Pavel Retires – Murray through to Oz Second Round

Andy Murray didnt have to work too hard to book his place in the 2009 Austrailian open second round. His Romanian opponent Andrei Pavel was forced to retired with the recurrence of a long term back problem.

With less than an hour on the clock Pavel came to the net to shake Murray’s hand with score 6-2 3-1 in Murray’s favour. The Romanian looked in quite a bit of pain and needed assistance to carry his bag has he exited the arena, perhaps the last time we see Pavel in an ATP event.

For Murray though this was a very comfortable work out, it took a few games for Murray to shake off first match cob webs as Pavel was able to keep the score tied untill 2-2 in the first – Murray moved his game in to second gear and rattled of the next 4 games to take the first set comfortably. Pavel then called for the trainer and his condition deteriated from then on and it was no surprise to most when the 34 year old had to throw in the towel.

This first round match for Murray was in stark contrast to that of last year when he was out powered in the first round by eventual finalist Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, a potential quarter finalist opponent for Murray this year.

Murray will next face either Russia’s Teimuraz Gabashvili or Spain’s Marcel Granollers who play later today.

After the match Murray said

I would have liked to go out and play a few more games but I’ll go out and practice today. It would have been nice to get the feeling of the court a little bit more. I’ve prepared as well as I could have and I’ll just have to trust that. When you’re playing matches you’re occupied and so you don’t think about the pressure so it’s good to get the matches under way.