Murray puts #NextGen in its place

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Andy Murray today put one of tennis’ much-touted Next Generation firmly in his place, with a resounding 6-3 6-0 6-2 thrashing of Andrey Rublev in the second round of the Australian Open.



The 19-year-old Russian, part of the vanguard of future stars that includes Alex Zverev, Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev, was given a harsh lesson on Rod Laver Arena in the physicality of tennis at the sharp end.

The Russians are coming – just not yet. And on this performance, the youngster might want to consider sticking to his back-up career as singer in boyband Summer Afternoon.

Murray has admitted he knew little about Rublev’s game, but that didn’t stop him breaking for 4-2 with an unremitting barrage of deep groundshots mixed with astute all-court play. The Scot held on to take the set 6-3.

Murray was even more dominant in the second set. Although Rublev continued to go for his shots, the top seed had an answer to every one of them.

The Russian’s dad was a boxer and he took some serious blows as Murray mixed big serves with drop shots and searing forehands. A horrific first-serve strike rate of 29% and a general lack of variety from the Russian helped Murray seal the bagel.

At the start of the third, fans of the world number one held their breath as the Scot appeared to turn his ankle. He mouthed ‘not good’ to his box and had a brief exchange with the trainer, but still managed to break for 2-1.

The schooling continued and when Rublev hit a backhand long at 5-2, the Scot sealed his passage into round three.

On Monday, Murray took almost three hours to beat Illya Marchenko. So this quick win will be most welcome, particularly if his ankle proves troublesome.

Murray will now play American Sam Querrey, who advanced at the expense of another young gun, Australian Alex De Minaur.
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Easy! Much sharper than last match, according to Fleming.
Cheers Nigel.
January 18, 2017, 01:12 PM
By blueberryhill

Thanks for the report Nigel.  And yes @BBH he was much sharper in this match.  Fortunately it doesn't sound as though the ankle is going to be that much of an issue because Andy said later that, although it was still sore and a bit stiff, he'd been able to put his weight on it even during the match, so icing and elevation was the answer.  Fortunately a day off tomorrow should help.

I felt a bit sorry for Rublev because he isn't used to playing on the big stage, or against top ten players let alone the #1, so all things considered I think he did well.  At least Andy had some sympathy for him because it reminded him of the time he played Nadal at the 2007 AO, and seems to think that he'll rise up the rankings quite quickly as his confidence and experience grows.



 
January 18, 2017, 05:44 PM
By Aileen

thanks Nigel.  I wasn't able to watch and while I thought I'd recorded the summary programme that evening it turns out I hadn't.  I'm hoping I can download it from catch up but it's not up yet.  Sounds like Andy played well.  I also read that he offered to replay a point he'd won because of movement in the crowd behind him - another example of the true epitome of sportsmanship that he is unlike the GOAT who wins the award year in year out.
January 19, 2017, 06:46 PM
By Ruthie

thanks Nigel.  I wasn't able to watch and while I thought I'd recorded the summary programme that evening it turns out I hadn't.  I'm hoping I can download it from catch up but it's not up yet.  Sounds like Andy played well.  I also read that he offered to replay a point he'd won because of movement in the crowd behind him - another example of the true epitome of sportsmanship that he is unlike the GOAT who wins the award year in year out.
It wasn't movement Ruthie, but some idiot calling 'OUT', but after a little conference with the umpire, who seemed to have problems getting Rublev to understand what had happened (no doubt linguistic), Andy said they should play the point again, even although by rights it should have gone to him, according to the comms anyway.
January 19, 2017, 07:04 PM
By Aileen

ah thanks for the explanation Aileen - anyway the point is the same that Andy  showed sportsmanship
January 19, 2017, 07:06 PM
By Ruthie

It wasn't movement Ruthie, but some idiot calling 'OUT', but after a little conference with the umpire, who seemed to have problems getting Rublev to understand what had happened (no doubt linguistic), Andy said they should play the point again, even although by rights it should have gone to him, according to the comms anyway.

The comms made some joke  about Andy being sporting because of the knighthood thing, and the fact he was so far ahead.  Over the years he has been incredibly fair regardless of the score.   I ageee Ruthie the ATP Sportsmanship award is long over due.   
January 19, 2017, 07:12 PM
By waverlybear

ah thanks for the explanation Aileen - anyway the point is the same that Andy  showed sportsmanship
The comms made some joke  about Andy being sporting because of the knighthood thing, and the fact he was so far ahead.  Over the years he has been incredibly fair regardless of the score.   I ageee Ruthie the ATP Sportsmanship award is long over due.   
Absolutely!  And if Fed wins it AGAIN this year, then I give up because it seems clear that Andy's peers don't know the true meaning of the word sportsmanship, particularly given some of the questionable behaviour Fed has been into over the years.
January 19, 2017, 07:16 PM
By Aileen

Absolutely!  And if Fed wins it AGAIN this year, then I give up because it seems clear that Andy's peers don't know the true meaning of the word sportsmanship, particularly given some of the questionable behaviour Fed has been into over the years.

Now if there was a gamesmanship award ...
January 19, 2017, 07:23 PM
By waverlybear

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