It was a game that was always going to hard for the 27 year old Murray, as it was his third consecutive day on the courts and the Spaniard Verdasco is always an aggressive and keen competitor. However, Andy came through in flying colours, and reinforced his record against his opponent which now stands at 10-1.
Murray supporters would have been a bit worried in the early part of the match, as Andy had to see off three break points in the first game, before slowly taking charge of the match. As time went on Murray was the one who settled down and threatened Verdasco’s service games. There were times in the third set that saw the 30 year old Spaniard’s frustration get the better of him, but Andy kept his composure and his experience made sure that he remained focus and never doubted his ability to get himself over the winning line.
Looking at the match stats, the two players were evenly matched in most areas. The Brit got four aces compared to Verdasco’s one, although Murray did have three double faults compared to Fernando’s two. But probably the main difference between the two players was the first serve win ratio, Andy’s was 75% compared to Fernando’s 59%. And even though the Spaniard did bring in 75% of his first serves (compared to 62% for Andy), it was Murray who made them count.
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