6-2 0-6 6-4 was the odd scoreline that was how the match between the worlds number 9 and 10 players, Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka finished. Most predicted that this match would go a full 3 sets, but few could have predicted that one set would be lost to love and the victor in that set would go on to lose the match.
That’s what happened in this very topsy-turvy match. Murray strode out onto court and quickly asserted his dominance on the match breaking the Swiss number 2’s serve in both his opening service games, to take a 3-0 lead. At that change of ends Wawrinka requested a trainer, Murray went out to serve and increase his lead to 4-0 before the trainer arrived to assist Wawrinka.
The Diagnosis seem to be a “dodgy” right knee caused by the change of surface, clay courts to hard courts, after received lengthy treatment he was able to return with the trainer giving reassuring words that he would not aggravate the injury any more by playing on.
And play on Wawrinka did, he managed to hold his serve in his next two games and Murray served out the set 6-2. Murray opted for a “comfort break” at the end of the second and returned a different player.
With a combination of aggressive forward play from Wawrinka and some simply awful shots from Murray allowed Wawrinka to run of the next 7 games in a row, to take the second set 6-0 and a 1-0 lead in the final set. Murray may have conceded defeat half way through that second set, but even in his first serve of the third set he struggled to convert the game, facing 2 break points and numerous deuces.
But convert it he did and from then on Murray held his serve a little more comfortably and Wawrinka started to struggle or more accurately Murray stopped the awful shots and rather than sailing 2 feet wide, his shots were beginning to fall inside the lines.
Murray would make the vital breakthrough in the seventh game of the third set, when he secured the Swiss stars break of serve for the last crucial time. Murray served out the match with out incident and looked a far more assured player in those last 2 service games.
Andy Murray will now face fellow 21 year old Novak Djokovic tomorrow in the pick of the quarter final matches. Murray has lost all 4 previous meetings. After the match Murray said,
I played really well at the start and I felt like I was hitting the ball great, Early in the second set I had a chance to break him and obviously didn’t. He started to pick his game up and it actually got very windy and I started to miss quite a lot of balls, mis-hit a few – I think I missed the ball completely three or four times. But I had to stay tough in the third set because he was playing much better. I’ve played Stan quite a few times, we’re really good friends, and when I have played him in the past he’s struggled a bit to close the matches out so I knew I had to keep fighting and I found some first serves when I needed them and made a few key returns. But it’s tough to stay focused when you’re making so many mistakes.
Andy is scheduled to return later tonight with his brother Jamie, to take on Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles.