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Tennis: Andy Murray Survives Gilles Muller Test in Brisbane International 2012

Andy Murray, Brisbane International 2012, Men's Singles Tennis
Andy Murray, Brisbane International 2012, Men's Singles Tennis

Bribane International 2012 Men’s Singles top seed, Andy Murray, has survived a real scare in his second-round match against Luxembourgish world number 54, Gilles Muller.

The Brit had to fight back from one set down before eventually taking the best-of-three match 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-0.

Murray progresses to a quarter-final match-up with perennial Australian Open contender, Marcos Baghdatis.

Andy Murray, who had needed all three sets to come through his first round match with Mikhail Kukushkin, showed that he is still a little ring-rusty in making heavy weather of seeing off Muller.

Muller clinched the first set from the Scottish star by breaking in the final game, before each grabbed a break of serve in the second set, before serving out as normal taking the match to a nervy second set tie-breaker.

In the tie-breaker, Murray showed, as so often, that he is best when pressed, and produced some good winners from important service points, before lifting the second set by a 7-4 score in the ‘breaker.

In set three, Muller fell away as Murray upped his game to more like his usual level: the Scot broke three times, and held serve three times, to win the third set cosily, 6-0.

Murray will be hoping to get out of the blocks a little faster in his next match against Baghdatis, if he is to use Brisbane as a springboard for another strong performance in Melbourne’s Australian Open this term.

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