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Battling Murray slumps at the death in epic « on: May 14, 2011, 10:15 PM »
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Andy Murray spurned numerous chances to end Novak Djokovics unbeaten run today. The Scot served for the match in the third set before ultimately falling short, Djokovic emerging victorious 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(2).

Murray barely got a look in during the first set, such was the power, accuracy and aggression flowing from Djokovics racquet. Such was the mismatch between the two, the Scot failed to hold serve or win a single point on his second serve throughout the entire set. A solitary break of serve in the third game was as good as it got, and the rampant Serb looked certain to canter to victory.

Djokovic was unable to reach the same mesmeric heights in the second set. The Serb started to make a few unforced errors and wasn't able to find the same width and depth that he had earlier. Murray meanwhile raised his own level and capitalised, breaking in the sixth game before a drama free service game sealed the set.

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Djokovic by now looked to have hit a physical brick wall and was showing visible signs of discomfort; whether this was genuine fatigue, gamesmanship or a combination of both, only he knows for sure. Regardless, both players were playing sublime tennis. Five breaks of serve were exchanged, before Murray found himself serving for the match at 5-4. The Scots inner demons rose to the surface and he duly double faulted twice to hand the break, and initiative, back to Djokovic.

Murray was able to force the set into a deciding tiebreak, but a lack of first serves and several unforced errors allowed Djokovic to record his 38th consecutive victory.

There are positives to take from this match, and the 2011 clay court swing has shown that Murray is definitely a contender on this surface. Ultimately though, he will be disappointed to have squandered a golden opportunity to reach his first clay court final. The manner of his capitulation when serving for the match raises the same old questions about his ability to perform at the very highest echelons, and the same serve and forehand frailties were in evidence once again.

Murray will next play at the French Open.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #1 on: May 14, 2011, 10:32 PM »
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He fought very hard, but these chokes in the crunch moments are getting rather annoying. A total waste of all the work he'd put in to get to that position. Djokovic can **** off, I hope Nadal tears him a new one and that he then crashes out in the 3rd round of RG.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #2 on: May 14, 2011, 10:34 PM »
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I suspect I'm going to get plenty of stick for the headline, but that was a huge choke. Two double faults when serving for it? Not great at all, and really a symptom of the psychological problems that have plagued him recently.

I hope this won't dent his confidence too much, but I'm expecting something of a slump now.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #3 on: May 14, 2011, 10:37 PM »
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I suspect I'm going to get plenty of stick for the headline, but that was a huge choke. Two double faults when serving for it? Not great at all, and really a symptom of the psychological problems that have plagued him recently.

I hope this won't dent his confidence too much, but I'm expecting something of a slump now.

You'll get stick, but I think it's a fair headline. He tossed it away on his own serivce - 2 DFs says it all. He doesn't have the mental fortitude in the keyest of key moments. Again, sports psychology needed...
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #4 on: May 14, 2011, 10:37 PM »
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Nice sentiments ! Possibly best game of year and we have to have vitriol against both brilliant players !
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #5 on: May 14, 2011, 10:38 PM »
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I suspect I'm going to get plenty of stick for the headline, but that was a huge choke. Two double faults when serving for it? Not great at all, and really a symptom of the psychological problems that have plagued him recently.

I hope this won't dent his confidence too much, but I'm expecting something of a slump now.

Not sure about the slump - I think he might get really pumped, knowing he was within a whisker!!
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #6 on: May 14, 2011, 10:39 PM »
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What a fantastic match ! A battle till the end ! If only Andy's serving  had been better then he definitely would have won, but he put up a really tremendous fight & so very nearly won it..............................
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #7 on: May 14, 2011, 10:46 PM »
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It's Clay, there's WTA levels of pressure on serve in some match ups so inevitably break leads mean didly squart.

It's a choke, it's not huge and shouldn't be slump inducing even if it was.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #8 on: May 14, 2011, 10:48 PM »
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Thats too harsh Phil.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #9 on: May 14, 2011, 10:52 PM »
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I suspect I'm going to get plenty of stick for the headline, but that was a huge choke. Two double faults when serving for it? Not great at all, and really a symptom of the psychological problems that have plagued him recently.

I hope this won't dent his confidence too much, but I'm expecting something of a slump now.

you'll get stick alright, but you've got it spot on, although i 'd say he slipped up rather than choked. he was a victim of his own success, stopped playing in the now moment, and started thinking "i'm actually going to beat Novak" - and then of course came the shock break back by Novak due to this thinking, once this occured i suspect the wind was totally taken out of his sails and Andy quickly realised it was over and just could not regroup back sufficiently. Like daisy says knowing he was so close he might get really pumped and push on from this defeat. i believe he'll regroup, too much is at stake between now and the final of Wimbledon, he can't afford to have a slump.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #10 on: May 14, 2011, 10:56 PM »
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Ridiculous headline.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #11 on: May 14, 2011, 10:58 PM »
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Ridiculous headline.
Hear hear !
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #12 on: May 14, 2011, 11:02 PM »
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Ridiculous headline.

I think considering the manner of the match then choked is maybe harsh, and if it was the first time he'd done such a thing then definitely. Unfortunately he has made enough of a habit of screwing up important points that there is an overall fairness.
As Phil also said, positives can be taken from it.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #13 on: May 14, 2011, 11:02 PM »
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Ridiculous headline.

Honestly then, how would you describe that effort to serve out the match?
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #14 on: May 14, 2011, 11:05 PM »
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One of the biggest things missing from Murrays game tonight was the forehand down the line. Novak used it to great effect, but when Murray attempted it, either hit a short moon ball or thrashed it into the net.
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