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andy murray australian open 2011
By Sean Bradley
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The 5th-ranked Scot, Andy Murray, has taken out the Ukranian underdog, Alexandr Dolgopolov, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. The young Dolgopolov gave Murray a serious run in the first set, forcing him to pull all the stops to come out with a win. However, an unbelievable amount of unforced errors, coupled with Murray’s serving power, equated an unavoidable loss.  
After struggling through the first set, Murray came out strong in the second and third sets, relying on his serve and down-the-line shots to help get him past the heavy-hitting 22 year-old.   In the third set, Dolgopolov took a surprising and pivotal set in the match, looking to even the odds. However, the challenger was unable to surpass the great Scot, who took the fourth set in stride. Still, currently ranked at 46 and taking Murray's first set in the entire tournament thus far, Dolgopolov has had quite the run and there is little doubt that this powerhouse will be showing up often in this year’s later slams.
Coming up in a few hours is what is expected to be an amazing match between top-ranked Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. Murray goes on to the play the winner in the semi-finals. So stay tuned for the excitement!


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