Murray disposes of rueful Tomic

By for MurraysWorld.com on
Andy Murray faced few problems in his opening match of the Sony Open Tennis tournament, seeing off Bernard Tomic with a routine 6-3, 6-1 victory.

It was a solid performance from the Brit who started slow but finished strong; reeling off 10 of the last 12 games to breeze into the third round against an opponent who lacked any real fight or grit.

The second seed found himself in danger early on, having to fend off a handful of break points in the fourth game as he tried to work his way into the match. But after a passive start it was Murray who secured the first break, aided somewhat by four consecutive errors from the Aussie.

Tomic was struggling to keep the ball in play, and as Murray began to get into his stride he broke again for the first set; a perplexed Tomic netting on set point, bringing his unforced error count in to the 20’s.

The Aussie number one was struggling to cause the Scot any real problems and at 2-1 he found himself in more trouble. A missed overhead that caught the net cord appeared to throw his concentration, and he followed that with a double fault before netting to gift the second seed the break.

A relaxed Murray was now in complete control and a couple of aces helped him to 4-1, before breaking again, with Tomic looking totally uninterested. And he sealed it with his eighth ace, booking his place in round three after just 56 minutes.

Next up for Murray is the high-flying Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who the Brit defeated 7-6, 6-4 in the Brisbane final earlier this year.
That was quick work!Fitting,considering the match was too Very Happy
March 23, 2013, 08:39 PM
By xxdanixx

Good win for Andy, but diabolical stuff from Tomic. 

At least Andy didn't have to break much of a sweat, and he kept his focus well while the train-wreck was unfolding over the other side of the net.

Dimitrov should be either hot or cold.

Thanks for the report, MH.
March 23, 2013, 08:40 PM
By scotnadian

Thanks for the report MH. Great that Andy got the easy win, but it could not have been easy playing such a strange opponent, glad Andy kept his focus.
March 23, 2013, 08:43 PM
By ChrisMac

Absolutely disgraceful performance from Tomic. Fair play to Murray though - he did exactly what he needed to do.
March 23, 2013, 09:04 PM
By boogers

Thanks for the report Luke.  Not much anyone can say about a match like that!  It wasn't a satisfying one to watch and it's debatable how much satisfaction Andy got from playing it.  He probably gets more excitement on the practice court.  Good to see him maintaining his focus though after a shaky start.  Impressive serving from Andy too.
March 23, 2013, 09:05 PM
By Aileen

Blink and u missed it....makes a nice change say I....Wink
Ta 4 report.
March 23, 2013, 09:06 PM
By blueberryhill

Well that was uneventful! Can't say I'm bothered, don't like Tomic. Do like Andy's next opponent though, the current Mr Sharapova. Hope he puts up a good fight against Andy.
March 23, 2013, 09:40 PM
By Hazybear

Good report you penned out from a quick and dirty match.  Thanks Luke!
March 23, 2013, 09:41 PM
By lashurst

From The Guardian -

Murray knew he had not played anywhere near his peak but it was a job done satisfactorily.
He told Sky Sports: "No matter how you start your match you need to make your opponent work hard.
I didn't hit it unbelievable today but I worked hard. Once I got the breakthrough he made mistakes.
But it is unbelievably hot and windy."

Training in Florida was an aid to Murray, who added: "It's tough to feel comfortable, maybe more for my
opponent because I am used to the court and the wind and the humidity."



And from BBC 5 Live -

Once I got ahead, I played consistently.  I served pretty well and didn't give him too
many opportunities.
March 24, 2013, 02:03 AM
By Aileen

Thanks for the good report. I wish Tomic wouldn't come out with the excuse of having Flu, if he had flu he wouldn't have been able to get to the court. If it was a cold no evidence as he wan't sniffing or spluttering. When Andy had a virus in Tokyo and Shanghai it was very noticeble as he was coughing and having difficulty getting his breath. As far as I could see once Tomic didn't break Andy's serve he gave up and didn't even run to get some of the shots. I'm sure the players will have noticed his lack of effort as will the coaches. Pat Rafter won't be too pleased.
March 24, 2013, 08:41 AM
By michelle

Thanks for the good report. I wish Tomic wouldn't come out with the excuse of having Flu, if he had flu he wouldn't have been able to get to the court. If it was a cold no evidence as he wan't sniffing or spluttering. When Andy had a virus in Tokyo and Shanghai it was very noticeble as he was coughing and having difficulty getting his breath. As far as I could see once Tomic didn't break Andy's serve he gave up and didn't even run to get some of the shots. I'm sure the players will have noticed his lack of effort as will the coaches. Pat Rafter won't be too pleased.
  Thought Andy walked a nice line between diplomacy and disdain in his pc - favourable  comments about his opponents power and tennis IQ, but generally dismissive of his fitness and movement.
March 24, 2013, 02:21 PM
By Fiverings

Nicely done, Andy.  Thanks MH. 
I thought some excellent shots by Andy & as said already above, he did what he needed to do.  Well done.
March 24, 2013, 02:58 PM
By adb..OH

Sounds like I didn't miss much but glad it was an easy win and that Andy didn't have to expend too much energy.  I know a tougher match might have been useful in some ways but if it was as hot and humid as he suggests, then to get off court quickly can't be a bad thing even if he's used to such conditions.  I don't buy the flu excuse.  If you have genuine flu you'd not be able even to start a match.  OK he may have been feeling off colour but sounds like a convenient excuse for a lacklustre performance to me.
March 24, 2013, 07:01 PM
By Ruthie

Sounds like I didn't miss much but glad it was an easy win and that Andy didn't have to expend too much energy.  I know a tougher match might have been useful in some ways but if it was as hot and humid as he suggests, then to get off court quickly can't be a bad thing even if he's used to such conditions.  I don't buy the flu excuse.  If you have genuine flu you'd not be able even to start a match.  OK he may have been feeling off colour but sounds like a convenient excuse for a lacklustre performance to me.

Tomic looked remarkably healthy for somebody supposedly suffering from flu.  Also most players can feel off-colour but at least try to make a fist of things.  Andy's slow, nervy start was fair game but Tomic failed to take advantage of it, and things just seemed to go downhill after that.  I don't blame the spectators for whistling and booing.  I felt cheated too because I'd been expecting something better, but at least it hadn't cost me anything.
March 24, 2013, 07:23 PM
By Aileen

Tomic the Tank Engine.  Disgraceful attitude.

On a more positive note, the courts and balls combination look like they suit Andy's game really well.  Bodes well for the week.
March 24, 2013, 07:29 PM
By Mackem

All went downhill for Tomic after the fourth game of the 1st set. I thought Tomic would put Andy in the right mood but that didn't happen. Anyway, Andy looks ready and more comfortable here. His side of the draw is loaded with great potentials though but how many will eventually come through who knows.
March 24, 2013, 09:55 PM
By Emma Jean

All went downhill for Tomic after the fourth game of the 1st set. I thought Tomic would put Andy in the right mood but that didn't happen. Anyway, Andy looks ready and more comfortable here. His side of the draw is loaded with great potentials though but how many will eventually come through who knows.

TRUTH!
March 24, 2013, 09:57 PM
By Connor

All went downhill for Tomic after the fourth game of the 1st set. I thought Tomic would put Andy in the right mood but that didn't happen. Anyway, Andy looks ready and more comfortable here. His side of the draw is loaded with great potentials though but how many will eventually come through who knows.
At least Janowicz is out of the picture.
March 24, 2013, 11:10 PM
By Aileen

Janowicz must have just about the ugliest style of play to watch on the entire mens tour - he's up there with Berdych.  Hopefully Janowicz won't also start thinking he's the best player in the world.
March 25, 2013, 10:34 AM
By Mackem

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