Murray, Djokovic into Wimbledon 3rd round

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Andy Murray wrote another chapter in his lengthy book of dramatic Centre Court nights by coming from two sets to one down to defeat Oscar Otte and reach the third round of a grand slam for the first time in four years.

Not since the 34-year-old limped through to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2017, before his two hip operations and what he thought would be the end of his career, had Murray won two matches at a slam.

But the Scot found some of the old magic against the German qualifier to win 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-4 6-2 and set up a third-round clash with 10th seed Denis Shapovalov, who enjoyed a walkover win after Pablo Andujar had to withdraw with a rib injury.

"I enjoyed the end, the middle part not so much. I needed everyone's help tonight. I played some great shots at the end to finish it but it was a tough match," Murray said.

"I'm obviously tired. I fell over a couple of times, pretty slick courts. Considering everything, I feel all right. Hopefully I come out on Friday and play in another atmosphere like this and hopefully perform well."

Novak Djokovic looked in ominous form during his second-round victory over Kevin Anderson to stay on course for a third straight Wimbledon title.

The world No.1, who is looking to draw level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 grand slams, produced a scintillating display against the South African winning 6-3 6-3 6-3 in what was a repeat of the 2018 final at the All England Club.

Elsewhere, Nick Kyrgios edged a thriller against the 21st seed Ugo Humbert after he clinched the decider 9-7 after their match was suspended at 11pm on Tuesday night. A fall briefly threatened to derail the Australian's hopes but he was quickly back on his feet to finish the job.

Queen's Club winner Matteo Berrettini was able to progress with a 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-0 win over Argentine Guido Pella.

Home favourite Cameron Norrie, who finished runner-up to Italian Berrettini, won his first-round tie with Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-7 (8-6) 7-5 6-2 7-5.

American Sam Querrey, who reached the semi-finals four years ago, claimed the scalp of Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in straight-sets but 12th seed Casper Ruud was dumped out after he lost in five to Australia's Jordan Thompson.

Another decider was required between Gael Monfils and Christopher O'Connell and it was the 13th-seeded Frenchman who prevailed 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4.

18th seed Grigor Dimitrov scored a 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over Spaniard Fernando Verdasco and Lorenzo Sonego, seeded 23 at the Championships, also progressed.

It was not the case for Aslan Karatsev and John Isner, who saw their Wimbledon challenges end in the first round, but Marin Cilic and Taylor Fritz - the 32nd and 31st seeds respectively - made it through following straight-set wins.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 16th seed, enjoyed his SW19 return and also progressed against Thiago Monteiro.

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