Giraldo, who kept knocking imaginary clay from his shoes, has a second serve that’s even slower than Murray’s. With that in mind, both had a similar plan: to inflict GBH on each other’s second deliveries.
The coconut-shy approach went tit-for-tat until the Colombian served at 2-3, when Murray stepped fully three metres inside the court to swipe away some especially poor deliveries from the 27th seed.
From there, the Scot mopped up the set, moving Giraldo from side to side like a pendulum before frequently finessing a point with a dropshot ...
Young had struggled to impose his game against Murray in the Davis Cup and it was the same story again today. The world number 4's defence proved too strong for the American to handle, blunting his attacking potency and forcing him into error.
Young's troubles began right at the beginning of the match. A combination of deep returns and heavy backhands from the Brit put immediate pressure on the nervous American. A delicate dropshot at deuce drew the error to set up a break point which Murray converted as the world number 44's backhand sailed wide.
Murray was playing solid tennis, mak...
At times, particularly in the first set, Murray looked completely in the dark about a workable strategy against the Serb.
The Scot began by reverting to the cat-and-mouse tactics of the pre-Lendl era, but a nervy double fault at 30-30 in his first service game was the catalyst for the first of three first-set breaks against the Brit.
With Djokovic toeing the baseline like a darts player on the oche and Murray scurrying around in the backcourt, the Scot was never in a position to...
Lopez's game is founded on a big leftie serve, backed up with an aggressive forehand and a backhand that teeters on the edge of being a liability. This goes some way to explaining Murray's undefeated 9-0 (10-0 now) record against the Spaniard - a record that at no point looked under risk today.
A solid first set saw the Scot lose just three points on serve. Lopez found things rather harder going, coughing up unforced errors and making ill-advised net approaches. The break, when it came, had an air of inevitability about it.
The second set began as the first ended, with Murray mostly untroubled on serve...
The unorthodox Frenchman caused the fourth seed some problems early on, but Murray came to life in the sixth game and was relatively untroubled thereafter, sealing the victory in precisely 90 minutes. The Scot hit 18 winners to an uncharacteristically high 17 unforced errors.
Murray looked somewhat uncomfortable early doors and a loose game at 2-2 gave Mannarino first blood. But the break of serve seemed to awaken the beast; a rasping forehand earned the Scot an immediate break-back point, and he levelled the affair with a pinpoint backhand that grazed the back end of the court.
The world number...
Although the head to head between these two stood at 1-1 before yesterday’s match, this was their first meeting on hard courts, so some orientation was required on the Brit’s part.
The fourth-seeded Scot moved into top gear in the first and third sets on the high-bouncing Californian hard courts, even though the reliable German found some form of his own to force a decider.
Murray regained the initiative in the third set by playing higher up the court and taking away Kohlschreiber’s time.
The world number four said, "I felt like, in the first set, I d...
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Can Murray claim a tenth Masters title in Miami?
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