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Murray bruises Melzer

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Andy Murray delivered another comprehensive performance to beat Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 and advance to the quarter finals at the Australian Open.

Melzer's victory over Baghdatis in the previous round will see him enter the top ten for the first time next week, but gulf in class between the Austrian and his Scottish opponent was immense. Pre-match Melzer talked up his chances, promising to dictate play and push Murray around. Unfortunately for the Austrian that fighting talk was about as good as it got.

After Murray had claimed an early break and then promptly dropped serve it looked as if the bleary eyed 3am TV crowd were in for a nerve jangling time. Happily for them, this early blip was quickly forgotten and the Scot proceeded to dismantle every aspect of his opponents game.

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Murray was seemingly able to break at will, reading Melzer's serve perfectly and converting a total of 7 times. The Scot had ocassional wobbles on his own serve but, bar the early first set blemish, was able to snuff out any break back chances.

The first set was at least competitive. The second and third were one sided domination. Melzer's pre-match promise to dictate play was turned on it's head as Murray forced the pace, alternating brick-wall defence with bludgenoning groundstrokes.

Melzer had no answer to this. When the enraged Austrian dashed his raquet into the ground at 3-1 in the second set, the only surprise was that this particular code violation had taken so long.

To his credit, the Austrian fought to the end, but he was unable to prevent Murray from serving for an ultimately highly impressive victory.

Next up is Alex Dolgopolov, the shock vanquisher of number four seed Robin Soderling. This match will be played on Wednesday morning, exact time to be announced.
[ Last edit by boogers January 24, 2011, 06:05 AM ] IP Logged
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yay
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Usually have to go on YouPorn to see spankings like that.

A virtuoso performance, take a bow Murray.
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That was just an impressive performance from Andy.

And the fact that he could have served even better than he did today is just encouraging.

Congratz on the match yay
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Good job Phil & at that time in the morning!   I missed the interview, sounds like it was good. In all the ones I've seen I've liked the way Andy has played it cool & not bragged about what he is going to do.  He was pressured to last year at the AU. Hope he will refrain this year - much better to just show them - like today!

I watched Andy taking in that steely eyed glare from his opponent which you mentioned previously, whatever it was, it was great to see that Andy was unfazed, it simply brought out the warrier in him!
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There's only one Andy Murray udaman
Australian commentator said Andy'd been "under the radar" this year as all talk had been about Raf/Rog. Obviously suits him yay
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Very good report, Phil.

Well Andy certainly sent the boastful Melzer homewards to think again. Very Happy

Apart from his tennis, what impressed me about Andy is the composure he's shown all tournament so far.  Hopefully he's finally realised that if he can keep his cool and channel his aggression into his game, then he's doing himself a huge favour.
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Amazingly how easily he wins, dropping only 5 games to the world #11 is pretty immense.
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The draw is Murray's to win...Soderling loss...oh what a relief!
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The draw is Murray's to win...Soderling loss...oh what a relief!

Steady on, there's the small matter of Soderling's conqueror to get through first, then probably Nadal - that's just to get to the final! One match at a time... nervous
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Steady on, there's the small matter of Soderling's conqueror to get through first, then probably Nadal - that's just to get to the final! One match at a time... nervous

Agree completely, lets take it one match at a time, still long way to go. Anything can happen. Although i feel its still a wide open contest. Nadal and Federer not really firing on all cylinders yet, And i fancy Thomas against Novack. nervous
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It has been a walk in the park so far!!! Hope he is nice and loose for the up coming work!!! He's still got #1 and 2 to get through, but he is sharp!!!
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 yay yay Well Done Andy, looking really good, never let Melzer in the game. udaman Good to see Sodderling get beat, have not taken to that man at all.
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Good report, Phil as ever.

It was obvious that all Melzer's boasting as how he would force Andy all round the court was precisely that empty. I agree that Andy is not put off by these comments, but just gets on with his own game. What a change in our man. No psychologist, just growing up and maturing.

Andy, fantastic result. I stayed with you until the second set was over and then went to bed. My wife thinks I am mad. She does not understand sports and the desire of fans to watch any match live.
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And there I was thinking it would be 4 sets.  Only watched 1st and final sets so far as Eurosport repeated them but looking forward to watching the whole thing which I recorded on the beeb.  Thanks for the report Phil.

Well a double whammy - Andy mangling Meltzer and Soderling out.   clap  clap clap yay
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