Here's my non-technical effort to give a feel of the match.
It was a windy night when Andy Murray stepped on court to face 67th ranked Matthew Ebden, a relatively unknown player, in his first post-Lendl match. Tension was in the air, and questions were in the minds of Murray fans worldwide as they sat in front of their TV screens or frantically searched for semi-reliable and often foreign-speaking livestreams.
How would Andy perform with the extra pressure? Would Lendl be there? Could he raise his game and find the spark that has been absent since his return from back surgery?
Depending on which time-zone fans were in, there were teacups rattling, glasses shaking, and fingers trembling as they set their PVR's to record and try to sleep. Many would be in for a restless night.
As the camera panned, we could see no Lendl. But it brought warmth to the heart to see Kim, Andy's dad, and Leon Smith there to support him on court.
Andy started aggressively, and was rewarded with several break points against his opponent, but failed to convert. Before we knew it the first set was over and Ebden had taken the first set at 6-3. Bleary-eyed fans hoped against hope that their man would turn the match around like we knew he was capable of.
And turn it around he did!
The second set was a joy to watch. The 2.0 Andy came on court and started to boss with some superb shots. In the 5th game, he saved 4 break points. Fans could smell a bagel, and Andy delivered in a style that brought superlatives from sports commentators such as Robbie Koenig saying, "..that finishing shot from Andy was worth the admission fee alone." Game, and second set Murray. 6-0.
All would be well. Delighted fans watched him change his shirt from blue to black, and dared to relax and wallow for a while.
But not for long..
In the final set, Andy was to serve first.. and was broken! Oh No! A furious Andy snarled at himself and made him a dangerous animal, immediately taking back what was his. 1-1.
Sweat and sparks flew from Andy's face and racquet. He pounced quickly like a panther as he came further and further inside the baseline. Serve and forehand were screaming like a banshee. Before we knew it, it was 4-1! 2 games away! Commentators were singing Andy's praises, some saying this was his best tennis since Wimbledon, and others exciteably blurting "A moment of magic from Murray. What a shot!"
Andy had everyone's attention. Such was the awe of his shots, that it was easy to forget there was another player on the other side of the net.
A bullet forehand brought his lead to 5-1. In the final game, Ebden gamely tried hard, but the full force of Andy was too powerful.
Game, Set and Match to Andy Murray. 3-6 6-0 6-1. Fans watched to see what he wrote on the camera lens. He wrote "Treat yourself."
Well Andy, it was you who treated us. Great to see you back, and we applaud you.