By Ros Satar
Andy Murray def. Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-4
Coming into this match, Murray lead the head-to-head 4-1, but the Italian, ranked 19 in the world, and seeded 16th at this tournament.
Seppi’s opening service game was littered with errors and Murray edged ahead with an early break before even the first change of ends.
With the exception of his second service game, Seppi had to fend off break points, and live with some eye-watering unforced errors.
The styles between Murray’s previous opponent and Seppi were evident – by this stage Dimitrov had ripped his fair share of winners past Murray.
Seppi, on the other hand, was leaking errors from his racquet, earning Murray a second break to lead 5-2.
A (rare) successful challenge on the final point gave Murray the first set, 6-2.
The start of the second set saw them grind out some long rallies, and the longer they continued, the more likely it was that Murray would push Seppi to make yet another unforced error.
Seppi managed to save three break points and hit his first winner of the match to hold onto his opening serve at the start of the second set.
Murray, perhaps with an injury niggle, started to look to shorten points after a couple of awkward slips.
Seppi was starting to move Murray around a lot more, with the world no. 3 seeming a little flat-footed at times.
Murray dug out some big first serves to keep the Italian at bay, as Seppi started to revert to a more error-strewn game.
A poor game from the Italian gave Murray the break, to lead 5-4.
Murray looked unusually tight, serving out for the match, resulting in a break point for Seppi, saved by Murray.
He fought his way from deuce to his first match point, and with a long constructed rally, he drew the final unforced error from the Italian.