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Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « on: January 22, 2011, 04:50 AM »
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On a glorious summer's day on Rod Laver Arena, some scorching tennis from Andy Murray totally dismantled Guillermo Garcia-Lopez's game, the Scot winning 6-1 6-1 6-2 to breeze through to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

In the previous round against Marchenko, Murray had brought a partisan crowd to near fever pitch, but the 27-year-old Spaniard tried to claim them for his own on just the second point, with a sensational hotdog passing shot.

It proved to be a false dawn, with Murray breaking Garcia-Lopez's serve no fewer than four times in the first set, in an aggressive display of fine serving, resolute defence and bewitching groundstrokes.

In truth, it was hard to see how the 32nd seed had chalked up a recent hard-court success over Nadal, so toothless was his serve and so weak his resolve in the backcourt rallies.

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As the first set progressed, the Spaniard became more and more passive and erratic, conceding loose points for fun, as Murray scored time and again with his marquee down-the-line backhand, astute drop shots and new powerhouse forehand.

While Garcia-Lopez's serving percentage hit a more-than-respectable mid-sixties, it was the lack of pace that was his undoing. Had the speed radar been calibrated in mph, it would have frequently registered double figures.

With Murray quick to capitalise on this glaring weakness, the first set lasted just 24 minutes.

The second began in a similar vein, with the fifth seed seemingly able to break at will. When the Spaniard, who had foolishly vowed beforehand to 'give Murray nothing', lost serve for the second time to go 4-0 down, he showed his frustration by propelling a ball over the Rod Laver grandstand.

At 5-0, the browbeaten Spaniard held serve for the first time, sarcastically blowing kisses to a subdued Aussie crowd. The love was short-lived, as Murray served out to take a two-set lead after just 52 minutes on court.

As Murray continued to pick Garcia-Lopez's game to pieces in the third set, it seemed only a loss of concentration might halt the Scottish juggernaut. For bleary-eyed fans back home, such a blip might have been expected. But for once it was not to be.

Although Garcia-Lopez opened his shoulders to produce some spirited serving and dogged rallying in the early part of the set, Murray was simply doing everything better than the Spaniard.

As he ran Garcia-Lopez ragged, the feisty Scot treated his fans to a couple of welcome sights: a visibly improved second serve and a firecracker forehand. This latter shot scored with some deep drives that broke not only the Spaniard's serve at 2-2, but his spirit, too.

Garcia-Lopez, who, with his wiry frame and bright-yellow shirt, resembled more a Tour de France leader than an elite tennis professional, knew that his race was run.

Murray duly completed his inexorable march towards the fourth round, with an array of blistering and beguiling shots that pulled Garcia-Lopez into places that he simply didn't want to be.

After this woeful, ineffectual display, the Spaniard will be applying that description to Melbourne. His immediate future will probably involve a fast car and an airport.

For Murray, the coming days look brighter, with promising starlet Dolgopolov handily disposing of Tsonga, a potential quarter-final opponent who put Murray out of this event in 2008.

The British number one now awaits the result of the Baghdatis-Melzer clash, scheduled for around 8am GMT. On this scintillating form, Murray probably couldn't care less who comes through.

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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #1 on: January 22, 2011, 05:10 AM »
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loved his interview after the match with jim courier
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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #2 on: January 22, 2011, 06:23 AM »
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Excellent report, Nigel. Smile

Andy played impressively but Garcia-Lopez simply wasn't there,  There was a huge gulf between the class of play from the two men which, unfortunately, produced a match which promised much but turned instead into a complete borefest.  Once again it was a nice little warm-up for Andy, although I'd have felt happier if, at this stage of the tournament, his opponent had tested him more.

The interview with Courier was great as it gave Andy another chance to show his more humorous side.  
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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #3 on: January 22, 2011, 07:33 AM »
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 yahooo Well done Andy. A good practice match for him. I too enjoyed the interview with Jim Courier.
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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #4 on: January 22, 2011, 07:43 AM »
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Brilliant write up Nigel, especially as I fell asleep avd missed the first set completely. Didn't wake up till start of the second. Great to see Andy looking so relaxed and not suffering from the heat too much! He looked grrreat! The crowd weren't so good but I good hear the Andy boys doing their chant [bless 'em]. Well done Andy!
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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #5 on: January 22, 2011, 08:06 AM »
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As usual Nigel, Sue??(You don't look like a Sue to me). A great write up. I agree with Aileen a match that promised so much from Garcia-Lopez just did not happen. That said Andy was in wicked form, although this discription has to be used subjectively as the match was fairly one sided so a true picture of how well Andy is playing right now cannot be accurately measured, I'm sure we will get this assessment of how his game is stacking up in round 4. Although, his new improved second serve and cracking powerful forehand gave us enough of a look at his form, to indeed suggest that Andy is playing well (again). Andy must maintain this focus from here on in (dictating play and staying aggressive), from round 4 onwards the intensity ramps up. You only have to look at Youzny and Tsonga who let that focus slip a little in their round three matches, they are both on the plane home!! trophy trophy trophy
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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #6 on: January 22, 2011, 09:48 AM »
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17 games dropped to get to the 4R is a career record for Murray.

It's amazing how easily he wins now days when he's in form.
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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #7 on: January 22, 2011, 10:23 AM »
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Glad to see he won. Quite glad considering how easy it was that I slept through it Smile
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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #8 on: January 22, 2011, 10:28 AM »
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Glad to see he won. Quite glad considering how easy it was that I slept through it Smile
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/9370334.stm Nice interview her wit BBC and Andy
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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #9 on: January 22, 2011, 10:32 AM »
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/9370334.stm Nice interview her wit BBC and Andy

Thanks Smile
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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #10 on: January 22, 2011, 11:07 AM »
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Looks like Andy's next opponent is going to be Jurgen melzer as marcos has just retired with an injury!! nervous
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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #11 on: January 22, 2011, 11:08 AM »
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^^ Spoilsport I was about to say that!

*Oh and Baghdatis has retired (another one) against Melzer, who will now face Andy in the next round.*
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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #12 on: January 22, 2011, 11:15 AM »
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^^ Spoilsport I was about to say that!

*Oh and Baghdatis has retired (another one) against Melzer, who will now face Andy in the next round.*

Andy has a 4-0 H2H advantage, but Melzer's on a steep improvement curve late in his career. Wonder what he puts in his coffee.

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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #13 on: January 22, 2011, 11:17 AM »
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Andy shouldn't have too much of a problem against Melzer, and should make his life easier if he plays the way he has so far this week Smile Melzer's playing well though so I'd be putting my money on a 4 set win for Andy Smile
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Re: Murray dismantles Garcia-Lopez « Reply #14 on: January 22, 2011, 12:15 PM »
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Andy has a 4-0 H2H advantage, but Melzer's on a steep improvement curve late in his career. Wonder what he puts in his coffee.

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Whatever it is i wish he would give others the recipe, sorry Hazel for getting in before you. wub
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