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- - MURRAY 5-7 6-3 6-2 - GAME, SET AND MATCH! Murray seals victory with a comfortable service game to close out the match, and Kukushkin is unable to muster any resistance as the top seed romps through the third set to seal his place in the second round! Thanks for joining us. ATP Brisbane scorecentre
- - MURRAY 5-7 6-3 5-2 - BREAK! Murray slams an emphatic forehand winner down the line, and suddenly Kukushkin is really struggling to get a foothold in his service games as the top seed breaks and opens up a convincing lead. He can now serve out for the match.
- - MURRAY 5-7 6-3 4-2 - The top seed looks to be coasting now in this third set as he holds serve comfortably to consolidate his break and open up a 4-2 lead. Kukushkin looks extremely weary.
- - MURRAY 5-7 6-3 3-2 - BREAK! Murray looks considerably more content with his game now as he breaks serve with clinical intent and he ruthlessly capitalises as his opponent errs on serve. Kukushkin appears pretty despondent now, but can he recover?
- - MURRAY 5-7 6-3 2-2 - Murray pounds two belligerent forehands down the line to seize control of his service game, and he closes it out to 15 with Kukushkin faltering with two unforced errors after a sparkling forehand.
- - MURRAY 5-7 6-3 1-2 - Murray is absolutely furious with himself at the changeover as he bemoans two awful approach shots which Kukushkin picks off with the utmost ease to keep his nose in front at the start of this third and deciding set.
- - MURRAY 5-7 6-3 1-1 - Murray responds with a service hold of consummate ease, and the Brit manages to ensure that Kukushkin is unable to get a foothold in the game as he dictates the play.
- - MURRAY 5-7 6-3 0-1 - Kukushkin shows his solid temperament once more as he responds to losing the second set with a comfortable hold to 15. The Kazakh player looks very composed, but can he match Murray in this set?
- - MURRAY 5-7 6-3 - SET! Murray wraps up the second set with ease, serving out comfortably dropping just a solitary point to level up the match! It was a very routine set for the top seed, and he is surely now the overwhelming favourite to win this match in the decider. What do you think? Get in touch...
- - MURRAY 5-7 5-3 - Kukushkin continues to impress in this match as he holds serve to 15 and clenches his first with delight. Murray is forced behind the baseline, and is unable to establish himself in the game. Can he now serve out for the set?
- - MURRAY 5-7 5-2 - This set is progressing at quite a rate as Murray holds with the utmost ease to move to within a game of the second set, and he now has the opportunity to break Kukushkin's serve and close it out unless he can muster a resistance.
- - MURRAY 5-7 4-2 - Kukushkin powers a forehand cross court, and Murray is unable to thwart his opponent as he dictates the play and takes the game with consummate ease.
- - MURRAY 5-7 4-1 - Murray consolidates his break of serve with a solid hold, and Kukushkin is unable to respond to falling behind in this second set. The top seed clenches his fist and looks incredibly determined to take control of this match.
- - MURRAY 5-7 3-1 - BREAK! Murray breaks serve in this second set, and the top seed belatedly signals his intent and seizes the initiative in this match! Kukushkin needs to react as he finds himself under the cosh for the first time.
- - MURRAY 5-7 2-1 - Murray again holds with the utmost efficiency, and Kukushkin is left to bemoan his forehand as he twice plants tame groundstrokes into the net. The top seed continues to lead the way in this second set - can his opponent keep pace?
- - MURRAY 5-7 1-1 - Kukushkin shows no signs of complacency or of his level dropping off in this second set, and he pounds successive forehand winners to back up his serve and hold to level at 1-1. Murray continues to look in pain as he holds his back. What damage is he doing to himself out there?
- - Yugo44 reckons Murray will win the second and third sets easily - he just needs to shake off the rust. Fair point. What do others think?
- - MURRAY 5-7 1-0 - Murray gets off to a solid start in the second set with three big first serves to establish himself with a comfortable hold. Kukushkin will have to respond with Murray looking extremely determined and focused to seize control of proceedings.
- - What was your assessment of that opening set? Is Murray showing any signs of hitting form ahead of the Australian Open? I have to say I haven't seen anything to be very positive about from a British perspective thus far... Get in touch and let me know your thoughts...
- - MURRAY 5-7 - SET! Kukushkin holds his composure to close out the set, and he thoroughly deserves to assume the advantage in this match! Murray looks in real trouble as he receives physio treatment at the change over, but it looks as though he will continue.
- - MURRAY 5-6 - BREAK! After all that hard work in forcing himself back on terms, Murray is broken for a third time in this set as he plants a forehand into the net and unleashing a tirade of self-abuse as he curses his sloppy play. Can Kukushkin serve out for the set this time?
- - MURRAY 5-5 - BREAK! The recovery is complete! Murray slices an exquisite backhand down the line to win another rally, and he is playing superbly as he levels at 5-5 and hauls himself back on terms in this opening set. He holds his back in apparent agony - let's hope it's not too serious.
- - MURRAY 4-5 - Murray is suddenly dictating the play and dominating the vast majority of rallies as Kukushkin is forced back behind the baseline, seemingly unable to play in the way he was before. Murray is thriving on Pat Rafter Arena, but his opponent still has the chance to serve out for the set.
- - MURRAY 3-5 - BREAK! Murray is really starting to come into his own now, and he fires a blistering forehand winner to establish a 0-30 lead on Kukushkin's serve. The Kazakh player cannot recovery, and Murray hammers a forehand down the line to break serve!
- - MURRAY 2-5 - It's very tough going for Murray, who slams a forehand down the line to move to 30-0, but is pegged back to 30-30 as Kukushkin finds two enormous forehands which leave his opponent for dead. Murray pulls through with great difficulty, and a backhand cross court gives him the game.
- - MURRAY 1-5 - There is no stopping Kukushkin, who simply refuses to be denied this opening set! The Kazakh player is forced to 30-30 by a battling Murray, but he holds his composure to find two big first serves, and he closes out the game to further consolidate his advantage.
- - MURRAY 1-4 - Finally, Murray gets on the scoreboard with a solid service hold, and he begins to belatedly find some rhythm on his delivery as he pins Kukushkin firmly back behind the baseline. Is this where the comeback begins?
- - MURRAY 0-4 - It's all too easy for Kukushkin, who fires a fierce first serve down the T to move to 30-0, and Murray simply cannot find a way through his opponent's defence at the moment. Murray looks incredibly frustrated, and Kukushkin remains in control.
- - MURRAY 0-3 - BREAK! Well, this is a remarkable start to the opening set as Kukushkin again breaks with consummate ease, and he assumes a 3-0 lead! Murray looks very despondent as he trudges back to his seat, while grimacing. The Kazakh player has now assumed total control of this set.
- - MURRAY 0-2 - Kukushkin is really thriving early on as he crushes a forehand down the line to thwart Murray as the Brit looks to hit straight back and is denied a return to parity at the start of this first set. Kukushkin is playing the percentages superbly, and it is Murray making the mistakes.
- - MURRAY 0-1 - BREAK! What a start from Kukushkin! The Kazakh player pounds the baseline with a flurry of exceptional groundstrokes as Murray begins rather sluggishly on serve, and he breaks from 15-40 to steal the early advantage!
- - Kukushkin has won the toss and elected to receive, so Murray will get us underway on the Pat Rafter Arena. How do you all rate Murray's chances at the forthcoming Australian Open? Who will win the title at Melbourne Park? Get in touch and let me know...
- - This pair have yet to face each other on the ATP Tour, with Kukushkin ranked down at 91 and without a singles title to his name. Both players are aged 24.
- - Tony Roach said: "I've got to say it's a really good move from Andy, an especially good move. Anyone who knows Ivan will tell you how much he's going to bring to the table for Andy. Few people in our sport have ever trained as hard as Ivan or been as professional. All the things his career was based on, like working hard and being meticulous with preparation and execution and that ability he had to concentrate on what was in front of him for hours on end, will rub off on Andy."
- - Last week, Murray ended his long search for a full time coach by appointing eight-times grand slam winner Ivan Lendl. "It was important to me that the new person joining my team was able to add fresh insight," the 24-year-old Scot said. "Ivan's impact on the game is unquestionable and he brings experience and knowledge that few others have, particularly in major tournaments." What do you all make of that appointment? Read more
- - Welcome to live coverage of Andy Murray's first-round match against Mikhail Kukushkin at the Brisbane International.
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