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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 January 2007, 10:22 GMT
Gamewatch - Murray v Chela
Australian Open, Melbourne Park

Third round result:

A Murray (GB) v JI Chela (Arg)

6-3 6-2 6-4

Watch this match live on BBC Interactive and on this website (UK users only).


By Sarah Holt

Third set:

Murray 6-4 Chela
Chela finds a flashy service return to sneak the first point but Murray levels up at 15-15. A ninth ace edges the Scot to 30-15 and Chela goes long for 40-15. Another strong serve is enough for Murray who pumps his fist again as he goes through to face Nadal.

Murray 5-4 Chela
The blue and white saltires are waving furiously now and the chanting for Murray is hushed as Chela serves for the set with new balls. Murray sends down a venimous forehand for 15-15 but loops a couple more long for 40-15. A diagonal cross-court shot closes the gap to 40-30 but Chela holds - and Murray must serve out the match.

Murray 5-3 Chela
Chela unleashes some of his trademark lashing forehands as he tests the Scot, but Murray finds an answer as he moves to 40-30 and forces Chela to blast long and wide to hold - and to move within just game of the match.

Murray 4-3 Chela
Murray does not seem to have been shaken by the break as he produces a mighty forehand to move to 0-30. A whipped backhand to the wing takes Murray to 0-40 and he puts away a backhand volley from Chela's lob to break back. Yes, the Scot is shouting again but there is just a glimmer of a smile too.

Murray 3-3 Chela
From nowhere, Chela carves out three break back points as he forces Murray to scurry round the court. There are those Chela chants again and Murray cannot handle the force of the Argentine's return and pumps the ball long to surrender the break to love.

Murray 3-2 Chela
Chela holds to 30. Sorry - distracted by the appearance of Jose Mourinho, not in the flesh obviously. That would have been the end of this gamewatch if he had happened to swing by.

"Murray is going to have to take chances against Nadal, no question about that."
Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd

Murray 3-1 Chela
Murray holds to love to edge closer to his hotly-anticipated showdown with Nadal.

Murray 2-1 Chela
Murray storms into the net to cut out a passing shot from Chela for 15-30. The Scot needs to stay steady now as he does seem to be getting a little emotional. Chela loops the ball long to gift Murray a break chance. A well-struck ball from Chela saves deuce but a wild return gives Murray advantage and the ball clips the top of the net, goes into the tramlines and Murray breaks back.

Murray 1-1 Chela
Murray shouts at coach Brad Gilbert - again - and urges himself to "come on" as he moves to 40-30. Unlike his first two matches, Murray is letting a little of his temper and urgency show. He is taken to deuce and Chela dips the ball over the net to take a break point chance - Murray dumps a forehand into the net to see his serve broken for the first time.

Murray 1-0 Chela
Murray cannot let his temper get the better of him now. He shouts "that's out" at the umpire and then attempts to knock the ball back - only to miss and look a little bit silly really. Wisely, the umpire takes no notice and Chela goes to 15-0.

Murray scoops a backhand down the line for 30-30 and then Chela goes long to hand Murray an early break chance. The Argentine snuffs it out. Lots of sweet forehands for Murray as he turns defence into attack and moves to advantage. He rocks his head back and shouts "Arggh" as he loses the break chance. But he keeps pushing Chela and a fierce forehand forces him to go long - for a break.

"The development of Murray from this time last year is so spectacular - everyone is so excited about him as he is a real work in progress."
Five Live commentator Sam Smith

Second set:

Murray 6-2 Chela
A forehand winner on the line, and a seventh ace takes Murray to 40-0 and he cruises to a two-set lead. There is a little shake of the fist from Murray as in just 69 minutes he is just one set away from a showdown with Rafael Nadal. Here's something else to give Murray confidence too - Chela has never won a match from two sets down.

Murray 5-2 Chela
Chela blasts a forehand wide for 15-15. A deft backhand volley sees Murray move to 15-30 as he looks for a double break. Chela looks a little despondent as he shoots long to gift the Scot two break points - and he goes long again to hang Murray a double break.

Murray 4-2 Chela
Things are going swimmingly on court for Murray at the minute. Maybe a spot of therapeutic staring at fish helped. The Scot tuned up for his showdown with Chela by spending his day off on Friday visiting the aquarium in Melbourne with his girlfriend Kim. Anyway, the 15th seed holds to consolidate the break.

Murray 3-2 Chela
The crowd entertain themselves as Chela skies the ball into the crowd, but the man waiting to catch it, doesn't to general guffaws. Some patient play from Murray sees him move to advantage and Chela dumps the ball into the net to hand the Scot the break.

Murray 2-2 Chela
Murray is a little tentative now as he moves to 15-15. A brilliantly disguised lob from Chela clips the line for 15-30 and he earns his first break point of the second set with a flashy diagonal shot. Murray saves one with an ace and then sticks out some defensive play for deuce. The Scot cuts short a Chela volley at the net and serves up another ace to hold.

"He really has served well tonight Murray and that got him out of trouble in that last service game."
BBC commentator Chris Bailey

Murray 1-2 Chela
Chela comfortably holds to 15 - and those chants for Chela resound around the Vodafone Arena again.

"This match has started very strangely."
Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd

Murray 1-1 Chela
A double fault from Murray takes him to 30-15. The Scot attempts an overhead but goes wide and his coach Brad Gilbert, wearing black, blinks in the stands with his arms folded. Murray mutters as he goes to 40-30 with a strong forehand and he thumps a winner to draw level.

Murray 0-1 Chela
Chela apparently picked up an ankle injury in his second-round match against Jarkko Nieminen and he does appear to be struggling to move around court with any fluidity. The Argentine is forced to save a break point as Murray closes in, but he holds thanks to a couple of good forehands. Maybe the crowd want a bit of a contest on their hands as they chant "Chela, Chela."

First set:

Murray 6-3 Chela
Murray moves comfortably to 30-0. He shouts out something incomprehensible as he goes to set point - and then shouts even louder as Chela takes a point back at 40-30. And there is another roar as he takes the set with his third ace. A little tetchy tonight/today is Murray.

Murray 5-3 Chela
There are more problems for Chela as a double fault sees him slide to 0-30. He then pumps another forehand wide to gift Murray three set points. A good serve from Chela and a loose forehand from the Scot takes the game to 30-40. Murray rolls his eyes as he sends a backhand wide and talks furiously to himself as he pumps the ball long to hand Chela advantage. A great get from Murray at the net hands him a fourth set point but Chela again saves with an ace. In the end Chela holds.

Murray 5-2 Chela
Murray has hit his stride and outplays Chela with a couple of good forehands for 30-0. The Argentine responds with a big strike of his own down the line for 30-30. Chela fluffs a volley for 40-30 and Murray puts his finger to his lips and calls for quiet as he slides to deuce. A couple of wild swings from Chela sees Murray cement the break.

Murray 4-2 Chela
A wrong-footing forehand sees Murray grab the first point from Chela. The Argentine nets a complacent backhand for 0-30. A real chance for the Scot now as a double fault takes Murray to 0-40. The Argentine recovers one point but Chela clips the ball into the tramlines to see the British number one edge ahead.

"Murray seems to be one point ahead of Chela and he must be really unsettled now."
Five Live analyst Sam Smith

Murray 3-2 Chela
Chela zones in on his first break chance as he fires down a massive forehand for 30-30. Murray is not having much luck on his first serves but some good scurrying sees him conjure a good passing shot and Chela goes wide for the hold.

Murray 2-2 Chela
It's 2140 local time and there is plenty of room in the Vodafone Arena - but the pockets of vociferous Scots waving their saltires more than compensate for the empty seats. Murray takes the first point from Chela but that's all as the Argentine holds.

Murray 2-1 Chela
Murray looks fairly composed in the early stages of this match - having said that he does loop a forehand wide into the tramlines and then slams an attempted smash long. The British 15th seed does hold though.

Murray 1-1 Chela
There is no joy for Murray as he looks to go down the line again but whacks the ball into the net for 0-30. The Scot can't get over the net again and Chela quickly holds to love.

Murray 1-0 Chela
Murray gets the match under way and Chela's return goes wide to give the first point to the Scot. A good drop shot and pick up from Murray takes him to 40-0 but a couple of tentative strokes sees him concede 40-30. In the end, Chela nets the ball to see Murray hold and here come the first cheers of "Let's go Andy, let's go."


"If Murray plays to his best he has the artillery to win this match, though he will be wary of Chela."
Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd

"Chela will be a great challenge because he can stay out on the court all day and hits the ball really hard - but I expect Murray to go through."
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash

A year ago on his Australian Open debut Andy Murray was given a wake-up call by Juan Ignacio Chela, who welcomed him to Melbourne with a 6-1 6-3 6-3 drubbing.

Since then Murray has beaten the Argentine at the Paris Masters; now he has the chance to make amends in Australia.

Murray expects a tough match against Chela, the world number 33, though he insists he is more experienced and physically stronger this season.

The match has been moved inside to the Vodafone Arena because of rain and that could suit Murray, who enjoyed an easy first-round victory over Alberto Martin under its closed roof.

The winner of this third-round match will meet Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal.

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