Murray races past Russian


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:44

Russian Davydenko came into the contest on an 12-match winning streak, but that run came to an abrupt end as the world number three claimed a 6-3 6-4 victory in one hour and 21 minutes.

The Scot capitalised on the catalogue of errors by Davydenko to set up a last-four meeting with either Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Murray converted all four of his break points, the last in the final game of the match when Davydenko went long with yet another unforced error.

The Scot dropped his serve once in the opening set, but that was to prove the only impact his opponent made.

“The start was important,” Murray said afterwards on Sky Sports Xtra.

“When he broke me back in the first set it was important for stay strong there because he was actually making quite a lot of mistakes in the first set and I didn’t want to let him back in, let him get into a rhythm.

“I felt pretty comfortable after the first set. My serve was helping me out, I didn’t give him many chances in the second set.

“It’s very difficult playing against him. He stands so close to the baseline, he hits the ball really hard and flat, you need to be on the defensive a lot against him.

“I managed to defend well and use my slice to change the pace of the ball.”


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