On Armistice Day I expected blood, sweat and tears, but, instead, Andrew Murray the boy turned up and displayed the cussing, racket smashing persona I truly thought he had left behind. He tried to belittle Federer with the silly drop shots, which badly backfired on him and was duly punished for it. I felt embarrassed. I suspect Federer felt insulted by them and it galvanised him to teach the A1 student another lesson - don't attempt to usurp the master with schoolboy pranks.
Andy can certainly forget about SPOTY, even though he has had an exceptional year of success. Like it or not, he has to work on his PR and even though tennis is a one-person sport, he does have an obligation to the public. I liken him to Victoria Beckham - never smiles and fails to connect with the public, with the exception of his recent visit to Dunblane when perhaps the real Andy Murray turned up. We want more of this, please. Djokovic and Tsonga are always smiling and chatty and have the confidence and willingness to look the interviewer and/or the camera in the eye; Del Potro was lovely with the kids who accompanied him onto court; like it or not, Federer spent ages with the fans after his matches. Murray needs to win over the British public and has to drastically change the image he portrays. He should get some lessons from fellow British icons Beckham, McIlroy and others who are so adored by their fellow Brits. I admire talent outside the UK, but have absolutely no connection with them.
I know the majority of this forum hates the Daily Mail followers, but this is what one of them says "What does Murray have to do to win crowds over? Easy: stop those disgusting faces he likes to pull, be nice and smily, look people in the eye and treat people with respect. The press conference prior to Federer-Murray match was appalling: he looked as if he wanted to be somewhere else, no smiles, no nothing. This is part of your job, man! Wake up and be nice." My sister and several of my friends say the same things and I'm forever having to try to convince them that he's nice really. It's time Andy convinced them and didn't leave it to me and the rest of us.
I'm a Brit and Murray's a Brit and for that reason I will always support him and passionately want him to win, but I can't stand it when he turns up impersonating Harry Enfield's Kevin. I do hope that 2013 sees a complete maker-over and a winning streak with dignity, sportsmanship and fun, fun, fun. Lighten up!!
You were watching something else. Andy tapped one racquet on the ground. It didn't even crack, he merely replaced it. Read my post for how Andy conducted himself in his pre-match interview. Your view is just wrong.