Wimbledon Winners Video clip Rating: five / five
Andy Murray has defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Murray won the match in the straight sets by 6-1, 6-4. The match was done and dusted in just 72 minutes.
Murray had been practicing hard here at Monte Carlo since the last few days. The Scot reckons that he doesn’t play that well on clay courts, but, his performance in this match doesn’t suggest that. He hardly played a loose shot against Vasselin.
Murray has been given the second seed in this tournament. He had become the no. 2 player in the world by winning the Sony Open a few weeks ago. But, if he gets knocked out of Monte Carlo Masters before the quarter finals, he will again slip behind Roger Federer in the world rankings.
After winning the match against Vasselin, Murray said, “I managed to take a lead of 4-0 in the first set and that helped. Edouard was nervous initially and was not moving across quickly, but, in the second set, he began playing well.”
“He was playing the return shots well in the second set. I just tried to stay positive and that worked. It’s really a fine beginning.”
In the opening set, Murray got breakthroughs in the 2nd and the 4th game and got ahead by 4-0. But, Vasselin broke back in the 5th game to make the score 4-1.
The Frenchman couldn’t win any more game in the set. In the 6th game, he dropped his serve again and then, Murray served out the 7th game to win the set.
In the second set, Murray got a breakthrough in the 3rd game to take a lead of 2-1. He won his remaining service games after that and sealed the match.
Andy Murray has defeated Carlos Berlocq of Argentina in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. Murray won the match in the straight sets by 7-6 (7/4), 6-4. This win took Murray into the quarter final round of the event.
During the match, Murray looked upset with loud noise made by Berlocq. He talked to the umpire about it and he mentioned it in his post match interview as well.
Talking to the reporters, Murray said, “That was absolutely hilarious. He was making a very loud noise and that was disturbing me. I have never seen a player grunting like that.”
“It was certainly a difficult match. I had to fight hard for points especially in that opening set. He was very good on his serve and he kept me under pressure in the entire set.”
“Then, in the second set, I played better. I created a lot of chances. However, it still got a bit close at the end.”
In the first set, Murray was looking a bit out of touch. His serve was broken in the third game and he got trailed by 1-2. He had a chance to level the scores as he got a breakpoint in the next game. But, he couldn’t cash on that and Berlocq managed to increase his lead to 3-1 by holding his serve.
Murray again got a couple of breakpoints in the 6th game and this time, he didn’t miss out. He got the breakthrough and equalized the scores.
Murray dropped his serve again in the 9th game which took him down by 4-5. However, he broke back immediately and levelled the scores again.
The next two games went with the serve and that took the set into the tie breaker. In the tie breaker, Berlocq didn’t play that efficiently and ended up losing the set.
In the second set, both the players got one breakthrough each in the first four games and the score was levelled at 2-2 at the end of the 4th game.
Murray got another breakthrough in the 7th game to get ahead by 4-3 and this time, he didn’t let Berlocq bounce back. He held all his remaining serves after that and won the match.
In the quarter final, Murray will take on Berlocq’s compatriot Juan Martin Del Potro.
Wimbledon Winners Movie Score: five / 5
Andy Murray has defeated Gilles Simon of France in the fourth round of the Australian Open 2013. Murray won the match in the straight sets by 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. This was a brutal performance by the British superstar. He was in tremendous form and he just outplayed his French opponent. This victory took Murray into the quarterfinals.
Before the match, there were a few reports that this match might not happen as Simon was not 100% fit. But, the French player decided to take part in the match.
In the opening set, Murray started with a serve break in the first game, but, Simon recovered immediately and broke Murray’s service in the very next game to equalize the scores. But, Murray got yet another breakthrough in the third game and got ahead by 2-1.
Murray held his service for the first time in the fourth game and he made the score 3-1 in his favour. The next four games went with the serve and at the end of eighth game; Simon was trailed by 3-5. He had to hold his serve in the ninth game to take the set further, but, he didn’t manage to do so. He dropped his serve for the third time in the set and lost the opening set by 3-6.
In the first game of the second set, Murray had a shaky start and he got trailed by 0-30. However, he recovered well and managed to hold his serve to take a lead of 1-0. The Scot broke Simon’s service in the second game and was off to a lead of 2-0. The next couple of games went with the serve and at the end of the fourth game; the scorecard was showing 3-1 in Murray’s favour. After that, Murray got very aggressive. He won the next three games with two consecutive serve breaks and won the second set by 6-1.
In the third set, the first couple of games went with the serve. Murray managed to sneak a breakthrough in the third game and then, he enhanced his lead with an easy serve hold in the fourth game. Both the players held their service in the next four games and at the end of the eighth game; Murray was ahead by 5-3. The world no. 3 got a match point in the ninth game and he was not going to miss out on that opportunity. He broke Simon’s service and won the match.
In the quarter final, Murray will take on Jeremy Chardy of France.