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Re: News Articles « Reply #7305 on: August 23, 2013, 05:21 PM »
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Great interview with Lendl, what a man to have on your side. No wonder Andy is so relaxed with Lendl and his team there to support  him.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7306 on: August 23, 2013, 05:38 PM »
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I love Ivan. Bet he would be a right laugh to hang around with.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7307 on: August 23, 2013, 11:01 PM »
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Thanks Dani.  Excellent read.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7308 on: August 23, 2013, 11:04 PM »
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Yeah cheers dani. Think they are a great team. Think Lendl pretty fond of andy.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7309 on: August 24, 2013, 12:37 AM »
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Loved that, Dani. Thanks.

I was lucky (and old) enough to have followed Ivan's playing days. He wasn't one of my favourites at the time. I would say the closest current player who resembles his on-court personna is Tomas Berdych.

As to the article, these jumped out at me:

"He knew we would not go unnoticed," Lendl has said. "It upped the ante a little bit and I liked that about our arrangement. It showed he was not scared of anything."

"He's made me learn more from the losses that I've had than maybe I did in the past," Murray said. "I think he's always been very honest with me. He's always told me exactly what he thought. And in tennis, it's not always that easy to do in a player-coach relationship. The player is sometimes the one in charge."

"Like any relationship, we've grown with it," Lendl said. "There's more trust. I say, 'Tell me anything you want and it won't go anywhere. No one will know about it. We trust each other 100 percent. I think the relationship, the chemistry of the entire team has been going that way."


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Re: News Articles « Reply #7310 on: August 24, 2013, 01:31 AM »
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US Open men seed report - features a 5 min video with Andy.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20130822/us-open-men-seed-report/?sct=tn_t1t_a2

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Re: News Articles « Reply #7311 on: August 24, 2013, 03:04 AM »
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Nice interview with Andy.  So, given the chance, he would like to play Federer in the final ... hmmm!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7312 on: August 24, 2013, 10:57 AM »
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Yep, thanks for posting dani, great read!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7313 on: August 24, 2013, 12:36 PM »
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piece in main part of today's Independent about how Andy has inspired children to try out tennis:   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/oh-i-say-andy-murray-serves-up-a-nationwide-tennis-bounce-as-children-flock-to-courts-8782769.html
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7314 on: August 24, 2013, 01:58 PM »
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Andy’s concerns


Andy Murray chuckled as he explained the very best part about owning a pair of Grand Slam titles, one from the US Open last year, the other from Wimbledon last month. No more of those nagging, oft-repeated queries—the ones he heard over and over and over again.

“Not too much for me has changed. But the one thing that’s been nice is that, literally for five or six years, I did a news conference before every tournament and after every single match, and I got asked that question, I’d say, 90 percent of the time: Why have you never won Wimbledon? When are you going to win Wimbledon? Why have you not won a Grand Slam?” Murray said in an interview with the Associated Press.

“So that’s the thing that, for me, has been the nicest: Not having to answer that question,” he added, standing outside the locker rooms at Arthur Ashe Stadium, not far from the oversized color picture and silver plaque that commemorate his 2012 victory at Flushing Meadows. “I can just play tennis now and not have to worry about that anymore.”

That’s right. When the year’s last major tennis tournament begins on the US Open’s blue hard courts on Monday, Murray will have other concerns.

For example: What might it feel like to defend a Grand Slam championship? That’s something he’s never tried to do before, of course.

Or how many of these can he win?

Or, really, will he even be able to win one more?

Yes, for a guy who has accomplished so much over the past 13 months, redefining his career and place in the game, Murray still sounds very much like someone harboring quite a bit of uncertainty. His success at the US Open in 2012 did, after all, make him the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a Grand Slam title. His success at Wimbledon in July, as everyone knows by now, made him the first British man since Perry 77 years ago to earn the singles trophy at the All England Club. Toss in a London Olympics gold medal, and it’s been quite a run.

“He’s turned into a great player. He’s always been a good hitter of the ball, been a great mover. I think mentally he’s a bit better now,” 14-time major champion Pete Sampras said recently. “Now he feels like he belongs.”

Maybe. But Murray also remembers what came before.

He remembers—and, much to his chagrin, there was a time when he frequently was reminded of it by others—that he lost each of the first four Grand Slam finals he reached.

“I know how long it took me to win one and how hard it is to win them. I know it’s possible I may not win another one,” the 26-year-old from Scotland said, his tone and facial expression earnest. “So I just want to keep trying to put myself in position to win Grand Slams and hopefully I can do the same again here.”

Indeed, Murray anticipates some shakiness at the start of the US Open.

Instead of declaring that he will step on court with the bravado of a defending champion, Murray wonders whether his play might be affected in a bad way at the outset of this US Open because of what happened a year ago.

“Depending on how the tournament goes, at the start of the tournament, I expect to be pretty nervous and feel maybe more pressure than I have in some years,” he said. “But then I would hope, if I can do well and get through the first few rounds, that it would actually give me confidence. Once I get myself into the tournament, I may calm down and actually start feeling more confident that I can win the event. Whereas before, it might have actually been the opposite. I might have felt OK at the start, and when I got closer to the end of the tournament, felt more pressure and more nerves and less confidence.”

The 2012 women’s champion, Serena Williams, owns 16 Grand Slam titles, four at the US Open. Usually when she loses at a major tournament, the sting sticks around for a while.

That was the case with this year’s Wimbledon, where her 34-match winning streak surprisingly ended with a fourth-round exit.

“I was obviously bothered. I wanted to do better. I was disappointed. I’m still disappointed,” Williams said, seven-and-a-half weeks after that setback. “But I had opportunities and I didn’t take them in the match. I have to realize that I have to just be better and learn from the experience. It’s not the end of the world. I can always do better and keep growing.”

Asked what advice she might offer Murray about attempting to repeat as champion at a Grand Slam tournament, the No. 1-seeded Williams said: “For me, it’s not about defending. It’s about: ‘This is the US Open. I want to try to win this title.’ Last year was last year. Now it’s time to try to have fun this year. That’s how I look at it.”

Murray is seeded No. 3, and the expectation is that he or one of the men ahead of him, No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal, will hold the trophy after the final, which is scheduled for September 9. It’s the first time since 1954 that the tournament is supposed to end on a Monday (the men’s final was played on a Monday each of the past five years, but that was because of rain delays).

That trio divvied up the season’s first three Grand Slam titles, with Djokovic winning his fourth at the Australian Open, and Nadal his eighth at the French Open. They also have split the past three US Open titles (Nadal won in 2010, Djokovic in 2011). Another past US Open champion, Roger Federer, is seeded only No. 7 this time, his lowest spot in New York since 2002.

Federer is coming off a second-round loss at Wimbledon, ending his record run of 36 consecutive major quarterfinal appearances. Another streak remains intact, though: The US Open will be Federer’s 56th Grand Slam tournament in a row, tying the men’s record.

Federer turned 32 this month, and he’s dealt with a bothersome back and a brief experiment with a different racket, while losing matches to a couple of guys ranked outside the top 100.

Any chance he could add to his 17 Grand Slam trophies?

“At this stage,” said John McEnroe, a seven-time major champion and ESPN analyst, “it’s going to be quite, quite difficult for him to win another one.”

A photograph of Federer hangs in a hall near the Arthur Ashe Stadium locker rooms, staring right at Murray’s poster across the way. The big difference: Federer won the US Open five times, every year from 2004 to 2008.

“I came here for the first time when I was 15. You walk down these corridors, and you look at all the great players who have played here,” Murray said. “To be up on the wall next to them is a nice feeling.”

http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/sports-news/18407-andy-s-concerns
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7315 on: August 24, 2013, 02:17 PM »
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I do hope Andy will be able to get over his nerves quickly, enjoy his tennis and let winning be a big fat bonus. Thanks Dani!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7316 on: August 24, 2013, 02:31 PM »
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Well, that's just gave me the jitters. I was all for sitting back and enjoying watching him play.

Now I'm going to be  nervous nervous nervous
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7317 on: August 24, 2013, 02:46 PM »
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Well, that's just gave me the jitters. I was all for sitting back and enjoying watching him play.

Now I'm going to be  nervous nervous nervous
You cannot be serious Linda - you really thought you could just sit back and relax and enjoy?   doh
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7318 on: August 24, 2013, 02:49 PM »
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7319 on: August 24, 2013, 04:33 PM »
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Nice interview with Andy.  So, given the chance, he would like to play Federer in the final ... hmmm!

I fancy that as well, funnily enough!

I like the fact Andy is talking about possibly being nervous early on. To my mind that is sending out a very clever signal. I think he's telling opponents that he will be there, still up for it, and that it still matters to him, even now he's won a couple of majors.

All of them are nervous in the first round. If you introduce me to a player who says they aren't, I will introduce you to a liar.

Andy got through the nerves and tension of that last game in the Wimbledon final. After that I think he will be able to handle anything his nerves might throw at him this week.
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