Tall order awaits Murray


Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:02

The fifth seed continued his charge through the early rounds with another straight-sets victory today as he beat Florent Serra 7-5 6-1 6-4 on Hisense Arena. Murray will next face the 6ft 9in American Isner, who is the second tallest player on the tour and who possess one of the most feared serves.

But Murray added: “I have broken serve a lot so far this tournament against guys that have good serves.”

Isner, the 33rd seed, booked his place in the fourth round of his second consecutive grand slam after upsetting 12th seed Gael Monfils 6-1 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/5).

Murray was faced with a similar task in the opening round when he easily handled Kevin Anderson, the tour’s third tallest player, and on Friday he broke the 64th-ranked Serra’s serve on seven occasions.

“Kevin Anderson is a good server. I returned well against him,” added the Scot.

“I’m going to need that in the next match.

“Isner is playing really well. He won the tournament in Auckland last week.

“The guy is 6ft 9in and he has if not the best serve on the tour…. I’ll have to return well again.”


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