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Andy Murray reels 23 straight points in second-round win at Australian Open

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Andy Murray won 23 points in a row during his second-round win at the Australian Open. (Rick Rycroft/AP)

MELBOURNE, Australia — Andy Murray cruised through the first two sets against French qualifier Vincent Millot before falling behind 1-5 in the third.  So he decided he had had enough and swept the remaining 23 points to win 6-2, 6-2, 7-5.

Millot, ranked No 267, was serving at 5-1, 40-15 in the third set, just one point away from taking Murray to a fourth set, when the two-time Grand Slam champion went on his incredible run. In fact, Murray was one point shy of serving up a virtual “Golden Set,” the rare feat of winning all 24 points in a set. Murray didn’t even realize it was happening.

“It was 6‑5 when I went to serve for it, and someone shouted out, ‘You won 19 in a row,’” Murray said. “I would say that’s probably the most I’d ever won in my career by far. I mean, it’s very difficult to do. I don’t really know how I did it.”

Next up for Murray is No. 26 Feliciano Lopez in the third round.

  • Published On Jan 16, 2014
  • 3 comments
    william_tennis
    william_tennis

    How did Murray manage? That's obvious. Put a better player versus a worse in thousands of tennis matches, or even two pretty even tennis players and inevitably, at some point, you end up with one player winning 23 in a row. It's called randomness.


    I remember Agassi winning 19 in a row against Sampras in a '90s Key Biscayne final, in which was otherwise a pretty even match.

    PaulH
    PaulH

    Murray won 7-5 and you are saying he was one point from a golden set?  I think you need to look that term up.  A golden set consists of winning all 24 points from start to finish, not from down 1-5.

    dami1
    dami1

    You are so "anti-France" that you manage to make a report about the one and only match lost by a Frenchman today :D

    I'll be more positive and laudataury than you . 8 Frenchmen in the 3rd round, that means that at this stage, one out of 4 players still competing is French! Congrats guys~!!!