Verdasco Vs Murray AO 2009

Heading into this tournament, I believe that a lot of people felt that Murray was ready to win a Major.

He had beaten Nadal in the 2008 US Open before losing to Federer. After the loss, he went on to beat Federer at Madrid, Barclays World Tour Finals (Federer injury notwithstanding), and 2009 Qatar Open.

It felt like he was about to take the next step especially since he ended 2008 as the number 4 ranked player in the world and having won 5 titles that year which was second behind Nadal 8 titles.
 

JaoSousa

Hall of Fame
Heading into this tournament, I believe that a lot of people felt that Murray was ready to win a Major.

He had beaten Nadal in the 2008 US Open before losing to Federer. After the loss, he went on to beat Federer at Madrid, Barclays World Tour Finals (Federer injury notwithstanding), and 2009 Qatar Open.

It felt like he was about to take the next step especially since he ended 2008 as the number 4 ranked player in the world and having won 5 titles that year which was second behind Nadal 8 titles.
I think it is interesting that Murray is the other player(besides Nadal) who troubled Federer the most in his prime years. After the initial Hewitt/Nalbandian losses in 02 and 03, those two were the only ones who could beat Federer on a consistent basis.
 

bjsnider

Hall of Fame
I think it is interesting that Murray is the other player(besides Nadal) who troubled Federer the most in his prime years. After the initial Hewitt/Nalbandian losses in 02 and 03, those two were the only ones who could beat Federer on a consistent basis.
I think Murray's problem in the really big matches, like USO 2008 final was his reluctance to take any risks, given the situation. He knew what he had to do, but preferred to win hitting short balls and drawing out errors, which doesn't necessarily happen against guys like Federer in the really big matches. Those guys have to be attacked, as Nadal does to Federer at RG, and Murray wasn't willing to do that.
 

TheFifthSet

Legend
I miss the buzz around Murray from 2008-2010. You truly never knew when he’d break out, and I always felt like his game was so far from a finished product (given that he was so young and had FH/second serve deficiencies yet was still so good) that it was only a matter of time.

Alas, it took a little longer than I would have expected, but still.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
That was the strangest match they ever played. One minute Murray was dominating, then Verdasco, then Murray again, then Verdasco again and so on and so on.

Until Murray's hip surgery in 2018 that was the only time Verdasco beat Murray in 14 meetings (he won their last 2 encounters in 2018 and 2019). Their H2H now stands at 13-3 to Murray.
 
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