Andy Murray was eventually victorious in a staggeringly poor quality second round match against Jeremy Chardy. The Scot spurned multiple breaks to edge out a 6-3 6-7 6-2 victory in a little over two hours.
Murray started the match brightly enough, cantering through the first set with the loss of just three service points. Unfotunately, second set slumps against lesser players are becoming something of a theme in Murray's early round encounters. This match was to be no exception. The pair exchanged service holds until 2-2, when Chardy apparently forgot he was playing singles. The Frenchman sprayed unforced errors like a leaky hosepipe
and, at a set and a break up, Murray was heading for an easy win.If by this point Chardy was dreadful, Murray was eager to sink to the same level.
The Scot immediately gifted the break back with a sackful of unforced errors of his own and the screaming vortex of fail
began to gather speed.Read more (199 words)
Both players seemed to be troubled more by the sun than each other and more hideous play ensued. Murray seemed to be content to roll in second serves and wait for an error. Chardy was happy to hit his forehand into the tramlines. Breaks were swapped until 5-4, with Murray attempting to serve for the match. Despite holding a match point, he failed and the score advanced to 5-5. After six straight breaks of serve, it was inevitable that someone would finally hold. Chardy was the lucky recipient of this honour – the Frenchman clinging on to take the set to 6-5. Murray eventually followed to drag the set, kicking and screaming, into a tiebreak.
The Scot has an atrocious tiebreak record this year – before this set he had lost 9 and won 5. Rather unsurprisingly, ten points later the statistic stood at 10 lost, 5 won. The third set was marginally better from Murray and he broke twice to take the set and the match 6-2.
There's an old saying that any victory is a worthwhile one, but this match really was scraping the barrel.
Next up is Ernest Gulbis, who Murray will presumably bother to show up against.
My favourite wordings of the article
screaming vortex of fail is definitely one to remember, though hopefully not need to use again in reference to Andy's playing