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Erratic Murray in the ascendency « on: May 30, 2011, 09:06 PM »
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Andy Murray and his fans rode the emotional roller-coaster at Roland Garros today. The Scot hit back against Victor Troicki to erase a two sets to love deficit as bad light stopped play at 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Murray's continued participation in the event was a doubt before the match started after an ankle injury in the previous round. In the first set the Scots mobility was obviously impaired and Troicki capitalised to race into a 5-0 lead. Some inspired shot making from Murray pegged the score back to *5-4, but he was unable to save the set.

As improved as Murray's movement was,  the mental aspect of his game was in disarray. A smorgasbord of poor shot selection and unforced errors handed the second set to Troicki and after Murray gifted away an early break in the third, a continued Scottish presence in the French Open seemed unlikely.

The Scot used to have a reputation as a fighter, and the Murray of old made an appearance. More inspired shot making combined with hidden reserves of calm reversed the break and secured the set. The fourth set flew by as a barraged of tartan coloured thunderbolts pinned Troicki back.

On resumption tomorrow Murray will be the obvious favourite, but it remains to be seen how his ankle will respond to the pressure of four sets of hard fought tennis.
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #1 on: May 30, 2011, 09:09 PM »
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011, 09:17 PM »
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I think once he'd figured out the injury wasn't an issue, he was fine. Fine enough to go back to his usual cat-and-mouse, seat-of-the-pants stuff, that is.
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #3 on: May 30, 2011, 09:21 PM »
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Should be done and dusted, should have won the 2nd set.
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #4 on: May 30, 2011, 09:29 PM »
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I LOVED MORE FROM TODAY...IT IS THE BEST
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #5 on: May 30, 2011, 09:36 PM »
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I don't know how his Mum and Kim sit through his games.It must be agony.I am glad to see them both there .
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #6 on: May 30, 2011, 09:43 PM »
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The mental side of his game continues to be utterly unfathomable. Moping, shouting and generally looking resigned to defeat at one point, then up for it and focussed the next. If only he'd take a leaf out of Djokovic's book - that guy is so driven and mentally sharp these days - it wasn't always the case, either.
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #7 on: May 30, 2011, 09:47 PM »
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Being the pessimist I am, I keep thinking of when he played Davydenko in the u.s open in 06'. They came back out the next day with Murray needing to win the set. He lost 6-0.
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #8 on: May 30, 2011, 10:04 PM »
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I remember that Davy match too, Andy started badly and then lost the plot bigtime.  I really thought tonight's was one of the weirdest matches I have ever seen.  Andy looked like he couldn't play, he went 5-0 down in the first set, and I have no doubt you would have got big odds on him winning at that stage.  He comes charging back and almost wins the first set.  He then bottles his lead in the second, goes a break down in the third, comes back again and we finish at 2-2 and the momentum with Andy perhaps.  At times Troicki played superbly, and his defensive skills have really improved.

I suppose we can only assume that he was too cautious with the injury at the start, and then at the end off comes strapping altogether, and Andy emerges playing his best tennis....As I say a weird match.  Just hope he can win tomorrow but judging by how tight Victor became I doubt he has the bottle to see it through. 

We had injured Andy, tragic (very grumpy) Andy, and magic Andy all in the same match.  He has to be feeling good that he is still in the tournament.  When he reflects he has 1 set to beat a guy he has never lost to, to face a guy who he has a 6-1 record against, to then face Nadal who openly admits he isn't playing well enough to win the tournament. 

Wonder what odds you could have got on Andy to win RG at 5-0 down in the first set.  If you got on then well done, I was too busy biting my finger nails.
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #9 on: May 30, 2011, 10:07 PM »
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I remember that Davy match too, Andy started badly and then lost the plot bigtime.  I really thought tonight's was one of the weirdest matches I have ever seen.  Andy looked like he couldn't play, he went 5-0 down in the first set, and I have no doubt you would have got big odds on him winning at that stage.  He comes charging back and almost wins the first set.  He then bottles his lead in the second, goes a break down in the third, comes back again and we finish at 2-2 and the momentum with Andy perhaps.  At times Troicki played superbly, and his defensive skills have really improved.

I suppose we can only assume that he was too cautious with the injury at the start, and then at the end off comes strapping altogether, and Andy emerges playing his best tennis....As I say a weird match.  Just hope he can win tomorrow but judging by how tight Victor became I doubt he has the bottle to see it through. 

We had injured Andy, tragic (very grumpy) Andy, and magic Andy all in the same match.  He has to be feeling good that he is still in the tournament.  When he reflects he has 1 set to beat a guy he has never lost to, to face a guy who he has a 6-1 record against, to then face Nadal who openly admits he isn't playing well enough to win the tournament. 

Wonder what odds you could have got on Andy to win RG at 5-0 down in the first set.  If you got on then well done, I was too busy biting my finger nails.

Equally, however, Troicki could think of it as a one set shootout and go for it. Not too long to think about nerves when it could be all over so quickly. I've got a nasty feeling about this, just hope Andy can get it done with minimal fuss! pray
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #10 on: May 30, 2011, 10:09 PM »
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A fair and objective report Phil. Nice header too.

A nightmare of a game for his team and us fans. I dont know how I'll be able to work tomorrow with the last set to play!

Its like being in a game of Russian roulette.
Need a sick note from the doctor, its all too emotional!

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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #11 on: May 30, 2011, 10:11 PM »
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To change the subject, I wonder if any of you can offer any help & advice please ? My daughter has bought us 2 cheap tickets for Queens on Monday 6th June. We are hoping to see Andy play but the chances are very remote I know, but maybe we could see him practicing ? We have never been to Queens & don't know where the practice courts are ? I emailed the Queens club, a few weeks ago, for a map of the grounds, but they have not replied. So can anyone help please ? Also, I have just come out of hospital & rather weak, so I will need somewhere to rest & sit down, maybe like Henman hill ? Is there anything like that there please ?
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #12 on: May 30, 2011, 10:18 PM »
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To change the subject, I wonder if any of you can offer any help & advice please ? My daughter has bought us 2 cheap tickets for Queens on Monday 6th June. We are hoping to see Andy play but the chances are very remote I know, but maybe we could see him practicing ? We have never been to Queens & don't know where the practice courts are ? I emailed the Queens club, a few weeks ago, for a map of the grounds, but they have not replied. So can anyone help please ? Also, I have just come out of hospital & rather weak, so I will need somewhere to rest & sit down, maybe like Henman hill ? Is there anything like that there please ?

As far as I understand, the practice courts are offsite. As for a rest, there is a large bar / canteen with outdoor seating in front of a huge screen. It was raining in the bucket load though last year and the roofed area barely fits anyone so take serious rain protection!

Queens is horrible by the way. No one has a clue who is playing or what the tennis rules are, they are there by corporate tickets and I found it extremely annoying. People talk in the stands during points arghhhh!
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #13 on: May 30, 2011, 10:19 PM »
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One thing that perhaps got lost in the anger with Andy during first two sets was that Troicki was playing pretty well much of the time.  I agree that of course Andy should have won both those sets, particularly the 2nd, but we really don't know to what extent fear about the ankle was inhibiting him and perhaps clouding his thinking.  Still it's good to see the old fighter back and just hope he comes out all raquets blazing tomorrow.   nervous pray cmon yeah
Oh and Rosie I think someone has answered your query on another thread (and now I see on this one too).  Hope you feel ok after your hospital stay.
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Re: Erratic Murray in the ascendency « Reply #14 on: May 30, 2011, 10:29 PM »
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As far as I understand, the practice courts are offsite. As for a rest, there is a large bar / canteen with outdoor seating in front of a huge screen. It was raining in the bucket load though last year and the roofed area barely fits anyone so take serious rain protection!

Queens is horrible by the way. No one has a clue who is playing or what the tennis rules are, they are there by corporate tickets and I found it extremely annoying. People talk in the stands during points arghhhh!

The way to do Queen's is to wander down at about 5pm and pick up a centre court ticket for £5 - a few decent players still on at that time. Where you sit is random, but it's worth it! Last year, I finished work early, walked down there and paid £5 for a virtually courtside seat - saw Rafa and Andy - face value = £80! lol

That made the corporate/posh old farts bearable, but the first year I went they really wound me up.
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