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Posted on: September 10, 2012, 03:23 AM
Posted by: Mak
Thanks to those who assisted me with times on Page 4, i've been up at nearly every darn hour to try and catch these matches. Glad to (hopefully) get a time nailed down.

Really appreciate it <3.

I hope the lad does it for himself on this one, he really deserves it after all these years. This past year and a half has really felt like a new era for him, hes ready.
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 10:18 PM
Posted by: Grabcopy
I didn't actually see the incident due to stream freezing (but many thanks to those who explained what happened), but this article seems unimpressed with Berdych...

Minutes later, with Murray facing a break point in the fourth game, he raced forward to get to a short shot, and a combination of his momentum and the wind pulled his white baseball cap off his head as he made contact with the ball. At the other end, Berdych failed to get to Murray's response, and Maria initially awarded the point to Murray, making the score deuce.

But Berdych argued that he was distracted by the flying hat and engaged the official in a bit of an argument. Murray approached and injected himself into the conversation, asking Berdych whether he was certain the hat affected the outcome of the point.

"I'm just asking if you're 100 percent sure," Murray repeated.

It was a true act of sportsmanship
, leading to Maria's ruling that the point should be replayed. Murray tried to chip a lob that landed long, and Berdych got the point -- and the break.

More at http://espn.go.com/tennis/usopen12/story/_/id/8353280/2012-us-open-andy-murray-tops-tomas-berdych-windy-open-final

My understanding was that Murray was asking Berdych if he was 100% sure he would have got to the ball.
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 09:51 PM
Posted by: lgriev10
I got very annoyed with the Eurosport comms who kept reminding us that Federer had played Agassi in the USO final in 2005, and won, despite conditions being, so they said, even windier than they were today.  Quite frankly I failed to see the relevance of that to this match.  It seems to me these Fed worshippers have to drag his name into everything.  It's pathetic.
I got very annoyed with the Eurosport comms who kept reminding us that Federer had played Agassi in the USO final in 2005, and won, despite conditions being, so they said, even windier than they were today.  Quite frankly I failed to see the relevance of that to this match.  It seems to me these Fed worshippers have to drag his name into everything.  It's pathetic.

I was moving between different streams, and I was apparent how anti Andy the eurosport comms were.  Calling Berdych shots in, and then saying Andy was lucky when hawk eye showed it was out. I mean to say!!!  They also seemed to be pleading for a Berdych comeback, and quickly became sanctimonius when Andy "threw away" his lead, using this as an example of his weakness.  These people Frew MacMillan, Chris thingmy and Annabel Croft should not be allowed to make their money from commentating on Andy Murray games.  They go and join Virginnia Wade in some parallel, less exciting, tennis universe, where they all worship the Goat!
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 06:33 PM
Posted by: Alis
I had forgotten about that incident - he really is a nasty piece of work.  I think Lucie Safarova is well shot of him!
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 06:24 PM
Posted by: counter_ puncher
Yes, you are absolutely right. It happened in Paris last autumn when he asked for new balls in the middle of his service game facing breakpoints. Obviously he tries anything to get an advantage. But again, the umpire allowed it.
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 06:03 PM
Posted by: michelle
Great report Nigel and great win for our Andy against the elements and the player we all love to hate.  Johnny Mac said that how Andy dealt with the hat incident was a class act. I didn't for a moment think it had distracted birdshit.
so proud of Andy and I'm sure the delay of the final will help him as it will give him more time to recover and delighted to see that Ferrer has been pushing Nole.  May he push him to 5 sets please
running out of credit in this internet cafe and still can't find out what time final is tomorrow.  Could this be Andy's time ?  May it be so
I read comments after an article on the match and the hat incident was highlighted, all without exception said that Berdy was arrogant and a cheat. All thought his pre match comments showed arrogance and that he needed to change as he seems to have made enemies of both his fellow players and the public.
I'm not sure if it was Berdy who was the one involved with the change of balls during a match with Andy.The player complained the balls were flat and the Umpire had them changed to new balls and Andy was not informed, who was receiving serve was not prepared for the change of balls. I know he was very angry at the time. Have a strong feeling it was Berdy.
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 05:59 PM
Posted by: robbie
He ain't becoming a lawyer then?
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 05:57 PM
Posted by: Alis
Andy wouldn't have complained though.

My son, who is the same age as Andy and quite moralistic as the young can be, watched the replay of the hat incident and said he didn't think Andy would have been happy with being awarded the point if the rules say the point should have been replayed.  He would have felt that he had cheated. 
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 05:34 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Great report Nigel and great win for our Andy against the elements and the player we all love to hate.  Johnny Mac said that how Andy dealt with the hat incident was a class act. I didn't for a moment think it had distracted birdshit.
so proud of Andy and I'm sure the delay of the final will help him as it will give him more time to recover and delighted to see that Ferrer has been pushing Nole.  May he push him to 5 sets please
running out of credit in this internet cafe and still can't find out what time final is tomorrow.  Could this be Andy's time ?  May it be so
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 04:11 PM
Posted by: robbie
Andy wouldn't have complained though.
No doubt, but to the ire of Ivan.
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 03:56 PM
Posted by: Iris
Loved the report Nigel.  Andy was excellent in handling the conditions, the video of this match should be shown to all aspiring tennis champions in how to use the conditions to suit your game.
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 03:50 PM
Posted by: TheMadHatter
Another stat:

Murray becomes the first player in history to go on to reach the US Open final after winning the Olympics.

Incidentally it was Murray that prevented Nadal from achieving this feat back in 2008.
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 03:50 PM
Posted by: scotnadian
Great report, thanks Nigel. Especially since you were multi-tasking yesterday. Very Happy

Our Wind Warrior has proven he belongs with the Big Boys. Fierce stuff!

So proud of him. clap
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 03:04 PM
Posted by: scotsgeek28
I would love to see Berdy and Andy having a good old punch-up to sort it out, my money would be on Andy any time.  Reminded me of the famous incident with Del Potro...love to see a bit of aggro now and again, the modern tennis player is far too polite - well in front of the cameras anyway.

Posted on: September 09, 2012, 03:03 PM
Posted by: TheMadHatter
Andy wouldn't have complained though.
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 02:11 PM
Posted by: robbie
Yeah, we know Berdych can be a twat but not so daft as to not know the rules....If the boot was on the other foot and it was Andy complaining, you can bet your bottom dollar that Ivan would be smirking and thinking "that's my boy".
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 02:01 PM
Posted by: Masaka
Berdych's behaviour on that point was out and out cheating in my opinion. He completely deserved to lose the match after that. I hope he feels suitable ashamed of himself, but given he is an arrogant, immature embarrassment of a "man", I doubt he will be. He and Fed are in good company.
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 01:51 PM
Posted by: Sabine
This is not the first time Berdych creates a scene.
Remember the match against Nicolas Almagro??
The crowd booed him since he refused to shake hands after the match..
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 01:47 PM
Posted by: AFT
Andy should have accepted the umpires call and let Berdych vent his feelings at him. The point was his, the hat fell off after he dropped the shot B was no where near and only complained when he lost the point. Think his hat was glued on! confused      
Posted on: September 09, 2012, 01:06 PM
Posted by: blueberryhill
Just seen a clip courtesy of a US replay.
OH my word! Hat nowhere near Berdych. No way was diddums distracted. shocking
American comms horrified and scathing. naughty