After some wins for Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund it was time for Liam Broady up against Andy Murray who we hadn’t seen on court for over 7 months since the Davis Cup Finals.
All the talk prior to the event has come from Liam Broady bigging up Andy who has been playing down his chances majorly, but was it all a bluff?
In a pre-match chat with Marcus Buckland he did play down his chances only training 3-4 times a week but said he’d find it embarrassing if he loses to someone with a metal hip 😂😂
Liam Broady could not have asked for a worst possible start, Murray used his slice to get balls into play well and down 0-40 Liam double faulted as Murray took a 1-0 lead. Liam started to show the bold approach he was going for but the forehand really let him down as Murray extended to 2-0.
A lot of the extended rallies were going the way of Liam Broady who took control forcing Murray to visit that backhand slice more and pushing with a cushioned forehand to try and deter Broady.
Broady saw a break point but Murray saved with a good serve and shouted to himself “BIG SERVE, COME ON, BIG SERVE”. The game went on and Liam saw another couple of break points and on the third of the game broke the former world number one back to be level at 2-2 after 22 minutes.
A clench of the fist and a shout of “LET’S GO” from Murray who benefited from more errors from Liam who described his game at this point as “dis-jointed”
Murray continued to hit with a bit more confidence and this time consolidated his break to take a 4-2 lead.
The errors continued to leak off the racket of Broady who found himself down a double break at 2-5.
Murray’s growth in the match continued and he hit a stunning forehand at 5-2 15-15 finishing at the net and really finding his pace.
He found his pace once again to take the opening set 6-2 and it was interesting to hear from Jamie Delgado on the change over
Andy Murray has that experience to ask questions with pace and different shots and soak up pressure as he took an early 3-1 lead and at the sit down had a chat on the headset…
Liam kept it to one break of serving trailing 2-3 but the former number one continued his impressive game despite as he said not playing well himself.
Once again Andy returned well and proved a nuisance for Liam seeing three break points but Liam did play a good set of three points to climb back to deuce but continued to be frustrated slamming himself for not missing moments after Murray came up with this…
A 14 minute game with game and break points came and went and playing Murray is a tough challenge in itself and the errors just didn’t help!
Liam’s frustrations took over as he smashed a ball to the back wall…
Serving out the match was no problem for Murray who sealed a nice 6-2 6-2 win to begin his week.
Enjoyable match all-around!
- Murray found pace behind his forehand
- Movement as he said on headset is more important thing to build on
- Took the pace out of the game asking questions and nullifying Liam
Exhibition or not, first match and win in 7 months!