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Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « on: January 17, 2012, 09:33 AM »
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Andy Murray struggled into the second round of the Australian Open earlier this morning, battling past both Ryan Harrison and the brutal heat of Hisense Arena.

Murray came through 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 against the buoyant Harrison, who looks to be another prospect on the conveyor belt of young, American talent.

It was the 19-year-old Harrison who made the first impression, chasing every ball as if it were his last. He swarmed over any loose ends coming his way and, going against his lower ranking, clinched the first break as Murray struggled to live with Harrison’s power at the net.

Harrison, buoyed by an enthusiastic crowd, began to settle and let his sumptuous volleys do the talking. Murray wilted in the stifling heat and was soon another break down.

Serving for the set at 5-3, Harrison’s inexperience reared its head and he suffered a case of the jitters. A double fault and another error from the American afforded Murray a way back in.

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Extinguishing two set points in the following game, Murray held, though it would only be a vain act of defiance. Harrison served out with a finely tuned radar and kissed the lines numerous times with a barrage of vicious groundstrokes.

Surely Harrison’s plucky endeavour in such heat would limit him in the end, though. Both men struggled with conditions in the second set, yet it was Murray, the favourite, who tasted his victim’s blood first. The spirited Harrison netted while in all kinds of trouble to hand Murray a 3-1 lead.

Murray began, finally, to relax a little, hitting accurately and serving with aplomb. However, Harrison, determined to succeed, attacked at will but was left powerless after a series of errors handed Murray the second set 6-2.

Harrison’s immense power and crushing forehands are, of course, all well and good but like so many before him, he struggled to cope with Murray’s endless variety. The Scot began to raise his level in the third.

An inventive stop-volley and Harrison’s misjudgement handed Murray a break in the first game, which he duly converted afterwards to lead 2-0.

Indeed, Harrison careered towards a murky path during the third set. He frequently yelled into the humid air after dumping shots into the net but, to his credit, managed to wriggle away from break points in consecutive service games.

Harrison could, however, do nothing about Murray’s stern demeanour when serving out. A miraculous, athletic volley at the net and Harrison’s wild backhand mistake gave the Scot, 24, the set.

As the fourth set began both men carved out break points, sensing this was the time to attack. Two netted backhands saw Harrison lose a break, though, and go 3-1 down. If only his play had been as impressive as his racket smash soon afterwards.

Inevitably enough, Murray’s volleys were dynamic here and nullified his opponent’s brute force throughout the set. His deft hands paid off during the fourth and he rarely encountered danger, serving out with authority to win the set 6-2, deservedly taking the match with it.

It was not a walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination. Harrison left Murray flummoxed in the opening exchanges, with the higher ranked player, Murray, looking hot and bothered in more ways than one.

Murray did escape adversity admirably though, and imposed his gameplan of moving his opponent into tricky spots. Harrison, quite frankly, couldn’t live with him in the end.
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012, 10:06 AM »
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This was always going to be a tough, opening test for Andy and he came through it emphatically in the blistering, afternoon heat, so all credit to him.....it's the winning that's important, after all! Let's hope the scheduling is kinder to him in the next round, giving him a cooler, evening slot......like Smug always seems to get....WELL DONE, Andy!!......onwards and upwards!  clap clap clap
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #2 on: January 17, 2012, 10:17 AM »
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 Well done Andy ! it was a great match, Harrison vill be a great player next years . racquet
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #3 on: January 17, 2012, 10:20 AM »
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Thanks for the descriptive account of the events during the night. clap

 I woke up again later and wondered whether or not it was just a nightmare.
A scary match to say the least. Best he puts it behind him, onwards and upwards!  cmon yeah Andy
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012, 10:30 AM »
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Heat scorching,
Nerves jangling
Youngster booming
Andy winning.
The end.
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #5 on: January 17, 2012, 10:30 AM »
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Phew,another grey hair! Now for Roger-Vasselin ranked101. Surely this will be a quieter affair.
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #6 on: January 17, 2012, 10:50 AM »
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This was always going to be a tough match, with all the reports stating he was a rising star.

Well done Andy, good to have the first match in the heat, also a lot of pressure on him since he a finalist .

Keep going
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #7 on: January 17, 2012, 11:40 AM »
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Good for Harrison not to let himself be intimidated early on, look forward to seeing more of him. Well done Andy though Smile
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #8 on: January 17, 2012, 01:19 PM »
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Thanks to another Murray rollercoaster, I only got 1 hour sleep  yawn  Thought about having a few hours kip from 11am and setting the alarm off at 3am but was so excited and agitated waiting I couldn't drift off (probably would've slept through anyway).

Rusedski made a very good point about Andy not playing particularly well as opposed to the last 2 years in the first round and would rather if he played better gradually into the tournament which is how the top 3 go about their business anyway. Here's hoping Andy is more business like dispatching his next opponent before the fun starts against Llodra/monfils/Tsonga/Dokovic.
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #9 on: January 17, 2012, 01:24 PM »
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Thanks for the excellent report. Andy once again showed his grit. He gets so nervous and that inhibits his movement,must be difficult being in Andy's shoes with all the expectation of others and of himself. Once he has the first game over he usually relaxes and his serve etc improve.
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #10 on: January 17, 2012, 01:28 PM »
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Thanks for the exellent report, Alistair.

I have to say that watching both players grind this match out over four sets in such stifling heat (90F I believe) did not make for pleasurable viewing, and I think Andy was perhaps a little unfortunate in having to play such a tough opponent for his first round match, and that in such energy-sapping conditions.  However, a win is a win, and first round matches tend to be nervy affairs at the best of times, so well done Andy. 

One encouraging sign was the reduction of the outbursts of frustration which have long characterised Andy's matches.  Yes there were a few mutterings, but his overall control of his emotions was admirable.  Ivan, it seems, is already having some positive effect.
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #11 on: January 17, 2012, 01:35 PM »
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I think it's a positive experience for Andy to be tested so early. Look at Nadal the way he was tested by Isner at the French Open where he went into win RG after a shakey start.

The pressure of impressing Lendl would have turned anyone's legs into jelly!!
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #12 on: January 17, 2012, 01:55 PM »
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Well done Andy,he had a good test and lendl will now be able to see what needs a litttle tweek.Harrison played well but good enough.
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #13 on: January 17, 2012, 01:55 PM »
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Heat scorching,
Nerves jangling
Youngster booming
Andy winning.
The end.
Talk about, said in a nut shell, BBH! Very Happy


One encouraging sign was the reduction of the outbursts of frustration which have long characterised his matches.  Yes there were a few mutterings, but his overall control of his emotions was admirable.  Mr Lendl, it seems, is having some positive effect.
Right Aileen. Andy was containing his frustration quite well, but we don't need to be good lip readers to know his favorite phrases and expletives!

A Eurosport commentators said, Andy gets self destructive and started to punish himself about his missed opportunities, which leads to the ineviatable downward spiral. (we must admitt it's true sometimes, but not always.)
Whilst Frew McMillan disagreed with this. Andy, he said was just expressing normal frustration and not necessarily going into self-destruct modus.  Furthermore, he meant that many commentors regularly misinterpret Murrays' mutterings.

What a refreshing change for a commentator to be objective and have a more balanced perspective on Andy's court demeanour. clap
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Re: Murray advances despite Harrison challenge « Reply #14 on: January 17, 2012, 05:48 PM »
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Unfortunately I was unable to see the match. Which aspects of AndyM`s game worked and which didn`t?
Aileen, thats excellent news as when he had an emotional outburst his focus wasn`t on his game.
I have to say when I saw the draw I was dissappointed and would rather have seen him in the other half with RNadal, the way RNadal has been playing of late AndyM could take him in 5. Here`s hoping Andy gets evening slots in the next round, cooler for AndyM and easier viewing time for me!
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