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 91 
 on: Yesterday at 06:06 PM 
Started by Amy - Last post by Elly
An oldie, but goodie!


 92 
 on: Yesterday at 06:00 PM 
Started by boogers - Last post by Aileen
All this criticism it is terrible. Andy made it to the final of a Slam after an eventful 2014 and lost his first game of singles this year. That IS PROGRESS is it not?
Not in some people's eyes it would seem, and John Lloyd was having a good old rant at Andy's 'negative attitude' during both the match and after, saying it was totally unacceptable, so maybe he would like to come and put him right - not that Andy would welcome him of course!

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I hope that he plays Rotterdam. It sounded to me that to play well regularly in the ATP events was on his "to do" list? He can still organise participation in these to support his inclination to concentrate most on slams?
I'm pretty sure he will.  After all what excuse does he have for not playing?  He isn't injured, says he feels fine after that match, and pleading fatigue really would be unacceptable anyway.  He probably won't play until the Wednesday or Thursday, so can still spend a few days at home before hopping across to Rotterdam.  He doesn't like letting tournament organisers down either, which is as it should be.  Only Federer can get away with that.

 93 
 on: Yesterday at 05:54 PM 
Started by boogers - Last post by amongsttheleaves
ATL, See edited version. My apologies for pressing a wrong button!

Have just read. Don't think your second is crazy at all. Could happen - maybe Leon Smith will go along as Davis Cup captain given the tie with the US is just a month or so away?

Hope your point about Lendl is noted by some, after all Andy lost the first slam final he reached with Lendl in his box and between AO 2012 and the Olympics 2012 Andy won no titles whatsoever, though he did reach finals in Dubai, Miami and Wimbledon in that period. Lendl didn't have to contend with 6 months of working to get Andy back on track physically and winning titles, any titles, whilst simultaneously working with a decidedly difficult 'atmosphere' in the team.

 94 
 on: Yesterday at 05:47 PM 
Started by scot-boy - Last post by amongsttheleaves
Press write-ups of the AO final. Be warned some are not even remotely balanced or reasonable. Pat Cash and John Lloyd are particularly keen to have a b***h at Andy.


Kevin Mitchell for the Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/feb/01/australian-open-final-2015-novak-djokovic-andy-murray


Barney Ronay for the Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2015/feb/01/andy-murray-australian-open


Jonathan Liew for the Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/australianopen/11382704/Until-Andy-Murray-can-find-missing-ingredient-it-will-always-be-a-chase-rather-than-rivalry-with-Novak-Djokovic.html


APF content on the Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/andymurray/11382767/Andy-Murray-admits-getting-distracted-but-takes-positives.html


Simon Briggs for the Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/australianopen/11382628/Andy-Murray-beaten-by-Novak-Djokovic-in-Australian-Open-final.html


Piers Newbery for the BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/31073438


BBC Sport

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/31083979


Chris Chase for USA Today

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/02/novak-djokovic-australian-open-andy-murray-collapse-implosion-australian-open-final


Paul Newman for the Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/andy-murray-vs-novak-djokovic-womens-tennis-hails-murray-as-its-champion-ahead-of-australian-open-2015-final-10015978.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/novak-djokovic-vs-andy-murray-report-murray-loses-fourth-australian-open-final-as-djokovic-wins-fifth-crown-in-melbourne-10016318.html


Press Association content - Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2935269/Michael-Owen-Robbie-Savage-argue-Twitter-Andy-Murray-s-Australian-Open-final-defeat-Novak-Djokovic.html


Pat Cash sticking the knife in – Phil Casey for PA - Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2935236/Andy-Murray-meltdown-Pat-Cash-accuses-British-No-1-collapsing-against-Novak-Djokovic-Australian-Open-final.html

Same on BBC Sport

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/31082925


John Lloyd sticking the knife in – BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/31084273


Mike Dickson for the Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2935050/Novak-Djokovic-storms-fifth-Australian-Open-title-beating-British-No-1-Andy-Murray-four-sets.html


Christopher Clarey for the New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/02/sports/tennis/novak-djokovic-defeats-andy-murray-to-win-australian-open.html?_r=0


Greg Ruedski (being surprising balanced) for Yahoo Eurosport

https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/tramlines/rusedski--andy-murray-simply-ran-into-a-man-who-was-too-good-on-the-day-143104614.html


Simon Barnes for ESPN

http://www.espn.co.uk/blogs/sport/story/396843.html


And finally, let’s take a moment to admire Kim sticking it to the critics with her t-shirt.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/feb/01/kim-sears-parental-advisrory-explicit-content-murray

 95 
 on: Yesterday at 05:47 PM 
Started by scot-boy - Last post by counter_ puncher
What exactly has BB added to Nole's game? Or was it only a publicity thing to shed more light on Nole, which was suggested when BB came on board?

 96 
 on: Yesterday at 05:46 PM 
Started by boogers - Last post by Elly
Actually, I am on holidays. I was sitting in an empty hotel bar as it had the only TV with Eurosport on. When the fourth set was approaching its bitter end, I had some tears in my eyes as I had so much wished for Andy to break the losing streak in Melbourne, to win another GS, which would do him a great deal of justice. And I felt that destiny was unfair to him once again: all his finals were against Fed or Nole, multiple champions. Both of them fit, not like Nadal in his final against Wawrinka, who then won though never having achieved anything of significance. Or take the USO where two newcomers without Andy's vita were facing each other.
Nole's on-court behaviour did not win him respect, so I hope at least. Andy showed his annoyance in the ceremony clearly. I could just bring myself to watch his speech, which he managed with grace imo, and then immediately went for a long walk through the winter woods.
Having now caught up with all your posts here, I can hardly add anything new. Andy has given me a lot of pleasure over the past two weeks, more than I had expected after this dreadful evening at the O2. He certainly regretted not taking his chances over the three sets, which might have led to his mental collapse. Nole always makes you work so hard for your points. It can be frustrating. He might be for Andy what Nadal is for Fed. But Andy is back in the top 4. Let us enjoy it.
Hope this didn't spoil your hols, CP,  Andy defs had his chances, just wasn't able to convert, for whatever reason.  However, he does seem more relaxed about it all.  Fascinating journey, as always. 

 97 
 on: Yesterday at 05:45 PM 
Started by flowerpower - Last post by Connor
Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg ·
Meanwhile, Andy Murray has already left, forgot his plate, and no one is sure where it is. The search is on

The hunt for Andy Murray's plate is growing more frantic, looking behind chairs and such. And with that, goodbye #AusOpen!

What on earth? Where exactly is Murray's head right now? It's not on planet Earth.

 98 
 on: Yesterday at 05:39 PM 
Started by boogers - Last post by counter_ puncher
Actually, I am on holidays. I was sitting in an empty hotel bar as it had the only TV with Eurosport on. When the fourth set was approaching its bitter end, I had some tears in my eyes as I had so much wished for Andy to break the losing streak in Melbourne, to win another GS, which would do him a great deal of justice. And I felt that destiny was unfair to him once again: all his finals were against Fed or Nole, multiple champions. Both of them fit, not like Nadal in his final against Wawrinka, who then won though never having achieved anything of significance. Or take the USO where two newcomers without Andy's vita were facing each other.
Nole's on-court behaviour did not win him respect, so I hope at least. Andy showed his annoyance in the ceremony clearly. I could just bring myself to watch his speech, which he managed with grace imo, and then immediately went for a long walk through the winter woods.
Having now caught up with all your posts here, I can hardly add anything new. Andy has given me a lot of pleasure over the past two weeks, more than I had expected after this dreadful evening at the O2. He certainly regretted not taking his chances over the three sets, which might have led to his mental collapse. Nole always makes you work so hard for your points. It can be frustrating. He might be for Andy what Nadal is for Fed. But Andy is back in the top 4. Let us enjoy it.

 99 
 on: Yesterday at 05:29 PM 
Started by boogers - Last post by Elly
Elly a social scientist would tell you that 'facts' aren't that simple.  One has to take into account context for a start.  And in any case I don't recall Andy winning a slam that soon after he started working with Lendl.
Ruthie - facts are facts - one just needs to accept them.  I totally get you don't like me, but don't bog the forum down by having a tit for tat.  Not quite sure who you think you are, really - but you'll not be telling me what to do, say or think on an internet forum.

 100 
 on: Yesterday at 05:27 PM 
Started by boogers - Last post by marathonarthur
ATL, See edited version. My apologies for pressing a wrong button!

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