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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #105 on: July 04, 2013, 12:23 PM »
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Difference is, he often uses a lot of slice on his second serve - so naturally it's a good 20mph slower. The variety on it actually makes it far harder to judge, compared to two Poles who just tend to hit flat second serves. Harder, but easier to read.

Of course Murray does often tend to throw in particularly poor ones with little bounce or spin that get punished, but generally his second serve isn't as bad as the speed suggests. A lot more to serving than raw power.

JJ doesn't have a flat second serve... he uses a kicker.
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #106 on: July 04, 2013, 12:25 PM »
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Andy latest column.

Andy's It might take a little longer than normal for my head to clear after that dramatic quarter-final, but the prospect of a Wimbledon semi-final will get me focused again.
Sleep can be hard to come by when you've just won in five sets on Centre Court and that's where the day off at Grand Slams is a big help.
It was close to 11pm when I got home and it might have been hard to recover for a match the next day, but here I'm lucky to have 24 hours to get myself back to neutral, do all the right recovery stuff and hit a few balls to freshen up a bit. I'll be fine for Friday.
The win over Fernando Verdasco might not have been exactly straightforward but I'm really pleased with how I turned it around from two sets down, and the prize is huge.

Making it through to my fifth Wimbledon semi-final in a row is really special, and tough to do with everything that goes on at this tournament for me. I'm glad that over the course of my career I've been able to play some of my best tennis here.
You could say the US Open has been more successful because I won there but, in terms of consistency, Wimbledon has definitely been my best.
Dealing with nerves is a part of the job at this stage of a Slam and you can't dictate when they will hit you.
Sometimes you'll start thinking about the next match a day before and you may get a bit nervous; sometimes you won't worry about it until an hour or so before you step on the court. I don't mind if I'm a little bit nervous the day before, because that means I know I'm going to be pumped the next day.
I'll certainly need to be sharp from the outset against Jerzy Janowicz, as I have to take every chance that comes my way.
There's a lot more to his game than people might think - he's got good touch and plays a lot of drop shots - but at 6ft 8in and with a big serve, it's pretty obvious that I will need to return well.
That's always been one of the strengths of my game. I can remember beating Taylor Dent, who was one of the biggest servers around, when I played on the Tour for the first time at Queen's Club.
I have very short, compact swings on the return and quite a long reach, and they're two key things when you're returning.
If you have big swings, especially on the quicker courts, it's tough to get the timing right. If you're able to keep the swings short then it helps. I also practise blocking returns and just getting them back in play a lot, because in some matches that's really your only option.
I suppose it's a natural ability to some extent but practice is the key. While a lot of guys work on other things, I spend a lot of time on my returns and hopefully that will pay off on Friday.
Janowicz might be a big guy with a big serve, but I won't be intimidated by him.

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If anything, it's more likely that a player's endurance ability is something I'd find it hard to compete against. If you know someone can outlast you, it puts a lot more pressure on the beginning of the match. If someone just has a big shot then you can try to find ways to take that away from them. On the physical side, you can't stop someone from being fit.
In terms of Friday, I won't do anything out of the ordinary to prepare for his serve. I practised with a couple of lefties before playing Verdasco, but when I'm playing righties with a big serve I usually just get Dani Vallverdu, who works as part of my coaching team, to stand up the court and serve at me from there.
I'm sure the nerves will start building the night before and during the day, and if I can get the kind of support I had on Wednesday from the moment I step out on Centre Court, it will make a huge difference.
I've talked about the Olympic atmosphere at Wimbledon before, and have just found out I've been nominated in two categories at the ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) awards, one of the biggest sporting awards in the United States. I'm up for Best Tennis Player  and Best Moment of 2012,  which is pretty cool.
For a British tennis player to be recognised among all the American athletes and sports shows just what an impact the US Open win and the Olympics made, and I'm sure the home crowd at Wimbledon was part of that.
Let's hope we can do something similar over the next few days.
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #107 on: July 04, 2013, 12:52 PM »
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Jerzy Janowicz looks like the love child of the Incredible Hulk and David Walliams.


I'm sure he'll feel complimented
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #108 on: July 04, 2013, 02:00 PM »
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 Murray's average 2nd serve has been 83 MPH this wimbledon. Janowicz's second serve average? 104MPH. Uh oh.
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #109 on: July 04, 2013, 02:08 PM »
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Murray's average 2nd serve has been 83 MPH this wimbledon. Janowicz's second serve average? 104MPH. Uh oh.

don't forget Verdasco's 2nd serve yesterday. Eventually coped with it!!!
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #110 on: July 04, 2013, 02:09 PM »
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Has the schedule been announced yet for friday?

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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #111 on: July 04, 2013, 02:27 PM »
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There's a bit of symmetry involved here, didn't Fed come back from 2 sets down last Wimbledon and go on to win it? People saying on forums that Andy will be knackered after yesterday, i don't think he will be at all he played 5 sets yes but it was still 3 /12 hours not exactly long for a 5 setter, if he'd been out there for 5 hours then i'd be worried.

Just saw Flipkens get destroyed by Bartoli in the semis, let's hope for another blink from JJ tomorrow. I'm still not totally convinced about Janowicz, when Fed, Nadal and Tsonga went out and a few other of the seeds, then there was a lot of players who could have made the semis, i think Almagro is the highest seed Jerzy played? coudl be wrong.

Anyway let's see tomorrow, i think Andy will be fine as he's the most experienced player.
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #112 on: July 04, 2013, 02:34 PM »
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There's a bit of symmetry involved here, didn't Fed come back from 2 sets down last Wimbledon and go on to win it? People saying on forums that Andy will be knackered after yesterday, i don't think he will be at all he played 5 sets yes but it was still 3 /12 hours not exactly long for a 5 setter, if he'd been out there for 5 hours then i'd be worried.


The Fed - Bennettau match was the last 5 setter on centre til yesterday ....
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #113 on: July 04, 2013, 03:32 PM »
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When the Wimbledon draw was announced Andy was seeded to meet Nadal/Federer in the semi-final.  So back then I'm sure he would be happy to face Janowicz (#24).
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #114 on: July 04, 2013, 03:50 PM »
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When the Wimbledon draw was announced Andy was seeded to meet Nadal/Federer in the semi-final.  So back then I'm sure he would be happy to face Janowicz (#24).
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #115 on: July 04, 2013, 03:54 PM »
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When the Wimbledon draw was announced Andy was seeded to meet Nadal/Federer in the semi-final.  So back then I'm sure he would be happy to face Janowicz (#24).
Andy tends to have trouble with players we think he will breeze past, and blasts through the matches we worry about.  Andy has the experience for Fridays match.
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #116 on: July 04, 2013, 04:13 PM »
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JERZY JANOWICZ: THE POLE-VERISER

“I am an explosive character and a pure fighter,” Janowicz told ATPWorldTour.com. “On court, during a match, I focus on every ball. I don’t need to play aesthetically well. The most important thing is to win matches.”

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/07/27/Wimbledon-Feature-Janowicz.aspx?utm_source=ATPMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ATP%20World%20Tour%20Insider%20#26 - July 4 2013 (1)



ANDY - "Janowicz might be a big guy with a big serve, but I won't be intimidated by him."


Thanks for posting his blog, Gangsta.  It's great to see that Andy's achievements are being given so much appreciation in the US, and I hope that, as he says, he gets the same crowd support that he had on Wednesday right from the start of this match because that's what he thoroughly deserves.
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #117 on: July 04, 2013, 04:28 PM »
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There's a bit of symmetry involved here, didn't Fed come back from 2 sets down last Wimbledon and go on to win it? People saying on forums that Andy will be knackered after yesterday, i don't think he will be at all he played 5 sets yes but it was still 3 /12 hours not exactly long for a 5 setter, if he'd been out there for 5 hours then i'd be worried.

Just saw Flipkens get destroyed by Bartoli in the semis, let's hope for another blink from JJ tomorrow. I'm still not totally convinced about Janowicz, when Fed, Nadal and Tsonga went out and a few other of the seeds, then there was a lot of players who could have made the semis, i think Almagro is the highest seed Jerzy played? coudl be wrong.

Anyway let's see tomorrow, i think Andy will be fine as he's the most experienced player.

There's a bit of symmetry involved here, didn't Fed come back from 2 sets down last Wimbledon and go on to win it? People saying on forums that Andy will be knackered after yesterday, i don't think he will be at all he played 5 sets yes but it was still 3 /12 hours not exactly long for a 5 setter, if he'd been out there for 5 hours then i'd be worried.

Just saw Flipkens get destroyed by Bartoli in the semis, let's hope for another blink from JJ tomorrow. I'm still not totally convinced about Janowicz, when Fed, Nadal and Tsonga went out and a few other of the seeds, then there was a lot of players who could have made the semis, i think Almagro is the highest seed Jerzy played? coudl be wrong.

Anyway let's see tomorrow, i think Andy will be fine as he's the most experienced player.

I thought one of the commentators, I think McEnroe, said he could probably have played at least one more set.  I thought he looked as if he had only played a very short match at the end yesterday.
JERZY JANOWICZ: THE POLE-VERISER

“I am an explosive character and a pure fighter,” Janowicz told ATPWorldTour.com. “On court, during a match, I focus on every ball. I don’t need to play aesthetically well. The most important thing is to win matches.”

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/07/27/Wimbledon-Feature-Janowicz.aspx?utm_source=ATPMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ATP%20World%20Tour%20Insider%20#26 - July 4 2013 (1)



ANDY - "Janowicz might be a big guy with a big serve, but I won't be intimidated by him."


Thanks for posting his blog, Gangsta.  It's great to see that Andy's achievements are being given so much appreciation in the US, and I hope that, as he says, he gets the same crowd support that he had on Wednesday right from the start of this match because that's what he thoroughly deserves.

I also see that he wants the crowd pressure to basically destroy Andy tomorrow.  Brave words I feel.
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #118 on: July 04, 2013, 05:10 PM »
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Alot is being made of Jj's height , big serve ...power etc. Andy loves playing those type of players tho. I
His game is a good match for that style.

Andy just played a guy with a power game and won.

The thing about these tall guys is that if the return ball is continually varied and played low they struggle.

Id think Andy will play a varied game ...trying to keep the ball low and awkward...pulling him out of position with shots to the lines
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Re: Wimbledon 2013 SF: Andy Murray vs. Jerzy Janowicz « Reply #119 on: July 04, 2013, 05:41 PM »
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Strangely, it has been JJ I've been worried about since Nadal and Federer went out. Now I'm not so worried. Andy was pushed to the limit yesterday and came through, and JJ doesn't play remotely like Verdasco, so I doubt Andy will have to deal with the 'If he plays like that....' equation.

Andy will be nervous tomorrow, no doubt about that in my mind. However, it will be huge for JJ. My feeling is that JJ will see it as an opportunity, but that could make him over-confident. If I recall JJ didn't get the best start over Almagro, but Almagro let him in. If I remember rightly Melzer allowed JJ in to the match as well. In a major semi I don't see Andy making the mistake of letting him in.

Andy seems to like the tall big-hitter types. It seems to suit him. Isner, Delpo, Karlovic, all very tall, all strike the ball a tonne. Andy is capable of beating all of them and has done.

I think Andy will be able to move JJ better than most of his opponents have. I'm not sure Almagro made him move much at all, or Melzer for that matter.

People talk about Andy's second serve, and of course it is punishable. What is forgotten is that Andy is the best returner of the second serve in the game, and his anticipation is second to none. Once Andy has a read on what JJ is doing I think it will be all over for JJ.

I'd love to predict Andy in three, and it could be. To be on the safe side I'm saying Andy in four.
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