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Posted on: March 02, 2012, 03:18 PM
Posted by: Aileen
^^If he plays as far behind the baseline as he did with Berdy were in for a long afternoon.
But i think he was more nervous against Berdych than he will be against Novak.
Really, the pressure is on Djokovic for this one.
And it showed.  Could be a testing time for Djokovic now.
Posted on: March 02, 2012, 12:52 PM
Posted by: theycanbillme
^^If he plays as far behind the baseline as he did with Berdy were in for a long afternoon.
But i think he was more nervous against Berdych than he will be against Novak.
Really, the pressure is on Djokovic for this one.
Posted on: March 02, 2012, 09:51 AM
Posted by: matchpoint
 You're right about the aggression, Adrian. As long as Andy doesn't allow Djoko to bully him about. There were times against Berdy when he was going further and further behind the baseline, his returns were going shorter allowing Berdy to come up the court and easily finish him off. In such situations, Djoko will be even more ruthless.

Not sure about the tie-breakers. I think djoko knows to just put his foot on the gas at 4 all for example, break Andy, then hold to quickly win the first set. Cue Andy shell-shocked and on the back foot from the beginning of the 2nd set.... I really hope not.

But whatever the outcome Andy and Lendl will have something to build upon for the more important matches to come.
So only positive vibes. Good luck Andy!

 
Posted on: March 02, 2012, 09:40 AM
Posted by: ChrisMac
God forbid three tie breakers, my heart would not cope.
Posted on: March 02, 2012, 09:25 AM
Posted by: Adrian
Andy must play in an aggressive fashion against Djokovic for the whole match and not allow any lapses in intensity. Hopefully a win for Andy in three sets. Three tie breakers anyone ?
Posted on: March 02, 2012, 02:55 AM
Posted by: Aileen
... so NOW you tell me.... 
I didn't know that myself, and nor did anyone else, until just a few days before he left for Dubai. hug
Posted on: March 02, 2012, 02:12 AM
Posted by: scotnadian
That's because Andy was spending his days at Delray Beach with Lendl, and they were focussing on tennis, not fitness, so I doubt Andy would have been running along the beach in Miami!

... so NOW you tell me.... 
Posted on: March 02, 2012, 01:09 AM
Posted by: Aileen
btw.. left Miami 2 days ago at 28 degrees.. back home to
Toronto -1 and snow/ice. Was on Murray-Watch on beach 2 wks ago, but sadly no sightings. Sigh.....
That's because Andy was spending his days at Delray Beach with Lendl, and they were focussing on tennis, not fitness, so I doubt Andy would have been running along the beach in Miami!

Plenty of other sights to see.. for instance, an outdoor gym right on the beach. Pics will be posted later on picture thread.
Getting off-topic... Mark will be displeased... (altho I suspect he might like the girls' beach volleyball photos..) yes
Oh lordy, Linda!  Mark will get over-excited if he looks at these ... Whistle  Very Happy



Posted on: March 02, 2012, 12:04 AM
Posted by: scotnadian
Plenty of other sights to see.. for instance, an outdoor gym right on the beach. Pics will be posted later on picture thread.
Getting off-topic... Mark will be displeased... (altho I suspect he might like the girls' beach volleyball photos..) yes
Posted on: March 01, 2012, 11:53 PM
Posted by: Bevc
We need to get those stalking skills honed secret service agent lol
Posted on: March 01, 2012, 11:51 PM
Posted by: scotnadian
^^ Why, thank you kindly ma'am!.. hug
btw.. left Miami 2 days ago at 28 degrees.. back home to
Toronto -1 and snow/ice. Was on Murray-Watch on beach 2 wks ago, but sadly no sightings. Sigh.....
Posted on: March 01, 2012, 11:09 PM
Posted by: Aileen
Thanks for match report James.
Got up at 5:00am to watch Andy on dodgy stream, only to find they're showing the tournie on the telly.  Not live.. but who cares... 'live' to me so long as I keep away from MW.
Been tennis starved recently.. so been feasting all day on a tennis smorgasbord... yum!

- Andy/Berdych...... 7 match points but a decent Ber'ch-slap in the end.
- Fed/Youshny....... School dinner match: bland, predictable.. and instantly forgettable.
- Tipsy/Djoker....... Mr Magoo v The Terminator in 1st set.... subbed for Ali G in 2nd, but ultimately the Bouncer held all the balls.
- Delpo/Tsonga...... Despite cocky head, Tsonga unable to get past the Moving Wall.
lol  I like those, Linda - short, sharp and to the point!
Posted on: March 01, 2012, 10:22 PM
Posted by: scotnadian
Thanks for match report James.
Got up at 5:00am to watch Andy on dodgy stream, only to find they're showing the tournie on the telly.  Not live.. but who cares... 'live' to me so long as I keep away from MW.
Been tennis starved recently.. so been feasting all day on a tennis smorgasbord... yum!

- Andy/Berdych...... 7 match points but a decent Ber'ch-slap in the end.
- Fed/Youshny....... School dinner match: bland, predictable.. and instantly forgettable.
- Tipsy/Djoker....... Mr Magoo v The Terminator in 1st set.... subbed for Ali G in 2nd, but ultimately the Bouncer held all the balls.
- Delpo/Tsonga...... Despite cocky head, Tsonga unable to get past the Moving Wall.
Posted on: March 01, 2012, 09:43 PM
Posted by: Joe
Match highlights on Sky at 10pm tonight, by the way.
Posted on: March 01, 2012, 09:42 PM
Posted by: Joe
Certainly Andrew Castle thinks so. I've just been watching a recording of the match - great win for Andy - Castle's analysis was very rude talking about Andy whining and moaning - he said Andy fakes injury when he loses a point. He looks odd Andrew Castle - a bit debauched - think he had mascara on.

Let's not forget that Andrew Castle presented GMTV or some such dross for a while, so his opinion is not worth a pinch of ****.
Posted on: March 01, 2012, 09:33 PM
Posted by: MT
Very good report James.  Thanks. Smile

First, I was pleased to see Andy put in a decent performance again despite giving me a few more white hairs when serving for the match!  What we've been seeing in this tournament is certainly an encouraging turn-around from the post-AO Andy of 2010/2011.  There's no doubt that Andy's mental attitude has improved thanks to growing maturity plus having Lendl as his coach.  Things so far bode well for the rest of the season.

Second, I know he does have a problem with his right knee, and it's extremely unfortunate that he should be one of the known 1% of the population who has the condition (bipartite patella, for those who may not already know - i.e. his kneecap is in two parts, the bones having never fused together as they should) but clutching it when he loses a point suggests that there could be a psychological issue here as well, and hopefully one that Lendl might be able to help iron out.


Certainly Andrew Castle thinks so. I've just been watching a recording of the match - great win for Andy - Castle's analysis was very rude talking about Andy whining and moaning - he said Andy fakes injury when he loses a point. He looks odd Andrew Castle - a bit debauched - think he had mascara on.
Posted on: March 01, 2012, 06:37 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Thanks for info Jan. On train home so can watch + today's highlights. So good that A finally beaten tb, otherwise might have bcome a jinx each time he met him.
Posted on: March 01, 2012, 06:20 PM
Posted by: janscribe
Well done James, good report. According to Sky the Novak-Andy match is at 1 p.m. our time,
Posted on: March 01, 2012, 03:48 PM
Posted by: Aileen
Very good report James.  Thanks. Smile

First, I was pleased to see Andy put in a decent performance again despite giving me a few more white hairs when serving for the match!  What we've been seeing in this tournament is certainly an encouraging turn-around from the post-AO Andy of 2010/2011.  There's no doubt that Andy's mental attitude has improved thanks to growing maturity plus having Lendl as his coach.  Things so far bode well for the rest of the season.

Second, I know he does have a problem with his right knee, and it's extremely unfortunate that he should be one of the known 1% of the population who has the condition (bipartite patella, for those who may not already know - i.e. his kneecap is in two parts, the bones having never fused together as they should) but clutching it when he loses a point suggests that there could be a psychological issue here as well, and hopefully one that Lendl might be able to help iron out.

Posted on: March 01, 2012, 03:35 PM
Posted by: Mackem
Murray too solid for Berdych - article and interview here

http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/News/Tennis/2012/ATP-Tournament/Thursday-Murray-Beats-Berdych.aspx

Despite his difficulty in winning the final point, Murray wasn’t worried or frustrated.

"In my whole career on the tour, I don't know how many matches I've played, I think I've only lost one match where I served for it, two max," he said. "That's one thing I've always been very comfortable with, closing matches out."

"I thought tactically I did well for a set and a half. I created a lot of chances in the second set, but kind of gave them back to him. But I just hung in at the end. I fought and scrambled and did what I had to do to win."

Berdych was disappointed to lose such a close match, saying, "Well, actually it wasn't one of the good matches from me. I was struggling and was fighting so much on my serve, and that was actually the problem of all the match. With a player like Andy, it's tough."

"You have to serve well then to be winning at least easier your service games and then have some chance to make some more pressure on his serve, try to build only break points and some chances. I mean, there was definitely a place for improvement."

In the interview he says his knee problem is annoying, but not serious. Something that comes and goes.
In short, a 90% Andy will always beat a 100% Berdych.  The fact that Berdych was also was at 90% made it a straight sets game.  These big hitters will never crack the Top 4 - they're so 1 dimensional they have a Plan A but no plan B - Del Potro, Soderling, Cilic are just the same