Andy Murray v David Goffin, Wimbledon 2014: as it happened –

Murray* 7-5 Goffin (6-1, 6-4)
Over-eager, Murray blows the first point, hitting long. Then he can only find
the net as Goffin makes him stretch with his forehand. Again Murray too
composed, has too much in reserve, though. Fights back. And seals with an

Murray 6-5 *Goffin (6-1, 6-4)
Even if Murray might ultimately benefit from this workout, he will not want a
fourth set. Goffin’s service game appears to be functioning well still as he
races to 40-0. But suddenly the errors creep back in. Murray – like the
champion he is – wins the next five points (the last a double-fault) and he
has the break.

Murray* 5-5 Goffin (6-1, 6-4)
Murray does what he has to do again, though. Serves to love.

Murray 4-5 *Goffin (6-1, 6-4)
Lovely serve and volley (backhand) by Goffin starts game off. Murray recovers
from 40-15 but then Goffin shows composure for a smashed winner. Murray back
in it, however, with a sublime backhanded winner. Deuce again. Murray bashes
crudely into the net. And then at full stetch is unable to return,

Murray* 4-4 Goffin (6-1, 6-4)
Even quicker, even more emphatic from Murray. Wonder if we could be going to
get a tie-break in this game.

Murray 3-4 *Goffin (6-1, 6-4)
Goffin holds this time – comfortably too – to 15.

Murray* 3-3 Goffin (6-1, 6-4)
Regulation hold from Murray.

Murray 2-3 *Goffin (6-1, 6-4)
After the disappointing near-miss of the last game, Goffin needed to show
character in this game to hold. Which is what he did. A lovely, deft
backhand wins the game for the Bryan Adams lookalike.

Murray* 2-2 Goffin (6-1, 6-4)
Goffin playing his best tennis of the match, and he has two break points. But
he blunders at the net off the first. And then Murray’s forehand zips past
him. Deuce. Goffin hits long but challenges. It’s miles out. And a big serve
seals it for Murray. He is being given a workout now, though.

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in attendance. The
Independence referendum is on Sept 18, of course, so presumably this could
be the last time Murray represents the UK at Wimbledon. If Scotland went
alone, Murray would still be British, wouldn’t he?

Murray 1-2 *Goffin (6-1, 6-4)
Again Murray challenges erroneously. About the only thing he has got wrong
today. Decent game by Goofin, though.

Murray* 1-1 Goffin (6-1, 6-4)
Goffin unable to build on it again, though. A rapid service game from Murray
– bang, bang, bang. And bang.

Murray 0-1 *Goffin (6-1, 6-4)
All eyes have really been on Goffin’s game, seeing if he can find something
extra. He has struggled on his forehand, though, and he has not found the
right blend between attack and defence throughout. Murray’s game looks in
great working order, though. Goffin saves a break point at least, however,
and takes the game after an error of judgment from Murray. Thought the ball
was long, stops, but Hawk-eye shows the ball was in. Game Goffin.

Murray* 6-4 Goffin (6-1)
Goffin getting frustarted. Slipping on grass, but often after point has been
lost. Firm hold for Murray, two sets to nil. Supreme start.

E-mailAndrew Byrne. Andrew deserves this for perseverance. Replying to my
request for Beano puns (Murray is guest ed this week): ‘Andrew ‘Murray’s
Goffin David’s shots with his mint Gnashers’ or ‘Murray’s Goffin David’s
shots with his Menacing Gnashers’. As Andrew himself says: “Taxi for
Byrne”. Ha!

Murray 5-4 *Goffin (6-1)
Goffin slips on the grass again. Again, however, he produces a decent service
game. Misses a routine smash, alothough it could have been even easier as he
misses a routine smash. New balls now, so Murray serving for the set.

Murray 5*-3 Goffin (6-1)
If, and it was always a huge if, Goffin was going to achieve anything
signifcant in this match, then you suspected he would have to win this game.
He didn’t, and to be honest, never really lkooked as if he was going to do.

Murray 4-3 *Goffin (6-1)
Composure, power allied with lovely touch by Murray takes game to deuce.
Lovely looping, top-spin heavy forehand and then a smash helps to keep
Goffin in it, though, as we approach the hour.

Murray* 4-2 Goffin (6-1)
Shaquille O’Neal is watching. Basketball. Rapper. How Goffin could do with
some of his power now. Murray blows Goffin away in that game. Slamdunk.

Murray 3-2 *Goffin (6-1)
Goffin races to 40-0. It looks as if it will be his best game so far. Murray
saves one point but then the Belgian takes the game.

Murray* 3-1 Goffin (6-1)
Goffin had a little sniff there. A tentative (75 mph) second serve by Murray
is punished to make it 15-30. But Murray storms back with a 124 mph first
serve next up and goes on to take the game.

Murray 2-1 *Goffin (6-1)
Murray breaks – he has too much strength on his forehand. Goffin looking a
little desperate again.

Murray* 1-1 Goffin (6-1)
Powerful game by Murray – one blisteringly powerful forehand the highlight.


Murray 0-1 *Goffin (6-1)
Goffin fights back to make it 30-all. Absolutely hysterical ‘Come on Andy’
scream. Thankfully no ‘Come on Tim’ shouts yet. Then Goffin clips a
brilliant backhand pass down the line. Only to double-fault to make it
deuce. But then he aces, and completes the game with a fine serve that
Murray is unable ro return.

Murray* 6-1 Goffin
Murray very comfortable first set overall, but Goffin did improve a little so
second set could be more competitive. Murray takes the first set in 29

Murray 5-1 *Goffin
It doesn’t look as if there will be a shock, but just a reminder Murray didn’t
reach at least the semis was in 2008 (that year he made the quarters). After
that it’s been SF, SF, SF, losing finalist then, of course, nirvana!
Powering towards the first set. Goffin struggling on the short hand.

Murray* 4-1 Goffin
Lovely drop shot by Goffin makes it 15-all. This time Goffin down. Slips on
the grass. A majestic pass from Murray wins the game, but the Blegian making
him work at least.

Murray 3-1 *Goffin
Sound game that by Goffin. He’s up and running.

Murray* 3-0 Goffin
Murray slips. Earlier injury scare? Great backhand pass suggests all is OK,
though. Goffin, particularly in the second game, seems to be trying to crank
up the aggression, and not succeeding. Better to play the percentages, try
to force Murray into errors, not be someone he is not. He made Murray work
in that game, nicking a couple of points.

Murray 2-0 *Goffin
Break already. The lawn looks and sounds lush and lovely. Murray loses the
first two points but then powers back for the third, fourth and fifth.
Bullying Goffin’s second serve. The Belgian makes it deuce. But fires long
twice, looking for an extra bit of power himself.

Murray* 1-0 Goffin (* = server)
Murray serving. Raced to 40-0 but then dropped a couple of points. Good, long
rally saw the Belgian take it, then Murray sliced a backhand out. But Murray
sealed it with an ace.

13:09 Goffin is struggling to cope with the physicality of the senior
circuit. Murtay should have too much power for him…

13:05 Andy Murray is guest-editing The Beano this week – if you can
think of any puns about this match against David Goffin, a) please email me,
and be) bask in the satisfaction that you have bettered me, as I cannot! Now
if it was Roger Goffin, or Dennis Goffin… or even Gnasher Goffin. Let’s
hope Andy will not be gnashing his teeth later… [Sorry]

13:02 Amelie Mauresmo has taken her seat.

13:00 Here come the players – a standing ovation for the champion, no
less … Goffin wins the toss. Good start!

12:59 What do we know about David Goffin? Born in Rocourt, Liege, same
place as Justine Henin. Aged 23, so still in the promising bracket. Best
performance was in 2012 at French Open, before he lost to Federer. Favourite
surface is clay. Current world ranking 95, but was as high as 42 in October

12:55 ‘When Andy Won Wimbledon’ is on the telly tonight. Hope that’s
not being shown the day he crashes out of his defence. Why wasn’t it shown
last night??

12:34 Welcome. If Andy Murray conquered the final frontier last year,
defending his title could be even harder. Creditable as his performance was
in the French Open, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic still remain the players
to beat in the world game.

Murray has home advantage, though, and has come to love the lawn in SW19 after
winning there last year (ending a 77-year wait for a British male champion),
and taking the Olympic title in 2013.

That last British triumph before Murray’s was by Fred Perry in 1936. But he
had also won in 1934 and 1935 – so now there is the real challenge for
Murray, who is the world No 5, but ranked No 3 in this tournament.

At least he is here to defend his title – Perry was barred in 1937, after
joining a small professional circuit in the United States instead.

If Murray were to defend his title he would be following in the footsteps – in
the Open Era since 168 – of Roger Federer (2003-07), Pete Sampras
(1997-2000), and before them Sampras (again), Boris Becker, John McEnroe,
Bjorn Borg, John Newcombe and Rod Laver.

This is the Scot’s ninth Wimbledon and first up is Belgium’s David Goffin, the
world No4.

10.00 Oh hi there. Andy Murray has the honour, as defending men’s
singles champion, of kicking this year’s Wimbledon Championships off today. Huw
will be the man bringing you all the build-up and live action
from Centre Court at around 12.30pm. While you wait for him to arrive, hear
from Murray’s new coach Amelie Mauresmo:

Amelie Mauresmo has no plans to make major changes to Andy Murray’s game, but
believes she can help him refine his mental approach as he prepares the
defence of his Wimbledon title.

Mauresmo, the former women’s No 1, was named as Murray’s coach earlier this
month, giving her only a couple of weeks to work with the Scot before his
Wimbledon schedule gets under way with a first round clash against David

“His DNA is not going to change dramatically,” Mauresmo said in the Independent
on Sunday
. “Maybe I’m trying to add a few little things here and
there, but the timing is difficult.”

While the short time available is one factor, the Frenchwoman noted she is not
the sort of coach who plans to work on technical details, and will instead
take a more philosophical approach.

“Andy knows that,” she added. “We’ve talked about this. That’s
what I did with both Marion (Bartoli) and Vika (Victoria Azarenka), more
about the game, how to play, but also how to approach it, approach the
moment, approach competitions, and, with Marion last year, (how to) approach
the length of the Grand Slam – which Andy knows pretty well already. I’m not
going to invent any fancy new drills or anything.”

The philosophy Mauresmo espouses could hardly be more different, and more laid
back, than Murray’s previous coach, the intense Ivan Lendl.

“It’s tough to compare Ivan and me,” she said. “We are so
different – in every way. I think our personalities are very different. I
don’t know Ivan very well. I know him through Andy’s eyes. I don’t think I
will bring him the same as Ivan, which is good, because Ivan brought him a
lot and maybe I can bring him different things.”

Murray’s victory at Wimbledon last summer ended a 77-year wait for a British
winner of the men’s title in SW19.

Mauresmo, a former winner herself, has already seen the difference in Murray’s
approach with the burden lifted.

“It feels great, I think the pressure is less important now that he’s won
last year,” she said. “I would say it’s pure joy. Of course there
is the goal (of winning again) and focusing on the game and what to do on
the court, and how to be. But I feel first of all it’s joy and being so
proud to be there to defend the title.”

Andy Murray v David Goffin, Wimbledon 2014: as it happened –

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