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20:10 - MURRAY 6-2 6-3 6-2 BAUTISTA AGUT. MATCH! Murray wins! A couple of slick dropshots from Agut bring him to game point, but a series of body-blows snatch them away. After trading shots, Murray slips in an inside out backhand at an impossible backhand. The first match point evades him, but he brings another with a slick volley, but that and the next match point evade him. It isn’t until Murray sends the Spaniard flying after the ball and, two points in a row, slipping on the untouched grass past the tramlines that he captures the match and caps of a brilliant performance.
20:01 - MURRAY 6-2 6-3 5-2 BAUTISTA AGUT. Borderline testy times on Murray’s serve as 30-0 becomes 30-30. A backhand error from the Spaniard charitably offers Murray a game point, and he responds with a searing scream of “c’mon” and a screaming backhand puts him a game from victory.
19:57 - MURRAY 6-2 6-3 4-2 BAUTISTA AGUT. It would seem that Agut has found a second, or third, wind. He holds fiercely, stringing together some solid serves and deep forehands to banish the chance of recieving a breadstick.
19:54 - MURRAY 6-2 6-3 4-1 BAUTISTA AGUT. BREAK! The Scot may well have gotten ahead of himself there, with a couple of shanked errors out of nowhere bringing up break point. Agut, not seemingly playing for pride, wastes no time in smashing a few forehands at the Murray backhand and eventually breaking it down. One break still remains.
19:51 - MURRAY 6-2 6-3 4-0 BAUTISTA AGUT. BREAK! An en fuego Murray breaks again. Yet more flawless returning sets up a series of bombastic backhands as he closes in on victory, Agut cowers in the face of the champion, and soon Murray is two games from the second week of Wimbledon.
19:46 - MURRAY 6-2 6-3 3-0 BAUTISTA AGUT. Murray turns in the screw and holds with a barrage of big serves and aces, smashing down a final ace to hold again.
19:45 - MURRAY 6-2 6-3 2-0 BAUTISTA AGUT. BREAK! A couple of errors from Agut have Murray smelling blood. He pounces, first sending the Spaniard from side to side before slotting the error home, then smashing a backhand winner to take the break.
19:42 - MURRAY 6-2 6-3 1-0 BAUTISTA AGUT. Murray eases into the third set with a simple hold. A few big first serves, and he is quickly marching across the net with another game in hi spocket.
19:38 - MURRAY 6-2 6-3 BAUTISTA AGUT. SET! After all his hard work, a couple of errors are Agut’s fatal undoing. A double fault at 0-30 followed. After wasting three set points, Murray decides to win the set on his own terms, finishing it out with an effortlessly stylish backhand drop volley. One set to go for the Scot.
19:33 - MURRAY 6-2 5-3 BAUTISTA AGUT. BREAK! Quite the final stand from Agut in this second set. With a barrage of titanic forehands all punctuated with his loud and dramatic grunt, he pounds the Murray backhand into submission and grabs a break back. Still one remains, however.
19:27 - MURRAY 6-2 5-2 BAUTISTA AGUT. BREAK! Agut’s desperation is showing as the volume of his grunt increases. First he tries to bash the ball which ends un unforced error, then he tries to roll in a 97 miles per hour first serve which ends in forced errors. In the end, Murray takes it all out of his hands by smashing a crosscourt forehand at 0-40 and stealing the second break with ease.
19:24 - MURRAY 6-2 4-2 BAUTISTA AGUT. From 0-15, Murray steers the Spaniard left and right, painfully excreting the error out of his opponent. Three destructive serves follow, the third punctuated with a rush to the net and a deft volley to restore his lead to two games.
19:22 - MURRAY 6-2 3-2 BAUTISTA AGUT. At last, an easy hold for the Spaniard as he clinches the game to love. Murray went full throttle, powering after a second break but too much aggression was his undoing in the end.
19:18 - MURRAY 6-2 3-1 BAUTISTA AGUT. A slice of worry for Murray as a dropshot from the Spaniard barely skims over the net and eventually wins the point before landing Murray in vaguely warm water at 30-30. Murray responds with big first serves and coolly consolidates his break.
19:13 - MURRAY 6-2 2-1 BAUTISTA AGUT. BREAK! Murray quickly finds himself two points away from a break, but a backhand into the bottom of the net and some forceful forehands from Agut switch things round. At game point, an error from the Spaniard brings up deuce. Murray then switches seamlessly to defence and sniffs out two more errors to lead by a break.
19:07 - MURRAY 6-2 1-1 BAUTISTA AGUT. Before Agut can blink, Murray smashes down his fifth and sixth aces to seal his hold with no-nonsense in about a minute.
19:05 - MURRAY 6-2 0-1 BAUTISTA AGUT. After being taken to school in the first set, it seems Agut has learnt his lesson as he has abandoned rallying in favour of tight-fisted aggression. After a series of big serves, he smashes a pancake-flat forehand down-the-line, before sweeping into the net and powering a forehand drive volley winner to lead in the second set as he did in the first.
19:00 - MURRAY 6-2 BAUTISTA AGUT. SET! Easy peasy for Murray. He brandishes a big serve to open, and one to close and snatches the set with maximum efficiency. 12 winners, 4 errors and a great set of tennis.
18:58 - MURRAY 5-2 BAUTISTA AGUT. Murray is in a hurry and the aggression is refreshing. Yet more flawless returning, steering difficult serves to within inches from the baseline, allow him to neutralize the Spaniard’s advantage and take the upperhand immediately. A few bombastic forehands and backhands later, the double break is his.
18:56 - MURRAY 4-2 BAUTISTA AGUT. The first point is the only one Agut can notch up this time. Murray smashes a few forehands to find his way to game point, before crushing a serve straight down the T to hold again.
18:53 - MURRAY 3-2 BAUTISTA AGUT. Agut connects with enough first serves to keep Murray only at arms length away. Though his forehand is unusual, a couple of penetrating strokes see their way through the fortified Scottish defence.
18:49 - MURRAY 3-1 BAUTISTA AGUT. One confident Spanish forehand winner aside, Murray smashes through the following game with his serve firing on all cylinders. There’s aggression, confidence and mostly a hold.
18:45 - MURRAY 2-1 BAUTISTA AGUT. BREAK! Well, Roberto, it was fun. The Spaniard’s resistance lasts only one game as immaculate returning from Murray sees him up 0-30 on Agut’s serve. A running, screaming, all-guns-blazing glorious forehand winner brings up triple break point, and he only needs one.
18:42 - MURRAY 1-1 BAUTISTA AGUT. Immediate danger for Murray! With a perfectly executed defensive lob, the Spaniard finds himself up 0-30. Murray retorts with a screaming first serve, before slicing and dicing away at Agut’s forehand. A big serve brings Murray to game point, but Agut saves it with a perfect dropshot after 25 pounding strokes. Eventually Murray’s serve and forehand digs himself out of a hole and he holds at last.
18:35 - MURRAY 0-1 BAUTISTA AGUT. It’s the Spaniard to serve first, and he duly slams down four serves and holds to love. On the final point, Murray attempts a frivolous dropshot which is dumped into the net..
18:29 - Welcome to our coverage of Andy Murray’s third round match against the much-improved Roberto Bautista Agut! The players are on the court and ready to begin.
|Date of Birth||15/05/1987|
|Date of Birth||14/04/1988|