Andy Murray vs Facundo Arguello, Monday, Estimated time - 4:00pm BST - Discuss the match
Aussie hotshot Nick Kyrgios could be up next in round three, with American John Isner a potential fourth-round opponent. With all that negotiated, Murray could then face a stiff test against Spanish dirtball expert David Ferrer in the quarters.
After that, progress gets no easier. If the Brit is to repeat last year’s semi-final showing at Roland Garros, he should find either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic on the other side of the net. He’ll be hoping their scheduled quarter-final turns out to be a f...
His withdrawal follows a very busy two weeks where he won back-to-back titles in Munich and Madrid.
"I felt OK yesterday,” Murray said in a press conference. “I played a good match. But this morning I was pretty exhausted when I got up and then I came in to practise, did my 40-minute warm-up and felt extremely flat.
Following talks with his team, led by Amelie Mauresmo, Murray made the decision not to play.
“We had a proper conversation, weighing up all the pros and cons, but I'm very tired just now and need to take a break.
"A lot of studies sugge...
Murray came into the tournament in excellent clay-court form following back-to-back titles in Munich and Madrid. And the signs are positive that his form is set to continue, with a very assured display in his Rome opening match.
Both players were untroubled on serve early on, looking to control rallies from the baseline.
Chardy pressured Murray at 3-2, crunching returns to set up two break points. The first was saved with a sublime pass and the world number 3 pounced on a short return before holding with strong serving.
A costly double fault from Chardy in the next game put him in danger. ...
The Brit started aggressively, dictating play and pinning Nadal to the back of the court with vicious groundstrokes. Such was the world number two's dominance that he won 14 of the first 16 points on his way to a 3-0 lead. Nadal gradually worked himself into the contest and at 4-2 fashioned two break points but Murray was resolute in defence and saved both.
A routine Nadal hold left Murray serving for the set at 5-3. The Spaniard earned a break back point when Murray left a volley, but the Brit unleashed a series of bludgeoned forehands to avert the danger and take the set.
Murray has had a tough two weeks, winning the title in Munich and suffering some truly ludicrous scheduling this week. This, perhaps, explains the world number three's game plan: aggressive from the outset with no appetite for prolonged rallies.
Nishikori was under the cosh from the outset. Murray served well - surprisingly finding particular success on his second serve - and capitalised on any short balls that fell his way. The Japanese saved a break point in the third game, but couldn't repeat the trick in the seventh. Murray held for 5-4 before breaking again for the set.
Nishikori briefly rallied in t...
The big-serving Canadian began with a trademark statement of intent, a fiercely struck ace ricocheting off the crushed brick. Murray responded by making Raonic, suffering from a painful pinched nerve in his foot, move laterally. The world number six held, but the warning signs were there as he drifted gingerly across the red dirt.
The first set continued in a similar pattern – Raonic winning points with giant serving while Murray outlasted the Canadian in long rallies, frequently punctuated with cruel drop shots – unti...
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