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Murray battles through to last eight « on: August 18, 2011, 06:02 PM »
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Andy Murray’s tune up for the US Open continued to gather pace with a solid, but hard-fought 6-2 7-5 victory over the American, Alex Bogomolov Jr. With Flushing Meadows edging ever closer, this was an important victory, and another chance to acclimatise to conditions on the ultra quick hardcourts of north America.

Murray is under considerable pressure to get some gametime under his belt, and it was a more assured and confident performance that booked his spot in the last eight. Traits from the Nalbandian match like an inconsistent first serve, and the abstinence of approaching the net seemed to be abolished, as Murray exhibited his all-court credentials.

Of course, Bogomolov was one of the beneficiaries of Murray’s post Australian Open slump in Feburary. Earlier in 2011, Murray endured arguably the worst run of his career, but the Murray of today is, thankfully, a different animal.

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Murray raced to a 4-0 lead in the first set, his ballstriking clearly improved from the first set against David Nalbandian. Bogomolov managed a few consolatory holds of serve, but he could not unlock Murray’s serve and the Scot cantered to the set, 6-2.

Things looked brighter than the Ohio sunshine, as Murray broke at the start of the second set, but this time, Bogomolov stopped Murray from consolidating. In the very next game, a devastating forehand crosscourt, Murray’s most lethal weapon of the match, set up a break point at 1-1, and a double fault from the American allowed Murray to edge ahead once more. The British number one wasn’t displaying the greatest of matchplay however, and he was unable to conserve his lead until the end of the set. Bogomolov rallied and extended the second set, which had its scary moments for Murray until he broke through for the kill.

There is no question that Murray could do with more matches to fine tune his game. The vast majority of the match was littered with excellent winners but also inexplicable errors. That said, his performance levels so far this week suggest the world number four is not far off.
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #1 on: August 18, 2011, 06:13 PM »
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This was a tale of two forehands. Unfortunately, both were Murray's.
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #2 on: August 18, 2011, 06:16 PM »
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Even if Andy did look a little weak mentally today, it could be worse, he could be Verdasco. Biggest mental midget on the Tour!
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #3 on: August 18, 2011, 06:21 PM »
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Andy is getting back to match fitness, as the commentators said its a building progress. At no time did Andy look lile losing. Onwards and upwards.
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #4 on: August 18, 2011, 06:23 PM »
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Even if Andy did look a little weak mentally today, it could be worse, he could be Verdasco. Biggest mental midget on the Tour!
yes but lovely eye candy Whistle
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #5 on: August 18, 2011, 06:23 PM »
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yes but lovely eye candy Whistle

Even with the beard? It looks hideous on him.
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #6 on: August 18, 2011, 06:23 PM »
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He said afterwards that he did spend more in miami on court than he did in the gym.Coupled with his new diet, good things ahead.
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #7 on: August 18, 2011, 06:31 PM »
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Commentator, not a Brit, I was listening to, kept talking about "wonderfully constructed points" at times, with Andy changing pace and direction at will.
I think there was a gr8 deal to be positive from that one. First serve wasn't good though but once again I was awestruck by his ROS.
Interesting crowd was totally on his side in spite of Boggers being American.
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #8 on: August 18, 2011, 06:58 PM »
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This was a tale of two forehands. Unfortunately, both were Murray's.
My sentiments too, Nigel. One minute there was brilliance - the next an error - he has to manage to raise his game before the end of the week. But even Nadal is struggling against a previously out-of form Verdasco so perhaps they are both having a bad patch. Only Novak is sailing on top of the waves just now.
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #9 on: August 18, 2011, 06:59 PM »
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More of a test in the quarters. Im sure Andy will step it up. He looked very good in parts today.
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #10 on: August 18, 2011, 07:01 PM »
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Even if Andy did look a little weak mentally today, it could be worse, he could be Verdasco. Biggest mental midget on the Tour!
Maybe that has been true of him Andrew but what will his mental state be if he wins this match against Rafa which is now in the third set. Verdasco has just broken Nadal and goes ahead.
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #11 on: August 18, 2011, 07:06 PM »
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More of a test in the quarters. Im sure Andy will step it up. He looked very good in parts today.
He did indeed Murray Backhand but then there were the bad forehands, the errors and occasional sloppy play. Maybe it will all come together in New York - we all want that grand slam for him.
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #12 on: August 18, 2011, 07:08 PM »
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I must have been watching a different game. Although I was pleased that Andy won, I was not too impressed. He served too many double faults and he was not sufficiently aggressive in cases where the shot called for
a strong overhead.

Andrew, as Andy does not drink, I can not understand why he would show "abstinence in approaching the net".
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #13 on: August 18, 2011, 07:16 PM »
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I think there are more positives than negatives to take out of today's match - he is slowly dragging himself back to the form that we know he has.  You have to take into account the conditions aswell - not easy going in that heat and humidity.  He got the job done in two sets - Rafa has been taken to three - if he was playing any other player still left in the draw he would have been packing his bags - Verdasco is so incosistent.   Onwards and upwards for Andy - he is the master at raising his game when the better players come along.  Think I would rather see him up against Ferrer than Simon - just because of the court speed.  Andy won and that will only serve to increase his confidence.  Come on Andy - we all want to see you in the final.  Does anyone think that Novak's run will surely come to an end at some point - if he does take the title in Cincy will he have burnt himself out before the USO?
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Re: Murray battles through to last eight « Reply #14 on: August 18, 2011, 07:18 PM »
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Even with the beard? It looks hideous on him.
yes he needs to lose the beard, other wise not bad!!
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