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Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « on: June 09, 2011, 06:22 PM »
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Beauty might save the world, according to Janko Tipsarevic's tattoo, but it wasn't enough to beat Andy Murray at Queen's Club today, even if Pippa Middleton was spotted in the crowd. Murray won 6-4 7-6(3) to storm through to the quarter-finals.

The British number one, who could be forgiven for playing with an umbrella after his second consecutive rain-interrupted match here at the Aegon Championships, dispatched the 14th seed in two hours and five minutes to claim a spot against Marin Cilic or Thomaz Belucci.

As proceedings opened, many fans' eyes were on the Scot's troublesome ankle. Murray had admitted today that it hadn't fully healed from the mishap he suffered at the French Open last week, although he stressed that playing on the injury would not make it worse.

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Although there was no outward sign of discomfort, the world number four opened poorly in the chilly London air, dropping his serve in the opening game against the player who beat him on this court five years ago.

Murray recovered to level for 3-3, as Tipsarevic's level dropped on his serve and, with the Scot leading 5-4, the clouds parted, giving the players the chance to hone their Pro Evolution skills for half an hour.

On the restart, Tipsarevic sent a smash long and a forehand into the tramlines to concede the first set.

At the start of the second, Murray again dropped his opening serve as the world number 31 dusted the line with a fizzing forehand and then fended off two break points to prevent Murray levelling at 3-3.

With his mood darkening with the skies, Murray piled on the aggression to break back at 4-4. As this entertaining encounter moved into a tiebreak, the sun finally emerged from behind the tugging clouds, just as Murray broke free of his shackles.

The Scot helped light up the centre court, surging to a 5-1 lead with a scorching pass, a thunderous forehand and some crafty volleys, before sealing victory with a well-executed return.

"I thought it was a high-quality match," said Murray. "We both played very well, especially at the end of the second set. There were a lot of long rallies and it was a really good test.

"I fell down a couple of times [but] luckily the ankle's fine. It's the best it's felt."
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #1 on: June 09, 2011, 06:37 PM »
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I just log on to read your headlines Nigel ...


..."beauty fails to save Tipsy" ... another gem Very Happy
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #2 on: June 09, 2011, 06:48 PM »
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Looks like he wants the title, hopefully he gets to face Nadal in the final.
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #3 on: June 09, 2011, 07:07 PM »
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I really should watch these matches.
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #4 on: June 09, 2011, 07:23 PM »
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I really should watch these matches.

You're going to have to give it a whirl one fine day lol
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #5 on: June 09, 2011, 07:27 PM »
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I really should watch these matches.
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #6 on: June 09, 2011, 07:29 PM »
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Great read Nigel. Thought Andy came through well, played some wonderful shots, moved well, didn't panic and  found the way to win in 2 sets. Each match he is finding his feet literally. This is a really good prep for Wimbledon.
Stephanek is making Nadal work....a lower ranked player than Tipsy, if this was Andy playing I wonder what some of our critical,negative members of this forum would be writing. confused They really get on my GOAT.
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #7 on: June 09, 2011, 07:31 PM »
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You're right Daisy - or is it only we girls who watch these early matches - after all Nigel was probably at work. I watched it doing ' home from holiday' chores' but he coped very well with the problems Tipsy posed - our man was in charge most of the time!
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #8 on: June 09, 2011, 07:44 PM »
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Well done Andy!! cmon yeah Thought Tipsarevic would have taken a set, but no, not quite good enough. yay
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #9 on: June 09, 2011, 09:51 PM »
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Thought Andy did well and didn't notice the darkening of the mood Nigel even if that spoils the Hardyesque story.    
Andy seemed pretty calm throughout to me apart from the occasional mutter.   Whistle  Ah, having read BBC account, I realise that might have been the one bit I  didn't see so apologies if my criticism was inaccurate Nigel.

Anyone know what time Andy is playing tomorrow as they still seem to have today's OOP up.
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #10 on: June 09, 2011, 09:58 PM »
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Thought Andy did well and didn't notice the darkening of the mood Nigel even if that spoils the Hardyesque story.    
Andy seemed pretty calm throughout to me apart from the occasional mutter.   Whistle
Anyone know what time Andy is playing tomorrow as they still seem to have today's OOP up.
Looking forward to Bevs H2H for tomorrows match (hint hint). Here's what the Beeb and Andy said:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/13716304.stm
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #11 on: June 09, 2011, 10:05 PM »
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Love Andy's tweet - a canine equivalent of the Kipling quote at Wimby?
They've now got the OOP up and Andy is on 2nd again after Roddick vs Verdasco.  It's good that he's getting on early each day and not having to play into cool evenings.  I wonder if he's asked for it or whether BBC has? 
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #12 on: June 09, 2011, 10:07 PM »
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Looking forward to Bevs H2H for tomorrows match (hint hint). Here's what the Beeb and Andy said:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/13716304.stm

As Ruthie has just advised, Andy 2nd on centre court tomorrow.  Will do H2H during my lunch break Very Happy
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #13 on: June 09, 2011, 10:13 PM »
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As Ruthie has just advised, Andy 2nd on centre court tomorrow.  Will do H2H during my lunch break Very Happy
Thanks Bev.  There's a new thread awaiting your H2H talents!
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Re: Murray wins as beauty fails to save Tipsy « Reply #14 on: June 09, 2011, 10:14 PM »
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That was a decent performance. Stupid first service game in both sets, but this court seems slower than the Paris clay, so not a big deal.
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