Best match that Murray has ever played so far?

Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by ledwix, Jul 8, 2013.

?

What is the best match Murray has played as of the end of Wimbledon '13?

  1. vs Nadal, USO 2008

    13 vote(s)
    20.3%
  2. vs Nadal, Tokyo 2011

    7 vote(s)
    10.9%
  3. vs Djokovic, USO 2012

    1 vote(s)
    1.6%
  4. vs Federer, Olympics 2012

    25 vote(s)
    39.1%
  5. vs Djokovic, Wimb 2013

    16 vote(s)
    25.0%
  6. Other

    2 vote(s)
    3.1%
  1. ledwix

    ledwix Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    3,123
    Title says it.

    For me, it's Tokyo 2011. That was the first real sign of a "Murray 2.0" who could potentially wipe out the whole field when on form. It was 24-4 over Nadal in the final set.
     
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2013
    #1
  2. broxi51

    broxi51 New User

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Messages:
    99
    Voted Nadal US semi, but his best tournament was certainly rogers cup, destroyed Nadal and Federer. His backhand was scintillating that week
     
    #2
  3. ricki

    ricki Professional

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Messages:
    1,198
    Location:
    Czech Rep.
    Tokyo - his first real scalp
     
    #3
  4. Peters

    Peters Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2009
    Messages:
    690
    Location:
    UK
    If we're including Tokyo 2011 against Nadal, then I think we should also include that Shanghai final against Federer (was it '10 or '11?). He utterly dismantled an in-form Fed's game in 2 sets and blew him off the court.

    But going on slams being the matches that matter, his performance against Novak in this Wimby final was rock solid. It's the point where I feel any questions of his mentality should be put to bed at last. Both were struggling throughout the match but he performed perfectly to win his home slam.
     
    #4
  5. ledwix

    ledwix Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    3,123
    Yeah...I forgot about that one :(....6-3 6-2 wasn't it? But it didn't even seem as close as that.
     
    #5
  6. norbac

    norbac Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2008
    Messages:
    8,494
    The USO 2008 semifinal to me just because it was the most fun to watch. Murray used so much variety in that match and put the SV tactic to good use.
     
    #6
  7. MarcusInKensington

    MarcusInKensington Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Messages:
    571
    Location:
    London, home of the most prestigious slam.
    Olympics. The pressure, the expectation, the opponent, what had happened a few weeks before.

    He played the perfect match, taking Federer to school in the process.
     
    #7
  8. abmk

    abmk G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2008
    Messages:
    15,916
    Location:
    U.S
    yes, federer was in top form in the QF vs soderling and SF vs djokovic, but his level dipped in the final. Having said that, murray's level in that final was scary. Easily the best non-slam match he's played.
     
    #8
  9. papertank

    papertank Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2012
    Messages:
    1,706
    I'd say this year's Wimbledon final for sure. He may have played slightly better in other matches, but considering the pressure he was facing it was absolutely his best performance. The last game was especially amazing.
     
    #9
  10. Dreamcastin

    Dreamcastin Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2009
    Messages:
    396
    2010 rogers cup for me. he made nadal and fed look like amatuers as he was just crushing the ball. I was actually mad that year watching him during the us open back to his pushing ways. Its good to see him amping up the aggresion a little bit, but if he could sustain that level i saw during the rogers cup, hed be untouchable.
     
    #10
  11. tennis_pro

    tennis_pro G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Messages:
    16,889
    Location:
    Poland, eating bigos and żeberka
    Highest level of play I'd say the 2010 Shanghai final.
     
    #11
  12. Terry Tibbs

    Terry Tibbs Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2013
    Messages:
    326
    For me, performance wise, it's the US Open semi v nadal. He was outstanding in that tournament and only lost to the GOAT playing at his best.
     
    #12
  13. Feña14

    Feña14 Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2004
    Messages:
    5,388
    Location:
    England
    Agreed. That was a big match against Federer on his own court. He flat out destroyed him, only weeks after breaking down on that same court after losing the Wimbledon final.

    Other than that i'd say Tokyo, but there wasn't as much on the line.
     
    #13
  14. Terry Tibbs

    Terry Tibbs Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2013
    Messages:
    326
    Murray did play well in that match but Federer was shocking and it's the first time I've seen him actually look his age.
     
    #14
  15. stringertom

    stringertom G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2010
    Messages:
    13,148
    Location:
    In a sureshsian vortex
    Oly'12 without a doubt, due to how it kick-started the big jump in his mental strength improvement. He had just lost his fourth consecutive slam final on the same court and flat out destroyed Fed that day, then backed it up with the USO win, another victory vs Fed @AO'13 and now a historic breakthrough at SW19. He started to believe that day!
     
    #15
  16. Emiliano55

    Emiliano55 Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2013
    Messages:
    1,112
    I was going to say Olympics against Federer. In fact, the whole tournament showed the best Andy Murray EVER.
    But, Roger really poor performance on that day makes me regret.

    Having said this, I will go with the semis at the USO against Nadal. I have NEVER seen Andy being such agressive as he was that day.
     
    #16
  17. Masayoshi

    Masayoshi Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2012
    Messages:
    550
    Probably the Wimby 2013 final, simply because he played so well and so consistently that he never let Novak Djokovic, an all-time great at his prime, gather any real momentum. Murray was just in the zone, and any momentary lapse was quickly recovered with brilliant play. I honestly thought it would be way more of a dogfight, but Murray really stepped up this time.
     
    #17
  18. Chanwan

    Chanwan Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2012
    Messages:
    8,543
    were I to to pick a set, it would be the third from the Tokyo match. A match? Probably the Olympics last year.
     
    #18
  19. MonkeyBoy

    MonkeyBoy Professional

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2012
    Messages:
    1,471
    I just reviewed the Shanghai 2010 final, and it was pretty phenomenal tennis. It may even be at a higher level than Tokyo 2011.
     
    #19
  20. Tenez101

    Tenez101 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    Messages:
    3,638
    The 2012 AO SF against Djokovic was one of his best performances, with Andy showing the first signs of his newfound mental resiliency coming back from 5-2 down in the fifth to push Djokovic to 7-5. Even if he lost in the end, I think he knew he wasn't ready for Nadal in the final yet, so sort of subconsciously tanked in the last game.
     
    #20
  21. kishnabe

    kishnabe G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2008
    Messages:
    17,162
    Location:
    Toronto
    Murray has never played better than that day....ever Federer played it off as a fluke.
     
    #21
  22. 1477aces

    1477aces Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011
    Messages:
    1,597
    USO2012 win over djokovic if you take into account what's on the line.
     
    #22
  23. sbengte

    sbengte Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2010
    Messages:
    8,700
    This. I think this was the first glimpse of Murray 2.0 who without a doubt would win multiple slams. He gave Djoker (who was still close to his 2.0 confidence) all he could handle and more. I hadn't seen Murray fight that way in a fifth set against a top player until then. He lost that match alright, but I think he really became ready for his first slam victory in it.

    AO 2010 QF against Nadal also was quite good.
     
    #23
  24. Fiji

    Fiji Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2011
    Messages:
    5,189
    vs Djokovic, Wimb 2013
     
    #24
  25. vive le beau jeu !

    vive le beau jeu ! G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2006
    Messages:
    11,466
    Location:
    Ometepe, Pink Granite, Queyras, Kerguelen (...)
    miami SF, 2007... absolute peak muzzette.
     
    #25
  26. Mainad

    Mainad G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2011
    Messages:
    13,316
    Location:
    Manchester, UK.
    He was tired from having to play peak Roddick the round before! :wink:
     
    #26
  27. OKUSA

    OKUSA Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Messages:
    2,220
    Location:
    TN
    Never saw the Nadal vs. Murray Tokyo 2011 match, watched the highlights and saw Murray get bulldozed in the first set. Then the second set came and he plowed Nadal over, then the third set he went godmode wow
     
    #27
  28. piece

    piece Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2010
    Messages:
    1,403
    Awesome level from both guys
     
    #28
  29. kaku

    kaku Professional

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2011
    Messages:
    1,137
    AO 2012 SF vs Novak was the first sign of Murray 2.0 on the Major stage. At that point, I knew that he had what it took to win one. 2012 was a long year for Murray fans, we saw a glimpse of hope at the AO, our spirits fell and reached a low at the FO, where there was talk of Murray losing ground to Nadal, Djokovic, and Fed. But Wimbledon and the Olympics and the USO made it all worth it.
     
    #29

Share This Page