Wimbledon 2009 – Andy Murray Beats Wawrinka

Wimbledon 2009Andy Murray has won his way through to the quarter final of the 2009 Wimbledon championships with a very hard fought 2-6 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-3  victory against Swiss no.2 Stanislas Wawrinka under the centre court roof.

It was the first ever full professional men’s match played under the new roof after it was closed half through ladies singles match between Dinara Safina and Amelie Mauresmo when it started to rain for the first time at the 2009 championships.

Murray’s day under the centre court roof did not start well and the Scot had to recover from a set down and break points down in the second set before he managed to get his game together to claim another famous centre court victory to rival the Gasquet match 12 months ago.

It’s the second time Andy Murray has made it through to the Quarter finals at All the England Club and will now face former world no.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero on Wednesday.

Murray lost to Rafael Nadal at last years quarter final stage and will be looking to go one round further and equal Tim Henman’s record of reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

Whether it was the roof, the late start or Murray’s opponent, the Scot was clearly below his best at the start of the match. He lost the opening 3 points to give Wawrinka 3 immediate break points, the Scot did save those first 3 but not the fourth and Wawrinka had an early break. The warning bells were sounding as Murray was broken again and he found himself 4-0 down in the first set.

The Murray serve was nowhere near as good as it been in the two previous matches, but he did manage to get it semi-firing as he managed to get himself on the scoreboard eventually. It wasn’t enough to stop the Swiss player from capturing the first set 6-2.

Murray started slightly better in the second set, his serve was improving but still below par. The set went with serve quite comfortably in the first 4 games before what most people will see as the turning point, with Murray serving the Scot gives up to break points at 15-40. Wawrinka misses the first one a forehand well long, and blows the second with another forehand just missing the sideline. Murray would then go to win the game with the shot of the match so far, a dipping top-spin forehand on the run.

That save of break points by Murray was enough to inspire the Scot to raise his game and in two games time it was he who had his first chance to break, he couldn’t quite convert the first one, but he soon carved out another and this time it was converted courtesy of a backhand error for Wawrinka. Murray served out the next game to love to level the match at 1 set all.

The third set was an almost replica of the second this time Wawrinka had chances to break in the 6th game, missing all 3 of them before Murray breaks the Swiss star in the next game. Murray wouldn’t be denied his third set and the Scot served out to take the set 6-4 and a 2-1 lead in the match.

The fourth set was a bit a dog-fight as both players had numerous chances to break serve in multiple service games, but it was Wawrinka who claimed the break in the 11th game and went on to win the set 7-5.

The 5th and deciding set was looking like it would be a little more comfortable for the watching British public as Murray saved his best tennis for last , he managed to break in Wawrinka’s opening game after the Swiss ace had lead 40-0 in the game and the Scot raced to a 3-0 lead. It would not be that easy though, Wawrinka held serve and broke back to level things at 3-3.

Andy Murray though has proved time and time again he is a fighter and the Scot would not be denied his quarter final spot – He managed to hold serve and in epic game and Murray forced the break of serve after missing out on a few chances. All he had to do was hold serve and he did not disappoint.

Andy Murray v Stanislas Wawrinka PreviewAndy Murray’s march on the 2009 Wimbledon title continues in the 4th round against talented Swiss no.2 Stanislas Wawrinka.

Murray’s match will be for the 4th time the third match on centre court on Monday 29th June 2009. Robin Soderling vs Roger Federer is first up followed by Dinara Safina vs Amelie Mauresmo, which will give an approximate start time between 5pm and 6pm.

Murray has reached the 4th round on two previous occasions in 2006 he was eliminated at this stage by Marcos Baghdatis 3-6, 4-6, 6-7(2) and then last year he beat Richard Gasquet in that epic match 5-7, 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-2, 6-4.

His opponent on Monday is Stanislas Wawrinka, he’s 24 and ranked 18th in the world and seeded 19th at Wimbledon 2009. He is the Swiss no.2 behind Roger Federer and has been as high as 9th in the world, which achieved only 12 months ago. He has only one small ATP tour title in Umag in 2006, though he has made 5 ATP tour level finals and he won the Olympics double gold medal with Roger Federer in 2008.

Wawrinka and Murray are considered friends on tour and have met a total of seven times so far. Murray holds the advantage with 4-3 winning record and he has won the last two matches, most importantly the 4th round of the US Open were Murray cruised to victory over Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.

Year Event Surface Winner Score
2008 US Open Hard Murray 6-1 6-3 6-3
2008 ATP Masters Series Canada Hard Murray 6-2 0-6 6-4
2008 ATP Masters Series Rome Clay Wawrinka 6-2 7-6(5)
2008 Marseille Hard Murray 3-6 7-6(5) 6-1
2008 Doha Hard Murray 6-4 4-6 6-2
2006 ATP Masters Series Miami Hard Wawrinka 7-5 3-6 6-4
2005 SUI vs. GBR WG PO Clay Wawrinka 6-3 7-6(5) 6-4

Their first two meeting were won by Wawrinka in 2005 and 2006 whilst Murray was still a teenager, since then Murray has lost just once to the Swiss player and that was on Clay in 2008. Warwinka’s favorite surface is clay and until last year Wimbledon when he reached the 4th round he had not really showed any kind of grass court form having lost in the first round of 6 grass court tournaments he had played.

Murray goes into the match as the strong favourite against the 19th seed Wawrinka, though this time bookmakers are giving Murray’s opponent a little more chance than they did Troicki. The best odds you will get on an Andy Murray win is 2/25 at Betfair and he is still currently the bookmakers second favorite to win Wimbledon 2009

Player Andy Murray Stanislas Wawrinka
Traditional Odds Decimal Odds Traditional Odds Decimal Odds
Betfair 2/25 1.08 11/1 12
Paddy Power 7/100 1.07 13/2 7.5
William Hill 3/50 1.06 7/1 8
Bet 365 1/20 1.05 8/1 9
Sky Bet 1/20 1.05 8/1 9
Stan James 1/20 1.05 8/1 9
Blue Square 1/20 1.05 8/1 9