Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Andy Murray Bounces Back with Victory in Rome

Following three consecutive losses for Britain's number 1, Andy Murray recorded his first victory of the clay court season in Rome this season, defeating Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-2 6-4.

Andy Murray had previously been eliminated in his opening matches at both the Sony Ericsson Open and Monte Carlo events, to Mardy Fish and Philipp Kohlschreiber respectively. He had lost he previous three matches without taking a single set and dropped to world number 5.

Looking to rebound, Andy Murray made a flying start in the last singles match on centre court today, breaking Andreas Seppi to love in the opening game. Followed up by a comfortable hold on his own serve. Murray's second service game of the match would see him face a pair of break points for which he overcame for a hold. He would not face break points on his serve again throughout the match.

Andy Murray showed signs of old as he chased every ball down, asking questions of his opponent every time. Added with some great backhands to win rallies as Murray had Seppi's number all game. One weapon that was still lacking in Andy Murray's game today was his serve as he only managed 1st serve percentage of 53%. Of those 1st serves he did land, he won 90% of the points. Andreas Seppi's poor return game hurt him here. Murray did produce 11 aces and 3 double faults. Overall, Seppi did not play well, not putting pressure or trying to take advantage's poor form coming into this match.

Andy Murray will have a day's rest before his third round tie against either David Ferrer or Potito Starace who play their second round match tomorrow. Our tennis betting expert correctly picked both Andy Murray (he said take his 4/11 odds as prices like that don't come around often!) and Nicolas Almagro today who both safely progressed.

Andy Murray was 20/1 to win this competition yesterday. His odds have now dropped to 12/1 after this performance, added with Roger Federer's surprise elimination at the hands of Ernests Gulbis today. Rafael Nadal remains the odds-on favourite.

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