Murray eases past Roger-Vasselin

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Andy Murray has advanced to the second round of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, beating Frenchman Eduoard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-3.

Murray last played in Rotterdam in 2011 and beat Rafael Nadal to win the title in 2009. He was not originally scheduled to play this week but accepted a late wild card into the tournament, a positive sign for his continued return to form following last September's back surgery.

It was an efficient performance from the Wimbledon champion, who looked sharp from the beginning of the match. He moved and returned very well, successfully attacking his opponent's second serve and nullifying the net game of the world number 35 over time with impressive passing shots.

Three chances for Murray to break came in the first game, but Roger-Vasselin showed good netplay to hold serve. But Murray kept up the pressure on the 30-year-old Frenchman's serve in the third game, maintaining excellent depth on his return of serve to carve out a 0-40 advantage. The first two break points were saved, but not the third. The world number 6 was at his defensive best here, scrambling across the baseline and breaking with a running forehand passing shot to take a 2-1 lead.



Murray faced few problems on serve in the first set, conceding only one point on his first serve while continuing to pressure Roger-Vasselin's second serve. With the Frenchman serving at 3-5, the world number 6 gained a 15-40 advantage after once again punishing his opponent's second serve. Although he was unable to convert on these opportunities, he converted his next set point with a trademark backhand down-the-line winner.

The second set started in positive fashion, with the Scot holding and then breaking to take a 2-0 lead. Compared to the first set, Murray faced more difficulty in his service games but managed to play his way out of trouble. Serving at 3-2, he recovered well from 15-40 down to hold, helped by good serving, and again saved two further break points at 4-2, winning the game with a dropshot winner from the baseline. He served out the match at 5-3, converting on his first match point with an angled off-forehand which his opponent returned long.

Murray will face Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem, ranked 113, in the second round.
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Good efficient workmanlike effort - just like the match.
February 12, 2014, 09:27 PM
By Fiverings

thanks once again for a very informative report Katie.   Good to hear that Andy did the  business.
February 12, 2014, 09:37 PM
By Ruthie

Good report, Katie and many thanks.

However, particularly in the second set, Andy started showing signs of frustration as he missed some easy shots. This has a positive aspect as it shows he cares.
February 12, 2014, 10:12 PM
By OldScotSupport

Thanks for the excellent report Katie.

However, particularly in the second set, Andy started showing signs of frustration as he missed some easy shots. This has a positive aspect as it shows he cares.
It also showed, once again, that he no longer dwells on his mistakes but has a little chat with himself or a good rant (he said something like 'this kills me' at least three times at one point in the second set) and then gets on with the match.
February 13, 2014, 12:53 AM
By Aileen

Comment from Andy on the ATP website -

"I moved well. For me that’s a big part of my game.  Sometimes at the beginning of weeks it can be tough to get used to a new surface in terms of your movement. But from the beginning of the match, I made it tough for him to hit any winners and kept making him play one extra ball. Hopefully as the week goes on I’ll start to hit the ball better with each match."
February 13, 2014, 12:56 AM
By Aileen

Cheers Katie clap
February 13, 2014, 05:28 AM
By blueberryhill

NID
February 13, 2014, 05:31 AM
By ProdigyEng

I particularily like the way you tactfully skirt round Andy's "service difficulties" in the second set There were far too many second serves in this set and a more capable player would have taken advantage and the match would have gone to 3 sets
February 13, 2014, 10:29 AM
By benniebone

A good report as ever. Thought Andy played and moved well, augers well for the rest of the year. It was good to see Kim here with him as she is now travelling far less, and won't be with him in the US swing. hug
February 13, 2014, 10:29 AM
By michelle

A good report as ever. Thought Andy played and moved well, augers well for the rest of the year. It was good to see Kim here with him as she is now travelling far less, and won't be with him in the US swing. hug

Where does that info come from? Anyone know why she is travelling less with him?
February 13, 2014, 10:49 AM
By Masaka

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