Murray marches past Lopez

By for on
Andy Murray advanced to the fourth round of the Sony Open in Miami, beating Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1.

It was a very encouraging performance from Murray, who had the advantage in the baseline exchanges and returned Lopez's serve effectively to ease to a straight sets win.

Watched by ex-coach Ivan Lendl, Murray started well, varying the pace and height of the ball to carve out a 0-40 advantage on the Spaniard's serve. Playing with power from the baseline, the Scot forced a forehand error from Lopez to get the break. His advantage was short-lived though, as the world number 34 immediately broke back to level the score.

Lopez saved a break point in the next game with good serving, but went down 0-40 in his next service game following a barrage of powerful groundstrokes into the corners from the 26-year-old Brit. A double fault gave Murray a 3-2 lead, and he went on to comfortably close out the set 6-4.

The Wimbledon champion got off to the perfect start in set 2, creating a 15-40 advantage with an excellent return and breaking after a wild forehand error from Lopez. Murray was by now growing increasingly comfortable in the long rallies, drawing errors off the Spaniard's slice backhand and beating him for power in the crosscourt exchanges.

The world number 6 broke again in the fifth game to take a 4-1 lead, and showcased his returning skills in the seventh game to earn himself a 15-40 lead - he sealed his victory with a crisp backhand return winner.

Murray will next play Frenchman Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in the fourth round.
thanks for usual fair and also v quick match report Katie.  My only worry was that first serve percentage but, as I've said on another thread, I think that's probably the last piece in the jigsaw on the return from back surgery so hoping that, as Andy said in his camera message, everything good and I'll try and relax!  And so good to see some of the murray magic at work again.  yay yay yay
March 23, 2014, 07:06 PM
By Ruthie

Cheers katie clap
March 23, 2014, 07:07 PM
By blueberryhill

When the match has such a clear outcome, it is certainly nice to sit down and write such a positive report on it. Thanks for it.
March 23, 2014, 07:24 PM
By counter_ puncher

Thanks Katie for the write up ,thanks Andy no hiccups.
March 23, 2014, 09:23 PM
By iamabritt

Thanks Katie. Smile  It was certainly very encouraging to see Andy play so well again, and without a slow start this time.  I'm not too worried about his serve.  I'm sure it'll come.  One thing at a time, I say - and let's face it who would have thought he would have played so well here after IW, especially after the split with Lendl?  I loved what he wrote on the camera lens - maybe he or more likely Judy might have had a look at MW and his other fan forum, although if she did I hope she didn't read any of some of the stuff that's been posted on here recently!
March 23, 2014, 09:26 PM
By Aileen

Good writing Katie. Thanks for that.
March 23, 2014, 10:10 PM
By lashurst

Thanks Katie for the post, super
March 24, 2014, 09:59 AM
By ChrisMac

Encouraged by Andy's steady progression and ability to stay in the longer rallies more often than before. Although it was a less interesting match than the last one in my opinion.
It probably was a little too hot for both players to really go for it and frankly I don't think Flopez feels he has a chance.
Andy's incredible return is the old reliable against his only true asset, his serve.
March 24, 2014, 10:52 AM
By Cmongoose

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