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Murray Watch: Queens: Rd 3 v Fish (12.30)

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World number 4 Andy Murray continues his month on home soil with a third round encounter against Mardy Fish at the Queens grasscourt tournament in London. Fish, who beat Santiago Giraldo 7-6 6-2 in the last round, should represent something of a test for Murray having beaten him the last time they crossed paths (at this years Miami hardcourt championships), but that was during Murray's drastic slump in form post-Australian Open. Murray's form has improved significantly since them, and on a surface that he is more comfortable with than Fish is he should come through.

Murray comes into this tournament as the defending champion after a masterful performance last year where he did not drop a set on his way to the title, beating James Blake in the final. However this year the field is significantly tougher, and Murray will have to be at his grasscourt best to defend his crown.

The field at this ATP 250 tournament wouldn't look out of place at a 1000 Masters, with half of the worlds top 10 not currently
out due to injury attending. 2008 champion Nadal and 2008 finalist Djokovic are here, as well as four-time champion Roddick.

Murray was also involved in the doubles with his brother Jamie this week. They got through to the second round but then lost to experienced doubles player Mark Knowles and his partner Mardy Fish in straight sets.


Andy Murray Twitter
Murray's recent results :
Cincinnati (SF) - Bye, Bt Almagro, Bt Stepanek, Bt Benneteau, Federer Bt Murray
New York (R4) - Bt Gulbis, Bt Capdeville, Bt Dent, Cilic bt Murray
Davis Cup - Bt Przysiezny, Bt Janowicz
Valencia (W) - Bt Gimeno-Traver, Bt Mayer, Bt Montanes, Bt Verdasco, Bt Youzhny
Paris (R3) - Bye, Bt Blake, Stepanek Bt Murray
London (RR) - Bt Del Potro, Federer Bt Murray, Bt Verdasco
Melbourne (F) - Bt Anderson, Bt Gicquel, Bt Serra, Bt Isner, Bt Nadal, Bt Cilic, Federer Bt Murray
Dubai (R2) - Bt Kunitsyn, Tipsarevic bt Murray
Indian Wells (QF) - Bt Seppi, Bt Russell, Bt Almagro, Soderling bt Murray
Miami (R2) - Bye, Fish bt Murray
Monte Carlo (R2) - Bye, Kohlschreiber bt Murray
Rome (R3) - Bye, Bt Seppi, Ferrer bt Murray
Madrid (QF) - Bye, Bt Chela, Bt Hanescu, Ferrer bt Murray
Roland Garros (R4) - Bt Gasquet, Bt Chela, Bt Baghdatis, Berdych bt Murray

Queens Draw
Queens OOP
Projected Route:
[Rd 1] Bye
[Rd 2] Navarro 7-6 6-3
[Rd 3] Fish
[QF] Llodra
[SF] (1) Nadal
[F] (7) Querrey
Head to head:
Navarro: 2-0 (1-0 on GC)
Fish: 3-2 (1-0 on GC)
Llodra: 2-0 (0-0 on GC)
Nadal: 3-7 (0-1 on GC)
Querrey: 3-0 (1-0 on GC)
Info
Murray overcomes Navarro news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/ten...
Murray faces big test www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sp...

Live Coverage: BBC and BBC Red Button, Tennis TV
Murray cannot move in the rankings at all this week; whatever happens, he will remain world no.4
ATP Rankings (June 7)
Queens Tournament Website
Murray's next tournament: Wimbledon
Good luck Andy!

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posted Jun 10, 2010

When Andy was arguing he was very polite. I can see both sides but I bet Fish would have carried on if he had won the last three games.

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posted Jun 10, 2010

That's no way to treat the reigning champion - not a word before they're off.

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posted Jun 10, 2010

how come he is nearly always on last?

huh? it happened in paris and here

bet it will happen at wimby too

he needs to be on in the hottest part of the day

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posted Jun 10, 2010

Something certainly smells fishy, and it's not Our Andy. sadface

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posted Jun 10, 2010

Ah well, tomorrow is another day, and I'm sure he'll use this to his advantage. Expect him to come out all guns blazing on the Fish serve.

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posted Jun 10, 2010

Andy on first at 12.30 tomorrow, then back on again (if he wins) after Nadal v Lopez. Not much time in between but at least it's not the last match of the day again.

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comment by Bourne (U3020163)

posted Jun 10, 2010

"Fish is definitely a step up from Navarro so I fancy a bit of a struggle in that one but should come through."

Boooooomz.

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posted Jun 11, 2010

If Murray can come through this match it may help him for the Llodra match having already been on court and got the adrnaline flowing. Hopefully it will prevent another slow start as he did in this match. Llodra is a very solid grass court player and he will really need to be at his best consistently for the contest.
I was just wondering if maybe Fish was in such a rush to get of was that HD may have slightly pulled something in that knee of his?

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posted Jun 11, 2010

How could he come out serving so well, then lose it in the TB?

A premature end to another Murray Watch. wah

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posted Jun 11, 2010

As perverse as it sounds, I'm actually not too disappointed that he didn't win the tournament or get to the final. Hopefully the media might forget about him. (Yeah right!)

I remember after he won Queens last year, the newspaper headlines were quite sickening: "Now for the big one, Andy"; "King of Queens, now for SW19" etc etc. He lost early so hopefully the media will dampen down the pressure.

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