Strategists, WTF happened tonight? Why did Murray get dusted up?

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  1. lendl1986

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    His new "offensive" game met a wall with Djoker.

    You have to hit with the thinnest of margins to get the ball past him...and he couldn't.
     
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  2. fps

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    I felt in the second set Murray started to stand a little further behind the baseline, and this allowed Djokovic to tune up his groundstrokes and find the confidence he needed. His serve also went up a gear as a result.

    Otherwise, really the blistered feet made a difference. It's not an excuse, it's an explanation, but if one of those blisters goes during a match it can be nothing or it can be bloody painful and really hinder your movement, and that is definitely what happened with Andy. He's more aggressive now but he still likes to pick his times to hit his shots.
     
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  3. Tennusdude

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    It is relatively easy to answer. Physically and mentally he hit the wall. He just couldnt compete anymore on the level necessary to beat Novak. He is human, on an other day things could have been different.
     
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    Novak is more than slightly mentally tougher. If Novak lost the an important set, he would keep fighting till the end unless he was injured
     
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  5. kaku

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    Well he had chances to go up an early break in the second, which probably would have put Novak into a mini slump ala USO final last year. Novak slightly increased his level in the second set tie break and Andy's movement pretty much fell apart in the third set, where Novak picked it up mid way through that set.
     
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  6. ruerooo

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    I don't think the blisters helped.

    But I do think he mentally checked out in the fourth.
     
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  7. ALL IN

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    The only "rotten" thing going on anywhere are your posts.
     
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  8. dafinch

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    Exactly, same refrain, over and over again...
     
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    I have to agree. He posts non stop, and it is always same garbage. Why not say something constructive from time to time? Also, do you have to participate in every single post?
     
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  10. okdude1992

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    I think it's pretty obvious given the last couple of matches these guys have played, and the first 2 sets tonight, that they are very even in terms of level. Both can absolutely grind all day. The first 2 sets were very close, I actually thought Murray was the better player, and Djokovic looked a bit off. But Murray's level began to decline, and when he couldn't win the 2nd it was over. Djokovic took over as Murray ran out of gas.
     
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  11. Kalin

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    The main difference I saw was that Djokovic was able to go from defense to offense and back much more smoothly. He'd generally play conservatively but anytime he had an opening he'd go on the attack as evidenced by his gaudy winning % at the net. He was able to dictate play virtually every time when he faced a BP (admittedly not that many times but still some of these points were crucial)

    Murray looked equally uncomfortable going fully on the offense or in extreme defense; on offense he would often stretch Joker to the extreme but he'd rarely pull the trigger for the killer shot. The lacking defense may have been because of the blisters but the refusal to go all out on the offense was mental, IMO.

    Remember the great DTL backhand return winner he hit off one of Djok's serves? Did he ever try that one again??

    Same with going to the net. He got passed once early in the match and then had several reasonably high-bouncing short balls where he'd run all the way forward, push the ball in the corner and then scamper back to the baseline. In similar circumstances Djokovic would hit an approach, go to the net and win the point.

    Just the way I saw it, mind you
     
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