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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Andy Murray - Power Serve
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Andy Murray Vs. Victor Hanescu (6-3, 6-2) - Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - Britain's ATP No. 4 ranked Andy Murray today played the No. 35 ranked Victor Hanescu from Romania, in a match where Hanescu gave very good return shots to Murray's speed, technical skills and finesse. The 21 year old Murray who hails from Dunblane, Scotland, had a solid match today against the older Hanescu who is 27 and is from Bucharest, Romania.

Murray won the match against Hanescu in two sets scoring 6-3 and 6-2, with his great speed and energy over all parts of the court. This photo was taken today by our camera crew as Murray was powering up one of his serves near the end of his match against Hanescu. The photo shows all of the energy that Andy builds into the motion of his serve as he leaves the ground and commits his full concentration on the ball above him.

Andy Murray is sponsored by Head, and today the company launched its latest YOUTEK tennis racket system technology in a morning news conference. YOUTEK technology includes Head's patented d30 material in the racket's shaft, and also Teflon Friction Reducing Polymer grommets. The technology is integrated into the Head 'Speed Series' rackets. Our camera caught Murray serving with his racket in such detail that you can almost read the brand of the tennis ball.

In this afternoon's news conference, Murray said he felt he had played well. He said his game started off slowly against Hanescu, but he then brought it back together as he got used to the clay court conditions of Monte-Carlo. By the end of the match, Murray said he thought he was moving well and was able to get behind the ball.

The No. 4 ranked Murray is a closing in on his ATP No. 3 ranked team mate, Novak Djokovic from Serbia. If Murray can make it to the final and Djokovic loses in the semi-finals, or if Murray takes the title in Monte-Carlo, he will surpass the points standings of Djokovic and move into the No. 3 worldwide ranking. We also spoke with Djokovic today, which will be the subject of another article.

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