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Andy Murray Wimbledon Champion 2013

Re: News Articles « Reply #7140 on: July 31, 2013, 10:36 PM »
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There's a poll currently ongoing for this debate...it stands at the minute, Lendl:52% Murray 48%

What if ... Murray played Lendl?
Matt Wilansky [ARCHIVE]
 
ESPN.com | July 31, 2013
Editor's note: Our weeklong series of "What If …" scenarios are only hypothetical. We understand that a matchup of players from different generations comes with its share of things to take into consideration, such as the advancement of technology and the slowing of court surfaces in today's game. Some of these head-to-heads have an actual, albeit brief, history, with one player winding down his or her career; thus, we're not taking those into consideration. For the sake of this series, we're assuming both parties are playing each other at their peak. It's just for fun, so enjoy and let us know who you think would win.

Matchup: Andy Murray versus Ivan Lendl

Venue: Wimbledon

Case for Murray: Ah, the classic battle of mentor versus mentee. Murray had always been a brilliant player, but then Lendl came along and made him great. So great, in fact, that Murray is the hottest thing going in tennis right now. He is, after all, your 2013 Wimbledon champ, and in the process, he wiped away 77 years of futility for a title-famished nation. Murray is also the most recent winner at the US Open and the Olympics. That's a pretty sweet string of success for someone who had long been earmarked the best player in the land without a major trophy. And, for the record, Murray made it to the Aussie final, as well. So, it goes without saying that any doubts we had about Murray have long since dissolved.

What If …
It's a tough call to make, but who would win these scintillating matchups of superstars from different generations?

Monday, July 29
Maria Sharapova vs. Martina Hingis, French Open
Tuesday, July 30
Rafael Nadal vs. Andre Agassi,
US Open
Wednesday, July 31
Andy Murray vs. Ivan Lendl, Wimbledon
Thursday, Aug. 1
Serena Williams vs. Steffi Graf, Australian Open
Friday, Aug. 2
Roger Federer vs. Pete Sampras, Wimbledon
The knock on Murray, of course, was his passive-aggressive approach, but, in the past year, he has shown he can produce stirring offense for long stretches, something that was readily apparent in the Wimbledon final, when he hit more than twice as many aces and had more winners than Novak Djokovic. Murray boasts a game perfectly suited for grass; he hits crisp groundstrokes, serves big and can wend his way in to net when he wants. Murray always knew he had to compete with an offensive mindset and dictate points to succeed, but the difference now is that he has the confidence to play that way.
In large part, Lendl is responsible for the rebuilding of Murray's mental game, and that can't be underestimated. Murray certainly didn't want history to look down upon him and wag its disapproving finger for his failure to win the one tournament he wanted more than any other. It was a huge burden he had carried for years, and it crushed him when he wasn't able to pull it off. Murray owes Lendl a ton of credit for his recent success, but Murray also didn't want to end up like Lendl and finish his career with missed opportunities. He need not worry anymore. Andy Murray is a Wimbledon champ.

Case for Lendl: This guy isn't your garden-variety coach. He's an eight-time Slam champ for goodness' sakes. Now, the one glaring gap in Lendl's résumé is his failure to win Wimbledon, an impediment that probably grates on him to this day. And, as much as he can revel in Murray's success, it still had to hurt watching his student hoist that sweet silver plate. However, Lendl did reach the semis at the All England Club seven times, including two runner-up finishes. Not an awful effort, but if you're Ivan Lendl and you've expended an incredible amount of effort on winning, it's of little consolation.

But, please, he doesn't need your sympathy bubbles. Lendl was a ruthless player who wouldn't even consider surrendering, not to John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker or any of the other competitors who ultimately foiled his Wimbledon dreams. For all the petulant behavior from his protégé, Lendl played with a no-nonsense, emotionless demeanor. Heck, his version of ecstasy is cracking a smile. So imagine Lendl taking the court against Murray at SW19: Without question, there would be an intimidation factor; that's something the other big three boys aren't giving you these days. Murray, even the indomitable and determined player he is today, might eventually crack under all that pressure against Lendl.

It might sound kind of ironic, but it says somewhere that a good teacher is a good listener, someone who should be open to feedback and critique. And, although he might be that guy now, that was everything Lendl was not in his playing days. He wanted to win -- and win his way. Sure, Lendl never won Wimbledon, but his ambition and desire never yielded. And that's exactly why Lendl finished his career as an all-time great.

Brad Gilbert verdict: If you were to say this match was going to be played on clay, it's Lendl all the way. But on grass, that's a different story. Lendl wouldn't serve and volley for an entire year, and then, when it was time for grass, he did it all the time, and it was something he never perfected. So, that would be a problem against Murray.

More than any other surface, grass has changed the most from the era of Lendl to Murray. The older grass was slicker and faster. Today's slower grass helps Murray because of his ability to run and improvise. He'd be able to get Lendl in an uncomfortable position. Lendl would adjust his game, but Murray would still win.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7141 on: August 01, 2013, 12:16 AM »
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Everybody knows really that Andy would destroy Lendl. The game has moved on; the technical knowledge, ability and fitness is completely at another level now.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7142 on: August 01, 2013, 01:16 AM »
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"Case for Lendl: This guy isn't your garden-variety coach. He's an eight-time Slam champ for goodness' sakes. Now, the one glaring gap in Lendl's résumé is his failure to win Wimbledon, an impediment that probably grates on him to this day. And, as much as he can revel in Murray's success, it still had to hurt watching his student hoist that sweet silver plate ..."

If people want to write 'smart' articles, they should at least get their facts right! lol



Now - Serena vs Steffi ... that could be very interesting and I bet Steffi would win.


The game has moved on; the technical knowledge, ability and fitness is completely at another level now.
The writer does point that out at the start of the article.  These are really fantasy match-ups based on how the players would fare against each other when they were at their peak.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7143 on: August 01, 2013, 01:27 AM »
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"Case for Lendl: This guy isn't your garden-variety coach. He's an eight-time Slam champ for goodness' sakes. Now, the one glaring gap in Lendl's résumé is his failure to win Wimbledon, an impediment that probably grates on him to this day. And, as much as he can revel in Murray's success, it still had to hurt watching his student hoist that sweet silver plate ..."

If people want to write 'smart' articles, they should at least get their facts right! lol



Now - Serena vs Steffi on hard-court ... that could be very interesting and I bet Steffi would win.

LOL, Serena stuffed Stiffy Graph's ass at IW 1999, what a classic.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7144 on: August 01, 2013, 01:30 AM »
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LOL, Serena stuffed Stiffy Graph's ass at IW 1999, what a classic.
Yes but she wasn't playing Steffi at her peak, which is what this is all about.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7145 on: August 01, 2013, 01:32 AM »
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Yes but she wasn't playing Steffi at her peak, which is what this is all about.

Stiffy had 0 backhand and serve, Serena would blow her off the court at her peak.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7146 on: August 01, 2013, 01:37 AM »
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Stiffy had 0 backhand and serve, Serena would blow her off the court at her peak.
Rubbish.  Players don't win 22 Slams with that.  Also Graf is reckoned to be the greatest female player of the 20th century.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7147 on: August 01, 2013, 01:42 AM »
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Rubbish.  Players don't win 22 Slams with that.  Also Graf is reckoned to be the greatest female player of the 20th century.

Graf was in an era where the only power player was Chris Evert. LOL
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7148 on: August 01, 2013, 01:52 AM »
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Graf was in an era where the only power player was Chris Evert. LOL
Power alone doesn't make a great player, and Serena relies on it too much.  I don't like watching her play, and didn't like Venus for the same reason.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7149 on: August 01, 2013, 01:54 AM »
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Power alone doesn't make a great player, and Serena relies on it too much.  I don't like watching her play, and didn't like Venus for the same reason.

You'll be surprised to know that Serena isn't my WTA first love either, I'll give you three guesses as to who she is? One clue, she recently retired.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7150 on: August 01, 2013, 01:56 AM »
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Kim Clijsters.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7151 on: August 01, 2013, 01:57 AM »
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Kim Clijsters.

Wow. You're good at this game.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7152 on: August 01, 2013, 02:03 AM »
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Wow. You're good at this game.
Nope - but I can see your email address in your profile. lol
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7153 on: August 01, 2013, 02:08 AM »
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Nope - but I can see your email address in your profile. lol

Sneaky bugger!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7154 on: August 01, 2013, 02:10 AM »
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