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bolo
01-16-2009, 01:42 PM
Some interesting comments. Looks like he thinks the djoker is the favorite. I also like the fact that wilander comes off more as a fan than anything else!

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/60590b2c-e40a-11dd-8274-0000779fd2ac.html

oneleggedcardinal
01-16-2009, 01:54 PM
Great article. Props to Wilander.

thejoe
01-16-2009, 01:57 PM
Great read. I like Mats :)

P_Agony
01-16-2009, 02:05 PM
Novak and Fed over Murray and Nadal? hmm....odd.

oneleggedcardinal
01-16-2009, 02:08 PM
Novak and Fed over Murray and Nadal? hmm....odd.

Spot on, I think.

bolo
01-16-2009, 02:16 PM
Novak and Fed over Murray and Nadal? hmm....odd.

GS specialist + best hard courter over last 2 years over the reigning natural surface specialist + recent hard court favorite. :)

I hope it's a nadal/fed. final on hard courts, still a little bit of time left for those to be good.

P_Agony
01-16-2009, 02:19 PM
GS specialist + best hard courter over last 2 years over the reigning natural surface specialist + recent hard court favorite. :)

I hope it's a nadal/fed. final on hard courts, still a little bit of time left for those to be good.

Isn't Djokovic losing a lot lately while Federer consistently losses to Murray. How does that make them favorites. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing I'd like to see more than Federer winning his 14th major in Australia, but is he really a favorite?:-|

DoubleDeuce
01-16-2009, 03:10 PM
Good read. Thanks for posting this.

He makes some good points about Murray, kind of what happened to him last year.


...." he cautions that a lesser player who just whacks the ball merrily could overpower Murray. He does not have a huge stroke anywhere, except his serve when its working. His backhand is very solid but winning grand slams with your backhand is difficult. I dont think anyone is very scared of Andy Murray because hes not a great athlete.

Mansewerz
01-16-2009, 03:38 PM
I do agree that Murray doesn't have that many power strokes, but to say he isn't a great athlete is kind of untrue, no? He has improved a lot.

However, he cautions that a lesser player who just whacks the ball merrily could overpower Murray. He does not have a huge stroke anywhere, except his serve when its working. His backhand is very solid but winning grand slams with your backhand is difficult. I dont think anyone is very scared of Andy Murray because hes not a great athlete.

luckyboy1300
01-16-2009, 03:46 PM
Good read. Thanks for posting this.

He makes some good points about Murray, kind of what happened to him last year.


...." he cautions that a lesser player who just whacks the ball merrily could overpower Murray. “He does not have a huge stroke anywhere, except his serve when it’s working. His backhand is very solid but winning grand slams with your backhand is difficult. I don’t think anyone is very scared of Andy Murray because he’s not a great athlete.”

with that murray should be weary of gulbis. in a good day i feel gulbis will do a tsonga.

DoubleDeuce
01-16-2009, 03:48 PM
with that murray should be weary of gulbis. in a good day i feel gulbis will do a tsonga.

Yeah, Gulbis could make me watch Murray matches.

Gasquetrules
01-16-2009, 03:53 PM
I most liked Wilanders tributes to todays game and players... about what superbly gifted and conditioned athletes these guys are, and what a high level they have taken the game to. And how most Olympic athletes are not even close. I'd say the same thing about most other professional athletes in the major sports. Tennis is such a challenging sport and one that is so hard to make it to the elite levels (top 50 ATP). It's one of the reasons I love the game so much and still play it with such passion, enthusiasm and commitment... albeit at a much lower level, but still competitively.

Wilander is also one of my favorite pros of all time. I've watched a lot of his matches and enjoyed them immensely. His two US Open finals against Lendl rank very high, and his semi-final win over Agassi at the French in '88 (I believe) was wonderful drama. I'd put it up there with the Rome final between Nadal and Coria.

Wish we could get more matches broadcast in the US with Wilander's commentary.

bolo
01-16-2009, 04:26 PM
I most liked Wilanders tributes to todays game and players... about what superbly gifted and conditioned athletes these guys are, and what a high level they have taken the game to. And how most Olympic athletes are not even close. I'd say the same thing about most other professional athletes in the major sports. Tennis is such a challenging sport and one that is so hard to make it to the elite levels (top 50 ATP). It's one of the reasons I love the game so much and still play it with such passion, enthusiasm and commitment... albeit at a much lower level, but still competitively.

Wilander is also one of my favorite pros of all time. I've watched a lot of his matches and enjoyed them immensely. His two US Open finals against Lendl rank very high, and his semi-final win over Agassi at the French in '88 (I believe) was wonderful drama. I'd put it up there with the Rome final between Nadal and Coria.

Wish we could get more matches broadcast in the US with Wilander's commentary.

I also like his commentary. Does anyone know if he is doing any aus. open commentary?

bolo
01-16-2009, 04:41 PM
Good read. Thanks for posting this.

He makes some good points about Murray, kind of what happened to him last year.


...." he cautions that a lesser player who just whacks the ball merrily could overpower Murray. He does not have a huge stroke anywhere, except his serve when its working. His backhand is very solid but winning grand slams with your backhand is difficult. I dont think anyone is very scared of Andy Murray because hes not a great athlete.

Imo that was his best point about murray, that winning grand slams with your backhand is difficult. Nalbandian is a good example of that.

bolo
01-16-2009, 04:48 PM
I do agree that Murray doesn't have that many power strokes, but to say he isn't a great athlete is kind of untrue, no? He has improved a lot.

He does seem to underestimate murray here. Murray looked to be moving better, more aggressively than federer in their last match.