Murray fells the giant

By for on
The great returner up against the powerhouse serve of Ivo Karlovic. It was always going to be a challenging and tough match for Murray and it lived up to expectations. Murray was victorious over the Croatian giant winning 7-5 6-7 6-2 7-6.

The prediction for this match was that both players would hold serve without much trouble; Karlovic from power and Murray from necessity. So it was a great surprise to see first Murray broken in the first game of the match, and more shockingly for him to break the Croatian’s serve in the next game.

However, this was a sight that would be seen rarely in the rest of the match and with a break of serve under their belts in the opening games, both men then settled into the set and held serve for the next few games.

The match seemed to be heading towards an inevitable first set tie-break when a loose service game from Karlovic at 5-4 offered Murray 2 set points, unfortunately the Croatian’s power and serve held off the Brit and kept things on a level setting at 5-5.

Murray gave it his all to try and avoid a tie-break against the Croatian goliath and made use of a couple of missed first serves to gain another set point at 6-5. This time he took the point and the set 7-5 after a double fault from Karlovic.

Both players upped their game in the second set and attacked each other’s serves with great intensity.

In the second set Murray began to employ a tactic that few would have predicted, and repeatedly managed to win points with successful lobs over the 6’10 Karlovic!

This match was always going to have at least one tie-break and the second set provided the first of these. With a great degree of flare Karlovic gained the advantage in the tie-break and took the second set, a fact that will sit badly with Murray as he had his opportunities and couldn’t manage to convert them.

Murray put the tie-break behind him quickly and upped the intensity on the Croatian’s serve at the beginning of the set. Another successful lob and he took the break for an early lead in the third set.

The one break seemed all that was necessary but Murray took his chances and applied more pressure on the Croatian’s serve, forcing the break to then serve for the third set. The service game went according to plan and Murray took the third set 6-2.

Karlovic renewed his consistency in the fourth set and the score went with serve, the pressure building for Murray the further on in the set they got.
The match was a brilliant showcase for some amazing rallies from both players, with lobs, drop-shots and passing shots in abundance.

Another tie-break and more nail-baiting moments for Murray fans. However, the nails were saved as Murray got the mini-break in the tie-break and took the set and match in brilliant fashion.

The match lived up to the expectations of being tough, as is always the case against the Croatian and after the match Murray agreed that it was challenging to get into a rhythm against Karlovic. Murray said he had been fairly happy with the way he’d returned and the number of balls he’d gotten the racket to on the Karlovic serve.

Murray has overcome yet another tough competitor in his Wimbledon campaign and we wait with baited breath to see his next match against Marcos Baghdatis and what better form the Brit will produce as he progresses.
Murray sucks at tiebreaks on grass.
June 28, 2012, 06:18 PM
By Lurking

Murray sucks at tiebreaks on grass.
Thanks so much for that negative observation He WON>
June 28, 2012, 06:20 PM
By iamabritt

Murray sucks at tiebreaks on grass.
Lost one. Won one today.
Dunno any stats on this matter and subjectivity wont wash with me on a day like today.
Boy worked hard and got his reward. Very Happy
June 28, 2012, 06:23 PM
By lashurst

Great report. Thought Andy played really well against a very difficult opponent. He was able to neutralize the big servers weapon, which could be seen in the number of aces he made in the match, much less than usual. Andy played with courage and determination. Don't think he will have too much of a problem against Baggy.
June 28, 2012, 06:33 PM
By michelle

Thanks HazyBear.
Well written report!
June 28, 2012, 06:33 PM
By lashurst

Murray sucks at tiebreaks on grass.

Please go and lurk somewhere else.
June 28, 2012, 06:39 PM
By Alis

Thanx Haze Smile
What a horrible match for Andy, but he came through yay As Mac dryly said he'll feel like he has half an hour to return the serve in his next round after those awful hand grenades firing at him Whistle
Mac also said K. was worst player to face, even if that's a bit of an exaggeration, it was good to hear.
Well done Andy- onwards and upwards clap
June 28, 2012, 06:43 PM
By blueberryhill

Excellent report as usual, Hazel.

Hugely impressed with Andy in this match, not least that he maintained his composure when the going got tough and held his nerve during the 4th set TB while his fans were losing theirs!  He came though with flying colours against a very tricky player evereyone else was hoping to avoid.  This win will surely boost his confidence going into his match against Baghdatis.  I'm very proud of what he achieved today.
June 28, 2012, 06:45 PM
By Aileen

thanks Hazy

Andy deserved that win 2day , and anyone who says he got lucky or didnt can go screw themselves , excuse my language , but am beginning to wonder if that idiot screaming for eeevvooo today was someone from this site   ranting
June 28, 2012, 06:45 PM
By ljs

^ What makes you think that?  If it was, and we discover who it is secret service agent they will be frog-marched off the forum!
June 28, 2012, 06:47 PM
By Aileen

Murray sucks at tiebreaks on grass.

Lurking sucks at being a troll! Way too obvious!

Great match report thanks. Only caught the last set and a half. Looked a right grueller. Glad to see Andy holding firm on serve and taking his chances when he could. Karlovic hit some massive second serves!
June 28, 2012, 07:01 PM
By mumbler

Great match from Andy today, his composure was excellent, he bided his time, dealt with the booming serves.  Missed a few shots but kept going for it, did not beat himself up or get down on himself.  Can't stand big servers with little else in their armoury it so stops the rhythm of the match.  Thought Andy did very well today.  I wish an official had thrown out the bloke with the very English accent that kept shouting "Come on Ivo".  BTW did anyone hear Virginia Wade on Talksport this morning?   she was speaking about Heather Watson and said it really helps the crowd get going when a British player, especially an English one is doing so well!!  So now we know why she ain't so keen on Andy !!
June 28, 2012, 07:09 PM
By Murray Magic

Just shows how little she knows then because Heather isn't English.  Certainly, she's British but Guernsey isn't part of England.  As I understand it, if someone from the Channel Islands wants to play team sports they are allowed to choose which country they represent and that can be any of the home countries.  The same goes for the Isle of Man
June 28, 2012, 07:15 PM
By Alis

Here's some tripe for you all from Davydenko the Russian has been.

I never liked him and now loath him !
June 28, 2012, 07:29 PM
By lashurst

Excellent report Hazel. Hard work for Andy but a good workout never the less. He played well and consistently with some superb shots, very enjoyable match.
June 28, 2012, 07:36 PM
By janscribe

Here's some tripe for you all from Davydenko the Russian has been.

I never liked him and now loath him !
Now looks like Karlo joining the bandwagon!!
June 28, 2012, 08:33 PM
By Fiverings

Poor losers both of them!
June 28, 2012, 08:43 PM
By Alis

Crazy, Murray was several classes above him, even if it had gone to a fifth set Murray would have still taken it.  They should do something about this, at the end of the day he is bringing the oldest and most prestigious tournament into disrepute.
June 28, 2012, 08:44 PM
By Murray Magic

Crazy, Murray was several classes above him, even if it had gone to a fifth set Murray would have still taken it.  They should do something about this, at the end of the day he is bringing the oldest and most prestigious tournament into disrepute.
  Andy has given a  very diplomatic and astute reponse to the accusations.
June 28, 2012, 08:59 PM
By Fiverings

Sad thing is that the anti Murray brigade will grab it with both hands and run with it and that will be a disgrace.
June 28, 2012, 09:11 PM
By robbie

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