Andy Murray vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
GAME SET AND MATCH ANDY MURRAY 6-2 7-6(3)
7-3 - No such mistake for Murray on his own serve, ending with an ace out wide to earn a straight set win.
6-3 – Murray goes for the winner to end the match but goes a bit too wide on the forehand.
6-2 - Four match points for Murray now after Tsonga hits out after an impressive Murray return
5-2 – Murray under pressure again after a good Tsonga return somehow comes out on top to keep his mini break intact.
4-2 - A great return sees Murray under pressure at the back of the court. Tsonga attempts to take advantage with the drop shot but it is extremely poor in execution and goes into the net.
3-2 – First mini break of the tie break when Tsonga under pressure attempts a backhand down the line, but it goes just wide.
2-2 – Murray attempts the forehand on the run after a Tsonga cross court puts him under the pressure but it floats wide.
2-1 - A much better serve this time from Murray on the first and Tsonga once more cannot get a return in.
1-1 - Tsonga fails to take advantage of a Murray second serve and cannot get it back in play.
0-1 Tsonga hits his first ace of the match.
TIEBREAK SET 2
6-2 6-6 - Slightly nervy times for Murray but he toughs out a hold to seal the tie break. Back to back big serves from 0-15 to him to 30-15. At 40-30 and A-40, game points go begging – the first on a double fault and the second on an attempted passing shot that is netted. Tsonga earns a set point but Murray is relieved to see Tsonga go wide on the forehand to bring it back to deuce. A bullet forehand down the line brings up game point number three and he holds when a Tsonga backhand goes way long.
6-2 5-6 - Tsonga ensures at least a tie break for his troubles with this hold but it wasn’t easy. After a drop shot was expertly retrieved and put away by Murray, Tsonga faced two break points which would give Murray the chance to serve for the match. Both were saved but it would be hard work for Tsonga to seal the hold as he saw two points of his own to take the game go begging. He would eventually hold on game point number three after Murray goes wide.
6-2 5-5 - Murray is up to the task but faces a minor wobble at 15-15. Tsonga goes all out at 30-15 for a return of serve winner but wildly hits long. Murray holds after adjusting to a netcord to putaway the backhand cross court out of Tsonga’s grasp.
6-2 4-5 - For the first time in the match, the pressure will be on Murray who must serve to stay in the set. Tsonga avoids a minor wobble and holds to 30, finishing off with a simple forehand putaway set up by the big serve.
6-2 4-4 - BREAK TSONGA A terrible service game sees Murray broken to love. Back to back errors see him down 0-30 and a unsuccessful lob at the end of a lengthy rally sees him face his first three break points of the match. Tsonga needs just one to get it back on serve, with a clean backhand return of serve winner down the line.
6-2 4-3 - Murray continues to press in the hope of the double break insurance but comes up short once more. Tsonga holds to 30 to stay in touch but will need to improve on return.
6-2 4-2 - Tsonga is upping the pressure yet again but can still not get that break point. After a flick volley winner on the run puts him 30-15 up, he manages to overpower Murray for once. It looks like Tsonga will eventually get that break point as he hits the forehand down the line and closes in with Murray on the stretch. The passing attempt is volleyed by Tsonga, but unfortunately for him it goes just wide and Murray avoids potential danger again as he takes the next point to hold.
6-2 3-2 - Tsonga holds a bit easier this time, dropping just one point. Highlight of the game was a vicious backhand crosscourt winner which Murray could do very little about. The Frenchman definitely needs to up his game a whole lot more though if he wants a chance of victory, although he only has pride to fight for now that he cannot qualify.
6-2 3-1 - Murray turns the pressure right back onto Tsonga with a hold to 30. Murray takes the game after Tsonga puts a return “long”. He decides not to challenge but hawk-eye replays reveal that his return actually caught a very small part of the line!
6-2 2-1 - Tsonga begins with a overhead smash into the net on the run, one of the many errors throughout this match he has made. He does recover to 30-15, only to lose the next two points. Break point is saved on the way to the hold but he needs two goes at it, taking the second game point – this time with a successful overhead.
6-2 2-0 – Another straight forward hold for Murray, who is yet to face a break point yet. The point lost in his hold to 15 is just the fourth he has dropped on his first serve in the match.
6-2 1-0 – BREAK MURRAY It should be plain sailing now for Murray as a meltdown from 30-15 sees Tsonga broken once more. Indecisiveness as he attempted a drop shot showed, with it landing in the bottom of the net. A forehand into the net gives Murray a break point, which he happily takes after Tsonga dumps a second serve into the net to double fault the break away.
With the set, Andy Murray is now qualified for the semi finals.
6-2 SET MURRAY Murray takes the first set with a hold to 40. After another Tsonga unforced error gave Murray two set points, the Frenchman would hit a cracking return of serve winner to save the first and Murray would then double fault (his first of the match) the second one away. An unreturnable serve out wide would bring up set point number three and Murray is more than happy to see the return of serve go way long this time round to give him the first set.
5-2 - It’s Murray’s turn to come from 30-0 to 30-30 this time round, but like in his games the server goes on to win the next two points and hold. A wide serve draws Murray out of position and eventually sees Tsonga put away the easy volley at the net with Murray stranded.
5-1 - Murray forces Tsonga to serve for the set with an emphatic love hold. A forehand down the line begins the game for 15-0, and a wild second serve return makes it 30-0. A Tsonga slice into the net is followed by Murray’s first ace of the match for a 5-1 lead.
4-1 – With the help of two strong serves, Tsonga moves to 30-0 but an errant forehand gives Murray faint hope in the game. It is soon snuffed out though as a netted return brings up two game points, the first of which is taken as the Frenchman finally gets on the scoreboard.
4-0 Tsonga gets to 30-30 once more but never really threatens the break. Murray seals the hold to move just two games away from the bagel.
3-0 BREAK MURRAY One way traffic here so far with Murray dictating play. At 15-30, Tsonga looks in charge of the point but a drop shot is left short for Murray who attempts the pass. Tsonga gets his racket on it but it floats just long for another two break points. Murray only needs one this time and is now a double break up in just ten minutes.
2-0 - Murray is pegged back from 30-0 to 30-30 but gets game point after a poor attempt at a slice from Tsonga which ends up hitting the bottom of the net. A second serve offers Tsonga an opportunity to get to deuce but all he can do is hit the return way long and Murray holds.
1-0 - BREAK MURRAY A sloppy game sees Murray break at the first time of asking. From 15-0, a disappointing dropshot, forehand into the net and then another one wide after some excellent retrieving from Murray sees the Scot with two break points. The first one is saved with a forehand into the open court but the second is taken. The deep slice approach bamboozles Tsonga who can only dump a backhand into the bottom of the net.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will serve first.
Live Commentary of the match between Murray and Tsonga from the ATP World Tour Finals 2012 will commence here today at 7:45pm London (UK) time.
Murray has earned himself one win so far, having beaten Berdych in his first group match just before losing to Djokovic. On the other hand, Tsonga has lost both of his group matches against Berdych and Djokovic.
The Brit leads the head to head against the Frenchman with 6-1, having won their last encounter in this year’s Wimbledon semifinals.