Andy Murray has just given one his best performances ever and without question his best performance to date on clay. In match that lasted just over an hour and half the young Scot won in straight sets 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 against Argentina’s Jose Acasuso at the French Open.
With the British press hot in his back after a poor first round display where he just scraped through against a French wildcard, the British number today put all this behind him and produced some of his best form to really send a message home to his critics. Murray took control from the first ball hit, breaking the clay court specialist Acasuso in game one. He completed the match unbroken on his own serve and notched up another 4 breaks of serve.
Andy Murray sealed victory in one hour 37 minutes and now faces Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, currently ranked 20th in the world in the thrid round.
Murray admitted he had been in poor form in his opening match against French teenager Jonathan Eysseric and may have felt he had a point to prove, in the interview straight after the match Murray went on to say,
I felt my performances on clay have been decent this year but I keep getting questioned why I’m not doing better, I wanted to show I could beat a good clay court player. Acasuso might not be a Federer or a Nadal but I showed I can play on clay. I wanted to show to myself I can do it. To win in straight sets, not lose my serve and break five or six times doesn’t happen too often. It’s not too often a match goes as well as that. I’m very pleased, it was a great performance. I was very aggressive and my shot selection was great.
During the Match Murray’s shot selection was almost perfect every time and even managed to play his favorite drop shot at the correct moments. But it wasn’t just the drop shot that was working, his net play was particular good and on a few occasions produced some high class lobs to earn vital points.
Murray will now face Spain’s Nicolas Almagro, who is seeded 19th and ranked 20th in the world. Almagro has 4 career titles to his name with all his victories coming on clay, so the Spaniard will be a formidable opponent for the young Scotsman. The two have yet to play each other on the ATP tour.