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No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « on: Yesterday at 03:24 PM »
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Andy Murray secured his 10th consecutive win after defeating Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 to move into the third round of the Paris Masters - and within one match of securing his place at the World Tour Finals.

The Brit broke immediately and was rarely troubled – a minor second set blip aside – taking all three of his break points and hitting 20 winners to just nine unforced errors, although the disappearance of his first serve in the second set put him under a bit more pressure than he might have liked.


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The eighth seed started with an emphatic love hold, before being rather gifted the first break of the match after Benneteau served up three successive double faults.

The Scot – who was showing little sign of fatigue following his marathon three hour win on Sunday – was looking focused and was rarely troubled on serve as he rather cruised through the first set.

His French opponent improved somewhat as the set went on, but he couldn’t make any sort of mark on Murray’s serve and the Brit sealed the first set with an unreturnable serve after barely 30 minutes.

And Murray broke again immediately in the second set, taking advantage of a very fortunate net cord at 40-30 – much to the annoyance of the home crowd, who let out a chorus of boos – to go on to break after Benneteau hit a forehand long.

The 27 year old was playing with confidence and he raced into a 4-1 lead after breaking again, seemingly in complete control.

But it wouldn’t be a Murray match without a twist at some point, and so it proved when Benneteau raced into a 0-40 lead on the next game. The Scot responded well – saving all three break points – but with the serve having completely deserted him he was powerless to prevent the Frenchman from getting one of the breaks back.

The world number 28 seemed to have discovered a second wind, and after going 0-30 on Murray’s next service game it looked like he might have found a way back into the match. But the Scot stood firm – despite a first serve that was only finding its mark a mere 36% of the time in this set – and grounded out a hold to put himself within touching distance of the next round after a delightful forehand winner.

The Valencia champ was forced to serve it out, but this time there was no fuss and he raced to 40-0 before sealing the victory with another forehand winner.

In the third round Murray will take on the ninth seed Grigor Dimitrov, who ended the defence of his Wimbledon title back in July. Dimitrov, along with Murray, is one of six players still fighting for a World Tour Final berth - but the Bulgarian would need to win the whole tournament to usurp the Scot in the rankings.

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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 03:37 PM »
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Think we deserved that one after Sunday!
Let's Go Andy! Let's Go! yay yay yay
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Dani and Amelie there and talking to each other. Wink
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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 03:58 PM »
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Thanks for the excellent report Luke, and I'm very glad Andy did it in two despite predictable blip and serve going AWOL.  Another long match he didn't need.

From the scores it looks like Dimitrov definitely will be his next opponent, having taken the 1st 6-0, and Andy's going to need all his wits about him here.
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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 05:27 PM »
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Think we deserved that one after Sunday!
Let's Go Andy! Let's Go! yay yay yay
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Dani and Amelie there and talking to each other. Wink

And Kim?

Thanks, Luke. Didn't have time to watch or record the match. The French crowd as usual lack what everyone has - basic manners!
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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 05:29 PM »
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Very nice article.
Just the last line is slightly misleading: Andy will very possibly still qualify even if Dimitrov wins the tournament, he could still not qualify even if Dimitrov does not win the tournament, and Dimitrov could still qualify even if he doesn't win the tournament.
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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 05:30 PM »
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And Kim?

Thanks, Luke. Didn't have time to watch or record the match. The French crowd as usual lack what everyone has - basic manners!

Yes Kim was there too. grouphug
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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 06:44 PM »
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And Kim?

Thanks, Luke. Didn't have time to watch or record the match. The French crowd as usual lack what everyone has - basic manners!
I think they must be the most unsportsmanlike spectators in tennis.  After they booed that netcord I switched the sound off for most of the rest of the match.

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Yes Kim was there too. grouphug
All never in doubt as far as I was concerned, especially had there been problems I'm sure Andy'd wouldn't be as focussed as he has been.
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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 07:41 PM »
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Yes Kim was there too. grouphug

And the back guy, Mark Bender, was there too. All's well with the world - and hopefully a calmer pre-match situation [whatever it was!] than when Andy last met Dimitrov. Fingers crossed he can keep his good run going.
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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 07:59 PM »
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Very nice article.
Just the last line is slightly misleading: Andy will very possibly still qualify even if Dimitrov wins the tournament, he could still not qualify even if Dimitrov does not win the tournament, and Dimitrov could still qualify even if he doesn't win the tournament.
But by winning the tournament he would still 'usurp' Murray, no?

I have added 'in the rankings' to make it less ambiguous.
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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 09:06 PM »
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A good read, especially for me that didnt see the match until this evening.

By the way, here is Andys press conference, just came across it on ATP:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/10/44/Paris-Wednesday-Federer-Murray.aspx#ooid=V0MGNlcTr7zmXMbIAGeqWDiw8lGKKj_w
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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 11:13 PM »
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A good read, especially for me that didnt see the match until this evening.

By the way, here is Andys press conference, just came across it on ATP:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/10/44/Paris-Wednesday-Federer-Murray.aspx#ooid=V0MGNlcTr7zmXMbIAGeqWDiw8lGKKj_w

Cheers Linda.

What about the dick that asked him if it was luck thats got him through to near qualification for london?  Rolling Eyes
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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 11:21 PM »
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Well I bet he didn't expect such a detailed answer. Andy sure knows his stats! Loved how strict he was about it not being luck.
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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #12 on: Today at 12:38 AM »
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Well like Angie I think it was a darned stupid question to ask in the first place!  Shows just how little some of these reporters really know about tennis, or any sport for that matter.  Interesting though to see that all the comments were positive for once.
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Re: No sweat for Murray as he sees off Benneteau « Reply #13 on: Today at 08:49 AM »
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Thanks for the match report Luke.  Wasn't able to watch any of it so helpful to have a full report.  The only worry sounds to be the blip in the serving in the 2nd set.  I do hope he can maintain a high level of serving today.

Loved the way he politely but firmly put down that stupid question about luck.   It's amazing really to think that only fed has won more matches on the tour this year than Andy, given it's taken him much of the year to recover from his surgery.  A testament to his hard work, will power and motivation to get back to where he belongs in the rankings -never mind his skill of course.
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