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Toronto R2: Andy Murray vs Max Purcell (Q)

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The two have played before in round 2 of Newport last year with Andy winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 despite being affected by cramp in the deciding set.

The 25 year old Australian who plays singles mainly on the Challenger Tour, is currently ranked No. 78 in singles (highest No. 62 in June) and No. 48 in doubles - highest No. 25 in July 2022 after he and Matthew Ebden won the doubles title at Wimbledon.  He has no ATP Tour singles titles, 5 Challenger titles (3 of them this year) and 3 doubles titles.  In round 1 here he defeated an out-of-form Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-4.

According to Andy after their last match "He has a very different gamestyle to a lot of the players on Tour nowadays. He was using a lot of slice off of both sides, which is very rare.  It took some time to get used to that way of playing.  Then once I started to find my rhythm a little bit in the middle of the second set, I was able to dictate points and push him around the court a little bit more".  Purcell is also noted for his powerful serve and aggressive play.





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[ Last edit by Aileen August 09, 2023, 12:36 pm ] IP Logged
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The match is fourth on No. 1 Court today, not before 9:00 pm BST

The weather will be hot and sunny but it shouldn't be as windy as it was yesterday.
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I saw some bits and pieces of Purcell vs. FAA. The Aussie looked immaculate on serve and seemed to have struck the ball effortlessly for winners. Hard to say how much it was down to FAA‘s poor form.
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Good luck Andy, no wind today yay. Don’t look past Purcell, stay focused, play smart and sending you good vibes.
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Too late for me to watch now, but GO ANDY!!
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Consolidate that break by holding serve Andy!!
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Cmon Andy!!!
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Ace
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ANDY ANDY CMON
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Good keep it up
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Geez misses at net, back on serve.
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HOLD SERVE ANDY
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Gotta figure this guy out Andy.
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Andy's focus is definitely not 100 percent. However, as far as I'm concerned Purcell is a loser merely by virtue of his terrible kit—in the pastel shorts, dreary T-shirt and black socks he looks exactly like some guy hanging out at home in his underwear!
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Cmon andy
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