Murray breezes past Dodig

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Andy Murray is through to the third round of the US Open after a comfortable 6-2 6-1 6-3 victory over Ivan Dodig. The British number one improved considerably on his first round performance, producing an aggressive display of ballstriking to overwhelm his less illustrious opponent.

Murray has been working with Ivan Lendl for nine months now and the Scot's game continues to evolve into something quite special. A year ago Murray would have been perfectly content to sit back and wait for his lower ranked opponent to commit errors. Not so now. He played with a controlled aggression throughout and overwhelmed Dodig with pace and variety.

This game plan is undeniably more risky - as demonstrated in Cincinati a few weeks ago, where an off colour Murray fell apart against Chardy. In that instance the game plan was undone by Murray's own lack of form. This risk aside, playing aggressively in the opening rounds means that it becomes a habit - a handy thing when facing the likes of Federer or Djokovic.

Murray will play Pablo Andujar or Feliciano Lopez in the last 32, some time on Saturday.
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Just watching the match now. Andy's serve still not firing on all cylinders and Dodig won some good points but just couldn't keep the momentum going.

Good going for Andy so far. goodjob
August 30, 2012, 08:08 AM
By Bevc

Well Done  Andy, just going to watch now.
August 30, 2012, 08:34 AM
By deb

Well played Laura, good girl.
August 30, 2012, 08:36 AM
By deb

Will watch later today.  Good to read that Andy played so well.  But worrying that serve still not quite there - does anyone have the serve percentages?  Couldn't glean anything other than score line from radio reports as quite rightly they were focused on Laura's amazing victory, which I saw end of when I came in.
August 30, 2012, 09:06 AM
By Ruthie

Will watch later today.  Good to read that Andy played so well.  But worrying that serve still not quite there - does anyone have the serve percentages?  Couldn't glean anything other than score line from radio reports as quite rightly they were focused on Laura's amazing victory, which I saw end of when I came in.

1st set ended up 50% (only set I've watched so far). 

Yes, great win for Laura and a tad sad to see Kim go wave 
August 30, 2012, 09:14 AM
By Bevc

1st set ended up 50% (only set I've watched so far).  

Yes, great win for Laura and a tad sad to see Kim go wave  
Thanks Bev. Well better than 1st set in 1st match but hope it improved as match went on.  Yes it was a bitter sweet triumph for Laura who said Kim had been a role model to her.  In the studio she called it a bummer,

Here are the match stats pasted from bbc website.  abit jumbled up I'm afraid but they show 57% 1st serve which not too bad but he really needs to get over 60%.  Good to see he went to the net 21 times and good number of winners and aces.  V positive comments on BBC site.   Ovarend made the point also about Lendly wanting him to play aggressively against lesser opponents so that it's habit by the time he meets the top guys.

Match stats
Murray   Dodig  
10
 Aces
 3
 
133mph
 Fastest serve
 129mph
 
57%
 First serves
 56%
 
30
 Winners
 23
 
21
 Unforced errors
 27
 
6/9
 Break points
 0/3
 
16/21
 Net pts
 22/35
 

 
August 30, 2012, 09:25 AM
By Ruthie

67% 2nd set Ruthie.
August 30, 2012, 09:43 AM
By Bevc

My comms are Luke Jensen and Al Trautwig. They were quite funny commenting on how Lendl was during the match - he's excited and thrilled with how the match is going lol
August 30, 2012, 09:47 AM
By Bevc

This night owl did watch the match and was impressed with Andy's solid, aggressive performance throughout.  His serve may have been erratic but he did manage to fire down the occasional ace and he also held his nerve when it came to playing the big points.  His composure too was impeccable.

Dodig however played his part in making the match an entertaining one for the night-time NY crowd and the score doesn't quite reflect the quality of his game, so credit where credit's due, but if Andy can maintain this level of play there's no reason why he shouldn't go far into this tournament.
August 30, 2012, 09:49 AM
By Aileen

Come on yay
August 30, 2012, 09:50 AM
By blueberryhill

Good report, Boogers. I watched the first two sets before I succumbed to sleep, but it seemed a small risk to expect him to win with the confidence and skill Andy was exhibiting last night. There seem to have been some tough 5 setters so far with severaL players coming from 2 sets down to finally win the match. I will watch again when they repeat it, I love watching him play with this aggression, reminds me of Olympic Gold all over again.
August 30, 2012, 10:41 AM
By janscribe

67% 2nd set Ruthie.

55% 3rd set.

88% of points won on 1st serve.  Andy had a lower average 1st and 2nd serve than Dodig.

Dodig however played his part in making the match an entertaining one for the night-time NY crowd and the score doesn't quite reflect the quality of his game, so credit where credit's due, but if Andy can maintain this level of play there's no reason why he shouldn't go far into this tournament.

My comms said that you could have put a montage together of his great shots and you'd wonder how he lost.

As Andy said at the net, you played a great game.  Hard luck Ivan. hug 
August 30, 2012, 10:42 AM
By Bevc

Will watch later today.  Good to read that Andy played so well.  But worrying that serve still not quite there - does anyone have the serve percentages?  Couldn't glean anything other than score line from radio reports as quite rightly they were focused on Laura's amazing victory, which I saw end of when I came in.

From what I remember, Andy's first serve percentage wasn't great in the gold medal match but he still wiped the floor with Fed.
August 30, 2012, 10:48 AM
By Alis

As I have said before it seems to me that the % won on serves is the most important not just the % in  I also remember reading somewhere in the past that Lendl did not have the best serve and made up for it with aggressive and well placed shots.  Andy does have a good serve most of the time and also has great shots.

I haven't seen the match but it feels like he is slowly building up and doing just what he has to in order to peak at the right time as at Wimby and the Olympics.
August 30, 2012, 10:55 AM
By tamila

Thanks for the reports. I'm away in France at the moment with only the most frustrating little computer, so missing most of the action on court and in MW. I managed to find a bit of commentary but no picture for the end of Laura's match - what a win! Relieved to see this morning that Andy had a comfortable win. 
August 30, 2012, 10:58 AM
By Elena

Thanks for the update Bev and others - all v encouraging.  And glad to hear Andy congratulated Dodig on his play at the net.  I think I'm going to keep my eye open for this guy in future and looking forward to watching what sounds like an entertaining match.

Oh and I take it no signs of the injury worries some MW members were expressing after his 1st match?
August 30, 2012, 11:06 AM
By Ruthie

From what I remember, Andy's first serve percentage wasn't great in the gold medal match but he still wiped the floor with Fed.

No it wasn't but his 2nd serve was much better that day and that distracted us from the 1st serve. Very Happy  Today's serve was much improved on Monday's serve, which I think was 28% in the first set
August 30, 2012, 11:19 AM
By Bevc

Thanks for the update Bev and others - all v encouraging.  And glad to hear Andy congratulated Dodig on his play at the net.  I think I'm going to keep my eye open for this guy in future and looking forward to watching what sounds like an entertaining match.

Oh and I take it no signs of the injury worries some MW members were expressing after his 1st match?

No injuries - he was taking on lots of fluids. Very Happy
August 30, 2012, 11:20 AM
By Bevc

Good to hear on both counts

Here's a section of the match report on the USO website:
Murray was nearly as ruthlessly efficient in his second-round match, impressively dispatching the 118th-ranked Croat Ivan Dodig, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3. Murray was smacked 10 aces and won 16 of 21 points at net.

The third seed demonstrated the new and improved all-court game – now as aggressive as it is wily – that led him to crush Roger Federer in the gold-medal match at Wimbledon. He showed no signs of the let-down he appeared to have after a walkover with a knee injury at Toronto and a disappointing third-round lost at Cincinatti.

Asked about his newfound popularity after his Olympic triumph, Murray said, “Yeah, it’s been a bit weird, with people hanging out in front of my hotel room, taking pictures. Some ask strange questions: What did I think of Prince Harry’s hotel photos? What do I think about the Crown Jewels?”

“I said, no comment. It’s a little different than what I’m used to, but it’s fun.”

Murray is the first man to advance to the third Round. And the Scot, in the past known for being occasionally irascible on court, is having fun.
August 30, 2012, 11:24 AM
By Ruthie

Hi All,

Andy is back on form, definitely. He looked fabulous last night, and played superbly. At 57% for the match his FSP was a vast improvement on Monday, and once again his returns were right on the money.

One thing was said in commentary that I think is pertinent to the way Andy's game has been shaping up through the summer. Petch and Shiras were talking a lot about Andy's serve, and then they talked about Lendl. They said that Lendl used to tell people not to tell him what his FSP was for the match, just what it was on big points. That rang a bell with me straight away. Look at the Olympic final, where Andy's FSP was 53% or something, yet every time there was a big point, break points and so on, he would deliver a great serve. He did similarly well when it mattered on Monday.

To my mind the most important thing about Monday was that Andy got through with minimal fuss, without dropping a set. Now he is beginning to lift his game again, and looks great. Sure, there will be tougher tests ahead, but he is definitely looking good. Did I detect the beginnings of some excitement in Petch's voice as well?

Must also say well done to Dodig for playing his part in a great match. It was fun to watch.
August 30, 2012, 01:20 PM
By teejay1

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