For anyone who watches tennis on regular basis will know Andy Murray is the world number 3 by no fluke, he is third to only the best two players of the last 10 years and today he showed the rest of Britain why for the first time in over 70 years a British man can win Wimbledon.
Ernests Gulbis entered today’s match as a genuine threat to Murray’s chnaces on winning Wimbledon, after 15 minutes it was obvious that Gulbis was way out of Murray’s league.
The world number three “schooled” Gulbis 6-2 7-5 6-3 in one hour and 28 minutes.
Murray faced break points in his first service game but was never troubled again on serve and made just five unforced errors in the whole match and landed 73% of his first serves as he booked a third-round meeting with Serbia’s Viktor Troicki.
After his thumping win he spoke to the media,
I played a lot better than the first match, After the first couple of games, I relaxed. I served great and didn’t give him many opportunities at all. The atmosphere was very good, I think on the big points, the crowd got right behind me and when I had break points, they got noisier. When I needed the support, it was always there.
Gulbis who remains in most tennis fans eyes as an unfulfilled talent also spoke to reporters
Andy played an unbelievable match. He served unbelievably with something like 70% of first serves in, He played really smart tennis, he sliced to my backhand a lot and I didn’t know how to change the rhythm of the game. On my serve it was always a tight game but on his serve I didn’t have a chance. Overall he made five unforced errors – if someone does that you have to hit so many winners to beat him. He didn’t miss a ball and took his chances. If he plays like that he’s one of the favourites for sure.
Andy Murray will resume his Wimbledon 2009 campaign on Thursday 25th June 2009 against Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis in the second round.
Murray will again be third match on centre court with an approximate start time around 5pm.
After negotiating his way past the 76th ranked player in the world Murray now has to find away past the 74th ranked player.
Ernests Gulbis really broke in to the minds of the tennis public at the 2008 French Open reaching the quarter finals and pushing Djokovic very close in that match. He was then hyped up considerably by the tennis press even the BBC at Queens 2008 and Wimbledon 2008 and the Latvian it seemed was living up to the hype, though since then he has slipped down the rankings to 74 from a high of 38 in August last year. If he loses on Thursday he will further slip down the rankings.
Murray and Gulbis have met twice before, their first meeting was at Queens Club 2008 with the Latvian pushing Murray close taking the first set before Murray took control to win 5-7 6-1 6-4 . Their second match was on the hard courts in St. Petersburg, Murray winning that day comfortably 6-4 6-2.
Gulbis though thinks that those previous matches mean nothing, he spoke to the press
At Queens club I played pretty well – Then in St Petersburg, I was tired of the season. I was trying to play a good match, but in my mind already I was home. I don’t say that I would have beaten him, but in this tournament it’s going to be like a new match and the past won’t count so much.
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