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As it happened: Murray v Wawrinka

Rome Masters

Second-round result:

A MURRAY (GB) v S Wawrinka (Swi)

2-6 6-7 (5-7)


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By Sarah Holt


1926: Well, a pretty entertaining match but again Murray falls short on clay with the French Open looming. And we'll wrap up the football debate too - but thank you for your contributions!

"Murray is an Arsenal or Liverpool, great expectations with no results."
Ross via text

"Murray is like Spurs - young, loud and hopefully breaking into the Top 4 - and not succeeding."
Thanks A Lot BBC7 on 606

Murray 6-7 Wawrinka
A fare bit of chasing round the court and Murray dumps a high ball into the tramlines to see Wawrinka go 1-0 up. "I should've put it straight past him," Murray complains. A good first serve takes Murray to 1-1 but he makes a mistake with a return at 1-2. Murray floats long to see Wawrinka edge ahead to 1-3. A long rally and Murray breaks down the Swiss, who goes long at 2-3. A measured backhand levels it at 3-3. A smash from Murray sees him take the lead for the first time at 4-3. The Scot shouts out "No!" as he overhits for 4-4. Another yelp from the Scot as he goes long for 4-5. Can he rescue it? Oooh let's have a breather with this:

"Murray is more of a Villa or Portsmouth - occasionally graze the lofty heights but can't sustain it"
John R on text

Murray goes long again at 4-6 but a lovely forehand right in the corner is returned long by Wawrinka at 5-6. But the Swiss still has match point - and it's on his serve. Another tight rally but Murray goes long in the corner of the court for 5-7 and he fails again to advance again on clay. The stunned / disgusted look on his face says it all.

Murray 6-6 Wawrinka
Murray moves to 30-0 but an unlucky net-cord this time gives Wawrinka a point back. At this stage, can I just say that given the Euro-pop that appears to be blasting somewhere near Court One it's no wonder Murray might be struggling to concentrate. As it is the Scot takes the game and sets up the tie-break.

1908: "Re:1850, as an Arsenal fan I am insulted. Murray plays a boring defensive game as Federer said earlier in the year. With his constant petulant outbursts he is a Bolton."
Anonymous via text The debate over "which football team would Murray be" picks up speed.

Murray 5-6 Wawrinka
There's a man here who is so desperate to get his tea from the BBC's canteen that he cannot bear to hang round and find out how Murray goes on. But we'll stave off our hunger as Wawrinka moves to 30-0. Some great movement from Murray pays off as he clips the ball over for 30-30. The Scot throws his hands up as Wawrinka moves to 40-30. A huge forehand sees the Swiss hold.

Murray 5-5 Wawrinka
OK, so Murray is serving to stay in this now. That's one point down as he goes long at 0-15. He pumps the ball into the net to slide to 0-30 and Murray is in trouble now. Another two-handed goes wrong and he faces three match points now. Wawrinka puts his return wide at 15-40. A heart-in-the-mouth moment as a risky drop-shot pays off for Murray at 30-40. Wawrinka goes long and says goodbye to those match-points for deuce.

Murray cannot return a sliced backhand and Wawrinka has another match-point. Another drop over the net sees Murray save. Another poor first seve first from the Scot but he gets away with a smash as Wawrinka returns long. Murray is back from the brink as Wawrinka nets a return. A good scrap from Muzza there.

Murray 4-5 Wawrinka
Murray seems to be shouting at himself about "playing your own game". He needs to get back in the game at any rate as Wawrinka moves to 30-0. The world number 24 surrenders a point as he hits long at 40-15 but a strong second serve and follow-up forehand take him through. He's one set away from a place in the third round now.

Murray 4-4 Wawrinka
A moment of frustration as Murray goes to 15-30. A couple of great groundstrokes from Murray looked like he had done enough but a low forehand gets past him for 15-40. A tense rally ends when Murray floats the drop-shot into the sidelines and we're back on serve.

1850: "Murray is like the Arsenal of the tennis world - he only gets going after losing the first goal/set and does worse as a frontrunner."
Thebeautifulgameturnedugly on 606 Let's just hope he's not the Leicester of the tennis world eh? I'm still having to swallow the doom of demise . . .

Murray 4-3 Wawrinka
Murray looks pumped up now as he moves encouragement to himself but there's no in-roads here for the British number one as Wawrinka holds to love.

Murray 4-2 Wawrinka
Murray rolls back his head and looks to the greying skies as he hits long at 30-30. He comes into the net and pounces with a smash at 40-30. The Scot shouts again as he nets for deuce but a good serve takes him to advantage and a lucky net-cord sees him hold and hang on to his lead.

1840: "Something like this was always a risk for Nadal if he went ahead and played Barcelona when the likes of Djokovic and Federer were resting."
Scottleexx on 606 Lots of responses to Nadal's defeat on 606 at the mintue.

Murray 3-2 Wawrinka
Well, we can't say there's another wrong with Murray's vocal chords as he blasts himself again at 0-15. An ace sees the Swiss hold, but Murray still has the advantage in this set.

Murray 3-1 Wawrinka
An almost casual return plops right onto the line as Murray goes to 15-15. The Swiss skies the ball for 30-15 but Murray nets after a longish rally at 30-30. A double fault sees him slide to 30-40 and prompts another spell of muttering. A lovely serve-and-volley takes the Scot to deuce, but Wawrinka has advantage and a second break point. Murray shouts out that his serve "sucks" but the Swiss nets for another deuce. Two mistakes from Wawrinka sees Murray hold.

Murray 2-1 Wawrinka
Actually, Murray is looking pretty sharp now and much more focused. A cross-court forehand takes him to 30-30 but a diagonal drive skips past Murray at 40-30, and the Swiss holds.

Murray 2-0 Wawrinka
It's all over for Nadal on Centre Court as Juan Carlos Ferrero takes advantage of the world number two's injury to carve out a 7-5 6-1 win. If Murray can claw his way back here he'll face Ferrero next. And he holds to take a 2-0 lead.

Murray 1-0 Wawrinka
Murray scuffs a hasty attempted smash as Wawrinka goes to 15-0 at the start of the second. The Scot digs out a couple of break points though at 15-40 but the Swiss rescues one. But he cannot save the second as Murray sneaks over a drop shot to break - is the comeback on?


1818: "Tim Henman used to frustrate British fans, and Murray is going the same way."
Belmons on 606

Murray 2-6 Wawrinka
After a massage, Murray is back on court, serving to keep himself in the set. A wild forehand sees him slide to 0-30 and he goes long along at 0-40. Things aren't going well for Murray out there at the minute. A double-fault from Murray sees him surrender the first set.

Murray 2-5 Wawrinka
A straightforward game for the Swiss world number 24 as he holds. The pause in the game means the physio is on attending Murray, who is complaining about a tightness in his legs. He explains that he was exercising in the swimming pool yesterday and went to the gym this morning and that his legs feel pretty heavy. He says he's never had the problem before. So, I'll keep you posted.

Murray 2-4 Wawrinka
Well, it's all happening in Rome. Murray has called for the trainer after appearing to hurt his left leg sliding for the ball early on. Over on Centre, Nadal's been broken by Ferrero at 3-1 in the second set. Apparently, he's had the trainer on too because of a blister. A deft backhand takes Murray to 30-15 and Wawrinka loops a return to long to see Murray hold.

Murray 1-4 Wawrinka
Muzza tries to gee himself up with a string of expletives. Wawrinka is the picture of calm though as he moves to 40-30 and makes Murray do some running in the process. The British number one reaches deuce but punches a reckless backhand down the line to hand Wawrinka advantage. A super smash takes him back to deuce. And up comes the third deuce, but he holds thanks to some big-hitting.

Murray 1-3 Wawrinka
Thanks Gilottil on 606, it is probably a good idea if we keep one eye on Nadal's match over on Centre Court too. Juan Carlos Ferrero has actually taken the first set from his compatriot 7-5. Meanwhile, Wawrinka gets his first break chance against Murray. The Swiss gets the break as he rushes in for a low drop-shot and passes the ball beyond Murray.

1751: "Let's hope Murray manages to beat Wawrinka, as I'd love to see how he gets on with Nadal."
BrewstersMillions on 606

Murray 1-2 Wawrinka
A bit of a subdued atmosphere amongst the spectators taking in some tennis during the early evening in Rome. Murray wields a tiny punched fist as he moves to 30-30. An acute forehand from the Scot skids wide but a decent return takes him to deuce. Wawrinka scuttles to the net to drop the ball over for advantage and wrongfoots Murray again to hold. A couple of stretches there for Murray leave him with twinges in his hamstrings but let's hope it's no more than that.

Murray 1-1 Wawrinka
Wawrinka makes some pretty good gets and Murray whacks the ball into the post to slide to an early deuce. A misjudgement from the Swiss hands Murray the game.

Murray 0-1 Wawrinka
A bit of rushed start to this live because of "technical issues" but here we are and all you need to know is that Wawrinka is serving and he looks solid so far. The Swiss player wraps up the first game and promptly goes and takes a glug of water.


With the French Open just two-and-a-half weeks away, Andy Murray is looking to build up some momentum on clay at the Rome Masters.

It's the British number one's third event on the dirt this season and he probably won't mind me saying his form has been a bit hit and miss.

After beating Feliciano Lopez and Filippo Volandri in Monte Carlo he lost to Novak Djokovic in round three before crashing out to Mario Ancic in his first match in Barcelona.

Murray's into the second round in Rome, after Juan Martin Del Potro retired hurt in their match, and is now up against Stanislas Wawrinka.

They are pegged at 2-2 on head-to-heads, but Murray has beaten the Swiss world number 24 twice this year.

And if he does it again in Rome, there's only one problem - a certain Senor Rafael Nadal in the next round; and he's no good on clay is he?

Can Murray set up a meeting with Nadal? Text in on 81111 or comment on 606.

see also
Ancic sends Murray crashing out
29 Apr 08 |  Tennis
Corretja to help Murray on clay
04 Apr 08 |  Tennis

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