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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 October 2006, 22:14 GMT 23:14 UK
Gamewatch: Murray v Djokovic
Madrid Masters

Third-round result:


6-1 5-7 3-6


By Julian Shea

Third set:

Murray 3-6 Djokovic
When he almost decapitates the line judge with an ace for 30-0, it is clear Djokovic is keen to get the job done. And it looks like he has when Murray hits a return long and the players go to the net to shake hands, but - correctly - the umpire over-rules the line judge's call, pulling the score back to 40-15. But it merely delays the inevitable by seconds, as Murray returns wide down his left-hand side. Game, set and match Djokovic.

Murray 3-5 Djokovic
Determined to at least go down fighting, a backhand overhead winner is one of Murray's best shots of the night. With his back to the wall, he starts to show some fighting spirit.

Murray 2-5 Djokovic
Or maybe not. Djokovic does exactly what he has to do, nothing particularly showy or spectacular, just focusing on his immediate target of winning the game to move closer to victory. He does - if he can break Murray in the next game, it is all over.

Murray 2-4 Djokovic
Murray holds his second consecutive service game to love. Having overcome the slump of losing five games in a row, is he about to stage an unlikely comeback?

Murray 1-4 Djokovic
All the Serb needs to do now is hold his nerve, which he shows every likelihood of doing, and the match and a place in the last eight is his. Murray's inner fire seems to have gone.

Murray 1-3 Djokovic
Murray pulls back one game to stem the tide but has yet to show any signs that he can really turn the match around.

Murray 0-3 Djokovic
All the momentum is with Djokovic as he wins his fifth game on the bounce.

Murray 0-2 Djokovic

A change of shirt does not bring much of a change of fortune for Murray, who can clearly be heard saying "play the way you were" to himself. A drop shot looks to be a winner but Djokovic races into put it into the empty half of the court for Advantage. After a long rally, Murray nets to give Djokovic a clear lead. His game is going to pieces.

Murray 0-1 Djokovic
Djokovic keeps his momentum going, holding his serve as Murray is visibly and audibly getting very rattled.

Second set:

Murray 5-7 Djokovic
A double fault puts Murray two set points down, sewn up when Djokovic runs in towards the net and fires the ball into the unoccupied left-hand side of Murray's court to take the game and the set.

Murray 5-6 Djokovic
Djokovic is rarely troubled as he moves to within a game of the set.

Murray 5-5 Djokovic
After a couple of rocky games, Murray holds his nerve when it is needed the most, to stay in the second set.

Murray 4-5 Djokovic
A superb Djokovic forehand from the back of the court has Murray sprawling as he fails to reach the ball, and puts him 40-30 up. Murray nets the next point to leave the Serb one game away from levelling the match.

Murray 4-4 Djokovic
At 0-30 Murray challenges a call against him, and the call stands. Having seized the initiative in the previous game with his break of serve, Murray loses it when he suffers his own first break, putting the ball into the net at the end of a long rally.

Murray 4-3 Djokovic
At 0-30 the Serb clearly looks rattled and angry with his own inconsistency, and Murray's vital break is confirmed when Djokovic misjudges a close-range return and puts it into the net. The first break of serve of the second set, and potentially the key moment of the match.

Murray 3-3 Djokovic
A superbly cushioned forehand into the corner for 15-30 is beyond Murray's reach, but he restores his confidence with a fine forehand return down the tramline for 40-30, and Djokovic's long return ensures Murray takes the game.

Murray 2-3 Djokovic
The rot is well and truly halted as Djokovic holds his nerve and his serve. Murray's momentum from the end of the first set is now lost.

Murray 2-2 Djokovic
Djokovic's impatience gets the better of him, as having been on top most of the game, a long shot down the tramline costs him the game, much to his evident frustration.

Murray 1-2 Djokovic
A superb drop shot by Djokovic gives him the game as he regains some of his composure after the run of five lost games.

Murray 1-1 Djokovic
At 15-0, Djokovic challenges a tramline call against him, and the video replay proves he is right to do so. An inch-perfect double-handed forehand by Murray puts him within a point of the game, which he then wraps up.

Murray 0-1 Djokovic
After a string of unforced errors, by far the longest game so far eventually goes the way of Djokovic as he ends a run of five straight lost games by firing down a serve which almost knocks the racquet from Murray's hand.

First set:

Murray 6-1 Djokovic
With the momentum behind him and seemingly perfectly composed, Murray overcomes the blip of an unforced wide return to win the game 40-15, and with it the first set, sealing it with an ace.

Murray 5-1 Djokovic
Having pinned down Djokovic in his left-hand corner, Murray sweeps a forehand across to the opposite side for break point. The Serb pulls one point back but next point suffers his second consecutive break of serve.

Murray 4-1 Djokovic
Murray goes 40-0 up, only for Djokovic to pull back to 40-30, then put his cross-court return wide.

Murray 3-1 Djokovic
An unplayable angled return at 30-30 gives Murray the first break point of the match, and he takes advantage of it to seize the initiative in the match.

Murray 2-1 Djokovic
The first decent rally of the match proves decisive as Djokovic's return is long, restoring Murray's lead.

Murray 1-1 Djokovic
After dropping the first couple of points on his serve, the Serb battles back to level the score.

Murray 1-0 Djokovic
After a faltering start and a couple of deuces, Murray takes the first game when Djokovic hits long from the baseline.

Build-up: Murray and Djokovic have never faced each other before, so their Madrid Masters meeting is a step into the two 19-year-olds.

The Serb is ranked 17th in the world at present, two places ahead of the Scot, and has won two ATP titles this year to Murray's one.


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