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November 22, 2009 2:18 PM

World Tour Finals: perfect start for Andy Murray

The notes of London Calling by the Clash introduced the first London-hosted edition of the newly labelled ATP World Tour Finals and the 17,000 delighted spectators admired the perfect start by Andy Murray who defeated Juan Martin Del Potro  63 36 62.There was a perceptible tension since the very first game of the match, won by Murray on his serve thanks to an ace after saving an early break point. 

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Some gelid shivers came through the backs of the organisers when the Tandil native asked for a medical timeout after just three games, but it was only to take care of a nosebleed. The usually dynamite-forehand of the world fifth ranked failed to ignite and the Scotster flew 5-0 up. The Briton did his best with his defensive skilss from the baseline and two dropshots leaved the Us Open champion, who won only two matches from that final and struggling yet with a wrist injury, totally flat-footed.

The Hawkeye signalled a Murray's second serve was out to give Del Potro the first breal to 2-5, but the first set resulted however compromised, as Murreay sealed it at his seventh set point with a fine pass that Del Potro could only put into the net.




The Argentine found new pride in the second, using his albatross-like wingspan to good effect, breaking the Briton in his first service game and running 3-0 up, holding to love after winning six of the previous seventh games. A big miss from Del Potro rushing in on the backhand volley gave Murray a break point he converted to 2-3, but Andy conceded soon after the service again, outplayed by a barrage of inside out forehand cracking on his backhand side. Another absolutely scorching forehand crosscourt winner led Delpo level the match after an hor and a half and made Palito appear as the favourite for the victory.

When a nervous finish seemed approaching, Murray unmatched the contest again in the space of five minutes. He produced another breakpoint (he had 7 converted out of 12) after a sharp service return and when Del Potro mistimed a backhand he dashed 2-0 up before holding to love.

He put aside the best of his serve for the final stages, although Delpo showed a numerically better performance: Delpo risked more, 55% of first serves to 66%, but he had 74% of points transformed against the 62% of the Briton, realizing the 34% of points on the second while Palito registered a final 42%.

But, on his serve, Delpo lost the final and decisive game and when the Argentine smashed a hude forehand away the first, big, incredible stuff in the new-built O2 Arena, in front of Rafa and Roger, Andy Murray could celebrate his fifth success in career over Juan Martin Del Potro in six direct meetings.


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