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Posted on: January 23, 2012, 03:53 PM
Posted by: Littlebuddha
Andy does have a dry sense of humour, but I do not think he is dour as we often hear from commentators .
He is becoming more open when interviewed an is smiling a lot more. I can understand why previously he sounded guarded because much of what he said was taken in the wrong manner. If you feel people are hostile to you you do tend to be on your guard.  Many people will still not like him but that is there problem, you cannot please everyone. And yes the majority of Scots are patriotic.
Posted on: January 23, 2012, 01:23 AM
Posted by: theycanbillme
I saw an interview on sky with some woman who was waiting to go to the WTF for the Fed Murray match last year. She was a big Federer fan, the problem was she was Scottish, very Scottish.
That was embarrassing, I thought the Scots were very patriotic.
Still she didn't sound too bright  Whistle
Posted on: January 23, 2012, 12:58 AM
Posted by: Aileen
What often puzzles me more, isn't the little englander type that despises Andy because some jock is superior to anything they have churned out in generations, but actually the Scots that do not like him.  If I mention Andy to my friends, or family, it is a pretty mixed reaction to be honest.
Same here, and the reason I get is that either they just don't like him (the usual - dour, sulky) or that they feel that his on-court behaviour is letting Scotland down.
Posted on: January 23, 2012, 12:51 AM
Posted by: theycanbillme
 Good posting!

I hope you're right about Fedal too, I felt as much but that was before the draw, feeling it again a bit however.
The British will eventually warm to Murray once he starts delivering the success hes promised for while now.
And the ones that don't, fine that's life. We won't want them anyway.
Posted on: January 23, 2012, 12:13 AM
Posted by: scotsgeek28
What often puzzles me more, isn't the little englander type that despises Andy because some jock is superior to anything they have churned out in generations, but actually the Scots that do not like him.  If I mention Andy to my friends, or family, it is a pretty mixed reaction to be honest.

However, I do agree, many of the comments sections have been a lot more positive from what I have gleaned.  In terms of global image and appeal our guy is way behind the other three, but when he starts winning slams this will all change, and it should help his reputation back home also.

We also have to be honest and say that Andy does not always help himself in terms of image.  I think once he wins that first slam he will relax and mature so much as a tennis player, and that might mean a few more smiles now and again.  He should never give in to the doubters, but a bit more positivity at times might help his tennis, and how he is perceived.  There is an element of truth in the frequently cited caricature of Andy as the dour scot, often badly shaven, with a dodgy haircut, who throws tantrums on court, and rarely smiles when doing interviews, or even when he wins tournaments.

We all know better of course.  Slam success is everything to Andy, to us, and to how he will be remembered.  For those Andy-haters they better get used to the fact that every english/british tennis player for the next forty or so years is going to be compared to Andy, and given our tennis history, hardly any are even going to come close to his achievements. 

The match today will be easy.  It is getting exciting now.  And I am very confident BOTH Fed and Nadal will lose tomorrow.

Nole alas won't have a hard match until he plays Andy.  It could be a painful watch for those with night session tickets today for Rod Laver.

Posted on: January 22, 2012, 05:44 PM
Posted by: Tasmanian Devil
The comments sections, particularly in the Mail, are much more supportive of Andy than they've ever been. Only a couple of 'anyone but England' comments today and lots of green arrows against the positive remarks.

Isn't that really refreshing to see?

 yay
Posted on: January 22, 2012, 03:37 PM
Posted by: jay
Great to watch you playing so well again.l.
Good luck for next match v.Kukushkin. JAY.
Posted on: January 22, 2012, 01:20 AM
Posted by: Aileen
Here's the link. You'll notice the odd aggrieved comment by someone called Nigel from Lancs:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2089789/Australian-Open-2012-Andy-Murray-destroys-Michael-Llodra.html#comments
lol  Well this Nigel person at the moment has 31 and 28 greens respectively.  Top green so far is Joseph, London, with 70.  I'm off to get in my tuppence worth!  Don't know if it'll appear though as it's been submitted so late, but never mind, I enjoyed doing it.

Bev - Thanks for the transcripts.  They make enjoyable reading. Smile

Posted on: January 22, 2012, 12:16 AM
Posted by: Bevc
Llodra's press conference.

Q.  You played an exceptionally good match for a couple of sets, but came back with that scoreline.  How well does somebody have to play to take on Murray?

            MICHAEL LLODRA:  Difficult, you know, because to play in the night match was much difficult for me.  It's much slower.  He play so well from the return.  The passing shot today was amazing.  I couldn't do anything.

            I try my best.  The first set was close.  I have many chances three times on his serve.  I mean, he can change a lot.  Again, this kind of player, you have to be aggressive and to play, you know, at the top level.

            Today was good but not enough.

 

            Q.  Do you think it might have helped if you had head‑butted him?

            MICHAEL LLODRA:  Yeah, probably can happen.

 

            Q.  Is there a sense you took part in something special?  There were enough rallies in that game to do a highlights package on its own.  Some fantastic points.

            MICHAEL LLODRA:  Yeah, it's always good when you have different styles on the court.  He is pretty good from the baseline.  He has a huge passing shot.  And me, I do serve and volley.  So usually it can happen to see some great points.  Today it happened.

            Unfortunately I prefer to play badly but win the match, but it was not the case today.

 

            Q.  Do you see any difference in him now that Lendl's influence has been around him in terms of his focus on the court that maybe he's keeping his head in the match?

            MICHAEL LLODRA:  It's difficult to say, you know, just to see one match.  I know Andy pretty well.  He's still moving good.  He's still serving and get unbelievable shot from the baseline.

            After, it's difficult to say if Lendl for three matches he can be helping.  For sure, he helps a lot.  But we cannot see on this match.

 

            Q.  You play a lot of doubles.  At the Olympics there are mixed doubles.  There are not likely any women from France to qualify.

            MICHAEL LLODRA:  Good question.  There is no woman actually at the moment qualify for Olympic Games.  So we'll see, you know, in couple weeks, months what's happening.  But for the moment nothing happen.

 

            Q.  I know you tried to enter mixed doubles once with Amélie.  Would you think about trying to get her to come back for the Olympics?

            MICHAEL LLODRA:  Never.  No, no, it was ideal for me to play with her last year in French Open.  But, you know, if she has to play with me, she has to do all the Anti‑Doping Program, which is too difficult.

            No, I love to play with her, but it's not possible.

 

            Q.  Jo‑Wilfried is playing without a coach possibly.  There is a possibility he could play Murray in the quarters.  Will you two speak?  Will he come to you, in other words?

            MICHAEL LLODRA:  Yeah, but we don't have the same game.  I'm lefty.  He's righty.  He already beat him.  So, I mean, it's totally different.  Is going to be a quarterfinal match.

            But they have to win, both of them, before first.  Anything can happen with Jo.  You know, it depends how fit is he.

            But it's tough.  With Andy, if he's playing like that, it's going to be a big fight.

 

            Q.  He's doing some damage to the French.

            MICHAEL LLODRA:  Yeah, yeah.  Like always.  ****.

 

            Q.  You know that word in English?

            MICHAEL LLODRA:  Yeah (smiling).
Posted on: January 22, 2012, 12:13 AM
Posted by: Bevc
Transcribe of press conference.

Q.  You looked like you really enjoyed yourself out there tonight?

            ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah, it was good.  I mean, it was tough for a set and a half.  A tough match.  I mean, he put a lot of pressure on my serve.  He came to the net a lot.  Saved quite a few games where he had breakpoints or 30‑All games.

            Once I got up a double break in the second, we played a lot of entertaining rallies, fun points.

            Yeah, I played well.  So it was enjoyable.

 

            Q.  Is it the matchup that you like?  You like the target at the net, that kind of thing?

            ANDY MURRAY:  Well, like I said, it's tough 'cause he's very good at what he does.  You know, he volleys very, very well.  From the far end of the court it's tough because there's a breeze and he's coming on to you all the time.

            It's tricky, but I've always played well against lefties.  I've enjoyed playing against guys that come forward, too.  So it was a good matchup for me.

 

            Q.  Different styles of game.  Where would you say yours is at the moment?  How do you feel your game is?

            ANDY MURRAY:  Well, tonight was good.  My movement was way better than the first two matches.  I moved great tonight.  That's a good sign for me 'cause when I move well, the rest of my game goes well.  That was the most pleasing thing for me about tonight.

            But, yeah, I mean, I need to keep improving, do things a bit better each round.  Tonight I did a lot of things better, so I look forward to the next one.

 

            Q.  You sort of joked tonight about Ivan and a golf course.  I know it's been a couple weeks.  Is there anything you can pinpoint already as to what he's done for your game?

            ANDY MURRAY:  Obviously having someone with that experience is going to help in many different ways.  You know, he had a great mentality, the middle and the latter stage of his career.  I think that's something that will rub off on me.

            You know, we've been just sort of keeping it pretty low‑key.  We haven't been practicing here on the days off.  We've been practicing off‑site, just getting our work done, you know, relaxing.  That's been it so far.

            But, like I say, before the tournament, it was only five or six days we've been working together.  He'll be seeing things in my matches that, you know, I can't work on just now, so I'll do that after the tournament's done obviously.

 

            Q.  An unexpected fourth‑round opponent.  You've already had a sight of him this year.

            ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah, he was very good when I played him.  When I played him in Brisbane, the first six games he was unbelievable.  He hardly missed a ball.  He was hitting the ball huge, going pretty much down the line on every shot and cleaning lines.

            I mean, to me it's not that unexpected.  I saw a little bit of the match today.  I didn't quite know what was happening with Gaël.  But, yeah, he's won a couple of long five‑setters.  He's obviously in good shape.  Yeah, when I played him in Brisbane, he was hitting the ball very well.
Posted on: January 21, 2012, 10:29 PM
Posted by: Grabcopy
That's very encouaring, Nigel.  Inevitably there will always be the usual negativity from morons whose brains are only capable of running along one track.

Here's the link. You'll notice the odd aggrieved comment by someone called Nigel from Lancs:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2089789/Australian-Open-2012-Andy-Murray-destroys-Michael-Llodra.html#comments
Posted on: January 21, 2012, 09:51 PM
Posted by: Aileen
The comments sections, particularly in the Mail, are much more supportive of Andy than they've ever been. Only a couple of 'anyone but England' comments today and lots of green arrows against the positive remarks.
That's very encouaring, Nigel.  Inevitably there will always be the usual negativity from morons whose brains are only capable of running along one track.
Posted on: January 21, 2012, 09:05 PM
Posted by: Mark
This encounter was filled with positives for Murray. His baseline game was impenetrable, his movement exceptional and serve, whilst not at it's best, solid enough.

Phil? Can't be.



Posted on: January 21, 2012, 08:46 PM
Posted by: Bevc
I'm thinking Andy may well be on RLA afterall.  I didn't realise that Hewitt would play Djokivic next round, so that's odds on favourite for being a night match, leaving the day free for Andy.  Doesn't suit me but I'll take it on the chin, for Andy's sake. Very Happy
Posted on: January 21, 2012, 08:36 PM
Posted by: OldScotSupport
Good report, Phil. You're obviously mellowing with age. Don't make a habit of being reasonably positive. Remember you have a low level comment reputation to preserve.

Well done, our Andy. A worthy and relaxed exhibition class of master tennis. His first service percentage was at least reasonable. His unforced error count was good and lowish.

Onwards and upwards Until Monday and Kukushkin on RLA? Please give Andy a break. The other 3 have played RLA at least twice, Andy zilch. This is not fair. Get Mr Lendl to complain and force the issue if he can.
Posted on: January 21, 2012, 08:23 PM
Posted by: Tessie
Well as I thought it would be French Fries for breakfast, but we got bagels as a side order!

I was wrong, must admit I voted for Andy in 4. Oh me of little faith. Embarassed

Not just you me too I thought it would be 4 but didnt bank on such a fun and entertaining match.  Great fun lots of smiles and compliments, the hug from Andy in the second set was great! Really showed him in a relaxed and amusing way. Not often I sit and smile and laugh at any Tennis match (except maybe one that involves Bahrami) Great job Andy - Onwards and Upwards.
Posted on: January 21, 2012, 07:26 PM
Posted by: Grabcopy
we'll be hearing a lot less about "the dour Scot" now.  Well done, Andy.  I'm so proud of you! superman

The comments sections, particularly in the Mail, are much more supportive of Andy than they've ever been. Only a couple of 'anyone but England' comments today and lots of green arrows against the positive remarks.
Posted on: January 21, 2012, 06:16 PM
Posted by: Aileen
^^ Boogers has always given credit where it's due in his reports. Smile

Missed first 6 games due to alarm not going off and the middle of the third due to BT broadband malfunction Rolling Eyes but throughly enjoyed what I did see.  Both players played some really superb tennis and the spontaneous entertainment from Llodra was joyful to behold.  He was so impishly gracious when he dropped a white towel on the court at the end of the second set, acknowledging that he was a beaten, that I could have hugged him.  Clearly two men who have a genuine respect and friendship for each other.  Oh that more matches could be like that!

Great to see Andy keeping his composure and turning in such a first-class performance.  Even my comms were running out of superlatives.  Also hopefully after this match and the interview that followed we'll be hearing a lot less about "the dour Scot" now.  Well done, Andy.  I'm so proud of you! superman
Posted on: January 21, 2012, 04:40 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Commiserations to those of you who missed it but anyone with Eurosport will be able to watch the highlights from 5pm I think it is.
That was a wonderful match.  Had me smiling, laughing with the sheer excellence and joy of it.  It was SO good to see Andy really enjoying himself.  Loved the little touch when he kind of embraced Llodra having whacked him with the ball.  And so much wonderful shot-making.   yay
Had a companion with me who supports Andy in an armchair sort of way and he thought his play was wonderful too.  We couldn't stop talking about it afterwards. 
How handy that Andy played his next opponent [yes I admit I've already forgotten his name!] in Brisbane so he already has the measure of him.
Oh and Boogers hope you didn't have to type such a positive report through gritted teeth.  w00t
Posted on: January 21, 2012, 03:50 PM
Posted by: Tasmanian Devil
His post match interview was great too he was relaxed and smiling and joking with the interviewer.

"What are you doing this evening?"

"I'm going to get hammered!"

 lmao