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Murray's French run continues « on: January 21, 2012, 10:07 AM »
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Andy Murray chipped, volleyed and lobbed his way into the second week of the Australian Open with a hugely entertaining 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 victory over Michael Llodra.

The Frenchman's game is a throwback to the last century: a big leftie serve with slice, serve and volley and chip and charge in abundance. Realising that he had little chance of beating Murray from the baseline, Llodra spoke pre-match about the need to be aggressive and dictate from the net. He was true to his word, approaching wherever possible and putting Murray under pressure whenever the Scot dropped a ball short.

Whilst not an ultimately successful tactic, the contrast in styles did at least keep the match interesting. Murray was virtually flawless from the baseline - hitting just 11 unforced errors compared to 48 winners - and Llodra made a succession of  incredible volleys. Parts of the second set looked more like the highlights from a point of the year compilation than a third round grand slam match.

This encounter was filled with positives for Murray. His baseline game was impenetrable, his movement exceptional and serve, whilst not at it's best, solid enough. Mikhail Kukushkin, his opponent in the fourth round, is unlikely to cause many problems.
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Re: Muarry's French run continues « Reply #1 on: January 21, 2012, 10:11 AM »
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Muarry?? lol
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Re: Muarry's French run continues « Reply #2 on: January 21, 2012, 10:15 AM »
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Boogers, want a pic of u smiling please and me? Well with JOY toot
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Re: Muarry's French run continues « Reply #3 on: January 21, 2012, 10:15 AM »
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Not been broke in 9 sets now.
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Re: Muarry's French run continues « Reply #4 on: January 21, 2012, 10:16 AM »
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A stunning display. Good to see him both enjoying and expressing himself on court.

A master class.
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Re: Muarry's French run continues « Reply #5 on: January 21, 2012, 10:23 AM »
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Have only just got home. heard on the radio that Andy had won and played marvellous, entertaining tennis. Looking forward to watching the replay this pm. Well done Andy. He's putting down his marker.
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Re: Muarry's French run continues « Reply #6 on: January 21, 2012, 10:32 AM »
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Great and funny match Smile  Llodra realised that he can't do anything against Murray's peRFection and than he started to play like it's exhibition :P
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Re: Muarry's French run continues « Reply #7 on: January 21, 2012, 10:40 AM »
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Well as I thought it would be French Fries for breakfast, but we got bagels as a side order!

I was wrong, must admit I voted for Andy in 4. Oh me of little faith. Embarassed
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Re: Murray's French run continues « Reply #8 on: January 21, 2012, 11:00 AM »
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Love it when you get to write a nice report Phil. Very Happy

Thoroughly entertaining match.

Look forward to some highlights and post match interview. crossfingers
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Re: Murray's French run continues « Reply #9 on: January 21, 2012, 11:37 AM »
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A pause in the battle against the French for now at least,
next up a Kasakhstanian (or is he Russian?).

Andy beat Kukushkin in Brisbane 5-7 6 -3 6-2, he's got his number now!

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Re: Murray's French run continues « Reply #10 on: January 21, 2012, 11:39 AM »
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Glad to be wrong in predicting 4 sets Smile Nice solid match.
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Re: Murray's French run continues « Reply #11 on: January 21, 2012, 11:52 AM »
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Well done, Andy!!  Another great day!
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Re: Murray's French run continues « Reply #12 on: January 21, 2012, 12:09 PM »
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Nice report, Mr Messenger, but you really need to get to grips with your apostrophes. Whistle
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Re: Murray's French run continues « Reply #13 on: January 21, 2012, 12:22 PM »
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AMAZING Andy!!! This was indeed a masterclass performance from OUR boy! Even Llodra showed that he recognised this as he clowned around at the net, unsure of where Andy was going to strike next! And SO good to see Andy more in control of his emotions on court....Mr. Lendl's influence is paying off already, it seems!
Let's not put TOO much pressure on him, though, as there is still a long way to go to the finishing line!
Judging by today's standard of play I have NO DOUBT, however, that Andy's Grand Slam win will come one day soon, even if it isn't at THIS tournament!
Well done, Andy, I'm really proud of you!! clap clap clap
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Re: Murray's French run continues « Reply #14 on: January 21, 2012, 12:30 PM »
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A pause in the battle against the French for now at least,
next up a Kasakhstanian (or is he Russian?).

Andy beat Kukushkin in Brisbane 5-7 6 -3 6-2, he's got his number now!


Well said, the Kukushkin match up is about as good as it gets in the last 16 of a slam, happy days indeed!
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