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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 September 2006, 08:47 GMT 09:47 UK
Gamewatch: Murray v Henman
Thailand Open, Bangkok

First round result:  

A MURRAY GB v T HENMAN GB

4-6 2-6

GAME-BY-GAME UPDATES

By Mark Orlovac

SECOND SET

Murray 4-6 2-6 Henman
There is still plenty of fight from Murray and a forehand pass down the line shows what he is capable of - shame he did not do more of that earlier. Henman is not fazed and a sublime drop shot completes an impressive and deserved victory.

Murray 4-6 2-5 Henman
Murray has no trouble holding his serve. Henman could be saving himself for the next game where he will serve for the match.

Murray 4-6 1-5 Henman
Henman closes in on his first win over Murray as he holds his serve to love. A late dramatic comeback is not looking very likely now as Murray seems to have given up the ghost.

Murray 4-6 1-4 Henman
Murray finally stops the rot and wins his first game of the set as a difficult forehand smash from Henman goes out.

Murray 4-6 0-4 Henman
The game looks to be up for Murray, who looks increasingly bewildered by some of the line calls. Henman remains calm and confident down the other end to take a stranglehold of his contest.

Murray 4-6 0-3 Henman
Henman is looking in the kind of sprightly form that saw him take a 5-2 lead in the opening set. Murray meanwhile, seems to be feeling the pressure and although he saves one break point, a double fault hands Henman the game.

Murray 4-6 0-2 Henman
It's official, Murray is getting annoyed - witness the first angry throw of his racket to the floor. The racquet is not damaged but it can do nothing to prevent Henman from increasing his lead.

Murray 4-6 0-1 Henman
Murray seems still to be lost in the drama of that important last game and continues his conversations with the umpire and line judges. He saves one break point with an ace but is broken straight away as a Henman slice glides perfectly into the corner.


FIRST SET

Murray 4-6 Henman
A tortuous game for Henman as a series of unforced errors as well as two double faults gift Murray five break points. Henman saves them all, much to the frustration of the fourth seed, and finally a fine drop seals the set on his fourth set point of the game.

Murray 4-5 Henman
Murray is doing all he can to keep this opening set alive and holds serve. Henman will now serve for the set.

Murray 3-5 Henman
Just when you think Henman is on top, he is broken by a resilient Murray - who is not ready to throw away the first set just yet.

Murray 2-5 Henman
Worrying times for Murray as Henman's aggressive play reaps rewards yet again. Henman attacks Murray's serve all game and the Scot is broken after a double fault.

Murray 2-4 Henman
Henman's serve comes under pressure again as Murray produces some impressive volleying. However, it is to no avail as Henman consolidates his break.

Murray 2-3 Henman
First blood for Henman as he mixes his game up to force Murray, who played for Great Britain in the Davis Cup in Odessa over the weekend, all over the court. Murray puts the ball into the net as he desperately chases a neat drop shot and Henman breaks.

Murray 2-2 Henman
Henman's serve comes under pressure for the first time with the help of a sloppy missed volley and a wonderful forehand pass from Murray. He saves one break point and eventually holds.

Murray 2-1 Henman
Henman has a lively start but after winning the opening point, Murray rattles off four of his own to hold again.

Murray 1-1 Henman
There are no fireworks yet and Henman enjoys an impressive opening service game by holding to love.

Murray 1-0 Henman
No worries for Murray as he eases into the match with a comfortable hold. He will be boosted by the fact that he got his first five first serves in.


0820: Henman has won the toss and chosen to receive.

0817: Henman is looking for his first victory over Murray this year, having lost to Murray in Toronto and Cincinnati. The Scottish teenager meanwhile, is aiming to go one better than his losing final appearance at this event last year.

0815: The players are out on court and are starting their warm-up. There are plenty of empty of blue seats in the arena - the crowd are probably taking a break following Jarkko Nieminen's win over Edgardo Massa.



SEE ALSO
Henman's net tactics
13 Sep 05 |  Skills
Murray's tactics
16 Jan 06 |  Skills


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