous triumph in the tournament.
The two-time champion lost to the Greek fifth seed on centre court on Friday, a decade on from his first Wimbledon title that came in a straight-sets final win over Novak Djokovic in 2013.
The match started nearly 24 hours earlier on Thursday night but was delayed until pm after it reached the tournament’s 11pm curfew with the Scotsman winning two sets to one.
There was also an injury scare for Murray just before the game was brought to a halt but he managed to dust himself down and get back into his rhythm.
On set point, the 36-year-old went down screaming when trying to change direction before picking himself up and delivering an unreturnable serve that put him 2-1 up.
The match referee then decided it was too late to start a fourth set, meaning Murray and Tsitsipas must return on Friday afternoon to finish with the Scot leading 6-7 (3) 7-6 (2) 6-4.
And when it restarted on Friday afternoon Tsitsipas won the first set as he tried to mount a comeback but Murray equalised when he took his serve to make it 1-1.
Both men held their serves until 6-6 when it went to a tie break with the match now firmly in Murray’s sights.
Tsitsipas won the first point but Murray quickly responded to make it 1-1 and then 2-1 much to the delight of the vast majority of the crowd.
But the Greek star then made it 2-2 then 3-2 and it continued to swing back and forth as Murray equalised before Tsitipas broke his serve to take the advantage at 4-3.
It was 5-3 soo after and the set started to slip away from the Scotsman when Tsitispas made it 6-3 in the tiebreaker before breaking Murray’s serve again to take it to a fifth and deciding set.
Murray held his serve again to open the set but Tsitispas again hit back to make it 1-1 before breaking the Scotsman’s serve to put himself firmly in the driving seat for the match and third round progress.
Murray made it 3-2 by holding his serve in the fifth game, but at this stage he knew he had to break Tsitispas’ serve to have any chance of keeping himself in it.
But the Greek star’s serve continued to be strong as he took a 4-2 lead in the deciding set, however Murray kept himself in it to make it 4-3.
It was 5-3 soon after but Murray refused to give in and made it 5-4 to give himself one last chance of breaking his opponent’s serve to stay in the game.
But it wasn’t to be as the Tsitispas held his serve again to take the game, the set and the match to qualify for the next round with a 6-4 set and 3-2 match.