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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #30 on: March 03, 2012, 09:20 PM »
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The way I see it, it was good for Andy to get a decent run out and beating Berdy and Nole along the way - these matches will prove valuable experience as he will likely face Djoko and Berdy at slams than Fed anyway.

Fed playing most matches at night would have been an advantage and the Swiss played really well so you got to put your hands up sometimes and say too good.

Onwards and forwards as they say Smile
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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #31 on: March 03, 2012, 09:35 PM »
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Guardian article:

Losers' speeches do not generally become competitors who want to be champions. But Andy Murray's – of which there are probably too many for his liking – are as gracious as any, and he at least did not look devastated after succumbing to Roger Federer for the seventh time in 15 matches, defeat coming as it did 24 hours after he had beaten the world No1, Novak Djokovic.

"I had a couple of good wins this week against [Tomas] Berdych and Novak," he told the courtside interrogator in Dubai, "but it was always going to be tough against Roger. Obviously I would have liked to go one better."

more at http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2012/mar/03/andy-murray-roger-federer

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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #32 on: March 03, 2012, 09:49 PM »
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Listening to BBC Radio 3 right now - and it's Andy Murray. Who'd have thought it?
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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #33 on: March 03, 2012, 09:52 PM »
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I'm glad Andy is looking at the positives from the tournament, it shows how improved his mindset is from last year. It's so good that he's had such a successful tournament here - no waiting until April for his first post-AO win this time round!

Federer on fast hardcourts still remains a major problem for all the players - as shown by his wins against Andy, Novak and Rafa at the world tour finals. But the slower surfaces at IW and Miami will suit him less well. It'll be really interesting to see how these two tournaments turn out.
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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #34 on: March 03, 2012, 10:00 PM »
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Guardian article:

Losers' speeches do not generally become competitors who want to be champions. But Andy Murray's – of which there are probably too many for his liking – are as gracious as any, and he at least did not look devastated after succumbing to Roger Federer for the seventh time in 15 matches, defeat coming as it did 24 hours after he had beaten the world No1, Novak Djokovic.

"I had a couple of good wins this week against [Tomas] Berdych and Novak," he told the courtside interrogator in Dubai, "but it was always going to be tough against Roger. Obviously I would have liked to go one better."

more at [url]http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2012/mar/03/andy-murray-roger-federer[/

Thanks Elena, don't think anyone can knock Andy this week , so much improvement this year already and it's only March !!
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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #35 on: March 03, 2012, 10:01 PM »
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Nigel - If I had read your report and not watched the match, I'd have thought that this was a doom and gloom scenario - Andy "cowered in the back court"?? Smile

Yes, Andy could have played better.  His serve percentage was disappointing (although he managed to fire down 7 aces compared to Federer's 4), he should have come to the net more and should have played aggressively throughout.  However, given where Andy was this time in 2010/2011 his performance and mental attitude in this tournament was 200% improvement - and he has the added distinction of becoming the first Brit to reach a Dubai final.  Just unfortunate that he then happened to come up against an on-form and determined Federer who had had plenty of time to acclimatise to night conditions (organisers please note!).

I understand Andy has a list of "concerns" he wishes to discuss with Lendl, and I'm sure this match will have priority, but he can take a lot of positives away with him which will hopefully stand him in good stead for IW and Miami.  As far as I'm concerned this tournament was another step up the ladder in his quest for that so far elusive Slam, so I'm not downhearted.

As for staying and playing in America to avoid travel/jetlag - (a) he's a professional and should have the means and experience to cope with time-differences, and (b) he woudn't have had the opportunity to play Djokovic and Federer, and it was much better he should run up against them here before the start of the Masters.
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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #36 on: March 03, 2012, 10:42 PM »
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Wasn't this Federer's first outdoor win for about two years? He's becoming a specialist.
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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #37 on: March 03, 2012, 10:44 PM »
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Yes, it's good to see Andy dwelling on the positives.

According to the Telegraph, Andy is already on his way to Los Angeles http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/9121115/Andy-Murray-is-beaten-but-not-bowed-after-losing-to-Roger-Federer-in-straight-sets-in-the-Dubai-final.html
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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #38 on: March 03, 2012, 11:03 PM »
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Nigel - If I had read your report and not watched the match, I'd have thought that this was a doom and gloom scenario - Andy "cowered in the back court"?? Smile.

Yeah, it wasn't the best word. I was in a hurry again. I've changed it.
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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #39 on: March 03, 2012, 11:38 PM »
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Yeah, it wasn't the best word. I was in a hurry again. I've changed it.
Aww Nigel - thanks.

Yes, it's good to see Andy dwelling on the positives.

According to the Telegraph, Andy is already on his way to Los Angeles http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/9121115/Andy-Murray-is-beaten-but-not-bowed-after-losing-to-Roger-Federer-in-straight-sets-in-the-Dubai-final.html
Good article, thanks, and I'm glad, but not surprised, to see Andy in such a determined frame of mind. Smile  But Federer "the spotless Sheikh of sport"? Rolling Eyes  Well it was  pretty obvious from the crowd support that he's definitely their local hero.
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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #40 on: March 04, 2012, 01:55 AM »
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I feel quite down right now as I had hoped this match
1) would show that Andy  had made some strides in showing that he could win consecutive matches versus the top 3 which no doubt he will have to do to win that Slam and
2) that he would make some progress from moving up from being number 4 since I feel this is the ranking position most vulnerable to Delpo's rise.

And I too was hoping Lendl would be at IW.  Oh well, onwards and upwards...Fingers crossed.

But Andy has beaten two top players in one tournament before (Toronto). As to your 2nd point, we will just have to wait and see how things pan out for Andy this year.

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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #41 on: March 04, 2012, 03:22 AM »
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From the report on the tournament website -

Murray was naturally disappointed at the outcome, but acknowledged that he had enjoyed a great week.

"I think in the second set he played better than me," said Murray. "For sure I made a few too many mistakes in the second, and he was playing a lot more aggressive than in the first set. It was a good win yesterday, good win the day before, tough match today, so I'm happy with the week."

"The atmosphere was fantastic. I think most of the crowd wanted Roger to win but it’s not often you get the chance to play in a packed stadium."


Pity I can't copy across the audio interview with Andy, but I can assure the worriers that he doesn't sound despondent about his loss.  On the contrary he gives a remarkably relaxed and honest appraisal of the match.  Changed days indeed!


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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #42 on: March 04, 2012, 05:23 AM »
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A great week for Andy.  Obvioulsy, disappointed with the loss but thinking of the next tournaments across the waters.  He is a differnt being so super to see his  positive attitide all good for the year ahead.  Just remember what his state of mind was last year!
He did not do very well last year at the next events so hopefully he can this year.  This is excellent. His serve let him down last night but not to worry Ivan will get this going. Good Luck Andy go the next few tournament and the year ahead. Looking forward to it.
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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #43 on: March 04, 2012, 07:38 AM »
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As for staying and playing in America to avoid travel/jetlag - (a) he's a professional and should have the means and experience to cope with time-differences, and (b) he woudn't have had the opportunity to play Djokovic and Federer, and it was much better he should run up against them here before the start of the Masters.

Aileen, I take your point about having the chance to play Djoko and Fed, there was a benefit in that.  However, I fail to see what jet-lag has to do with professionalism and experience.  By going from the US to Dubai and back in the space of a fortnight Andy's body has to cope with disruption twice in a very short space of time - that takes it's toll no matter how professional or experienced you are.
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Re: Flat Murray falls to fluid Federer « Reply #44 on: March 04, 2012, 08:15 AM »
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I'm pleased that Andy has been so positive, and that he will have time to work with Ivan before Indian Wells a surface that suits his game better than Dubai. He will I'm sure come out all guns blazing.
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