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Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « on: May 28, 2011, 02:11 PM »
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If Andy Murray's wind-affected previous match was the perfect storm, this 6-2 6-3 6-2 victory over Michael Berrer in the third round of the French Open was a walk in the park until the Scot turned his ankle early in the second set.

In the early stages, Murray's millpond calm in the face of relentless aggression from the man The Times' Neil Harman had described as 'the bear', had crafted a fascinating match of slice and dice, chip and charge, and drop and lob.

The 16-stone German, who moves on clay like a Panzer tank, was bellowing his way to net only to be undone by Murray's crisp, beaten drives that explored the acreage of Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Despite the best efforts of the world number 95, both sword and shield were working well for the Scot, and sweet strikes off the ground and a welter of drop shots helped Murray break twice and take the first set 6-2.

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The second opened in a similar vein, with Berrer holding for 1-1 after a brutal, 17-minute game in which Murray spurned an easy forehand volley for a 2-0 lead. Then, with the Scot ahead 2-1, came the incident that changed this match from one of infinite variety to a bear hunt conducted with a blunderbuss.

Chasing a Berrer drop shot at deuce, the world number four pushed off on his right foot and went over clumsily. Murray yowled, hopped and grimaced, before lying prostrate at the side of the court, heartbreak etched on his face.

As the trainer administered strapping, sprays and anti-inflammatories, the crowd waited to see if more than Murray's ankle had turned during the painful incident at net.

On the next point, the Scot moved smartly to deal with yet another Berrer dropshot and secure the break. If hope hadn't exactly sprung eternal, it had at least lifted its head from its hands and cocked an eyebrow.

Murray's tentative approach in conceding his next service game was probably the decisive factor in formulating Plan B. Electing to shorten the points, the British number one unleashed the full range of his mercurial abilities, generating monumental power on his groundshots.

With the German looking increasingly like a bear looking for a suitable place in the woods, Murray injected new urgency into his play with a view to hopping onto the treatment table with minimal delay.

As the Scot limped and grimaced, piledriven groundshots exploded off the red dirt, burying the German deep in the corners of the court, with Berrer's replies floated and flighted harmlessly into the tramlines.

Time and again, Murray undid the big German with the geometrical precision of his hitting and his willingness to take the ball early and cream it into the corners. As he scorched his way to the second set, some observers wondered if the turned ankle might just be a blessing in disguise.

With successive coaches urging Murray to take a more active approach to his game plans and being dismissed for their troubles, were we in 'virtue out of a necessity' territory? Could a turned ankle turn a career?

As yet more ferocious forehands rained down on the hapless German and trainers once again took scalpel, scissors and strapping to Murray's right ankle, fans could be forgiven for wishing the Scot would get hurt more often.

Murray completely dominated the third and final set, breaking twice with scintillating backhand-forehand combinations that tested the dimensions of the court and left the German bear foraging for stray berries.

The Scot sealed the match with another fierce groundshot combo and an animal scream. Fitness permitting, Murray now takes on Victor Troicki in round four, with fans surely hoping he'll continue to chance his arm - without further damaging his ankle.
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #1 on: May 28, 2011, 03:40 PM »
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Another masterpiece Nigel! Is there no end to your talent? w00t
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #2 on: May 28, 2011, 03:41 PM »
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I meant your 'creativity' of course!
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #3 on: May 28, 2011, 03:48 PM »
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Light hearted and funny but factual, great !
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #4 on: May 28, 2011, 04:01 PM »
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Really enjoyed your report Nigel.  Let's hope you'll have plenty more to write over the coming week(s).  A point that Frew Macmillan made over and over again was that the use of the slice on his 2nd serve was being v effective and that he should do that more often.  I've not seen the serving percentage yet but I guess it was pretty good over all?  And the ankle seemed to have a positive effect on his forehand too.  As you say, perhaps he should get injured more often - but only joking of course. Whistle
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #5 on: May 28, 2011, 04:06 PM »
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Well done, Nigel! Good accurate report.

It is obvious that this time you ACTUALLY watched the match. A turn up for the book.
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #6 on: May 28, 2011, 04:09 PM »
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Well done, Nigel! Good accurate report.

It is obvious that this time you ACTUALLY watched the match. A turn up for the book.

Yes, I owed you one after my dismal effort of round two.
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #7 on: May 28, 2011, 04:17 PM »
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Yes, I owed you one after my dismal effort of round two.
Absolutely!  slap  Very Happy
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #8 on: May 28, 2011, 04:18 PM »
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great read thanks Nigel
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #9 on: May 28, 2011, 04:19 PM »
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Loved this one...and it made me laugh clap
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #10 on: May 28, 2011, 04:34 PM »
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Unfortunately I am almost certain that Andy's french open is over, and he has as good as admitted as much himself.  We all need to pray for a miracle recovery but I can't see him taking any chances with wimby round the corner.  His ankle is going to be very tender tomorrow, but I doubt if it will be good enough to allow him play 100% in the next match, and Andy will not risk it that is for sure.

We can but hope, but alas I doubt his ankle recovers in time.  Hope to be proved wrong!
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #11 on: May 28, 2011, 04:37 PM »
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he said in the press conference he will get it scanned today.The go from there.
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #12 on: May 28, 2011, 04:41 PM »
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Maybe he'll tweet something later!
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #13 on: May 28, 2011, 04:55 PM »
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Perhaps it is not too serious as there was no obvious instant swelling.  Does anyone remember Tommy Haas' ankle when he went over on his ankle at Wimbledon when he stood on a tennis ball?  Haas' ankle was swollen to the size of a tennis ball within seconds.
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Re: Injured Murray takes blunderbuss to the bear « Reply #14 on: May 28, 2011, 05:13 PM »
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Excellent report from the Bard of MW - mixing fact with humour and drama.  However, joking apart, I thought Murray's reaction was remarkably restrained.  Footballers only have to trip over a blade of grass to start behaving like they're dying!

Seriously, though, I don't think somebody up there likes Andy too much.  Just as he starts roaring back from his post-AO slump he first of all gets an elbow injury, and now this - even if it doesn't seem to be anything to get too excited about.  Shame.

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