This ATP250 tournament is devoid of the top 10 players with most of them preferring to rest ahead of the final Grand Slam of the season next week. But this didn’t mean there was shortage of entertaining matches and players. In Round 2 Frances Tiafoe of the US met Andy Murray of the UK. There is still fire in Andy’s bell and his love for the sport hasn’t diminished one bit. Check out this shot 1-0 first point, Andy’s forehand. Adding top spin to the shot was the key because when the ball hits the court afterwards it bounces low.
Tiafoe’s biggest asset on court is his booming serve one of the speediest on the Tour. He also adds a lot of punch to his winners too. Check out 1-0(15 all).Andy didn’t show signs of the groin injury which has disrupted his season 6 months ago, just watch vintage Murray turning defense into attack in this rally at 4-3(15-15). The first set was dead even with a tie break looking increasingly likely. Before the breaker some neat net play from the American. This drop shot at 5-4(40-15) to Murray was the turning point in the set. With Murray on set point pressure was on, the slice backhand by Andy was really a nothing shot. It was so short Tiafoe had time to choose his best shot which put Andy on the backfoot for which he never recovered. Frances’s dominance of the net none so evident as the set point he won in the breaker at 6-4.
Murray showing he has deft touches at the net at 1-0(40-15) second set, a similar type of shot to the one I just described. That wasn’t enough for Murray who went a break down in that game. Tiafoe’s percentage of winners significantly increasing in this set. Check out 4-1(adv Tiafoe) which he won to go 2 breaks up. He was the player who went for it first in the rally and got his just rewards, hitting with conviction and finding the corners. No tie breaker needed in this one , Tiafoe through to Round of 16 to face Brazilian Thiago Monteiro.