Rain halts Jonathan Marray charge as Sheffielder bids to break new ground

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JONATHAN Marray was last night agonisingly close to a place in the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles competition at Wimbledon.

The 31-year old from Sheffield, who is partnering Frederik Nielsen of Denmark, won the opening two sets of his third round clash against the number eight seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands.

However, during the seventh game of the third set the rain which had been threatening all afternoon finally arrived forcing play to be suspended on Court 14 just before 5pm.

With the rain continuing to fall the players were finally sent home for the evening at 7.45pm. Weather depending they will resume play today with Marray and Nielsen leading 7-6 7-6 4-3 and potentially just two games away from going through to the last eight.

This is Marray’s 10th consecutive Wimbledon and he has never before reached a quarter-final in either the singles or doubles competitions.

So far both he and Nielsen have enjoyed excellent wins over the number nine seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez plus the equally impressive scalp of Frank Moser and the big serving giant Ivo Karlovic.

“I’ve got through to the third round of the doubles a couple of times before so this is an opportunity to break some new ground,” says Marray. “It’s going to be tough but we’re playing well so hopefully we can just keep on going.”