The score doesn't suggest it, but Andy Murray's 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 victory over Michael Llodra was pretty darn exciting. The 31-year-old Llodra is one of the game's last serve-and-volleyers and that style always makes for an interesting contrast when he steps on the court against a player like Murray.
In a span of six points in the final game of the second set, the following happened: Llodra hits a winner around the side of the net, Llodra dekes Murray while coming to net, an exchange of drop shots from opposite sides of the net culminates in a failed Llodra tweener as he runs off the court and, on set point, another tweener from Llodra goes right at Murray's face, forcing the Scotsman to stick his racquet in front of his face and hope for the best. The result is the picture you see above.
The best parts of those clips are the smiles on each player's face following each of the points. It's always a nice reminder that, all competition aside, tennis can be a lot of fun.
Murray will play Mikhail Kukushkin in a fourth-round match on Monday.