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Murray forced to Traverse tricky opener « on: June 20, 2011, 09:30 PM »
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Andy Murray has booked his place in the 2nd round of Wimbledon after a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 win over Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

As we have witnessed in recent years at SW19, the opening rounds are not necessarily always plain sailing for the top 4. Just ask Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who were both extended to 5 sets in 2010. Still, very few would have predicted a similar scare for the British number 1, particularly in light of his opponent's less than stellar form throughout 2011. The apparently toothless Daniel Gimeno-Traver seemed to be an ideal opponent for Murray, as the Scot prepared himself for more formidable opposition over the coming fortnight.

The match started predictably enough, with the British number 1 holding comfortably and putting pressure on the serve of his unheralded opponent. The Spaniard was able to resist the pressure being applied and worked his way into the match. Feeling he had nothing to lose, Gimeno-Traver began to assault every ball that came his way in a fashion that led one to wonder what heinous crime each had committed. For his part, Murray seemed content to remain solid, likely believing that the Spaniard's level would at some point drop. Gimeno-Traver had other ideas, as he continued to crush forehands en route to breaking Murray in the 9th game, before serving out the opening set.

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At the start of the 2nd set, Gimeno-Traver picked up where he had left off, raining down huge serves and dominating the rallies with his club-like forehand. One almost expected Pascal Maria to request that the lines be re-painted between games, such was the Spaniard's mixture of power and depth. Amidst all this, Murray was showing signs of frustration at his inability to break, unleashing a fusillade of abuse at anyone who would listen. To his credit, the Scot hung in there and finally took his chance in the 8th game of the 2nd set, following it up with a comfortable hold to level the match.

From this point on, it was all one way traffic. Gimeno-Traver's belief evaporated, as Murray donned his bakers hat and fed the Spaniard a couple of bagels over the final 2 sets to book his place in round 2, where he will face either Tobias Kamke or Blaz Kavcic.
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opening round « Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011, 09:43 PM »
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Great to see some bagels, when was the last time Andy cooked up one of those?
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opening round « Reply #2 on: June 20, 2011, 09:46 PM »
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A lot like Dodig/Djokovic from the AO.
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opening round « Reply #3 on: June 20, 2011, 09:51 PM »
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Nicely summed up James Smile
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opening round « Reply #4 on: June 20, 2011, 10:01 PM »
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Clever heading James. Smile

First set really didn't surprise me.  R1 matches in Slams are a bit nerve-wracking for most top players and Murray proved no exception.  By his own admission afterwards he was 'tight' and GT didn't do much to help him.  Probably not a bad thing that he was tested in his first match.  Nice win in the end. 
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opening round « Reply #5 on: June 20, 2011, 10:04 PM »
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Managed to see most of match after all as it was later tha expected.  Good match report. Was feeling abit jittery till ANdy broke must admit. Good to seehim coming forwrd more towards end. Liked the bag with fans' messages. Onwards and upwards Andy. From my phone.
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opening round « Reply #6 on: June 20, 2011, 10:08 PM »
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loved the bakers  hat  bagel reference Great to read, thanks.
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opener « Reply #7 on: June 20, 2011, 11:41 PM »
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Andy lost 1 game more than Rafa and was on court just 10 minutes more too. 

I'll take all his matches this way up to the final yes

Well played Andy!

I can't get pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake out of my head now James lol
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opener « Reply #8 on: June 21, 2011, 03:16 AM »
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Andy was playing some sublime tennis by the end of this match. I was checking the match press reports jut now as I can't sleep and Ian Chadband at the Daily Telegraph has written a really bitchy article about Andy comparing him unfavourably to Rory McIlroy. There definitely is a nasty tone in the Telegraph and that  Flatman bloke at the Times always has to say something snidy about Andy's face or his manner. It is so rude, and disrespectful to the best British tennis player we ever had. He is just a normal nice Scottish lad - why can't they just give him a break?
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opener « Reply #9 on: June 21, 2011, 06:05 AM »
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Nice report Clydey.......and with a touch of humour too! Didn't know you had it in you! Very Happy
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opener « Reply #10 on: June 21, 2011, 06:15 AM »
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Managed to see most of match after all as it was later tha expected.  Good match report. Was feeling abit jittery till ANdy broke must admit. Good to seehim coming forwrd more towards end. Liked the bag with fans' messages. Onwards and upwards Andy. From my phone.
I noticed one of the messages said "Hold your head up high Mr.Magic Murray"! Was it anyone on MW?
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opener « Reply #11 on: June 21, 2011, 07:22 AM »
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Andy was playing some sublime tennis by the end of this match. I was checking the match press reports jut now as I can't sleep and Ian Chadband at the Daily Telegraph has written a really bitchy article about Andy comparing him unfavourably to Rory McIlroy. There definitely is a nasty tone in the Telegraph and that  Flatman bloke at the Times always has to say something snidy about Andy's face or his manner. It is so rude, and disrespectful to the best British tennis player we ever had. He is just a normal nice Scottish lad - why can't they just give him a break?
Chadband at least points out one glaring factor at Wimbledon - crowd support, or rather lack of it.  The CC crowd yesterday did nothing to lift Murray and only began to show some life when he finally managed to get the upper hand at the end of the 2nd set.  Send a plane to Oz and bring the Andy Boys over! 
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opener « Reply #12 on: June 21, 2011, 07:32 AM »
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Really liked the post match interview where Andy acknowledged a) that he had been too tentative and b) tight.
Love the way he changed his game in the second set.
Come on cmon yeah
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opener « Reply #13 on: June 21, 2011, 07:36 AM »
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I wondered that too Caz re mr magic.
Re crowd: to be fair Andy wasn't giving them much to feed off in 1st set. But as he got into the match so did they. But yes we miss Andy's boys. I think they said they hoped to come next year. Stuff the D tel.
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Re: Murray forced to Traverse tricky opener « Reply #14 on: June 21, 2011, 08:06 AM »
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 yay Very good report, thought Andy came through very well. I really don't think any of the top 3 would have done any better. He kept himself very much together, and in the end only lost 7 games, what more could you ask for in a round 1 match under the roof which does change the feel of the ball.
I'm thoroughly fed up with the reporters in some of the papers, and the early BBC Newscaster, who after watchind Andy talking about playing under the roof, said 'grumbling again.' Andy was certainly not grumbling he was just saying the difference it made.Can't some of them stop being snide.
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