Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stark Warning for Murray as He Faces Blast from the Past

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stark Warning for Murray as He Faces Blast from the Past

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Byline: Chris Jones. Tennis Correspondent in Melbourne

[bar] NDY MURRAY will go back in time when he comes up against one of the few remaining exponents of serve-and-volley tennis.

The British No1 saw off Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 today and is relishing experiencing a different style of play when he meets another Frenchman, Michael Llodra, in the third round of the Australian Open.

"He makes it difficult because of the way he plays," said Murray, who has now lost just one of his last 25 matches against French opponents.

"You don't see his style much nowadays but I have always enjoyed playing guys who come forward."

The fourth seed has been watching matches from the 1970s and 80s, when players came to the net more often and also displayed behaviour that would get them into trouble nowadays.

Murray (below, in action today) said: "If I swear on the court, I get asked about a hundred questions about it. Before, guys were swearing at umpires, swearing at ball kids and people in the stands.

"I have taken my fair share of stick for saying stuff on the court that was very, very mild compared with what the guys used to do. k as at "If they had the current rules back then, the fines would be racking up. I would like to see someone try the things that John McEnroe did to see what would happen to them now."

Llodra has lost both his matches against Murray, the most recent at the 2008 US Open, and the world No64 said: "I will attack Andy at the net and put pressure on him. Serve e e and volley is my only option and Andy is a real fighter.

"I played two matches and seven sets today but I won both so I feel good." ets The 31-year-old doubles expert is one of the game's characters. In 2005, he was discovered by fellow player Ivan Ljubicic hiding in the Croatian's locker -- stark naked. …

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