Murray through opener at Madrid

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Andy Murray won his first match at the Madrid Open beating Germany's Florian Mayer, 7-6 (13-11) 7-6 (7-3).

The Scot struggled to claim his 400th career win, particularly in the first tie-break where he was required to save five set points.

Murray said:

I thought it was good, I just didn't read his serve well. He aced me a lot in the first set. I had chances in almost every service game and he aced me or I didn't read the serve or missed the return.

I moved way, way better than in Monte Carlo and felt I was able to dictate with my forehand, but he's a very difficult player to play; he's so unorthodox and can play almost every shot, can volley well and has such long reach he doesn't play with much topspin and it's tough to hit through him.


Murray will play 16th seed Gilles Simon in his next match.
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Great report, Mark. Thanks for taking the time to write it. I applaud you from the bottom of my heart. :p
May 07, 2013, 08:11 PM
By Emma Jean

Thanks Mark for writing the report. Andy came through a very difficult player.
May 07, 2013, 08:17 PM
By michelle

Thanks Mark for the report.  I'm thrilled that Andy won today.. lets hope he goes deep into the Madrid Open.

I saw Djoko lose the first set to Grigor Dimitrov. A littel chink in his armour.
Exicting match!
May 07, 2013, 08:21 PM
By lashurst

Tight scoreline, nervy match with some moments of pure brilliance from both players.  Most pleasing aspect, Andy M being 1-4 down then being able to visibly change gears and draw the set level again, such a change in his mental fortitude now, you always knew he never gave up but now he has the class to know he is always still in a set even when trailing by a couple of games.  Seemed very upbeat in his interview at the end of the match throwing in a couple of jokes aimed at Mark Petchy, that is also good to see his ever improving ease with the media.  Good first match, have to say clay is my least favourite surface to watch, but whenever you see the clay you know the grass courts are just round the corner.

Onwards and upwards for Andy M.  Great report btw.

May 07, 2013, 08:59 PM
By Murray Magic

Good to see Andy moving better and feeling more comfortable on the clay.  He may have struggled to win but that was probably no bad thing and with a day's rest before he plays Simon, a longish match isn't a problem.  And compared to the Dimitrov-Nole match it was over in a flash  Whistle  Must say I was glad it didn't go to 3 sets.  Well done Andy  clap clap clap
May 07, 2013, 10:39 PM
By Ruthie

A short and sweet match report, lovely stuff.

I think Andy responded brilliantly when he needed to today. I didn't feel that he was out of it at any point, which makes watching him much easier lol.

Andy did so well to get it done in straights. I think he probably needed a bit of a battle like this to be honest. It should sharpen him up for things to come.
May 07, 2013, 11:11 PM
By teejay1

 Thanks for the report Mark, nice! Thought Andy moved good on the clay today, great 1st match win, onwards and upwards now! Woohoo!!!   cmon yeah
May 07, 2013, 11:25 PM
By ChrisMac

Thanks for the report Mark.  Thought Andy looked more comfortable on the red stuff and I noticed he was sliding more than he has been doing.  As Petchy said, "he never looked as though he was going to lose the match."  Wish he had told us that during the first set!
May 07, 2013, 11:33 PM
By Iris

Thanks Mark.  So happy for the 2 setter.  C'mon And!
May 08, 2013, 04:22 AM
By adb..OH

Thanx for the report Mark Smile
May 08, 2013, 06:35 AM
By blueberryhill

Good and fair report, Mark. Thanks
May 08, 2013, 09:22 AM
By OldScotSupport

Excellent report Mark, many thanks. It was a behind the sofa match that reduces you to a bag of nerves but when makes you proud to be a fan of Andy's. Who says he can't play on clay - some of his shots were magnificent - he certainly didn't play badly this time despite the struggle. Somehow it seems  that these often excellent but lower seeded players take one look at Andy and produce game play of a standard they rarely achieve and manage to beat him? This time Andy won.
May 08, 2013, 09:53 AM
By janscribe

Murray might well have thought it good but I thought it was exhausting and wonder if he will be able to go much further in the tournament
Great report covering everything in a very concise way
May 08, 2013, 11:10 AM
By benniebone

A further comment I notice that Andy is now 900 points ahead of Federer
Andy being 8660 to Federer's 7760 on the live-tennis.eu site Please could someone explain how that can happen?
May 08, 2013, 11:22 AM
By benniebone

BB It's possible that Madrid was played a week earlier last year so fed's 1000 points would have fallen off on Monday?
May 08, 2013, 11:55 AM
By Ruthie

Thanks Ruthie I never thought to check the date . So let's hope Andy does better against Simon or the points will soon disappear next week
May 08, 2013, 01:36 PM
By benniebone

A further comment I notice that Andy is now 900 points ahead of Federer
Andy being 8660 to Federer's 7760 on the live-tennis.eu site Please could someone explain how that can happen?

On the live ranking page they take off points from last year at the start of the tournament, then add any gained this year after each match.

In the official ATP rankings they come off after the full year, so usually at the end of the tournament, and are replaced by this year's points. They are updated most Mondays.

Hope that makes sense!
May 08, 2013, 03:48 PM
By Elena

Does the  ATP sponsor a University degree for analysing rankings Think
May 08, 2013, 04:36 PM
By Iris

nice one Iris  Whistle
May 08, 2013, 04:40 PM
By Ruthie

On the live ranking page they take off points from last year at the start of the tournament, then add any gained this year after each match.

In the official ATP rankings they come off after the full year, so usually at the end of the tournament, and are replaced by this year's points. They are updated most Mondays.

Hope that makes sense!
Thanks for the good information Elena! Exciting times, I hope Andy goes deep, as I liked his nr.2 status Smile
May 08, 2013, 07:56 PM
By lashurst

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