Andy Murray beat Karen Khachanov in the French Open fourth round
When it comes to tennis, the knight is much more powerful than the rook-ie.
Consequently, in just 2hr 4min the world No1 steadily took apart Khachanov piece by piece, checking out with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Rafa Nadal has been wowing the crowds by powering his way into the quarter-finals, but this was a day when again it was the Murray Defence that was employed.
In his idiosyncratic style, the Scot simply countered every aggressive move the Russian made, seeming to cover every square, so that his opponent ended up believing there was simply no place to go.
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Apart from Murray’s incredible speed and energy to retrieve the irretrievable, you need to be able to anticipate what is coming, and like a tennis grandmaster, Murray is never one to shirk with his homework.
Indeed, he makes a point of inviting the up-and-coming prospects to train with him. These two had already hit together three or four times, so as much as Khachanov has proved himself a handful, he had nothing that Murray has not seen before.
As a result, he simply demoralised him by getting those fiery forehands back into court and forcing him to keep hitting them until finally he missed one.
By precisely those means, Murray broke in the sixth game and by the end of the set had made just one unforced error in 40 minutes’ tennis.
The Roland Garros crowd tried to lift the world no. 53 towards an upset but Murray’s resilience was slowly squeezing all hope out of him.
While the Scot was landing his shots with pin-point accuracy, Khachanov flailed more and more wildly in a bid to find a way past him. When he double-faulted to concede the opening break of the second set, it was clear the nerves were getting the better of him.
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Murray is human after all, though. When a rare lapse saw him slap a loose forehand into the net on the very first break point Khachanov had engineered in the entire match, one feared for a bout of muttering and cursing.
Instead, Murray was just keen to get on with things and came up with an even better response – breaking immediately back.
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He sailed on through to complete the second set and Khachanov looked a beaten man when he double-faulted his way to three break points in the opening game of the third.
With the last embers of Russian fire, he saved them, but Murray took full advantage of the fourth and was on his way once again.
A lucky net cord helped Khachanov break Murray one final time but again Murray broke straight back comfortably.
Match point was secured when Khachanov missed one final forehand and Murray immediately turned to his box screamed, “Yes!” up to Kim, his wife, and appropriately enough his coach Ivan Lendl, his Czech mate.