2009 Madrid Masters – Murray Overcomes Robredo

Andy Murray continued his improvement on clay with a straight sets win over Spain’s Tommy Robredo in the Madrid Open. The Scot took the match with a 7-5 6-1 victory.

Murray looked sharp from the off and was never troubled on his own serve, but he did lack the killer touch in the first set he failed on numerous chances to convert break-points in the first set, but eventually took his opportunity in the 11th game to take a 7-5 lead.

Murray them raced throught the third set as he made light work of Robredo , breaking in the third, fifth and seventh games.

Top three seeds Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic also made it through to the quarter-finals and we could be set for an all top 4 semi final with Murray appearing to have the toughest quarter final match against world number 5 Del Potro.

Andy Murray who will turn 22 on Friday, produced arguably his best result on clay- after all he beat a top 20 Spanish “clay court specialist” in Spain with his win over Robredo, a three-time French Open quarter-finalist.

After his win, Murray said,

I was a little tense when I had my chances and didn’t take them, I noticed that at this altitude the ball tends to fly faster, and because the court is sprayed with water regularly the balls also tend to pick up weight. I strung my racquets more tightly to compensate and was happy to be able to control the ball in the wind here. If you don’t take your chances when you’ve got them, then he’s going to kill you, When you attack him he defends well, and if you let him attack he really does it.