Andy Murray vs. Viktor Troicki – Monte Carlo Rolex Masters 2012 – 2nd Round

Posted on April 17, 2012

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Andy Murray against Janko Tipsarević in the 20...

Andy Murray against Janko Tipsarević in the 2009 French Open third round (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

written by Robert Pollard

Andy Murray started his 2012 clay court campaign with a bang after dispatching Serbia’s Viktor Troicki at the second round stage of the Monte Carlo Masters. Murray won 6-0 6-3 in little over an hour, sending out a message to his rivals ahead of the French Open which starts next month.

Troicki, ranked 30 in the world, caused Murray all sorts of problems at last year’s French Open, with the British number 1 eventually winning through in 5 sets. This match, however, was never in doubt.

By his own admission, the transition from hard courts to clay has sometimes been problematic for Murray but he looked perfectly comfortable right from the off in this encounter, taking the first set inside half an hour.

The variation in Murray’s game often bamboozles his opponents and Troicki could not live with his deft drop shots and precision groundstrokes. His first serve percentage was extremely high (87%) and Troicki had no answer to his movement and ingenuity.

Murray received a bye in the first round and now faces either Julien Benneteau or Jurgen Melzer in round three.

Seeded third after Roger Federer decided not to enter, he told the BBC:

“It was a good start,”

“Normally it has taken me a few matches to get used to the clay, but today I moved well from the beginning and that’s really important for me on this surface.

“I haven’t had much time on clay to work on things – I will get that in the next five or six weeks before the French Open”.

Murray’s record in Masters events is impressive. He has notched up 8 titles already in his career (Tim Henman won 1) and he looks serious about adding to that tally this week. His consistency is reflected in his ranking (he hasn’t been out of the top 5 since 2008) and the he has one of the most varied games on tour. However, a Grand Slam title still eludes him, something he will have to resolve if he is to be considered one of the games great players. The French Open is his next opportunity. On the evidence of today he may just have a chance of making his mark at Roland Garros in June.

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