2010 Cincinnati Masters – Murray Through to QF’s

It was another below average performance for Andy Murray at the 2010 Cincinnati Masters. He needed to fight back from a set down to clinch a 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) victory over Ernests Gulbis in the third round.

A tired looking Murray seemed to struggle with the hot conditions and Gulbis broke twice in the opening 5 games  to power into a 4-1 lead, Murray would retrieve one of the breaks but the Latvian held on to claim the first set.

Murray improved slightly in the second set, but he was aided in part by a drop in performance from Gulbis. The Scot claimed the second set and went a break up immediately at the start of third and all look  to be back to normal for Murray. Gulbis had other ideas and broke back in the next game and the rest of the set would go on serve with Gulbis looking the more threatening.

Experience seemed to play a big part in the result as Murray stayed composed in the breaker to race into a 6-1 lead before eventually taking the match on his 4th match point.

The 23-year-old British struggled in the heat and after the match said,

It was very warm and I was struggling to get control, Gulbis was hitting huge. He was comfortable when he was dictating points. I then began to make some first serves and then made sure he would have to play some great tennis to win the tie-break.

Murray will now face American wildcard Mardy Fish in the quarter finals – Fish has already beaten Murray twice this year, albeit when Murray was playing poorly. Fish took out Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-2 in his third round match.

In the only other completed 3rd round match, Novak Djokovic beat David Nalbandian in straight sets.