Comfortable Murray through to third round

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Andy Murray came away with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win from his match with Sergiy Stakhovsky in the 2nd round in Barcelona.

The match was a solid one from Andy, although not one that set the court alight. After offering Stakhovsky a break point in the opening service game, he followed up by holding to love in the next and putting pressure on the Stakhovsky serve. A couple of missed 1st serves from the Ukrainian let Murray into the game and a double fault handed him the only break necessary in the first set.

Despite going down a break, Stakhovsky raised his intensity and showed off his speed and movement around the court. Repeatedly he landed drop shot after drop shot, forcing Andy to run the length of the court to return it, only to have it pushed long down the line.

Murray however, was looking much more comfortable on the clay. In what was obviously a deliberate move Andy played (for the most part) further up the court, standing closer to the baseline. It was here that the main difference could be seen in how Murray is approaching the clay in Barcelona as opposed to Monte Carlo.

Murray took the first set after 42 minutes of play, despite a 1st serve percentage of 50%. He made that first serve count though, winning the majority points and keeping Stakhovsky comfortably at bay.

The second set opened in much the same way that the first had, with drop shots from Stakhovsky and running from Murray. Both players held serve and the set looked like it could see a few back to back service games when Stakhovsky’s game fell apart. 4 unforced errors in a row; finished off by a horrible miss-hit, handed Andy the break to lead 2-1.

The following service game from Andy consolidated the break and featured both his 1st and 2nd aces of the match. Stakhovsky’s earlier aggressiveness and intensity all but vanished and a passive service game from him gave Andy another break to lead 4-1.

Andy raced through his service game for 5-1, and then Stakhovsky fought and held serve for 5-2. Andy served for the match, and despite going down 0-30 he held serve to win the match 6-3 6-2.

Andy Murray will next play Hasse or Giraldo in the 3rd round.
yay Hazy's 1st report!

And I'd say a fair one.

Right, I can go back to bed now yawn wave
April 24, 2012, 04:16 PM
By Bevc

yay Hazy's 1st report!

And I'd say a fair one.

Right, I can go back to bed now yawn wave

hug Night you mad woman!
April 24, 2012, 04:18 PM
By Hazybear

Well done Haze.  clap
Nice and easy for Andy today yay
April 24, 2012, 04:19 PM
By blueberryhill

Great, well done Andy solid start?  yay
April 24, 2012, 04:19 PM
By deb

Good report Hazel Smile Apart from Andy's lack of first serves getting in, in the 2nd set I found myself shouting at the screen Whistle stop going back from the baseline Andy  Rolling Eyes Noticed that he wasn't muttering to himself, maybe Lendl had a word pray
April 24, 2012, 04:19 PM
By Iris

Nice first report, HB. I like your style.

Andy well done, but get your 1st serve %ages up
April 24, 2012, 04:39 PM
By OldScotSupport

Excellent penmanship and an easy match for Andy. Well done Hazel and Andy!
April 24, 2012, 04:57 PM
By janscribe

Thanks Hazel. Missed most of the match but it sounds not too nerve-wracking!

As I (try to) understand it, Andy has to reach the final to gain any ranking points - anything less will go to his non-countables. So he's not gaining on Fed yet, but hopefully will get some useful match practice in.

I could be wrong though!
April 24, 2012, 05:07 PM
By Elena

Thanks for the match report Hazel - a good one for someone who didn't see the match.  Hope you'll be doing lots of them in future!
April 24, 2012, 05:13 PM
By Ruthie

Hazybear @ 4.07pm...... clap
April 24, 2012, 05:15 PM
By Caz

It felt as if it was over in the blink of an eye.  At least he can save himself for tougher matches ahead.
April 24, 2012, 05:25 PM
By Tasmanian Devil

Well written report and an easy win which  will have settled Andy into the tournament. He'll hopefully have his doubles before his next singles. yay yay yay
April 24, 2012, 05:28 PM
By michelle

Well written report and an easy win which  will have settled Andy into the tournament. He'll hopefully have his doubles before his next singles. yay yay yay

Doubles scheduled for tomorrow - following another doubles match starting at 1pm local time.
April 24, 2012, 05:34 PM
By Elena

My my my, loving your 1st report  Haze.hug
April 24, 2012, 06:54 PM
By robbie

Thanks to major computer problems I didn't even know Andy was playing today! Rolling Eyes  Luckily I found out in time to watch the end of the second set.

Very good report Hazel and one that really gave me a flavour of what the match was like.  Keep it up. Smile

My one concern from what I did see was Andy's faltering performance when trying to serve out the match - something he often seems to be unable to do these days.  Double-faulting and going 0-30 down isn't something he wants to be doing against the top players.

After last year's USO, I'm rather hoping it isn't Haase next. nervous
April 24, 2012, 07:56 PM
By Aileen

Great report, very informative, was at work so unable to watch live stream.  So very grateful for your report, early days for Andy, onwards and upwards. 
April 24, 2012, 08:04 PM
By Murray Magic

Great report factual and not an opinion. I couldn't watch either because of work. Sounds like Andy played well enough to get the job done which is all it  needs at this stage. Thanks for great report hazel and well done Andy good luck tomorrow.
April 24, 2012, 08:29 PM
By Tessie

Hazel... much better job than boogers and fillermark.
April 24, 2012, 08:38 PM
By scotnadian

Thanks Hazel. Missed most of the match but it sounds not too nerve-wracking!

As I (try to) understand it, Andy has to reach the final to gain any ranking points - anything less will go to his non-countables. So he's not gaining on Fed yet, but hopefully will get some useful match practice in.

I could be wrong though!
Really? I thought it was top 4 500's? Monte Carlo sometimes going under that category depending on how well they do, but I forget the specifics there.

Even so, I can only think of Dubai and Tokyo? Didn't play Hamburg, Washington, Basel (withdrew) or Valencia, Rotterdam or Memphis.

This will be his 3rd 500 and then Monte Carlo will count as the 4th I think.

Edit: Just been researching this using Wiki and it is very bloody confusing (and ridiculously harsh). I didn't realise only two 250's are counted.  confused Andy currently holds 3 250 titles but I could've sworn all of them had their points added on.

Anyway going back to the 500's:

Once a player is accepted in the main draw of a Grand Slam or ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament,[7] his result in this tournament counts for his ranking, regardless of whether he participates. A player's withdrawal from an ATP World Tour 500 event, regardless of whether the withdrawal was on time, results in a zero point included as one of his best of four results. Further non-consecutive withdrawals results in a zero point allocation replacing the next best positive result for each additional withdrawal.[1]

So by that I think it will include Basel. And MC does count. So Tokyo where he won is the last 500. I don't understand it all. It's a bloody stupid system, I don't understand why they don't just keep it a bit more simple.
April 24, 2012, 09:53 PM
By TheMadHatter

TMH - yes it is confusing, and I'm trying to understand how it works.

ATP website  - Ranking FAQ - says
"In November 2011, the ATP Board passed a rule to allow more flexibility in which tournaments count toward the ranking of a commitment player in 2012.
Commitment players (top 30 in 2011 year-end ranking) can count their best six (6) results from ATP World Tour 500, ATP World Tour 250 and other events (Challengers, Futures, Davis Cup, Olympics) toward their ranking. To count their best six (6), players must have fulfilled their commitment to 500 events - 4 total per year (at least 1 after the US Open)".

Andy already has 6 tournaments counted: Tokyo, Dubai, Brisbane, Bangkok, Queens and Monte Carlo, so he needs to earn more points than the lowest of those (180 at MC) to replace it.....if I've got that right!
April 24, 2012, 11:01 PM
By Elena

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