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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #60 on: January 25, 2012, 07:42 PM »
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Saw both QF today, Djokovic was impressive but not invincible
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #61 on: January 25, 2012, 07:46 PM »
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My comms were suggesting that Andy was trying things out - getting some match practise. dontknow

That's true, I could see he did some great slice serves and kick serves, my comms remarked on this too. He slowed it down as well which finally showed some pragmatism about 'the need for speed' at all times.
He's nevertheless had his bad service day, it's no longer the norm for him.
He'll be fine.
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #62 on: January 25, 2012, 08:12 PM »
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During his post match interview, Djoko was asked about his leg and he totally deflected the question.  I think it was just one of those five minute twinges and he ran it off.

After watching Djoko's match, I'm more confident about the semi than I was before.  If Hewitt and Ferrer can mess him around a bit then Andy's 'A*' game should be able to mess him around A LOT!

I'm afeared and excited at the same time.  Game on!
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #63 on: January 25, 2012, 08:43 PM »
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I just looked at everyone's qtr final match stats and Andy's, unfortunately, looks the worst. ]





Lies damned lies and statistics!!! I look so often at post match stats and fail to relate them either to the result or to the game I've been watching - not always but very often. We all believe that Andy will win, so all stand in a circle hold hands and project this positive energy - all it takes is belief and I am sure that Andy believes. Cometh the hour cometh the man!!!
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #64 on: January 25, 2012, 08:49 PM »
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Don't think the Top 4 guys have ever been so equal.  So hard to call.  Andy just has to make sure his core stats are OK.  Ist serve 60%, Breakpoint conversions 40%.  If he achieves these stats he will indeed be a GS champion on Sunday
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #65 on: January 25, 2012, 09:13 PM »
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Andy's serve is once again the key because, to be honest at the moment other aspects of his game look gr8. He's moving like a god,  his forehand is improving and he is standing much closer to the baseline.
Also very cheered that Ivan has been seen on "scouting" missions. Fresh eye and all that.
Do hope Ivan is at this moment instilling some major self-belief, don't care how hammer Whistle
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #66 on: January 25, 2012, 09:17 PM »
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I am sure Andy will give it his all. We cannot ask for more. I am sure he wants to get to the final and win.
However win or loose he will fight to win another day. Go and get them Andy.
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #67 on: January 25, 2012, 09:25 PM »
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Like Ivan's scouting missions.  If I were Andy's opponent seeing Ivan scowling at me, my knees would be trembling - the guy is so formidable and such a legend
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #68 on: January 25, 2012, 09:41 PM »
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I totally agree, I think he was playing mind games, as the commentators noted the replay of Djokovic "hurting" himself was played roughly 10 times on the big screen in the 15 minutes after it happened. Novak would have known that. Novak is known for exaggerating injuries, 20 minutes after the "injury" he was running about mad hitting winners from everywhere on the court. Andy should prepare for a fully fit and hungry Djokovic.

 What is noticeable is that Djokovic has suffered from a serious bouts of nerves in his last two matches against Hewitt and Ferrer, he clearly feels the pressure when he gets into the sort of long rallies Hewitt and Ferrer are notorious for. If Djokovic is off his game on Friday as much as he was for the first two sets, Andy could look to play a similiar style to Hewitt and Ferrer (even know I'm not overly keen on him doing so).

Another big factor is Lendl in Murray's camp. This has been talked about far too much in my opinion, but I do think this could have a big impact on the match, not even so much from Andy's perspective, but of Novak's. Djokovic mentioned in his post-match on court interview earlier that Lendl was in Murray's camp, which proves it is in his mind. Djokovic (and perhaps Federer and Nadal) is wary that Lendl could give Murray the encouragement and incentive he needs to pull off a couple of historic victories and take his first major. He knows that on Friday Andy will bring something(s) to the table that he would have not seen before from a match against Andy. This could play a part in Djokovic's mind and in his tactics, as he will be unsure whether to prepare for the 'usual' Murray or the unknown Murray. The mentality of both players both before and during this match will play a fascinating part in the outcome of the match.

Andy's biggest worry is Djokovic coming out firing, similiar to the way he played in the 3rd set against Ferrer today. As we saw today from Djokovic however is that he came out firing, holding his serves comfortably and taking Ferrer to Deuce in numerous of his service games at the beginning of the match. He didn't miss a ball for the first 6-8 games. Then as the match wore on, and as Ferrer began to impose himself more and more in the match, errors started to gradually creep into Novak's game to the point where in the long rallies Ferrer was outlasting Novak 9 times in every 10. It was only when Ferrer made several mistakes to gift Djokovic the second set tiebreak that Djokovic relaxed and played his best in the 3rd. If Ferrer had taken the 2nd set, it would have been some dogfight. Djokovic will be nervous on Friday (I hope) and hopefully Andy can take advantage.
Well said, Andy is going to beat Djoko, as you say Hewitt and Ferrer rattled Djoko, Andy is a much better player and with his new confident play ( as long as he serves well which I am sure  he will ) he will get into the final.   cmonandy
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #69 on: January 25, 2012, 11:31 PM »
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/australianopen/9038670/Australian-Open-2012-I-struggled-to-breathe-says-Novak-Djokovic-after-quarter-final-victory-over-David-Ferrer.html

"I found it very difficult after a long time to breath because I felt the whole day my nose was closed a little bit," he said. "I just wasn't able to get enough oxygen.

"I needed more time which I didn't have but in these conditions, at this stage of the tournament, when you're playing someone like David, your physical strength and endurance come into question.

"But I am not too concerned about that at all.
"I'm really fit and I have no concerns of recovering for the next match. It's just a matter of breathing better through the nose."
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #70 on: January 26, 2012, 01:22 AM »
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So good of the BBC to cover Murray v Djokovic on the red button on Friday for those of us without access to Sky. Imagine the fuss if they did this for the England football team and only gave them TV coverage for semi finals and finals of competitions !
Andy will have to up his game if he is to reach the final
Its being shown on BBC2, not the red button.  In fact for those who, like myself, don't have Sky or who are unable to watch the matches at the times stated, here's the BBC's schedule from the BBC Sport/Tennis website, including the women's final -

Friday 27 January

Men's semi-final

Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray live on BBC Two, the HD Channel, the BBC Sport website and 5 live from 0830 GMT. The whole match will be on the BBC's iPlayer afterwards.

Saturday 28 January

Women's singles final

0825-1130, BBC Two/Red Button/online/5 live. The whole match will be on the BBC's iPlayer afterwards.

Sunday 29 January

Men's singles final

0815-1200, BBC Two/Red Button/online/5 live. The whole match will be on the BBC's iPlayer afterwards.
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #71 on: January 26, 2012, 01:40 AM »
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A tweet from Neil Harman (The Times)

Just greeted by 'Hello Pumpkin' I really am beginning to worry that the sun is getting to Mr Lendl.



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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #72 on: January 26, 2012, 01:45 AM »
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #73 on: January 26, 2012, 01:50 AM »
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/australianopen/9038670/Australian-Open-2012-I-struggled-to-breathe-says-Novak-Djokovic-after-quarter-final-victory-over-David-Ferrer.html

"I found it very difficult after a long time to breath because I felt the whole day my nose was closed a little bit," he said. "I just wasn't able to get enough oxygen.

"I needed more time which I didn't have but in these conditions, at this stage of the tournament, when you're playing someone like David, your physical strength and endurance come into question.

"But I am not too concerned about that at all.
"I'm really fit and I have no concerns of recovering for the next match. It's just a matter of breathing better through the nose."

Nole would say this of course.  I have my doubts about it, but I remember the US open final last year, to my mind the match of the year, and he looked out on his feet more often than not, but still found a way to win with some exceptional play.  He is very tough, incredibly resilient, and so mentally strong now even some physical impediments don't seem to inhibit him much when it really comes down to it.

Andy can push him a lot further than he has been before.  I actually think Andy of all the top players last year was the one that came closest to working Nole out, and I think actually in Rome he found the measure of him, and should have won.  Cincinatti is easy to discount, but I think he would have won anyway.

This is a massive match.  Victory would make his confidence soar no end.  A loss would be a setback.  I am desperate for him to win this one.  He needs this bad, and must show it.  Tomorrow is a major test for his new found tactics and overall attitude, he could really start maturing into that champion we know he is.

We can speculate on Nole's physical condition and form, Andy shouldn't even go there, and I am sure Lendl will have him super focused and positive for this one!
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Re: AO 2012 SF: Murray vs Djokovic « Reply #74 on: January 26, 2012, 02:09 AM »
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Couldn't watch today, so thanks for this very concise report!

Friday's match will be on the BBC - does that mean Andrew Castle?
I watch from Canada, Elena... no Andrew Castle here, but by the sounds of it maybe not a bad thing.
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