A MURRAY (GB) bt T JOHANSSON (SWE)
7-6 (7-4) 6-0
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How about that for a comprehensive second-set performance? Murray will have the purists purring (I assume they purr, if they were dogs their bark would definitely be worse than their bite). He will face a Russian in the semi-final, that much is certain, because Nikolay Davydenko and Dmitry Tursunov play each other in the last quarter-final. Thanks for all your texts and 606 posts, all rather fun, wouldn't you agree?
"Murray will beat Federer in 2008."
Rachel on text
ANDY MURRAY BEATS THOMAS JOHANSSON 7-6 6-0
Murray 7-6 6-0 Johansson
He's untouchable at the moment, a short second serve from Johansson is returned with vigour. The next two points go the same way and it's two match points. And how he converts! He hits an unbelievable cross-court forehand that Johansson is fortunate enough to get his racket on, but it sails harmlessly wide and Murray wins the match. And how.
Murray 7-6 5-0 Johansson
Murray hits a very arrogant volley on the charge, which lands just inside the line. Tommy can't quite believe it, but with the way the last few games have gone, he thinks against making his protestations. Johansson tests out Murray's backhand slice with successive double-handed backhands, but the Scot is imperious and forces the mistake from Tommy. And he sends down yet another ace to seal the game.
Murray 7-6 4-0 Johansson
Murray has suddenly turned it on - he's only gone and taken the game against serve to love. That game took less than a minute. Incredible. He's surely on his way to the last four.
"I may be wrong here, but if Muzza closes this out and then beats Davydenko I think he'll leapfrog Robredo in the rankings, which is no mean feat in a tournament where he has so many points to defend. And that would put him back in the top ten."
King of the Biscuits on 606
Murray 7-6 3-0 Johansson
Murray sends down his first double fault of the match at 40-15 and Johansson gets a bigger slice of luck than Billy Zane when he somehow managed to snaffle Kelly Brook with a forehand that just clips the net and lands inside Murray's half. The Swede takes the game to deuce. The next point sees the longest rally of the game - 24 strokes - which Murray takes, but more back and forth rallies and both men's cheeks are reddening through endeavour. But Andy holds out and he's 3-0 up. It's looking good for the third seed.
Murray 7-6 2-0 Johansson
Impressive stuff from Murray, who wins the game against serve. Tommy's so-far accurate serve has suddenly gone off-kilter. Not that Muzza is complaining. Mind you, the sections of the crowd are looking slightly bored, which is strange considering this is a thoroughly entertaining match.
"Top tip for you who like a wager. Murray to reach all four grand slams, quarter-finals at least."
Fandango on text
Murray 7-6 1-0 Johansson
New territory for Murray here, he's 15-30 down in a service game, but he hauls it back to 30-30 when Johansson's defensive lob is too short and Murray gleefully dispatches the overhead smash. A horrid backhand volley from Murray finds the net, not that it particularly bothers our Andy, who wings down his 10th ace for the game.
"This guy is pushing Murray all the way, but Murray seems to be nudging back slowly!"
arifiscool on 606
Murray 7-6 (tie-break 7-4) Johansson
Confidence-boosting start for Muzza, who wins the first point of the tie-break against the serve. He takes a 2-1 lead with a double-handed backhanded winner down the line. But Tommy fights back with a fine overhead smash from a not-too-shabby defensive lob from Murray.
The Scot takes a 4-3 lead with a booming 216kmh serve and then stops Johansson before serve because someone has forgotten to turn their mobile phone off. His double-handed backhand down the line is just too long and Tommy pulls it back to 4-4.
Murray's fitness is incredible, he makes up ground so quickly and it's thanks to his cheetahesque speed he manages to reach a drop volley from Johansson, which the Swede returns to the net. Murray wins the next point and he's got set point. And hello! He's only gone and nailed an ace straight down the middle to take the first set.
Murray 6-6 Johansson
These boys are battling it out to face the winner of the Nikolay Davydenko and Dmitry Tursunov encounter, which follows this game. Murray wraps up the set with minimal fuss and it's tie-break time. Ooooh, exciting.
Murray 5-6 Johansson
It's all metric in Doha, Johansson sends down his second ace at 204km, which is about 124ish mph in old money. His third ace comes a point later and the game follows soon after when Murray's forehand finds the net. I've just seen Andy Murray smile too.
Murray 5-5 Johansson
Murray sends down his fifth ace of the match and he makes a rare foray to the net and wins the point when Johansson's passing shot is just called out, much to Tommy's chagrin. Out comes ace number six - straight down the line - and Muzza wins the game when Tommy makes an unforced error and returns his backhand into the net.
Murray 4-5 Johansson
Johansson hits a fine cross-court forehand to go 40-0 up, up there with the best shots of the set so far. Murray's defensive game is being severely tested. Tommy wins the game when Muzza's return of serve is well wide of the tramlines. Murray to serve to stay in the set.
Murray 4-4 Johansson
Murray sends down a serve into the net which sounds remarkably like the crack of a whip, which is pretty much what he is doing to Johansson in this game. He wins the game with a double-handed backhand down the line.
If Murray's lob has more spin than a Murali off-break then his hair has more curl than a Beckham free-kick!
Asad Saeed, Cardiff on text
Murray 3-4 Johansson
Murray's not happy with himself, failing to spot a kicking second serve which he flatly returns to the net. But he more than makes up for his error with yet another point-winning lob. He tries the same again the next point, but drops his lob a little short and Tommy tucks into with a booming overhead smash. Muzza's stretching forehand return takes the game to deuce. More protractor-precise lobbing sees Murray sneak a break point, but Tommy stretches to send down a backhand volley at the net to return to deuce. A fine serve wide of Murray's forehand seals the game for Tom.
Murray 3-3 Johansson
Muzza hits a lob with more spin than a Murali off-break which just clips the net, causing Johansson to return his equally tight cross-court shot into the net. But no such issues with the rest of the game, sending down a fizzing second serve which Tommy thumps well wide of the tramlines.
Murray 2-3 Johansson
Johansson is mixing his game up, not letting Murray settle into his game - and he's making him work hard too. Saying that, Muzza sends up the most inch-perfect lob to take the game to 40-30. But more variation from Johanssers, who launches himself to the net to dispatch a volley for the game.
Murray 2-2 Johansson
Murray's serve is looking potent, he sends down three very fast first serves which Johansson can do little about. He wins the game with an accurate double-handed forehand down the line.
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Ben Nottingham on text
Murray 1-2 Johansson
Tommy is looking in useful nick, he hits a vicious forehand which Murray can only return into the net, before sending down a thumping ace. He wins the game with a tight cross-court forehand on the line.
Murray 1-1 Johansson
Murray, hair billowing out of his white baseball cap, makes a dodgy start to go 0-30 down, but he wings down two successive aces (with a healthy "thwacking" noise) and somehow manages to make up millions of yards in mere milliseconds to reach a drop shot and win the game.
Murray 0-1 Johansson
Jittery start from Johansson, who serves two double faults to put Murray 0-30 up. An ugly forehand gifts Murray two break points, but the Scot fails to capitalise on his early advantage and Tommy hauls the game back to deuce. Johansson takes the opener with a humdinger of a double-handed forehand.
1535: Murray won the toss and elects to receive, so Johansson to serve first.
"I think we all know Johansson is going to provide a far sterner test for Andy than either Rochus or Schuettler did. All the same, I can see Andy pulling through, good luck!"
rohan27 on 606
1531: Both men are knocking up and there's the odd Union Jack out and about.
1529: Plenty of empty red seats at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex, so if you're local to Doha, why not pop down and have a watch - tickets are free apparently. I had the pleasure of spending four hours at Doha airport last month, Duty Free shop was quite useful and free internet.
1524: So Thomas Johansson ay? Former Australian Open champion no less. OK our Tommy's very much at the fag-end of his career at 33 and ranked 62 in the world, but he's no pushover. For those not too familiar with the Swede, he won in Melbourne in 2002 and was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2005.
According to Wikipedia, his favourite bands are U2 and Depeche Mode and he likes playing golf and floorball. Yes floorball. You'll be wanting to click on this then:
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