Murray into quarter-finals


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:28

Better was expected of the 16th-seeded Robredo on his favoured surface but the Spaniard did at least push Murray in the first set before succumbing meekly to the world number three in the second.

Murray’s 7-5 6-1 win in one hour and 43 minutes is arguably one of his best results on clay, and on the eve of his 22nd birthday the Scot looked like a man ready to become a contender on a surface which has traditionally highlighted his shortcomings.

A meeting with either Juan Martin del Potro or Stanislas Wawrinka awaits Murray in the last eight.

Murray made hard work of the first set after missing a host of opportunities on the Robredo serve.

An early break point was squandered while he also missed a simple high volley when 40-30 up in the seventh game.

He had four further chances to break in the ninth as the Spaniard struggled with his rhythm on a blustery day in Madrid. Robredo held on, though, only to falter at 5-5, sending a cross-court forehand wide to hand the Scot an edge he nearly threw away.

Serving for the set, Murray slumped to 15-40 but held his nerve to save the break points and clinch the set 7-5. The second set was all one-way traffic as Murray stepped up a gear to totally outclass his opponent.

An early break in the third game had Murray in the driving seat while a second break in the fifth – the crucial point coming only after the chair umpire overruled an an incorrect call by a line judge – effectively ended the contest.

Two games later Murray brought up his 11th break point and converted the fourth of those with a strong backhand return to progress comfortably into the next round.


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