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Cincinnati Masters R2: Andy Murray vs Mardy Fish

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 I think the reason for this is that Andy is ranked no 3 as far as this tournament is concerned

I should'nt think it's anything personal   Just hope that someone  beats Federer asap
It may not be personal in the sense of deliberately wanting to slight Andy but a slight it is - I can see no justification for putting a match between two Spaniards (even if one of them is the great Rafa Nadal who after all  is slipping down the rankings at present) on centre and putting the no 2 in the world against another popular player on court 3 particularly when Rafa played his first match on center and Andy hasn't even played there yet. 
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Sounds like an odd match, not least because it again started at stupid o'clock. It feels like this has happened to Andy a lot this year - does anyone have the stats for the number of times he has finished playing in the early hours? I know that these are top level athletes, but it's unnatural! I don't think this happens to Federer, he seems to always get very favourable scheduling.

EDIT: that said, I see that Federer is on last on Center tonight. I'd like to see that go until 2am! lol
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well it's happened enough Joe for him to earn the nickname 'Midnight Murray'.  I'm sure someone like atl will have the stats at their finger tips but I can think of roughly half a dozen times in recent months
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well it's happened enough Joe for him to earn the nickname 'Midnight Murray'.  I'm sure someone like atl will have the stats at their finger tips but I can think of roughly half a dozen times in recent months

Yeah, Madrid springs to mind for some reason.
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Madrid was a joke! Andy and Kohli had been in the final of Munich, then a day later were playing at 3am!

He went on to win Madrid, so it shows that Andy can handle it, although it's far from ideal.
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Well the travel's behind him, he's eeked out a stright sets win despite himself and he should get a full night of rest with another evening slot,  Plus it's the first match of the evening so no awful waiting bit.  (As long as it stops raining. please stop raining)  So all in all, a good one to settle back in after the traditional mutual wreckage with Djoker.

Yes, and Fish playing unpredictably.  He really did have nothing to lose, and has had some excellent results at this tournament, so it suits him.  A slightly wobbly start doesn't surprise me, but I was pleased he was able to curtail the match to two sets.

The scheduling is odd.  Being a combined event explains some of it, and I wondered if Fish asked for the smaller court, or if it plays more like Montreal, so Andy requested it.  Today's scheduling is much more strange.

I understand Federer and Rafa will always be treated as huge stars, regardless of ranking, and the fact they are likely to retire sooner compounds that, but Stan seems to be getting it too.  Yes, he won a slam this year, but he's never done much there.  He's had one semi-final and one quarter-final in Cincinatti across his entire career, and it's his best tournament in the US, so I can only presume he has gained additional celebrity status thanks to Kyrgios' outburst.
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I had to catch up on some sleep this morning after Andy's match. I made myself comfortable on the couch during the night looking at the monitor from time to time to find out if there was some playing on the court. And then it was again around 4:30 am when both players played their first game. The rain delay made the schedule complicated otherwise Andy would have played at a more pleasant time. Fish was an unpredictable opponent, was top 10 at one time if I am not mistaken, showed his qualities in longer rallies, went for his shots, wanted to use the big stage in the US to say goodbye. For Andy the situation appeared quite different. I was pleased how Andy responded each time after he had manouevred himself into trouble. And he stepped it up when it really mattered. Though not convincingly, the job was done! Yet, I was also thinking ahead with Dimitrov as his next opponent, with maintaining the No2 ranking, which unfortunately depends on Fed's performance here, too. The earlier he exits, the better. Can Anderson or possibly Nadal do us this favour?
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Hopefully Andy will have had a good night's sleep and have enough in the tank to overcome Dimitrov tonight. It can't be easy playing on a wet court due to rain.
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cp unfortunately Dimitrov has had a day's rest whereas Andy has had a hard day's night.
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