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Murray cruises into the quarters « on: January 23, 2012, 07:34 AM »
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Andy Murray cruised into the quarter finals of the Australian Open today. The Scot was leading 6-1, 6-1, *1-0 when his opponent, Mikhail Kukushkin, retired.

Kukushkin, ranked 92 in the world, came into this match on the back of two hard fought five set victories. From the outset it was obvious the 24 year old Kazakh player was not 100% fit, and he immediately dropped serve and fell 3-0 behind. A momentary lapse in concentration handed a break back, but the Scot quickly reasserted himself and cantered through the rest of the set without dropping a game.

The second set followed the same pattern as the first, with Murray leaping into an early lead before a lapse in concentration reduced the deficit. As before Murray reasserted himself and showed no mercy. A service game to love sealed the set in just 22 minutes.

Kukushkin dropped serve for the eighth consecutive time in the first game of the third set and promptly decided to retire.

Next up for Murray is Kei Nishikori, who upset Tsonga in five sets. The pair last met in the semi finals of last years Shanghai Masters 1000 event, where Murray dropped just three games in a thoroughly one sided victory.
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 09:44 AM »
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Here's the transcription of Andy's press conference. Hope it works OK

A. Murray d. M. Kukushkin

6-1 6-1 1-0 ret.

 

Q.  Did you sense that he was struggling early on?

ANDY MURRAY:  Well, we practiced on the court next to each other this morning.  I mean, we both practiced for like 40 minutes.  He had like four or five racquets, like he was trying out different tensions and stuff on the court. 

I saw him like bouncing around before he went out onto the court.  It wasn't until I went up 3Love pretty quickly I realized, you know, he wasn't really moving.  And then, yeah, that was it. 

 

Q.  Did you sense he was going to retire at some point?

ANDY MURRAY:  I thought it was best he retired, yeah, because it was pointless.  You know, he wasn't running.  The people probably weren't enjoying the match that much.  I certainly wasn't because nothing was happening.  You know, there's no real good points or anything 'cause he couldn't move properly. 

Sometimes it's best just to stop. 

 

Q.  Is it difficult to keep your concentration in that kind of situation? 

ANDY MURRAY:  No.  I mean, if I was younger probably, yeah.  But not now.  I mean, it can be sometimes if a guy takes an injury timeout and doesn't move for a couple of games and then, you know, starts moving unbelievably.  I watched the match with Monfils.  It looked like that's what Monfils was doing at the start of match. 

By the end, he was running for everything.  That can be difficult.  But he didn't move the whole match, so it wasn't that tough.

 

Q.  What does this do for your own preparation? 

ANDY MURRAY:  I'll go practice in a little bit, work on a few things.  I'm going to try and get back on Laver after the women's match is finished because the court's a little bit quicker. 

And also playing here during the day it's much faster, as well.  Obviously the ball travels quicker through there with the heat.  So I'll try and practice again on there in case I have to play my next match in the middle of the day.  That's it. 

 

Q.  So it's not necessarily a bonus in terms of not working as hard as maybe you needed to?

ANDY MURRAY:  No, it's perfect because you conserve energy.  You just need to make sure, you know, today and tomorrow you hit enough balls to make sure you don't lose any rhythm.  Because there was no rallies out there, I need to make sure I move around a little bit so I don't stiffen up in any way. 

But just, you know, you can't look at it as a negative.  At this stage of the tournament to be off the court in 45 minutes or so isn't bad.

 

Q.  It's possible you might have to play during the day again here.  Would you welcome that?  Do you think your durability gives you a potential advantage?

ANDY MURRAY:  To be honest, sometimes it depends who you're playing against.  For example, Hewitt and Djokovic today, I would have thought it would have been more beneficial for Hewitt to play during the day against Novak. 

Some guys like playing in the heat.  Some guys, someone like Ferrer, I mean, he's one of the fittest guys on the tour.  He's great in the hot conditions.  He makes you work hard for every point. 

Then he gets a little bit more on his shots; whereas in the evening it slows the conditions down a little bit, the opponent's not getting as tired, and also his shots aren't doing as much damage. 

It sometimes depends just who you're playing against and whatnot.  I don't mind. 

 

Q.  You've done a great preparation for the match.  Then to go out there in those circumstances, is it a bit of an odd day for you?

ANDY MURRAY:  Yeah, it's just boring.  There was nothing happening on the court.  It's like, you know, it would have been nice to have come off and been like, Ah, I played unbelievable and he stopped. 

Didn't have to do anything.  Just hitting the ball in the court and, you know, he wasn't running.  He was making mistakes the first or second ball of the rally.  That was it. 

Complete contrast to my match with Llodra the other day.

 

Q.  You'd take a few boring wins, wouldn't you?

ANDY MURRAY:  I've got no problem with it.  You know, it's not so much like winning boring matches.  If you win a 62, 62 match and you don't have to save any breakpoints or anything and there's no ups and downs, you know, that's different. 

Today there was nothing.  There was no atmosphere 'cause there was no points.  That was it. 

 

Q.  Was it a bit of a shock when he broke you?

ANDY MURRAY:  No.  I mean, like I said, nothing was happening.  Wouldn't have mattered whether I lost that game or the first game because he wasn't running. 

It was also tough at that time of day.  On the far side the sun is bang in your eyes.  You're kind of rolling the serve in to get the point started. 

Also the court is quicker.  It takes a few games to adjust.  Hit a few balls long at the start, then I hit a few balls into the net and stuff.  Different court, different conditions.  That's it.

 

Q.  Looks like Kei is two sets to one up as we speak.  Can you just talk about those two guys, the challenges they present. 

ANDY MURRAY:  Well, I mean, Tsonga, I'm sure you know how he plays.  He's got a huge serve, great athlete.  Can be a little bit erratic sometimes.  But when he's on, he's incredible.  He's incredibly imposing.  He can kind of dictate what's going on on the court. 

I saw a little bit of the match just now.  Kei is playing really, really well.  Practiced with him a few times.  He's very good.  You know, very deceptive.  For somebody that's not the tallest guy, he creates a lot of power from the back of the court. 

He deals with pace well.  He can slice.  He moves well.  He was hitting a lot of winners out there.  He was dictating all the points from the back of the court which is difficult against someone like Tsonga.  He's one a few long matches here as well. 

Every time I saw him in Brisbane the last few weeks, I've seen him in the gym a lot.  I think he's gotten in better shape, as well.  He's doing well.

 

Q.  With Kei, can you see what influence Brad has had with him?

ANDY MURRAY:  To be honest, I don't think he's doing much work with him at all.  I think they maybe even stopped around Wimbledon time last year.  He did start doing better after that, but a lot of times the work's kind of done before then and you see the results a few months later (laughter). 

But, no, I think a lot of times  I know Brad, when I worked with him and spoke to him about Kei a little bit, he was saying he needs to learn to love the gym.  To be fair, I've seen him in there a lot doing good work.  He's gotten in better shape. 

I think that can then help with your mentality on the court.  Because he isn't as tall as some of the guys, getting stronger will have helped his game.  He's playing very well. 

 

Q.  One of the things people found pretty interesting was Ivan covering the camera to stop his face from being broadcast on the big screen.  Was that a joke or is he camera shy?

ANDY MURRAY:  The camera is one inch from your face when you're watching the match.  I thought that that was a person at first, and then I saw the thing doing a full rotation with the head.  I didn't know it was him that had done it until after the match. 

But, yeah, that was just the sort of thing he does.  He showed me a message from his wife.  He said, Yeah, that had his signature written all over it.  He's been doing that for years.

 

Q.  Do you think it's fair there should be a camera right there?

ANDY MURRAY:  I don't know whether it's fair.  For who?  For the people in the box? 

 

Q.  Yes. 

ANDY MURRAY:  In some ways, I mean, it's good.  I think if they're going to put a camera there, they should at least use it for the benefit of the umpire or someone, if people are blatantly coaching. 

There's been a few weird decisions the last few days.  I saw one yesterday, Berdych getting a warning for coaching.  A few others have been  the umpires have been speaking to the players saying, You need to stop getting coaching. 

Yeah, I don't know how anyone knows what's getting said, to be honest.  There's a lot of different languages out there.  Unfortunately, English is spoken most places, so we can't really get away with the coaching. 

But if the camera's going to be there, they should at least use it to stop people from coaching, I guess. 

 

Q.  Kukushkin is coached by his wife.  If Kim was helping you this week, what do you think she'd be telling you?

ANDY MURRAY:  I mean, she's been around tennis pretty much her whole life, so she at least has an understanding of it.  To be honest, I have very few conversations with her about tennis.  To be honest, it's not really necessary.  You just get the, Well done, or, Bad luck.  That's pretty much it. 

I'm sure she would be okay.  She might be better than most because her dad's been a coach for a long time, so she understands a little bit. 

 

Q.  Can you share how it's been working with Ivan, what you like so far best working with him? 

ANDY MURRAY:  Well, I think because it's him, you know, you're kind of like a sponge.  You're kind of absorbing a lot of different information.  You're asking a lot of questions and you're getting a lot of good answers, interesting ones. 

You know, you take obviously all the best parts of it, and it helps.  I mean, there's not been one thing in particular that he's said that has made a huge different.  But there's many little things on a daily basis that just help. 

I'm sure, you know, if I had no one here, no coach here, I'd be okay.  But when you just get that little bit of extra help from someone that's been there and done it many, many times, it helps. 

In terms of my game, nothing's really changed because we haven't had enough time to work on things.  I'll do that after the tournament. 

 

Q.  A week into the tournament, how do you assess your own progress through the draw?

ANDY MURRAY:  Well, I think each match got better.  Today's match, I don't really know.  Didn't do much.  But I thought each round I played a little bit better.  I didn't feel good at all in my first match. 

Managed to get through, and then started serving better, started moving better.  That's good.  I'll definitely be fresh for the next few rounds hopefully.  Just need to make sure I do the right things the next couple days to get ready for the quarters. 

 
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 10:06 AM »
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"It's perfect"  yay
Ta 4 interview. V. interesting. Apparently Ivan played a blinder. Do u know where that is?
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012, 10:14 AM »
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Looks like the Lendl interview is on Andy's facebook page - will listen now!
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #4 on: January 23, 2012, 10:16 AM »
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Cheers Smile
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #5 on: January 23, 2012, 10:27 AM »
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Thanks to you too bbh - I hadn't spotted it before.

Great interview with Lendl - Patrick McEnroe saying he didn't think Ivan would like Andy shouting at him in the match - Ivan just laughed and said "I can shout back".

He shows great respect for Andy - a very intelligent player - isn't going to tell him which shots to play etc....

Look on Andy's facebook page
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #6 on: January 23, 2012, 11:11 AM »
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Just been on FB, great interview with Lendl, he is so good at answering the press. He said that he went to have a look at the Tsonga v Nishikori match, and that Andy went for a practice after the match. No one can say that Andy does not work hard and try his best.
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #7 on: January 23, 2012, 11:18 AM »
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The Lendl interview was fascinating, and he seems very enthusiastic about working with Andy!  Andy also seems a bit more positive generally, and I am glad everyone is feeling the same about his chances.  Nishikori is a great draw for him really, will be much smoother than Tsomga would have been.

When he steps out against Nole and we have completed the first set, then we shall see in terms of overall progress.  Until then lets keep the good vibes going, and let's hope for a miracle by Ferrer or Hewitt in the meantime!

I still strongly feel we will get upsets with Fed and Nadal tomorrow. 
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #8 on: January 23, 2012, 11:31 AM »
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The Lendl interview was fascinating, and he seems very enthusiastic about working with Andy!  Andy also seems a bit more positive generally, and I am glad everyone is feeling the same about his chances.  Nishikori is a great draw for him really, will be much smoother than Tsomga would have been.

When he steps out against Nole and we have completed the first set, then we shall see in terms of overall progress.  Until then lets keep the good vibes going, and let's hope for a miracle by Ferrer or Hewitt in the meantime!

I still strongly feel we will get upsets with Fed and Nadal tomorrow. 
Totally agree I think there will be an upset tomorrow.
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #9 on: January 23, 2012, 11:31 AM »
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Just a quick post as v busy today and away from home.  Good news that Andy off again so quickly when sounds like brutally hot whereas NK had long gruelling match against Jo-W. And good not to have to face Jo-W in next round.  For those of us not on on FB any chance of posting the Lendl interview here?
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #10 on: January 23, 2012, 11:36 AM »
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I tried posting the Lendl interview but it just came up blank. I think anyone can see the facebook page though - http://www.facebook.com/andymurrayofficial
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #11 on: January 23, 2012, 11:42 AM »
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Looking a bit further ahead and tempting the hell out of fate - what are the odds of Ferrer doing us a favour in the QFs? Slim to none? Has Djokovic got back to the ominous form of last year after being knackered by the end of the season? Or has he just not been tested at all yet?
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #12 on: January 23, 2012, 11:54 AM »
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He hasn't been tested yet at all really; but equally he appears to be very confident and playing well.  We won't really know until he plays Andy, but Ferrer will at least keep him honest and keep the sets close.

Having said that he has just been broken again by Hewitt, just a shame the aussie can't hold his serve at all.

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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #13 on: January 23, 2012, 11:59 AM »
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He hasn't been tested yet at all really; but equally he appears to be very confident and playing well.  We won't really know until he plays Andy, but Ferrer will at least keep him honest and keep the sets close.

Having said that he has just been broken again by Hewitt, just a shame the aussie can't hold his serve at all.

Yep, Hewitt broken again after getting back on serve!

I agree, at least Ferrer will make a game of it and give us an idea of Djokovic's current level. Watch him now fail to win more than 5 games in the entire match...
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Re: Murray cruises into the quarters « Reply #14 on: January 23, 2012, 12:05 PM »
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Hewitt has just held serve. While on the subject of Aussie players interesting to learn that Tomic is 21 and not 19yrs old changes the whole complection re this young man.
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