Andy made to work in Madrid
Andy has secured his 400th career win with a hard fought straight sets win over his German opponent Florian Mayer.
The match looked as though it was going to be a close encounter from the outset with both players hitting well from the back of the court. Both players were holding well, and there was an air of inevitability about a first set tie break. As expected the first set did go to a tie break, and continued in a similar fashion, both players had opportunities to win the set and Andy looked to be struggling, being forced to save five match points. However Andy’s determination shone through and he eventually found the opportunity to take the first set, winning the tie break 13-11.
After the gruelling tie break of the first set, Andy appeared slow to start slipping to a 0-3 deficit. However Andy eventually found his stride again, and despite some strong resistance from his German opponent, he fought back to level the set at 4-4. Both players then held serve well to force another tie break in which Andy had little trouble securing. Racing to a 3-0 lead in the tie break, Andy held well to close out the breaker 7-3.
Speaking after the match Andy said “I moved way better than I did in Monte Carlo, he’s a very difficult player to play. He’s so unorthodox, he can play almost any shot and he’s got a long reach but I thought I did well to come through.”
Speaking on his previous clay court performances Andy said “Obviously I have had some solid results on the clay before, I made the semis of the french, it just takes me time to get used to it, it was great to get out on the clay and practice with Ivan. I just needed to play lots of sets which I did in practice in Monte Carlo, which has helped.”
Andy will now face the sixteenth seed Frenchman Gilles Simon in the third round.