Thursday, August 12, 2010

Live text - Murray v Monfils

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By Pranav Soneji

Murray 5-1 Monfils*
Murray concedes his first double fault of the match, followed up by an overhit forehand to give his opponent the opportunity to close the deficit at 15-30. However, the Frenchman is screaming at himself/anyone in near vicinity following two successive unforced errors, points which allow Murray to take a 40-30 lead. A well-placed drop-shot takes the game to deuce - but another UE, again on the forehand side, and a misdirected double-handed backhand, hand Murray the point and a 5-1 lead.

Murray* 4-1 Monfils
Murray absolutely marmalises a forehand winner, swiftly followed up by another, much to the delight of the not-as-yet full crowd on Centre Court. Another break point conceded - but Murray is hell-bent on chasing everything down. Two shots which pretty much every single player on the tour would give up on are chased down, but the overhead smash is just too much as Monfils manages to level at deuce. And the Frenchman earns his first game of the match.

Murray 4-0 Monfils*
More shocking unforced errors from Monfils, who stares at coach Roger Rasheed in the stands for inspiration, but the former Australian rules footballer looks non-plussed. A rasping forehand up the line gives Murray a 40-30 lead while a direct serve into the body earns the Scot game number four.

From amazonaria on 606: "I get the feeling that the Toronto crowd are not overly impressed by Frenchmen."

Murray* 3-0 Monfils
Murray is bang up for this battle as he hammers a relentless set of groundstrokes from the baseline, eventually forcing Monfils to concede the point with a framed forehand. The world number 15 is all over the place at the moment, overhitting a double-handed backhand before surrendering a serve-and-volley point when he hammers his return into the net, handing Murray his second successive break point. The Scot is pummelling the forehand side, but it's an unforced error on the backhand which hands the second seed his third successive game. Murray in total control.

Murray 2-0 Monfils*
Sensational get from Monfils, probably the only player on the circuit who could have reached the most sumptuous of drop-shots from Murray. But two more unforced errors from the sleeveless Frenchman and Murray leads comfortably.

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Murray* 1-0 Monfils
Epic first point to open up the match as both men exchange baseline strokes before Monfils drills a double-handed backhand beyond the service line, Apologies Murray opted to receive not serve first, must expunge contents of ears... Murray is clearly set on moving Monfils to all corners of the court - and it seems to be working as his opponent overhits two attempted winners. Monfils overcooks another sizzling forehand to hand Murray two break points - which he duly converts with a well-placed forehand winner with the Frenchman at the net. Excellent start from Murray.

* denotes NEXT to serve

From Sebadono on 606: "Good luck Andy.."

2016: More sartorial azul on show, this time from Monfils, who opts for his trademark sleeveless vest accompanied by an eye-blindingly luminous yellow back - the sort of colour used by cyclists opt for when riding in pitched black conditions. Murray opts for a sober white shirt accompanied by a pair of blue shorts. The TV has just shot to mum Judy in the crowd - she has a steely-eyed stare that could cut through bank vaults. Monfils has won the toss and will serve first. Game on.

2011: Murray has a truckload of respect for his French opponent, describing him on Wednesday during his post-match interview as the most athletic player ever to pick up a tennis racquet. The Scot was patchy at times during his 7-5 6-2 second-round win over Xavier Malisse, especially during the first set. His first serve in particular was either flawless or useless. However, Monfils, nicknamed "Sliderman" by some sections of tennis' cognescenti because of his ability to stretch his limber body to all parts of the court, is a different shoal of fish altogether, with Murray admitting he will have to reassess his tactics against the fellow 23-year-old. Let's have your thoughts about this, that and the other via text 81111 or 606.

2008: So what has happened in the three previous cross-channel encounters between these two whippersnappers? They've met three times and Murray currently holds a 2-1 advantage, although the last time they played was over two years ago on the hard courts of Madrid. Awaiting the winner of this last 16 match is Argentine David Nalbandian, a man who is currently on an 11-match unbeaten run since his victory at the Legg Mason Classic in Washington DC last week.

2004: Hello, it's over to T Dot where defending champion Andy Murray takes on world number 15 Gael Monfils for a place in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup. The sun-drenched surroundings of Centre Court at the Rexall Centre is the venue, so over we go...

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