Andy Murray Defeats Haas to Reach Wimbledon 4th Round

Wimbledon 2008After a slight stumble in the second set Andy Murray beat former world number two Tommy Haas in 4 sets to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon 08.

The British number one won 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-2 to reach the last 16 for the second time at Wimbledon, the match was wrapped out in two hours 35 minutes, though likely should have been finished of quicker and in straight sets. Murray lost to Marcos Baghdatis two years ago in the fourth round, but this time he has set his sights on much more.

Things did not immediately start well for Murray when he lost the opening six points, fortunately it was Haas serving first and Murray was able to recover from 0-30 down to hold his serve and then was able to break Haas in the next game. Murray then had another break point chance in game seven but it went begging. Murray held serve though with same fine serving he had showed in his previous Wimbledon matches this year.

Andy Murray carried his form in to the start of second and again broke serve in game three with some superb passing shots, then completely against the run of play Haas broke back, Murray seemed to lose concentration for the first time in the match, which proved costly. With the set in his hands he allowed Haas back in and the German stepped up his game and took the second set to a tie beak. The momentum seemed to be switching from Murray to Haas and eventually Murray was making more errors, a double fault in the tie break proved fatal as he lost the set,

Haas kept up the pressure and for a few games at the start of the third it looked as if the German was about to take control, Haas had two break points, but Haas messed one chance up and Murray served an ace for the other. That was Haas chances over, in the next Murray broke Haas as it was now the German’s turn to serve a double fault. Murray held serve for the rest of the set to take a 2-1 lead.

Murray completed the recovery when the young Scot took full control of the fourth set with two breaks, After the match Murray said

I thought it was a good match, I maybe had the chance to win in straight sets but, apart from the last few games of second set, I thought it was a really good match. I’ve managed to deal with the tight situations. I probably didn’t play the best tie-break today, and in the past that might have affected me, but today it didn’t. The first three matches were very good. I’ve only dropped the one set, but I’ll have to play better if I want to go further.

and Tommy Haas said,

At 1-1 in the third I had two break chances and he came up with the goods. Then in the fourth he came up with some unbelievable shots. He has a very good first serve which some people underrate. I think he needs to work on his second serve but overall he has a game that’s tough to beat.

Andy Murray will next face eighth seed Richard Gasquet after last year’s semi-finalist beat Gilles Simon 6-3 6-3 6-7 6-3.

Match Summary Andy Murray Tommy Haas
Country Great Britain Germany
Sets 3 1
Games 24 16
Total Points Won 127 109
1st Serve % 68 of 127 = 54 % 68 of 109 = 62 %
Aces 15 11
Double Faults 4 6
Unforced Errors 24 19
Winning % on 1st Serve 55 of 68 = 81 % 54 of 68 = 79 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 33 of 59 = 56 % 16 of 41 = 39 %
Receiving Points Won 39 of 109 = 36 % 39 of 127 = 31 %
Break Point Conversions 5 of 12 = 42 % 1 of 4 = 25 %
Net Approaches 19 of 27 = 70 % 29 of 56 = 52 %
Fastest Serve 134 MPH 125 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 119 MPH 118 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 94 MPH 105 MPH