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Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « on: February 05, 2011, 12:42 AM »
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Andy Murray's return to competitive action is looking increasing likely to be this week in the 500 event in Rotterdam, a tournament he won the last time he entered in 2009.

Murray, seeded 2nd, after the withdrawal of Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, has been drawn to play Marcos Baghdatis in the opening round. A tweet, in Dutch, from tournament director Richard Krajicek, indicates that Murray's match with Baghdatis will be scheduled for 18:30GMT on Wednesday.

Murray will have to be near his best to navigate his way through what could potentially be a tough draw.

R1 > Baghdatis
R2 > Lopez or Mayer
QF > Ljubicic (seeded)
SF > Berdych (seeded)
F > Soderling (seeded)


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Murray, along with brother Jamie, will be hoping to gain entry into the doubles draw following their success at the Valencia tournament last autumn, but they will have to gain entry on site through their ranking after the doubles wildcards were given to Dutch pairings. The draw is at 17:00GMT tomorrow.
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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011, 06:53 AM »
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Thanks Allan! Been hoping to hear this!
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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011, 09:20 AM »
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That's one hell of a tough R1 match. Would like to see him have a good run here to reassure us that a repeat of last years multi-month sulk is not on the cards.
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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011, 09:35 AM »
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1st round exit I think because I'll bet he hasn't practised since he returned for the AO.
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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #4 on: February 05, 2011, 10:16 AM »
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Just checked things out again and see that Djokovic's picture and mini-history have been removed from the ATP's tournament website, while Andy's has not.  I suppose he could still pull out nervous but if he does ... well I don't care to contemplate that, although I anticipate a withdrawal from Dubai.
  
Glad Andy's going for it, though.  Things said in an interview immediately following a GS final loss, when emotions are in turmoil, really should be taken with a pinch of salt - and I've just listened again to his BBC Scotland interview.  Damn tactless question for a start - "It wasn't the real Andy Murray out there, was it?" Rolling Eyes  Anyone want to refresh their memory - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/scotland/9381539.stm.

Thankfully this isn't the tearful, moping Andy of last year.  Sounds to me like he's started to put his recent tweet into practice, i.e. Kipling's words, which are inscribed on the wall of the player's Centre Court entrance at Wimbledon - "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two imposters just the same ..." (you'll be a Man, my son).  A tough draw to be sure.  Good luck Andy. yay
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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #5 on: February 05, 2011, 10:25 AM »
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Just checked things out again and see that Djokovic's picture and mini-history have been removed from the ATP's tournament website, while Andy's has not.  I suppose he could still pull out nervous but if he does ... well I don't care to contemplate that, although I anticipate a withdrawal from Dubai.
 
Glad Andy's going for it, though.  Things said in an interview immediately following a GS final loss, when emotions are in turmoil, really should be taken with a pinch of salt - and I've just listened again to his BBC Scotland interview.  Damn tactless question for a start - "It wasn't the real Andy Murray out there, was it?" Rolling Eyes  Anyone want to refresh their memory - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/scotland/9381539.stm.

Thankfully this isn't the tearful, moping Andy of last year.  Sounds to me like he's started to put his recent tweet into practice, i.e. Kipling's words, which are inscribed on the wall of the player's Centre Court entrance at Wimbledon - "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two imposters just the same ..." (you'll be a Man, my son).  A tough draw to be sure.  Good luck Andy. yay

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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #6 on: February 05, 2011, 10:36 AM »
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1st round exit I think because I'll bet he hasn't practised since he returned for the AO.
If you were in Murray's shoes would you have rushed onto the nearest practice court before you had time to acclimatise and get over the long-haul flight and jetlag?  If he isn't playing until Wednesday he's still got time to practise.

Agree a R1 exit could be on the cards, but the fact that Murray is turning up at all is a positive sign, and I'm staying with the positives. Smile
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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #7 on: February 05, 2011, 11:15 AM »
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1st round exit I think because I'll bet he hasn't practised since he returned for the AO.

On the other hand, Bagdhatis will be thinking ... "poor Andy Murray, on a bit of a downer at the moment, so I can sneak up and get him", and with that, his brain will go into orbit, his BP will be in overdrive and he will spray balls everywhere but inside the court ....  definitely !!
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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #8 on: February 05, 2011, 11:23 AM »
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On the other hand, Bagdhatis will be thinking ... "poor Andy Murray, on a bit of a downer at the moment, so I can sneak up and get him", and with that, his brain will go into orbit, his BP will be in overdrive and he will spray balls everywhere but inside the court ....  definitely !!
lmao  We hope!
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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #9 on: February 05, 2011, 11:35 AM »
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I think Andy will feel he has something to prove 'to himself'. So 'poor Baghdatis' could well find himself as the butt of Andy's frustration and even rage! [Ooooh I do love it when he's angry]! Wishful thinking? Maybe.....but I'm going to say......ANDY IN 3 C'MONNNNN! yay
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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #10 on: February 05, 2011, 12:17 PM »
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Well, throwing my hands up, really surprised, suspect it's more to do with Jamie than anything else Think.
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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #11 on: February 05, 2011, 01:49 PM »
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Good for you Andy and good luck.
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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #12 on: February 05, 2011, 05:38 PM »
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Good for you Andy and good luck.

So pleased he hasn't pulled out. Players shouldn't pull out of tournaments. It is disrespectful to the organisers and fans, ruins the event and costs the sponsors a fortune. In this case it would also have spoiled things for Jamie. Well done Andy - go on and win it!


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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #13 on: February 05, 2011, 08:06 PM »
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They didn't get into the doubles draw.
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Re: Murray back to competition in Rotterdam « Reply #14 on: February 05, 2011, 08:09 PM »
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They didn't get into the doubles draw.
Good. Can't see how anyone can do both well!
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