Murray finds a way past Ebden

By for on
Andy Murray survived another scare to battle past Australia’s Matthew Ebden and take his place in the third round of the Sony Open in Miami. The Scot, who recently split with coach Ivan Lendl, rallied to win 3-6 6-0 6-1.

Murray, who admitted it had been “a hard few days”, started slowly, going 0-3 down barely before the players had broken sweat. This was ominous against a player who had won only two ATP matches this year.

With the wind doing its best to ruin any semblance of decent tennis, the Brit continued with the tetchy and irritable demeanour that has seen a series of patchy three-set victories over tennis’ lesser lights in recent weeks. After an unpalatable buffet of ill-advised dropshots and double faults, Murray slumped to 1-4.

The first set slipped away in a welter of unforced errors from the Scot and quality serves from the Aussie. But a remarkable turnaround followed, with the Scot claiming 12 of the last 13 games. In the end, it was a comfortable victory, albeit punctuated by a towel-throwing display when the world number 67 broke Murray’s serve at the start of the third.

Murray was relaxed about the minor temper tantrum: "It's not always about how you play or how calm you are. I won the next six games after that so maybe it had nothing to do with it, maybe it helped. I just got on with it and won the match. You do what you do to win a match."

The Scot will now play Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in round four, as he bids to defend the title he won in 2013 against David Ferrer under the watchful gaze of Lendl.

The absence of the Czech during the Ebden match was clearly weighing on Murray’s mind: “'The last few days have been distracting because it’s a big change and I will need to think about it a lot. But it’s not distracting not having him actually here because I have played many matches without him in the box.”

He added, “The conditions were quite tricky, and I needed to cut down on my unforced errors. I need to start matches better and be quicker out of the gate. I don’t think it’s a confidence thing, but I need to concentrate a bit more, especially at the start of service games.”

Theres no report just a pic.
March 22, 2014, 03:00 PM
By angiebabez

Well there  was a report written by Nigel. personally I didn't think it was a very accurate report.
March 22, 2014, 03:21 PM
By iamabritt

Well there  was a report written by Nigel. personally I didn't think it was a very accurate report.

Me too, I think saying Andy had a tetchy, irritable demeanour was a little harsh.
March 22, 2014, 03:24 PM
By Connor

Me too, I think saying Andy had a tetchy, irritable demeanour was a little harsh.
Right on ,his temper tantrum was also over the top cos he was just  frustrated with himselfonce he found his level he played very well ,gosh he bageled the guy and then ran away with the last set,
March 22, 2014, 03:33 PM
By iamabritt

Here's my non-technical effort to give a feel of the match.

It was a windy night when Andy Murray stepped on court to face 67th ranked Matthew Ebden, a relatively unknown player, in his first post-Lendl match. Tension was in the air, and questions were in the minds of Murray fans worldwide as they sat in front of their TV screens or frantically searched for semi-reliable and often foreign-speaking livestreams.
How would Andy perform with the extra pressure? Would Lendl be there? Could he raise his game and find the spark that has been absent since his return from back surgery?
Depending on which time-zone fans were in, there were teacups rattling, glasses shaking, and fingers trembling as they set their PVR's to record and try to sleep. Many would be in for a restless night.

As the camera panned, we could see no Lendl. But it brought warmth to the heart to see Kim, Andy's dad, and Leon Smith there to support him on court.

Andy started aggressively, and was rewarded with several break points against his opponent, but failed to convert. Before we knew it the first set was over and Ebden had taken the first set at 6-3. Bleary-eyed fans hoped against hope that their man would turn the match around like we knew he was capable of.

And turn it around he did!

The second set was a joy to watch. The 2.0 Andy came on court and started to boss with some superb shots. In the 5th game, he saved 4 break points. Fans could smell a bagel, and Andy delivered in a style that brought superlatives from sports commentators such as Robbie Koenig saying, "..that finishing shot from Andy was worth the admission fee alone." Game, and second set Murray. 6-0.

All would be well. Delighted fans watched him change his shirt from blue to black, and dared to relax and wallow for a while.

But not for long..

In the final set, Andy was to serve first.. and was broken! Oh No! A furious Andy snarled at himself and made him a dangerous animal, immediately taking back what was his. 1-1.
Sweat and sparks flew from Andy's face and racquet. He pounced quickly like a panther as he came further and further inside the baseline. Serve and forehand were screaming like a banshee. Before we knew it, it was 4-1! 2 games away! Commentators were singing Andy's praises, some saying this was his best tennis since Wimbledon, and others exciteably blurting "A moment of magic from Murray. What a shot!"

Andy had everyone's attention. Such was the awe of his shots, that it was easy to forget there was another player on the other side of the net.

A bullet forehand brought his lead to 5-1. In the final game, Ebden gamely tried hard, but the full force of Andy was too powerful.

Game, Set and Match to Andy Murray. 3-6 6-0 6-1.  Fans watched to see what he wrote on the camera lens. He wrote "Treat yourself."

Well Andy, it was you who treated us. Great to see you back, and we applaud you. clap clap clap

March 22, 2014, 03:56 PM
By scotnadian

Oh Linda that is a brilliant report. With all due respect to grab I think it should replace his which I have a sneaking suspicion was written without actually watching it (knowing it wouldn't be the first time  Whistle)
March 22, 2014, 04:04 PM
By Ruthie

Longest post I've done in yonks. Ruthie. Very Happy

I wish I could change the headline, too. Frown

Mine would be.. Triumphant Murray impresses at Miami
March 22, 2014, 04:11 PM
By scotnadian

Didn't get the chance to see the match. Sorry if it's inaccurate.
March 22, 2014, 04:11 PM
By Grabcopy

Don't agree with the headline at all. "Murray finds a way past Ebden"  I watched the match and watch the highlights this afternoon and that's not the the way I see it!
March 22, 2014, 04:15 PM
By ChrisMac

Murray `finds a way`eh?
Grabcopy needs to find a way out of his arse methinks!
Andy soared in sets 2 and 3.
But he has flattered to deceive on a number of occasions before recently.
Lets hope home advantage is enough to make this the way things really will be from now on.
Bit tired of him always being near his best without getting there.
But thats just me and my impatience.
Onwards and upwards!
March 22, 2014, 04:15 PM
By Cmongoose

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