Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Andy Murray out of US Open without a fight

Andy Murray came into his 4th round encounter with Marin Cilic as clear favourite, but went out with a fight to the big Croatian.

The Brit wasn't offering much energy from the beginning, but both players held onto their serve for the first 10 games after Cilic saved 2 set points on his fifth service game. The Croatian continued the form into the next game as he took his 2nd of 3 break point opportunities and served out to take the opening set 7-5.

To think Murray would just back for a 3-1 win, Cilic came from 40-15 down in the next game to break the world number 2's serve and things were getting interesting. But Murray continued his defensive game and allowing Marin Cilic onto his forehand that he used to devastating effect, and one that Murray could not handle. His service game was too much to handle, and with another break and a couple of holds, the Croatian had taken 6 straight games to earn a 4-0 lead in the second set. Once Andy Murray held his next serve, he put some pressure on the Cilic serve, but failed to take advantage after getting to deuce and soon found himself 5-1 down. After holding his serve after that, Murray had two break points at 2-5, but failed to take advantage of these either, and a few big serves later, Cilic had the second set.

Andy Murray took a toilet break after this, perhaps to refresh and refocus, but it was to no avail as he was broken in the opening game of the third set. Both players held the next 5 service games as Murray never looked like causing a problem on Cilic's serve from then on, and still couldn't handle the big man's forehand. Murray was broke again in his final service game and Cilic held onto this to take the match 7-5 6-2 6-2 and move into the quarter final with a meeting against Juan Martin Del Potro who defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3 6-3 6-3 this evening, as correctly called by our tennis tipster.

Andy Murray never got into this match and was always too passive. He never imposed himself on Marin Cilic and too often allowed the Croatian onto his forehand that he dominated the match with. Murray has consistently failed to step up at Grand Slam level bar last year's US Open final, but for those who keep doubting he will ever win a Grand Slam, let's just remember he is still only 22.

Seeds 1 and 4, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic safely progressed to the quarter finals yesterday, while seed number 3 Rafael Nadal faces Gael Monfils later tonight.

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At 8 September 2009 at 23:03 , Anonymous eliztagih said...

lol I can't stand Andy Murray...he's just such a weasel


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