Andy Murray vs Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2 6-2
6-2 6-2 Dolgopolov shows that he has got the shots that took him to world no.20, but he needs to be a lot more consistan if he wants to challenge the top guys. After going 0-30 down, Murray wins four consecutive points to book a place in the quarters. 73% first serves and 5 out of 6 break point chances helped him on the way to today’s victory.
6-2 5-2 BREAK! This match is surely over now. Murray strikes once more, is just too solid from the baseline, forcing Dolgopolov to hit always an extra shot. He clinches the game with a forehand winner and will be serving for the match.
6-2 4-2 Murray consolidates the break to a hold to love. The 6th game took just 69 seconds and he is two games away from a place in the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals.
6-2 3-2 BREAK! Dolgopolov can’t hold onto his serve. He produces just too many unforced errors to put a few minutes ago frustrated Murray back into the driving seat. Surely the Brit will welcome this gift from the Ukrainian with arms wide open.
6-2 2-2 BREAK! Murray goes 15-30 down, with Dolgopolov stepping into the court and hitting an amazing backhand down the line winner to give himself his first break point of the match at 40-30 up. He suddenly becomes a bit more aggressive on the return of serve, approaching the net and putting away a smash to level the score at 2-2. Murray smashes his racket to pieces and the set is back on track.
6-2 2-1 BREAK! Dolgopolov drops yet another serve. After going 30-0 up, his serve lets him down, with double faults creeping in. Murray earns himself a break point as the Ukrainian’s forehand sails long and converts it after a superb drop shot get followed by a Dolgo backhand unforced error.
6-2 1-1 Both players hold their serves with comfort at the start of the second set. Perhaps Dolgopolov can regain some momentum and make Murray work a bit harder..
6-2 SET MURRAY! The Brit sails to a first set win with a love game.
5-2 BREAK! Already 14 unforced errors from Dolgopolov. Although the Ukrainian takes a 30-0 lead in the game, he lets the Brit right back into it, with Murray forcing another couple of break points. First one goes astray, but he converts the second one as Dolgopolov misses a backhand on the stretch. Murray will be serving for the first set.
4-2 The Ukrainian steps up his game a bit, plays a stunning point to take a 15-0 lead. However, Murray manages to come up with the right answers. His serve helps him on the way and a Dolgopolov forehand sails long to give Murray a 4-2 lead.
3-2 Good hold from Dolgopolov, without dropping a game he closes the gap.
3-1 The 2012 US Open champion consolidates the break. Drops the first point, but Dolgopolov misses the next two returns to go 15-30 down. He is trying to be aggressive on his ground strokes, but just can’t seem to be able to find his rhythm at the moment.
2-1 BREAK! Murray takes early control of this first set. Dolgopolov’s backhand approach lands just a bit long to give the Brit a 30-0 lead. Although the Ukrainian manages a brief comeback with a forehand winner (30-30), a couple more unforced errors cost him the game.
1-1 A return error and a a netted backhand from Dolgopolov give the Brit a 30-0 lead. Fires his first ace of the match a a couple of points later the score is levelled at 1-1
0-1 The Ukrainian, who reached the quarterfinals here last year, starts with an ace and finishes the first game with a backhand pass after Murray’s drop shot lands just a bit long.. Holds to 30
Dolgopolov to serve..
Dolgopolov’s 2012 win – loss record 30-21, having won one singles title..
Murray has had a great year so far, win – loss record 50-12, captured three titles (Olympic gold and US Open included). And of course he is unbeated here in Shanghai, winning this tournament twice in the last two of years.
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Murray leads the head to head against Dolgopolov with 3-0, having won their last encounter in the 2012 Brisbane International final.