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Murray v Youzhny - as it happened


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By Nabil Hassan

1630: Right, that's it from me. Congratulations Andy on a fine return from injury. Give your thoughts on Murray's performance on 606.

1625: CUJMee on 606: "Andy's getting back to his best. And what's more, and is impressive, is that he's taking risks in a way he hasn't been so much in recent months, very encouraging."



*Murray 6-3 6-2 Youzhny
Murray opens up a 30-0 lead with two fine first serves which Youzhny cannot do anything about. A delicate drop shot sees the Russian win his first points of the game, but Murray responds with a deep forehand which Youzhny sends into the net. Murray ends it with an ace and it's all over. A comprehensive demolition is completed.

*Murray 6-3 5-2 Youzhny
Youzhny is battling hard out there to stay in this. But Murray is effortless in his response and a backhand down the line makes it 30-15. Two big serves keeps the Russian in this final and it's over to Murray.

Murray 6-3 5-1 *Youzhny
Murray works his opponent well and he opens up a 15-0 lead with a volley at the net. A double fault lets Youzhny back into the game at 30-15. But Murray responds well with a fine drop shot and eventual volley and it's 40-15. He serves out the game and is one away from wrapping this up.

*Murray 6-3 4-1 Youzhny
Youzhny battles through his service game and Murray is not making it easy for him out there, but the Russian eventually wins his first game of the set.

Murray 6-3 4-0 *Youzhny
It's lovely tennis from Murray, who seems to be enjoying himself out there. But Youzhny is at least showing some fight, drawing level at 15-15 with a fine lobbed smash which just clips the baseline. Murray clips the top of the net and Youzhny later sends a forehand across court to gain two break points. Murray smashes a serve down the centre of the court to save the first. The Scot raises his game again and after a decent rally he's averted the danger. Murray steps it up again, showing great agility and skill and he's got the advantage. The Scot shows a lovely little touch at the net and he seals the game with a fine volley.

*Murray 6-3 3-0 Youzhny
Youzhny is long with a backhand from the baseline and the pair are level at 15-15. Youzhny is struggling with his second serve and Murray again has two break points after a delicate cross court backhand. And Murray wastes no time, forcing his opponent into an error and it's another break for the Scot.

Murray 6-3 2-0 *Youzhny
It's a simple love service game for Murray as he races into a 2-0 lead in the set.

*Murray 6-3 1-0 Youzhny
Youzhny sends a forehand slice the wrong side the of line and it's a bad start for the Russian. Murray forces his opponent into yet another error as he sends a simple forehand from the baseline into the net. But a superb forehand after a delicate rally gets him back in the game, but Murray responds with a powerful backhand and the Scot has two break points. Youzhny saves the first with a well worked volley at the net, but Murray breaks his opponent when he sends yet another backhand into the net.


Murray 6-3 *Youzhny
Two accurate serves from Murray which Youzhny fails to return open up a 30-0 lead and the Scot has three sets points when the Russian sends a forehand into the net. Youzhny saves the first with a delicate drop shot, but Murray aces the second and he's one up in this final.

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*Murray 5-3 Youzhny
That break has given the Russian huge confidence and he eases into a 40-0 lead with two huge forehands at a decent drop shot. Murray slices a backhand into the net and it's a simple hold for Youzhny.

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Murray 5-2 *Youzhny
Youzhny gets himself in front but boy is Murray making him work hard for these points. The Scot levels with a lethal serve and they're level again at 30-30 after a poor backhand into the net from Murray. A forehand into the net gives Youzhny his first break points of the game. And after a scintillating rally the Russian gets himself back into the game after Murray is long with a forehand from the baseline.
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*Murray 5-1 Youzhny
A weak backhand to the net gives Murray hope at 15-30 with the Russian's game in this first set error ridden. Delightful tennis from Murray gives him two break points, but he wastes the first with a poor wide return down the line but takes advantage with the second as he forces his opponent into yet another error.
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Murray 4-1 *Youzhny
A fine drop shot sees Murray take control at 30-0 and he follows that up with an ace down the middle of the court. Youzhny responds to draw back to 40-30 but a tremendous cross court forehand secures the game.
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*Murray 3-1 Youzhny
Murray takes control of the game after four poor shots from his opponent and the Scot secures his first break of the match.
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Murray 2-1 *Youzhny
It's a bad start for Murray in this game as he goes down 30-15 with a poor backhand into the net. He looks tentative and dare I say it slightly unfit but is let off by a poor forehand from Youzhny into the net to draw back to 30-30. Two fine serves, ending with an ace see him through.
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* Murray 1-1 Youzhny
Youzhny eases into a 30-0 lead before a brilliant lob gets Murray back into the game at 30-15. But Youzhny takes back control of the game and draws level with his opponent.
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Murray 1-0 *Youzhny
Straightforward hold for Murray as he eases himself into this final.
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1513: Here we go - Murray to serve first.

1458: So far this week Murray has disposed of Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Argentine Leonardo Mayer, and two more Spaniards - Albert Montanes and Fernando Verdasco. The man on the other side of the net today is Russian Youzhny, the world number 23. He was ranked as high as number eight early last year, and has won five career titles, including one this year. So no pushover.

1457: As always, you can get involved in a massive way today via text on 81111 or over on 606 where pottiella has prepared for you all a lovely preview.

1455: Afternoon all. Time for some live text commentary of Andy Murray v Mikhail Youzhny in the final of the Valencia Open. The British number one is looking to win his sixth title of the year, in his first tournament back after a six-week lay-off with a wrist injury.

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