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Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « on: May 05, 2011, 08:00 PM »
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The Manolo Santana Stadium was deprived of tonight's scheduled Nadal match, but Thomaz Bellucci provided a decent tribute act, handing a 6-4 6-2 Brazilian waxing to Andy Murray in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open.

Armed with a southpaw serve that seemed to descend from the heights of Corcovado and a first-strike forehand that repeatedly went unanswered, the world number 36 delivered a masterclass in aggressive red-dirt tennis.

While the first set went with serve until Murray's service game at 4-5, it was clear that the Scot was having more trouble than usual unpicking his opponent's game.

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In truth, the heavy clay surface was offering Bellucci the chance to run around his more-vulnerable backhand. An opponent with more pace on his shots might have been able to pin the Brazilian into his backhand corner, but the Murray forehand was leaving his strings a good 20kph slower than Bellucci's.

As the Scot wilted on serve under the barrage of yet more ferocious forehands, he was left to rue the handful of break-point opportunities that died in the Spanish dirt.

The second set was even less encouraging for Murray fans. With Bellucci's tail vertical and his forehand rampant, the only thing world-class about the Scot appeared to be his effortless sulking.

As Bellucci continued to fire down sidewinder groundstrokes, Murray stared disdainfully at the crushed brick that just three weeks ago against Nadal had provided unexpected promise in a season getting sorrier by the second.

At 2-3, a fatigued-looking Murray drifted a backhand into the tramlines to present Bellucci with a break point, and a looped forehand sealed the deal.

Some Howitzer serving quashed any suggestions that the Brazilian might stumble with the finishing line in sight, and Murray duly helped him over it by meekly surrendering his serve for a third time.

Many will see this as a gutless performance from Murray, whose Rome campaign will be followed by a five-day stint with stand-in coach Darren Cahill. The sessions will aim to inject some much-needed direction and enthusiasm into his play ahead of the forthcoming French Open.
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Bellucci « Reply #1 on: May 05, 2011, 08:20 PM »
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There is genuinely nothing positive about today's performance... it's not he clay that bothers me, it's the attitude.
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Bellucci « Reply #2 on: May 05, 2011, 09:14 PM »
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Predictable really. The same old weaknesses were there - I see literally no consistent improvement in his game since the 2010 AO.

I don't see why people have any hope for him to change things up, given that he has shown bugger all inclination (or perhaps just lacks the ability) to do so.

Post peak Murray? This certainly looks like it.
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « Reply #3 on: May 05, 2011, 09:24 PM »
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Felt he was going to lose after the first couple of games. Forehand was abysmal.
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « Reply #4 on: May 05, 2011, 09:46 PM »
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Felt he was going to lose after the first couple of games. Forehand was abysmal.

Maybe his arm isn't 100% recovered yet - or maybe he can't yet trust in it 100% mentally.
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « Reply #5 on: May 05, 2011, 10:05 PM »
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People reading too much into this.

This is clay. As much as I would love Andy to light up the tour on all three surfaces, it just isn't going to happen. Keep accruing a decent amount of points, hang onto #4, and let's see what he's got at SW19.

Bellucci played well. Some of the denizens of MW have this mentality that Andy is the only factor in a tennis match. Bellucci has won claycourt titles on the ATP Tour (something Murray hasn't done) He got it spot on tactically by shortening the points when he could, and he deserves the spot in the QFs.
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « Reply #6 on: May 05, 2011, 10:11 PM »
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Incidentally, does Bellucci join Nadal and Verdasco as the third leftie to beat Murray?
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « Reply #7 on: May 05, 2011, 10:32 PM »
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Scratch that, Melzer and Young (?)
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « Reply #8 on: May 05, 2011, 10:32 PM »
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Andys web site is showing his ranking at the start of Rome as 5 is this correct does anyone know.
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « Reply #9 on: May 05, 2011, 11:55 PM »
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Better to lose to Bellucci in R3 here than at RG.


Andys web site is showing his ranking at the start of Rome as 5 is this correct does anyone know.
Don't see why that would be the case. Think


Scratch that, Melzer and Young (?)
Young, aye. Melzer no.

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Re: Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « Reply #10 on: May 05, 2011, 11:55 PM »
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People reading too much into this.

This is clay. As much as I would love Andy to light up the tour on all three surfaces, it just isn't going to happen. Keep accruing a decent amount of points, hang onto #4, and let's see what he's got at SW19.

Bellucci played well. Some of the denizens of MW have this mentality that Andy is the only factor in a tennis match. Bellucci has won claycourt titles on the ATP Tour (something Murray hasn't done) He got it spot on tactically by shortening the points when he could, and he deserves the spot in the QFs.

Eh? Are you forgetting the absolute disasters of Indian Wells and Miami?  There are MASSIVE issues with his psychological state on court, it's written all over his expressions and body language.

Clay doesn't both me much when it comes to Murray but it does put things in perspective when the other so called elites are taking it in their stride, especially the likes of Djokovic and bloody Soderling. Murray is 24 next week... how big a change can he make!
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « Reply #11 on: May 06, 2011, 12:35 AM »
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I can't help laughing at the headline.  lol

It's not really funny, though.  I feel a bit like Victor Meldrew.  Oh God!  I don't believe it!!  Frown
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « Reply #12 on: May 06, 2011, 01:18 AM »
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Maybe his arm isn't 100% recovered yet - or maybe he can't yet trust in it 100% mentally.

Bellucci played well. Some of the denizens of MW have this mentality that Andy is the only factor in a tennis match. Bellucci has won claycourt titles on the ATP Tour (something Murray hasn't done) He got it spot on tactically by shortening the points when he could, and he deserves the spot in the QFs.
Thanks Andrew - one of the most sensible comments I've read on MW.  I took the trouble to look up Bellucci's credentials before the match and on the strength of that predicted that he would win, unless, of course, Murray produced something exceptional out of a hat - something which, given his recent lay-off and residual arm problem, I felt was probably unlikely.

Last year Murray only went one round further in Madrid.  And it seems that those with very short memories have forgotten how he well he played in MC, particularly pushing Nadal, the 'King of Clay', to the very limit before the effect of pain-killing injections started to wear off.

Yes, Murray does have psychological issues - but he appeared to be getting on top of them in MC.  Unfortunately his injury set-back could see a return to square one, and I think he knows it.  From the BBC report -

Murray now heads to next week's Rome Masters and said: "I'm happy that physically I progressed." ..... "I've got to look more at the week as a whole, I was coming back from an injury that wasn't serious but an elbow injury isn't easy for tennis players.

"I was hitting the ball decent, I think I can definitely get better. You just need to be quite cautious and not do too much too soon because then you take a step back.

"I need to get my tennis back because that's the most important thing going into Rome and the French Open."


What a pity that the 'help' from the Adidas team has so far turned out to be so little because players such as Simon and Bellucci are also under their wing, which does beg the question of how much longer Murray can go on without a full-time coach.
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « Reply #13 on: May 06, 2011, 01:31 AM »
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Love the headline - knew it had to be yours Nigel clap
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Re: Murray gets waxed by Brazilian « Reply #14 on: May 06, 2011, 01:33 AM »
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People reading too much into this.

This is clay. As much as I would love Andy to light up the tour on all three surfaces, it just isn't going to happen. Keep accruing a decent amount of points, hang onto #4, and let's see what he's got at SW19.

Bellucci played well. Some of the denizens of MW have this mentality that Andy is the only factor in a tennis match. Bellucci has won claycourt titles on the ATP Tour (something Murray hasn't done) He got it spot on tactically by shortening the points when he could, and he deserves the spot in the QFs.

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