Andy Murray v Marinko Matosevic as it happened

Andy Murray plays twice in a day, beating Nicolas Mahut and Marinko Matosevic to make the Aegon Championship last eight

13 June 2013 Last updated at 18:28 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 1907: 

    That is your lot for today's live coverage of the action at Queen's Club. Be sure to get back here tomorrow though for the quarter-final action.

    It's been a busy one for Andy Murray today with two matches in quick succession, but now the real work begins.

    See you there.

  2. 1859: 

    After defeat in the first round of Roland Garros, Benjamin Becker has been getting warmed up for the grass-court season win Nottingham, He reached the final of a Challenger tournament there and looked in decent nick in beating Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets today.

  3.  
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    Daniel Robinson: Well played today Murray, good to see him on form going into Wimbledon, onto the quarters tomorrow!

  4. 1850: 

    There will be a certain rhythm to Andy Murray's Queen's record should he succeed again this year. His previous titles were in 2009 and 2011.

  5. 1843: 

    Two matches in a day, but neither really tested Andy Murray's Wimbledon credentials fully. You suspect that is might get a little more rigorous over the next three days however.

    There is some serious grass-court expertise left in the draw, while Tomas Berdych, slated to meet Murray in the final, would guarantee him a real work-out.

  6.  

    Andy Murray on BBC television on the prospect of facing Benjamin Becker in the quarter-finals: "I practice with him quite a lot in Miami, so I know him well, but I have never played him before on the Tour. He serves very well so it will be a tough match."

  7. 1833: 

    They had to pack them in on today's order of play, but the organisers have managed to get the tournament back on schedule. The quarter-final line-up is ready for Friday.

    Andy Murray v Benjamin Becker

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Denis Kudla

    Lleyton Hewitt v Juan Martin del Potro

    Marin Cilic v Tomas Berdych

  8.  

    Andy Murray on BBC television: "It was good. This afternoon was tricky, it was extremely windy. I had to be patient and not play high risk tennis too closely to the lines. I have been moving fairly well in the first couple of match and hopefully that will get better.

    "They were two very different matches - the second was more baseline while Mahut played more closely to the net. Hopefully the wind calms down a bit tomorrow and we will see more good tennis."

  9. 1827: 

    Andy Murray looks like a man who has a dinner date to keep. A quick slap of high-fives to the ball-kids, some hurried scrawls for signatures and he does his media duties with one eye on the exit door.

    It's been a long day and there may be a little work still to do. Benjamin Becker is the next man he will face in the tournament and he may want to take a gander at the German's style before tomorrow's match-up.

  10.  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Murray 6-2 6-2 Matosevic*

    A win that was so clinical it was as if Andy Murray was wearing disposable latex gloves. The Scot speedily chops through the remains of Marinko Matosevic's defences with a hold to love and is off the court in 56 minutes.

  11.  
    MURRAY BREAKS- *Murray 6-2 5-2 Matosevic

    "Get out," Marinko Matosevic instructs Andy Murray's backhand slice as it floats over towards the back corner of his court at 30-30. The ball obliges, but the Australian is into the net on the next for 40-40.

    Murray presses to the net and pats away a volley to move break point up and then a cross-court forehand, benefitting from a snick of net cord, beats Matosevic all ends up to steal the break back.

    Murray serves for the match next.

  12.  
    MATOSEVIC BREAKS- Murray 6-2 4-2 Matosevic*

    Andy Murray looks ready to snap his racquet over his knee as a double fault and an unforced error give Marinko Matosevic 30-40 and break point. An ace reels in the Australian, but a guided backhand return winner give Matosevic another chance from deuce.

    Murray's attempted drop-shot off his backhand lacks legs and slides apologetically into the net to hand back one of the breaks. A little lapse in concentration from the British number one. Expect him to come out with the bit between his teeth in the next.

  13.   
    Andrew Cotter, BBC Sport commentator

    "Wonderful stuff that from Murray in that amazing rally. It even brought a smile from Ivan Lendl, it must be special!"

  14.  
    MURRAY BREAKS- *Murray 6-2 4-1 Matosevic

    Marino Matosevic teeters on the brink as he slips and slides to 0-40 against a flow of winners from the racquet of Andy Murray. The Scot cannot convert any of them though. The nearest he comes is a spinning backhand that even a Hawkeye review cannot shift the matter of inches it needs to be on the line.

    Murray earns a fourth break point with some chasing that almost induced a hernia among those watching, never mind the man himself. He came back from the dead twice in the rally before putting away his man.

    Murray cannot convert that one, or a fifth following a Matosevic double fault, but the chances keep coming and eventually Matosevic dumps some rubbish over the baseline to drop off the pace.

    Andy Murray is a speck on the horizon in this match now.

  15.  
    Murray 6-2 3-1 Matosevic*

    Marinko Matosevic prises open a chink of a chance at 0-30, but Andy Murray is one heck of a bouncer and he is not about to let any old riff-raff in to gorge themselves on his serve. The Australian is booted out of the game quick-smart with some solid baseline clonking.

  16.  
    *Murray 6-2 2-1 Matosevic
    Andy Murray

    Marinko Matosevic makes his mark on the second-set scoreboard. It is still very much Andy Murray in the box-seat however. The reward for the winner will be a last-eight match against Benjamin Becker who has beaten Alexandr Dolgopolov on Court One.

  17.  
    Murray 6-2 2-0 Matosevic*

    Marinko Matosevic fails to get his teeth into an Andy Murray second serve, ballooning a return out of play. You have to do that if you are going to cause the Scot some problems. You get so few free plays on the ball elsewhere. Some excellent chasing from Murray closes the game out. Marinko's grass court education continues as he attempts to bounce his racquet off the frame and has to pick it up off the floor.

  18.  

    Four-time Wimbledon men's doubles champion Peter Fleming on BBC Two: "Murray is not a natural clay court player. He grew up on hard courts. When you are not used to sliding, your body generally tightens up. Any time your body tightens it is more prone to injury. I'm sure he was not happy to pull out of Paris but it was a calculated risk he had to take."

  19.  
    MURRAY BREAKS- *Murray 6-2 1-0 Matosevic

    Marinko Matosevic drags Andy Murray about the baseline for 15-15, but Andy Murray shows that he has the weapons to force the Australian into shuttle runs as well as a finely measured forehand down the line kisses the paint and brings up 15-40.

    Matosevic bets the house on a cross-court winner but there is too much on it and his shot flies a half foot wide. Already a break up, Murray will sniff blood in the water and an early end to this one.

  20.   
    Andrew Cotter, BBC Sport commentator

    "There it is, 25 minutes and Andy Murray takes the first set. Job well done. That was pretty impressive."

  21.  
    GAME AND FIRST SET- Murray 6-2 Matosevic*

    Andy Murray shows the two sides to his game, as he drops in a feather-duster volley at the net, killing the ball stony dead, before letting a 134mph service winner off the leash to take him to 40-15. Matosevic clumps long to fold out of the set with just 25 minutes on the clock.

  22.  
    *Murray 5-2 Matosevic

    Marinko Matosevic gets in a solid hold to slow Andy Murray's progress after five successive games. Murray serves for the set next though and the Australian has kept it well hidden if he is to spring a surprise break.

  23.  
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    Meera Patel: "So @andy_murray playing beautiful tennis doesn't make #Lendl smile but a little chat from @KevinSpacey will!"

  24.  
    Murray 5-1 Matosevic*

    Marinko Matosevic looks for the accelerator but accidentally stabs the self-destruct button at 30-15 down. The Aussie has Andy Murray on the run on the baseline but all the Scot's chasing gets it reward as Matosevic frames one horribly out on the full. After looking to the heavens on the last game, now it is the meticulously prepared Queen's's surface that is being shot daggers.

  25.  
    MURRAY BREAKS- *Murray 4-1 Matosevic

    Two superb shots from Andy Murray, one a winner off his toecaps, the other a laser-guided lob that splashes down a foot inside the baseline give the Scot 15-30. A streaky net cord in the favourite's favour follows to bring up a break point at 30-40 and Matosevic looks exasperated as he calls up to the clearing London sky. His prayers are not answered however. The Australian punts long and Murray moves a double break clear.

  26.  
    Murray 3-1 Matosevic*

    Marinko Matosevic wafts a return wide to concede the game for the loss of just one point. Andy Murray clocking the ball right off the heart of the strings now.

  27.  
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    David Woolstencroft: "Andy is a wind specialist so it's not a leveller. He will not be troubled. In fact, the wind is an advantage for him."

  28.  
    MURRAY BREAKS- *Murray 2-1 Matosevic

    Andy Murray works Marinko Matosevic over as the players swap sliding, sliced backhands across court. Matosevic blinks first as he plants his attempt wide to bring up 30-40 and the match's first break point.

    Murray's greater consistency again proves the difference, clearing the tape by inches while Matosevic's groundstroke snags like the net is being held up by barbed wire. The Australian's backhand diverts between the tramlines to slip a break behind.

  29.  
    Murray 1-1 Matosevic*

    Andy Murray is serving into a stiff breeze. The net posts is rattling with a ting a ling as the cord flaps in the wind. The Scot double-faults as he struggles to keep track of his ball toss and then sees a wind-assisted Matosevic winner streak past him for 40-30. The British number one holds his serve, but there has been enough in the opening two games to suggest that Matosevic will give him a decent tactical and physical work-out.

  30.  

    Four-time Wimbledon men's doubles champion Peter Fleming on BBC Two: "I think that having won that first match Andy Murray is going to win the tournament, he was that good."

  31.  
    *Murray 0-1 Matosevic

    Andy Murray probes around the baseline, hitting with depth, but not a lot of pace or angle, to see what his opponent can do. Marinko Matosevic wanders in and dusts away a forceful forehand winner for 40-15 to demonstrate to Murray that he is not going to beat himself.

    Murray cuffs long to cede the game.

  32. 1725: 

    Marinko Matosevic to get us going in this third round match. The wind is getting up around Queen's, but there is a welcome sport of evening sun doing its best to poke through.

  33.  

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on BBC Two: "How do I feel after playing two matches? Really bad ! I think I've got sick of the court today! I need some practice, I need to play on the grass. Now I have the doubles to play!"

  34. 1724: 
    BBC coverage

    There is live coverage of this match on BBC Two for your viewing pleasure if you are in the United Kingdom.

    If not, you will have to put up with my words. Reason enough to consider emigrating to these fair isles I would have thought.

  35. 1722: 

    Well, Murray will have to overcome the much-improved Marinko Matosevic if he is to keep on trucking towards a third Queen's Club title.

    The Australian was named as the most improved player on the men's tour last year after climbing from 201st in the world to 49th.

    The 27-year-old has slipped back a little bit since then, now ranked 65th in the world and has been beyond the second round of a Tour event since Indian Wells in March. Even here, he benefitted from the withdrawal of Michael Llodra in the last round.

  36. 1716: 

    So a little later than anticipated, thanks to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's rather casual approach to his own third-round encounter against Igor Sijsling, we are back with live text coverage of Andy Murray's match against Marinko Matosevic.

    Despite throwing in a between-the-legs "hot-dog" during a second set that he lost, Tsonga eventually prevailed 7-5 5-7 6-3 to book his place in the last eight.

    Can Murray join him in the quarter-finals?

  37. 1523: 

    Next up on Centre Court, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is ready for his second match of the day. He is knocking up with Igor Sijsing, who has also got a Thursday win under his belt after seeing off 14th seed Denis Istomin.

    You can watch that one live on BBC Two and on this website. But live text commentary will return in time for Andy Murray's second match of the day, against Marinko Matosevic. That one we are expecting on court at roughly 1630 BST. See you in a bit.

  38.   
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Queen's Club

    "We have sunshine in W14, but he have just one Briton left in the singles after Juan Martin del Potro's dismantling of Dan Evans. The 23-year-old from Birmingham has had a good run that will take him near to the world's top 250, but the question now is whether he can come through the tough, and less glamorous, Wimbledon qualifying tournament next week."

  39.  
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    Jack Walker: "Finally it's sunny at Queen's Club! Let's hope it stays like this until Sunday! I think Del Potro has a shot at winning this year."

  40. 1519: 

    Right, there have been a couple of results to let you know about while we have been concentrating on Dan Evans and Juan Martin del Potro's one-sided ding-dong.

    Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt has rolled back the years to beat American sixth seed Sam Querrey 5-7 6-3 6-4, while Denis Kudla has overcome France's Kenny de Schepper 6-1 6-3.

  41.  

    Juan Martin del Potro on BBC Two: "I'm enjoying it here in London it is the sixth or seventh time on grass here. I had a fantastic result last year and at the Olympics and I'm looking forward to it.

    "I had a little nerves trying to close out because he was playing so solid at the end. He has had a good tournament, all the English players are tough on grass and he will be playing really well at Wimbledon as well."

    As it stands, Evans will have to negotiate qualifying before he can consider impressing in the main draw.

  42.  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Evans 0-6 3-6 Del Potro

    Dan Evans takes the first two points to set up 0-30 and send a murmur around the stands. Juan Martin del Potro cracks away a cross-court winner into the acres that Dan Evans left unguarded for 30-30 but the Argentine comes a cropper in the next rally to give Evans break point.

    Evans throws his featherweight frame behind every shot, but Del Potro soaks it up and sends it back with nagging length and consistency. Evans cannot scrape back a low skidding one and the chance is gone. Indeed the game is gone as Del Potro comes skidding home in 55 minutes.

  43.  
    Evans 0-6 3-5 Del Potro*

    Dan Evans serve is growing stronger and stronger just as the light appears to be fading for him in the match. A couple of peppery ones give Juan Martin del Potro too much to do and the Britons lives to fight another game at least.

  44.  
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    David Woolstencroft on Twitter: "Evens needs to build the point and stop going for winners down line just a couple of shots into the rally."

  45.  
    *Evans 0-6 2-5 Del Potro

    Juan Martin del Potro's go-gadget arms reel in the best that Dan Evans can throw at him from the back of the court at 40-30 and then, when he is invited in to deal with an Evans drop-shot, he lands a winner plum in open court to tie up the game. Just one hold or a break away from a whistlestop victory.

  46.  
    DEL POTRO BREAKS- Evans 0-6 2-4 Del Potro*

    Juan Martin del Potro concertinas his gangly frame down to flick away a sublime forehand winner down the line for 15-30 before an error from Dan Evans gives him two break points. The Briton saves the first, but as he attempts the build into the point at 30-40 he pumps a nervous forehand a fraction long to concede a potentially fatal break.

    While Evans has been holding serve well, he has not got close to overturning the monstrous Del Potro serve.

  47.   
    Andrew Cotter, BBC Sport commentator

    "Despite all the frustration from Dan Evans he is still very much in this set. We are still on serve."

  48.  
    *Evans 0-6 2-3 Del Potro

    An anguished cry from Dan Evans as he flops a forehand wide when he had a difficult chance down the line at 15-15. Juan Martin del Potro steamrollers the life out of the rest of the game with a ripper of a serve cleaving through the air and sending him back to his seat back ahead.

  49.  
    Evans 0-6 2-2 Del Potro*

    Dan Evans sends down his second ace of the match to move to 30-0, before sliding over a slinky little tease of a drop-shot from the back of the court for 40-15. A perfect time to pull out his third ace of the match and he is well bedded down in this second set.

    Trying to prise serve from the iron grip of Juan Martin del Potro will be a trickier task though...

  50.  
    *Evans 0-6 1-2 Del Potro

    Dan Evans is definitely getting deeper into both the points and the games than he was in the opening set. He nibbles two points off the Juan Martin del Potro serve, before being outmuscled by the Argentine.

  51. 1443: 
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    Pippa Middleton

    First sighting of the sporting summer of Pippa Middleton. Not quite as many points in your Eye-Spy celeb book given her ubiquity during last summer's action in London.

  52.  
    Evans 0-6 1-1 Del Potro*

    A definite second-set up-tick from Dan Evans who holds to love to draw appreciative whoops and hollers from a previously subdued Queen's crowd. He is on the board and that is already a better platform to take a few shots at Del Potro than he had in the last set.

  53.  
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    Andrew Neill: "Great fight shown by Murray and a very enjoyable 2nd set. Hoping for a Murray v Hewitt final."

  54.  
    *Evans 0-6 0-1 Del Potro

    And that was better from Dan Evans. He has a real swish of a one-handed backhand in his locker and he pulls Juan Martin del Potro out of position down the line and then swats away an off forehand to move to deuce. Juan Martin del Potro sees his way home from there, but that was as much trouble as he has had on serve so far in this match.

  55.   
    Andrew Cotter, BBC Sport commentator

    "Quickly and rather sheepishly, Dan Evans will head to his seat after that first set. A romp for Del Potro in 18 minutes."

  56.  
    DEL POTRO BREAKS- Evans 0-6 Del Potro*

    Dan Evans has been thoroughly blitzed. The Briton won just eight points in the set, compared to Del Potro's tally of 25. Things can only get better.

  57.  

    Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith on BBC Two: "Everyone can see with the wins he has had this week and the Davis Cup that potentially Dan Evans has a great level - but level is one thing and rankings another. He has to sustain this level and keep going.

    "For Dan, it's about his day to day application. He has been very good the last two months but he has to keep it going longer than that. The signs are good. I did see a difference in him and his results have been getting are better. He has produced flashes in the past but now he is doing it more consistently."

  58.  
    *Evans 0-5 Del Potro

    Juan Martin del Potro, whose height makes it look like he is firing serves down off a stepladder from the receivers' end, wraps up another authoritative hold. This set is done, only the formality of the umpire actually calling it remains.

  59.  
    DEL POTRO BREAKS- Evans 0-4 Del Potro*

    Dan Evans nets a relatively simple volley at the net to offer up three break points to Juan Martin del Potro and suddenly it is looking very sticky for the Briton. His first serve is spluttering, but he digs his nails in to claw back all three and clamber his way to deuce.

    The power that del Potro brings to the party is leaving Evans looking nervy on the baseline though. He is looking to hit winners from the most unlikely of positions and, after all that hard work, he coughs up the break with a double fault.

  60.  
    *Evans 0-3 Del Potro

    And Juan Martin del Potro holds with an unexpectedly competent little foray to the net. He does not look in the mood to be messed around today.

  61.  
    DEL POTRO BREAKS- Evans 0-2 Del Potro*

    Juan Martin is serving up a large dose of gritty realism to Evans and his compatriots on Centre Court. There was a sublime running forehand winner down the line from the Briton in the midst of it all, but it was drowned out by the background sound of thumping groundstrokes from Del Potro that produced the break of serve.

  62.  
    *Evans 0-1 Del Potro

    Juan Martin del Potro serves to love to attempt to put a lid on any home-crowd hopes of an upset. Dan Evans looks like he is still feeling his way into the game as the Del Potro serve cranks down at its usual ballistic best.

  63. 1411: 

    There are a few spots of rain joining the players out on court. Nothing too serious just yet though and Juan Martin del Potro gets the ok from the umpire to open service fire at Dan Evans.

  64. 1409: 

    Dan Evans is out on court, easing off his joints and jiggling the muscles back into life.

    While he has had a storming campaign in west London so fat, Juan Martin del Potro down the opposite end has looked a little shaky. Never that comfortable on grass, he saved seven break points in a 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-5 win over Xavier Malisse on Tuesday. That was his first match back after a bout of illness.

    There is a little glimmer of hope there for Evans.

  65.  

    Andy Murray on BBC Two: "Missing the French Open was tough. You realise how much it means to you. The back felt great, especially with the conditions we have had. It is very cold and I'm sure, as anyone who has had a back problem knows, that's not good. But even with all the stopping and starting it feels great and that is probably the most satisfying thing about the match."

  66. 1404: 

    Andy Murray is working a split shift at Queen's today. After disposing of Nicolas Mahut, he is due to return to Centre Court later today to take on Marinko Matosevic of Australia.

    First up before that is British number five Dan Evans who takes on Juan Martin del Potro after wins over Guido Pella and Jarko Niemenen in the last two rounds.

    If the crowd can generate a bit of the partisan Davis Cup atmosphere which saw him and James Ward upset the Russians in Coventry in April, maybe we could see something really special.

  67.  

    Andy Murray on BBC Two: "I think it was a tough start. He hit some great volleys, today especially. He made it very difficult in the second set. It is tough to get into a rhythm with all the delays. I managed to get through it in the end and hopefully it's a good warm-up for later."

  68.   
    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport commentator

    "That really was something quite special. The last two points against the Mahut serve were absolutely brilliant. After all the injury worries, he had no problems on the grass court at all."

  69.  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    Andy Murray beats France's Nicolas Mahut 6-2 7-6 (7-4) to make the third round of the Aegon Championships.

  70.  
    TIE-BREAK- Murray 6-2 7-6 (7-4) Mahut*

    Mahut holds both his service points, but he was made to work hard for the second by some desperate defence by Murray. Mahut 4-3 up. Murray responds with two holds of his own, he won't want this one to go to a decider set though. He duly brings up two match points with a reaching forehand for 6-4. And the man from Dunblane claims the first in clinical style, a real pearler of a backhand cross-court. First half of today's job done.

  71.  
    TIE-BREAK- Murray 6-2 6-6 (3-2) Mahut*

    Andy Murray is beginning to fire the forehand now and punishes a short Nicolas Mahut approach to move a mini-break up at 2-0. Mahut holds on the next to move to 2-1. Mahut duffs a return wide as he struggles to read a twirly Murray second serve, but the Scot nets under little pressure to hand back the mini-break and slip to 3-2 with two Mahut serves to come.

  72.   
    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport commentator

    "A tie-break seems a fitting end to what has been a superb set. Murray tried to pressure his opponent there but Mahut responded."

  73.  
    *Murray 6-2 6-6 Mahut

    Andy Murray is chuntering away to the tennis gods, asking why his return deserts him at 15-15 when he had a good look down either side of Nicolas Mahut.

    He seems to have come to an arrangement with the sporting deities though as he crunches away a backhand winner before a lovely forehand, cut at an eye-popping angle across court, takes him to deuce.

    Murray is a human punchbag at the net in the next point, soaking up Mahut baseline slugs. Cat-like reflexes keep him alive in the point, before finally Mahut comes forward to take a mid-court bouncing ball and tap a winner out stage left.

  74.  
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    Andrew Cardinal: "Murray is now so much easier to watch, you trust him he will do the job. When he was young, you would worry when he got angry."

  75.  
    Murray 6-2 6-5 Mahut*

    Andy Murray's attempted tickle across the front of Nicolas Mahut at the front of the court fails to muster enough strength to get up and over the wire. But that is the only point that he ships in a commanding hold.

  76.   
    John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "Physically, playing two matches in one day will not be a problem for either of these players. It's a cold day and they will have been training for Wimbledon, which is best of five, so they will have plenty of gas left in the tank."

  77.  
    *Murray 6-2 5-5 Mahut

    With the precipice of defeat looming over Nicolas Mahut's shoulder if he fails to hold serve here, Andy Murray applies a bit of pressure pinging away a forehand for 15-15, before Mahut strays into the tape at the end of a macho baseline exchange to move to 30-30.

    Mahut plucks a big second serve out of the quiver on the next point and his gutsy tactic is rewarded as Murray gropes out wide and fails to land graphite on the fuzz. A lovely half-volley ensures Mahut will keep Murray out on court at least a little longer. He is playing well enough that it could be a decent while longer actually.

  78.  
    Murray 6-2 5-4 Mahut*

    Andy Murray whisks away another game with a supreme final point, picking up a lovely half-volley down the line in response to a stinging return and than killing a volley stone dead on Nicolas Mahut's side of the net. Cherry applied to a pleasing game for the British number one.

  79.  
    That's incredible!- *Murray 6-2 4-4 Mahut

    An opening point that reeked of fresh-cut grass, sun lotion and strawberries. Nicolas Mahut flings himself cross-court to get a racquet head on a vicious attempted pass by Andy Murray. The ball drops just inside the Murray baseline to draw the biggest cheers of the day so far. All very Becker-esque, even if the landing was a little softer than Boris's was at Wimbledon in the late eighties.

    Mahut rumbles on to 40-0 before a Murray slice backhand with more revs than a Shane Warne leg break, curls and spits out of his reach. That is only a brief hold-up on the way to a Mahut hold though.

  80.  
    Murray 6-2 4-3 Mahut*

    Andy Murray is still to get the furnaces up to cooking temperature on a chilly Centre Court. His attempted feathered drop-shot is smothered in the net to give Mahut two break points at 15-40. A crunching first serve and flayed forehand saves the first and a missile ace down the middle salvages the second.

    Mahut gets the runaround as Murray deftly sends a half-volley floating over the top of him on the next point before a forehand, wobbling with top spin, touches down just inside the whitewash to seal the game.

  81.  
    *Murray 6-2 3-3 Mahut

    Andy Murray gets a decent look at a Nicolas Mahut second serve that kicks up invitingly onto his backhand at 30-15, but the Scot slaps into the net, much to his own disgust.

    Mahut is attempting to plenty of fizz on his first serve to keep it safe from the ever-ready Murray and he fails to land either of his next two. The Frenchman manages to apply enough pressure at the net to take the second and level up the second-set scoreboard though.

  82.   
    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport commentator

    "That was a fine escape from Murray after he saves break point. It's not always an advantage to have a bye in the first round when there is so little time to prepare for Wimbledon."

  83. 1319: 
    CELEB SPOT!

    Andy Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears has made the short trip across London to support her man. She is very much on-brand, dressed in a pale shade of blue.

  84.  
    Murray 6-2 3-2 Mahut*

    Nicolas Mahut slaps a straight return winner of the opening point of the day to let Andy Murray know that he is not about to ease any of the pressure on a packed day's schedule by lying down in this one.

    Murray is looking sure-footed and solid on the baseline, but his clean ball-striking is a little too sparkling as he dumps a top-spinning forehand wide to allow Mahut to 40-30 and then presses long to bring up deuce.

    Mahut comes to the net to put the frighteners on Murray and bring up break point. Masut slices and dices, coming in behind his backhand once again, but the approach is not good enough this time and Murray wraps a pass around him to see off the danger before holding.

  85. 1312: 

    The bright blue seats on Centre Court are slowly being filled with patrons swaddled in their pricey autumn/winter wardrobes, which means the main man is set to start.

    Andy Murray is 6-2 2-2 (15-0) up on Nicolas Mahut. That's where we left it and that is where we will begin today.

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    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Queen's Club

    "It remains chilly, with the added excitement of a proper breeze today, but thankfully no real rain so far. It will need to hold off for a while if Murray is to get through two matches today, but his form early on against Mahut was excellent and he'll be keen to get through his opening service game and put the pressure on the Frenchman's serve straight away.

    "There will be two matches to follow before Murray or Mahut return later for round three, against Aussie Marinko Matosevic."

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    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tells BBC television: "The conditions are not easy. It is freezing but I tried to get used to the grass and play my game. I hope in the next round I will continue to win. The grass is very slippery, especially at the beginning of the match when it was raining a bit, but you have to get on with it."

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    GET INVOLVED

    No need for such bleeding-edge tools to get in touch with the live text commentary today though. Just hammer away on the Twitter hashtag #bbctennis or on an 81111-bound text message from UK phones and we'll put you in the mix.

    After his wins over Guido Pella and Jarko Nieminen, perhaps pick a number that Dan Evans could be at if he played consistently at the level that he has so far this week. He is currently ranked 277 in the world.

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    BBC coverage

    There will be live text commentary of all those matches right here, but don't just dwell in the dark ages with the written word.

    If you are in the UK you can get glorious technicolour video coverage of events in west London, via BBC Two, the red button, this website, the BBC Sport app, connected televisions, probably on those Google goggles as well if you are particularly tech-inclined.

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    LATER TODAY

    Of course, this might not be the last chance for the good people of Queen's to see Andy Murray in action today.

    The misfortune of yesterday's paying customers has played right into today's fans' hands as Murray, should he complete victory over Mahut, is due back on court at the end of the day to face Marinko Matosevic in the next round.

    Before that though British number five Dan Evans, fresh off the back of wins over top-100 ranked Jarko Nieminen and Guido Pella, takes on former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.

    All in all a tasty day of action.

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    Andy Murray and Nicolas Mahut are out on court and knocking up. It looks like they need all the warm-up they can get in today's conditions. Murray has blowing on his palms to get them toasty before bouncing out of his chair.

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    It is greyer than day-old dishwater up above, but, so far, considerably drier. Fingers crossed that continues.

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has already dusted off fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3 6-7 6-3 in the day's opening match on Centre Court.

    Elsewhere Judy Murray's favourite long-haired lower-ranked Spaniard Feliciano Lopez has seen off French 11th seed Julien Benneteau 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 with the Netherlands Igor Sijsling beating another seed, Russia's Denis Istomin.

    Second seed Tomas Berdych made short work of Grega Zemlja winning 6-3 6-4.

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    There was more stop-start at Queen's yesterday than on a Bank Holiday trip round the M25.

    After missing the French Open with a dodgy back, British number one Andy Murray was understandably a bit miffed to find himself skating on grass slick with English drizzle for much of yesterday.

    In between the weather-enforced breaks, he did enough to break the back of Nicolas Mahut's challenge though.

    Murray leads 6-3 2-2 (15-0). And the good news is that the weather is playing ball today.

    Andy Murray

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