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Murray v Moya as it happened

Cincinnati Masters

Men's quarter-final result:

A MURRAY (GB) v C MOYA* (Spa)

2-6 6-3 6-1

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By Pranav Soneji

1852: Blimey, a turnaround of quite epic proportions, holding his serve in the fourth game of the second set proved to be the moment of truth as Murray upped his game, while Moya wilted without warning. It's Murray's first sojourn into the semi-finals in the Cincinnati Masters. He will play the winner of Ivo Karlovic or Phillipp Kohlschreiber in the last four.

Murray 6-1 Moya
Murray is one point away from the semi-finals when Moya sends a volley into the net. And he clinches the match with a cheeky backhand flick. A quite brilliant comeback from the Scot.

Murray 5-1 Moya
Yet another brilliant whippy forehand on the run from Murray sees him go 40-0 up and duly takes the game with yet another solid first serve. Surely he has wrapped this up, surely?

Murray 4-1 Moya
Thursday's workload - where he played two matches in one day - has clearly caught up with Moya, although a few ill-chosen shots from Murray sees the former world number one claim his first game of the third set.

"Looks as if Murray is right back on his game now but he'd better not produce a horrible first set like that in the semi-final."
Canadiancharles on 606
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Murray 4-0 Moya
Dreamy deft volley from Murray sees him take a 30-0 lead. Moya's forehand has gone back to Spain as Murray clinches yet another game to love. Moya has only won five points in the third set so far.

Murray 3-0 Moya
What has happened to Carlos Moya in the last 25 minutes? Has Dr Sam Beckett of Quantum Leap jumped into his body during the third game of the second set? He hasn't been the same since. His game is all over the place, which is great news for Murray, who sniffs three break points. And he takes the game at the second set when another forehand finds net. Plain sailing for Murray right now.

Murray 2-0 Moya
Sensational play from Murray - Moya hesitates coming in to the net and Murray fires a pulsating forehand return on the run to go 30-0 up. But two successive double faults - his fifth and sixth of the match - brings Moya back into contention. The Spaniard looks utterly dismayed when a forehand slams into the net, handing his opponent the game.

Murray 1-0 Moya
The forehand is once again red-hot from Murray, helping him to 0-30 up in the first game of the third. And a tired backhand slice from Moya finds net, handing Murray three more break points. The first two are saved - the second courtesy of an ace straight down the middle - but the big forehand lets him down at the worst possible moment and the eighth seed takes a vital break in the decider.

SECOND SET

Murray 6-3 Moya
Murray challenges a first serve from Murray at 15-30, but his judgement is off as the ball clearly landed outside the service area. And to compound his frustrations, Murray concedes a double fault with his second serve to hand his opponent two break points. But he hauls it back thanks to a ace and Moya's overhit forehand sees Murray clinch the second set - who would of thought that after the shambles that was the first set?

Murray 5-3 Moya
A battered Moya regains his composure - albeit with a little help from Murray's off-key radar - to go 40-0 up, but Muzza trumps his opponent with a forehand on the run into an empty court. Murray reduces the deficit with a high lob which Moya smashes straight at him, giving Muzza the opportunity to slide in a forehand winner down the line. Murray takes the game to deuce and earns a set point with a fierce cross-court forehand, but Moya just about takes the game back to deuce. And the Spaniard just about holds on to break Murray's run of five successive games. But only just.

Murray 5-2 Moya
He's running away with the set right now - Murray's first serve has suddenly come back from standby mode and he's firing bullets which Moya cannot contain. Murray wins his second consecutive game to love.

Murray 4-2 Moya
Moya's rock-solid game has suddenly...hit the rocks. Forehands find the net, along with a backhand and Murray is three break points up. A rocket of a forehand return just evades the line and the eight seed wins his fourth successive game. A remarkable comeback. The lad has some serious nerve.

"A comeback a la Murray V Gasquet Wimbeldon 08?" ManUnited2008 on 606
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Murray 3-2 Moya
It's sizzling in Cincinnati again, but the pair exchange a quite brilliant rally close to the net, a point which Murray comes out trumps thanks with a cheeky backhand whip. He holds serve to take the lead in the second set.

Murray 2-2 Moya
Moya has made plenty of sojourns to the net so far in this match, although his first attempt in the fourth game sees him overhit a volley. A wayward forehand gives Murray another sniff at 0-30, before Moya smashes a forehand return into the net, handing Murray three very, very handy break points, which he converts at the first opportunity courtesy of a good service return.

Murray 1-2 Moya
A few choice curses are bellowed from Murray's mouth after failing to return a deep Moya forehand. That same shot, which has been on fire this match, earns Moya two more break points, but Murray saves the game with an ace and a remarkable improvised forehand on the line. Another ace follows at deuce, but Murray twangs the net on three successive occasions - questioning the second call, prompting one faceless man in the crowd to say "c'mon Andy, I heard it up here". He eventually holds out for the game when Moya returns a double-handed backhand into the net. That could be a very crucial win.

Murray 0-2 Moya
Moya's first serve is right in the groove, allowing him time to dictate the rallies, although he makes an uncharacteristic unforced error when a backhand slice finds the net to give Murray a sniff at 15-30. Murray bosses the next rally but makes a right mess of a high drop shot, giving Moya ample time to ram the return right at his feet. And Moya once again holds his nerve to take the game with another good first serve.

Murray 0-1 Moya
Moya bosses the first point in the second set, tucking in on a very weak Murray first serve before a double fault on his second point. Yet another weak serve is hammered by the Spaniard, running around to his forehand side to send a huge return sizzling past his opponent. A deft volley at the net sees Murray scramble across the court, but fails to find the court with his return. Yet another service break at the start of the set. Not good for Murray.

"Murray's first serve at 39%, 2nd serve pts won at 36%. Not good enough."The Masterplan on 606
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FIRST SET

Murray 2-6 Moya
Cracking rally, at least 15 strokes are exchanged between the pair before Murray sneaks through a cheeky forehand dab down the line. But Moya is back on top again, whacking a monstrous forehand down the line for 30-30. But another unforced error from Murray - this time on his backhand - sees Moya take advantage before Murray weakly volleys into the net, handing the Spaniard the first set.

"What is Murray doing? His serve must be about 10% and he's hitting his forehand horribly."FULLTOOTH on 606
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Murray 2-5 Moya
A confidence-boosting double-handed backhand down the line sees Murray take a 30-0 lead, which he extends to 40-0 when Moya backhand volleys an attempted lob at the net. Murray takes the next point to take his second service game to love, although he lost his other two.

Murray 1-5 Moya
Murray winces after twisting his knee on the second point, but the 21-year-old looks OK, albeit a grimace to show for his pain. Murray lets out a cry after sending a forehand into the net, before Moya wraps up the game with the next point.

Murray 1-4 Moya
Tactically Moya is all over Murray right now, a flashing forehand gives the Spaniard two break points, which he duly converts at the first chance when Murray completely mishits a forehand into the sparse crowd. Not good for the Scottish tyro right now.

Murray 1-3 Moya
Murray has never advanced further than the last eight in four Masters Series appearances. Moya may not possess the fastest serve in men's tennis, but he has the ability to force his opponent wide, which he does with Murray on two occasions to take the game.

"Murray will display the Collingwood spirit and win this in three sets."ROCKFMBUS on 606
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Murray 1-2 Moya
That's more like it - Murray's scratchy first service game is confined to the dustbin of tennis history and he wins his next to love, including his first ace, earning him a smattering of applause from the Center Court crowd.

Murray 0-2 Moya
A tasty ace down the middle sees Moya go 40-15 up before racing to the net to dispatch a volley for the game.

Murray 0-1 Moya
Moya makes a confident start, two deep returns see him go 30-0 up before a double-handed backhand into the net sees Murray face three early break points. And once again another deep return troubles Murray and Moya takes the upper hand for a very early - and extremely handy - break of serve.

1713: The players have finished knocking up and Andy Murray will serve first after Carlos Moya won the toss and elected to receive.

"This match represents a great opportunity for Murray, not only to win but to lay down a marker to the rest (of which most danger is in the other half). I think Moya will make it hard early days, and a first set tie break could go either way, but i'm backing Murray to come through in three sets against a tiring Moya."
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1710: Our Carlos didn't have the best time in Toronto last week - he was beaten in 54 minutes by Tommy Haas. Head-to-head Murray has the advantage - he won their only previous encounter in 2006 in the Toronto Masters 6-2 6-4.

1705: So no Roger Federer to contend with, can anyone stop Rafael Nadal this season? Let's set our sights a notch lower for the moment, Murray has clay court specialist Carlos Moya to attend to, although the Spaniard had to play two matches on Thursday - and it's not exactly cool in Cincinnati right now - so the 1998 French Open champion - now 31 - may be feeling the effects of a tough day at the office.

1655: Cincinnati - usually means one thing to me: the 56th largest city in the US (I love you Wikipedia). I remember spending three hours at the city's airport - I have never seen a bigger collection of Clive Cussler and Len Deighton books in my life. Hopefully we won't need any pulp fiction to keep us occupied with Muzza in action.

1652: Hello you, let's take a little cyber journey to Ohio, where a red-hot Andy Murray steps up against Carlos Moya for a place in the semi-finals in the Cincinnati Masters. Our Andy reckons he is playing some of the best tennis of his career, no doubt Dmitry Tursunov would agree after his 6-3 6-3 defeat on Thursday.


see also
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