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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #60 on: March 30, 2012, 01:48 PM »
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Agreed. The nadal camp is great with their little mind games although there genuinely appears to be a problem. I also expect Rafa to play well tonight but I feel he will lose. Unless ofcourse Andy is off somehow, and yes that is always a possibilty when we are talking about Andy.
But when its Rafa on the other side of the net he usually manages to step right up to the plate. Playing one of the greatest players of all time is clearly enough to interest him and get him focussed.
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Well, if you read his autobiog, after the mammoth Verdasco semi at the AO, that time he won it (09?), he declared himself almost dead. Nearly withdrew from the final. Then he beat Fed in 5.
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #61 on: March 30, 2012, 01:59 PM »
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Mind games - again!
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #62 on: March 30, 2012, 03:27 PM »
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Finally get to see an entire live match today..  yay

Hey...how about a Murray/Monaco final?  Ferrer had Novak's number in 2nd set, and who knows what might have happened if he could have forced a third? I counted 19 Djoker ball bounces before a 2nd serve, and that's not including the ground bounces with his racquet first!

Monaco completely annihilated Fish.  If he keeps that form I see a very good chance of taking Novak.

Andy can take Rafa. Hope everything clicks for him today.

I remember Lendl being interviewed at AO when he was discussing Andy, and he said "you have to be ready to walk through the door."  That's stuck with me, because he gets to the door so many times, and I keep hearing Lendl's voice when I watch Andy play.... just willing him on.
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #63 on: March 30, 2012, 03:32 PM »
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Would love a Murray-Monaco final but it's asking a lot of Monaco to expect him to take out a top 10 player 2 days running.  So often there's a reaction after a win like yesterday.  I've not seen Nole play yet so can't comment on his form. 
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #64 on: March 30, 2012, 03:41 PM »
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Ruthie.. 1st set was 'The Terminator' against 'the terrier.'
2nd set was a different story.  Wee Daveed was going at it like he usually does.. very long rallies and just not giving up.... rattled Nole's cage for sure and the crowd were on their feet. It was really close and went to tie-break. Too bad because I would have loved to have seen a third.  Daveed never gives up!
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #65 on: March 30, 2012, 04:00 PM »
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And Rafa is doing his reverse psychology bit trying to make himself the underdog: 'Playing Andy is always a pleasure. Playing against an exciting player like him pushes you to the limit on everything.  The negative thing is that I have to recover well. I have to improve my knee if I want to have any chance of winning. If not, it's going to be almost impossible'.
Hmm - much as I like Rafa methinks he's either trying to lull Andy into a false sense of security[which of course he won't] or he's getting his excuses in first.   The .  he didn't turn up for practice is surely significant as from what I understand it's completely out of character.  
Over the past year I have come to dislike Nadal.  I'm fed up with his mind games and dubious medical time-outs, not to mention his constant time-wasting on court which the umpires seem to be very reluctant to do anything about.  So now he has a knee problem (which, given his past history, he probably has) and before the AO it was his shoulder which was troubling him, but he was going to play anyway.  And let's not forget the dodgy foot, the pain for which he says he has to have anaesthetising injections before matches.  If his body really is so wrecked then he should retire from the sport for his own good, otherwise he should just shut up.

Fortunately Andy isn't going to be taken in by this latest example of psychological strategy, and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if Nadal came out and played brilliantly.  I just hope Andy has fully recovered from Wednesday and comes out all guns blazing.  He says that Nadal brings out the best in him - hopefully tonight it's his very best.

Ruthie.. 1st set was 'The Terminator' against 'the terrier.'
2nd set was a different story.  Wee Daveed was going at it like he usually does.. very long rallies and just not giving up.... rattled Nole's cage for sure and the crowd were on their feet. It was really close and went to tie-break. Too bad because I would have loved to have seen a third.  Daveed never gives up!
That 2nd set was pure magic.  Felt sorry the wee fella lost the tiebreak because I think Djokovic would have really struggled had it gone to a third.  The aura of invincibility has shown signs of waning of late.







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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #66 on: March 30, 2012, 04:35 PM »
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The aura of invincibility has shown signs of waning of late.

Read a great quote from Peter Bodo. He reckoned during IW that the Djoker was thinking 'Do I really have to win all these tournaments again?'

Looking at his body language the last few weeks, that might not be far off the mark.
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #67 on: March 30, 2012, 04:36 PM »
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Over the past year I have come to dislike Nadal.  

I can't make my mind up. The injury timeouts and timewasting are annoying, but nobody's perfect. I do think he's an honest and genuine guy.
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #68 on: March 30, 2012, 04:41 PM »
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I'm sure you're right Nigel! He's number one in the world! I think he probably finds it much harder to stay there than it was to get there! When you're at the apex, the only way to go is downnnnnnn!  w00t
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #69 on: March 30, 2012, 04:42 PM »
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Right, Andy has 2 hours to get this match over and done with before I meet friends for coffee and cake.
Not at work for this one then?

Picked the right match to see I think!
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #70 on: March 30, 2012, 04:44 PM »
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Read a great quote from Peter Bodo. He reckoned during IW that the Djoker was thinking 'Do I really have to win all these tournaments again?'

Looking at his body language the last few weeks, that might not be far off the mark.
Sorry Nigel......This was the post I was commenting on!
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #71 on: March 30, 2012, 04:58 PM »
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I am starting to get quite psyched by this match.
But not in an anxious way, I'm hardly a fortune teller but it is a good sign.
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #72 on: March 30, 2012, 05:00 PM »
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I think an important factor is that Andy really enjoys playing Rafa and I do think Rafa often brings out the best in him. So many of the defeats have been really close.  And as Andy improves, under the tutulage of Mr L, hopefully more and more of those close defeats will become victories - and wouldn't it be nice if that were starting with tonight.
It started in Tokyo. Wink
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #73 on: March 30, 2012, 05:01 PM »
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Nice quote - and Djoko admitted during the AO that he was feeling nervous.  He's said he's determined he's going to win the Golden Slam this year, a feat about which I have my doubts.

Well, I think he might put all his efforts into the slams. Let's face it, he's only looked truly determined at the AO this year. I wouldn't write off the calendar slam.
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Re: Miami SF: Murray vs Nadal « Reply #74 on: March 30, 2012, 05:03 PM »
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I can't make my mind up. The injury timeouts and timwasting are annoying, but nobody's perfect. I do think he's an honest and genuine guy.
I used to think that too but some of his behaviour over the past few months has led me to think otherwise.  What about the tax fiddle his little company in Spain was involved in?  The withdrawal from Queens because money is obviously more important to him than prestige?  His allegations about his Uncle Toni in his autobiography which, very curiously, Nadal claimed he hadn't read before it was pubished?


Meanwhile, the latest pronouncement from Andy on the BBC sport website -

"It will be incredibly challenging," said the 24-year-old Scot.

"But on this surface, I feel I can use my game to make him doubt himself a little bit," he added.

"He is one of the toughest guys to have played the game [but] I think hard courts are the best surfaces to play him on."

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