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Andy Murray vs Roberto Bautista Agut LIVE: Latest updates

Andy Murray returns the ball to Felix Auger-Aliassime in Ahoy, Rotterdam


Andy Murray is back in action against Roberto Bautista Agut this afternoon in the last 16 of the 2022 Qatar Open.

The Scot made a statement against Taro Daniel in the last round, putting right the defeat to the Japanese player at last month’s Australian Open in the second round. The former British No 1 looks to be gaining confidence, especially with his first serve on point, which allowed him to ease through in a 6-2, 6-4 win. The 34-year-old is a two-time winner in Doha and was granted a wildcard into the main draw, with his latest win coming back in 2009, completing a title defence.

“Obviously the results from 12 years ago aren’t going to affect the results this week,” Murray said. “But what it tells me is that the conditions here are good for my game, so if I can play to a good level, the courts are going to suit me here and I’ll make it difficult for everyone I play against. He [Daniel] played very well in Australia. He had a very good run there and was too good for me there. I tried to be the one dictating from the first point and I thought I did that well. It was one of the better matches I’ve played in recent months.”

Now the former Wimbledon champion takes on Bautista Agut, another former winner in Qatar, with a 3-1 head-to-head record against the Spaniard, whose only win came in that marathon five-set win at the Australian Open three years ago.

Follow live updates from Murray vs Bautista Agut below:


*Murray 0-6 0-1 Bautista Agut

Murray digs in to put some pressure on Bautista Agut’s opening service game at 30-30.

The Spaniard rushes the net, as he has done in most of the big points, and once again gets the better of the exchange to pop a volley into the open court.

And Bautista Agut wraps up the hold on the next point.

Now, can Murray get off the board? There’s a long way back in this game but an opening hold would be a start.

Jamie Braidwood16 February 2022 15:42


Murray 0-6 Bautista Agut* – Bautista Agut wins opening set

Murray, serving to stay in the set, plays a lovely drop shot to earn a ripple of applause from the crowd.

Murray than lets out a small ‘C’mon’ as a Bautista Agut forehand drifts long – before the Spaniard gets the better of an exchange at the net as Murray guides an angled volley wide.

At 30-30, Murray drops a backhand into the net to bring up a set point for Bautista Agut.

And another poor backhand from Murray seals his fate, and an opening 6-0 set for Bautista Agut.

Jamie Braidwood16 February 2022 15:37


*Murray 0-5 Bautista Agut

A pretty simple hold of serve for Bautista Agut follows, and to love as well.

The 2014 World Cup golden boot winner James Rodriguez is in the crowd enjoying some evening tennis.

The Colombian plays for a side in Qatar now after leaving Everton earlier this season.

Jamie Braidwood16 February 2022 15:32


Murray 0-4 Bautista Agut*

At 0-15, Murray plays a questionable sliced backhand drop shot, which Bautista Agut is able to reach before sending down the line for a winner.

Murray responds with an ace, before he smacks away a ball in frustration as he follows that up with a double fault to hand Bautista Agut two breaks points.

Bautista Agut snaps up the return as Murray looks to stay in the point, but he eventually loses out as he hits a forehand wide.

And there’s the double break.

Jamie Braidwood16 February 2022 15:28


*Murray 0-3 Bautista Agut

On 15-15, Bautista Agut forces the play to send Murray behind the baseline, before dispatching the overhead into the corner.

Murray hits back to take it to 30-30 but controlled aggression from Bautista Agut sees the Spaniard close the net before finishing a forehand volley.

Bautista Agut then seals the hold with an ace out wide that clipped the line. Murray challenged but to no avail.

Jamie Braidwood16 February 2022 15:23


Murray 0-2 Bautista Agut* – Bautista Agut breaks

Bautista Agut races into a 0-15 lead on the Murray serve with a backhand winner down the line.

And wow, the Spaniard again goes after a Murray second serve before ripping a backhand winner straight down the line to bring up 0-30.

Murray can’t find a first serve and he nets on a forehand to hand his opponent three break points.

Murray’s first serve goes long but another weak groundstroke into the net gives Bautista Agut the opening break.

Jamie Braidwood16 February 2022 15:20


*Murray 0-1 Bautista Agut

There are a few smatterings of ‘C’mon Andy’ as Bautista Agut gets the match underway.

And after losing the first point on a backhand error, Murray chases down a Bautista Agut volley to send a forehand winner down the line!

The Spaniard replies with a winner of his own before a backhand lob from Murray drifts wide.

Murray then advances into the net on the longest point of the match so far, and Bautista Agut can’t find the forehand pass.

Someone’s phone goes off in the crowd, before Murray advances into the net again and wins the point on a smart backhand volley!

But a couple of wild groundstrokes from Murray hands Bautista Agut the opening hold of serve.

Jamie Braidwood16 February 2022 15:16


Murray vs Bautista Agut

Bautista Agut will serve first with the match soon to get underway.

The Spaniard is the favourite at 8/13 to advance to the next round.

Murray is 6/5 to beat the tournament’s second seed.

Jamie Braidwood16 February 2022 15:08


Qatar Open: Dan Evans in action, Murray up next

Evans is on serve at 2-2 in the opening set of his match against Davidovich Fokina.

Murray, meanwhile, is next up on the main show court in Doha. The Scot should take to the court in the next few minutes ahead of his match against Bautista Agut.

In fact, Evans has just broken Davidovich Fokina’s serve and now leads 3-2 in the opening set.

Jamie Braidwood16 February 2022 15:04


Qatar Open: Dan Evans also in action

Dan Evans is also in action this afternoon, as the British men’s No 1 takes on Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for a place in the quarter-finals.

Evans won his opening match in convincing fashion, a straight sets win over Egor Gerasimov, and he is the No 5 seed in Doha this week.

If Evans was to progress to the last eight, he would play the winner of Andy Murray’s match with Roberto Bautista Agut.

Jamie Braidwood16 February 2022 14:55

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