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Andy Murray Fights Past Qualifier Facundo Arguello, reaches Second Round!

Andy Murray Fights Past Qualifier Facundo Arguello, reaches Second Round!

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by Sharada Iyer

Third seed Andy Murray came through in straight sets in his first round match against Lucky Loser, Facundo Arguello of Argentina. The Scot won 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 after 106 minutes of play. Murray struggled a bit in his opening game against Facundo Arguello, even facing break point, but regrouped in time to break the youngster in his first service game and then consolidate the break.

In the fifth game, the Argentine broke Murray’s serve to bring back the match on serve. Murray’s game was remarkably different from what he had displayed, a few days ago that saw him win two back-to-back titles on clay.

The set progressed with yet another break of serve by Murray in the eighth game. In his next game, he held his younger opponent at bay long enough to win the set in 40 minutes. Overall, the Scot played an erroneous first set, with his unforced error count almost twice as his winners’.

He had 17 unforced errors to seven winners to his opponent’s count of 19 unforced errors to nine winners. In the second set, both players remained on serve up until the fifth game. It was Murray, who got the breakthrough and put himself ahead in the second set 4-2, after an easy service hold.

Murray’s game got more stable in the second set, though the proportion of winners to unforced errors on his serve remained unfavourably skewed. A second break on Arguello’s serve in the ninth game saw Murray take a strong two-sets-to-love lead in the match.

In the third set, Murray took an early lead as he broke Arguello in the second game to go 2-0 in the set. The 22-year old held his next service game, but couldn’t make any further inroads into his opponent’s game.

The set was also the quickest of the match, with Murray breaking the Argentine again in the seventh game to serve out the match at 5-1. It was an easy consolidation for Murray, who moved on to the second round. Murray served five aces to his opponent's four and also had four double faults to the Argentine's one.

He put 63% of his first serves in and won 86% points off those. In comparison, Arguello put 69% of his first serves in and won 54% points off those. Murray had 21 winners to Arguello's 20 and 28 unforced errors to his opponent's 40.

He also converted six of the eight break point chances he had and saved two of the three break points on his serve. .

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