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Mark
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Murray faces Swiss number two « on: September 23, 2005, 02:12 AM »
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Andy Murray will make his Davis Cup singles debut today when he takes on Switzerland's no2, Stanislas Wawrinka, after Alan Mackin's match against the mighty Roger Federer. Murray is well aware that this match is a must win for him if there is to be any chance for Great Britain to win the Davis Cup tie against Switzerland.

Although Murray wasn't chosen by Bates to play against Federer today, he still could face the world no1 in the reverse singles on Sunday.

The Scott considers playing Davis Cup tennis as the highlight of his year and is relishing the prospect of playing against Roger Federer.

The 18-year-old said:
Playing in the Davis Cup against Israel has been my highlight of the year.

If given the chance, I would love to play against Federer. I certainly love being involved in the British team.

Practicing is not my favourite thing to do so it is more fun when you are with a team.

Play starts at 1200BST today with Murray on court after Alan Mackin.

Today's Coverage:
- BBC 2, 12 to 6pm

Related Audio/Video:
- BBC Interview: Andy Murray
- BBC Interview: Roger Federer (talking about Murray)
- BBC Interview: Jeremy Bate

Related:
- Official Davis Cup Website
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wow « Reply #1 on: September 23, 2005, 02:41 PM »
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Looking like an excellent match, Murray just lost first set but after fighting back from 501 down.
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Bye Bye davis cup... « Reply #2 on: September 23, 2005, 04:17 PM »
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nevermind...

at least we can watch the doubles from the view of sheer entertainment...yes i know thats a feeble thing to say....
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Murray faces Swiss number two « Reply #3 on: September 23, 2005, 04:34 PM »
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What happened?  I only got back from school when the score was 4-3 in the third.  From what I saw he had none of the passion he normally showed and the other guy didn't look too good.  Did Andy make too many errors?
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the match « Reply #4 on: September 23, 2005, 04:43 PM »
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he seemed to me to be lacking his normal aggression throughout the whole match. the general consensus seems to be that he should have won the second set tiebreak (he was up 4-1 i think and even federer said he should have won it) and then he was up a break in the third and a point away from a double break and it just kind of disintegrated. he was playing his dropshot a lot, which the commentators weren't too fond of and his shot selection at times was a bit suspect as was his first serve percentage in the first two sets. he also had a fair number of break points which he didn't convert.
however, having said that, the swiss played pretty fantastically at times and i mean, everyones allowed a below average day once in a while and knowing very little about tennis myself i can hardly criticise.
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Murray faces Swiss number two « Reply #5 on: September 23, 2005, 05:08 PM »
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Match Analysis

Win the key points and you win the match - it's one of those cliches that gets quoted again and again. But how else can you explain a match that finished 108 - 105 points?

At the crucial times, Wawrinka found a big serve, often kicked out wide, opening up the court so he could hit into the space or wrong foot Andy as he tried to recover. In constrast, Andy simply failed to get his first serve in play. Too often he was left defending second serves and the pressure eventually told. There were none of the huge aces that saved key points against Pavel and Clement. Only 4 aces for Murray and 2 double faults compared to 11 aces for his opponent.

A strange start to the match as Wawrinka raced into a 5-1 lead then got nervous before taking it 6-3. Andy had the edge in the 2nd but failed to win any of his 3 break point chances and then wasted a 3-0 lead in the tiebreak (2 points against serve) and then a 5-3 lead, losing the last 4 points to make it 5-7. Those last 4 points highlighting the difference between the players - 2 unreturnable first serves from Wawrinka, 2 missed first serves from Murray.

Andy broke to lead 2-0, dominating the early stages of the third set, only to lose his form and the match as Wawrinka pressed for victory towards the later stages of the set.

Compared to other recent displays Andy played reasonably. His drop shot worked beautifully at times, and there were plenty of big groundstrokes from both wings. However, his return was less effective, especially returning first serve.

Andy won a higher percentage on first serve (73% - 68%), he won a higher percentage on second serve (56% - 51%). But 42% first serves in play was never going to be enough when his opponent was serving 68%.

Wawrinka was a worthy winner.
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