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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 12:26 GMT 13:26 UK
Gamewatch: Murray v Volandri
Hamburg Masters:

First round:


5-1 - Murray retires hurt


By Ben Dirs

First set:

Murray 5-1 Volandri - Murray retires hurt
Murray wrings his right wrist after a forehand and then crumples over after another - this looks serious, I think he might be toast. The trainer is on and Murray looks very distressed perched on the edge of his bench.

Apparently his wrist "clicked" as he played the shot - you've got to wonder about his French Open prospects. "I was playing the best match of my life," says Murray as he's pawed at by the trainer. "I can't play," says Murray, but the trainer is going to strap it and spray it and see how he goes. Murray, the little trooper, is going to battle on. He wins the first point, but that's all folks, he emits a primeval roar after his first forehand, hurls his racquet to the floor, says some rude words and then concedes. Not much of a birthday that, almost as bad as my 15th when I got a pair of plastic telephones off the Roman Road market from some cousins who thought I was still six.

Murray 5-1 Volandri
Lovely bit of touch from Volandri, feathering a drop-volley to move to 30-0, but Murray gets a point back with a vicious backhand return. Another fierce return from Murray and Volandri is being severely outmuscled. Murray then displays some cheek, lobbing Volandri at the net before putting away the volley. A smashing backhand winner makes it advantage and an unforced error makes it three breaks to one to Murray.

Murray 4-1 Volandri
Murray serves up a double fault and Volandri then plays his best shot so far, a fine cross-court forehand winner for two break points. Volandri blows the first one, sticking a forehand wide, but converts the second, Murray tamely putting a forehand into the net. Volandri displaying some spunk.

Murray 4-0 Volandri
Volandri wins his first point before Murray crashes a two-fister down the line. Murray has a bit of a moan about a line call on Volandri's serve, but it just clipped. Volandri gets the better of a rare rally, winning the point with a wrong-footing backhand.

Dreamy little drop shot from Murray takes the game to deuce and Volandri saves a break point with a solid overhead. However, Murray pulls out another plum, finishing off a lengthy exchange with a sizzling forehand down the line. Volandri saves again before Murray caps some fine scrambling with a sweet forehand winner. The Italian gifts Murray a double break with another unforced error and the Scot is flying on his birthday.

Murray 3-0 Volandri
Volandri plops a backhand into the net and sticks a forehand wide before Murray wins his 12th successive point and the game with a hammer forehand straight down the middle. The Italian getting a can of whupass opened up on him by Murray.

Murray 2-0 Volandri
Shaky old start from the Italian, a double-fault handing Murray the game to love. That's the first break, and Volandri has yet to win a point.

Murray 1-0 Volandri
It's the birthday boy to serve first and he wins the first point, Volandri driving a forehand long. And the Scot takes the first game to love, clinching it with a fizzing forehand down the line.

1328: Players are out on court one and we'll be off in about five minutes. The winner of this match will play either Jose Acasuso of Argentina or Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in round two.

1320: Andy Murray is hoping to kick-start his clay-court campaign against in-form Italian Filippo Volandri in the first round of the Hamburg Masters. The British number one was forced to withdraw from last month's Monte Carlo Masters and suffered a first-round loss in Rome last Monday.

World number 32 Volandri, meanwhile, thumped Roger Federer last week on his way to the last four and will be looking to do the same to Scotland's birthday boy - that's right, Andy's 20 today! Wonder what he got.

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