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Murray battles past Simon « on: May 04, 2011, 06:55 PM »
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Andy Murray today won a tough second-round match in the Madrid Masters against Frenchman Simon 6-4 3-6 6-0 in 2 hours and 23 minutes.

Despite breaking his opponent in the first game of the match, Murray failed to find his range with his groundstrokes, allowing Simon to counter-attack and use his powerful forehand to hit a series of clean winners.

Murray was stretched to the limit as Simon probed for a break in the eighth game. But Murray held and then sealed a decisive break to lead 5-4, staying in a crucial rally with a brilliant defensive lob at full stretch, before finishing off the point with a drive volley.

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The Scot's dropshots began to find their range at the end of the first set as Simon slammed a return into the net to hand the first set to Murray.

His first service game of the second set was won to love, but persistent problems on the forehand side frustrated the world number four, with Simon capitalising on anything short. A bunch of unforced Murray errors gave Simon the break of serve and he successfully served for the second set.

After Murray took the first game of the third set, Simon went 0-40 on his own serve and the Scot broke at the third attempt for a crucial 2-0 lead.

An improvement in his service games allowed Murray to dictate the tempo of the third set, although Simon was not for giving up, forcing Murray to defend a number of break points. Murray, however, extended his winning record over Simon as he served out for a hard-fought victory.

The tennis wasn't great - he's a very difficult player to play against.

The ball's flying around at the altitude, his balls were shooting through. I didn't get into a rhythm, but I was serving well at the end. I can definitely play a lot better.


Murray will now play Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci after Florian Mayer retired injured during the third set of their match.
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #1 on: May 04, 2011, 09:25 PM »
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Thought this match was an unnecessarily prolonged grind.  Murray played too passively. Even the bagel in the 3rd doesn't give a true picture of that set.  Admit I was disappointed but perhaps there was too much expectancy of Murray after his display in MC.  His enforced break may well have upset his momentum but hopefully he'll watch a video of the match along with Cahill and learn something from it.
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #2 on: May 04, 2011, 09:36 PM »
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Thought this match was an unnecessarily prolonged grind.  Murray played too passively. Even the bagel in the 3rd doesn't give a true picture of that set.  Admit I was disappointed but perhaps there was too much expectancy of Murray after his display in MC.  His enforced break may well have upset his momentum but hopefully he'll watch a video of the match along with Cahill and learn something from it.
It could have been because he played doubles yesterday! He looked pretty much shattered to me!
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #3 on: May 04, 2011, 09:54 PM »
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It could have been because he played doubles yesterday! He looked pretty much shattered to me!
And he has to play again tommorrow. Seemed quite relaxed in the interview at the end of the match having a laugh with Petchy about his twitter and the earphones he was using.
Very positive about Cahill too.
Agree with you Aileen the bagel in the third makes it seem as though it was easier than it was. He mad a meal of it frankly, but a wins a win.
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #4 on: May 04, 2011, 11:15 PM »
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I'm sorry; but how can altitude possibly contribute to such a dire performance? I ask this based on the fact that not only has he been playing and practicing in Madrid for several days he alluded to hitting the ball great  in practice against Nadal in his last interview.

Attitude not altitude Andy!

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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #5 on: May 04, 2011, 11:39 PM »
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The Beeb report with a audio-interview. He's taking self critisism.
As for Belluci, he's not played or praticed with him. Hasn't even seen him play really, Andy said.
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/13255313.stm

Still troubled by the elbow and getting treatment.
Good luck tomorrow Andy.
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #6 on: May 05, 2011, 02:27 AM »
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The Beeb report with a audio-interview. He's taking self critisism.
As for Belluci, he's not played or praticed with him. Hasn't even seen him play really, Andy said.
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/13255313.stm

Still troubled by the elbow and getting treatment.
Good luck tomorrow Andy.
If he's had tendonitis, then that doesn't go away too easily.  I know, I've experieced it three times!  I expect the treatment is a precaution to stop it flaring up again, and a reason why I was annoyed with him playing doubles.  Extra strain he just does not need.

Interesting report and interview.  Thanks. Smile

I'm sorry; but how can altitude possibly contribute to such a dire performance? I ask this based on the fact that not only has he been playing and practicing in Madrid for several days he alluded to hitting the ball great  in practice against Nadal in his last interview.

Attitude not altitude Andy!
This might clarify things, and also there's an elbow update -

ROOM TO IMPROVE FOR MURRAY
British number one wants to do better despite win over Simon
 
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12040_6913847,00.html
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #7 on: May 05, 2011, 06:43 AM »
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I really get annoyed that so many are quick to criticise Andy. I think we need to bear in mind that Gilles Simon, played in Estoril, winning a few matches, then he'd played in round one. Andy hasn't played since Monte Carlo, not able to play tennis until the end of April. Altough he kept his fitness up, he will come on for that match. Thought he served very well and he played some genius shots. Give the boy a break.
I also wish the Sky commentators would stop apologising for Andy's language, don't they know we can't hear what he says.Also the language I believe of the other players is often worse, but because it's not said in English they don't know what they say.
I think I will twitter Andy and tell him to change F...k to Barry Cowan, or perhaps B.Cowan would be better. I felt like strangling him during Andy's match, the other guy Leith or Peter Fleming was much better and did in his own way correct Barry.
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #8 on: May 05, 2011, 08:56 AM »
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I really get annoyed that so many are quick to criticise Andy. I think we need to bear in mind that Gilles Simon, played in Estoril, winning a few matches, then he'd played in round one. Andy hasn't played since Monte Carlo, not able to play tennis until the end of April. Altough he kept his fitness up, he will come on for that match. Thought he served very well and he played some genius shots. Give the boy a break.
I also wish the Sky commentators would stop apologising for Andy's language, don't they know we can't hear what he says.Also the language I believe of the other players is often worse, but because it's not said in English they don't know what they say.
I think I will twitter Andy and tell him to change F...k to Barry Cowan, or perhaps B.Cowan would be better. I felt like strangling him during Andy's match, the other guy Leith or Peter Fleming was much better and did in his own way correct Barry.
I don't think it's fair to say that 'so many are 'quick' to criticise Andy' on this site, as that's simply not true! We are all true fans on here and only give 'fair' criticism when it's due! How Gilles Simon played yesterday has absolutely no bearing on anything! The fact is, Andy did not play anywhere 'near' his own potential for two whole sets and had us all pulling our hair out, when we all know he is quite capable of eating Gilles Simon for breakfast! So don't get too annoyed when you read critical comments on here or you'll end up pulling your hair out and you'll be just as bald as the rest of us will be by the end of the season!  w00t
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #9 on: May 05, 2011, 09:34 AM »
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This match served to show only one thing: how ludicrous his current coaching set-up is. He was allowed to be warmed up by Cahill and co., but wasn't allowed to get tactical advice against Simon, who's also an Adidas player. Bellucci? He's Adidas too.
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #10 on: May 05, 2011, 09:43 AM »
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This match served to show only one thing: how ludicrous his current coaching set-up is. He was allowed to be warmed up by Cahill and co., but wasn't allowed to get tactical advice against Simon, who's also an Adidas player. Bellucci? He's Adidas too.
That's ridiculous!  shocking At least he'd played Simon a few times, but think I read on here that he's never even seen Bellucci play and I've been hoping he would find some videos of him to watch today! He's listed on bet365 for 6o'clock this evening!
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #11 on: May 05, 2011, 09:45 AM »
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Didn't get the opportunity to watch this, coverage finished after Nadal's match Rolling Eyes  Not holding my breath for the next match too.

Why don't they give both players tactical advice, no preference then.
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #12 on: May 05, 2011, 09:55 AM »
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I don't think it's fair to say that 'so many are 'quick' to criticise Andy' on this site, as that's simply not true! We are all true fans on here and only give 'fair' criticism when it's due! How Gilles Simon played yesterday has absolutely no bearing on anything! The fact is, Andy did not play anywhere 'near' his own potential for two whole sets and had us all pulling our hair out, when we all know he is quite capable of eating Gilles Simon for breakfast! So don't get too annoyed when you read critical comments on here or you'll end up pulling your hair out and you'll be just as bald as the rest of us will be by the end of the season!  w00t
I have a right to say what I think the same as you do. I just think we need to look at all the facts as I stated in my post, yes he can eat Simon for breakfast, but Andy was not playing tennis  because of his elbow, while Simon was playing in Estoril and had already played a singles here. Therefore Andy didn't do badly, he won ugly and he kept his mind set strong and therefore won through. thumb up
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #13 on: May 05, 2011, 10:16 AM »
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I agree with you michelle

You lot are so quick to find fault - it's so easy to be an armchair critic.

Thought Andy did well against a tricky opponent in a tricky first match; coming back after an injury lay-off; on clay;still just re-discovering his form after some time in the doldrums.
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Re: Murray battles past Simon « Reply #14 on: May 05, 2011, 10:19 AM »
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The tennis wasn't great - he's a very difficult player to play against.

The ball's flying around at the altitude, his balls were shooting through. I didn't get into a rhythm, but I was serving well at the end. I can definitely play a lot better.




Andy's definition of the match.  Can't comment beyond that as I didn't see it.
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