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

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