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RE: Tennis - WIMBLEDON 2012 - 11/9/2012 1:22:27 AM   
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Now hold hold holllllllld!

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ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 1:23:03 AM   
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COme on Murray!!! Up a break in the fifth!!

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 1:27:19 AM   
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4 games to go. Come on!

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 1:35:35 AM   
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3 and come on!

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 1:37:14 AM   
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Oh boy... never mind the quality but the drama has been intense

A double break! It'll still be tense if Murray ends up serving for this!!

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 1:39:21 AM   
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Already is.

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 1:41:24 AM   
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There goes one break. God, you have to respect Djokovic's staying power.

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 1:46:59 AM   
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This is ridiculous.

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 1:50:35 AM   
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Longest US Open final was between Lendl (lol) and WIlander, and took approx 4 hours 55 minutes to complete

These two are about 15 minutes away from matching that.

I hope Murray channels his inner Rosol from this moment on though!

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 1:51:44 AM   
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Tantalising close.

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 1:55:19 AM   
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Oh come on. Break point to serve for the championship. Pls

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 1:56:14 AM   
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2 breaks again. Serving for his first grand slam and I...am out of booze. Damn it...

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 2:05:18 AM   
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About Goddamn time!

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 2:05:27 AM   
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Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 2:15:45 AM   
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Congratulations Andy Murray!!! Welcome to the winner's circle - you got there in the end. What a classic match, absolutely phenomenal from start to finish. Where he goes from here is very exciting.

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 2:30:03 AM   
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Fuck yeah. I desperately need sleep but that was well worth being a zombie for tomorrow.

Well done Andy. You put us through the wringer (again) but you thoroughly deserved it. Andy Murray. Grand Slam Champion. It's got a nice ring to it!

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 2:35:55 AM   
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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 3:14:59 AM   
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Thank feck he's managed to get that monkey off his back now! He almost threw it away but showed great balls to raise his game when the time came in the fifth set. I never doubted he could do it and has now proved all the idiot doubters wrong. I think he can go on now and add another two or three now and justify his place as a British tennis legend.

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 3:17:14 AM   
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All of the above.

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RE: ANDY MURRAY COME ON!!! - 11/9/2012 7:26:47 AM   
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2012 eh? What a year.

Congratulations Andy. Really pleased for him.

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RE: The Tennis Thread - 11/9/2012 11:52:44 AM   
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Well bugger me!

I honestly didn't think he'd pull it off if I'm being honest, the big three always seem to find an extra gear in these scenarios that Murray rarely has an answer for and after Djokovic had taken sets 3 & 4 I have to admit I was very much resolved to the mindset of "here we go again!". But, the lad pulled it off, full credit to the guy, chuffed to bits for him and really hope he can capatilise on this with future Grand Slam wins.

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RE: The Tennis Thread - 11/9/2012 11:57:54 AM   
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I'm sorry I went to bed Andy But I did bet someone that you'd not bottle it and win before I went

I'm not a tennis expert, so to those who are, how much of this can we attribute to his new coach?

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RE: The Tennis Thread - 11/9/2012 1:08:17 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Professor Moriarty

I'm not a tennis expert, so to those who are, how much of this can we attribute to his new coach?


Quite a lot, Lendl was in the same boat as Murray in that he'd lost his first four slam finals.

Immense performance by Murray, took it to Djokovic and outhit him under massive pressure in the final set. Fair enough he had his wobbles but at this level you're up against such killer players it's rarely straightforward.

For once we can use 'mental strength' in a positive light when discussing Murray, when we were all expecting him to crack he went up a level and played the best tennis I've ever seen him come up with. In that final set and a half Djokovic was firing on all cylinders and Murray still took him down.

He should really go on and win a few more slams now, even get to no.1 in the world. I predict he'll end his career with five or six now he's gotten over this major hurdle.


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RE: The Tennis Thread - 11/9/2012 1:14:32 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Professor Moriarty


I'm not a tennis expert, so to those who are, how much of this can we attribute to his new coach?


A massive amount I reckon. He's the first coach that's got inside his head & helped him turn that anger/frustration/petulance etc into a weapon.

Two years ago; he would have crumbled in the 5th. But his focus & drive has improved dramatically since then.

I still feel Wimbledon was a massive turning point for him. Even though he didn't win it, getting to the final & his post-match interview relieved so much pressure on him. In the Olympics, the shackles of expectation & scrutiny looked well & truly off him - even more so now.


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RE: The Tennis Thread - 11/9/2012 1:29:17 PM   
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I only lasted until the 4th set. Thought I had SS1 in the bedroom but I don't...I couldn't be arsed to get back up again so just went to sleep. But well done Murray...he looked well and truly rattled before I went to bed so was expecting to wake up to a Djokovic win. I don't watch much hard court tennis so it was great to see the difference in tactics and shot selection. Completely skill-set to that of the others. And that weather...

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RE: The Tennis Thread - 11/9/2012 7:06:08 PM   
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Backbone, Andy lad, backbone.

Yas min.

Now just watch him go. Depending on Nadal's knees and Murray's fitness I reckon Andy will be 1st/2nd favourite in all 4 slams next year.

Great tennis in patches and that's all well and good. Big, hairy, dangling cojones when it mattered was the key. He broke Djokovic in the end.

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RE: The Tennis Thread - 11/9/2012 7:16:21 PM   
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It could well be the beginning of his time:


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RE: The Tennis Thread - 21/9/2012 10:52:56 PM   
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Laura Robson is the first female British tennis player in over twenty years to reach the final of a WTA event; she's had a great last few months, and is no doubt brimming with confidence after her (and Andy's) showing at The Olympics. Come on Laura, you can do it!!

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RE: The Tennis Thread - 22/9/2012 3:54:12 PM   
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Ah she couldn't quite pull it off, never mind, she had a great tournament that will help her rise in the world rankings, and hopefully give her confidence to have a great end to the year.

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RE: The Tennis Thread - 23/9/2012 12:58:28 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Qwerty Norris
quote:

ORIGINAL: Professor Moriarty

I'm not a tennis expert, so to those who are, how much of this can we attribute to his new coach?


A massive amount I reckon. He's the first coach that's got inside his head & helped him turn that anger/frustration/petulance etc into a weapon.

Two years ago; he would have crumbled in the 5th. But his focus & drive has improved dramatically since then.

I still feel Wimbledon was a massive turning point for him. Even though he didn't win it, getting to the final & his post-match interview relieved so much pressure on him. In the Olympics, the shackles of expectation & scrutiny looked well & truly off him - even more so now.

I'm not sure that I agree with that entirely.

Lendl has certainly helped push Murray over the edge - he's taking the ball on earlier, crunching his forehand, backing up his second serve and is less prone to prolonged spells of passivity. However, a lot of the ground work of that was laid by Miles Maclagan. If Lendl is the man who gave Murray the push then it was Maclagan who got him to the top of the cliff!

Pyschologically, the presence of Lendl can only be presumed but Murray seems content and, perhaps, a little more steely and pragmatic. If he feels that having Lendl in his box gives him something extra then I am certainly in no place to disagree! I'm not sure that Murray has crumbled in the past though. His five-set record is as impressive as any of his three rivals, as are his head-to-heads against Federer and Djokovic. You don't reach four slam finals by being a choker and, although certainly over-awed in the first, in all four he has been beaten by the better player. It's all part of the learning process.

There's also the feeling that it is Murray's "time". As you say, the Wimbledon/ Olympic factor certainly seems a catalyst (don't overlook the positives he took from his performance in Australian Open semi-final defeat to Djokovic either) but he has been biting Nadal and Federer's heels for the last four years and he was playing too well to not break through eventually. With Federer ageing and Nadal struggling with tendonitis it will likely be Djokovic and Murray who will be battling it out for the number one spot in 2013. Unless somebody like the promising Raonic steps up a level next year, the only other player that I can see challenging in the majors next year is a fully fit Del Potro and, whilst I think that he has another major in him, I don't think he possesses the mobility or invention to match the consitency of the current top four in the near future.

I think Murray will have another major in the bag this time next year, maybe two if he really flies. The big wildcard is Nadal though and, more precisely, the state that his knees are in when he returns. All the big four will come out of the winter break fresh and will have a chance at Australian Open.

Anyway, well done to Laura Robson. She's sort of got lost amid the Murray-mania but she's had a great few months with the Olympics, her scalp-hunting run in the US Open and her surge to British number one. I'm certain that will not be her last WTA final and if she keeps progressing then I can certainly see her breaking the top twenty in the near future. She's got a very good coach in Zeljko Krajan and if she sticks with him then she will keep on making waves.

Finally, a couple of ATP 250 finals tomorrow; reigning champion Tsonga v Seppi in Metz (where Monfils finally returned from injury with a run to the semi-finals) and Fognini v Klizan in Saint Petersburg. I'm backing Tsonga to keep hold of his crown in the former and, whilst Fognini has a bit more experience, I reckon young Klizan might win his first ever ATP title in the latter.

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