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Murray motors through to round two « on: August 31, 2011, 09:23 PM »
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Andy Murray avoided any first round drama for the fifteenth consecutive time at a Grand Slam event, with a convincing and expeditious 7-6 6-2 6-3 victory against Somdev Devvarman.

The British number one struck the ball impressively all match, but he was fully tested by his opponent which made for an entertaining and tactical battle on Arthur Ashe. Stepping onto the court resembling a roulette wheel, resplendent in red and black with a tinge of green, you would put your money on Murray going deep into the tournament on the evidence of this performance.

After surrendering serve in the very first game, Murray refused to panic and showed great determination to outlast Devvarman who was displaying some moments of brilliance up at the net. Devvarman clearly lacks a killer weapon, but his foot speed and agility, coupled with solid groundstrokes off both wings were providing a stern test early on. After a few near misses, Murray finally broke back but it would take a first set tie-break to separate the pair.

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At 3-1 down, the world number four did exceptionally well to capitalise on a Devverman double fault, and remained composed to win the tie-break, 7-5. At just over seventy minutes, the opening set had been a bruising affair, full of punishing rallies.

Service breaks were exchanged at the start of the second, but then, predictably, Devverman’s level began to drop. The Indian had been punching above his weight, and when his guard went down, Murray started to land some trademark blows with his revered double handed backhand. With both his first serve and return clicking, the Scot quickly raced to a two set lead.

Momentum carried unabated into the third set, and the gulf in class started to become overwhelmingly apparent. Murray, undoubtedly in a more relaxed frame of mind, started to unwind with both forehand and backhand, and the results were devastating. It is rare to see the Briton display such sparkling tennis in the early stages of a Grand Slam, but at the same time, there are signs that there is more to come. This match was an excellent exercise in timing and patience, and will have provided the fourth seed with a solid rhythm, that he can carry through to his next match.

Devvarman’s intensity of shot had started to waver by the end of the third set. The world number sixty-two did well to break his more illustrious opponent when he was serving for the match, but ultimately, he could not stop the 2008 runner-up from coasting to victory in just under two and a half hours. Job done, and a lengthy battle of attrition in the blazing heat of New York, avoided.

Next up for Murray in the second round is Robin Haase, the mercurial Dutchman. Haase is a powerful striker of the ball, akin to that of Robin Soderling and will provide a stern test on this surface, even if it is playing slower than last year. Weather permitting, the two will meet on Friday at a time to be confirmed.

Murray's post match interview:

I started slow but I improved over the course of the match. The main thing is to try and improve as the tournament goes on. The conditions were very breezy which allowed me to step onto the baseline.

Haase will be a tough match, he almost beat Rafa at Wimbledon a few years ago. He is a big match player.
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011, 09:25 PM »
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That was some fast typing Wink
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011, 09:29 PM »
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That was some fast typing Wink

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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #3 on: August 31, 2011, 09:39 PM »
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Wow impressive match report both in content and speed.  Worthy of the match itself.  Comms saying they thought it was the best they'd seen Andy play in 1st round here.  Once I got over those early nerves, with the help of the whisky, it was a very enjoyable match to watch.  All credit to Dev for putting up such a good fight in the 1st set and not giving up even though he was being out-classed in the 2nd and 3rd.
Onwards and upwards Mr M.   clap clap cmon yeah  cmon yeah
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #4 on: August 31, 2011, 09:49 PM »
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I was a bit anxious at the start, had to have a couple of brandy and lemonades, was so not wanting it to go to a tie breaker, but it ended well. Andy then settled and I also settled when we got into the 2nd set. Good start and hoping it will get better from the word go as the tournament progresses. Well done Andy!  clap clap yay yay
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #5 on: August 31, 2011, 09:52 PM »
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I was a bit anxious at the start, had to have a couple of brandy and lemonades, was so not wanting it to go to a tie breaker, but it ended well. Andy then settled and I also settled when we got into the 2nd set. Good start and hoping it will get better from the word go as the tournament progresses. Well done Andy!  clap clap yay yay
Andy will turn us all in to a bunch of lushes.  Whistle
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #6 on: August 31, 2011, 09:57 PM »
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A very good report. Many thanks. A good match and will have helped to build up Andy's confidence. You could see the tension in the first few games., it will be upwards and onwards for him now.
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #7 on: August 31, 2011, 09:58 PM »
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Andy will turn us all in to a bunch of lushes.  Whistle
Will?  Already has!!!!!
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #8 on: August 31, 2011, 09:59 PM »
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Andy will turn us all in to a bunch of lushes.  Whistle

I think your right, what state are we going to be in at the end of this fortnight!   jumping-w00t partyman
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #9 on: August 31, 2011, 10:01 PM »
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I think your right, what state are we going to be in at the end of this fortnight!   jumping-w00t partyman
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #10 on: August 31, 2011, 11:03 PM »
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Good report, Sir P. Well told!   Well done, Andy!!!   You did it in 3, what more could we ask!   Now, just the next one to get sorted & have a good day off in between!
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #11 on: August 31, 2011, 11:14 PM »
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Great match Andy - well done!
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #12 on: August 31, 2011, 11:17 PM »
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Good report as ever, Andrew. Still prefer Andy in white, although his red outfit helps to exacerbate his aggressive forehand.
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #13 on: September 01, 2011, 01:53 AM »
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Some of Andy's comments after the match (from the beeb):-

"He's very solid," Murray said of Devvarman. "I've seen a little bit of him before. I watched a few videos of him the last couple of days just to see what his game was like.

"He doesn't give you many free points, especially early on in the match. You have to get him to work hard before he starts making mistakes.

"I was a little bit nervous at the start and making some bad decisions. Then once I calmed down, I felt better the middle of the first set and started hitting the ball a little bit better.

"The second and third sets were good. I was hitting the ball pretty clean."

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Jonathan Overend,
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"Murray's aggression behind his forehand was the interesting factor in this match. It was obvious very early that he was going for more winners off that wing, particularly some well-timed down-the-line shots. He also seemed to be hitting through his backhand more, cutting down the slice, and I enjoyed the charge to the net behind a backhand drive hit straight down the centre. This early in a tournament, these are interesting twists to the Murray tactical framework. A one-off, or strategy for the whole tournament?"
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Re: Murray motors through to round two « Reply #14 on: September 01, 2011, 06:24 AM »
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Brilliant report Sir Panda......You must have been typing as you watched! clap Thanks!
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