Murray Leads Tsitsipas At Wimbledon, Curfew Ends Thursday Play
Andy Murray led Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 6-4 on Thursday when play was suspended for the day on Centre Court at 10:38 p.m.
The decision was made to stop the match given that a conclusion before the 11 p.m. curfew was very unlikely.
Murray, who is playing in his first Wimbledon since 2017, was in control of the match for most of the day. He broke Tsitsipas in the first game of the match and led 5-2 in the first set before the Greek player rallied to force a tiebreak.
Tsitsipas won the tiebreak, but Murray bounced back to win the second set in a tiebreak.
In the third set, Murray broke Tsitsipas in the third game and held serve the rest of the way to take the match. Murray will need to win one more set to reach the third round of Wimbledon for the first time since 2017.
The match was suspended due to Wimbledon's curfew, which is in place to minimize noise pollution for local residents. The curfew has been in place since 2009, and it has been controversial at times.
However, it has also been credited with helping to improve the quality of sleep for local residents.
Murray and Tsitsipas will resume their match on Friday at 1:00 p.m. BST. The winner of the match will face either Alexander Bublik or Soonwoo Kwon in the third round.