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Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « on: February 27, 2014, 07:29 AM »
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Andy rocketed his way to the quarters with some solid play and a good percentage of first serves. Now, he will be put to the test even more when he faces familiar opposition in Gilles Simon, a player that Murray has had success over 11 times before, with the Scot only ever losing the one match to him. Simon is currently ranked 23 in the world, and has played some good tennis to get to the last 8, winning both his matches in straight sets.
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 07:47 AM »
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Andy in 2 6-4 6-4.
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #2 on: February 27, 2014, 08:24 AM »
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Pre-surgery I'd have said this would be as straight-forward as you come, but I have faint memories of a tougher three set win in their most recent encounter (I think) and given Murray's inconsistency since, I'm unsure about this one. Murray in 3, I think, with a spell of Simon dominating and everyone (me included) getting in a bit of a stir on here until Andy inevitably sorts it out and ups his game.
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 08:35 AM »
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I think their last meeting was on the clay last year. Something rings a bell about Madrid or something. It was touch and go for a while and Simon's tail was up, until Andy trod on it.

I'm going to say Andy in three, but two would be fine.
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #4 on: February 27, 2014, 09:02 AM »
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Andy rocketed his way to the quarters with some solid play and a good percentage of first serves. Now, he will be put to the test even more when he faces familiar opposition in Gilles Simon, a player that Murray has had success over 11 times before, with the Scot only ever losing the one match to him. Simon is currently ranked 23 in the world, and has played some good tennis to get to the last 8, winning both his matches in straight sets.

Simon has played Smyczek  (105), and Young (95), where as our recovering hero has had to tackle Andujar (34), who is on a run of very good form and  Sousa (44). As a rule of thumb I am usually fairly confident of any player Mr M has managed to beat on clay.
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #5 on: February 27, 2014, 09:03 AM »
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I think their last meeting was on the clay last year. Something rings a bell about Madrid or something. It was touch and go for a while and Simon's tail was up, until Andy trod on it.

I'm going to say Andy in three, but two would be fine.

I am going with three but because I still think that he might take a set to get going! Want it in two though for his confidence.
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #6 on: February 27, 2014, 09:12 AM »
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I am going with three but because I still think that he might take a set to get going! Want it in two though for his confidence.

You know, in a weird sort of way I wonder if being pushed somewhat at times will actually do his confidence more good than winning too easily. It must be pretty good to know that if he gets into a tight spot he can get out of it calmly enough.

There are limits, obviously, and certain players are better put away as simply as possible, but I think it's pretty good for Andy to know he can raise his level if he needs to, but also that he has enough in the tank for a bit of a battle.
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #7 on: February 27, 2014, 09:20 AM »
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Trouble with this one is, whoever wins and am as confident as I ever am over Andy's matches,  is gonna be exhausted after all the unending rallies Rolling Eyes
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #8 on: February 27, 2014, 09:37 AM »
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Murray won 8-6 in a third set tie-break in Madrid last year - that's the one I was thinking of (and good call Teejay), having lost the first set 2-6. Actually almost identical scoreline to his win over Ferrer in Miami.

That was on clay though, so hopefully it should be straightforward enough tomorrow. Hopefully...
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #9 on: February 27, 2014, 09:50 AM »
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Murray won 8-6 in a third set tie-break in Madrid last year - that's the one I was thinking of (and good call Teejay), having lost the first set 2-6. Actually almost identical scoreline to his win over Ferrer in Miami.

That was on clay though, so hopefully it should be straightforward enough tomorrow. Hopefully...

It was also when he was having real problems with his back - especially on clay.
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #10 on: February 27, 2014, 11:05 AM »
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Murray won 8-6 in a third set tie-break in Madrid last year - that's the one I was thinking of (and good call Teejay), having lost the first set 2-6. Actually almost identical scoreline to his win over Ferrer in Miami.

That was on clay though, so hopefully it should be straightforward enough tomorrow. Hopefully...

Thanks TMH. It makes me happy to know my memory is good for something Smile. My brother has a theory we remember things we are interested in. He has a point Smile.

I think Alis is right too, Andy was struggling with his back a lot at that point, so fingers crossed. I actually think Andy is starting to look more like himself out there now. I hope that is a good sign.
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #11 on: February 27, 2014, 11:49 AM »
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I still think Andy will win this one  If he does that will be 3 wins in a row  and will send a message that he is ready to make his comeback into higher rankings










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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #12 on: February 27, 2014, 12:02 PM »
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If he wins this round he overtakes Del Potro in the rankings.
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #13 on: February 27, 2014, 12:07 PM »
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^ Fingers crossed
Nole and Rada are miles ahead,but just shows how close the rest of bunch are.
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Re: Acapulco 500 2014 QF: Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon « Reply #14 on: February 27, 2014, 01:10 PM »
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^ Fingers crossed
Nole and Rada are miles ahead,but just shows how close the rest of bunch are.

They are but that also means that they have loads of points to defend.
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