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Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « on: May 24, 2011, 12:25 PM »
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Andy Murray tore up any premise for a French fairytale and had few troubles beating home hope Eric Prodon in the first-round of the French Open. He silenced the Suzanne Lenglen court and triumphed 6-4, 6-1, 6-3, in one hour and 44 minutes.

Prodon, a journeyman who makes his living on clay, showed a great attitude to begin with. In the early exchanges it was the Frenchman who forced the issue first. He showed feather-like touch and prowess on the backhand side, trying to bring Murray towards the net.

However, the gulf in class showed as Murray upped the gears at will. In a rally featuring brutal ground strokes Prodon wobbled first and hit a backhand out, handing Murray a break and a 3-1 lead. Prodon continued to attack – he hit nine winners in the first set - and attempted daring drop shots from all points of the court.

He got a break back in the ninth game with a devilish, dropping slice which the labouring Murray could not reach. But after taking tablets for a slight illness at the break, Prodon crumbled and hit a backhand wide to hand a rejuvenated, more attacking Murray the first set.

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The French qualifier began to show the first signs of waning enthusiasm in the second set. A catalogue of errors – including a long forehand - and slumped shoulders saw Murray take a break in the fourth game and lead 3-1.

Prodon’s gameplan deteriorated hugely here and his lack of match fitness at this level began to show. His body language became languid and Murray, winning a dominant 93% of points on his first serve, cantered to 6-1 in the second set.

The virtuoso touch shots still flowed from the wrists of Prodon though. With Murray’s mind elsewhere, the 29-year-old, well versed in the Central American challenger circuit, tapped home a perfect drop shot with an open racket face to earn a break and serve at 3-1 up.

Pressure sometimes tells though. Prodon was relentlessly forthright with his shots but not always accurate – two errors found him staring down the barrel and 0-30 down on his own serve. Murray arced home a forehand winner which clipped the line, and after much deliberation, was confirmed as in and the Scot now had three break points. Another Murray forehand winner came when he broke back without losing a point.

The world number four then found a groove and the accuracy of his shots improved. Winners flowed from Murray’s racket and a hold followed by a pinpoint forehand into the corner left the Scot 4-3 up and about to serve.

Prodon looked finished as he had another short consultation with the trainer. The points began to shorten with Murray serving two aces that left his opponent with a daunting task of serving stay to in it.

Credit to the Frenchman though – he entertained throughout. And how fitting that he would lose the match whilst going for the jugular? Whilst match point down, the world No. 130 tried a risky drop shot from way back, which rolled down the wrong side of the net. The set finished 6-3 to Murray, a deserved winner.

Murray could have had poorer work-outs. He was on court in the early morning heat with a wildly ambitious and spirited journeyman. Prodon tried to turn the screws all the time, and a hardened pro of the ATP main tour may have had more success.

The Dunblane native’s break point conversion stood at 64% and his first serves points won at 87%, so there are promising signs on both sides. Despite losing to qualifiers twice so far this season, he never looked in danger and next faces another qualifier in Simone Bolelli.  
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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #1 on: May 24, 2011, 12:40 PM »
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Nice report! Was good to watch. Still can't understand why Muzdog gets so annoyed with himself, especially when the other player hits such an amazing shot!
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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #2 on: May 24, 2011, 12:45 PM »
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Nice report! Was good to watch. Still can't understand why Muzdog gets so annoyed with himself, especially when the other player hits such an amazing shot!

Think it would be better for him if he just acknowledged his opponent's good shots instead of expecting to win each and every shot himself.
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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011, 01:26 PM »
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Think it would be better for him if he just acknowledged his opponent's good shots instead of expecting to win each and every shot himself.

Absolutely, he beats himself up far too much. Sometimes you just have to say 'too good'. I think he almost expects to chase down everything sometimes lol!

Nice to see him confident on the forehand side, especially when closing out the point. This time last year we would have seen him try those silly drop shots
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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #4 on: May 24, 2011, 02:17 PM »
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I had to smile at the thought of him cutting his own hair.I have a feeling Cahill had something to do with that by his remarks.
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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #5 on: May 24, 2011, 02:27 PM »
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Alistair, good report. Well done

As I and many others always say: "A win is a win". However, I was not altogether too impressed. Too many unforced errors from Andy, particularly in cases where he had Prodon at his mercy, but proceeded to net the shot where putting away a winner would have been easier.

Incidentally, once again Andy serving for the set was broken to lose it. This is the second consecutive occasion this has happened (vs Djokovic).

Perhaps this is the match Andy required to get his mind on the job and have the feel of both the court and the balls.

Go, Andy, go! 
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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #6 on: May 24, 2011, 03:25 PM »
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Andy Murray tore up any premise for a French fairytale and had few troubles beating home hope Eric Prodon in the first-round of the French Open. He silenced the Suzanne Lenglen court and triumphed 6-4, 6-1, 6-3, in one hour and 44 minutes.
Credit to the Frenchman though – he entertained throughout. ..........

...The Dunblane native’s break point conversion stood at 64% and his first serves points won at 87%, so there are promising signs on both sides. Despite losing to qualifiers twice so far this season, he never looked in danger and next faces another qualifier in Simone Bolelli.  [/m]
Enjoyed reading your detailed report, since I was working and didnt get to record the match.

Thanx Ally!
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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #7 on: May 24, 2011, 04:09 PM »
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A very good and very fair report.  Thanks Alistair.

Alistair, good report. Well done

As I and many others always say: "A win is a win". However, I was not altogether too impressed. Too many unforced errors from Andy, particularly in cases where he had Prodon at his mercy, but proceeded to net the shot where putting away a winner would have been easier.

Incidentally, once again Andy serving for the set was broken to lose it. This is the second consecutive occasion this has happened (vs Djokovic).

Perhaps this is the match Andy required to get his mind on the job and have the feel of both the court and the balls.

Go, Andy, go!  
I think that sums it up very nicely, OSS. Smile  I'd only add that the other concern was the mental AWOL at the start of the 3rd - something which unfortunately isn't unusual when playing lower-ranked players.  He really has to learn that he has to stay focussed from game 1 regardless of who his opponent is.  Had Prodon been fitter the 3rd set could well have been a lot tighter.

Also I'm afraid the purists amongst us will have to learn to live with Murray's outbursts of frustration because he says he isn't going to change and doesn't care what anyone thinks - although a new coach, whoever and whenever, might have different ideas, since these outbursts serve no other purpose than to cause him to lose concentration.
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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #8 on: May 24, 2011, 07:42 PM »
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Andy's outbursts remind me so much of Johnny Mac, whom I also loved. Difference of course Mac used to have a go at unfortunate officials whereas Andy turns in on himself. Also Mac seemed to get fired up, whereas Andy gets fired down Frown
However, serving/ match play was brilliant in the second set and that's the way to do it  udaman
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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #9 on: May 24, 2011, 08:13 PM »
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He won. That is the main thing
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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #10 on: May 24, 2011, 10:20 PM »
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Good to read such a full report as couldn't watch it. Thanks. Managed to follow some of it via bbc online on phone - apparently Castle spoke of perfection at one point!
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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #11 on: May 24, 2011, 10:51 PM »
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Apparently they introduced Andy as English ,just as well he didn't catch on.!
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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #12 on: May 24, 2011, 11:32 PM »
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Think it would be better for him if he just acknowledged his opponent's good shots instead of expecting to win each and every shot himself.
quite agree Daisy.
Andy won well and we should be pleased..bring on the next pretender

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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #13 on: May 25, 2011, 12:41 AM »
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Apparently they introduced Andy as English ,just as well he didn't catch on.!
fainting  lol

It seems that the media isn't quite sure what to make of this match.  I've read four reports and they all contradict each other!  However, Murray is reported by the BBC to be content with what he describes as a "scrappy" win, saying "It was a tough match.  There was no rhythm really to the match.  He changed the pace of the ball a lot, so I was finding it tough and was annoyed with the way I was moving."

Meanwhile plucky Prodon said later he was suffering from a persistent abdominal muscle injury and had been sick during the night, adding

"It's a miracle that I finished the match and played three sets with nothing in my stomach since last night. Of course it is frustrating. He's a good player.

"I felt he was a bit tense to begin with. Like any other big player when they walk on the court first round, it's never too easy. They need to find their landmarks, discover who the opponent is, because he didn't know me.

"Once he started finding his way around, he released his shots during the second set. Even in the third set I managed to gather some energy to try and destabilise him. But he came back into the match very quickly because I was not consistent enough.

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Re: Murray mauls qualifier in Paris « Reply #14 on: May 25, 2011, 01:44 AM »
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Nice report! Was good to watch. Still can't understand why Muzdog gets so annoyed with himself, especially when the other player hits such an amazing shot!

I sometimes wonder if the expectation of nation does creep into his mind and that the thought of some commentator somewhere will be saying that he should have got that shot?  

As I said at the time, not vintage Andy but a win nonetheless.

One match at a time yes


I should have said good report too yes
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