Murray fights past Thiem

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Andy Murray overcame the Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarter finals of the ABN Amro ATP 500 event.  The Wimbledon Champion, a heavy favourite, did not have things his own way and found himself in a dogfight against a determined and talented opponent.

Thiem looked nervous in the opening stages and Murray quickly found himself a double break up and serving for a 4-0 lead. The Austrian refused to fold and, encouraged by some wayward Murray groundstrokes, recovered one of the breaks. Murray's game was now creaking, but the Scot did enough to protect the remaining break and secure the set.



The Austrian saved break points early in the second set and went on to dominate, breaking Murray and nervelessly serving out at 5-3.

Murray was clearly annoyed by this turn of events, and went to great lengths to reassert his supremacy at the start of the third set. After a relatively easy opening hold a remarkable second game proved pivotal. Break points came and went. Thiem attacking furiously, Murray indefatigable in defence. A racquet met it's demise, smashed against the Scot's shoe. But, finally, crucially, the world number six broke.

Thiem refused to give up, but Murray secured the win and a quarter final matchup against Marin Cilic.

This was a laboured performance from the Scot, who showed clear signs of physical discomfort in the closing stages. This is perhaps unsurprising - this is the first time Murray has played matches on consecutive days since his back surgery last year.
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A fair report, Boogers, I'll give you that, after all the bad vibes you were sending out on the match thread.
February 13, 2014, 10:12 PM
By Fiverings

Well Phil you have surpassed yourself. Good on you to have no negativity and to give credit to Andy for fighting on despite some discomfort and tiredness.
A very good report, and speedily produced. Hope you manage a wee tipple to celebrate. cheers
February 13, 2014, 10:12 PM
By michelle

Enjoyed the report.   Mostly enjoyed the match.    I'll have that wee tipple, Michelle!!!
February 13, 2014, 10:17 PM
By Iluvandy

Enjoyed the report.   Mostly enjoyed the match.    I'll have that wee tipple, Michelle!!!
I think we all deserve a tipple.Cheers.
February 13, 2014, 10:21 PM
By michelle

This isn't actually the first time Murray has played two days in a row, he played Zayed and Mayer in Doha on consecutive days.
February 13, 2014, 10:28 PM
By Connor

I couldnt get off to sleep without a last look at MW to see if the report was posted.
So many thanks Phil, for a well written and descriptive report. 

Congratulations to Mr M. and commisserations to Mr. T., who came close to causing a big upset!

Tomorrow: Andy vs Cilic at 19:30 my time (18.30 GMT). Think

Sijsling just took out Berrer in under 60 mins!
February 13, 2014, 10:31 PM
By lashurst

A fair report, Boogers, I'll give you that, after all the bad vibes you were sending out on the match thread.
Nothing unusual here - Boogers on the match thread is quite different to Boogers the match reporter.  Nice to see that all match report titles are being kept simple and non-controversial these days, though.

This isn't actually the first time Murray has played two days in a row, he played Zayed and Mayer in Doha on consecutive days.
Indeed, and look what happened against Mayer!  Murray's moved on quite a bit since that defeat.



February 14, 2014, 12:30 AM
By Aileen

That's a good report Boogers cheers.  clap  Andy's road to recovery is not easy, nor are most matches these days. There's a lot of quality around.
February 14, 2014, 06:18 AM
By blueberryhill

Thanks for  fair report Booger .   
I noted Andy said he was surprised by how well Thiem moved.   Before the match Petch said that he wouldn't have the fire power to trouble Andy.  It then emerged that Thiem's coach has put him through some kind of super fitness regime from which he has emerged fitter, faster and with more fire power (rather following in Andy's footsteps there).  So it may be that everyone underestimated him prior to the match.  So while Andy was far from his best, all credit to him for weathering the storm and coming through even though as you say he was visibly stiffening up towards the end.  Thiem's time shouldl come if he carries on playing in that vein but of course it could have been one of those days when a player, with nothing to lose, just goes for broke and nearly causes a major upset.  So glad he didn't!
February 14, 2014, 08:56 AM
By Ruthie

I offer my thanks as well  My computer gave into the storm and packed in for an early night so I was reduced to just scores on BBC Nice to know that it was'nt as bad as the scores seemed to suggest
February 14, 2014, 09:05 AM
By benniebone

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