ATP Miami Masters 1000: Murray coasts past disinterested Tomic
By Ros Satar
Andy Murray def. Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-1
Andy Murray cruised past a seemingly disinterested Bernard Tomic to get into R3 at the Miami Masters event.
Tomic started brightly enough, banging down two aces, while Murray seemed to be the more nervous of the two.
Murray had to save three break points in only his second service game, lasting almost nine minutes but unbelievably, that seemed to be the turning point of the match.
Perhaps the inability to capitalise on three break points was playing on Tomic’s mind as he was broken to love for Murray to take an early initiative.
A beautiful crosscourt back hand winner from Murray saw Tomic give his racquet a bit of a battering.
Murray needed just a single set point to capitalise on the unforced errors coming from Tomic’s side of the net.
Tomic may have been practicing his high-kicking earlier with the Miami Dolphin’ cheerleaders but made a very lacklustre attempt at a “tweener” hot-dog shot.
Murray consolidated a double-fault induced break with two aces, as Tomic started to look listless enough to prompt commentators to start questioning Tomic’s commitment.
Another round of careless errors had the flat crowd muttering their disapproval, as Tomic put Murray in the position for serving out for the match.
As Murray got past a Tomic-at-a-standstill with a passing shot, he needed just a single match point to clinch the match.
An easy win for Murray, but a disappointing performance from Tomic – that match could not be described at all as competitive.
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