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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 August 2005, 20:57 GMT 21:57 UK
Brave Murray slips to Safin loss
Cincinnati Masters second round latest:

A MURRAY (GB) v M SAFIN (Rus)

4-6 6-1 1-6


Game-by-game updates:

THIRD SET

Murray 4-6 6-1 1-6 Safin
Safin secures his place in round three by converting his third match point with an ace.

Murray 4-6 6-1 1-5 Safin
Murray is staring defeat in the face after another poor service game.

Murray 4-6 6-1 1-4 Safin
Safin looks in control now, producing some great shots that leave Murray chasing shadows.

Murray 4-6 6-1 1-3 Safin
Murray breaks the rot to reduce the deficit but he is still a break down.

Murray 4-6 6-1 0-3 Safin
Safin holds easily to open up a healthy lead.

Murray 4-6 6-1 0-2 Safin
It's going wrong for Murray. He litters his service game with errors and loses it to 15. It's an uphill battle now.

Murray 4-6 6-1 0-1 Safin
Safin will be glad to hold his serve at the beginning of the third and final set. The pressure quickly shifts to Murray.

SECOND SET

Murray 4-6 6-1 Safin
Murray is all square, taking the set with an ace. How will Safin react? Can Murray maintain his form?

Murray 4-6 5-1 Safin
Safin opens his account in the second set but Murray will have at least two service games to level the match.

Murray 4-6 5-0 Safin
Murray looks certain to level the match at one set all after holding easily. Has Safin conceded the set, preferring to conserve his energy for the decider?

Murray 4-6 4-0 Safin
Murray is running away with the set, some brilliant touches combined with Safin's increasing waywardness giving him his second break.

Murray 4-6 3-0 Safin
Murray recovers from 15-40 to deuce but then puts a forehand long to give Safin a break point. The Scot saves it with a delightful drop shot after moving his opponent around the court. With Safin becoming increasingly frustrated, Murray eventually holds his serve.

Murray 4-6 2-0 Safin
Murray capitalises on several Safin errors to break for the second time in the match.

Murray 4-6 1-0 Safin
Murray makes a positive start to the second set, although he gets a lucky netcord to go 40-15 up. Safin goes wide with a double-handed backhand to hand Murray the early advantage.

FIRST SET

Murray 4-6 Safin
Murray plays his heart out but cannot stop Safin from clinching the first set.

Murray 4-5 Safin
Murray saves the first of two break points with a brilliant crosscourt winner off his backhand. He then gets it back to deuce before holding. But all is not well with the Scot. He heads back to his seat clutching his right shoulder and calls for the trainer.

Murray 3-5 Safin
This is developing into match of mistakes, with neither player looking very fluent. Safin trails 0-30 but gets himself out of trouble, winning the game with an ace.

Murray 3-4 Safin
Murray is quickly on the backfoot again, a double fault giving Safin a second break. It's a terrible game from the Scot, who is very wayward.

Murray 3-3 Safin
Murray shows signs of his talent with a great, running backhand down the line at 0-40. That seems to unsettle Safin, who loses the next four points with error after error. Murray is back level.

Murray 2-3 Safin
Safin produces a blistering double-handed backhand to go 30-15 up but Murray refuses to buckle, winning the next three points.

Murray 1-3 Safin
Murray is starting to get a foothold in the match. He loses this game after getting back to deuce but is looking more confident while Safin is starting to hit the odd ragged shot.

Murray 1-2 Safin
Murray finally gets off the mark despite letting slip a 40-15 lead. Safin's powerful groundstrokes bring the Russian back to deuce, but Murray wins the next two points to hold.

Murray 0-2 Safin
Murray plays better but is still out of sorts, mis-timing several shots. Safin starts limping at one stage after one rally but seems to recover quickly.

Murray 0-1 Safin
Murray gets off to a poor start, losing his service to 15. The Scot needs to react positively against a player who will take full advantage of any slips.



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