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Posted on: September 01, 2012, 02:39 AM
Posted by: TheMadHatter
Worth noting that Giraldo is actually a clay court specialist (although he's quite handy on the hard tbf), and Andy trounced him 1&2 on it earlier in the year, and then again 3, 4 & 4 at the French.
Posted on: September 01, 2012, 02:33 AM
Posted by: Aileen
I have been thinking about Raonic and his aces.  If I remember rightly it was thought that Andy would have a problem with Isner, Karlovic, Tsonga and other acers but with his returning ability he can overcome this.  Karlovic's normam ace % was halved and the same with Isner when he last played him.  Hopefully this will stand him in good stead if Raonic and he do meet.
I do like him, but I still think Raonic is the most over-hyped player on the Tour.  Having a massive serve isn't everything.  Raonic's groundstrokes have improved over the past year but he still has a way to go and is not the most consistent of players.  In his match against Giraldo Raonic's 30 aces were soured by 15 double-faults, and he clocked up 55 UEs.  The fact that it took him 5 sets and nearly 3 and a half hours to overcome the world No.43 speaks for itself.
Posted on: August 31, 2012, 10:42 PM
Posted by: syc23
I have been thinking about Raonic and his aces.  If I remember rightly it was thought that Andy would have a problem with Isner, Karlovic, Tsonga and other acers but with his returning ability he can overcome this.  Karlovic's normam ace % was halved and the same with Isner when he last played him.  Hopefully this will stand him in good stead if Raonic and he do meet.

Don't forget that Andy also played Taylor Dent in USO '09 who possessed a huge serve (148mph+), he saw the ball like a basketball that night and Dent was left with nothing to attack Andy.

Andy would do his homework on how to trouble Raonic. He pushed Raonic with a bad back in Barcalona (on his weakest surface no less) so let's see what Milos can do should they meet on Andy's preferred surface.
Posted on: August 31, 2012, 07:53 PM
Posted by: tamila
I have been thinking about Raonic and his aces.  If I remember rightly it was thought that Andy would have a problem with Isner, Karlovic, Tsonga and other acers but with his returning ability he can overcome this.  Karlovic's normam ace % was halved and the same with Isner when he last played him.  Hopefully this will stand him in good stead if Raonic and he do meet.
Posted on: August 31, 2012, 06:05 PM
Posted by: TheMadHatter
Nice match report from Kevin Mitchell of the Guardian [though I know there is at least one of you who says he's never met anyone who reads the G  Whistle ]

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/aug/30/us-open-andy-murray-tennis
"As for who he might play, Murray said: "I know Andújar probably better than López. I practised with him a lot, grew up playing with him. He's one year older than me, a very hard worker, very solid. He's having probably his best year on the Tour. He's improved his game on hard courts, and beat [Janko] Tipsarevic in Cincinnati [on a retirement]."

Interesting, another player who he knows well. There's probably a fair few Spaniards around his age that he knows from when he trained there.
Posted on: August 31, 2012, 09:14 AM
Posted by: Ruthie
I always feel Kevin Mitchell's articles on Andy are very supportive and balanced.  Just for the record I buy the Guardian every day, great paper, love it.
I agree Iris and I think his writing is rather like our Nigel's -vivid and often funny.    I think we're not the only Guardian readers on this site even if some (Robbie???) might think of us as a weird practically extinct species  Whistle
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 11:52 PM
Posted by: Aileen
Despite Dodig's recent fall of form, he played really well last night but as Dodig's coach mentioned to Pam S. while shaking his head that, Andy was just on another dimension.

It was a night match and I guess Andy liked playing Dodig, so it all worked out for him. It was a terrific match to watch; that is, if you watched it live. The next match is going to be a day match I have a feeling (and the next probably again a night match if Andy makes it to 3rd round) and it’s most probably Lopez judging by the current score. . 
Lopez it certainly is.  He had a tough five-setter against Andujar who fought back from two sets down but lost the fifth 7-5.
 
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Andy likes playing Lopez as well but which Andy will show up is still a matter of pure guessing.  We probably shouldn’t expect that he’s going to be super aggressive in each match from this point on, but if he is then it’s all good but perhaps best to expect more of a mixed performance.
I think we're kind of used to this situation, EJ! Very Happy   Still, as the match is on Saturday, and probably a daytime one, Andy will have more time to practise in, and acclimatise to, the hotter conditions, and hopefully get his hydration balance right.
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 10:02 PM
Posted by: Iris
Nice match report from Kevin Mitchell of the Guardian [though I know there is at least one of you who says he's never met anyone who reads the G  Whistle ]

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/aug/30/us-open-andy-murray-tennis
I always feel Kevin Mitchell's articles on Andy are very supportive and balanced.  Just for the record I buy the Guardian every day, great paper, love it.
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 09:19 PM
Posted by: ChrisMac
Thanks John Smile Andy and his phone   lmao
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 07:34 PM
Posted by: backhandslice
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 07:20 PM
Posted by: Alis
Nice match report from Kevin Mitchell of the Guardian [though I know there is at least one of you who says he's never met anyone who reads the G  Whistle ]

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/aug/30/us-open-andy-murray-tennis

Good article - Mitchell has always been very positive about Andy I think.
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 06:19 PM
Posted by: robbie
Funny you should say that Ruthie, my better half says I suffer from selective amnesia but I always say that if I do, I can never remember it...Arf! Arf!
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 06:10 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Who? Name that person!!!
Already forgotten Robbie, but was it you by any chance???????
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 05:58 PM
Posted by: janetx
It was a nice performance last night; very clean and focused.
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 05:57 PM
Posted by: robbie
Who? Name that person!!!
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 05:52 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Nice match report from Kevin Mitchell of the Guardian [though I know there is at least one of you who says he's never met anyone who reads the G  Whistle ]

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/aug/30/us-open-andy-murray-tennis
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 05:43 PM
Posted by: adb..OH
I'll say it again for this thread, in so many words -- Smashing result Andy!  cmon yeah

& Great going, Laura!  yay

Great day!
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 05:37 PM
Posted by: Emma Jean
Despite Dodig's recent fall of form, he played really well last night but as Dodig's coach mentioned to Pam S. while shaking his head that, Andy was just on another dimension.

It was a night match and I guess Andy liked playing Dodig, so it all worked out for him. It was a terrific match to watch; that is, if you watched it live. The next match is going to be a day match I have a feeling (and the next probably again a night match if Andy makes it to 3rd round) and it’s most probably Lopez judging by the current score. Andy likes playing Lopez as well but which Andy will show up is still a matter of pure guessing. We probably shouldn’t expect that he’s going to be super aggressive in each match from this point on, but if he is then it’s all good but perhaps best to expect more of a mixed performance.

BTW, I didn’t think Andy was super aggressive last night but just enough to win comfortably. Personally I don’t like being mindless aggressive, which I thought Dodig was at first.
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 05:31 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Watched edited version of match on Sky earlier but will watch whole thing tomorrow if have time.  Thought Andy looked great.  Castle kept saying how thrilling his tennis is at present.
Posted on: August 30, 2012, 04:05 PM
Posted by: tamila
Great match.  Andy seemed so relaxed against a fairly talented Dodig.  His usual stunning shots etc. Just his serve which has improved since Monday although I do not think he served brilliantly against Smugfed in the Olympics. It was his arsenal of shots that came to the rescue partnered with aggression and belief.