Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Murray recovers from a slow start in Mexico

Andy Murray

Andy Murray was force to come back from a set down in his first round win over the in form Pablo Andujar. Andujar reached the semi finals last week at the Rio Open and force Rafael Nadal to battle his way to the final in a almost three hour epic. Murray got off to a terrible start in the match by suffering two consecutive breaks of serve leading to Andujar surging ahead with a 5-0 lead. Fortunately for Murray he managed to generate some momentum very late in the set by saving set point to hold serve and then breaking Andujar for the first time. The was however too little too late as the world number 34 took it 63 in just 53 minuets.

Sensing the danger of a shock first round loss after losing the first set and his serve in the first game of the second. Murray responded like a true Grand Slam champion by winning the next six games without having a break point on his serve to level the match at one set all. Going in to the final set the first four games all went on serve. Then in the fifth game Murray struck again by breaking Andujar on his third break point. This then put Murray in command of the match and he was able to easily navigate himself to the finish line by breaking Andujar yet again in the set. The final scoreline was 36 61 62. During the match Murray produced 37 winners. Video Highlights of the match are below (via Tennis Pro DPT Youtube account) :-

In the next round Murray will play Portugal’s world number 44 João Sousa after his 16 62 62 win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. This will be the second time Murray will play Sousa after his straight sets win over him at the Australian Open last year.

Elsewhere in the tournaments it was a good day for nearly all of the seeded players with 7 out 8 progressing to round 2. The only seed that didn't make the last 16 was Vasek Pospisil who suffered a 26 26 loss to last week's Rio Open runner up Alexandr Dolgopolov. This was Pospisil's first match since withdrawing from the third round of the Australian Open with a back injury.

For a full list of results from Mexico and all the other tournaments going on chock out the results section. 

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