• Murray in second-round action against Nieminen

    5/30/12 9:16 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Murray in second-round action against Nieminen World No. 4 Andy Murray is set to continued his run at the French Open as he takes to the court against veteran Jarkko Nieminen. The players will be contesting their career meeting for a place among the final 32 on Thursday.

    Fourth seed Andy Murray leads world No. 48 Jarkko Nieminen 3-0 in the head-to-head series. Thursday signals their first clay-court meeting.

    Murray opened his French Open bid with a 6-1, 7-5, 6-0 ousting of Japan's Tatsuma Ito. The 25-year-old Scot converted seven of 13 break points through 95 minutes of play.

    He is bidding for his 24th victory of the season.

    Nieminen was granted passage into the second round after opponent Igor Andreev retired. The 30-year-old Finn will attempt to win his 17th match of the year.

    Prediction: Murray in straight sets.

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Come on Andy! Good luck, now don't forget to try out some of those new DTL forehands, yay!

deuce , 5/31/12 8:02 AM

I must say Andy so far looking better than I expected...I am sure his back problems are gone and he is here on a mission...this will be an easy win for Andy...his defense will be like a wall and should disable Jarrko's shot far as I heard it is going to be slower surface today in RG due to somewhat rainy conditions which would suit Andy just fine...

deuce, no worries in your camp today...:)

natashao , 5/31/12 10:24 AM

Calm and easy.
Be prepared to face bull next week.

Lovemurray , 5/31/12 10:39 AM

Oh early break

Lovemurray , 5/31/12 11:34 AM

What is murray doing!!?

willmw101 , 5/31/12 11:37 AM

his back is hurting....can't see him finishing the match

vrael , 5/31/12 11:43 AM

I said before RG even started, Muzza should pull out to nurse that back. I am not watching the match but all the live blogs on this match suggest he is not looking comfortable there and most posters are even saying they cannot see how he should continue.

Why the hell did he even start?

rafaisthebest , 5/31/12 11:53 AM

Why is he playing? What an idiot! Never gonna get past quarters any way.
Twinge if only he had read TT and taken our advice. Blooming heck :(

deuce , 5/31/12 12:25 PM

wow, I just turned on the TV to see Murray losing badly...his back is still hurting him? He should have not played in the first place...I thought his team is smarter than that and should have known better...can?t believe Ivan would let him play with serious injury...

natashao , 5/31/12 12:29 PM

Broke back to 5-4 lead in the second.

Lovemurray , 5/31/12 12:32 PM

muzz is moving better now.....

vrael , 5/31/12 12:33 PM

3 set points for murray!!!

What retirement?

vrael , 5/31/12 12:35 PM

One set all!
Go Andy..

Lovemurray , 5/31/12 12:36 PM

deuce, maybe I should have started watching earlier...Murray just won a set and that lob was truly beautiful...:)

natashao , 5/31/12 12:36 PM

Perfect start

Lovemurray , 5/31/12 12:43 PM

I can almost see deuce at the back of the sofa during the first set... :-)

phoenix , 5/31/12 12:50 PM

even when he was down a break in the 2nd set i thought that if he wins this set, he would win the there go Andy go!

phoenix , 5/31/12 12:52 PM

*Slowly emerging from sofa* but what's the point of pushing himself to win this? He has NO chance at RG but certainly does at Wimbles ans USOpen. Why risk making back worse for the sake of a couple of rounds at RG?
nats, I think Andy is as stubborn as Rafa when it comes to playing through injury and disregarding advice :(

deuce , 5/31/12 1:14 PM

he is playing because he is destroying Nieminen and a few games away from the third round

RickyDimon , 5/31/12 1:18 PM

spot on, Ricky...:)

natashao , 5/31/12 1:25 PM

Agree with struggling to find any positives (apart from the ranking points defended) from this destruction of Nieminen....................

rafaisthebest , 5/31/12 1:32 PM

Serving for the match

Lovemurray , 5/31/12 1:36 PM

Good win.

Started off badly, but won 16/19 games from 1 set 2-4 down.

Lovemurray , 5/31/12 1:40 PM

Plucky fighting spirit or stupid stubborness, take your pick?
From post march interview clear Andy is in a lot of pain, back going into spasms, yuk.
Withdraw now Andy! Prepare for tournaments u can win!

deuce , 5/31/12 2:00 PM

Hi deuce - another muzza moment :-) ... pigged headed stubbornness, determined to prove a point even if it means being incapable of proving anything tomorrow etc. etc. Thing is, he'll probably see Giraldo in R3 now and think, "Oh, what the heck ..."
Yep, I'm with you deuce, rest that back and don't reappear 'til Queens.

alex , 5/31/12 2:17 PM

Poor Murray. I agree he should rest his back now instead of carrying on playing. He should withdraw now, at least he'll then have one week's rest. He has Queen's club title to defend and Wimbledon SF points to defend too, very stressful period for the top guys during this period.

luckystar , 5/31/12 3:32 PM

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