If your opponent sends the first serve out, you can step inside the baseline and look to get to only one point away from that important break of serve
Mertinak lost his opening service game in the third set with an unforced error but halted any early Croatian celebrations with his first break of serve
in the sixth game.
However, it was a second break of serve
, to take a 4-1 lead, which really put Murray in the driving seat with a combination of a perfect backhand down the line and a well-executed lob opening up what proved to be an unassailable gap.
The Limassol native then continued to build on his quality performance in the second set and, after another quick break of serve
, he took a 4-2 lead.
Eighth seed Robson, a semi-finalist last year, was pushed hard, with a single break of serve
proving enough to win the opening set.
The 28-year-old number one seed defeated Belgian qualifier Olivier Rochus 6-3 6-4 without offering an opportunity for a break of serve
Safina, a three-time finalist in grand slams, was in danger of making an embarrassing exit but somehow held herself together and clawed her way back with a break of serve
in game seven.
Safina was in danger of making an embarrassing exit but she clawed her way back with a break of serve
The 26-year-old continued to hold the upper hand in the second set, securing another break of serve
in the fifth game before closing out the match.
Hewitt hadwon all three of the previous meetings between the pair and 20 of his last 21 matches at Queen's Club, and looked set to take the opening set when a forehand winner gave him a break of serve
and 3-2 lead.
Schalken earned his only break of serve
to level at 3-3 before netting a forehand to give Novak another break and a decisive 4-3 lead.
Agut, playing in his first ATP tour final, was up and flying early with a break of serve
in the second game and went on to win the first set before Tipsarevic, in his second consecutive final here, began his fightback.