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Andy has defeated Nicholas Mahut in straight sets in second round of the AEGON Championships in London.
Despite taking almost a month off to recuperate from injury Andy started the match brightly and gained two break points in the first service game. Mahut however held well and the match continued on serve. With the score level at 3-3 and after a lengthy exchange, Andy capitalized on a poor drop shot from his opponent to take the decisive first break.
Andy held serve well to take an important two game lead, leaving Mahut having to serve to stay in the set. Despite the early signs of rain, Andy powered through the Frenchman’s tricky serve and volley technique, wrapping up the first set in style beating his opponent with a delicate lob from the baseline, to take the set 6-3 and with the end of the first set came the first suspension of the match as the rain began to fall.
After a short delay play resumed, undeterred by the unscheduled break and despite unusually slippery conditions, Andy held serve after a some tricky resistance from Mahut to take the first game of set two. Despite Andy’s fresh restart, play was interrupted again, with both players expressing concern at the slipperiness of the court. Play was suspended and after a lengthy discussion between the umpire and ground staff, the players returned to the locker room for a second time and shortly after, the rains returned and play was suspended till the following day.
The players returned shortly after lunchtime on Thursday afternoon and the match continued its high intensity. With both players holding serve strongly and respectively, the second set inevitably went to a tiebreak. The tiebreak continued in similar fashion to most of the match leaving both players locked at 4-4. It was Andy though that pounced on the opportunity to go a mini break up and closed out the breaker comfortably, taking the second set and the match 7-6.
Speaking after the match Andy said, “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”
Andy will play Australian Marinko Matosevic in the third round later this afternoon.