Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Murray's Scare, Federer's Flair

Scotland's Andy Murray suffered a huge scare in his first round encounter with home favourite and former world number 7 Richard (pronounced Reesh-ard) Gasquet. Murray was looking out of sorts and had no answer to Gasquet's beautiful single-handed backhand shots......until......the Frenchman injured his knee. Murray won a close third set and ran away with the final two sets 6/2, 6/1 as Gasquet heroically battled on to no avail.

Meanwhile on Philippe Chartrier court, reigning champion Roger Federer demonstrated a little flair as he easily desposed of Australian opener Peter Luczak in straight sets, 6/4, 6/1, 6/2.

The draw is opening up nicely for Federer, his second round match will be against Alejandro Falla, while 27th seed Feliciano Lopez, who was due to meet the Swiss in the 3rd round, remarkably fell at the first hurdle to a qualifier.

Murray will have to improve his game and his emotions in the near future if he is to progress deeper into this tournament. He is mentally unstable and with opponents such as Chela, Baghdatis, Berdych and Tsonga possibly standing in his way to a semi-final with the Great Man, it seems only a matter of time before he is beaten.

Thankfully live coverage has appeared on the box, so I'm happy!

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