Murray battles past giant Ivo

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ANDY Murray battled to victory yesterday to give Britain two players in the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in a decade.

The Scot joined women’s hopeful Heather Watson after his victory over Ivo Karlovic - Britain has not had more than one player in the third round since 2002.

It looked a dangerous match for the world number four and so it proved, with Murray making only eight unforced errors but still dropping a set before coming through 7-5 6-7 (7/5) 6-2 7-6 (7/4).

A break of serve at the start of the third set was an important moment for the home hope, and he edged the fourth-set tie-break when his opponent served an untimely double fault.

Murray, who restricted big-serving Karlovic to 17 aces, said: “Winning is all that’s really important when you’re playing a guy with his game. It’s so challenging to get into a rhythm. I did well at the beginning of the third set to get the break.

The draw does not get easier for Murray with experienced grass-court campaigner Marcos Baghdatis next.

Anne Keothavong has lost 6-1 6-1 to Italian 10th seed Sara Errani.

And Mardy Fish beat British number two James Ward 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-3.

Sheffield’s Jonny Marray and doubles partner Fred Neilsen are through to the second round after a five sets 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-5 win over ninth seeded Spanish pair Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.