I found this comment on tennis.com. http://www.tennis.com/messageboards/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=20773&start=26
The poster is responding to accusations another poster made about Andy.
He’s referring to the Nieminen match, and inaccurately so, in my opinion. Murray looked tattered from the match’s onset. The uncharacteristically stagnant movement, the expression of discomfort, the conditional** shot selection, and the dreadfully slow serve were evident long before the set got away from him. And really, not a whole lot of that changed as things progressed. He played intelligently to minimize his movement and displace Nieminen while attempting to put shots away as much as possible. The differences were that his execution got better and Nieminen got sloppier. So unless someone can explain why he decided to conduct this elaborate act against Jarko Nieminen of all people, then I really don’t see why he’d keep up such a façade for the entirety of the match.
Might Murray play up the drama on court at times? Sure, but that doesn’t mean that his niggles and ailments are non-existent. His chronic knee injury has been thoroughly explained, and the back problem has been an obvious and ongoing issue for some time now. But when has he used any of it deceptively or as an absolvent? As he said himself in Melbourne, once you choose to play, there are no excuses.
That applies to his adversaries as well. In what world is it that Murray (or any player) is held responsible for his opponent’s mentality on court? Ultimately, it’s up to them how they choose to handle a match, and barring opportune MTO’s or stalling in between points, neither of which Murray regularly does, it’s on them to execute.
I have to say, I’m pretty disappointed in Haas. I respect him, but these comments are in poor taste. Besides, it’s a lot of talk from a guy who once withdrew from a match against Fed because of a stuffy nose. Get yourself some Sudafed and just play the game, Thomas.