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Re: News Articles « Reply #4770 on: January 17, 2013, 06:20 PM »
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Not a news article but a transcript of Andy's interview after his match against Souza.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2013-01-17/201301171358403307547.html

Andy Murray 17-1-13
Thursday, 17 January, 2013
Transcribed Interview

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Q.  Have to feel pretty good after that.
ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah, it's actually all right when the sun was kind of behind the clouds.  It was fine.  When the sun came out, it got really hot really quickly.
A good match to get done in straight sets.
 
Q.  Is it sometimes harder to play a match like that because you'd be conserving energy?
ANDY MURRAY:  I got up a couple of breaks pretty quickly in the first two sets so I could kind of play, I don't mean loose points, but I could try to shorten the points, which helps.
I also served well today, too.  I got a lot of free points on my serve.
There was very few long rallies.  So it worked out well for me because it was really, really tough conditions.
 
Q.  Can you remember playing in tougher conditions anywhere?
ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah.  It wasn't that bad on the court, honestly.  When the sun came out, it was extremely hot.  When it wasn't, it was fine.  There was no humidity.
They said it was like 8% humidity.  When you get the combination of the heat and the humidity is when it's normally at its worst.
I've played in worse conditions, but it's still very hot.
 
Q.  Does heat pale with insignificance compared to the wind like the match you played against Berdych at the US Open?
ANDY MURRAY:  I think it depends on the match really.  Like I said, there was very few rallies today.  You know, if there was a lot of long rallies, the heat can become extremely difficult.
When I played in the wind at the US Open, it's tough on your footwork and your timing, so you need to stay calm and patient.
When you're playing in that heat, it's very, very difficult to focus when you're really out of breath.  That's the thing that's hard, is to remain focused.  When it's really hot, it can get very challenging.  I saw a couple of matches went five sets and really, really long.
I'm sure after three and a half hours in that heat, the shot selection is probably really not that great.

Q.  What do you think about Davydenko/Federer tonight?
ANDY MURRAY:  About the match?
 
Q.  Yes.
ANDY MURRAY:  I think it will be a good match.  I practiced with Nikolay before the tournament.  He's hitting the ball well.
He obviously had a good start to the year in Doha.  He's playing with the racquets that he was playing with when he had most of his success.
But I'd expect Roger to win.
 
Q.  Do you like meeting successful sports stars?  I'm wondering what you think of the appointment of Gordon Strachan in Scottish football?
ANDY MURRAY:  Well, we have a lot of great managers.  I mean, he's obviously one of them.  He's been very successful for a long time.  He's fun.  I enjoy listening to his interviews.  He's a fun guy.
I mean, obviously we'll have to wait and see how he does.  But Scotland have got I think some of the best managers in the world.
 
Q.  You hit with Berankis in Brisbane?
ANDY MURRAY:  I actually hit with him a lot.  I trained with him before the Australian Open last year.  I practiced with him in Brisbane and I practiced with him a couple times before the tournament here, before he started the qualifying last year.  I practiced with him again in Brisbane this year.
He works hard.  He's a really nice, really nice guy.  Nice to see him do well because we spent quite a bit of time practicing together.
 
Q.  He's obviously won four matches in a row now.  Is that something you think about?
ANDY MURRAY:  He's won five, unless he got a walkover (smiling).
But, yeah, he plays well.  He is not that tall and he hits the ball pretty big from the back of the court.  He plays aggressive.  He's a very flat hitter of the ball.
Yeah, he's obviously playing well to beat a guy like Mayer that comfortably.  It was a very good win.
 
Q.  Is it fun having the British women like Watson and Robson around?
ANDY MURRAY:  Fun?  I haven't spent that much time with them.  I obviously see them around, in the gym, whatnot.  But I just think it's nice to have more British players around the tournament.
We had Anne Keothavong in the qualifying, as well, the two young girls, Jamie Baker qualified.  We have five or six guys playing in the doubles, as well.
It's just nice to have more British players around the big events.  But I haven't spent too much time with the girls here.
 
Q.  You talked earlier about your new shirt, how it's tighter than the previous years.  Was that a conscious decision, to change your style on the court?
ANDY MURRAY:  No.  I didn't decide that.  I just let adidas decide those things.  I just play.

Q.  When it's extremely hot out, like today, is it more comfortable in that shirt or is it more comfortable in the old baggy ones?
ANDY MURRAY:  The only thing I don't like on shirts is if they come down too low and sometimes your elbows can get caught in the shirt.  I mean, the less material there is on the shirt I think probably the better.  There's less to get in the way.
But so long as they're tailored somewhat, I think there's no real problem.
 
Q.  On a fashion note, to be silly, Robredo and Berdych seem to be wearing shorter shorts.  It's like from the '70s.  Would you ever see yourself in those type of shorts?
ANDY MURRAY:  I actually wore a pair at Wimbledon when I was with Fred Perry that were short.  Not quite like what Ivan and those guys used to wear on the court.  I can't see a return to them, to be honest.
Yeah, they were a bit too short.  Didn't leave too much to the imagination (smiling).
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4771 on: January 17, 2013, 06:58 PM »
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This blogger's take on Andy's match against Souza...

http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/bloggers/its-damn-hot-here-in-melbourne-but-aussie-andy-keeps-cool.2013014334
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4772 on: January 17, 2013, 07:05 PM »
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No.  I didn't decide that.  I just let adidas decide those things.  I just play.


I love that 'I just play'.  You can tell Andy doesn't really care what he looks like and how his kit looks.  And he's got his priorities right.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4773 on: January 17, 2013, 07:25 PM »
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No.  I didn't decide that.  I just let adidas decide those things.  I just play.


I love that 'I just play'.  You can tell Andy doesn't really care what he looks like and how his kit looks.  And he's got his priorities right.

I love that too, made me smile lol.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4774 on: January 18, 2013, 07:21 AM »
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though I did then wonder why Adidas so often seems to give Andy their least attractive designs?  After all he's their top player but some of the lesser players have much more attractively designed kits.

and here is Kev's take on Andy's remarks on doping including a nice little put down of Rochus from Kev. 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jan/17/andy-murray-defends-doping-allegations
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4775 on: January 19, 2013, 10:16 PM »
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http://www.andymurray.com/news-and-blog/andys-latest-column-the-australian-1/

Latest blog, including the question te send questions (and to be fast!);

Finally, given I’m aiming to write columns all the way through the fortnight as that will mean I’m still in the tournament, I thought I might ask my readers if they have any questions they would like answered. The quirkier, the better! I can’t write about the heat all the time, after all.

If anyone would like to write, please do so through [email protected]
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4776 on: January 20, 2013, 03:49 PM »
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EJ in particular, I just saw this and thought you might like it.

www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2265401/Pete-Sampras-says-thinks-Andy-Murray-world-No-1-end-year.html
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4777 on: January 20, 2013, 03:59 PM »
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Andy's latest blog, talks about having the British journalists going over to Miami, and his last award

....So after putting those journalists through hell, I was pleasantly surprised to receive an award over the weekend from the International Tennis Writers. The award was for Ambassador of the Year and Serena and I won it for 2012, it was voted for by over 100 top international tennis journalists. I have got to say that I’m still not exactly sure what the trophy is, people have told me it is a device that helps keep champagne cool. Hopefully I’ll be able to put it to use if I manage to win the Australian Open but it will go pride of place next to my US Open trophy and gold medal!

http://www.andymurray.com/news-and-blog/andys-latest-column-the-australian-2/
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4778 on: January 20, 2013, 04:03 PM »
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Thanks for posting Elena - enjoyed reading Andy's column.  I think he is rightly proud of that award from the journalists and had to smile at his description of what he put them through.  As usual he is suitably respectful of other players.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4779 on: January 20, 2013, 04:04 PM »
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Haha -just the one reader's comment at the moment: "There will be a lot of upset DM readers if Sampras is right".
Ooh yes please!

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Re: News Articles « Reply #4780 on: January 20, 2013, 04:11 PM »
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Thanks for that, tj! Always lovely to read what Sampras has to say about Andy, you know. There were times in the past when he was wrong of course but his assessments are still more accurate than they are not so I'll take it. Liked what he said here..

‘He's still intense, but he used to be more temperamental and to let things bother him, and you would see him getting upset at himself, or at his box, but now he seems to have learnt how to move on after a couple of bad shots, to forget about it.

‘If you lose your cool or your concentration for even five minutes against the top guys, you're going to lose the set. He seems to have everything in place now, and the coaching set-up with Lendl looks to be working well.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2265401/Pete-Sampras-says-thinks-Andy-Murray-world-No-1-end-year.html#ixzz2IX4tOT7L
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Andy kept his composer throughout Wimbledon, Olympics in general and played like a man. And as well as at the USO Open final so that's dead on. He did lose it a bit against Berankis but the Ross situation might be affecting him a bit mentally. Just a pure guess here. Andy cares about his friends on a much deeper level that much I've noticed.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4781 on: January 20, 2013, 04:28 PM »
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I didn't feel Andy lost it that much in the Berankis match - and when he did look frustrated he moved on quickly just like Sampras (and others have) said
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4782 on: January 20, 2013, 04:34 PM »
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I'm glad you liked it EJ, I thought you would.

That bit about Andy's temperament was fair comment. I liked the way Sampras can see that Andy has changed though, because so many of the pundits can't seem to see it. The thing is, Andy will always be intense, and rightly so, because he wants to win, but now he doesn't beat himself up so much, doesn't dwell on things, and I am sure it makes him much clearer in his thinking. These days I think it is interesting when Andy does get frustrated. He gets a grip on himself so quickly, regroups and often plays better.

Just coincidentally, doesn't it say so much for Andy that both Agassi and Sampras have gone into print recently talking about him so positively? I think it's marvellous.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4783 on: January 20, 2013, 04:44 PM »
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I didn't feel Andy lost it that much in the Berankis match - and when he did look frustrated he moved on quickly just like Sampras (and others have) said

I have to be honest, I lost it more with the comms than Andy did at the match  Whistle.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4784 on: January 20, 2013, 04:51 PM »
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me too tj   doh
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