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Andy Murray v Sam Querrey as it happened

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By Piers Newbery

Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "What a day for Sam Querrey! As he repeats in his home tourney, easily the biggest win of his career. Now needs to step up in a BIG TOURNEY."

Andy Murray
0100: Well, a disappointing day/night for Murray and his fans but there's still a long way to go before the US Open at the end of the month. Next up for the British number one - the Rogers Cup in Toronto from next week. Next up for me, working out how to get home. Thanks for your company and apologies for any bleary eyes on Monday morning.

USA
Sam Querrey
Murray 7-5 6-7 (2-7) 3-6 Querrey
Querrey plays a fantastic drop shot for 30-15 that even the lightning fast Murray cannot chase down, but the nerves take hold and the American makes a double-fault and another mid-court error. Break point Murray.... but he leaves too much space for Querrey to play a forehand and it's deuce. Moments later it's match point Querrey... and Murray puts a backhand return long! Game over, that's yer lot, no mas... Querrey beats Murray for the first time in five attempts, Murray's wait for a first title since Valencia in November goes on.
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Murray 7-5 6-7 3-5 Querrey *
Murray holds to love and Querrey must serve it out. He's certainly got crowd behind him, they're full of beans. "Let's go Querrey, lets go!...."
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Someone is having a tantrum
* Murray 7-5 6-7 2-5 Querrey
Murray has a bit of a Shakespearean breakdown at the back of the court, smacking the strings of his racquet with his fist before breaking said racquet on the cement. Querrey holds, the crowd goes wild, everyone's happy in LA. Nearly everyone.
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From Martin, Northwich, via text: "Any chance the use of seering, aggressive winners were Miles' idea of direction for Muzza? I really don't understand his reluctance to step up the aggression on a more continuous basis."

It's bad news for a Briton
Murray 7-5 6-7 2-4 Querrey *
Murray nets a forehand and finds himself at 15-40 and facing two break points.... The Briton attempts a drop shot but it flops into the net and Querrey is in the box seat now. Whatever that is.
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* Murray 7-5 6-7 2-3 Querrey
Querrey fails to do much after chasing down what must feel like the 257th drop shot of the day from Murray but the big man holds serve easily enough, and a tie-break already seems likely. "I've never met a girl like you before," croons Edwyn Collins on the changeover.
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Murray 7-5 6-7 2-2 Querrey *
One excitable lady screams in delight when Murray double-faults - that's a bit much - but it's 40-0 at the time and the Briton holds his nerve.
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The sun is out
* Murray 7-5 6-7 1-2 Querrey
Querrey plays a brilliant half-volley with the ball almost past him and holds serve to 30, and he's looking very solid right now. Maybe the banana he's demolishing at the changeover will slow him down a bit. The sun is belting down in LA, by the way. I can feel the glamour from here.
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From Tom, Long Marston, via text: "Murray needs to win to setup a positive attitude for flushing meadows."

From mark in Alcester via text: "Murray is still in 2nd gear. It will all come good soon."

Murray 7-5 6-7 1-1 Querrey *
An impressive and much-needed love hold from Murray, who rounds it off with a searing forehand winner. Which raises the question of why he doesn't do that a bit more often.
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* Murray 7-5 6-7 0-1 Querrey
Great stuff from Querrey as he dictates matters to hold serve to 30. So what do we think, can Murray climb out of the hole he's dug himself here? And do we think Miles Maclagan is sitting at home with a cold beer, cackling at his TV? I think - yes, he'll win; and no - Miles seems like a good sort. Nice image though.
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USA
Murray 7-5 6-7 (2-7) Querrey *
Murray sends a backhand long and it's four set points for Querrey.... and he takes the first with a huge forehand winner. Glad I didn't book that cab. Not glad I ate my last biscuit just now. Querrey heads off for a comfort break.
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Murray 7-5 6-6 (2-4) Querrey *
Murray makes a poor start, slipping 2-0 down, but he steps up the aggression on his forehand to recover the mini-break. A drop shot looks to have done its job but Murray puts the follow-up forehand into the net, and Querrey then plays a magnificent off-forehand before leaking a volley wide.
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* Murray 7-5 6-6 Querrey
Querrey floats a very odd backhand well long to see a 30-0 lead disappear but he moves forward to stop the rot and hits his eighth ace of the day to force a tie-break.
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From Darrell, Reading, via text: "Looks like murray should play without a coach for the rest of the year! Not bad effort for his first tournament since wimbledon!"

Murray 7-5 6-5 Querrey *
Querrey, enjoying a new lease of life after that narrow escape, opens up the game with blistering forehand and backhand winners for 0-30. Murray digs deep with a solid forehand and a net-swamping volley to level things, but Querrey winds up a massive forehand for break point.... which Murray sees off thanks to a heavy forehand of his own. He takes the game and puts the pressure back on Querrey. It's getting quite good now.
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* Murray 7-5 5-5 Querrey
Cripes, that's a shocker. Murray plays a couple of desperate defensive lobs that barely make it halfway up the court but I know, the crowd knows, Querrey knows that he's going to miss one, and he duly wallops it over the baseline. A double-fault follows soon after for 30-30, and Querrey throws in yet another error for 30-40 and match point.... a long rally ensues and it feels like Murray must win it. Until he sticks a backhand into the tramlines. Querry holds and we press on.
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Murray 7-5 5-4 Querrey *
Murray is fuming with himself when he lets Querrey back to 30-30, and he's understandably pumped when a big second serve gets him out of trouble. Querrey isn't giving this one up, though, and makes it deuce with a drop shot and sharp volley, prompting a blood-curdling scream from Briton. Murray focuses sufficiently to attack the net and it takes him to within one game of victory.
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Twitter
Justin Gimelstob on Twitter: "Murray is a tennis savant, his movement/balance/tennis IQ, really impressive 2 watch up close."

* Murray 7-5 4-4 Querrey
The game appears to be up, as the newly-trendy-again Sherlock Holmes might say, when Murray gets to break point at 30-40 but Querrey comes up with a brilliant volley on the stretch and goes on to hold.
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Murray 7-5 4-3 Querrey *
Querrey looks a bit foolish when he chases down a drop shot but displays dodgy hand-skills as he steers his response wide. Murray holds easily and is serving at a highly impressive 72% for the match.
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* Murray 7-5 3-3 Querrey
Another loose Querrey forehand gives Murray a sniff at 15-15 but the Scot fails to make any impression on the subsequent returns and we're level. Murray's fitness trainer Jez Green looks a bit uncomfortable sitting in the stands, possibly aware that he is now the man in the firing line should Andy get the mid-match hump.
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Murray 7-5 3-2 Querrey *
Querrey belts away a smash and then has Murray on the run to get to 15-40 and two break points.... the American sets up the first beautifully only to blaze another forehand drive well wide - he really needs to practise those - and sticks a forehand in the net on the second. Murray holds and that could be a tough one for the lofty San Franciscan to get over.
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* Murray 7-5 2-2 Querrey
I've just remembered that this tournament is being played at UCLA. I went there once, snuck into the basketball arena which was about the size of Heathrow Terminal 5. Anyway, Querrey is falling into the trap of so many of Murray's opponents by being lured into errors. The Briton then comes up with a brilliant point at deuce, hitting a dipping backhand and pouncing on the defensive volley. Querrey does well to save two break points with some positive play and stay in touch.
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Murray 7-5 2-1 Querrey *
Querrey gets to deuce by hitting a forehand on the run that Murray can only acknowledge with an "Oh yeah" as it whistles past, but the Scot serves his way out of trouble. Meanwhile, the Bryan brothers have beaten Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer to set an ATP record with their 62nd career doubles crown. They're well and truly among the greats, those boys. Anyone fancy a chest bump?
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* Murray 7-5 1-1 Querrey
Querrey levels it up but not before he throws in another double-fault, and the accompanying look of disgust.
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Murray 7-5 1-0 Querrey *
Well, that was a fairly disastrous end to the first set for Querrey and Murray keeps him on the backfoot with a solid service game to start the second. It's just occurred to me - Murray needs a new coach, William Shatner is in the crowd... coincidence?
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It's good news for a Briton
* Murray 7-5 Querrey
Yikes. Querrey hits another drive-volley into the tramlines and then balloons a forehand over the baseline for 15-40. Two sets points to Murray.... and Querrey hits an ace on the first, but double-faults on the second. At least I think he double-faults, I was interrupted by a colleague and looked back to see Querrey returning to the chair and smacking his racquet into the cement. Answers on a postcard, please. Anyway, first set Murray.
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Murray 6-5 Querrey *
Murray goes for the old drop shot-lob volley routine and gets the 6ft 6in Querrey scampering backwards and forwards - not his strong suit. Another solid hold for the Briton, another interlude while an American man shouts shopping advice.
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* Murray 5-5 Querrey
Fair play to Querrey, he gets a slice of luck with a ridiculous net cord but takes full advantage to level things after another fine forehand winner.
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From anon via text: "So far today I've managed to be in Nottingham, Hungary, Barcelona and California - quite a few virtual air miles I reckon."

Murray 5-4 Querrey *
Oh yes. A lunging backhand volley takes Murray to 40-0 and within a blink of an eye he's heading to the chair with a 5-4 lead. Querrey pushes his cap back on his head, has a glug of water and tries to work out what just happened.
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It's good news for a Briton
* Murray 4-4 Querrey
Poor old Tipsy, he's not having the best of weekends. Things look a little brighter for Murray when Querrey sticks a routine smash into the net to fall 30-40 down. Break point for Murray... and he gets a bit lucky as he doesn't do much with the ball but Querrey smacks a forehand long. Either way, it's all square.
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Twitter
Janko Tipsarevic on Twitter: "From all the things I could have done: get wasted, run, eat like a pig, swim.. I have decided that the best would be if I lose my wedding ring... "

Murray 3-4 Querrey *
Querrey unleashes another of those stinging forehands and has half a chance at 40-30 down but Murray hangs on, which is about all he can do at the moment. The Scot is currently making 73% of first serves, so no complaints there.
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* Murray 2-4 Querrey
Querrey powers down his second ace of the day for a love game and he's made a much better start than in his semi-final, where he came back from a set down and 1-5 in the second set tie-break against Janko Tipsarevic, and saved a match point.
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Twitter
HardyWebster on Twitter: "Murray has got to be favourite for this, no? Looking forward to your commentary...got any jokes?!"

Murray 2-3 Querrey *
OK, Murray responds with a quick service game of his own and he needs to get going on the return here.
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A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
* Murray 1-3 Querrey
Querrey holds serve in a trice, giving us barely enough time to take on board the news that William Shatner is in the crowd. I'm keeping 'em peeled for Spock or the woman with the headset who did the radio. I'm no Trekkie.
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Murray 1-2 Querrey *
Murray gives Querrey a look at a forehand and the American crunches a huge one for 15-40 and two break points.. and Murray hooks a backhand into the tramlines to drop serve. A poor start from the Briton and, to make matters worse, the PA is bellowing advertisements at the changeover. It's just not cricket.
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* Murray 1-1 Querrey
Querrey looks in a bit of trouble after a woeful forehand drive-volley into the net and what appears to be a double-fault, but Hawkeye comes to his rescue and the American serves out confidently. The tournament is apparently being played on a university campus. It's not like the university I attended.
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Murray 1-0 Querrey *
Querrey comes up with a thumping forehand pass on the run for 15-15 and sticks away a smash a couple of points later but Murray holds to 30.
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2212: OK, it's been a busy night of athletics in BBC TV Towers, time for a gear change as we focus on men with racquets. It looks like a sultry afternoon in California, Murray to serve...

Andy Murray
2208: In case you missed it, Murray has had quite a week after announcing the end of his two-and-a-half year working relationship with coach Miles Maclagan and heading to LA to take up a surprise wildcard. A first tournament victory of the year would be very welcome and the world number four is the favourite tonight with a 4-0 career record against Querrey, including a win at Wimbledon in June.

2205: Evening all. If you thought the sporting weekend was over, you were mistaken. Andy Murray is about to try and end his title drought in 2010 as he takes on American Sam Querrey in the final of the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles. If those farmers are half as excited as me, it should be quite an atmosphere out there.



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