Murray pushes past Gilles

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Andy Murray reached the semi-finals of the Mexico Open, overcoming Gilles Simon 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-2. Murray had previously beaten Simon on 11 consecutive occasions but, for much of the match, that record looked liked coming to an end.

The Scot has made a habit of slow starts this week and once again found himself in trouble early on. Murray's first serve was conspicuous by its absence and his second, never a strong shot at the best of times, was routinely destroyed by Simon. The Frenchman won 11 out of 14 points on the second serve return and dominated the set.



Murray broke at the start of the second set but once again went missing and, from 2-1 up, lost three games in a row. The Scot managed to break back at 4-2, but promptly threw in another shocker of a game to leave Simon serving for the match at 5-3. Murray again broke back, this time to love, and managed to force the set into a tiebreak.

This seemed to galvanise the British number one who, despite falling an early mini-break behind, cruised through the tiebreak to force a deciding set.

Simon received a medical timeout after the first game of the third set, but Murray was unperturbed. The Scot broke twice and cantered to victory.

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Fair report. The key things are that:-

1) He won, in however an ugly fashion.

2) That the desire to win was there, and his body coped with the demands on it during the battle for the victory.

Let's also remember this isn't some diddy little tournament, this is the 3rd highest tournament level in the tennis world. It's impressive that he is actually managing to play this soon after surgery, much less win.
February 28, 2014, 09:47 AM
By Masaka

I didn't see the match, so thanks for the report Boogers and for your comments @Masaka

Yet another slow start is a bit worrying, but the fact that he won despite it and a second set slump is encouraging.

Strange time for Simon to require a MTO - and that just after Murray started to turn the match around ...
February 28, 2014, 10:13 AM
By Aileen



Strange time for Simon to require a MTO - and that just after Murray started to turn the match around ...


Mmmmmm  the MTO came out of the blue - the word 'strategic' springs to mind.  I couldn't see much wrong with either his movement or his shot making but then I am a cynic.
February 28, 2014, 10:50 AM
By Alis

Thanks for the report Murray does seem to still need a lot of match practice He's so erratic but a win is a win which ever way you look at it
February 28, 2014, 11:46 AM
By benniebone

Didn't see it and will just watch the highlights rather than the whole match now given it doesn't sound a great match.  While it's bad news that the serve went awol, the good news is that he had the stamina to win a long match, playing daily and having played very late the previous night (when he's still recovering from the surgery).  Also that he clearly is showing the will to win. And a win is a win.
So will take the positives from this one.
February 28, 2014, 12:38 PM
By Ruthie

Fair report. The key things are that:-

1) He won, in however an ugly fashion.

2) That the desire to win was there, and his body coped with the demands on it during the battle for the victory.

Let's also remember this isn't some diddy little tournament, this is the 3rd highest tournament level in the tennis world. It's impressive that he is actually managing to play this soon after surgery, much less win.
Agree with your comments Masaka and appreciate the fact that you place Andy's performance this week in context.  It is impressive and reassuring that his body has been able to respond to the pressures of come back battles this week.  Also sends a pretty good message to future opponents - despite the obvious problems there will be on returning to top class play so soon after surgery Murray can and will fight back and win.  That is what separates the top players from the rest of the field.
February 28, 2014, 12:53 PM
By myren

Whilst it was not a particularly pleasant match to watch it was full of drama and it was impressive that Andy managed to haul himself out of a massive void and push on to get the win.  I have always thought and said his recovery whilst physical, mentality plays a huge part.  He is going to have to learn to recognise different signs from his back.  I have posted before that my OH broke his back and I watched his recovery and 6 months in he was having to learn to listen to different “signs” and the panic he felt when he perhaps felt a different type of pain which did not mean anything particularly just perhaps that he had overdone it or something.  But having spent a year after his accident and prior to his surgery on massive amounts of painkillers, his pain was very different, it was more in line with normal back pain but he was not used to that.  It really was all about gaining confidence in knowing that he could push himself to do different things and not do any damage.
I think maybe Andy is having to go through this just now – he is continually changing from different conditions to different courts – all hard courts are different, the speed can be dictated by the temperature, the humidity etc. he is having to learn how his back adjusts to these differences – it must be a complex process all round but one that only time will assist with as he gets more confident 
It’s strange as a few years ago we were all saying that he needed to establish an on court toughness and mentality – I believe he has this now, as I don’t think a couple of years or pre Ivan he would have got himself out of that match, instead he would have berated himself to the point of exploding.  So the fact that he can now do this, which all sends out messages to other players as if you are across the net from a player that you know never gives up it plays with your mind – Simon must think he will never beat Andy !!

I firmly believe the tennis will follow – you don’t lost what Andy Murray has it’s just a lot of compounding and complex factors such as regaining full fitness, regaining confidence in himself and his repaired back and it will all come together Lendl said he expected Andy to be back firing on all cylinders by the French Open – he’s a pretty wise bloke so I’ll happily go with that.  In the meantime the “Murraycoaster” will continue but hey it’s never dull. 
February 28, 2014, 01:11 PM
By Murray Magic

Thanks for the report Phil, did not watch the first set. (i'm learning) he certainly gave it his all later.I do wish that he would  not wear those awfuil shorts the material is not breathable and it shows with the amount of sweat He slipped on his own sweat and could have been hurt.Cotton is the best for hot climates.He looked good though .Simon knew after Andy won that tie break that this was not going to go his way.I am sorry for his back but this is why Andy spends so much time training and getting strong.
February 28, 2014, 01:35 PM
By iamabritt

I wasn't going to watch the whole match but decided I am in this for better or worse and sat through 3 sets. I wish I hadn't.  I love Andy to bits but I have to say for the first set and a half I didn't like him. The continuous shouting at his bench and himself. Breaking his racquet when he hadn't lost the point ( and I know he did after ) I do think this just wastes energy lets his opponent know he's unhappy and it's awful to watch. I totally understand he's frustrated at the moment with the way he's playing but letting your opponent know isn't the way to go.  (In my opinion). I really hope he can go on and win the tournament as I want to see him back in the top 4.  Think he needs a slap from Ivan.  Lol.  Going to earls court on Monday to see him play perhaps I will try and have a word.
February 28, 2014, 09:23 PM
By Tessie

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