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Murray v Melzer as it happened

Davis Cup

Great Britain 2-2 Austria

Singles result:

A Murray (GB) v J Melzer (Aut)

6-4 5-7 6-4 6-1

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A Bogdanovic (GB) v A Peya (Aut)

Knowle/Melzer Aut bt Murray/Hutchins GB 6-4 6-3 6-1

J Melzer (Aut) beat A Bogdanovic (GB) 3-6 7-6 (3-7) 6-2 6-1
A Murray (GB) beat A Peya (Aut) 6-4 6-1 6-4

By Chris Bevan

1345: Right then. That's the first win in the bag - Andy Murray has just seen off Jurgen Melzer after a bit of a battle. Now we just need Alex Bogdanovic to beat Alex Peya and Britain's place in the elite Davis Cup World Group will be secure...that shouldn't be a problem, should it?

One final word from me: remember to 'believe in Boggo'. If you don't - no-one will.

Murray 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-1 Melzer
Eat that! Murray smacks a massive forehand winner down the line to set up two match-points and he wraps up victory when Jurgen puts a forehand into the bottom of the net. Bring on Boggo...Britain are level at 2-2 in this Davis Cup tie.

Murray 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-1 Melzer
Or have I spoken too soon? Murray's big serve has dried up a little bit and, although Melzer still looks drained, he manages to claw his way to deuce. No panic, though, as the Scot rediscovers his serve then comes into the net to put away a winner that takes him to within a game of victory.

Murray 6-4 5-7 6-4 4-1 Melzer
Yep, Murray is on a roll now - Alex Bogdanovic's time to shine is almost upon us. A superb all-round game from the Scot at the net and on the baseline sees him break again to close in on victory.

Murray 6-4 5-7 6-4 3-1 Melzer
More big serving from Murray and, although he puts a forehand into the net on the first point, Jurgen barely gets a racquet to his next four deliveries.

"Andy has found a nice rhythm at the moment - he just needs to keep that going."
Pat Cash in the BBC commentary box

Murray 6-4 5-7 6-4 2-1 Melzer
Murray lets out a howl of frustration when another Melzer drop shot leaves him standing - now he knows how most of his opponents usually feel. Maybe Jurgen has one final flurry left in him? He certainly raised his game here, serving well to stay in touch. He is still a break down though.

Murray 6-4 5-7 6-4 2-0 Melzer
A blink-and-you-miss it service game sees Murray hold to love. More of the same please, Andy.

Brits Up
Murray 6-4 5-7 6-4 1-0 Melzer
Just the start Murray needed to the fourth set. Jurgen looks like he put on a pair of concrete trainers at the last changeover and he cannot even rely on his serve to rescue him here - Britain get the crucial early break.

"It's been a strange match - it was nip and tuck in the last set but Melzer's feet are not moving the way he would like at the moment. It is crucial for Andy to hold on and get a second break."
Pat Cash in the BBC commentary box


Brits Up
Murray 6-4 5-7 6-4 Melzer
It's not all plain sailing for Murray - a looping lob gives Melzer the first point and a net-cord goes the Austrian's way to put him 15-30 up. Jurgen picks his spot in the corner on an open-court on the next point but the ball flies an inch long and, before you know it, a Murray ace gives him a set-point instead and the third set is quickly in the bag. Now we will see what Jurgen has got left in his locker...

"John Lloyd and the whole British team knew when Jurgen missed that forehand into the corner that that was his chance gone - and two big serves gave Murray the set."
Pat Cash in the BBC commentary box

Murray 6-4 5-7 5-4 Melzer
Super stuff from the Scot, who somehow reaches what should have been a clean volleyed winner by Melzer and despatches the ball down the line to take the point. Jurgen still holds but it doesn't really matter - Murray will serve for the third set next.

Murray 6-4 5-7 5-3 Melzer
Jurgen is certainly looking very tired now and after putting his first shot into the net he thumps his racquet into the ground - the top of it now seems to be coming apart which won't help matters. More importantly, Murray is consistently getting his first serves in and he holds, with ease.

Brits Up
Murray 6-4 5-7 4-3 Melzer
Melzer is looking a bit flat all of a sudden and although he keeps coming into the net he does not have the zip he had earlier in the match. A couple of sloppy shots put Andy 15-40 up and it takes some big - and wide - serves to haul the Austrian back to deuce. Jurgen is soon under pressure again though, saving another break-point with a Boris Becker-like diving volley at the net before a mis-hit forehand finally hands Murray a crucial break.

"Murray knows how important getting a break in that game was."
Pat Cash in the BBC commentary box

Murray 6-4 5-7 3-3 Melzer
Hmmm. Jurgen's weakest game for a while - Murray doesn't have to do a great deal to hold with ease which is a boost for the Scot as he can concentrate on trying to find a break.

"I think Melzer is overdoing the drop-shots a little bit now - that's not a sign of tiredness, more of frustration that he cannot beat Andy from the back of the court."
Pat Cash in the BBC commentary box

Murray 6-4 5-7 2-3 Melzer
Good serving by Melzer at 0-15 sees him produce two more booming deliveries to go 30-15 up. He puts a backhand into the net on the next point, however, but a 122mph second serve digs him out of a hole before a volleyed winner keeps him on track. Murray is still sniffing around but will have to wait for another chance.

1257: "Melzer of course nearly beat Andy in the US Open so a long match can be expected. That might favour Murray as he didn't play yesterday but on the other hand it might just go to who wants it more."
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Murray 6-4 5-7 2-2 Melzer
Some nice anger by Murray sees him power a smash straight at Melzer - that would have taken his head off if it had hit him. The Scot is still working his way through most points, playing some clever stuff, and he is in at the net to finish a couple more points off to hold.

"Melzer has played a lot of tennis in the last few days and there is a chance he might get a bit tired as this match goes on. That shouldn't affect him too much but it might just mean he loses concentration at vital times."
Pat Cash in the BBC commentary box

Murray 6-4 5-7 1-2 Melzer
More of the same from Melzer, luring Murray in with some dipping drop-shots that creep over and force the Scot into making errors, one of which sees him launch his racquet in frustration at 30-all. A big serve from Jurgen tidies things up.

Brits Down
Murray 6-4 5-7 1-1 Melzer
Er, one step forward, two steps back anyone? It's Melzer's turn to produce some magic, jumping to help a drop-shot float over the net on break-point. Murray dives to reach it but to no avail and Austria have just broken back.

Brits Up
Murray 6-4 5-7 1-0 Melzer
This has been a cracking match so far - both players are still mixing it short and long, high and low and mixing brilliance with disaster for good measure too. More of the same in this opening game of the third set before, at deuce, Murray comes to the fore with a punched forehand down the line and a delightful angled drop-shot to break. First blood to the Scot but still a long way to go.


Brits Down
Murray 6-4 5-7 Melzer
Oh dear. A couple of backhand errors by Melzer - one topspinner that loops wide and the other a slice that slumps into the net - put Murray 30-0 up but after a double-fault by Andy, the Austrian hits a couple of lovely winners to reach set-point. A wild forehand by Jurgen wastes that chance but some more poor serving by Murray gives him a second opportunity. This time, the pair exchange delicate drop-shots and lobs and Jurgen comes out on top to snatch the second set. Game on - he is right back in this match.

Murray 6-4 5-6 Melzer
Melzer is still chucking in the odd double-fault here and there but his attacking play means his serve is a tough nut to crack - Andy is trying to pass him when he continually comes forward but his shots find the net, not the court, and the Austrian holds.

Murray 6-4 5-5 Melzer
Some clever serving by Murray, who is mixing up the pace, power and trajectory of his deliveries. Solid stuff from the Scot sees him hold to love.

Murray 6-4 4-5 Melzer
A bit of a battle for Melzer but he eventually holds after a bit of a struggle - he is still getting dazzled by the sun down this end and another double-fault means Murray forces a couple of deuces. No joy for Britain when it comes to a break though and Murray will serve to stay in this second set.

"Melzer can be brilliant at times but he does throw in the odd error - he must be frustrating for Austria fans to watch."
Pat Cash in the BBC commentary box

Brits Down
Murray 6-4 4-4 Melzer
A sniff for Jurgen as Murray hesitates at 0-15 when an expected call does not come for a ball that looks long. The Scot still wins the point thanks to a loose backhand but he is soon back in trouble, putting a sloppy forehand into the net to trail 15-40. All of a sudden Andy has to defend and, although he saves one break-point, he cannot repeat the trick, sending a forehand sailing long. Melzer has his break at long last and this set is wide open again folks.

Murray 6-4 4-3 Melzer
A corking backhand return winner down the line gets Murray off to a great start as he looks to press home his advantage and at 30-all he repeats the trick with a fierce cross-court forehand. Who said he was too defensive? Jurgen is hanging in there, though, and he finds a couple of serves when it matters - more mistakes are creeping into the Austrian's game but he holds, just.

Murray 6-4 4-2 Melzer
Well, Melzer's goose is not completely cooked yet - he plays a great chip-and-charge before despatching the volley into the corner - and claws his way to 30-all. But Murray has still got that huge serve in his armoury and he produces a couple of stingers to tidy things up.

"Everything is going exactly to plan for Murray in this match."
Pat Cash in the BBC commentary box

Brits Up
Murray 6-4 3-2 Melzer
Melzer's struggling on serve at this end and I would chuck in a sunshine graphic if it wasn't for the fact that Murray has just broken. A double-fault by Jurgen and a couple of poor shots into the net put Britain in command in this second set.

Murray 6-4 2-2 Melzer
Murray throws in a bit of everything - a big serve, a forehand winner down the line and a deadly drop-shot - to hold to love. He's upped his game at the moment.

Murray 6-4 1-2 Melzer
Ha - Melzer plays one backhand off the net post to wrong-foot Murray and go 40-0 up. I don't think he is claiming he meant it though! The Austrian seems to have got his form back together now, and he is into the net to finish this game off.

Murray 6-4 1-1 Melzer
Jurgen is still slipping and looking at the grass in a way that suggests he would like to pour cement all over Wimbledon's famous grass. Andy is looking confident at the moment though and that serve of his is doing some real damage.

Murray 6-4 0-1 Melzer
Jurgen is wobbling a bit at the start of the second set - his serve doesn't have the same conviction it did earlier. He still has a few tricks up his sleeve, however, and the slice drop-shot he produces to hold is an absolute cracker.

1155: "It REALLY REALLY doesn't matter if Murray wins or not. There is NO way that "Bog-all-ovich" is capable of winning. He couldn't win if nothing rested on the match, but if it is the deciding rubber, he simply isn't capable of steping up to a challenge. It is clear he has no fight or self belief."
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I refer you to 1100 - let's believe in Boggo!


Brits Up
Murray 6-4 Melzer
That's the way to do it! Some absolute piledriver serves - including one stinging second serve at set-point - from Murray blow Melzer away to love and Britain have the first set in the bag.

Murray 5-4 Melzer
The pressure is on Jurgen now but he is not about to wilt, although he probably cannot believe how this match is panning out. He is still serving well but he needs to break in the next game to stay in this first set.

"Melzer looks a bit...upset. Who's the choker now?"
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Murray 5-3 Melzer
Do you remember Andy sliding around at the back of court a few games ago? Well, this time it is Jurgen's turn and he takes a nasty looking tumble too - in exactly the same place Murray almost came a cropper. He isn't hurt but he is still playing catch-up as an ace sees Andy hold and move to within a game of the first set.

"Melzer was in control for six of the first seven games but he is now a break down - that shows how difficult Andy is to finish off."
Pat Cash in the BBC commentary box

Murray 4-3 Melzer
Hello. Where did this come from? A sensational rally at 30-15 sees both players chase down seemingly unreachable balls in spectacular fashion before Murray comes out on top to take us 30-all. They both like their drop shots and their angles these two but all of a sudden it is Andy who is on top. He hits a winner despite slipping on the next point to give him his first break point of the match and takes it too - reaching a delicate Jurgen backhand smash and punching a forehand winner down the line. You beauty!

Murray 3-3 Melzer
More pressure on the Murray serve as a dubious line call takes Jurgen to 0-30 (no Hawk-Eye to challenge calls in the Davis Cup) and the Austrian comes out on top in a delicate exchange at the net to give him three break points. Murray rescues the first with a big serve, then Melzer puts a couple of attacking groundstrokes into the net to take us to deuce. Another mistake by Andy sees him drill a forehand in the net to hand Jurgen a sixth break point in this set but the Scot comes through again after pulling a couple of big serves out of the bag at exactly the right time.

"That is three good holds by Murray - he has struggled each time with his serve so far."
Pat Cash in the BBC commentary box

Murray 2-3 Melzer
Melzer is serving very well at the moment too - Murray does not get a sniff of a break here then has a bit of a moan to the umpire about something at the changeover.

Murray 2-2 Melzer
Phew. Melzer's pumped at the moment and that's a fact. He whacks a couple of winners down either flank to put the Murray serve under pressure at 0-30. A belting cross-court forehand takes him to 15-40 too but Andy's serve eventually gets him out of trouble.

"(Re 11.10) My favourite Chuck Norris fact - he destroyed the periodic table, because he only recognizes the element of surprise."
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Murray 1-2 Melzer
Murray's slipping and sliding all of a sudden in the shadows at the back of the court - he is not a happy bunny and has a word with the umpire. End result is an easy hold for Melzer who dances back to his seat at the changeover - he has made a confident start.

"Sorry but if Murray was not fit enough to compete in the doubles yesterday, I wonder what makes him fit enough to compete today against a man that he struggled against on his best surface ?"
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Murray 1-1 Melzer
A bit of a mixed bag for Andy, who plays one delightful drop volley but is chasing shadows when Melzer unleashes a couple of those belting backhands that we saw in yesterday's doubles. No problems in the end for Murray, who shouts a loud 'yes' after a couple of errors by Jurgen - there is definitely a bit of an edge to this match.

Murray 0-1 Melzer
I should explain that these two have a bit of history - Murray scraped past Melzer on his way to the US Open final a few weeks ago and then old Jurgen stirred things up ahead of this tie by calling Andy a choker. No handbags in the first game here though - and Melzer makes a confident start; mixing in drop shots with commanding net play to hold with ease.

1110: Here we go. Melzer to serve.

"Only Chuck Norris can save GB."
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Sadly, I don't think Chuck made John Lloyd's squad...

1106: The players are out on court and warming's another beautiful day at Wimbledon by the way.

1104: Just to make it clear, Britain need to win both singles matches today, otherwise they are relegated from the elite Davis Cup World Group. So we need Andy Murray to beat Jurgen Melzer and Alex Bogdanovic to see off Alex Peya. That's not asking a lot, is it?

1100: Morning all. So, do you believe in Boggo? I do...

see also
Davis Cup photos
21 Sep 08 |  Tennis
GB level as Murray crushes Peya
19 Sep 08 |  Tennis
GB v Austria - order of play
19 Sep 08 |  Tennis
Wimbledon weather
16 Sep 08 |  Tennis
Tennis on the BBC
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