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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #45 on: January 09, 2014, 09:52 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!

He said it when he came back last year after missing RG. Then look what he went and did Smile. I'm sure the surgery is an added complication this time, but being relaxed and positive will surely be good for him.
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #46 on: January 09, 2014, 02:11 PM »
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The draw will take place at 11.30pm tonight. It'll be broadcast live on youtube:

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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #47 on: January 09, 2014, 02:31 PM »
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The draw will take place at 11.30pm tonight. It'll be broadcast live on youtube:



Thanks for that Katie.      But 11 p.m.rather than 11.30?
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #48 on: January 09, 2014, 02:40 PM »
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Thanks for that Katie.      But 11 p.m.rather than 11.30?

I think it's a pre-show at 11 and the actual draw at 11.30 - but probably best to tune in from then just in case.
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #49 on: January 09, 2014, 03:42 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.


  I don't have Andy as a optimist, I must say - I think all his comments, particularly about prospects in tournaments are carefully measured. He plays some interesting mind games at times, and I'm looking forward to this toiurnament with no great expectation of a trophy for Andy, but rather to see how the top guys settle down after a rather rocky start to the season all round.
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #50 on: January 09, 2014, 06:17 PM »
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  I don't have Andy as a optimist, I must say - I think all his comments, particularly about prospects in tournaments are carefully measured. He plays some interesting mind games at times, and I'm looking forward to this toiurnament with no great expectation of a trophy for Andy, but rather to see how the top guys settle down after a rather rocky start to the season all round.
I agree with the not an optimist part - but then again, why even play if you don't think you can win?  Andy's comments are always measured, he's a measured kind of guy now - wasn't always so.

As a fan, I'm always optimistic now.  One thing I get about Andy now, is that he is totally his own person - and, most of his mind games are with himself.
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #51 on: January 09, 2014, 06:21 PM »
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I agree with the not an optimist part - but then again, why even play if you don't think you can win?  Andy's comments are always measured, he's a measured kind of guy now - wasn't always so.

As a fan, I'm always optimistic now.  One thing I get about Andy now, is that he is totally his own person - and, most of his mind games are with himself.
  I'm sure Andy always thinks he can win - but he also knows the ways he can lose. That makes him a pragmatic player - and a dangerous opponent.
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #52 on: January 09, 2014, 06:28 PM »
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  I'm sure Andy always thinks he can win - but he also knows the ways he can lose. That makes him a pragmatic player - and a dangerous opponent.
Totally - He's not a winning machine - just very human and that makes him unpredictable.   His opponents have no clue what playing him might bring on any given day.
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #53 on: January 09, 2014, 06:36 PM »
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I'd like to think I can face AO in a calm accepting frame of mind just glad that Andy has recovered sufficiently even to be a contender.  But I fear once we get going I'll be my usual bag of nerves.
In the longer term though I do think the enforced few months out of the game was well timed given it's now clear he couldn't go on much longer without having an op.  It has given him time to reflect on what he achieved over the previous year or so and to find that he does miss being out there competing. 
 
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #54 on: January 09, 2014, 07:34 PM »
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https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ausopen&src=hash

Wow! Look at this, gonna be hot, hot and hotter next week....EEK! help
Scroll down to the cluster of photos. Weather chart is there on the left.
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #55 on: January 09, 2014, 08:14 PM »
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Melbourne has mad weather it can be wet and windy one day and the next day have temps in the 30C. Hope its not too hot for the players the heat can be a killer. I watched the Hopman cup and one day the player got a 10 minuteheat break because it was too hot.
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #56 on: January 09, 2014, 08:15 PM »
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Melbourne has mad weather it can be wet and windy one day and the next day have temps in the 30C. Hope its not too hot for the players the heat can be a killer. I watched the Hopman cup and one day the player got a 10 minuteheat break because it was too hot.
Well - it will be the same for all.  He who copes best etc...
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #57 on: January 09, 2014, 08:38 PM »
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I'd like to think I can face AO in a calm accepting frame of mind just glad that Andy has recovered sufficiently even to be a contender.  But I fear once we get going I'll be my usual bag of nerves.
In the longer term though I do think the enforced few months out of the game was well timed given it's now clear he couldn't go on much longer without having an op.  It has given him time to reflect on what he achieved over the previous year or so and to find that he does miss being out there competing. 
 

I know what you mean, we are pre programmed to the MurrayCoaster no matter what logic and realism tells us. But it is nice to see him play pain free and just happy to be back on court
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #58 on: January 09, 2014, 09:07 PM »
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https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ausopen&src=hash

Wow! Look at this, gonna be hot, hot and hotter next week....EEK! help
Scroll down to the cluster of photos. Weather chart is there on the left.
Well I can't see it ... but I've had a look online and Tuesday looks like a nightmare.  Just hope Andy doesn't have to play his first match that day because it'll be even hotter on court.

It really tickles me though that in Wimbledon the roof is to keep the rain out whereas in Melbourne it's the sun!  I understand though that the temp has to be 36C before it gets closed, which is  probably OK for the Aussie but not anyone else, especially us Brits.


I'm sure Andy always thinks he can win - but he also knows the ways he can lose. That makes him a pragmatic player - and a dangerous opponent.
Totally - He's not a winning machine - just very human and that makes him unpredictable.   His opponents have no clue what playing him might bring on any given day.
And we don't have a clue either!  In fact Andy can sometimes be so unpredictable than he can go from one extreme to the other in just one set, plus the little switch that sometimes gets flicked in between sets just to add more spice to the match.  I wouldn't swap him for anyone else though, just enjoy the highs (and I doubt anything will ever be as high as Wimbledon) and roll with the lows.
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Re: Andy at the Australian Open « Reply #59 on: January 09, 2014, 11:13 PM »
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All the comments here on Andy being unpredictable make me smile. Just think, we could all be fans of Dolgopolov. He can go from brilliant to woeful in the blink of an eye. Sometimes he seems able to do woeful and brilliant at the same time. Compared to him Andy is a model of predictability.
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