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MWTC Day 2: Andy Murray vs Rafael Nadal

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I have just checked the bagel records and Andy still came fourth in 2014 in spite of a bad year.

here's an interesting stat for andy fans; between 2011 and now, andy's record in slam wins is second in the "big four"

TOTAL GRAND SLAM WINS
Djokovic 95
Murray 77
Federer 71
Nadal 67
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There's that number again!
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Exhos are different compared to a few years before. The players do take them more seriously. If you saw Rafa's reaction at the end, you'd know that he wasn't happy about losing that much. I also didn't see a lot of smiling and humour between the two during the match. That was intense, make no mistake!
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Exhos are different compared to a few years before. The players do take them more seriously. If you saw Rafa's reaction at the end, you'd know that he wasn't happy about losing that much. I also didn't see a lot of smiling and humour between the two during the match. That was intense, make no mistake!

Just what I pointed out earlier and the comms also said that exhos are more important now. Rafa certainly was not happy as he said it was not good enough.
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I'd say it depends on the type and timing of exhibitions. Pre slam ones are taken fairly seriously as important match practice. Ones like the world tennis day one andy and Djokovic did in New York last year are more light hearted.
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I noticed that Nadal's OCD is not as bad as usual.  Perhaps it is because Uncle Toni is not there!
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Yes I noticed it too. Almost no bum picking to loosen his too tight underpants. I also think although an exhibition match it was very competative and it did matter to Rafa and Andy.
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'Is it my imagination or has his best attacking side changed again? The flat backhand hit wide seemed magnificent whereas the forehand was more workmanlike than a potent attacking option. Last year my memory is of a hard hit attacking forehand or am I in a muddle caused by excitement that he has made the final. '
Not sure if this question from marathon was answered.  I've just been dipping back into the thread as I've been away for a few days.  I agree.  I think his bh lost a lot of potency and precision last year but it looks like he's been working on it.  Hopefully it won't be at the expense of the fh, which came on leaps and bounds under Lendl.
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@Ruthie
To me the timing on the forehand seemed off, but he was hitting it with power. That backhand is his bread and butter shot and soooo good to see it firing again.
IMHO He had a perfectly good forehand till Corretja started messing with it.
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