Murray toughs it out on centre court

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Andy Murray survived a second set scare at Wimbledon today to beat 20th seed Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1.

The Brit didn’t have all it his own way on centre court against a resurgent Youzhny. Murray found himself in trouble down 2-5 in the second set, but he rallied to take it on a tie-break before running away with the third set.

Youzhny started the match very aggressively, looking to put himself on the front foot. Murray had to weather the storm in his first game, but once he did he turned the tables, breaking the Russian in the next game to seize the early lead.



Youzhny was trying to mix things up in an effort to throw Murray off his game, including several drop shots and constantly looking to attack the net. But despite his efforts he couldn’t find a way past Murray’s thundering serves, and the Brit eventually took the first set 6-4.

The world number two looked to be in complete control as he broke early in the second after a brilliant sequence of points; unleashing his full arsenal as he hit a delightful drop shot, a stunning top spin lob winner and then a trademark running forehand pass to break.

But then it all turned around.

A lax game from Murray allowed the Russian to break straight back, and an energised Youzhny started to impose himself on the match. The 20th seed was dictating with his powerful backhand, and an increasingly agitated Murray was struggling to stay with him. At 3-2 Youzhny found himself with another break point, and the Brit duly double faulted to hand the Russian the lead.

Youzhny raced 5-2 ahead, and it appeared to be only a matter of time before the match was all square. But a couple of tight points from the Russian gave Murray an opening, and he took full advantage, breaking back with a rasping backhand winner.

The tension continued to rise as the set moved towards a tie-break, and it was Murray who again seemed to be the most nervous – double faulting yet again as he fell 3-5 down. But Murray’s incredible resilience came to the fore. The Brit came roaring back to win the next four points in a row, sealing the set with a stunning return that sent the crowd to their feet.

The relief around centre court was palpable, although Youzhny wasn’t going away just yet. The Russian caused a few more problems in the opening game of the third set, but after Murray fended off the break points his resolve seemed to waver. A poor game from Youzhny saw him broken to love, and after that Murray was like a runaway train. The second seed stormed to a 5-1 lead before serving it out with a serve and volley winner, sealing his place in the quarter-finals for the sixth time in a row at Wimbledon.

In the quarter-finals Murray will face an old nemesis in Fernando Verdasco, who saw off Kenny De Schepper in straight sets earlier today to make his first grand slam quarter final since 2010.
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Quick and good report Luke, Mad Hatter. Thanks for the match and banter Smile
July 01, 2013, 06:43 PM
By lashurst

Quick and objective report, Luke. That 2nd set was a bit of a scare I agree but I still thought Andy was going to come back and win it in 4. My frustration was, it didn't need to go that way. Great thing was that Andy was able to turn the tide around in his favour just in time both in the 2nd set itself and in the TB. Despite the opening game in the 3rd set, Andy was able to dominate the whole set and that's also when he was far more aggressive, as he was finally able to overcome his nerves after winning the first two sets. Good showing.
July 01, 2013, 06:57 PM
By Emma Jean

Well done Andy ,you are allowed a hiccup .
July 01, 2013, 07:06 PM
By iamabritt

Good report. I really think that following Serena W on the court, with her surprising loss did not help Andy and his nerves. I would rather Andy played as he did today which was only about in second gear throughout and he raises his game in the next match to win another 3 setter as this will help him play even better when it matters and yet still be fresh, which will be key if he is to lift the trophy at the weekend. yay pray
July 01, 2013, 07:18 PM
By michelle

Didn't see this one, but hopefully it's his obligatory crap match out of the way and he can really click into gear heading towards the final. nervous
July 01, 2013, 07:45 PM
By Joe

Great report, thanks !  Good solid matchplay from Andy.
July 01, 2013, 08:06 PM
By sidtypical

Thanks again for a good, objective match report Luke.


Good report. I really think that following Serena W on the court, with her surprising loss did not help Andy and his nerves. I would rather Andy played as he did today which was only about in second gear throughout and he raises his game in the next match to win another 3 setter as this will help him play even better when it matters and yet still be fresh, which will be key if he is to lift the trophy at the weekend. yay pray
I'm sure the news of Serena's loss must have affected Andy, coming the way it did.  It certainly sent shock waves round the tennis world, although it didn't surprise me the way Lisicki was playing even if her form dipped a bit in the 2nd set, and Serena is getting a little on the old side in tennis years anyway.

The sudden 2nd set blip was an unfortunate memory of Andy of old as he constantly berated himself in frustration, but happily the new Andy took over, although his fans were still left gripping the edges of their seats/bed-clothes/cushions, or whatever, until the tie-break was finally sealed.

Well done Andy.  Onwards and upwards! cmon yeah  

July 01, 2013, 08:09 PM
By Aileen

I would not call it a crap match as Andy was in full control in the first and second sets. And he compensated his blip in the second some with some energetic play when it really mattered. In the end, he did not give Youshni any speed to feed off. In the match against Troicki he showed some frighteningly good shots. Therefore I am happy that everything went so relatively smoothly.
July 01, 2013, 08:11 PM
By counter_ puncher

From the BBC:

 "It was a tough match, the first couple of sets especially, but once I got ahead in the third I concentrated hard on not letting him back in like I did in the second set," Murray told BBC Sport.

"I don't take anything for granted. I know how hard these tournaments are to win. There are no guarantees here and I don't come into them thinking I am going to win.

"I think a few rounds ago I was more nervous, but today I felt calmer before the match.

"I just concentrate on each game. Serena lost today; Roger has lost and Rafa has lost, so you cannot take anything for granted."
July 01, 2013, 08:42 PM
By lashurst

My hero comes through with the goods, yet again.
July 01, 2013, 09:04 PM
By scotnadian

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