Murray rolls over hapless Haase

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In his only previous grand-slam encounter with Robin Haase, Murray had taken the most circuitous route possible to victory. On Rod Laver Arena this afternoon, though, the Scot rolled over the Dutchman in little over 90 minutes, sealing a spot in round two of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory.

Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open era to win his second major in the slam that immediately follows the first. That task was given impetus with two early breaks of serve amid the kind of searing backcourt play that can make grown opponents chew off their own racket arms.

Although an over-adventurous drop shot handed back a break, the number three seed rarely looked troubled, even as he staved off five break points to clinch the first set.

As Murray sent Haase from corner to corner in the second set, the look in the Dutchman’s eyes seemed to be saying ‘I didn’t sign up for anything like this’. The Scot wrapped up the set in just 23 minutes.

After Murray broke immediately in the third set, a minor lapse saw Haase break back, but the Scot broke again for the eighth time to seal the deal.

"I started the year well in Brisbane, but obviously coming into the Slams, the first match is normally pretty tough," said the Scot.

"There's nerves in the build-up. You've just got to try and focus and play solid, not make too many silly mistakes. I did a good job of that today. It's always nice to get through the first round of a tournament, but especially here."

Murray will play Joao Sousa of Portugal in round two.
Love the headline Very Happy
January 15, 2013, 08:39 AM
By Sabine

Nice report Nigel! I'd love to see repeat performance by Andy in the next round! I'm sure there'll be enough nail biting stuff  further up the line!  Whistle
January 15, 2013, 08:58 AM
By Caz

Super report,Nigel,also a rave review on the Telegraph I only have one thing to say to Murray "That's the way to do it!"
January 15, 2013, 09:12 AM
By benniebone

Thanks Nigel , great play from Andy, very impressive .  yay
January 15, 2013, 09:30 AM
By deb

Cheers Grabc.
That's what we want from Andy in the first week. Nice, quick, energy conserving matches.
Come on!
January 15, 2013, 09:47 AM
By blueberryhill

Smile There was nothing much to comment on that match, he won and I wish I'd slept through it yawn
January 15, 2013, 10:15 AM
By Hazybear

Great report, Nigel, it was an easy match. The Telegraph have had some good articles over the last few days. Simon Briggs seems to support Andy and writes very well of him.
January 15, 2013, 10:41 AM
By janscribe

Great report. I'm just watching the highlights on Eurosport. Job done with little fuss,and the next match should be an easy one as well.
January 15, 2013, 12:23 PM
By michelle

Enjoyed the report Nigel and hope I'll be able to watch the eurosport highlights, which I recorded, once I'm home again later this week.  It was good to wake up to the news and that it sounded easy peasy -so different from their previous encounter as you say.
Sounds like the heat might be Andy's main opponent on Thursday - they were talking about 40 on the radio
January 15, 2013, 12:33 PM
By Ruthie

Nice Nigel! Great play by Andy, only 6 to go!! Poetry in motion. cmon yeah
January 15, 2013, 12:40 PM
By ChrisMac

Great report Nigel, thanks.

Andy was fantastic, I thought it was worth staying awake for. Sure, there are some things he can improve, but that is how it should be really. It was just brilliant to see him looking pretty cool and calm on the whole, and playing efficient tennis. He went out there and got the job done quickly. Just what the doctor ordered.
January 15, 2013, 12:51 PM
By teejay1

Great report Nigel thanks.
Good win for Andy he played really well I thought. His concentration was good for most of the match.
Looking forward to his next match expecting a win for him, must say that I think he will win that match in three
January 15, 2013, 01:37 PM
By caroline

Nigel, excellent report as ever.

Watched the match live as I rarely go to bed much before 2 am on a normal working day. Believe that Haase's two break games were due to Andy's slight loss of concentration, probably because he (Andy) was bored.
January 15, 2013, 03:02 PM
By OldScotSupport

Great report, Nigel, it was an easy match. The Telegraph have had some good articles over the last few days. Simon Briggs seems to support Andy and writes very well of him.

Just watch Simon Briggs though. He can be silly when he puts his mind to it, although on the whole he isn't too bad.
January 15, 2013, 03:24 PM
By teejay1

i missed the match but it sounds like andy played very well!!
January 15, 2013, 03:26 PM
By janetx

Brilliant Nigel and  more exciting to read than the actual match.
I couldnt have written it better myself  Rolling Eyes

Watching at 01:00 until 3:00 am (before work) I didnt want too much of the excitement that Andy usually dishes up for us during the opening round of a major.  Whistle
Safe and surgical it was. Made Robin Haase look amateurish, although to be fair he did land a few good aces, returns and winners.
January 15, 2013, 05:10 PM
By lashurst

 Transcribed Interview


Q.  That seemed really impressive from the start.  Did it feel that way to you?

ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah, it was a good start.  I mean, it was very different conditions to what it's been the last four, five days.  So the court was playing much different.  Bouncing a lot higher.  It's much livelier.

Yeah, I thought I did a pretty good job from the start of dictating the points and not giving him too many freebies.


Q.  What did you make of the singing fans that supported you?

ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah, I think it's the same group of guys that come every single year.  So, yeah, they've been there, yeah, I would say at least four or five years.  They've been coming to watch.  Try to sort them out some tickets when we can.

Yeah, they're good support and pretty amusing songs.  Although I think they haven't come up with too many new ones, so challenge them to that.


Q.  Are they Australians?



Q.  Do you know anything about your next opponent, Sousa?

ANDY MURRAY:  A little bit.  I don't know too much about him, but I've seen him play a couple of matches during the clay court season last year in Barcelona.  I saw him play.  I also saw him a little bit at the French Open, as well.

I've never practiced against him; never played against him.


Q.  Physically are you exactly where you want to be body wise?  Not so much fitness, but you seem to fill your shirt out perhaps even more than you did 12 months ago.

ANDY MURRAY:  Most of the weight that I put on is in my legs, but the T shirt I'm wearing is tighter.  It's not that I'm any bigger in my upper body.  It's just because of the tightness of the T shirt, maybe it appears that way.


Q.  But are you where you want to be physically?

ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah, I think, you know, you train hard and prepare the best you can and then see where it takes you when you get into the tough situations, the hard conditions.  Especially here, it can be extremely hot, which it probably will be on Thursday.  You know, then throughout the year you make adjustments based on how you're feeling.

But I trained hard to get ready for this event.


Q.  Is there a bit of relief about getting the first game of the season at this Open out of the way?

ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah, I mean, I started the year well in Brisbane, but obviously coming into the slams the first match is normally pretty tough.

You know, there's nerves in the buildup.  You just got to try and focus and play solid, you know, not make too many silly mistakes.

I did a good job of that today.  It's always nice to get through the first round of any tournament, but especially here.


Q.  Do you even feel nerves with your success?

ANDY MURRAY:  Everybody does.  I don't think there's anyone that doesn't.  I think nerves are a good thing.  If you aren't nervous, it shows that you're really not that bothered.

When the nerves are there, sometimes it can be, you know, for 10, 15 minutes before you go on the court or the beginning of the match or the evening beforehand.  You know, they can affect you at different times.

But it shows that you care, and that's the positive you take out of it.  Often when you are nervous, you can play your best tennis.


Q.  Did it feel noticeably different walking out as a major winner?

ANDY MURRAY:  No, not really.  I think I've been asked that question a lot.  It didn't feel much difference to me.  Still nervous before I went on to play the match.

You know, I think when I would see the benefits of that is if I get myself deep into a slam this year and you're playing against the top players, that's I think when you'll draw on that experience and use it in the right way.

But I don't think it makes, you know, personally a huge amount of difference to how you feel at the beginning of events.


Q.  Is it tricky that everyone is understandably looking to the last major and all you want to do is look forward?

ANDY MURRAY:  No, it's not a bad thing.  I've often had to look at majors, having lost in finals or having lost in tough semifinals.  It's nice to have that memory of having won one.

But, yeah, doesn't matter what anyone else is doing; it matters what I'm doing.  I'm focused on this event, and I trained really hard to get myself ready for it.

So whether everyone else is still thinking about the US Open or not makes no difference to me.


Q.  I think the forecast is for about 39 degrees on Thursday.  Does that make you more concerned about where you are in the schedule at all, what time of day you play?

ANDY MURRAY:  No, I mean, you know, obviously preferably when there's a bit of shade on the court in temperatures like that.  It obviously helps.

But, yeah, I mean, half the draw's going to be in the same situation.  Whether you play at 11:00, I mean, it's going to be really warm in the evening as well, but obviously not quite so bad.

But, yeah, for a majority of the day, it's going to be tough conditions to play in, and need to be ready for it.


Q.  Did you check in which half of the draw Janowicz is in?

ANDY MURRAY:  It wasn't the first thing I did when I saw the draw, no.  I didn't focus on that too much.  But I'm pretty sure he played yesterday.  I saw him warming up for his match, so...

I see he's in the top half.


Q.  There has been so sad news today about Brad Drewett, the ATP World Tour chairman stepping down.  Do you have a message for Brad?

ANDY MURRAY:  Of all the people in his position, since I've been part of the ATP, I spent more time with him than I did with any of the other guys before him.  We had, you know, numerous meetings with him, with the Grand Slams, you know, chatted to him a lot privately, as well.

Yeah, it's obviously very shocking news.  Very sad.  You know, he's done a very good job for the tour.  He's done a good job of bringing the tournaments together and arranging, you know, the meetings we had with the slams.  He's definitely had an impact in the time he's been working there.

So, yeah, it's a big shame to hear something like that happen.  Hope he's okay.
January 15, 2013, 05:19 PM
By backhandslice

It was close. I crept out of bed at 2. 46, went to the telly to be just in time for the last two games. Andy was simply too quick. Never mind, better than a roller-coasters at dawn. I am going to watch some highlights to fill the match report with life and will decide tomorrow after the oop is out how to handle watching the encounter vs. Sousa. And I am hoping for an in-form Davidenko.
January 15, 2013, 05:22 PM
By counter_ puncher

Nice report. Straight to the point - just like the match.

Great to see Andy playing like this in the early stages. Was a bit worried he might have one of his slow start morning matches, but there wasn't a bit of it.  Good for the energy conservation. Meant I only had to stay up til 2am and wasn't too bleary eyed today!    Wink
January 15, 2013, 09:20 PM
By mumbler

Thanks for the good report, Nigel.  I like the bit - "As Murray sent Haase from corner to corner in the second set, the look in the Dutchman’s eyes seemed to be saying ‘I didn’t sign up for anything like this’." Very Happy  That was indeed a joy to watch!  In fact the only thing Haase seemed able to do was attack Andy's poor second serve.

I'm not surprised Andy was probably bored by the start of the 3rd set though.  Whilst I don't relish roller-coasters too much, the excitement level in this match rarely rose above zero, but I'm glad he got it done and dusted so quickly in that heat, despite initial nervousness.
January 15, 2013, 09:39 PM
By Aileen

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