Andy Murray Cruises to Victory Over Malisse

Andy Murray coasted in to the third round for the third time after a very convincing display against Belgium’s Xavier Malisse.

The Young Scot broke the former Wimbledon semi finalist Malisse a total of 6 times and looked in superb form. He almost effortlessly swept aside Malisse 6-4 6-2 6-2 in just over an hour and half on Centre Court. Andy Murray will now face former world number 2, Tommy Haas, the German though only currently ranked 38 world.

Murray took controll of the match in the game five when he broke Malisse for the first time in the match, he went on to hold serve in the rest of set andwent up two breaks in the second, despite Murray dropping one of those breaks back to Malisse, Murray would go on to break again for a third time in the set. He wrapped up the third with another two breaks to run out the comfortable victor. After the match Murray said,

Overall I thought I served really well, I lost my concentration a little at the endof the second and the middle of the third but I played well, although my ground strokes could have been a bit better but it’s very windy out there. It’s nice to get off the court in straight sets in my first two matches.

Although Malisse who is only ranked 226 at the moment, the former world number 19 and former Wimbledon semi finalist was thought to be an opponent who would test Murray. The Belgium who is only 27 has suffered from injuries and lack of form recently, but his grass court performances have historically been good, but from the moment Murray secured the first break, the momentum was with the Brit and the match was soon in the bag.

Andy Murray’s win today against a player he was expected to beat was in great contrast to his predecessor Tim Henman’s Wimbledon matches. Henman, who would often struggle to put away lower ranked players usually put the centre court crowd through the ringer and struggled to get the job done in less than 5 sets. There are clear differences between Henman and Murray – The obvious one being that Murray has a complete all round game and has no real weakness, but perhaps he handles the expectation of a British crowd a little better. 

Murray had to wait a little longer to win the match after Malisse challanged Murray’s winning ace. There was a lengthy delay because the umpire did not hear the challenge in time and by looks of it had turned his equipment off, but after a few minutes Hawkeye visual appeared and the Scot’s ace was good!

Match Summary Andy Murray Xavier Malisse
Country Scotland Belgium
Sets 3 0
Games 18 8
Total Points Won 99 67
1st Serve % 55 of 82 = 67 % 53 of 84 = 63 %
Aces 16 2
Double Faults 2 2
Unforced Errors 22 20
Winning % on 1st Serve 45 of 55 = 82 % 32 of 53 = 60 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 13 of 27 = 48 % 11 of 31 = 35 %
Receiving Points Won 41 of 84 = 49 % 24 of 82 = 29 %
Break Point Conversions 6 of 11 = 55 % 1 of 3 = 33 %
Net Approaches 11 of 21 = 52 % 17 of 32 = 53 %
Fastest Serve 134 MPH 126 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 116 MPH 117 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 92 MPH 97 MPH