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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #30 on: January 07, 2014, 11:22 PM »
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^ Hello?  Is there anyone there?  Or were you just trying to make a point?  lol
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #31 on: January 07, 2014, 11:47 PM »
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #32 on: January 08, 2014, 12:07 AM »
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #33 on: January 08, 2014, 12:08 AM »
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #34 on: January 08, 2014, 12:11 AM »
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OK - now let's stop wasting space! Smile
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #35 on: January 08, 2014, 02:41 AM »
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #36 on: January 08, 2014, 03:38 AM »
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lol  It was Gangsta who started it.
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #37 on: January 08, 2014, 06:22 AM »
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Hmmmmm,  Rolling Eyes
How about a special off topic thread folks?
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #38 on: January 08, 2014, 10:50 AM »
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 :lol:Funn - eeee! Shouldn't you all be asleep at that time in the  morning or are you in practise for Melbourne already!
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #39 on: January 08, 2014, 11:05 AM »
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If Andy gets through two or three rounds relatively safely I think there will be plenty of reason to be optimistic about his chances of going further. The 5 set format suits Andy, it may well help bring him in to form. He's always seemed able to get himself up for the slams.

It's one of those imponderables really. It could all go either way, we don't know. What I will say is that I think we've seen enough from Andy this year to see that his best isn't so far off. It's not as far off as some seem to think. People can look at what happened in Doha against Mayer, and that's fair enough, but the point is that Andy was close to winning, very close. I think we'll see Andy raring to go at the AO, and ready for it.

I have no expectations, what will be will be, but at the same time I'm not writing Andy off before a ball has been struck. I'm sure I'll be watching with the same level of nervous excitement as always.

All I really hope is that Andy gets a fair crack of the whip in terms of when he plays, and that Eurosport doesn't do too much annoying channel hopping, especially when we need to record matches.
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #40 on: January 08, 2014, 11:20 AM »
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Well said Teejay!
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #41 on: January 08, 2014, 08:48 PM »
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Murray optimistic after 'best two days' of training  [ESPN News, 8 Jan]

Andy Murray has not ruled out winning the Australian Open, saying "stranger things have happened".

Just days ago, Murray seemingly dismissed his chances of victory in Melbourne at a competition in which he has reached the final in three of the last four years.

But speaking at his training camp for the opening grand slam of the season, the Wimbledon champion - six months on from that famous victory at SW19 - says he is feeling back to his best following back surgery which ruled him out of the final four months of 2013.

"The last two days have been the best since the surgery by far," he told The Times. "The best practice sessions, best sets, best I've felt on the court, best I've hit the ball.

"Six days before a slam, I'm used to feeling like if I've a couple of bad practices I'm going to be fine because I've played a lot of matches and prepared well.

"Now this week is very important if I want to have a chance of winning here. Stranger things have happened. I'm playing well now and moving properly, which is a really good sign.

"I'm playing a match on Friday [against Lleyton Hewitt, who beat Roger Federer to the Brisbane title on Sunday] in an exhibition and two or three more good practices on top of that will make a big difference."

Full article - http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/272051.html?CMP=OTC-RSS
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #42 on: January 08, 2014, 09:07 PM »
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Good news. I am happy to hear about Andy's progress.

I am going to take every match as it comes this Australian Open. I won't write Andy off. I want to see how Andy is playing in the Australian Open before I make up my mind of how far he will go.

I don't know why but strangely I have a good feeling.  Smile
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #43 on: January 08, 2014, 11:33 PM »
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While I admire his sunny optimism, I wonder if Andy might see things a little differently once he's played a match or two because, as he's said, he's got to get that intensity back - something you won't get on a practice court no matter how often you play, and there isn't much pressure in exhos, although Hewitt will almost certainly give him a very good test.

I'm not writing him off, although maybe it sounds as if I am, but at the same time I don't have any expectations because, as always, a lot will depend on the draw and how he's feeling/performing on the day.

I am encouraged though by what he says in the article  that his op, plus his Wimbledon win, have given him a calmer outlook, that the enforced break gave him a chance to reflect more on things and get them into perspective and, most importantly, to reignite his passion for the game.  So with this new lease of life, providing he can stay healthy, who knows what might happen, not just at the AO but during the rest of the season.

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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #44 on: January 09, 2014, 06:07 AM »
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I'm pretty sure Andy said similar after another lay off due to injury. Perhaps he just needs to remind himself every so often? Not by having another op. obviously!
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