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Murray v Eysseric as it happened

French Open: Sunday 25 May to Sunday 8 June
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6-2 1-6 4-6 6-0 6-2


Highlights: Murray v Eysseric


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By Caroline Cheese

1746: Scratchy, patchy, but he's through. Credit Eysseric for an inspired display, but Murray was too passive for me. He'll need to do so much better in round two.

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 6-0 6-2 Eysseric
Not rocket science from Murray, who's intent on making his exhausted opponent chase back and forth across the baseline. It earns him two match points and he takes the second when Eysseric floats a volley long.

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 6-0 5-2 Eysseric
Eysseric battles to the last, taking a 30-0 lead. Murray hits back with a stunning stop volley - which even the French crowd have to applaud - but Eysseric wins a gruelling rally to earn two break points and breaks when Murray's volley goes wide.

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 6-0 5-1 Eysseric
Eysseric puts a routine forehand into the net to give Murray another break point. Murray goes all Spanish on us with a "vamos" after scrambling out wide and whacking a forehand down the line. One game away now...

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 6-0 4-1 Eysseric
An easy hold. Dominik Hrbaty or Jose Acasuso await the winner of this match.

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 6-0 3-1 Eysseric
A strange game. It begins with the crowd absolutely buzzing again and Eysseric responds by charging to a 40-15 lead. But the mistakes return, and from deuce, Murray delivers a superb crosscourt backhand and then forces another mistake. That's heartbreaking for the 17-year-old.

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 6-0 2-1 Eysseric
Eysseric isn't interested in rallies now. It's all or nothing. Two brilliant returns earn him break points and though he can't take those, he earns another when he finds the energy to reach an angled drop shot. Murray responds by netting a forehand. He can't come back... can he?

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 6-0 2-0 Eysseric
Or maybe it will be a formality. An exhausted Eysseric, who has never played a five-set match before, puts an ill-advised drop shot into the net on break point.

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 6-0 1-0 Eysseric
Murray plays one drop shot too many against his tiring opponent - dumping one into the net to give the Frenchman a break point. He saves it, but signs there that this may not be a formality.


Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 6-0 Eysseric
A whitewash and the crowd have gone very, very quiet. Murray the favourite to go through now.

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 5-0 Eysseric
Murray holds easily and we're a whisker away from a fifth set. We've only been going for a little over two hours so Murray, at least, should be feeling fresh.

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 4-0 Eysseric
Murray riles the crowd by stopping mid-point to question a line call. He's right to be fair - and it doesn't take much to rile the Roland Garros crowd. Looks like Eysseric fancies a fifth-set lottery. He surrenders that game a little meekly.

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 3-0 Eysseric
A sign of the change in momentum there as Eysseric's forehand just misses the line. A few games ago that would have been a winner. Murray's on the march. Don't hold your breath though.

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 2-0 Eysseric
A chink of light for Murray as Eysseric mis-hits a forehand, allowing the Brit to get back to deuce. And what's this? A break of serve? Yes. Eysseric is finally making errors.

Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 1-0 Eysseric
Murray starts the fourth set at a canter with some belting first serves. With Eysseric apparently suffering physically, there are reasons for a bit of cheer for Murray. Kuerten, by the way, has almost certainly played his last professional match - although he will play at the Olympics if selected.


Murray 6-2 1-6 4-6 Eysseric
Cool as you like. Eysseric whips away a forehand winner and Murray will have to go to five sets if he's going to win this. A massive, massive upset on the cards. While that's going on, Gustavo Kuerten waves goodbye to the French Open. The Roland Garros legend gets a well-deserved standing ovation - and promptly bursts into tears. I've got a little tear myself... What a player.

1641: Murray's left the court - presumably for a 'comfort break'. While he's gone, Eysseric calls for the trainer and has his legs rubbed. Don't think there's a specific injury. Murray returns and changes his shirt. He gets a few wolf-whistles - which is generous if you ask me.

"Hang in there Muzza, you can take him in five. He may have some game this Frenchy but he doesn't have the stamina."
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Murray 6-2 1-6 4-5 Eysseric
Murray holds to 15 and this should be interesting now. Can Eysseric hold his nerve?

Murray 6-2 1-6 3-5 Eysseric
Well, Eysseric finally falters - and considering he has never won a tour level match, you can hardly blame him. The teenager puts a difficult volley into the net and Murray has a break back.

Murray 6-2 1-6 2-5 Eysseric
I take back what I said about the storm having passed. The Frenchman plays the most ridiculously good drop shot to make it 30-0 and Murray then flings a backhand long to give his opponent another couple of break points. The Scot dumps a pitiful drop shot into the net. Very poor indeed.

Murray 6-2 1-6 2-4 Eysseric
Eysseric bends a delicious forehand onto the line. That had as much movement as a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick. Murray is muttering away to himself. As it stands, he's looking at a five-setter if he wants to win this match.

Murray 6-2 1-6 2-3 Eysseric
Better from Murray, holding to 30, and giving it the "come on" as he heads for the chair. The Eysseric storm appears to have passed but Murray is still quite passive.

Murray 6-2 1-6 1-3 Eysseric
Magical forehand from Murray - looping it right onto the sideline. Brilliantly judged. That's deuce. Eysseric - whose serve has gone a bit off - just about survives thanks to a wayward forehand from Muzza.

Murray 6-2 1-6 1-2 Eysseric
Eysseric takes his foot off the gas at last, hitting a few wild returns. Murray wraps up a love service game with a slam-dunk smash. He looked a bit angry then and I'm not surprised.

Murray 6-2 1-6 0-2 Eysseric
An opening for Murray at 30-30 but Eysseric produces a clever second serve to get out of trouble. Guga now two sets down over on Court Philippe Chatrier. Looks like the end is nigh.

Murray 6-2 1-6 0-1 Eysseric
Murray hit six unforced errors in the first set and nine in the second. Eysseric was 21 and three. That tells a tale. The third set opens with an absorbing game. Murray looks to have seized the initiative with a brilliant pass off an Eysseric lob but the Frenchman hits back with a brutal backhand right onto the baseline. Another break it is.


Murray 6-2 1-6 Eysseric
Eysseric forces Murray to go wide earn two set points and he takes the second. The French crowd are starting to believe they might be witnessing a massive upset. So am I.

Murray 6-2 1-5 Eysseric
Eysseric deals with a miserable second serve from Murray by belting it for a clean winner. That's two break points. Murray dumps a forehand into the net on the second. "Rubbish," says the Brit. Indeed.

Murray 6-2 1-4 Eysseric
Another love service game from the French teenager. Murray needs to step it up again. He's on the back foot here.

Murray 6-2 1-3 Eysseric
And show his class he does, his forehand coming to the, er, fore as he holds to love. Several crunching groundstrokes there.

Murray 6-2 0-3 Eysseric
Eysseric enjoys a slice of good fortune as Murray's brutal backhand clips the net but doesn't go over. That gives the Frenchman game point and he takes it. Time for Muzza to show his class.

Murray 6-2 0-2 Eysseric
The French crowd are awake. They burst into life as Eysseric forces Murray into the error and breaks. We have a match.

Murray 6-2 0-1 Eysseric
Eysseric, by the way, is the French number 34. He is world-ranked 387th. His British equivalent - one Kyle Brassington - is ranked 1,181 which just goes to show... Anyway, the young Frenchman holds to love for the first time to open the second set.


Murray 6-2 Eysseric
There goes another loopy drop shot from Murray but it's not a bad effort from the Brit - until Eysseric chases it down to produce a fabulous angled effort in response. He won't play a better shot than that in his entire career. Probably. Still, Murray wraps up the set with an ace. Solid.

Murray 5-2 Eysseric
Brilliant defence from Murray. He looks to have lost the point about five times before an exhausted Eysseric dumps a volley in the net. The Frenchman saves one break point but makes yet another mistake on the second. Meanwhile, over on the main show court, Gustavo Kuerten - in his last ever tournament - loses the first set to Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Murray 4-2 Eysseric
Far too many errors from Eysseric. Murray is able to sit back and wait.

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Murray 3-2 Eysseric
Much better from Eysseric, whose left-handed serve can certainly do some damage. He chucks in a double-fault at 40-0 but recovers to hold.

Murray 3-1 Eysseric
Another ridiculously bad drop shot from Murray - looping miles in the air and then bouncing nice and high for Eysseric to do what he likes with. No problem though. He wins the next four points without reply to become the first man to hold serve.

Murray 2-1 Eysseric
Murray's not really involved in this match just yet. It's all about Eysseric. The teenager whacks a smash beyond the baseline to make it 30-30 and then sticks a backhand wide to give Murray another break point. A double-fault makes it a hat-trick of breaks. Strange start.

Murray 1-1 Eysseric
Eysseric gets the crowd involved by somehow scrambling a couple of volleys back. A woeful drop shot from Murray allows Eysseric to rifle the winner and then the Frenchman shows his opponent how it's done with a delicate drop to break back. Hmmm...

Murray 1-0 Eysseric
Nervy old start from the French teenager in front of his home crowd but Murray's not feeling very sympathetic. He flings a forehand cross court to break serve.

1501: Eysseric to serve then.

1500: If Jonathan Eysseric's name wasn't so long, you could fit what I know about him onto the back of a postage stamp. He's 17, he's French, he's the world number 387 and Murray should beat him comfortably. However, Radek Stepanek probably thought the same when he played British wildcard Andrew Murray in the first round at Wimbledon a few years back, and we all know how that one turned out.

1459: Here they are then. Murray seems to have got some new garb from his clothing sponsors. He's all in blue, with black trainers.

1455: Both these players are looking for their first wins at Roland Garros. Murray went out in the first round to Gael Monfils on his debut in 2006 and missed last year through injury. Eysseric - who's only 17 - got a wildcard last year but lost in the first round.

1450: A topsy-turvy women's match (aren't they all?) between Klara Zakopalova and Virginie Razzano kept them waiting in the the locker room but Britain's Andy Murray and French wildcard Jonathan Eysseric will be out shortly on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

see also
Davenport is out of French Open
20 May 08 |  Tennis
Murray will make it, says Ancic
23 May 08 |  Tennis
Murray turns up the heat
22 May 08 |  Tennis

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