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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 January 2008, 14:27 GMT
Murray-Schuettler as it happened
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Second round match result


1-6 6-0 6-1


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By David Ornstein

Murray 1-6 6-0 6-1 Schuettler
That's it, he's done it. Murray will play Thomas Johansson on Thursday. The pair famously met in the quarter-finals at Queen's in 2005 - Murray pushing the Swede right to the limit before going down 7-6(1) 6-7(5) 7-5 after being troubled by cramp.

A completely spent Schuettler fired long to seal the match for Murray. The Scot faced a break point against in the final game but, following his disastrous first set, he rarely looked in serious danger in such situations and served with aplomb.

Murray bowed out of the doubles yesterday but he's pressing ahead in the singles. He will have to up his game markedly against world number 62 Johansson however.

The 32-year-old may be passed his best but will not tire like Schuettler did today and, if Murray misfires again in the first set, it may be curtains.

This result meant a lot to Murray, who turned to his entourage for a round of fist-pumping at the end, and little by little his confidence is swelling ahead of the Australian Open.

Murray 1-6 6-0 5-1 Schuettler
Muzza breaks to love. To be fair he hardly needed to work for it because Schuettler finally appears to have thrown in the towel. Like Murray in the first set, the German has no answer to his opponent and the end is nigh.

Murray 1-6 6-0 4-1 Schuettler
Schuettler is going nowhere without a fight. He hauls Murray back to deuce on the Scot's serve before forcing a break point. Murray was disgruntled at a line call, looked distracted and was on the verge of losing the game. But the 20-year-old then sent down three venomous serves at the most crucial of times to take a 4-1 lead. A break now and he's nearly home and dry...although admittedly he is sweating profusely.

"I actually admired Murray for getting rid of Gilbert when he must have felt some pressure to keep the relationship going based on how much the LTA had invested in it."
Fed4Ever on 606

Murray 1-6 6-0 3-1 Schuettler
Three unforced errors from Murray hand Schuettler the game. There may be a smidgen of life left in the German after all.

Murray 1-6 6-0 3-0 Schuettler
Like a nutshell, Schuettler is falling apart. It doesn't require a rocket scientist to work out that's nine games in a row for Muzza and another three will book him a place in the last 16.

Murray 1-6 6-0 2-0 Schuettler
Okay, I was wrong. Murray storms past Schuettler on the German's serve - it was an easyish game. Murray's starting to anticipate everything and surely victory is now in sight. So far, the first person to break in each set has gone on to win the set. Don't bet against that happening this time either.

Murray 1-6 6-0 1-0 Schuettler
"There are no easy games" is usually a phrase readily associated with football but that couldn't be more applicable for this set. Murray is really starting to turn it on but he simply cannot shake off Schuettler's challenge. After a marathon rally Murray somehow reaches an acute Schuettler drop-shot and produces a brilliant forehand winner down the line. Murray unleashes his first real big shout of "cumon!" all day. Perhaps Murray suffered a belated New Year's Day hangover because at last things are looking good.

"Storming back to win the second after having a slow start in the first is all very well against Rainer Schuettler, but Murray will come unstuck if he does this against higher quality opponents."
Qoxiivi on 606


Murray 1-6 6-0 Schuettler
Incredible stuff. Murray snaps up his second love set of the season, also taking the sixth game of the second set to love. Schuettler's mind already appears to be on the deciding set and Murray finishes him off with a sublime forehand lob. The third set should be an epic.

Murray 1-6 5-0 Schuettler
The tables have turned. Murray holds to love in Schuettler-esque style. The former world number five is attempting some outlandish ground strokes, perhaps resigned to losing the set, and Murray - now pumped up and seemingly focused - dishes out some punishment.

Murray 1-6 4-0 Schuettler
Schuettler changes to a swanky red shirt but it fails to improve his fortunes in the second set as Murray's revival gathers momentum. At 15-40 on the Schuettler serve Murray couldn't convert his first break point but with the second Schuettler could do no better than smash his lob into the net. So far it's been a game of two halves.

Murray 1-6 3-0 Schuettler
Murray races to 40-15 but, as was so often the case in his younger days, over-plays the drop-shot and Schuettler comes back to deuce. However, a booming ace takes Murray to advantage before he sees out the game. Schuettler is, perhaps, showing a few signs of tiring from numerous long rallies. This is when Murray's fitness needs to come to the fore.

"I don't think its worth talking about "Was he right or was wrong" with Gilbert. His tennis will do the talking either if it's wrong or right. wait until a few months, then start the questioning."
DD6345 on 606

Murray 1-6 2-0 Schuettler
A brilliant start to the game sees Murray take a 0-30 lead. Schuettler levels things up with a lovely forehand drop but Murray forces him to hit wide for 30-40. On break point Murray forced Schuettler into a rally - ideal for the Scot - but succumbed meekly. Then, he forced a second break-point with a thumping forehand and when Schuettler dragged wide Murray had his first break in the bag.

Better, but it's more Schuettler's errors than Murray's class.

"I think in time Andy may regret parting company with Brad. He never liked being told what to do which is exactly what Brad did. He actually knows what he is talking about."
supersmude on 606

Murray 1-6 1-0 SchuettlerThat's a bit more like it. Murray looks far more composed as he holds serve for only the second time today. Schuettler's variation of ground strokes a still proving problematic, though, and Murray needs to up the intensity. A break would go down a treat.


Murray 1-6 Schuettler
This guy is making the fact that Murray is one of the game's best returnees (he was the world's third best last season) look like gobbledygook. Schuettler serves out the set to love AGAIN. Murray is having a dreadful day at the office and is forcing his opponent to do precious little to win points.

He needs to sort this out, and quick.

Murray 1-5 Schuettler
Murray's first serve is all over the place and Schuettler is reading his second serve like a book. The double-break in the bag, he's serving for the set. Who would've thought it?

Murray 1-4 Schuettler
Remarkably, Schuettler has dropped just one point on his serve so far as he serves out to love again. Murray seems to be lacking focus, big time.

Murray 1-3 Schuettler
Murray puts points on the board, although he was taken to deuce again and any thoughts people may have had of Schuettler rolling over look nonsensical. The German is playing the more aggressive tennis and Muzza is going to need to be on top of his game to win this one. A great test before Australia, I guess.

"Gilbert did wonders for Murray's game and fitness, yet the surly Scot takes a cheap shot at him. Grow up please Andy."
Marc in Chester, via text in relation the quotes from Murray below.

Murray 0-3 Schuettler
Schuettler is combining graft with craft and, at the moment, Murray has no response. But no he's up to serve.

I'm informed that in 2003 Schuettler became the first German since Boris Becker in 1989 to advance to the 4th round at all Grand Slams. He was also the first German to reach a Grand Slam final that reach when he was beaten to the Australian Open title by a certain Mr Agassi.

Murray 0-2 Schuettler
Schuettler wins the first six points of the match to leave Murray 1-0 and 0-30. The Brit is looking a tad lethargic on a warm evening in Doha and, although he claws his way back into the game, Schuettler takes a 2-0 lead. Where is the Murray of yesterday???

"A bad start for lazy English"
gjtheaussiestud on 606.

I must point out, Murray is Scottish.

Murray 0-1 Schuettler
Something makes me think this won't be as easy as yesterday for Murray. Schuettler wins his first service game to love. Murray was already a break up at this stage against Rochus.

1441: We're off. Murray won the toss and elected to receive.

1440: Murray and Schuettler are warming up on centre court and the umpire has given them the two minute warning. We're almost ready for lift off.

Some quotes from Murray, who along with Ross Hutchins was beaten in the doubles yesterday, after his first round:
"I was quite uptight during a lot of my matches last year and you could see that by the way I walked around the court and my reactions.

"I just didn't look like I was enjoying the points even when I was winning them.

"Now I feel a bit more relaxed. I've got a great team around me, I enjoy spending time with them and I'm friendly with all of them and it's nice to look up to the box when you have a good support team with you and I think it showed today that it's going to help me."

1435: Play was scheduled to begin five minutes ago but in the meantime a little bit of info on the two players.

British number one Murray wasted little time doing away with Olivier Rochus (6-0 6-2) on New Year's Day, while Schuettler came back from a set down to beat Andrei Pavel 1-6 6-2 6-0.

The 31-year-old German is ranked 99 in the world and the only meeting between the pair came on the hard courts of Memphis last year with Murray running out 1-6 7-5 6-2.

1425: Good afternoon - or morning/evening depending on where you're reading this from - and welcome to the live coverage of Andy Murray's second round match against Rainer Schuettler at the Qatar open.

Don't forget to interact with me via 606 or text 81111 with the word TENNIS before your comment.

The winner of this clash will face Thomas Johansson in the quarter-finals after he dispatched Michael Berrer first up on court one.



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