2009 French Open – Andy Murray Beats Janko Tipsarevic

roland_garros_logo1Andy Murray has reached the 4th round of French Open at Roland Garros for the first time in his career after Janko Tipsarevic retired in their third round match with Murray leading 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.

Andy Murray once again produced another back from the dead performance to save two set points and hit back from two breaks of serve down in the first set  to win the set on a tie breaker 7 points to 3.

Tipseravic lead 5-2 after breaking Murray in two consecutive games. Murray saved two set points at 40-15 with Tipseravic serving and only inches saved the Scot as Tipseravic volleyed into the top of the net. Murray though secured the first break back after the world number 3 upped his game and some cracks appeared in Tipseravic, Murray held serve and broke the again to level everything at 5-5.

The match had very little rhythm and with most folks expecting Murray go on to win the set comfortably, the Scot was broken again by the Serb and Tipseravic had another chance to serve for the set. No set points for Tipseravic this time, but the same result, Murray breaks back and the set would be decided on a tie break. Murray’s serve held firm and the Scot secured the breaker 7-3.

Murray broke in the first game of the second set and Tipservic started to show visible signs of pain, the trainers were called and the Serb recievd a massage on his upper leg / hip / thigh area. Whatever the trainer did, seem to do teh trick as the  Tipseravic was able to hit back and recover the break of serve.

The recovery was cut short and Murray pressed on to secure another break and the likely hood of Tipseravic retiring looked to be rising. Giving credit to Tipseravic he fought his way to the end of second as the pain he was suffering appeared to intensive. The match was halted as Murray secured his sixth break of serv for the match and the second set.

Andy Murray will now face 13th seed Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Cilic beat Radek Stepanek 6-1 7-6 6-3 earlier in the day.

This is Murray’s third year at Roland Garros and is his best performance to date after reaching the third round last year and suffering a 1st round knock out back in 2006. He missed the 2007 French Open due to a wrist injury.

Andy Murray V Janko Tipsarevic Preview

Andy Murray will take on Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic on Friday 29th May 2009 in the third round of the 2009 French Open at Roland Garros.

The Match will be 5th on the Suzanne Lenglen court with a start time probably 5.45pm local time (4.45pm UK time).

The match will be screened live on the BBC interactive (via red button and online) and Eurosport.

Murray is looking to reach the fourth round for the first time in his career after reaching his best finish last year when he was knocked out in the third round by Spain’s Nicolas Almagro.

Murray’s oponent Janko Tipsarevic is the Serbian number 3 behind Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki and is currently ranked 65 in the world though has been as high as 33, which he reached this time last year.

Tipsarevic is coming into the French Open after helping steer his country to their first ARAG ATP World Team Championship title, he beat Philipp Kohlschreiber to secure the title just 5 days ago.


Murray and Tipsarevic have met 5 time previously and their record is 2-2. Their first match together was 1 year after Murray broke onto the tennis seen at queens club. The Serb brought the Scot back down to earth after an impressive first year on tour with 1st round defeat on Murray’s home soil.

Murray returned the favour and knocked out Tipsarevic in the first round of the hard court tournament in Metz in 2007. Their last two meeting were both in Russia, in 2007 Tipsarevic beat Murray in the hard court event in Moscow, before Murray leveled the record with a win in St. Petersburg in the quarter final, Murray went on to retain his title in St. Petersburg.

Despite the 2-2 record Andy Murray is still overwhelming odds on favorite to win as he has been in his two previous matches. Best odds around from traditional bookmakers is 13/100 from Bet Fred, though you can get even better odds, 16/100 (4/25) from Betfair.

Player Andrew Murray Janko Tipsarevic
Traditional Odds Decimal Odds Traditional Odds Decimal Odds
Betfair 4/25 1.16 29/5 6.8
Expekt.com 3/20 1.15 23/5 5.6
Bet Fred 13/100 1.13 5/1 6
Coral 13/100 1.13 9/2 5.5
Sky Bet 13/100 1.13 9/2 5.5
Paddy Power 3/25 1.12 9/2 5.5
SportingBet 3/25 1.12 5/1 6
Blue Square 3/25 1.12 9/2 5.5
Bet 365 11/100 1.11 5/1 6
William Hill 11/100 1.11 5/1 6
Ladbrokes 1/10 1.1 11/2 6.5
Stan James 2/25 1.08 11/2 6.5