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Murray v Ferrero as it happened



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By Pranav Soneji


1954: Looks like Murray might be on court at a similar time on Friday, although nothing is, as yet, confirmed. More Murray action to come but until then, see you next time.

lemonpie89 on 606: "Nice and aggressive. Made Ferrero look amateur."
1954: Rampant. One word to describe that performance from the world number three, who will now play either Chilean Fernando Gonzalez or Russian Nikolai Davydenko in the quarter-finals. He really loves the North American hardcourts, all bodes well for Flushing Meadow.

Murray 6-1 6-3* Ferrero
Impressive racket control from Ferrero, who bounces the ball for successive times on the frame before serving at 30-15. Ferrero somehow contrives to overhit a double-handed return with Murray struggling with a broken string, a point which takes the ninth game to deuce. Ferrero's trainers squeak all over the court as Murray sends him to all corners with a series of deft touches before the coup de grace backhand down the line for his first match point. Although he mishits a standard return into the net, he earns a second chance with yet another series of breath-taking groundstrokes. And he converts at the second asking as Ferrero's forehand return balloons off the net cord, allowing Murray all the time he needs to run around to his forehand side and slam the mother of all returns down the line.

Murray* 6-1 5-3 Ferrero
Ferrero loses it again as Murray launches another series of exocet serves on the backhand side before slamming an ace right down the middle. Dreamy tennis from the Scot.

Murray 6-1 4-3 Ferrero*
Should he win this tournament, Murray would move to number two in the world. He's playing like he's one of the two best players on this planet right now, although Ferrero is quite possibly one of the two most angriest men on the planet after the umpire rules a forehand return exceeded the service line. His sudden surge of aggression pays dividends as he takes the game with a powerful double-handed backhand down the line, much to the delight of the Canadian crowd.

Murray* 6-1 4-2 Ferrero
More aces for Murray, this time right down the middle, although he overcooks a low backhand volley at the net at 40-0. He merely brushes off the aberration and slams yet another ace straight down the middle of the court.

Murray 6-1 3-2 Ferrero*
Ferrero looks about to implode as he dejectedly pummels a weak forehand return into the net. But all is forgiven as the former world number one conjures a quite brilliant double-handed backhand return past the onrushing Murray before drilling a serve straight at the body to take the game to deuce. Impressive resilience from Ferrero, who claims his third game of the set as Murray returns a forehand into the net.

Murray* 6-1 3-1 Ferrero
Muzza concedes his first double fault of the match as Ferrero sees an opportunity to break open up at 15-30, only to see two successive meteor-like aces whizz past his backhand side.

Ross, Twickenham, text 81111: "Andy Murray is going to win the Montreal Masters, beating Federer and Del Potro to do so!"

Murray 6-1 2-1 Ferrero*
In the spirit of the underdog, or a badly beaten hound on its hind legs, the crowd holler and woop in delight as Ferrero plays a clever drop shot before claiming his first game in six with a forehand winner. Deck chairs and Titanic spring to mind.

Murray* 6-1 2-0 Ferrero
Just when you think Murray can't get any better, he ups his game to the nth degree with a quite scintillating forehand down the line. Ferrero wafts at thin air as another cross-court return is too good for the Spaniard.

Murray 6-1 1-0 Ferrero*
A change of shirt for Ferrero, who opts for a blood-red effort with various white flashes across the arms and shoulders, not that it makes too much difference to his service game as Murray moves to 0-30 with yet another pinpoint return. More break points for Murray and although Ferrero rescues one, a wayward forehand return close to the net is overhit and Murray takes the first game of the second against serve without too many complications.

First set: Murray 6-1 Ferrero

Murray* 6-1 Ferrero
Ferrero's cute drop volley doesn't have enough gas to skim over net, allowing Murray to rocket an ace down the middle to take the first set. He's barely broken sweat.

Murray 5-1* Ferrero
Possibly the first unforced error from Murray, sending a backhand return into the net at 15-30. However, he takes the next point before opening up his body to create the power and accuracy to dispatch forehand cross-court winner to claim yet another one-sided game. Awesome.

bringthejungleback on 606: "It would be good to see Murray taking some form from this tourney into US Open. Hopefully he'll reach the final at least."

Murray* 4-1 Ferrero
Murray slams a pugnacious ace past Ferrero, who looks as if he has just walked out of a sauna, such is the intense heat in Quebec. The 29-year-old nicks a point off Murray before the Scot rockets down another belting serve.

Murray 3-1 Ferrero*
Murray attempts an audacious forehand down the line from wide of the court, but can't quite enough strings around the shot to bend the ball back in court, taking the game to 30-30. Murray's movement would shame a hungry cheetah chasing its dinner, such is his speed around the court. Murray once again takes Ferrero's service game to deuce, but a determined response from the Spaniard sees him seal his first game with a phenomenal forehand down the line on the run.

Murray* 3-0 Ferrero
Murray is motoring at a phenomenal speed, slamming yet another powerful forehand down the line to take the game. Ferrero looks crestfallen, cheer up Juan, at least it's sunny.

Murray 2-0 Ferrero*
Ferrero returns a superb Murray forehand down the line, only for the Scot to blast a forehand volley wide of the tramlines. Murray takes the game to deuce as Ferrero attempts to kill the point at the net, only to see a forehand pass shave the frame of his racket. Murray secures his first break point, but Ferrero hits back and takes the next two points, but his net game crumbles yet again attempting to kill another enthralling rally. Murray collects his second break point, only for Ferrero to slam a forehand smash down the line. But Murray secures the game at the third attempt as Ferrero overhits a backhand. It's all Murray - Ferrero is being dispatched to all parts of the court.

Murray * 1-0 Ferrero
Confident start from Murray, who bosses the only rally of the game before dispatching a backhand volley at the net to seal the first game.

1830: Ferrero, clad in an old-skool bandana to restrict his flowing locks while buzzing around court, will receive as Murray, in a white t-shirt black shorts combo, elects to serve first.

1826: These two met in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, when Murray totally outclassed the Spaniard 7-5 6-3 6-2. He also did a similar straight sets demolition job a few weeks before at Queen's. Interestingly, these two have only ever met twice before, so this will be their first non-grass meeting. World number three Murray brushed aside Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-2 in his opening match on Tuesday, while Ferrero was made to work a little harder by Frenchman Gael Monfils in his 6-3 7-6 win on Wednesday.

Andy Murray on Twitter: "Heading 2 italian for dinner. good food. we're running quizzes at dinner. rosco in charge with the questions 2nite. i'll prob dominate."

If in doubt, Oscar Wilde. I'll give you that for free Andy.

1820: Afternoon team, it's off to Quebec and the steamy environs of Montreal as Andy Murray's hardcourt preparations continue against Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero, a man nicknamed "the Mosquito". Not because of a penchant for biting ankles and wrists of the players on the tour, but because of speed and relatively svelte physique. Let's have your thoughts via 606 (link above) or text 81111 with the word "tennis" before your message.

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