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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #90 on: July 06, 2012, 05:18 AM »
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Well here we are, had to write this before going to bed, thinking about tomorrow or today where many of you live, such a big day. I know we will all hold together and send good vibes to our Andy..

So Andy we are all here for you.  We hope you have had a good nights sleep and Ivan has given you the courage to go out there and play your game, full of fight just like the boxers you love..  Best of luck Andy, may you serve great and return even better, and may the force be with you!!
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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #91 on: July 06, 2012, 06:26 AM »
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Am really chuffed by 1) how Andy's stayed so calm and focused in his matches 2) how he's managed to play himself into form and 3) how that brilliant serve has got him out of trouble when needed 4) how he's managed to serve his way to victory. yay

So here's hoping that Andy ups his level once again, stays calm and focused and let's his magic do the talking.
Come on Andy,  yay yay yay yay udaman
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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #92 on: July 06, 2012, 07:19 AM »
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I wasn't going to, but had to get in a new stash of chocolate.  Little tongue man Hokey Pokey they call it here but I'd call it cinder toffee cubes covered in chocolate (not quite up to Crunchie standards though).  Still very nice, especially when it's been in the freezer.

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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #93 on: July 06, 2012, 08:09 AM »
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Lendl has given Andy one of the best 2nd serves of the tournament, something i never thought I'd say, and an offensive forehand as well as more balance & composure also. People should not complain about Ivan, he's moving mountains.
I agree TCB.....A while back, it seemed to me that Andy was going backwards and he appeared to lose some of the more interesting elements of his game, but now, I think he was just going through a phase when he was concentrating more on the changes, most noticably, the forehand and serve. It must be difficult after having played one way for years, to suddenly change to something different. However, now we are starting to see those old interesting elements I thought we may never see again, begin to reappear and sitting comfortably alongside the new. Also, I think the change to his demeanor on court has helped enormously. Yes, he still 'loses it' from time to time, but he's now learning to reign it in and regain control very quickly. Another thing I've noticed, is whenever he makes a bad shot and loses the point, instead of carrying the frustration over to the next few points and perhaps losing the game as he used to do, he appears more capable of 'letting it go' and moving on. This has not been perfected yet, but he's getting there! I'll know it's been perfected when I stop shouting 'Let it go Andy! Just get the next one son!" at the TV! As for the match today, even though big Jo is a great player, I find I'm not nearly as worried as I was about Ferrer! Jo, you know I love you, but oor Andy's gonna kick your ass today, and I'm gonna love every minute! Andy C'MON!  cmon yeah
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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #94 on: July 06, 2012, 08:18 AM »
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I wasn't going to, but had to get in a new stash of chocolate.  Little tongue man Hokey Pokey they call it here but I'd call it cinder toffee cubes covered in chocolate (not quite up to Crunchie standards though).  Still very nice, especially when it's been in the freezer.

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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #95 on: July 06, 2012, 08:27 AM »
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If he doesn't win today, I fear he might never win a slam. This is his big chance. Can he handle it?
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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #96 on: July 06, 2012, 08:47 AM »
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If he doesn't win today, I fear he might never win a slam. This is his big chance. Can he handle it?
Even if he does win, I don't think he will win the final.

But to suggest he won't win a slam if he doesn't beat Tsonga is a bit ridiculous.

Look how bloody good Ferrer is at 30.
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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #97 on: July 06, 2012, 08:48 AM »
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If he doesn't win today, I fear he might never win a slam. This is his big chance. Can he handle it?

He can still win today and lose in the final.
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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #98 on: July 06, 2012, 08:57 AM »
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If he doesn't win today, I fear he might never win a slam. This is his big chance. Can he handle it?

Have you made mention of your adventure to the CC on Wednesday?  How was it?
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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #99 on: July 06, 2012, 08:58 AM »
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Where I come from Bev, we used to call it 'Puff Candy'!  yes

Very Happy I'm keeping it on ice until the match.  I've just devoured a bag of mini digestives Little tongue man 

And I still can't decide where to watch the match Think
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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #100 on: July 06, 2012, 09:03 AM »
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Well here we are, had to write this before going to bed, thinking about tomorrow or today where many of you live, such a big day. I know we will all hold together and send good vibes to our Andy..

So Andy we are all here for you.  We hope you have had a good nights sleep and Ivan has given you the courage to go out there and play your game, full of fight just like the boxers you love..  Best of luck Andy, may you serve great and return even better, and may the force be with you!!

Good post!
I won't be on this forum tonight but be shure I'll be sending the good vibes to London and to you all, I'd love to see Andy in the final and I prefer Fed in the Final too. I think that's the most beautiful and dramatic match and...win
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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #101 on: July 06, 2012, 09:04 AM »
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Well another day, another stressful watching session ahead.  If he wins this and gets to the final I will believe that it is just a matter of time before he gets his maiden GS. Even if he doesn't manage the final step this time. I agree with people who say, it is the change in attitude that is the major difference. He has just (I say just), pushed ahead fighting back in a relentless push forward to the end. He has come back from being down and losing sets to eventually take the match. That must prey on Tsonga, knowing that even if he gets a set Murray has come back every time. Not to mention Murray's track record against him. Murray also goes into this knowing that he beats Tsonga the majority of the time. If Murray can win this, he will go into the final as the underdog. Hopefully at that stage he will think that by even getting to the final he will have achieved something no Brit has achieved since 1938, and at that point he will just cut loose and go for it. Given what he has achieved, this Wimbledon already, given the nightmare of his draw, I will probably throttle anyone, (metaphorically speaking), who dares criticise him. Whatever happens today, I think he has made major progress, and we can all see the evidence of Lendle's work. He is still a work in progress, but the important thing for him and us, it that we are starting to see real progress. Let's not be too harsh on him if this match or the next is the step too far this time.
On a separate note, I was fortunate enough to go to Wimbledon yesterday. I was in London and thought correctly it might not be too crowded. I don't do large crowds or queues. Although didn't see the main man, did see Djokovick practicing and went into No 1 and Centre Court. It was a great experience.

Personally I just have to decide whether I am going to brave this one out or be my usual cowardly self and hide until it is all over.......!!!
Good luck to everyone, may all our stresses today be little ones.
Sorry for the ramble.
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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #102 on: July 06, 2012, 09:04 AM »
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Apologies for the long post but BBC Sport pundits and national newspaper journalists assess what promise to be two mouth-watering matches.

John Lloyd, former British number one

MURRAY v TSONGA: MURRAY IN FOUR SETS

"Andy's greater consistency will prove decisive. He's more solid at crucial periods and Tsonga makes too many errors.

DJOKOVIC v FEDERER: DJOKOVIC IN FOUR

"Defending champion, world number one and a surface suited to his game... I have to go for Djokovic. He'll get too many balls back from defensive positions where Federer would expect to hit winners.

Jeff Tarango, former world number 42

MURRAY v TSONGA: MURRAY IN FIVE

"Tsonga has the bigger firepower on grass but tends to experience lots of ups and downs. So if Murray can play for the whole match like he did in the last few points against David Ferrer then he'll win."

DJOKOVIC v FEDERER: FEDERER IN FOUR

"Federer will rise up and have one of those magical moments. A lot of the greatest players of all time have a two-year lull when they don't win a Grand Slam and then all of sudden come back and do it when nobody expects it. This is that moment for Federer."

Jonathan Overend, BBC tennis correspondent

MURRAY v TSONGA: MURRAY IN FOUR

"This will follow the same pattern as the quarter-final they played here in 2010. Tsonga will get off to a strong start, using serve and being aggressive to edge the first set. But Murray will slowly get into it and exert his authority as the match goes on."

DJOKOVIC v FEDERER: DJOKOVIC IN FOUR

"It's easy to get caught up in the emotion of a potential Federer win. But he's facing the the best player in the world and the guy who beat him in the French Open semi-finals a few weeks ago. To have any chance, Federer will have to play like he did during his Wimbledon glory years."

Neil Harman, Times

MURRAY v TSONGA: MURRAY IN FOUR

"I'm not sure Tsonga has reached a level of play that can trouble someone of Andy's defensive strengths. Can he do it on a one-off basis? I don't think so. Murray is the most match-hardened of all the players left."

DJOKOVIC v FEDERER: DJOKOVIC IN FOUR

"It's so hard to see anyone stopping Djokovic. He's done what he's needed to do. Roger has looked a little suspect and I'm not sure how good his back is."

Mike Dickson, Daily Mail

MURRAY v TSONGA: MURRAY IN FOUR

"Murray was terrific in his victory over Ferrer and provided Tsonga doesn't have one of those sensational days like he had at the 2008 Australian Open, Andy will win."

DJOKOVIC v FEDERER: FEDERER IN FOUR

"I've just got a feeling about Federer. He really wants it and we've seen glimpses that Djokovic is feeling the pressure a bit more this year. On grass, Federer still has a big reservoir of confidence."

Paul Newman, Independent

MURRAY v TSONGA: MURRAY IN FOUR

"Tsonga often starts very well against Murray but Andy usually comes good. He'll make Tsonga hit too many balls."

DJOKOVIC v FEDERER: DJOKOVIC IN FOUR

"I just don't see Federer sustaining it against the other members of the top four any more over a best-of-five set match."
Steve Brenner, Sun

MURRAY v TSONGA: MURRAY IN FOUR

"Andy will be nervy to start with but, once he gets ahead, he'll be fine. He always does start slowly, and did against Ferrer, but once he gets into it and the crowd get behind him, I can see him winning comfortably."

DJOKOVIC v FEDERER: DJOKOVIC IN THREE

"Having thrashed Federer in Paris, Djokovic has the mental edge. He's more athletic, gets around the court better and once he gets on top, he doesn't let go."

Neil McLeman, Daily Mirror

MURRAY v TSONGA: MURRAY IN THREE

"Tsonga is a match-up Murray should welcome. Andy will pick him off at the net and if the Scot can nullify Tsonga's serve, he's got the passing abilities to come through in straight sets."

DJOKOVIC v FEDERER: DJOKOVIC IN FOUR

"Novak has beaten Roger in six of their last seven meetings - he's got the number on him. Djokovic is going to go on and win this tournament."

Ian Chadband, Daily Telegraph

MURRAY v TSONGA: MURRAY IN FOUR

"It's Murray's time. He's got a winning record against Tsonga and if you asked him before the tournament for his ideal quarter-final opponent, he would have gone for Tsonga."

DJOKOVIC v FEDERER: DJOKOVIC IN FOUR

"I haven't seen any sign of weakness in Djokovic. It looks as though he's back to the form of his extraordinary start to the season in 2011 and he appears to have a psychological hold over Federer."

Bob McKenzie, Daily Express

MURRAY v TSONGA: MURRAY IN FOUR

"Andy is on a roll. It's his time. He's got the beating of Tsonga and he's got too many weapons on grass."

DJOKOVIC v FEDERER: DJOKOVIC IN FOUR

"I think Djokovic has got the grip of Federer's throat now. He's been mighty all the way through and will have a bit too much zip on Friday."
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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #103 on: July 06, 2012, 09:24 AM »
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How is the weather forcast? Will it be a play under the roof?
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Re: Wimbledon SF: Murray v Tsonga « Reply #104 on: July 06, 2012, 09:31 AM »
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How is the weather forcast? Will it be a play under the roof?

Just going to post something about that - it's raindelay at the moment and saying that they sky is very grey, no bright spells on the horizon.
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