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Andy Murray v Andy Roddick at Paris Masters as it happened


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By David Ornstein

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Andy Murray advanced to the quarterfinals of the Masters in Paris for the fourth time. He has never reached the semifinal in this tournament."

1105: Job well done for Britain's finest. By the looks of things on Court 1, he'll be playing Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. The Czech right-hander came from two breaks down against Janko Tipsarevic to snatch the first set 7-5. He's not home and dry yet, mind. So, keep your eyes across the live scores and to find out what happens in that one. Djokovic v Troicki is also under way, while Roger Federer and Brit doubles pair Colin Fleming and Jamie Murray are among those in action later on. We'll be back on Friday for Murray's quarter-final. Au revoir!

BBC Radio 5 live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter in Paris: "Very happy to clear up that Stefanki was never offered Murray coaching job although an enquiry was made in 2006. Apologies."

ANDY MURRAY: "I felt my hamstring, similar to last week and I just wanted to get it checked out. I'll have to monitor it. Everyone has niggles at this stage of the season and you have to deal with them. I felt it early on, it might have been to do with the early start, maybe I didn't warm up as well as I normally would."

ANDY MURRAY: "The hardest thing about starting so early is that half and hour to 45 minutes before the match I was having to get pasta and fish down me. But you just wake up a bit earlier - it's one of the things with tennis, you never know when you're going to play. I have had to get used to it the more years I've been on tour, but it was a bit early today."

ANDY MURRAY: "He's been number one in world, a Grand Slam champion, one of the best players in the last 10 years and always difficult to play against. I started the match really well and got up an early break. He's a player who can build pressure by serving well and going after you in return games, but because I made a good start I was able to dominate."

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Andrew via text on 81111: "I don't know why I was worried really. You'd think Roddick was outside the top 100 the way Murray dispatched him today. Would still like to see Murray's first serve percentage a bit higher though."


It's good news for a Briton
The match is over
Murray 6-2 6-2 Roddick
Murray picks the perfect moment to unleash his sixth and seventh aces of the day. BANG, BANG. Game, set and match. Roddick rooted to the spot. A 27th win in 28 matches for the world number three. A place in the last eight is his. Next up? Berdych or Tipsarevic. Tipsy is about to serve for the opening set in that one at 5-4.
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*Murray 6-2 5-2 Roddick
Much, much better from Roddick. But it's too little too late, you'd have to think. He gives Murray a right runaround in this one - if only he'd done that earlier. The Scot puts a forehand into net to keep the American's miniscule hopes alive. Roddick won only four games in their most recent meeting - at Queen's in June - and if Murray serves out now, history will repeat itself.
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BBC Radio 5 live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter in Paris: "One thought: How can Larry Stefanki - the coach who has turned down Murray once if not twice - sit there + think Roddick is a better job?"

Murray 6-2 5-1 Roddick*
A stunning hold to love. That's all. Murray in TOP form.
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*Murray 6-2 4-1 Roddick
Any hopes of a Murray bagel are toasted as Roddick digs in for a determined hold to get his name on the scoreboard. Slight dip in concentration there from Murray, perhaps, but he's still firmly in the driving seat.
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Murray 6-2 4-0 Roddick*
With the confidence of a man enjoying a 17-match unbeaten run, Murray coasts through game four to close in on a straightforward victory and a place in the quarter-finals. Over on Court 1, Tipsarevic leads Berdych 4-1.
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Someone is having a tantrum
Murray 6-2 3-0 Roddick
Roddick lets slip the first two points and can't contain his frustration any longer. WHACK!!! That racquet is well and truly Joe Mangled. He receives a code violation for racquet abuse and then vents his anger towards umpire Mohamed Lahyani. What follows is an inside-out forehand approach that floats horribly wide and gifts Murray three break points. Murray then brings the American in before sending him straight back with an inch-perfect lob. That's just cruel. Roddick attempts a through-the-legs 'hot dog', but it drifts into the tramlines and there's the double break.
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Murray 6-2 2-0 Roddick*
Easy street for the British number one. This time it's a crosscourt forehand pass that takes him to game point and when Roddick errs with a forehand, game two is in the kitbag. Murray recording a first-serve percentage of 61% and has won 71% of service points.
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*Murray 6-2 1-0 Roddick
The one-way Parisian traffic continues as Murray crafts his way to 15-40 and two break points. He's toying with Roddick out there, passing the helpless American at every opportunity. A-Rod scrambles around to save the first but there's no stopping Murray on the second, lacing a forehand pass up the line to secure what may just prove a decisive break of serve.
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timbar3 on Twitter: "Murray's dropshot is important for what it does in rallys when he doesn't play it. The fear of it keeps opponents guessing."


It's good news for a Briton
Murray 6-2 Roddick*
Murray races to 40-15 before chucking down his second double-fault of the match. Fear not, Murray fans... you man batters away another sensational winner to wrap up the 31-minute first set. Roddick's being taught a lesson out there. On Court 1, Janko Tipsarevic is already a break to the good against London-hopeful Tomas Berdych.
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*Murray 5-2 Roddick
An absolute horror show for Roddick in game seven. He starts by flicking an easy forehand mid-court approach way beyond the baseline and then produces another error while Murray comes up with a stunning backhand for 0-40. Three break points. In times of trouble Roddick will always come to the net, but these days he's not as fearsome up there as in the past. And so it proves as Murray passes him with a stunning crosscourt forehand for the double break.
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Murray 4-2 Roddick*
Out comes the Murray drop-shot for the first time today (oh, how I've missed the debate over that ever-divisive weapon). This time it does the business, though, to seal a hold to 15.
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*Murray 3-2 Roddick
More pressure on the Roddick delivery as Murray works his way to deuce with another eye-catching pass. Not a single serve-volley from one of the game's finest exponents of that very tactic just yet... spoke too soon... in comes Roddick off a first serve out wide, long goes Murray, and that's the game. Murray's leg seems OK but now he keeps bending down to tie up his shoelaces. Over on Court 1, Berdych and Tipsarevic are getting started. Keep you posted.
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Max via text on 81111: "As much as I love Roddick I can't see him touching Murray today. Expect it to be wrapped up within 80 minutes."

Murray 3-1 Roddick*
No sign of ill-effects as Murray holds to 30. The Scot lost only four games when the pair met at Queen's in June and such was the Scot's dominance that Roddick jokingly asked him to "keep it social" at one stage, as yet another winner flew past him.
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BBC Radio 5 live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter in Paris: "O2 scenario pretty simple this morning; If Berdych beats Tipsarevic, the field is set. Berdych, Tsonga and Fish joining the big 4 + Ferrer."

*Murray 2-1 Roddick
Roddick finally gets going with a hold to love. Murray can't get near the 2003 US Open champ's delivery in that one. And here comes the trainer... treatment for Murray's right thigh by the looks of it.
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Murray 2-0 Roddick*
The break is consolidated with a determined hold when Roddick drills a forehand long. Breathing space for Murray but he pulls up a little gingerly at the end of the game. Mohamed Lahyani says on his radio "Murray, leg, at the next changeover". Hmmm...
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*Murray 1-0 Roddick
Murray may not be a fan of early mornings but an immediate break of serve should help soften the blow. The world number three, who leads Roddick 7-3 in their career head-to-head, starts off with a superb pass and it's already clear Roddick isn't enjoying the slow nature of this court. The American saves one break point at 0-40 but then nets a poor forehand on the second. Advantage Murray.
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Andrew via text on 81111: "It's strange, with the run he's on I don't feel this match should trouble Murray at all yet I'm nervous. I think the power at Roddick's disposal could worry him if his legs still aren't back to full capacity. Prediction of 6-4 7-6 to Murray though. Looking forward to it."

0945: Murray beat Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday to reach this stage and here's what he had to say about it: "I thought it was a decent start. I didn't lose my serve and I don't think he had any break points, so that was good, but I can definitely play better, and I'll need to, because it's a tough match on Thursday. I'd like to move better. When you play on a new court, there's a slightly different surface to get used to. For me, there's more to moving than just getting to balls. It's how you use your feet in between the shots and the position you get yourself into even on easy balls. I could have gotten to a better position quite a few times, so I'll look to do that on Thursday."

0944: The Andys are ready to rumble, Murray in red top and white shorts, Roddick in his trademark 2011 pop socks. Get your thoughts and predictions over to us - just tweet me @bbcsport_david using the hashtag #BBCtennis or text in on 81111 (UK).

0940: Following Murray and Roddick on the main court are world number one Novak Djokovic and fellow-Serb Viktor Troicki. David Ferrer, Tsonga, Fish and Roger Federer all play later on. As do British pair Colin Fleming and Jamie Murray in the men's doubles.

0932: Busy old schedule at the Palais Omnisports today. Murray and Roddick kick us off on Central Court, with Tomas Berdych meeting Janko Tipsarevic on Court 1 half an hour later. If Berdych wins that one then he, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish will be confirmed as the last three qualifiers for the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena. If Tipsarevic defeats Berdych - as he has done in each of their previous four matches - the race goes on.

0930: Last 16 at the Paris Masters and a 13th career meeting between the only Andys ranked inside the world's top 1,000. Yes, ANDY MURRAY V ANDY RODDICK. Ready? Good. Let's get going...

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