Australian Open 2011
January 26, 2011 by staff
Australian Open 2011, (AFP) – Andy Murray said Wednesday he was now more experienced and more coherent after the Grand Slam Australian Open last year grief as he landed hard earned its place in the semi-finals.
Last year’s runner-up has reduced its first series of the year and was made to struggle before overcoming Ukraine Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (07/03), 6 -3.
British fifth seed needed 3h 06min to book a place in the last four where he will play either world number one Rafael Nadal or fellow Spaniard David Ferrer and seventh Friday.
Murray, who lost in straight sets to Roger Federer in last year’s final in Australia, has improved his unbeaten record in the new season of eight games.
“I just feel much more experienced. I know how to handle play deep into the Grand Slam events now, how to prepare them mentally and physically, and “said Murray
“It’s something I’m much better. I tried to be more consistent, have fewer weaknesses. I think this year I’m a little more solid.
“It’s always very difficult when we come up against these guys. You must be on your game physically and mentally if you want to beat them. So that will be the case in the next game. ”
The streaky Dolgopolov proved a handful with 57 winners, offset by 77 errors, while the more stable Murray had 33 winners and 34 errors.
It took the Scot set to work on the eccentric, 46th ranked Ukrainian game before to get two sets and seemed poised for victory in row-sets.
But Dolgopolov responded, taking advantage of slackness Murray to win the third set tiebreak and the match forcing a fourth set.
By measuring its difficulties, Murray has lost a total of 22 games in his four matches leading up to the quarters, but Dolgopolov took 18 games on it.
“It is just unorthodox, very different from the way most guys play,” he said.
“It is difficult to get into a rhythm. But it is also a very good player, certainly not someone to be underestimated.
“I would not say necessarily I was in trouble at any stage. I was ahead in most games. Success early in the fourth set was a big difference.
“But I thought I was busy with his game well. It was difficult to get into a rhythm.”
Murray was broken twice in the first set but he broke the unpredictable Ukrainian serves three times to make a set up in 57 minutes.
The puzzled Scot took time to understand the mind free Dolgopolov, who constantly went for his shots and ran up a stream of errors in the process.
Flashy Dolgopolov hit 21 winners in the first set, but they were offset by 26 errors.
Murray took a break in the crucial fourth game of the second set when Dolgopolov casually most affected by a volley, when it was easier to play a winning routine on game development.
The determined Scot tightened his service in the second set, playing the percentages and do not diminish a point on her opening four service games to take a grip on the game.
Dolgopolov played another game to lose his erratic opening service in the third set but he broke his back in the sixth.
The Ukrainian was on another purple patch in the tiebreak that rocked Murray committed three errors essential dropping his first set of 2011 and take the match into a fourth set.
Dolgopolov began the disastrous fourth inning off his service to love, and Murray hit home with another service break to lead 4-0.
The Scot gave a break back with a game sloppy, but regained its consistency across the line.
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