Murray beats Millot

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Andy Murray won his second round match at the Australian Open today, beating qualifier Vincent Millot 6-2 6-2 7-5.

In another day of searing temperatures, Murray benefitted from playing in cooler conditions in the Rod Laver Arena evening session. The three-time Australian Open finalist consistently pressured the Frenchman's serve in the first two sets and rallied from 1-5 down in the third, reeling off the last 23 points in a row to record a straight sets win.

Millot, ranked 267 in the world, won his first main draw slam match on Tuesday when he beat Wayne Odesnik in five sets. Playing Murray was always going to be a much tougher prospect, but the 27-year-old Frenchman competed well throughout the match and seemed to relish his time on the big stage. It was an up-and-down performance from Murray, but he was able to finish the match strongly to record a straight sets win.

Murray got off to an ideal start, breaking in the first game and racing to a 3-0 lead. But he was broken back in the next game after an attempted crosscourt backhand found the net. The world number 4 rallied, immediately regaining his double break advantage with a well-struck backhand down the line to take a 4-1 lead. The Frenchman fended off a set point in the next game, before the world number 4 served out the set - it was not without some difficulty though, with Murray making a number of unforced errors before sealing the set with an ace.



The Wimbledon champion threatened to break in the first game of the second set but the Frenchman held on. But Murray made the breakthrough in the third game, converting on his fourth break point after Millot's crosscourt backhand sailed long. He soon secured a double break advantage and served the set out to love, finishing with a strong serve down the middle that was unreturnable.

The third set was trickier, with Murray beginning to play too passively, making unforced errors and letting his opponent dictate play. Unexpectedly he went down a break in the third game, netting an easy mid-court forehand. The break advantage seemed to give the Frenchman much greater belief, and buoyed by the crowd he surged ahead to a 5-1 lead. But finding himself about to lose the third set in tame fashion seemed to ignite a spark in Murray, and he began hitting much more freely, cutting out the unforced errors and playing much more positively from the baseline.

Serving at 5-2, Millot had a set point opportunity but Murray's more aggressive play pegged the score back to deuce, and the Brit broke back after Millot netted Murray's return of serve. Now fired up, Murray didn't lose another point in the contest, breaking again as the Frenchman tried to serve for the set for a second time. He broke to love with a return winner to lead 6-5 before efficiently serving out the match.

Murray will play a more familiar opponent in the third round, when he takes on 26th seed Feliciano Lopez.
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Fair play to Millot, he was a nervous wreck at the start but turned into a competent showman as the match progressed, Henri Leconte would be proud
January 16, 2014, 02:25 PM
By The Gnome

Again a helpful report thanks. It was a match very reminiscent of Andy's younger days when doling out the heart attacks was his trademark. I get the impression that he has been advised to hold back and conserve his energies This is not his style and we live to fight another day
January 16, 2014, 02:27 PM
By benniebone

Again a helpful report thanks. It was a match very reminiscent of Andy's younger days when doling out the heart attacks was his trademark. I get the impression that he has been advised to hold back and conserve his energies This is not his style and we live to fight another day
A good report. Like you Bennieb I think he was advised to hold back and conserve his energies.
He knows how to play Lopez and will go in with a different mind set.
January 16, 2014, 02:30 PM
By michelle

I only got to watch the last part ...but he won.thats it for me.
January 16, 2014, 02:32 PM
By iamabritt

A very fair report as always Katie - thanks.  But while it was cooler it was apparently much more humid than earlier so perhaps not that much easier to play in even though Andy is used to the humidity of Florida.
It was encouraging to read his post match comments, which didn't suggest any significant problems with the back - I do wish the comms wouldn't speculate endlessly every time Andy touches his back. 
January 16, 2014, 02:34 PM
By Ruthie

I am really angry that you can write such evil on the match Andy. You'd better emphasize that also recovering well from his operation as possible and after a moment of devolution, Andy was able to bring 23 points winners in a row, allowing it to return 5 / 1-7 / 5 and thus win in 3 sets!!
January 16, 2014, 02:51 PM
By LIBANY

I am really angry that you can write such evil on the match Andy. You'd better emphasize that also recovering well from his operation as possible and after a moment of devolution, Andy was able to bring 23 points winners in a row, allowing it to return 5 / 1-7 / 5 and thus win in 3 sets!!

Evil? These blind fans never fail to surprise me.
January 16, 2014, 03:14 PM
By Connor

Seems a very fair report to me - thanks Katie.

Posting Andy's interview again here  http://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2014-01-16/201401161389879469522.html
January 16, 2014, 03:17 PM
By Elena

Good report Katie. Thanks clap
January 16, 2014, 03:36 PM
By blueberryhill

Thanks for the report, Katie. Well written. goodjob
January 16, 2014, 03:41 PM
By Sabine

I am really angry that you can write such evil on the match Andy. You'd better emphasize that also recovering well from his operation as possible and after a moment of devolution, Andy was able to bring 23 points winners in a row, allowing it to return 5 / 1-7 / 5 and thus win in 3 sets!!
I think 'evil' is rather unfair libany. On reflection  fair enough that the report could have reminded readers that he's coming back from a back op and could have spelt out the number of points he won in a row at the end, but overall I thought it was very fair and was a professional piece of work as Katie's reports always are.
January 16, 2014, 03:57 PM
By Ruthie

I'm French and not mastered the language well to Shaskerpeare I found it unfair thatAndy's match can be described generally poor .

January 16, 2014, 04:05 PM
By LIBANY

I'm French and not mastered the language well to Shaskerpeare I found it unfair thatAndy's match can be described generally poor .



Well it was generally poor, I've never seen 5 double faults and 30+ UE's been refered to as good.
January 16, 2014, 04:06 PM
By Connor

Thanks for the report, Katie.
Only got to see the 3rd, and was shocked at how it was going. But once Andy got into Champ mode, there was no doubt.
I love watching him comeback when the chips are down.

Looking forward to the Feli match. Wonder if Andy will ban Judy from attending. Very Happy
January 16, 2014, 04:12 PM
By scotnadian

I am really angry that you can write such evil on the match Andy. You'd better emphasize that also recovering well from his operation as possible and after a moment of devolution, Andy was able to bring 23 points winners in a row, allowing it to return 5 / 1-7 / 5 and thus win in 3 sets!!

Je ne peux pas voir quoi que ce soit trop critique ou négatif ici.
January 16, 2014, 04:17 PM
By Grabcopy

Good report!  The comms did say that it was still in the 80's but with the roof closed, it was very humid.  I think we could see the sweat on Andy's brow.
January 16, 2014, 04:26 PM
By Apollo

"Je ne peux pas voir quoi que ce soit trop critique ou négatif ici."

Je suis une fidèle supportrice d'ANDY depuis des années et je ne poste que rarement en raison de la pauvreté de mon bagage anglais. Si vous le désirez , je peux à l'avenir m'abstenir de tout commentaire : surtout s'il est interdit d'y exprimer quelques réserves . Je reconnais toutefois qu'il eut été plus judicieux d'écrire "étonnée" plutôt que " en colère ".
Merci d'avoir repris un autre texte.
January 16, 2014, 04:40 PM
By LIBANY

please don't feel you should stop posting libany.  And when I criticised the use of the term 'evil' I was forgetting English isn't your first language.
January 16, 2014, 04:47 PM
By Ruthie

"Je ne peux pas voir quoi que ce soit trop critique ou négatif ici."

Je suis une fidèle supportrice d'ANDY depuis des années et je ne poste que rarement en raison de la pauvreté de mon bagage anglais. Si vous le désirez , je peux à l'avenir m'abstenir de tout commentaire : surtout s'il est interdit d'y exprimer quelques réserves . Je reconnais toutefois qu'il eut été plus judicieux d'écrire "étonnée" plutôt que " en colère ".
Merci d'avoir repris un autre texte.


C'est OK. J'ai deviné que vous n'aviez pas assez vous exprimée de la manière que vous voulez.
January 16, 2014, 05:25 PM
By Grabcopy

Excellent match report Katie, fair and accurate as always.

I missed the first few games of the match today, so I was concerned when the comms mentioned Andy's back. However, later, when they showed some clips, he did clearly wince, and seemed in some discomfort. His serving wasn't as sharp today as on Tuesday (mind you, it was stunning on Tuesday) and he did seem off, but I think we have to expect him to be anxious, even just privately, about anything he might feel in his back for a while, even if it's nothing to do with the surgery. After I saw the wince I wondered if he'd just turned and felt something, perhaps gave himself a bit of a fright, but I'm speculating with that.

I had a feeling that Andy was holding himself back a bit in the early part of the match, irrespective of any discomfort he was in. Frankly he was winning in second, probably third gear, so why dig deeper. There are greater challenges ahead than Millot. It struck me that Andy looked bored to death in the first two sets.

It was obvious Millot was playing with fire when he tried to rev the crowd up in the third. He was so blatant about it too, and what was with the noise he was making? The light suddenly switched on behind Andy's eyes and that was that. I do understand why Millot got excited, but I think the way Andy just turned things around on him was awesome, and I fully agree with what Andy was calling him, because I was as well. I get the distinct feeling Millot and Andy are not going to be friends  Whistle.


January 16, 2014, 05:57 PM
By teejay1

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