Andy Murray and Mardy Fish had to wait until Friday to complete their 2010 Aegon Championships third round match after bad light had stopped the match with the tie evenly poised at 4-6 6-1 3-3. It would be Fish who came through on Friday after winning the the third set on a tie break.
The final match score 4-6 6-1 6-7 (2-7).
Murray had started poorly yesterday and dropped his serve in the opening game, it would be all that Fish needed to secure the first set as his served looked unbreakable in his first 5 services game.
His serve was not unbreakable though and Murray quickly got himself back into the match securing two breaks of serves and rushing into a 5 love lead in the second set. Two more games and the set was over.
The third set started very strangely, Murray had a sniff at an immediate break, but executed a poor shot at deuce and from them on the Scot seemed to lose focus as Fish held serve and went on to break Murray to love in the next game. Fish would hold next service game before Murray seemed to get his focus back.
He did indeed regain his focus and after holding serve pushed Fish to deuce once again in the Americans service game, a miss cued overhead by Fish gave Murray the chance to break and that’s what he did on the next point.
Fish then started to question the light and only one more game would be played, not to the amusement of Andy Murray and the Queens Club crowd who had stayed to watch the match despite very cold weather conditions.
Murray question the umpires decision and he could be heard telling the chair umpire that the only reason he believed that Fish wanted to end for the day was that it was now 3-3 and that he wasn’t complaining about light when he was up a break a few minutes ago.
The match resumed today with both players holding serve easily in each of their service games to force a tie break – In usual situations the top ranked player goes on to win – Murray right now is low in confidence and form and it was Fish who stepped up his game. Murray had dropped just one point in his last three service games, but failed to win a single point in the tie break on his own serve.
Improvement is needed should he wish to compete at SW19.
Andy Murray and Mardy Fish will meet in the 3rd round of the 2010 Aegon Championships today, weather permitting.
There match is scheduled for third on centre court and will be shown live on the BBC and Eurosport – An approximate time of the match is difficult with rain fore-casted for the afternoon – Don’t expect to see Andy before 5pm.
Fish and Murray have met three times before with Murray holding a 3-2 advantage over the world number 90 – though it was Fish who was the winner when they met last. Just three months ago at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami, Murray was swept away 6-4, 6-4. An impressive victory considering that Andy Murray was the defending champion and part of a reel slump for Murray after reaching the Australian Open final.
Prior to that match Murray had won the last three encounters, the most recent of those was here at Queens Club in 2009 when Murray won in straights sets 7-5 6-3 in the quarter finals on his way to winning the whole event.
If Murray had not had his recent drop in form, you probably wouldn’t be getting as good as odds as you can at this moment on a Murray win – If you are placing a bet Betfair has the best odds currently on a Murray win and they are current only a free £25 when you sign up for Betfair.
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