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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #15 on: May 14, 2011, 11:06 PM »
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He played enough clutch tennis at key moments for me to know that he didn't bottle it. Anyone can double fault.

What are our expectations, honestly? He's number FOUR in the world for a reason. He's not one or two. He's flawed. On his day, he'll beat the best. When Federer was at his peak, and Murray beat him in Masters tournaments, was he bottling then? Sometimes it'll happen, sometimes it won't. Let's get some perspective. He's from Dunblane, FFS.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #16 on: May 14, 2011, 11:07 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.

He didn't do it on purpose. I have no forehand either. But there's not much I can do about it.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #17 on: May 14, 2011, 11:09 PM »
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He played enough clutch tennis at key moments for me to know that he didn't bottle it. Anyone can double fault.

What are our expectations, honestly? He's number FOUR in the world for a reason. He's not one or two. He's flawed. On his day, he'll beat the best. When Federer was at his peak, and Murray beat him in Masters tournaments, was he bottling then? Sometimes it'll happen, sometimes it won't. Let's get some perspective. He's from Dunblane, FFS.

Best line yet  lmao lmao lmao
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #18 on: May 14, 2011, 11:12 PM »
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Best line yet  lmao lmao lmao

Not that I have anything against people from Dunblane. It's just surreal that the number four tennis player in the world comes from a town in central-belt Scotland. I keep shaking my head in wonderment.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #19 on: May 14, 2011, 11:12 PM »
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That's right he's Scottish and we love him c'mon the Muzza
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #20 on: May 14, 2011, 11:16 PM »
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That's right he's Scottish and we love him c'mon the Muzza

Have to admit I don't care what nationality a tennis player is - I'm only interested in his tennis, not his place of birth ... Smile
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #21 on: May 14, 2011, 11:19 PM »
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Have to admit I don't care what nationality a tennis player is - I'm only interested in his tennis, not his place of birth ... Smile

And Murray's tennis would be a thing of wonder whether he was from Scotland or Nova Scotia.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #22 on: May 14, 2011, 11:19 PM »
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Who would have thought following Miami and Indian Wells that Andy would get to a semi final on any surface never mind clay!  Credit where credit is due, he has played some wonderful tennis in Rome and Madrid and I think with Cahill on board he will learn not to back off when he is in front and play aggressively on every point.  I for one now look forward to the French Open and Andy doing really well.  I thought there was a lot of gamemanship from Djkovic tonight but Andy has softened him up for Rafa tomorrow.  Rafa in straight sets.  Happy birthday Andy!!
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #23 on: May 14, 2011, 11:21 PM »
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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"

Agreed.
Djokovic can f**k off, I hope Nadal tears him a new one and that he then crashes out in the 3rd round of RG.

Agreed!!

This match was very similar to the nadal match at the o2, and having lost that one it only made him go away and work harder in prep for the aussie open, where he played some of his best tennis. Hopefully this will fire him up even more for the french.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #24 on: May 14, 2011, 11:22 PM »
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Who would have thought following Miami and Indian Wells that Andy would get to a semi final on any surface never mind clay!  Credit where credit is due, he has played some wonderful tennis in Rome and Madrid and I think with Cahill on board he will learn not to back off when he is in front and play aggressively on every point.  I for one now look forward to the French Open and Andy doing really well.  I thought there was a lot of gamemanship from Djkovic tonight but Andy has softened him up for Rafa tomorrow.  Rafa in straight sets.  Happy birthday Andy!!

I think we all have to take a step back and acknowledge that, under Cahill, Murray has consistently played aggressive tennis. So hats off to the Aussie for succeeding where Petchey, Gilbert, Maclagan and Corretja have so obviously failed.

The result has been his best-ever clay-court campaign.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #25 on: May 14, 2011, 11:23 PM »
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I think we all have to take a step back and acknowledge that, under Cahill, Murray has consistently played aggressive tennis. So hats off to the Aussie for succeeding where Petchey, Gilbert, Maclagan and Corretja have so obviously failed.

The result has been his best-ever clay-court campaign.

I was wondering exactly that Nigel ... how much of the better play is down to Cahill?
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #26 on: May 14, 2011, 11:24 PM »
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I was wondering exactly that Nigel ... how much of the better play is down to Cahill?

And he now has five full days with Cahill before the French. I'm excited.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #27 on: May 14, 2011, 11:25 PM »
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'Chokes' I feel is harsh but ultimately can't really disagree.

Agree with what 'psychological tennis' posted. Smile


Also wouldn't surprise me if Djokovic is too exhausted to beat Rafa.
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #28 on: May 14, 2011, 11:26 PM »
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And he now has five full days with Cahill before the French. I'm excited.

The reason I was wondering about it is because I would not have thought there had been enough time to make as big a difference as we have seen.  Obviously Cahill can't tell him anything about how to play - so, what do you think he has said that has made the difference, because there definitely is a difference. 
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Re: Murray chokes to exhausted Djokovic « Reply #29 on: May 14, 2011, 11:28 PM »
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This is the time of year where anything is a bonus. After defeats to Bogomolov and Young, I feared the worst on the clay.

2 Masters SFs, including stirring performances against Nadal and Djokovic, I would have bitten your hand off for that at the start of April.
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