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Murray swats aside Marchenko « on: January 20, 2011, 11:44 AM »
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Andy Murray was largely untroubled as he swept into the third round of the Australian Open, beating Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko in straight sets.

Marchenko was spirited throughout the match and broke Murray at one stage, but failed to grasp a cutting edge in losing 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.

After a routine first hold, Murray was the aggressor whilst returning, and pressured his tenacious opponent into hitting the net after a majestic slice. Murray stole the first break here to go 2-0 up.

The Scot was winning the gruelling cross-court battles and held with an ace to consolidate his break.

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Marchenko battled bravely in the first set despite struggling to put his higher ranked opponent away during the longer rallies. With the Ukrainian at the net and running out of ideas, Murray pulled out a dipping backhand slice, which Marchenko fluffed well wide, handing his rival another break.

After the two men swapped service holds, Murray served out with his eighth ace of the match and deservedly took the set 6-1. 

World number 79 Marchenko flew out of the blocks in the second and broke serve to lead 2-0. He looked in competitive mood and was taking the match to Murray with a mixture of abrasive crosscourt hitting and well chosen touch shots.

Murray then began to step up to the plate and force the issue. Marchenko showed his lack of experience with a baffling double fault, and then blazed an easy passing shot well out to give Murray a break of his own, leaving the score at 2-1 with the world number five about to serve.

The cobwebs re-appeared in an erratic performance from Marchenko, emphased when he lost his cool with the umpire after another debatable line-call. Murray pounced like a cat through Marchenko’s wide forehand, and took a second break at the first opportunity. 

The set continued with Marchenko firing on all cylinders in terms of his brutal forehand, but with every dazzling winner, there came a shocking error. He failed to capitalise on two break points as the difference in ranking became highlighted once more.

Murray clinched the second set with another break after an authoritative return of serve, winning it 6-3.

The tension began to rise as both men held with ease until the sixth game of the third set. Dunblane-born Murray finally found a breakthrough when Marchenko’s inconsistent serve went elsewhere and a flurry of double-faults dripped from his racket. He swatted a limp forehand into the net, losing the game to love and gifting Murray a 4-2 lead.

Despite rarely getting out of third gear, Murray was now well into a groove. He held serve with his 15th and 16th aces of the match, and found himself 5-3 up and returning.

When serving to stay in the match, Marchenko faced an onslaught from Murray as he went for the jugular. The best shot of the match came at 15-15. Murray showed great speed, balance and agility to reach a seemingly lost cause, and then passed his opponent at the net after a low drop volley. Following a few wild misses, Murray lost the game and was forced to serve out.

Like so many times in the early stages of grand slams, Murray duly served out untroubled. After another energetic retrieval and a net chord sent from the heavens, Marchenko smashed a wicked Murray serve out to leave his opponent with final set 6-3.

It is still too early to tell where Murray is at in terms of winning the tournament. He was playing a big-hitting if one-dimensional player with little mental strength and experience. However, his coaching staff will be pleased with his accurate serving and forthright, aggressive tennis. Next for Murray is Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Saturday.

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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #1 on: January 20, 2011, 11:58 AM »
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Good descriptive and positively critical assessment of the match clap
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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #2 on: January 20, 2011, 12:27 PM »
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Changed my day off to watch Andy thanks to my understanding boss ( who actually doesnt like Andy ) hope he has to be just as understanding this time next week! Good solid performance and good serving. Thought the crowd support was fantastic wish we could get that sort of atmosphere at wimbledon!! Go Andy.
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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #3 on: January 20, 2011, 12:51 PM »
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Excellent report, thanks. Smile

Nice clinical performance.  Garcia-Lopez will be a bigger challenge, but Murray's first two matches have been a good warm-up for him so he should be well prepared.  Great to see more aggression and a considerable improvement in the serve.  Also Murray's focus only slipped briefly once, as usual in the 2nd set - something, of course, he can't afford to do against the top players - but still an encouraging sign.  Also he was keeping his composure just as he did in the Beck match.

Really can't understand why the MCA doesn't have hawkeye.  As it's one of the show-courts that seems absolutely unacceptable.
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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #4 on: January 20, 2011, 12:56 PM »
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Well they don't have hawk eye on the equivalent court at wimbledon either, as far as I can recall.  I am not sure it really matters anyway.

Good performance by Andy, as Marchenko certainly never held back at all and tried his heart our right til the end.  Andy was just way too good.

The next match needs to see what I would call the start of the upward curve.  He needs to be visibly better with every match as it is going to be progressively more challenging from here on.

Looking forward to saturday!!
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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #5 on: January 20, 2011, 01:08 PM »
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He looked in really good shape physically and mentally. He was relaxed and, at ease with himself, even giving a wry smile or two at line calls. Serve was good too! Come on Andy, way to go clap
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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #6 on: January 20, 2011, 01:12 PM »
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Well they don't have hawk eye on the equivalent court at wimbledon either, as far as I can recall.  I am not sure it really matters anyway.
They do have hawkeye on No.1 court, but I disagree that it doesn't matter.  Once we get into the tougher matches when winning or losing a point can affect the outcome of a game, even sometimes the match, I believe that challenges are important.

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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #7 on: January 20, 2011, 01:14 PM »
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Thank you for a first class report, Alistair.

Well done, our Andrew, an extremely competent victory.

Delighted by the vastly improved first services and NO double faults coupled with 16 Aces.

Incidentally, I noticed that Andy bounced the ball 6 times prior to serving. This is a change from his previous customary 3 bounces. Could this be a factor in his better serves? It would certainly give Andy the opportunity to steady his nerves and contemplate the type he will deliver. Does anyone agree?   
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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #8 on: January 20, 2011, 01:36 PM »
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 Well Done Andy! clap clap clap cmon yeah Great to see such great support makes it even more exciting to watch!!
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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #9 on: January 20, 2011, 01:54 PM »
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Well they don't have hawk eye on the equivalent court at wimbledon either, as far as I can recall.  I am not sure it really matters anyway.

They do have Hawkeye on the new court two and they may have on the new court 3 this year as well.
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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #10 on: January 20, 2011, 01:56 PM »
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Why are they putting Murray on the smaller courts atm? Seems a bit unfair considering he is the fifth seed...
Scrappy match at times but Murray played well, filled me with confidence for the next round and with Del Potro out the fourth round might not be so difficult either.
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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #11 on: January 20, 2011, 01:56 PM »
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Well Done Andy! clap clap clap cmon yeah Great to see such great support makes it even more exciting to watch!!
The Aussies really seem to have taken a shine to him.  Pity we can't import them to Wimbledon. Whistle


Delighted by the vastly improved first services and NO double faults coupled with 16 Aces.

Incidentally, I noticed that Andy bounced the ball 6 times prior to serving. This is a change from his previous customary 3 bounces. Could this be a factor in his better serves? It would certainly give Andy the opportunity to steady his nerves and contemplate the type he will deliver. Does anyone agree?  
Good point, OSS.  I recall reading somewhere that there was nothing technically wrong with Andy's serve but that the problem lay in its delivery, so maybe he's been rushing it too much in the past? Think  
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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #12 on: January 20, 2011, 02:11 PM »
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No fuss, no drama, perfect start to the 2011 AO.
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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #13 on: January 20, 2011, 02:32 PM »
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Just out of curiosity, is there a sport that Brits know a lot about where the phrase "up to the plate" would be used often? I ask because I noticed it in the article and thought it odd.

Other than that, great write up, thanks!
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Re: Murray swats aside Marchenko « Reply #14 on: January 20, 2011, 02:34 PM »
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The horrible John Lloyd said in the first match the serve was going in the net. Apparently the first rule of tennis is get the ball over the net! This was happening in this second match so perhaps old Scot support this increased bouce  is indeed helping Andy focus. Whatever he's doing let's hope he continues   yay
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