Murray eases past Seppi into quarters

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A relaxed-looking Andy Murray today eased past Andreas Seppi 6-2 6-4 in the fourth round of the Sony Open Masters in Miami.

Some match-ups in tennis are pure torture and, when Seppi sees the Scot across the net, he must feel like Dante, who had to fight his way through the nine concentric circles of Hell just to get his name on the guest list for Purgatory.

The Italian, who looked like the sky had fallen on his head throughout, got off to a shocking start by trying to out-counterpunch the arch-counterpuncher. Exerting his greater length and variety on proceedings, Murray broke in the very first game.

Seppi, who took over an hour to hit his first winner, must have dreaded the start of each rally, knowing he would have to run back home to Bolzano and back in pursuit of Murray’s hefty groundshots. With the Scot changing pace, direction and spin at will, he broke again for 5-2 and duly served out the opening set.

The British number one, who looked as lean and dangerous as a hungry timberwolf, continued to impose his lacerating game on the 16th seed. As Murray’s purposeful groundshots strafed the net, Seppi at last beefed up his own backcourt game and maintained parity until 4-4.

With the match finally looking competitive, Seppi reverted to Chicken Licken mode and dumped two routine groundshots into the net to gift Murray the chance to serve for victory. The Scot survived a break point to prevail and book a quarter-final spot against either Jo-Wilfred Tsonga or Marin Cilic.
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Typical Murray match... but with less drama   which is  great.    Keep it up  Andy!
March 26, 2013, 09:30 PM
By backhandslice

"Chicken Licken mode" - I like that. Very Happy

Nice to see Andy playing more confidently here.  Although the 2nd set provided a few tense moments when Andy lost a bit of focus (he gets distracted far too easily) whilst Seppi upped his level, the outcome was never in doubt.
March 26, 2013, 09:48 PM
By Aileen

A relaxed-looking Andy Murray today eased past Andreas Seppi 6-2 6-4 in the fourth round of the Sony Open Masters in Miami.

Some match-ups in tennis are pure torture and, when Seppi sees the Scot across the net, he must feel like Dante, who had to fight his way through the nine concentric circles of Hell just to get his name on the guest list for Purgatory.

The Italian, who looked like the sky had fallen on his head throughout, got off to a shocking start by trying to out-counterpunch the arch-counterpuncher. Exerting his greater length and variety on proceedings, Murray broke in the very first game.

Seppi, who took over an hour to hit his first winner, must have dreaded the start of each rally, knowing he would have to run back home to Bolzano and back in pursuit of Murray’s hefty groundshots. With the Scot changing pace, direction and spin at will, he broke again for 5-2 and duly served out the opening set.

The British number one, who looked as lean and dangerous as a hungry timberwolf, continued to impose his lacerating game on the 16th seed. As Murray’s purposeful groundshots strafed the net, Seppi at last beefed up his own backcourt game and maintained parity until 4-4.

With the match finally looking competitive, Seppi reverted to Chicken Licken mode and dumped two routine groundshots into the net to gift Murray the chance to serve for victory. The Scot survived a break point to prevail and book a quarter-final spot against either Jo-Wilfred Tsonga or Marin Cilic.
it's a good'un Nigel. That'll do nicely Smile
March 26, 2013, 09:56 PM
By lashurst

Thanks for the report!

Like the "chicken licken" reference! Very Happy
March 26, 2013, 09:58 PM
By xxdanixx

Great report Nigel. Thumbs up to you.
March 26, 2013, 09:58 PM
By Connor

Schedule out. Andy not playing tommorrow ?  confused
March 26, 2013, 10:09 PM
By Tessie

Schedule out. Andy not playing tommorrow ?  confused

Nope. Thursday.
March 26, 2013, 10:09 PM
By Connor

Great report as always Nigel, thanks - as has been said the outcome was never really in doubt but those last minute breakpoints were a bit unnerving!
March 26, 2013, 10:12 PM
By scotjules

A great entertaining report - thanks !

It was live stats only again tonight - and a lot less nerve wracking, apart from a couple of mini bum squeakers in set 2. Job done ! Some good stats too - 90% won on 1st serve and 50% on 2nd. Winning numbers.

Ps I think it's time Scotland declared Tennis and Curling as our national sports - well done to Eve Muirhead's rink - world champs ! :-)
March 26, 2013, 10:13 PM
By sidtypical

Yeah cause we aren't getting any medals in the bloody footie eh
March 26, 2013, 10:24 PM
By angiebabez

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