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Murray gives his young opponent a consoling pat and a few encouraging words as he himself contemplates moving on in this tournament. Perhaps that should be moving delicately along he visibly tired again in this match and will have been relieved Kuznetsov couldnt press home his advantage as he grew in confidence later in the match. The younger man was a game but limited opponent who was given plenty of opportunities on the Murray second serve, only to make some crucial errors on his own serve, especially as the match went on.
Kuznetsov 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 2-6 Murray* (*denotes next server)
Murray misses with his first serve, but after a brief rally takes the point on a missed Kuznetsov forehand down the line. Second serve again, and Murray edges forward to find the angle for the forehand winner. 30-0 and Kuznetsov shows some defiance as he stands his ground to push a backhand winner past Murray and into the corner. 30-15.
Kuznetsov 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 2-5 Murray* (*denotes next server)
Life in this one yet then. The players split the first two points, but then Murray hits a hard, flat service return for 15-30 and more pressure on Kuznetsov, then punishes that second serve again in pushing for the error for another two break points. Kuznetsov saves the first and were back at baseline attrition. And its Murray who comes out of the point as Kuznetsov finds the net from deep to allow Murray to break again and stem the mini-revival. Murray to serve for the match.
Kuznetsov* 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 2-4 Murray (*denotes next server)
Kuznetsov did a lot that was good in that last game to retrieve the first two break points, but two double faults gifted Murray what will surely be the decisive break in this match. Murray gets his first serve with the new balls into play and Kuznetsov returns long. 15-0. Second serve and Kuznetsov is still going for this as he pushes back on the Muray serve and earns 15-1 on an error from Murray.
Kuznetsov 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 1-4 Murray* (*denotes next server)
Kuznetsov sees a service return whistle past him as Murray tries to turn the screw, and as the tempo rises on the next point, Murrays swiftly up 0-30. Timely ace for 15-30 he can ill-afford a double break. On second serve on the next point Kuznetsov hits Murrays service return wide in trying to go down the line and has to deal with two break points. He defends the first as Murray misses then defends the second one from low in front of the net as he shows deft control to angle sharply across court for Deuce.
Kuznetsov* 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 1-3 Murray (*denotes next server)
Murray is not fond of the Louis Armstrong court and its showed at times today. But he looks to have gritted his teeth and fought his way out of the toughest section of the match so far for him. Kuznetsov trying to be positive where he can, but the aggression he needs to win some of these points sometimes comes at the expense of control.
Kuznetsov 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 1-2 Murray* (*denotes next server)
Second serve for Kuznetsov and Murray is swiftyl in control of the point as he finds a one-handed backhand for a cross court winner. 0-15. He misses with the forehand on the run on the next point though for 15-15, and Kuznetsov hits a clean winner for 30-15 behind his first serve on the next point though. Another strong Murray backhand angles past Kuznetsov for 30-30 on another second serve and Murray presses home the advantage on another second serve for 30-40 as Kuznetsov goes long while chasing.
Kuznetsov* 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 1-1 Murray (*denotes next server)
Murray trying to power his way through and takes the opening point but cant dominate the rally enough on the second point and makes yet another unforced error for 15-15, and an even more egregious bad forehand for 15-30. Second serve, and Kuznetsov tries to batter the ball back at him but goes just long. It was close though. 30-30 and Murray living dangerously. 40-30 as Kuznetsov fails to do anything with another second serve and Murray sees the game out by pushing Kuznetsov around the court a little and finally dinking a gentle volley into open space.
Kuznetsov 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 Murray* (*denotes next server)
Our technical gremlins look to have settled down for now, but Murrays are working their mischief, as he gifts Kuznetsov the third set with two sloppy points. Last thing he needed was to be pushed deep in the middle of another hot, draining day, but he must face at least one more set now.
@KidWeil what's up with AM? He's making light work of early rounds which isn't his usual form in GS's. He could do with a real test though!
Kuznetsov* 1-6, 5-7, 6-4 Murray
Murray splits the first couple of points on his serve. Definite increase in the amount of disgruntled chatter from him right now as he tries to avoid going beyond three sets. But he misjudges his forehand on the next point and goes to 15-30. Big first serve looks to have set Murray up for an easy winner, but his smash is long to set up two break points and indeed set points for Kuznetsov.