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Wimbledon 2009

22 June-5 July




US Open

Fourth-round result:

A MURRAY (GB) v S WAWRINKA (Swi)

6-1 6-3 6-3


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By Piers Newbery

THIRD SET:

0352: "Glorious, simply glorious, worth the wait..."
From anonymous but spot on

0351: "Thanks piers, time for bed now, methinks... Unless i can find some more live sport."
From Nick, Bedford, via text

0349: Brilliant stuff from Murray, excellent work from all of you, and we can do it all again in the quarter-finals.

Murray 6-3 Wawrinka
Murray draws Wawrinka to the net with a drop shot and the Swiss attempts to cut him in half with a backhand straight at the body. Understandable really. Murray deftly sidesteps it and the ball flies long. Murray then clips a brilliant wrong-footing backhand and it's 0-30 - two points from victory. A backhand smash gets Murray to two match points but Wawrinka saves the first with a big serve. The Swiss then makes a backhand error - and he's only gone and done it! A first US Open quarter-final for Murray after the performance of his life - so far.

Murray 5-3 Wawrinka
It's a little bit passive from Murray, who nets a forehand to slip to 15-30, but Wawrinka then shanks successive forehands of his own to take the pressure off and Murray wallops an ace to clinch the game.

Murray 4-3 Wawrinka
A couple of casual shots from Murray allow Wawrinka a straightforward hold. It's all going too smoothly, surely.

0336: "Ok - presentation for tomorrow is finally finished no thanks to Big Andy - surely safe to hit the sack or will I wake in two hours time to see the end of the fifth?"
From Mac in London via text

Murray 4-2 Wawrinka
The finishing line might be in sight but Murray shows no sign of pressure as he moves 40-15 up, and then smacks down a second-serve ace. Wawrinka might cry.

Murray 3-2 Wawrinka
Wawrinka holds serve to stay just about in touch, while I remember I've got some biscuits in the bottom of my bag. Cashback!

0329: "Suitably impressed, this is sensational from Murray. From exceptionally tired, but equally proud Rob in Glasgow via text."

Murray 3-1 Wawrinka
Another textbook service game from Murray and Wawrinka looks like he's gone now. Not literally, obviously.

0325: "I've seen three points since I came into the studio and he managed to break serve, so he must be doing alright."
Jamie Murray on 5 Live (Brotherly understatement)

Murray 2-1 Wawrinka
Wawrinka slips to 0-40 and three break-points down. Murray does not waste any time, stepping inside the baseline and crunching a backhand return winner. I don't know if such a thing exists, but if you're a Manchester City/Andy Murray fan it's been a dreamlike 24 hours.

Murray 1-1 Wawrinka
A couple of fierce Wawrinka forehands and a dodgy drop shot from Murray see him lose a 40-0 lead. Under huge pressure from the resurgent Wawrinka, Murray finds a spectacular backhand cross-court winner. Wawrinka then nets a forehand and looks like someone's just given him a boot somewhere sensitive.

Murray 0-1 Wawrinka
I try to avoid the business of overhyping but if Murray carries on playing like this he will probably be crowned the best player ever by the end of the week. OK, bit much, but he is playing very, very well. A beautiful drop shot has the crowd gasping and sets up another break point, but Wawrinka does well to save it with a fizzing forehand winner down the line and manages to hold serve.

0314: "There's only room for one swiss maestro! Poor wawrinka. Just praying murray keeps this up so we can all get some shut eye."
From knackered Eimear in portsmouth via text


SECOND SET:

0309: "This certainly beats the transfer window for excitement. With so many overpaid mercenaries in football, tennis is where the real excitement is at!"
Mikey, Glasgow, via text (Having seen George McCartney leave Upton Park and precisely no-one arrive, I quite agree)

Murray 6-3 Wawrinka
In the words of Dan Maskell (Wikipedia, kids), "Oh I say!" Murray is in trouble at 0-30 but finds the best backhand of the day - and there have been a few - creaming it down the line before hitting an ace and a service winner. Wawrinka saves the first set point with a ridiculously good backhand drive volley but Murray gets another chance and takes it with a superb drop volley. If he carries on like this I'll have to wait for White City Tube to open. Unprecedented.

Murray 5-3 Wawrinka
Well, this could not really be going much better, could it? Murray drives a forehand deep into the corner at 30-30 and draws the mistake, and Wawrinka helpfully bunts another forehand wide at break point.

0301: "Wawrinka's coming back into this, i really hope this aint going to be a 5 setter, i'm meant to be working at 6!"
From Mark, Sheffield, via text

0300: "Where's the promised link for live commentary? Still not working. Do i get a refund on my licence?"
From James, via text, on 81111 (It's top of the 'See Also's' on the right-hand side, or more obvious on the tennis page)

Murray 4-3 Wawrinka
Wawrinka wins the rally of the match so far, sticking away a smash after both players have been run all over the court, to get to 15-40 and two break points. Murray hits an ace on the first and serve-volleys on the second, the bluff working as Wawrinka nets a makeable return. When the Swiss nets his next return too, the racquet goes flying in frustration. Murray gets a Hawkeye challenge when a serve is called out at game point and fires an ace. Nice work.

Murray 3-3 Wawrinka
Wawrinka serves out easily to 15 and he remains a serious test for Murray.

0250: Some good news for the Murray clan as Jamie and American Liezel Huber reach the mixed doubles semis, winning the last five points to take their quarter-final 7-6 6-7 12-10 against Nenad Zimonjic and Katarina Srebotnik.

Murray 3-2 Wawrinka
Wawrinka is finally looking threatening and takes the first point with a drop volley but Murray does brilliantly to see off the danger, firing a beautiful forehand down the line, a killer drop shot at 30-30, and an unreturnable off-backhand to hold. Solid.

Murray 2-2 Wawrinka
Wawrinka is in all sorts of trouble again at 0-30 but manages to serve his way back to 30-30, at which point a fuse clearly goes somewhere in his head and he smacks a backhand way long. Credit to the Swiss (Credit Suisse?), he attacks the net at break-point down and it pays off as he clings on to his serve.

0241: "I'm going to keep texting until i get posted on the updates. Surely there can only be seven or eight of us still up... Murray's looking world class at the moment, which sounds a more superfluous comment than it actually is."
From Nick, Bedford, via text

Murray 2-1 Wawrinka
Murray holds serve in double-quick time and since the second game of the match he has really not been troubled.

Murray 1-1 Wawrinka
Wawrinka manages a vital hold with a couple of serve-volleys, which suggests he's already at Plan B. It works for now though and he's very much in this set.

0237: "At this rate, Piers, the match'll be finished before we get any live coverage!"
Mark, Edinburgh (Apologies to everyone waiting for the live commentary, you will find attached a link to 5 Live's coverage now. For some reason I am told it will be intermittent until the latter stages. Why, I have no idea)

0236: "Piers you are a lifesaver for poor students with no sport channels!"
From grateful Eimear in Portsmouth via text

Murray 1-0 Wawrinka
It's all gone a bit Mansour Bahrami. Such is Murray's dominance that on game point he chases down a lob, spins around and smacks a forehand that the forlorn Wawrinka can only dump in the net. Wawrinka looks like he could do without all this.


FIRST SET:

0230: "Hey i'm up too piers! I'm a tennis loon and a transfer deadline refugee. Do i get double recognition?"
Ben from leeds via text

0229: "Muzza will cruise through in 4...but more importantly will the ineffable Caroline Cheese be joining us?"
Matt, Cambridge, via text on 81111 (Cheese is almost certainly at a glamorous London nightspot as we speak, it is a Monday after all)

Murray 6-1 Wawrinka
And there you have it, an absolutely magnificent set of tennis from Murray who is totally dominating from the back of the court and making occasional sorties to the net, just to keep Wawrinka on his toes. The British number one sees a set point go begging but converts the second when Wawrinka just cannot keep pace from the baseline.

0226: "Come on andy! Am sat in bed and cant sleep so tuning into your tennis updates instead. Murray to win it in 3!"
From another andy via text

0225: "Hi Piers. Why is it Murray is embarrassingly good sometimes and other times he is just embarrassing!"
From Bill316, a proud scot, via text on 81111

Murray 5-1 Wawrinka
Swiss Stan is looking a bit more confident now and plays one sweeping backhand drive volley that has Murray scrambling. However, the Scot is already 40-15 up and holds with a big serve.

0220: Nick in Norwich, Kevin in Reading, Ed in Surbiton, Rob in Bridgend, Adam in Sussex, Rog in NYC, and the rest - tennis loons or transfer deadline day refugees, I salute you all.

Murray 4-1 Wawrinka
Murray gets another couple of break points but cannot take advantage of a helpful net cord on the first, and sees Wawrinka save the second with a big serve. The Swiss finally gets a game with a superb short-angled backhand that gets the crowd going. I would say he deserved that but it's the middle of the night, so we will show no mercy here. The triple bagel is gone.

Murray 4-0 Wawrinka
Eeek. The trademark Murray drop shot is unveiled on a key point at 30-30 and Wawrinka chases it down, but Murray cuts it off with a volley winner and holds.

0210: "Is it just you and and me piers?"
From Rumpagoogy, Wakefield, via text (And Tay)

0209: "Will there not be audio commentary for the murray match? I do very much enjoy the sound of ball against string."
From Tay in wiltshire via text on 81111. (I'm told there will be Radio 5 Live commentary soon, rest assured you will see a link when it's up and running)

Murray 3-0 Wawrinka
Murray is in total charge of the rally at 15-15 when Wawrinka escapes with a stone dead net-cord. No matter, Murray is back to business on the next point, timing his move to the net perfectly and punching away a backhand volley. Another break point arrives but Wawrinka finds his first ace of the day. An absolute belter of a backhand down the line gives Murray another chance, and an even better version of the same shot gives him the double-break. Very impressive stuff - but it's early days, people.

0202: The winner here will face Juan Martin del Potro in the last eight after the 19-year-old Argentine won his 23rd - yes, 23rd - consecutive match, beating Kei Nishikori in straight sets. He will be tough for anyone to beat this week.

Murray 2-0 Wawrinka
Early thoughts of a swift three-set victory and early to bed are put on hold when Wawrinka gets a break-back point, but Murray sees off the danger with a thumping serve and goes on to hold. He looks much the calmer of the two, which is not an adjective you can always use in regard to the British number one.

Murray 1-0 Wawrinka
So it's Wawrinka who gets us under way on serve and a few nerves from the Swiss help Murray to the perfect start. From 30-0, Wawrinka goes for too much as Murray throws some delicate angles his way. At break point, Wawrinka blasts a forehand well long and it's a break to the Scot.

0146: It's a pretty big moment for both players as they walk out into the enormous Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first time under lights. The sound of U2's Where The Streets have No Name booms irrelevantly around the arena as the knock-up begins.

0140: Good morning. You must be very excited to be up at this time, and understandably so. Presuming Manchester City haven't signed him in the last two hours, Andy Murray is about to take on Swiss number two (and world number 10) Stanislas Wawrinka for a place in the quarter-finals of the US Open.

The pair have met six times, with three wins apiece, although Murray has beaten Wawrinka three times on hard courts this year alone, and lost to the Swiss on clay in Rome. Pick the bones out of that.



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