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GasquetGOAT
05-20-2010, 09:46 AM
I thought maybe people can use this thread like we use the fed/nadal news threads? (if they wish:shock:).:cry:

http://bettorsedge.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/andy-murray1.jpg





Murray remains upbeat after Ferrer loss (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/andymurray/7727906/Andy-Murray-mixes-disappointment-and-optimism-after-Madrid-Open-defeat.html)

http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/uploadFiles/2010-05/13_11151321_1.jpg

GasquetGOAT
05-20-2010, 09:52 AM
Murray looking forward to play infront of the Queen.:x8-):|

http://www.webhush.com/wp-content/uploads/murray-nadal.jpg

GasquetGOAT
05-20-2010, 10:13 AM
http://i43.tinypic.com/14xpl5f.jpg

Murray WTF FTW!:twisted::-?

Semi-Pro
05-20-2010, 10:19 AM
Vamos Murray!

http://www.soundoffcolumn.com/images/Andy-Murray-6-07.jpg

http://eyevee.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/andymurray-copy.jpg

CMM
05-20-2010, 10:20 AM
http://i50.tinypic.com/bi13fc.jpg

RCizzle65
05-20-2010, 10:24 AM
^^ LMAO @ that Wimbledon trophy pic!

batz
05-20-2010, 10:28 AM
Vamos Murray!

http://www.soundoffcolumn.com/images/Andy-Murray-6-07.jpg

http://eyevee.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/andymurray-copy.jpg

Sweet pic. It's great seeing tennis players scream in pain just as they get injured.

namelessone
05-20-2010, 10:28 AM
http://i43.tinypic.com/14xpl5f.jpg



:):)

Nadal looks like a chic(photoshop much,why so glossy?),Davy looks like a stalker/serial killer,Tsonga looks like a badass,Djoker looks like he was smoking some fine weed,the others look decent though to be honest all guys look like they are wearing lip gloss or something:oops:

After the serial killer mugshots from before it is clear that the ATP has no idea how to take a good photo.

jamesblakefan#1
05-20-2010, 12:03 PM
http://i50.tinypic.com/bi13fc.jpg

Awesome pic. :D

djokovicgonzalez2010
05-20-2010, 12:48 PM
murray is so hated :(

I like both fed and nadal less than Djoker and murray
I admitted it!

sdont
05-20-2010, 01:06 PM
:):)

Nadal looks like a chic(photoshop much,why so glossy?),Davy looks like a stalker/serial killer,Tsonga looks like a badass,Djoker looks like he was smoking some fine weed,the others look decent though to be honest all guys look like they are wearing lip gloss or something:oops:

After the serial killer mugshots from before it is clear that the ATP has no idea how to take a good photo.

Ha ha yeah, I loled when I saw this. Nadal looks like a tranny actually. Fed has a "WTF?" look. Nole looks stoned indeed. Davy looks like he has been hypnotized to me. Dasco looks like he's fighting against drowsiness.

On the ATP homepage, there's another one where they replaced Soderling with Roddick, who looks like he's about to weep.

viduka0101
05-20-2010, 01:15 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/14xpl5f.jpg

Murray WTF FTW!:twisted::-?

OMG they butchered Rafa and Davydenko
seriously, how can the person that did this "job" put this on a website
are these people blind
it's just mind blowing how can they be satisfied with such a joke of a photo

Serendipitous
05-20-2010, 01:22 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/14xpl5f.jpg

Murray WTF FTW!:twisted::-?

http://threadbombing.com/data/media/20/seriousdgif.gif

viduka0101
05-20-2010, 02:04 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/14xpl5f.jpg

Murray WTF FTW!

in the spirit of terrible photo editing
http://ll-media.tmz.com/2007/05/18/0518_mens_fitness-1.jpg

Bhagi Katbamna
05-20-2010, 02:09 PM
Whose body did they photoshop Andy's head on in that picture?

Cyan
05-20-2010, 03:06 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/14xpl5f.jpg

Murray WTF FTW!:twisted::-?

Awful pics. Rafa's ATP profile pic makes him looks like a Colombian drug capo and in this one he looks like a transvestite:-?

JeMar
05-20-2010, 04:26 PM
That is, by far, the funniest picture of Nadal that I've ever seen.

nikdom
05-20-2010, 04:29 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/14xpl5f.jpg

Murray WTF FTW!:twisted::-?

Is Nadal wearing lipstick? And why is he smiling like a gay guy?

veroniquem
05-20-2010, 04:35 PM
yeah Rafa is the only one smiling and that looks super weird. Maybe he's snickering (keep hoping b-----s. I'll be the next number 1 :twisted:)

bolo
05-20-2010, 04:39 PM
I just saw a headline that seemed to say that Murray is Henman's pick at wimbledon. Oh my. :)

Outbeyond
05-20-2010, 04:45 PM
(sigh...) poor Murray.

He and Djokovic need a few beers.

bolo
05-20-2010, 04:47 PM
(sigh...) poor Murray.

He and Djokovic need a few beers.

At least henman didn't pick him for RG. :)

Justin Side
05-20-2010, 04:52 PM
http://i50.tinypic.com/bi13fc.jpg

This will happen. :shock:

malakas
05-20-2010, 05:55 PM
awww what a bunch of haterz!!!:mad:

jamesblakefan#1
05-20-2010, 08:13 PM
That pic needs to be quoted on every page of this thread for posterity. :D

jamesblakefan#1
05-20-2010, 08:19 PM
I just saw a headline that seemed to say that Murray is Henman's pick at wimbledon. Oh my. :)

Yep.

http://news.oneindia.in/2010/05/20/henmanbacks-murray-to-winwimbledon.html

I may agree w/ him, depending on how the French goes.

GasquetGOAT
05-21-2010, 05:01 AM
Murray's draw at FO: Gasquet > Chela > Baghdatis > Isner > Tsonga > Semi.
Hard draw, he may not make the second week!:(

Rhino
05-21-2010, 05:19 AM
AM on his FO draw: "I want to try to win the tournament if possible."

Good luck mate. :)

jamesblakefan#1
05-21-2010, 05:28 AM
Murray's draw at FO: Gasquet > Chela > Baghdatis > Isner > Tsonga > Semi.
Hard draw, he may not make the second week!:(

Not really. Gasquet's more hype than substance at this point in his career. Murray owns Chela. Baggy and Isner are tough, but beatable. And Tsonga's the best Murray could've hoped for outside of Roddick.

malakas
05-21-2010, 10:02 AM
Richie is a moutzatard.....like me.No worries.:)

GasquetGOAT
05-22-2010, 04:44 AM
Not really. Gasquet's more hype than substance at this point in his career. Murray owns Chela. Baggy and Isner are tough, but beatable. And Tsonga's the best Murray could've hoped for outside of Roddick.

Judging by Baggy's performance against Ferrer on clay compared to Murray's, I'd say theres a good chance of upset. Not to mention Baggy is 2-0 vs Murray.:-|

GasquetGOAT
05-22-2010, 04:48 AM
Richie is a moutzatard.....like me.No worries.:)

Let's how he does against 'Dasco tonight.

GasquetGOAT
05-22-2010, 09:16 AM
More bad news for Murray. Gasquet is coming to Paris with great confidence having conquered Nice!

GasquetGOAT
05-22-2010, 09:19 AM
Murray needs to be fired up:twisted:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/osmonde/murraycheveux.jpg

bolo
05-22-2010, 10:18 AM
Murray's draw at FO: Gasquet > Chela > Baghdatis > Isner > Tsonga > Semi.
Hard draw, he may not make the second week!:(

I agree with this, gasquet is going to be his toughest match. He's going to roll chela, he is mentally tougher than the bagman and then isner and tsonga are his for the taking, if they even get there. He needs to be most focussed for this 1st match. I think it will be exciting to him to face federer on clay. He's going to get a hold of a lot more federer serves, but the battle to get away from fed's forehand is going to intensify.

Omega_7000
05-22-2010, 10:20 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/osmonde/murraycheveux.jpg http://ecofuture.net/greenslogans/files/2009/08/angry_ostrich.jpg

GasquetGOAT
05-22-2010, 10:36 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/osmonde/murraycheveux.jpg http://ecofuture.net/greenslogans/files/2009/08/angry_ostrich.jpg

Please don't compare Murray to an ostrich, you're gonna this thread deleted!:evil:

YodaKnowsBest
05-22-2010, 10:39 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/osmonde/murraycheveux.jpg http://ecofuture.net/greenslogans/files/2009/08/angry_ostrich.jpg

HAHAHAHAHAHA you almost killed me

Skabeast121
05-22-2010, 12:57 PM
AM on his FO draw: "I want to try to win the tournament if possible."

Good luck mate. :)

Well you need to have this attitude in order to get to the top. You can't go into a tournament with the mindset "Oh yeah who is gonna lose, I AM!"

GasquetGOAT
05-25-2010, 06:24 AM
Murray has once again beaten Gasquet in a tough 5 setter coming from 2 sets down...:evil:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/07/01/article-1030651-01CF712C00000578-346_468x298.jpg

Semi-Pro
05-26-2010, 08:30 AM
Andy Murray karaoke!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome stuff! :mrgreen::mrgreen:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2010/05/Roland-Garros-2010-Karaoke-Murray.aspx

Justin Side
05-26-2010, 10:30 AM
Andy Murray karaoke!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome stuff! :mrgreen::mrgreen:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2010/05/Roland-Garros-2010-Karaoke-Murray.aspx

The charisma just flows from Murray. :)

dropshot winner
05-26-2010, 10:34 AM
Andy Murray karaoke!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome stuff! :mrgreen::mrgreen:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2010/05/Roland-Garros-2010-Karaoke-Murray.aspx

Watching this video hurts. Good thing Murray didn't persue a career as singer :)

jamesblakefan#1
06-04-2010, 10:33 PM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00721/murrayone185x295_721381a.gif http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00721/murraythree185x295_721386a.gif http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00721/murrayfour185x295_721387a.gif http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00721/murrayfive185x295_721394a.gif

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article7135136.ece

Breaker
06-05-2010, 11:14 AM
Murray will win Wimbledon.

CMM
06-06-2010, 11:59 AM
Does anyone know what's wrong with his knee? Is it serious? :-?

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/6520/17694969.jpg
http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/7803/35016872.jpg

viduka0101
06-06-2010, 12:08 PM
Does anyone know what's wrong with his knee? Is it serious? :-?



yes, I do
it has a bluish duck-tape on it
it's not serious,you can pull that thing right of

malakas
06-06-2010, 12:14 PM
blue because of scotland;s colours?lol :D

batz
06-06-2010, 12:51 PM
Does anyone know what's wrong with his knee? Is it serious? :-?



It's pusher-tape. The ATP are making all pushers wear it.

CMM
06-06-2010, 01:17 PM
I just wanted to know if he's injured. I hope not because I want him to do well at Wimbledon.

batz
06-06-2010, 01:29 PM
I just wanted to know if he's injured. I hope not because I want him to do well at Wimbledon.

Murray has a congenital condition called a bi-partite patella - his right knee-cap is in two pieces. He's always played through it before - the tape in the pictures is an attempt to treat the condition. I don't think it should have much of a bearing on his Wimby chances - although the taping is something new; so maybe it's getting worse.

CMM
06-06-2010, 01:31 PM
Murray has a congenital condition called a bi-partite patella - his right knee-cap is in two pieces. He's always played through it before - the tape in the pictures is an attempt to treat the condition. I don't think it should have much of a bearing on his Wimby chances - although the taping is something new; so maybe it's getting worse.

Thank you.

batz
06-06-2010, 01:42 PM
Thank you.

You're welcome mate.

GasquetGOAT
06-07-2010, 12:44 AM
I'm more worried about his tough draw at queens. He will meet Cilic before playing Nadal in the semis and then Roddick or Djokovic in the final. Don't think he can defend the title this time.

cucio
06-07-2010, 12:47 AM
yes, I do
it has a bluish duck-tape on it
it's not serious,you can pull that thing right of

:lol:

10 tapes

adimax8
06-07-2010, 12:48 AM
Djokovic has good run to final, but knowing him he'll encounter some problem. Really hope he can pull it together by USO. As for Murray, extremely tough for him.

CMM
06-09-2010, 09:56 AM
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/3357/80830001.jpg
http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/8953/71379328.jpg
http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/9339/38577787.jpg
http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/4941/30431251.jpg

valiant
06-09-2010, 10:02 AM
I wish Murray to win wimby and see the aftereffect :D on TW. Chaos at best.

babbette
06-09-2010, 05:54 PM
I am glad he's back with Kim. There's nothing better than when a couple gets back together. It shows they really care for eachother.

CMM
06-17-2010, 05:19 AM
http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/8110/22243665.jpg
http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/15/69334589.jpg
http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/1132/58653378.jpg

CMM
06-21-2010, 02:54 AM
I am glad he's back with Kim. There's nothing better than when a couple gets back together. It shows they really care for eachother.

And they look cute together.

http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/4583/28474257.jpg
http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/8482/24078651.jpg

Lionheart392
06-21-2010, 03:06 AM
I am glad he's back with Kim. There's nothing better than when a couple gets back together. It shows they really care for eachother.

Or that she realised she really wants his money...

rovex
06-21-2010, 03:08 AM
Or that she realised she really wants his money...

LOL. Thank you for your useful insight.

TheTruth
06-21-2010, 04:03 AM
http://i50.tinypic.com/bi13fc.jpg

Wouldn't it be funny if this was prophetic?

TheTruth
06-21-2010, 04:28 AM
Great thread.

valiant
06-21-2010, 04:34 AM
^ ^ I want to see a new face win this year. Dont mind Murray.

Senti would be happy for Murray. Looking so happy with his gf :P

GasquetGOAT
11-15-2010, 06:49 AM
The newly crowned World No.5 Andy Murray is hoping to finish the 2010 season with bang by winning his first WTF title at the O2 in London.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01412/andy-murray_1412848c.jpg


Murray superfine class.

aphex
11-15-2010, 06:53 AM
The newly crowned World No.5 Andy Murray is hoping to finish the 2010 season with bang by winning his first WTF title at the O2 in London.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01412/andy-murray_1412848c.jpg


Murray superfine class.

Let's hope he does well and gets that No. 6 spot that's been eluding him...

GasquetGOAT
11-15-2010, 09:37 AM
Let's hope he does well and gets that No. 6 spot that's been eluding him...

It's possible but not likely. Thomas Berdych seems to have a stranglehold on the No.6 position. Not to mention the likes of David Ferrer and Andy Roddick have also been eyeing that elusive No.6 for quite sometime...

http://cdn.wn.com/pd/95/9b/a653c80ac64105fdfd62c6fdc5ba_grande.jpg

http://www.livetennisguide.com/wp-content/uploads/David-Ferrer.jpg

http://www.hauntedamericatours.com/ghosts/andy-roddick-feet.jpg

vive le beau jeu !
11-15-2010, 11:32 AM
^L:)L at this picture of roddick !
Let's hope he does well and gets that No. 6 spot that's been eluding him...
so... level 6 now ? ;)

http://i55.tinypic.com/2vx3kw9.jpg

GasquetGOAT
11-15-2010, 07:58 PM
^lol!!!............

Sentinel
11-15-2010, 08:16 PM
I wish Murray to win wimby and see the aftereffect :D on TW. Chaos at best.
You need to meditate for a few days so that such disturbing thoughts don't recur.
:)

Tennis sensation
11-16-2010, 03:13 AM
You need to meditate for a few days so that such disturbing thoughts don't recur.
:)

LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLL:):):):

CMM
01-12-2011, 10:46 PM
Andy Murray plans to exit stage with more than tears for souvenirs

Neil Harman Tennis Correspondent, Melbourne
Last updated January 12 2011 12:01AM

Through the clutter of players and coaches trying to find and book a piece of dry court at Melbourne Park yesterday strode Andy Murray with his entourage to Rod Laver Arena, where they had conveniently closed the roof for the superstars.

In the “have and have-not” world of the tennis professional, it was another reminder of how far Murray has come and the sport looks up to him.

The previous time he had steered a course through these corridors, one year ago, there was no human detritus, only empty space and emptier feelings.

Murray had succumbed in the final of the Australian Open in straight sets to Roger Federer and tears had formed in the corners of his eyes as he was prodded towards the microphone on the dais.

“I remember being incredibly disappointed because I’d put so much effort into getting ready for it [the final] and the way the third set went made it a very difficult way to finish,” the Scot said yesterday. “I was very upset after the match, probably more so than any I’ve played.”

Murray’s “I can cry like Roger, it’s just a shame I can’t play like him” after a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 defeat became one of the best off-the-cuff one-liners of 2010.

He is not sure where it came from. “I’m not embarrassed by it [the crying],” he said. “It’s one of those things. I said to Roger when we were standing there before the ceremony, ‘This is tough.’ I wasn’t feeling like I wanted to do a speech but everyone has to do them when they lose as well as win and you have to get through it as best as possible. You’d rather they [the tears] happened in the locker room, away from everyone. It shows that all athletes are normal people — we hurt the same as everyone else.

“By the time I was back in the locker room, I had calmed down a little bit, but when you see the guys you work with and your family, you’re upset again. You don’t feel you’ve let them down, but you’ve all worked together to try and achieve something difficult. I would love to have won it for them.”

And so we move on to a new year, horizons broadened, aspirations heightened, challengers multiplying, the demands just as immense. Not that you would know it from the 23-year-old’s demeanour, which is one of increased awareness of himself, his place in the sport and his affection for it. “I’m happy that I’m competing with two of the greatest players ever. I’ve beaten them many times, even though this is a very tough era,” he said. “I know everyone thinks I’m a good player and I just want to do better, push on, improve my ranking, win the biggest tournaments. These are the only things that are left for me to do.

“You can’t be satisfied. Even before the Open starts, Rafa [Rafael Nadal] will have doubts, he will still be nervous. Roger will be the same. Everyone goes into the big tournaments with a bit of doubt about how they’ll play.

“That’s where you must trust the guys you work with and all the work you’ve done. You need to keep what you do very well and add small bits to it, not make any huge changes.”

The “small bits” for 2011 are that Alex Corretja and Dani Vallverdu will be his accomplices in the players’ box, where Miles Maclagan sat last year; Spain and Venezuela in tandem with the Scot. “Dani has never coached before, but he knows me better than most,” Murray said. “He knows when to talk to me, what to say and what I like doing in practice. If I want to hit for ten hours, he’ll do that.

“I like having people around me who understand me, who I can mess around with off the court. It’s important because when I’m on court I take it very seriously. I’ve improved since I made the change.”

Murray’s relationship with the media has been through its tough patches, but trust has been nurtured. “From the tennis journalists, yes, there’s a mutual respect, they genuinely want me to do well,” he said. “I don’t have any complaints. I understand if I have bad results, good things aren’t going to be written, that’s how it works. I just have to take care of what happens on court as best as I can.”

Was he surprised, then, that his achievements here last year did not merit even a mention on the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year show? “It’s not a show that interests me a whole lot,” he said. “So long as people who are in tennis understand what’s going on, I’m happy.”

He is not disconcerted, either, that he will be performing here with neither Royal Bank of Scotland on one arm nor Highland Spring on the other. At one stage during the Hyundai Hopman Cup in Perth last week he peered at his sleeves as if not believing how bare they were. Both his leading sponsors remain in negotiations for the new year. A title here might hurry them up.

“It feels weird because I’ve had patches on me since I was 13,” he said. “It’s nice in some ways because when I’m sorting out my shirts in the morning, you’ve always got to check if your shirt has a patch and if it hasn’t you get a ticking-off. I’m just leaving this [the talks] to my people at home. They know what they are doing.”

It is enough for Murray to have to concentrate on what he can influence with racket in hand. There is the significant matter of his 21st grand-slam tournament, which starts on Monday. “When you’ve won 16 or nine slams, everything is going to be easier, but I still think they [Federer and Nadal] get nervous and worry, but because of the experience of being in the situation, they know how to deal with it,” he said. “It’s definitely hard going on the court against them in a slam because you know they’ve been there so many times [and] they are going to play great.

“Sometimes I’ve raised my game and sometimes I haven’t. Federer has been in the semis of slams 30 times, so he is going to deal with it better than someone who has been five times.

“The first final [the 2008 US Open] was very difficult. It all came around so quickly. I had never beaten Rafa before [a feat he achieved in the semi-finals], I’d never been in a slam final. I was a bit lost. I felt like I prepared well for the match here last year, but looking back, there are a few things I would have done differently.

“I’ll make sure that I’m ready to take it to him, ready to play long points, chase every single ball and make it incredibly difficult for him. Physically over five sets, you can take something out of players, even guys like Roger and Rafa, who are incredibly fit. You must make them do a lot of running.

“I had chances in the first set, I didn’t have any in the second, but in the third I was making him move a lot more, I was hitting the ball a lot better, moving my feet a lot better, so my tennis got a lot better. So there are things next time I will do better.”

All British fans can hope is that they get to see him prove himself right.

Slim pickings Down Under

British male performances at the Australian Open this millennium

2000 T Henman, 4th rnd, beaten by C Woodruff
J Delgadom, 1st, M Rosset
A Parmar, 1st, Y El Aynaoui

2001 G Rusedski, 4th, A Clément
Henman, 4th, P Rafter

2002 Henman, 4th, J Björkman
Rusedski, 3rd, Henman
M Lee, 1st, F Clavet

2003 No British players (Henman and Rusedski were injured)

2004 Henman, 3rd, G Cañas
Rusedski, 1st, A Costa

2005 Henman, 3rd, N Davydenko
Rusedski, 2nd, A Roddick

2006 Henman, 1st, D Tursunov
A Murray, 1st, J I Chela

2007 Murray, 4th, R Nadal
A Mackin, 1st, N Lapentti

2008 Murray, 1st, J-W Tsonga
J Baker, 1st, I Karlovic

2009 Murray, 4th, F Verdasco

2010 Murray, Final, R Federer




http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/tennis/article2871104.ece

Sentinel
01-13-2011, 04:21 AM
apart from the title (lol) rather nice interview. hope he does quite well at the AO.
I'd love to see a Federer Murray final. And i'd love it if Murray can take a set.

joeri888
01-13-2011, 04:25 AM
And so we move on to a new year, horizons broadened, aspirations heightened, challengers multiplying, the demands just as immense. Not that you would know it from the 23-year-old’s demeanour, which is one of increased awareness of himself, his place in the sport and his affection for it. “I’m happy that I’m competing with two of the greatest players ever. I’ve beaten them many times, even though this is a very tough era,” he said. “I know everyone thinks I’m a good player and I just want to do better, push on, improve my ranking, win the biggest tournaments. These are the only things that are left for me to do.



That's the whole problem.

nadal_slam_king
01-13-2011, 04:50 AM
It's hard to believe Murray won't win the AO, his game is very suited to it, I consider him the equal favorite to win, with Federer. Although I think Rafa could upset them both, hopefully.

nadal_slam_king
01-13-2011, 04:52 AM
And they look cute together.

http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/4583/28474257.jpg
http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/8482/24078651.jpg

She'll look like Henin eventually, so I wouldn't recommend her.

Outbeyond
01-13-2011, 05:04 AM
FYI, Andy just announced on Facebook that he'll be joining Roger and Rafa and the gang at the Sunday exhibition to raise funds for flood relief victims.

DragonBlaze
01-13-2011, 05:05 AM
apart from the title (lol) rather nice interview. hope he does quite well at the AO.
I'd love to see a Federer Murray final. And i'd love it if Murray can take a set.

I :lol:ed

Pretty badly. :lol:

Sentinel
01-13-2011, 05:23 AM
FYI, Andy just announced on Facebook that he'll be joining Roger and Rafa and the gang at the Sunday exhibition to raise funds for flood relief victims.
Gate crashing ?
I suppose Roger will have to accomodate him somehow.

Sentinel
01-13-2011, 05:28 AM
That's the whole problem.
something did seem odd when i read it. you caught it before Blinkism could :D

Underhand
01-13-2011, 05:54 AM
Gate crashing ?
I suppose Roger will have to accomodate him somehow.

He will carry Federer's golden man purse and during the matches he will be busy with his Nintendo DS.

Btw, I've licensed your current sig.

CMM
01-21-2011, 10:10 AM
Murray is blogging during AO

Teenage Nadal was wake-up call I needed

THIS week I told you about choosing tennis over football as a teenager. But following that I also had another huge call to make, one that is a big reason why I am playing a third-round match at the Australian Open today.

Some of you probably know that Rafael Nadal and I have been competitors and good friends since our teenage years, but you may not realise he was a major influence in my decision to leave home at 15 to move to Spain.

As juniors, our countries used to play against each other in team competitions such as the European Winter Cup, though I never actually had to play him as I was a year younger and played No 2 for Britain while he led the Spanish team. But we weren't holding tennis racquets when he said something that led to me moving to Barcelona.

Instead, we were part of a group of guys playing racquetball.

I was asking all the guys in this group who they were practising with and when Nadal said Carlos Moya, it was a big wake-up call.

Back home, because we never had the opportunity to play sport in school - something I think should change given there are great opportunities for people to make a living out of sport - I could only practise for 90 minutes, four days a week with my coach. Yet here was a rival hitting with one of the world's best players and training four or five hours a day for five days a week.

I realised I was not doing enough and knew I had to move. It wasn't something I wanted to do and I knew it would be tough because my older brother, Jamie, had moved to an academy at Cambridge when he was 12 but it didn't really work out for him. He got homesick and wanted to come home. I know my mum and dad were a bit worried about my decisions because they just wanted us to be happy, but after deciding I wanted to play tennis instead of football I needed to give it everything I had.

The hardest time was the first few meals I had when I arrived at the academy in Spain. It was a bit of a culture shock.

I knew only one other guy there - and not that well - so I was walking into the canteen and sitting down alone. And it wasn't even great food. No paella unfortunately! We were just fed pasta and salads. The biggest change, though, was the time we would eat dinner and when we would go to bed. In the UK, most people have dinner at 6pm and I was used to going to bed about nine o'clock. In Spain, people don't eat till then. It was all a bit different, but being able to do school and sport at the same time, instead of just school, was great for me.

Those first few weeks were tough but given I extended my stay there, I loved it. And I never really felt homesick, even though I missed my family, because we were often on the road going somewhere to play. And as well as helping me become a tennis player, I also met my two best friends there, one from Peru and the other from Venezuela. Dani travels with me as my hitting partner and is a very good player.

Given this, you would think I'd be able to speak Spanish well. Sadly, it's pretty ropey. I understand quite a lot when people are speaking but the problem was everyone spoke English there, because it was an international academy. So while I tried to speak to my friends in Spanish, they would reply in English, so I didn't learn as much as I would have liked.

Having played my second-round match against Illya Marchenko on Margaret Court Arena, I would love to be scheduled there again, because it always provides one of the best atmospheres to play in. It was buzzing there in my match on Thursday. A lot of British fans get in there, have a few beers and give me great support. It feels like a Davis Cup tie sometimes. A pleasing thing from my second match was the number of aces and free points I received on my first serve.

I worked a lot on it during the off-season in Miami and Perth, so it was good to serve well, particularly as Margaret Court Arena can be a tricky environment with its swirling winds.

I have only played my next opponent, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, once on grass at Queen's. He is a guy who has been playing well for the past seven or eight months and even managed to beat Rafa in Bangkok, which was a big win for him. He is a very solid player who does everything well and has improved a lot on hardcourts, so it will be a tough match, but one I'm definitely looking forward to.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/teenage-nadal-was-wake-up-call-i-needed/story-e6frg7t6-1225992608850

meg0529
01-21-2011, 10:26 AM
Murray is blogging during AO



http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/teenage-nadal-was-wake-up-call-i-needed/story-e6frg7t6-1225992608850

AW Andy <3 now return the favor and let him complete the Rafa slam :twisted:

TennisFan3
01-21-2011, 10:44 AM
AW Andy <3 now return the favor and let him complete the Rafa slam :twisted:

Yep. Nadal will need Murray's help for sure. Murray is BY FAR the biggest challenge for Nadal in the AO.

nadal_slam_king
01-21-2011, 02:09 PM
Yep. Nadal will need Murray's help for sure. Murray is BY FAR the biggest challenge for Nadal in the AO.

Except Murray has more to worry about than Rafa has. If it were 2009-early10 Rafa then that would favor Murray emphatically because at that stage Rafa was mentally weak after a dismal 2009. But now, it's obvious Rafa is the favorite, especially after Rafa beat Murray on indoor hardcourt WTF. And believe it or not, Rafa has more to play for than the slamless Murray. Expect a similar result to Wimbledon 2010, Rafa in 3 and a high quality match from both.

Oceansize
01-21-2011, 02:16 PM
Murray is blogging during AO



http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/teenage-nadal-was-wake-up-call-i-needed/story-e6frg7t6-1225992608850

Thanks for posting this. Murray comes across as a nice guy in interviews and in things like this blog. I just wish he could be more like that on the court. Rafa and Fed have shown that you don't have to act like a jerk on court in order to win. I think being more in control of his emotions and recognising that his frustration is usually self created, would really help his chances of winning a slam imo.

Oceansize
01-21-2011, 02:24 PM
Except Murray has more to worry about than Rafa has. If it were 2009-early10 Rafa then that would favor Murray emphatically because at that stage Rafa was mentally weak after a dismal 2009. But now, it's obvious Rafa is the favorite, especially after Rafa beat Murray on indoor hardcourt WTF. And believe it or not, Rafa has more to play for than the slamless Murray. Expect a similar result to Wimbledon 2010, Rafa in 3 and a high quality match from both.

Rafa's only beaten Murray in straight sets once out of their last 6 meetings on hard courts, and that was in gale force winds at Indian Wells. If both our fit, i see it being at least four sets or maybe a five set thriller, like their first ever meeting here in 2007.

nadal_slam_king
01-21-2011, 06:44 PM
Rafa's only beaten Murray in straight sets once out of their last 6 meetings on hard courts, and that was in gale force winds at Indian Wells. If both our fit, i see it being at least four sets or maybe a five set thriller, like their first ever meeting here in 2007.

Probabully.

nadal_slam_king
01-21-2011, 07:53 PM
Murray's cook looks hot, Murray introduced her after the match :D

grantran
01-21-2011, 07:55 PM
I haven't really watched any AO in the past and not much of this one but just saw the post-match Murray interview; are all the interviews as casual/entertaining? I've watched a lot more Wimbledon/USO coverage in the past and the interviews were more technical.

nadal_slam_king
01-21-2011, 08:48 PM
I haven't really watched any AO in the past and not much of this one but just saw the post-match Murray interview; are all the interviews as casual/entertaining? I've watched a lot more Wimbledon/USO coverage in the past and the interviews were more technical.

Yeah humor is the main quality of them, or attempted humor.

Messarger
01-21-2011, 08:53 PM
that was a great read CMM. I wonder which other GOAT candidates did something similar to Rafa ie train with a world class player from a young age.

Oceansize
01-21-2011, 08:58 PM
I haven't really watched any AO in the past and not much of this one but just saw the post-match Murray interview; are all the interviews as casual/entertaining? I've watched a lot more Wimbledon/USO coverage in the past and the interviews were more technical.

It mainly just Jim Courier who tries to go off the beaten track with his questions from what i've seen. It makes a nice change from the usual robotic questioning you normally get.

GasquetGOAT
01-22-2011, 03:03 PM
...was not Federer but Garcia-Lopez!

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-22/201101221295673365604.html

GasquetGOAT
01-28-2011, 11:07 AM
He will be facing NewKing Novak Djokovic on Sunday. Djokovic currently leads the H2H 4-3 over Murray.

The first ever match between the two was played in Tarbes which Murray won "6 Love, 6 1"

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-29/201101291296223533929.html

http://www1.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Sony+Ericsson+Open+Day+14+AMJuk61kV0Cl.jpg

GasquetGOAT
01-28-2011, 11:45 AM
Except Murray has more to worry about than Rafa has. If it were 2009-early10 Rafa then that would favor Murray emphatically because at that stage Rafa was mentally weak after a dismal 2009. But now, it's obvious Rafa is the favorite, especially after Rafa beat Murray on indoor hardcourt WTF. And believe it or not, Rafa has more to play for than the slamless Murray. Expect a similar result to Wimbledon 2010, Rafa in 3 and a high quality match from both.

You were right it (semi) was a high quality match, except it was between Ferrer and Murray.:)

Hood_Man
01-28-2011, 02:35 PM
This just came up on Facebook;

Andy and Jamie Murray doing Penguin impressions (http://yfrog.com/0bws5z)

CMM
03-18-2011, 05:07 AM
Why did he change his pants on court? :shock:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/tennis/3475409/Andy-Murray-is-just-pants.html

Hood_Man
03-18-2011, 05:09 AM
Eww, why did I click that??

babbette
05-03-2011, 10:17 AM
Any idea why the mods removed the murray talks sex thread?

Semi-Pro
05-03-2011, 10:24 AM
Any idea why the mods removed the murray talks sex thread?


IDK but it was a great find! Lol.

Perhaps it should have been in a different forum section but still...

babbette
05-03-2011, 10:28 AM
IDK but it was a great find! Lol.

Perhaps it should have been in a different forum section but still...

Not sure. Guess i'll repost it here then.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1382813/Andy-Murray-doesnt-avoid-sex-girlfriend-Kim-Sears-big-matches.html
Big match love ban? That's not how I play it, says Andy

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Long-term girlfriend: Andy Murray with Kim Sears

Many sportsmen swear by avoiding sex before a big event to keep their strength for the battle ahead.

Not Andy Murray. The British tennis player says he plays so often that abstaining before matches would means he was always saying no.

In contrast to the likes of Muhammad Ali, who is said to have abstained for six weeks before each fight, Murray admitted: ‘I’m not one of those sportsmen who practises a strict policy of sexual abstinence before playing.’

Murray, 23, whose relationship with girlfriend Kim Sears goes back six years, told Spain’s El Mundo newspaper: ‘Tennis is not like boxing.

‘I remember a former world heavyweight whose trainer banned him from having sex six weeks before a fight. We play every week, so with a boxer’s mentality we’d always be saying “no”.’

Murray competed in 19 tournaments last year, involving 75 matches.

He is currently in Barcelona training for the Madrid Open.

At least the world No 4 is free to make his own decisions, unlike the German football team who were banned by then manager Berti Vogts from having sex before games at the 1994 World Cup.

In contrast at the last World Cup in South Africa, the Argentinian and Brazilian teams were actually encouraged to spend time with their partners.





But Fabio Capello’s England team were given strict instructions that they could only see their significant others after each match.

Legendary footballer George Best, however, had no problem bedding women the night before big games.

Advice he gave in 2004 was: ‘I certainly never found it had any effect on my performance.

‘Maybe best not the hour before, but the night before makes no odds.’



Lucky lady: Andy Murray, left, has revealed he doesn't avoid sex the night before a big match. His girlfriend Kim Sears is pictured right

In athletics 100m champion Linford Christie said sex before a big race made his legs feel like lead.

More recently World Heavyweight champion David Hayes revealed he follows Ali’s strict 'no sex for six weeks' rule.

Prior to his fight against Audley Harrison he said: ‘I think a man is at his most dangerous when he hasn’t had sex for six weeks.

‘I’ve been doing that for many years and the one time I didn’t follow that rule, I lost.’

But scientists disagree, with no evidence to support the notion that sex before a sporting event leaves athletes spent.


Tough practice session: Andy Murray, pictured here in Madrid, Spain, yesterday has said he does not avoid sex before big matches

In 2000 a report titled ‘Does Sex the Night Before Competition Decrease Performance?’ the practice was called a ‘long-standing myth’ that ‘may stem from the theory that sexual frustration leads to increased aggression.’

Ian Shrier, a sports medicine specialist who wrote the report, said at the time: ‘There are two possible ways sex before competition could affect performance.

‘First, it could make you tired and weak the next day, but this has been disproved.

‘The second way is that it could affect your psychological state of mind. This has not been tested.’

Professor Emmanuele Jannini, who has studied the effects of abstinence on athletic performance, has even suggested sex before a big game can be beneficial.

He said that sex increases the production of testosterone, which increases aggression.

He added: ‘After three months without sex, which is not so uncommon for some athletes, testosterone dramatically drops to levels close to children’s levels.’

Sentinel
08-29-2011, 10:07 AM
World No. 4 Andy Murray (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/MC10.aspx) has dismissed claims by John McEnroe (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/M047.aspx) that this is his best chance of winning a Grand Slam title. Four-time US Open (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/US-Open.aspx) champion McEnroe said, "The hungriest man in the draw should be Murray. I think this is his best shot to win one."
Murray comes into the US Open (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/US-Open.aspx) as one of the most in-form players, having won the Cincinnati title when Novak Djokovic (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/D643.aspx) retired with a shoulder injury, while Roger Federer (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/F324.aspx) and Rafael Nadal (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/N409.aspx) both failed to advance past the quarter-finals in either Montreal or Cincinnati.



However, the Scot is only too well aware that it will have little bearing when the starting whistle blows.
“It's a silly thing to say. It will be Federer is not playing well and Rafa is struggling and Djokovic's shoulder is sore. But I know come Monday they'll all be fine,” said Murray, a three-time Grand Slam runner-up, including at this year’s Australian Open (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Australian-Open.aspx). “I have a chance of winning for sure. Whether it's my best chance or not, no one has a clue about that.



“Someone like John, who has played thousands of matches probably knows that one bad day and you can put yourself out of the tournament. You're going to have to play an incredible event to win. So I feel like I'm ready to do that. But to say it's my best chance, no one knows.”
As well as reaching the Australian Open (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Australian-Open.aspx) final, the 24-year-old Murray has also been a semi-finalist at Roland Garros (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Roland-Garros.aspx) and Wimbledon (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Wimbledon.aspx) this year, and is happy with his form as he bids to try and become the first British male Grand Slam champion since 1936.


“Come the end of the week in Cincinnati I was playing some of my best tennis,” said Murray, the 2008 US Open (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/US-Open.aspx) runner-up. “I have been hitting the ball well, but I still felt like there were some things I could have improved upon, which was really nice coming in this week, being able to work on some things and not feeling like I was almost recovering before the US Open (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/US-Open.aspx). I felt like this week I have been preparing for it and looking forward to it.”
Murray opens his campaign against India’s Somdev Devvarman (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/D616.aspx) and is in the same half of the draw as defending champion Rafael Nadal (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/N409.aspx).


http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/08/35/US-Open-Murray-Preview.aspx

GasquetGOAT
12-10-2011, 10:33 AM
While Djokovic expects Murray to win a slam very soon.:)

http://answers.bettor.com/images/Articles/thumbs/extralarge/Andy-Murray-is-not-totally-obsessed-with-a-Grand-Slam-crown-Tennis-News-117130.jpg
http://blogs.bettor.com/Andy-Murray-is-not-totally-obsessed-with-a-Grand-Slam-crown-Tennis-News-a117130

CMM
06-27-2012, 09:05 AM
Awww, he'd take Rafa with him on a desert island. :)

Andy Murray column: Your Twitter questions answered

Beating a player of Nikolay Davydenko's calibre in the first round of Wimbledon feels really good.
When the draw came out I knew I would need to start the tournament very well, playing strong tennis, and that's what I did.
I wanted to use this column to answer your questions during the tournament, so we've picked out some that were sent during my match using the Twitter hastag #AskAndy.

Q) How does it feel to inherit a mound in Wimbledon? Don't you feel a little bit bad for Tim Henman and the Wombles who used to live there? (‏@liveforthepool)

It's nice. I think it's a pretty important part of Wimbledon now, fairly iconic. I'm sure it will always be remembered as Henman Hill as well. I remember when I came here as a kid, it was there and everyone always seems to have a good time on it.

Q) Did you ever get Rafael Nadal back for the prank he played on you while you were out for dinner? (‏@xcathyyx)

No, not yet, but I'm going too. There are a few things I've been thinking of, I'll definitely get him back.
For those of you who don't know, I was having dinner with my girlfriend in New York during last year's US Open and I got a message on my phone from a number I didn't recognise. It said something like, 'You look great tonight, shame you're here with your girlfriend'. It was a tricky thing to tell Kim, it probably would've ruined the atmosphere a little bit.
He was eating with his girlfriend behind us and came over after their meal but didn't say anything and just assumed I knew it was him. But it wasn't until I was walking back to the hotel that I realised and he went and told the whole tour about it! David Nalbandian did the same thing to me at the Australian Open but I didn't fall for it that time.

Q) Do you think there should be a tennis tournament with an open FA Cup-style draw? (‏@DGB259)

Why not? There would be no seedings so I could play someone like Roger Federer in the first round. I think it would be exciting and fun for tennis.

Q) What inspired you to become a tennis player? (@Ambrose311)

There wasn't really anything that inspired me. My brother Jamie and I just started playing when we were kids - that's what got me into the sport, competing against him and it went on from there.

Q) If you could play any non-tennis player at tennis, who would it be? (@alexkingsley1)

Tough one. I'll have to pick someone I'd like to meet or a great athlete... Muhammad Ali is someone I'd like to get the chance to step on court with, he's a hero of mine. An amazing and inspirational guy just to be around.

Q) Andy, I know you like your karaoke so what song would you sing, and when you win Wimbledon this year will we hear it? (@TennisFanDan)

No, you definitely wouldn't hear it!!! Recently, I've been listening to Ed Sheeran a lot and sing along to his songs in the car, so it would have to be one of them. I'm not guaranteeing the quality, though.

Q) Who would win an arm-wrestle between you and your coach Ivan Lendl? (@semcm)

His joints are pretty much finished so I hope I'd hurt his elbow or something. He's a big guy, mind. I weigh something like 80kgs and he's around 105kgs or 110kgs, so he has a weight advantage. But the old joints wouldn't help him!

Q) If you had to spend a year on a desert island with a fellow tennis player, who would it be? (@BethanieGreen)

Apart from my brother, I'd say one of the British guys for sure. Either Ross Hutchins or Colin Fleming. I've known them for a long time. Or Rafa. I'd rather take all three of them to keep things interesting, and we could play doubles. Rafa could teach me better Spanish and I could help his English a bit.

Q) Which player did you pretend to be when you were winning that imaginary Grand Slam as a 10-year-old kid? Pete Sampras? (@CooperGC)

It was Andre Agassi. He was an incredible player and the outfits he used to wear made it extra special - I even bought some of his Lycra and denim shorts.

Q) What is the best memory from your career so far? (@CraigD23)

Winning my first tournament was nice. All the players probably remember that. It was in San Jose and has to be one of my best moments. I had no coach there with me so it was a pretty fun week.

Q) How many hours of tennis did you play per week between the ages of 10-16? (BBC school reporters Charlie and Abby from Hastings High School, Stoke on Trent)

I actually didn't play much before I went over to Barcelona at the age of 15. I probably only played about five or six hours a week from 10 to 15, but I did manage to get my school to play tennis in PE. At that stage I had football training as well so I couldn't do both, and homework made it tough to fit everything in. When I went to Spain that changed a lot. I was playing five hours a day for five days a week, so 25 to 30 hours a week.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/18603900

CMM
06-27-2012, 10:07 AM
I still haven't figured out if this tweet (http://twitter.com/andy_murray/status/212442300025016320) had anything to do with Rafa's seventh French Open title or if it was something football related.
He tweeted that the day after Rafa won the title.

Fedex
06-27-2012, 04:02 PM
Quote -
"I actually didn't play much before I went over to Barcelona at the age of 15. I probably only played about five or six hours a week from 10 to 15, but I did manage to get my school to play tennis in PE. At that stage I had football training as well so I couldn't do both, and homework made it tough to fit everything in."

Murray only played 5 or 6 hours per week between ages 10 to 15!!

How could he possibly go from that to beating prime Federer, winning junior USO and Masters titles only 3 or 4 years later!

He must have an abundance of natural talent to counteract that handicap.

Wasn't Agassi putting in more hours from age 4?!

GasquetGOAT
08-05-2012, 09:19 AM
Not to be a spoiler but watch this space.:D

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee254/sagacier/ddsdasd.png

Hood_Man
08-05-2012, 09:44 AM
Jamie Murray has also won a title on the grass courts of Wimbledon, in the mixed doubles final in 2007 with Jankovic.

The Murray's are becoming an SW19 Dynasty 8)

GasquetGOAT
09-12-2012, 03:23 PM
Monday, September 10, 2012

Andy Murray dreamed he won Wimbledon a few days after losing the final in four sets to Roger Federer and then woke up and it hurt again, remembering what had really happened.

A few days after winning the Olympic gold medal over Federer, he dreamt he had lost, and this time he woke up and felt great again, remembering that he had won.

If a few days from now he dreams he won the US Open, it will indeed be a dream come true.

Murray fought, rallied and persevered to a 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 win over defending US Open champion Novak Djokovic for his first career Grand Slam singles title at the 2012 US Open. With the victory, he became the first British man to win a major title since Fred Perry won the U.S. Championships in 1936.

At four hours, 54 minutes, the match tied the US Open record for the longest men’s singles final, and it was the first five-set men’s final since 2009, when Juan Martin del Potro defeated Federer.




Murray seemed to be on his way to a straight-sets victory after winning an 87-minute first set and then rallying from losing a two-break lead in the second. But Djokovic stepped up to the championship level that has won him five Grand Slam singles titles, playing points with confidence, improving his serve and putting pressure on the Scot in the third and fourth sets. But Murray did not let himself break down, even if he said at the end he was not sure how.

“It was an incredibly tough match, and, obviously it felt great at the end,” Murray said. “Relief is probably the best word I would use to describe how I'm feeling just now. Yeah, very, very happy that I managed to come through because if I had lost this one from two sets up, that would have been a tough one to take.

“You're not sad; you're incredibly happy,” he said of being in the winning position this time. “You're in a little bit of disbelief because when I have been in that position many times before and not won, you do think, ‘Is it ever going to happen?’ Then when it finally does, you just, you're obviously very, very excited.”

Djokovic was gracious in defeat and complemented his opponent, whom he knew fought just as hard as he did.



The two opened the match with uncharacteristic back-to-back breaks, with Murray then going up 3-2 when Djokovic double faulted for the third time in the match and second time in the game, banging his racquet on the ground.

Both players battled errors throughout the match, with 56 unforced errors to 31 winners for Murray and 65 unforced errors to 40 winners for Djokovic, a testament to their aggressive play and some tough conditions to start. The rallies started early, though, as the longest of the match was a 54-shot exchange in the sixth game of the first set.

Djokovic got back on serve in the eighth game featuring two of the best points of the match. After a great volley exchange, Murray pushed a potential forehand passing shot wide, angrily hitting his racquet with his opposite hand for a triple break point for the Serb. Two points later, after an amazing defensive display from Murray, who was running back and forth along the baseline, Djokovic finally won the point when Murray missed. That brought the score to 4-all and put the set back on serve.


After two more set point chances at 9-8 and 10-9, Murray gained his sixth set point when Djokovic hit a shot long on a good Murray forehand. And this time he closed it out, finishing a scintillating 86-minute first set featuring many fierce rallies on a good first serve that Djokovic returned long.

Djokovic knew he had opportunities to win that set, but said there was no need to reflect on what could have been now.

“If I won that first set and had some chances, maybe the match would go a different way,” he said. “But look, you know, there is no reason to go back and say, 'What if? What if?' He's a Grand Slam winner, and he deserves to be there.”

Murray carried the momentum into the second, breaking Djokovic at love in his opening service game for the early lead and then breaking again for 4-0 quickly as the Serb was clearly frustrated and struggling with errors.

Djokovic battled back with a break back in the next game for 4-1, and Murray then held at love for 5-2, showing more positive energy than the Serb.

Murray served for the second set but appeared to tighten as Djokovic stepped up his game and quickly put the Scot into a 0-40 hole with multiple errors. He started a remarkable comeback from being down two breaks when Murray pushed a volley well long to put the second set back on serve at 5-4.

But Djokovic was unable to complete the recovery, losing his serve in what turned into the last game of the second set as Murray won 7-5, which included another great 30 shot rally.

In the third, Djokovic grabbed the 2-1 lead with a break, which he closed out on the first one with a deep return that Murray hit wide.

Djokovic upped his level in the third and extended his lead when Murray hit a backhand return wide for 4-2. He pushed his lead to 5-2 with another break after a game filled with errors from the Scot, who lost the game and then lost the set when Djokovic battled back to dictate and force a fourth set with an overhand volley winner.


Murray had an opportunity to go back on serve in the fourth game but during another good rally, he netted a forehand and then returned long and dropped his racquet in anger before Djokovic closed it out when Murray hit his next return wide crosscourt.

The incredible rallies, defense and physicality surfaced a few games later again on Djokovic’s serve as another 30-stroke rally ensued. Murray kept moving the Serb around the court, dictating the points, but Djokovic was there to push them all back before slipping and falling again to allow Murray to hit the forehand winner to bring the game to deuce. Djokovic used effective net play again to gain the advantage and then Murray netted a forehand for 4-2 in favor of the Serb.

Murray’s serving woes continued and the momentum stayed solidly in Djokovic’s favor, in contrast to the opening two sets. He allowed Djokovic to break him to win the fourth 6-3.

After the fourth set, he told himself just keep fighting and was not thinking of what happened in other Grand Slams and that he could do this.

“I was thinking a bit more about what happened the last couple of sets and the situation I kind of found myself in after I guess it was nearly four hours of play by that stage,” Murray said of his mindset entering the fifth set. “I said, ‘It's just one more set. Give everything. You don't want to come off this court with any regrets. Don't get too down on yourself. Just try and fight.’”

And he did just that muttering, ‘Come on, come on,’ to himself as the fifth began. Djokovic served first but Murray came out in control on the big points again and broke for the first time since the second set.

Djokovic continued pushing him, but this time it was Murray who displayed the spectacular defense, and pushed his lead to 3-0 with a break, winning the key points much as he had in the opening two sets.

But just like the second, he gave one break back in his next service game, hitting a slice backhand wide to let Djokovic pull to 3-1.

As Murray served the next game, he didn’t let the second set repeat itself as he rattled off one great serve after another, holding at love for 4-2 with an ace at 131 mph to move his first-serve percentage in the fifth set towards 80 percent. Djokovic gave him a chance to serve for the match then with a bunch of errors in his next service game, including hitting a backhand long to give Murray two break points and then the game with a forehand into the net.

Djokovic knew that was a crucial spot that he let get away.

“The beginning of the fifth set was the turning point,” he said. “I should have not lost the two breaks in a row. After that, it was really tough to come back. After that, it was really tough to come back. And, you know, I definitely congratulate him because he came up with big serving when he needed to.

“It was unfortunate really to not be able to come up with big shots at the right time. Yeah, it forced me to go for winners or mistakes,” he added.

Djokovic called the trainer to help a groin strain before Murray served for the match, but it did not take away any of the Scot’s momentum. When they were back on court, he hit a leaping backhand volley winner on the first point, then challenged an out call on his next serve, which replay confirmed was indeed an ace for 30-0. Two points later the match was his when Djokovic sent a forehand second serve return past the baseline.

Winning the Olympic gold medal was the highlight of Murray’s career a few weeks ago, but after this fortnight in Flushing Meadows, he has some new career-best memories, which he hopes are just the start of many more to come.

“The Olympics were obviously huge for me. It was the biggest week of my life. But still today before the match, when I was sitting in the locker room beforehand, like I say, there are still doubts,” he said of his mindset entering the match. “You're still thinking, ‘If I lose this one, no one's ever lost their first five finals.’ I just didn't really want to be that person.

“I am just so relieved, like I said, to finally have got through and can put this one behind me and hopefully win more.”

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2012-09-10/201209101347327662816.html?promo=home

GasquetGOAT
09-12-2012, 03:24 PM
Thought I should update this thread as this is by far the BIGGEST news in the Murray news thread.:D


Who thinks Murray will win the Career Grand Slam?