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Andy Murray v Mardy Fish as it happened at Queen's


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By Pranav Soneji

1310: Murray picks up his court-side possessions and stomps off down to the dressing rooms. That's six matches against Fish and three defeats. Credit to the American, who utilised trusted grass-court tactics to beat the world number four - 12th seed Michael Llodra faces a stern test. So it's Wimbledon next - but expect Murray to put in the practice hours on the courts. Happy World Cupping everyone. Bye.


Murray 4-6 6-1 6-6 Fish (tie-break 2-7)
Silence across the Centre Court as Murray overhits a straightforward forehand winner as Fish takes a 4-2 lead at the changeover. A slow second serve allows Fish to attack the net once more, dispatching a volley to move within two points of victory. Fish takes the next point with another unforced Murray error for set point before sealing the match - and a quarter-final slot against Michael Llodra. The defending champion is out.

* Denotes next to serve

Murray 4-6 6-1 6-6 Fish* (tie-break 2-3)
Brilliant start from Murray as he sends a forehand winner from a wide Fish serve for an early mini-break, but Fish responds with an equally impressive forehand winner to level at 1-1. The American takes the next point as Murray nets a regulation baseline return - and the British number one is absolutely livid. But he levels when his opponent does exactly the same in the following point. Fish then charges to the net with a deep serve, dispatching an easy volley for a 3-2 lead.

* Denotes next to serve

Murray 4-6 6-1 6-6 Fish*
A precise backhand and another ace allow Murray to take a 30-0 lead - extended to 40-0 with the shot of the day, a cross-court double-handed backhand with Fish charging to the net following a deep sliced return. Murray seals his 12th straight point on serve and that's game - and it's a tie-break to decide the fate of this match.

* Denotes next to serve

Murray* 4-6 6-1 5-6 Fish
Fish loses his first point on serve, but excellent net coverage ensures Murray is scampering all over court chasing very well executed volleys. Fish seals the game as Murray overhits a cross-court return, prompting the Scot to hold out his arms in frustration and mutter various choice words to motivate himself.

* Denotes next to serve

Murray 4-6 6-1 5-5 Fish*
Awesome double-handed backhand down the line sees Murray to 30-0, while an overhit service return allows the British number one to move to 40-0. Fish charges to the net with a deep backhand slice, but Murray arrogantly lofts a double-handed lob straight over his opponent's head. Impudent. But absolutely sensational to watch/read about.

* Denotes next to serve

Murray* 4-6 6-1 4-5 Fish
Another wide serve, this time to Murray's forehand, allows the American to dismiss a simple volley at the net. A smattering of applause from a rapidly filling Centre Court sees the world number 17 seal his second service game to love with another wide serve to the backhand which Murray cannot direct properly.

* Denotes next to serve

Murray 4-6 6-1 4-4 Fish*
Cheeky, but classy. Fish lurks on the baseline with a deep service return, but Murray takes a huge backswing before executing the most perfect drop-shot to move to 40-0. And he seals the game with an emphatic ace. Two service games won to love.

* Denotes next to serve

Murray* 4-6 6-1 3-4 Fish
Poor start from Murray, with an unforced error into the net with a regulation forehand. An ace takes Fish to 40-0 before a wide serve to Murray's backhand seals the game, ending a three-game losing streak.

* Denotes next to serve

1244: Wonder if there is a vuvuzela seller outside Baron's Court hoping to cash in on the rush for the elongated plastic trumpet-type, ear-splitting instrument? Yeah, didn't think so either. However, get used to what sounds like one million angry bees in a greenhouse over the next month or so with the start of the World Cup in South Africa. Caroline Cheese is currently taking through events up until kick-off when South Africa take on Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg. Both players are making their final preparations. Fish to serve. Game on.

1242: So let's have your predictions about the next 30 minutes or so - shooting fish in a barrel or about as straightforward as a fish on a bicycle? Vent your spleen via the 606 website or text 81111 with the word TENNIS before your message.

1240: World number four Murray clearly has some sort of mental block against the American ranked 84 places below him. Fish has won two of their previous five encounters - and probably thought he was about to level the record at 3-3 after going 3-0 up in the third set. But Murray has a heart the size of Belgium and loves a decent scrap - as well as the odd umpire rant.

1235: Alright team, it's back to a gloomy Queen's where a decent night's sleep should have hopefully curbed Andy Murray's hatful of scorn following the decision to suspend play at 3-3 in the deciding set against Mardy Fish.

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