Andy Murray vs. Julien Benneteau – Monte Carlo Rolex Masters 2012 – 3rd Round

Posted on April 19, 2012

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Andy Murray serving at the French Open

Andy Murray serving at the French Open (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Andy Murray moved safely into the last eight of the Monte Carlo Masters after Frenchman Julien Benneteau retired with an ankle injury at 5-5 in the first set. The frenchman was causing Murray all sorts of problems and the British number 1 will be relieved to have taken his place in the next round in such comfortable circumstances.

Benneteau was mixing clever drop shots with vicious groundstrokes – much like Murray had done in the previous round against Troicki – but he turned his ankle chasing down a shot after just over an hour on court, allowing Murray an easier passage into the next round than would otherwise have been afforded.

Murray said:

“It was a tough match, a lot of long games, quite a few long rallies.

“He plays a different style of tennis on the clay.

“A lot of the guys work the points quite a lot, play with more topspin and stuff.

“He has so much power, he’s able to go through the court, hit pretty flat.”

Tomas Berdych awaits Murray in the quarter-finals after he beat Kei Nishikori in three sets and the world number 7 should provide a stern test of Murray’s clay court capabilities. Berdych won their only previous encounter on clay, winning 6-4 7-5 6-3 in the last 16 of the 2010 French Open. Tomorrow’s match provides Murray with an opportunity to avenge one of the toughest losses of his career and see how well attuned his game is to the rigours of clay court tennis. Berdych is one of the fiercest competitors on the tour and has the capability to cause any of the top stars problems on his day. It is just the type of match Murray needs in preparation for the French Open which starts next month.

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