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Third set: Murray 4-6, 4-6, 5-5 Bautista Agut* (*denotes server): Out of nowhere, in a totally weird turnaround, Bautista Agut’s serving to stay in the set. Against, remember, a man who’s going to retire soon. At 15-0, Murray wins another mini-duel. More fist pumping. The fans are loving this. “You can do it, Andy!” someone shouts. The game goes to 30-all. Bautista Agut manages to dig out a volley for 40-30. Murray forces deuce. He hops a bit, because he’s absurd, and he has a break point when Bautista Agut knocks a forehand wide. Bautista Agut nets a first serve. Then a serve down the middle’s called out, only for the umpire to correct the call. Biting his hand, Murray challenges to no avail and Bautista Agut gets his first serve back. On they go. A long rally ensues. The tension builds. It’s classic Murray, but he can’t make the breakthrough and nets a forehand. Judy nods, smiles kindly and says “Come on.” Mum knows best. Yet Bautista Agut holds on. “One last time, Jacob,” Simon McMahon says. “COME ON ANDY!!!!!”
Third set: Murray* 4-6, 4-6, 5-4 Bautista Agut (*denotes server): The first two points are shared. Bautista Agut wants to get this done. With Murray rooted to the spot, the Spaniard drives a backhand down the line for 15-30. This is a tight battle at the moment, though, and Murray serves well for 30-all. He’s digging deep. He nets a forehand, handing over a break point, but he saves it with a stunning backhand for deuce. An ace raises his spirits. Another one has him leaping into the air, letting it all hang loose, emotion pouring out of him as he roars and shakes his fists. It’s like he’s just won Wimbledon! This is how much it means to him. Murray just will not give up. He doesn’t know how to give up. It isn’t in his DNA.