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Re: News Articles « Reply #4965 on: January 29, 2013, 10:44 PM »
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Unfortunately, my phone ain't smart. It's a lowly flip-top payg 4yr old Samsung.
But my computer is outrageous!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4966 on: January 30, 2013, 02:08 AM »
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Bottle job: Why Australian Open proved Andy Murray is tough enough to become best in the world

Oliver Holt says the Murray haters couldn't be more wrong if they tried

Six months ago, the Andy Murray haters were still in Phase One jubilation.

He’d never win a bean, they said, absolutely no chance.

He’d never get close to winning a Grand Slam. Didn’t have the bottle for it.

Didn’t have the talent, either, come to think of it.

And certainly didn’t have the ability to beat Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.

In the Olympics perhaps. But not when it really, really mattered.

So Flushing Meadows last year came as a bit of a rude shock.

Murray didn’t just beat Djokovic in the US Open final. Physically and mentally, he destroyed him.

Then there was what he did to Federer in Melbourne last week.

Yes, the match went to five sets but Murray outplayed Federer almost from first to last.

It was the first time Murray had beaten Federer in a Grand Slam but it won’t be the last.

Because he beat him in a way that suggested that from now on Murray will always have the upper hand in that rivalry.

Phase Two jubilation for Murray’s detractors came when Djokovic beat him in four sets in Sunday’s Australian Open final.

Progress stalled, Nadal back soon, Djokovic untouchable, French Open next, no good on clay. Et cetera. Et cetera.

Well, I’m sorry but the Murray-sceptics are in for another shock.

First of all, losing to Djokovic in Melbourne was hardly a disgrace. The world number one was playing brilliant tennis. He deserved to win.

But there are a couple of things worth noting. Murray had chances. He won the first set and he was 40-0 up on Djokovic’s serve in the second game of the second.

There is no point dwelling on ‘ifs’ for too long but if he had won that game, Djokovic would have found it hard to come back.

Then there’s the very basic reminder that Britain now has a tennis player who has contested the final of the last three Grand Slams.

Remember the days when we got excited because Buster Mottram had made the fourth round at Wimbledon? I do. It only happened once.

Now we can boast one of the top players in the world, a man who has worked himself into a position where we expect him to reach Grand Slam finals.

In the post-London Olympics era, Murray’s assault on a clutch of some of the greatest tennis players the world has ever seen has become the most compelling story in British sport.

Some time ago, his pursuit seemed noble but forlorn, as though Djokovic, Federer and Nadal were out of reach.

That is not the case any more. The rankings say Federer is number two but form says Djokovic and Murray are at the top of the pile.

It is hard to predict what impact Nadal will make on his return in the next few weeks after his long absence with knee problems.

If he comes back as powerful and as athletic and as irresistible as ever, he will be another formidable obstacle to Murray’s recent progress.

But after the advances Murray has made, there is no reason to think that the Spaniard would be a threat to him on the hard courts of America and Australia.

He would be hard to beat on the clay at Roland Garros where, when fit, he reigns supreme.

But however Nadal returns, he will find in Murray an opponent who has improved dramatically while he has been away.

He will find a man who worked relentlessly hard to close the gap between himself and the top three and who has succeeded.

He will find a player who achieved a huge psychological breakthrough when he won at Flushing Meadows.

He will find a player who is part of the gang on merit now, a guy who has turned the summit of the men’s game into a top four, not a top three.

Draw whatever conclusions you want from Australia but you can’t escape the fact that Murray’s in the mix now.

He is strong and getting stronger. And if you think, after all the advances Murray has made, that becoming the best player in the world is beyond him, you are deluding yourself.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/tennis/why-australian-open-proved-andy-murray-1562279
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4967 on: January 30, 2013, 03:23 AM »
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^ Magnificent article!   I think it's only a matter of time before Andy beats Nadal, even if he is fully fit, although perhaps not on clay - but you never know ...
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4968 on: January 30, 2013, 07:45 AM »
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Great article.  Has anyone else seen the news that Nadal has resorted to a space-age racket for when he comes back?  Perhpas he is worried about his knees and the other top 4.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4969 on: January 30, 2013, 11:56 AM »
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Bottle job: Why Australian Open proved Andy Murray is tough enough to become best in the world

Oliver Holt says the Murray haters couldn't be more wrong if they tried

Six months ago, the Andy Murray haters were still in Phase One jubilation.

He’d never win a bean, they said, absolutely no chance.

He’d never get close to winning a Grand Slam. Didn’t have the bottle for it.

Didn’t have the talent, either, come to think of it.

And certainly didn’t have the ability to beat Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.

In the Olympics perhaps. But not when it really, really mattered.

So Flushing Meadows last year came as a bit of a rude shock.

Murray didn’t just beat Djokovic in the US Open final. Physically and mentally, he destroyed him.

Then there was what he did to Federer in Melbourne last week.

Yes, the match went to five sets but Murray outplayed Federer almost from first to last.

It was the first time Murray had beaten Federer in a Grand Slam but it won’t be the last.

Because he beat him in a way that suggested that from now on Murray will always have the upper hand in that rivalry.

Phase Two jubilation for Murray’s detractors came when Djokovic beat him in four sets in Sunday’s Australian Open final.

Progress stalled, Nadal back soon, Djokovic untouchable, French Open next, no good on clay. Et cetera. Et cetera.

Well, I’m sorry but the Murray-sceptics are in for another shock.

First of all, losing to Djokovic in Melbourne was hardly a disgrace. The world number one was playing brilliant tennis. He deserved to win.

But there are a couple of things worth noting. Murray had chances. He won the first set and he was 40-0 up on Djokovic’s serve in the second game of the second.

There is no point dwelling on ‘ifs’ for too long but if he had won that game, Djokovic would have found it hard to come back.

Then there’s the very basic reminder that Britain now has a tennis player who has contested the final of the last three Grand Slams.

Remember the days when we got excited because Buster Mottram had made the fourth round at Wimbledon? I do. It only happened once.

Now we can boast one of the top players in the world, a man who has worked himself into a position where we expect him to reach Grand Slam finals.

In the post-London Olympics era, Murray’s assault on a clutch of some of the greatest tennis players the world has ever seen has become the most compelling story in British sport.

Some time ago, his pursuit seemed noble but forlorn, as though Djokovic, Federer and Nadal were out of reach.

That is not the case any more. The rankings say Federer is number two but form says Djokovic and Murray are at the top of the pile.

It is hard to predict what impact Nadal will make on his return in the next few weeks after his long absence with knee problems.

If he comes back as powerful and as athletic and as irresistible as ever, he will be another formidable obstacle to Murray’s recent progress.

But after the advances Murray has made, there is no reason to think that the Spaniard would be a threat to him on the hard courts of America and Australia.

He would be hard to beat on the clay at Roland Garros where, when fit, he reigns supreme.

But however Nadal returns, he will find in Murray an opponent who has improved dramatically while he has been away.

He will find a man who worked relentlessly hard to close the gap between himself and the top three and who has succeeded.

He will find a player who achieved a huge psychological breakthrough when he won at Flushing Meadows.

He will find a player who is part of the gang on merit now, a guy who has turned the summit of the men’s game into a top four, not a top three.

Draw whatever conclusions you want from Australia but you can’t escape the fact that Murray’s in the mix now.

He is strong and getting stronger. And if you think, after all the advances Murray has made, that becoming the best player in the world is beyond him, you are deluding yourself.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/tennis/why-australian-open-proved-andy-murray-1562279


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Re: News Articles « Reply #4970 on: January 30, 2013, 12:08 PM »
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Me 2 dani. Just read it, Smile
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4971 on: January 30, 2013, 01:33 PM »
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Great article.  Has anyone else seen the news that Nadal has resorted to a space-age racket for when he comes back?  Perhpas he is worried about his knees and the other top 4.
It seems he is still worried about his knees ... or is he playing mind games or looking for a good get-out should he flop?

[29 Jan] In a new story out of Spain, Rafael Nadal admitted that his troubled knees are still… troubled.   Nadal, who withdrew from the Australian Open due to a stomach virus, told IB3 via Marca during an interview today that he’s hoping his “sore” knees will hold up through the 3-event clay swing in South America.
 
Nadal is still set to go for his trip on Thursday and he’s still practicing in preparation in his home of Manacor. Rafa will make his singles return next Tuesday in Vina Del Mar, Chile, where he’ll also play doubles with good friend Juan Monaco.

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2013-01-29/11471.php



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Nadal to return armed with a new racket  [ESPN, 30 Jan]

Rafael Nadal will return to action in Chile next month armed with a new racket that will be "a nightmare for rivals" .....

..... There has been widespread speculation as to whether Nadal will be able to return to the top of the game, but he is clearly focused on fighting for titles as he has taken the decision to ditch the racket he has used since the age of 12 in favour of a new model.

Babolat manufacture the Spaniard's rackets and they claim it was on the advice of his coach, Toni Nadal, that he made the switch.

"Uncle Toni put pressure on Rafa to change. If you want to be better, you have to take risks," Eric Babolat, the owner of the firm that makes Nadal's rackets, told DPA.

Babolat added that Nadal's quest for more action on the ball prompted the switch. He said:"More top spin, he already has a lot of that but he wants more."

http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/190857.html?CMP=OTC-RSS
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4972 on: January 30, 2013, 02:03 PM »
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Sampras used to use very tight strings in his racquet and as a result, he would find himself broken strings at least a couple of times during a match. But that's how he liked it.

Let's see what Nadal's new racquet can present to us. 
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4973 on: January 30, 2013, 02:06 PM »
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So what do you do in a pub quiz? Use your smartphone? Very Happy
I did that once. Deliberately got a few wrong of course. Good times.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4974 on: January 30, 2013, 06:38 PM »
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Sampras used to use very tight strings in his racquet and as a result, he would find himself broken strings at least a couple of times during a match. But that's how he liked it.

Let's see what Nadal's new racquet can present to us. 

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Re: News Articles « Reply #4975 on: January 30, 2013, 07:07 PM »
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Do you know Pete, or were you just a fan?

She was his school teacher  Whistle
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4976 on: January 31, 2013, 08:37 AM »
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There are 2 wonderful articles in the news.  Obe by SCOTZINE and the other MANCUNIAN MATTERS.>
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4977 on: January 31, 2013, 10:10 AM »
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Read mancunian matters it was fab!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4978 on: January 31, 2013, 12:18 PM »
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Thanks Tamila and Angie, I've posted the links for those article for others to read.

Tbh, I wasn't too keen on the Mancunian's unpleasant undertones. Rehashing the incredibly old story of when Andy said "Anyone but .........," yawn and stirring up stuff about footie fans and other sportspersons. That comment will never die, and that's why I'm not posting the entire article.
http://mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/31018287-my-big-mouth-andy-murray-aint-miserable-just-misunderstood

The Scotzine was better, but nothing new.
http://www.scotzine.com/2013/01/what-next-for-andy-murray/

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Re: News Articles « Reply #4979 on: January 31, 2013, 01:21 PM »
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Thanks linda, still havent figured out how to post articles Frown
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