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Posted on: January 26, 2012, 08:07 PM
Posted by: Apollo
IYes, I have the same feelings. I think he will. Lendl is there, he has not had anyone in his corner, he respects Llendl and Lendl respects him ,a great partnership.  Andy will win a grand salem this year under Lendl, may be not in Australia but in the year, who knows. Andy might surprise us all. i hope so.
Thanks and welcome! This is a great place.  welcome
Posted on: January 26, 2012, 07:30 PM
Posted by: jdonald
IYes, I have the same feelings. I think he will. Lendl is there, he has not had anyone in his corner, he respects Llendl and Lendl respects him ,a great partnership.  Andy will win a grand salem this year under Lendl, may be not in Australia but in the year, who knows. Andy might surprise us all. i hope so.
Posted on: January 26, 2012, 07:11 PM
Posted by: Apollo
I got up for work this morning and got to see the final moments of the Nadal/Federer match and all I could think was wow a really long match.  They both looked tired and at one moment Rafa stopped reached down and felt the front of his ankle, like he was checking it out, then he went on to win the match.

I wish I could be a mouse in a corner and hear how Lendl prepares Andy for his next match.  How does one take the nerves away from a player and give them the confidence they need to go out and play their best.

Meanwhile, I wish someone would take away the nerves I feel.  I want so badly for Andy to succeed this weekend.  I'm sure many of you have the same feelings. nervous
Posted on: January 26, 2012, 06:57 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Wasn't able to watch the match and not watched the highlights yet. Also I'm not a tennis player myself.  But surely if there was a problem with his neck, as there was, this would affect the serve?  Which is why I'm hoping his physio has got it sorted now.
Posted on: January 26, 2012, 02:54 PM
Posted by: Sabine
Keep it up Andy!!!!!!!! Now just play ur best tennis against Novak n win this Australian Open!!!!!!!!Hope its gonna be a gud one...All d best
Posted on: January 26, 2012, 07:47 AM
Posted by: adb..OH
Good one, Nigel & yes, Aileen, that was a bit too close for comfort.

Just getting a chance to say, good for you Andy, through to the semi-final & all the best for it!

Loved the Lendl interview.  He speaks so well of Andy, sees what we see! & doesn't give anything away. Looks like a great match.
Posted on: January 26, 2012, 02:36 AM
Posted by: Aileen
Talking of rising sons - I hope Lendl requests, nay insists, that Andy lay off the hot dogs - and maybe Kim might have a quiet word in his ear as well. Very Happy

When Murray tried a similar trick a handful of points later [after Nishikori did one], he almost put the very future of British tennis in jeopardy. As he chased after a smash, he tried a tweener in mid-air, missed the tennis ball and almost did himself a terrible mischief with the follow-through. Team Murray winced in unison. When the slow motion replay was played back on the big screens, those of a nervous and sensitive disposition had to avert their gaze. And Muzz lost the point to boot.

Seriously though, preserving his manhood is one thing, but these shots can leave a player seriously off-balance, as Andy demonstrated in the Llodra match.  If other players wish to do them, then that's fine, but Andy would do well to steer clear of them.  He picks up enough injuries as it is without actually inviting them.
Posted on: January 26, 2012, 01:30 AM
Posted by: tennis_girl
Why are you here? You retired from this place. Go to the Djokovic forum you no doubt frequent.

Watch it, mister. I know where you live.
Posted on: January 26, 2012, 01:29 AM
Posted by: Clydey
Excuses, excuses...

Why are you here? You retired from this place. Go to the Djokovic forum you no doubt frequent.
Posted on: January 26, 2012, 12:49 AM
Posted by: tennis_girl
Yeah, that would be me. Apologies.

To be fair, I haven't done this in ages. I completely forgot that I had an article to write.

Excuses, excuses...
Posted on: January 26, 2012, 12:43 AM
Posted by: Clydey
Yeah, wasn't expecting to write it... but somebody let us down. No names, no pack drill.

Yeah, that would be me. Apologies.

To be fair, I haven't done this in ages. I completely forgot that I had an article to write.
Posted on: January 25, 2012, 06:47 PM
Posted by: jdonald
Andy is looking very good for it.

Lendl will help enormously such a great asset for Murray.  I met him in Hong Kong when I was working at the various events he attended.  A very strong determined man, he knows Andy has the game and he will be the asset to get Andy to win  salem.

Come Andy show waht you can do.  Good Luck
Posted on: January 25, 2012, 06:36 PM
Posted by: Buhweet
Do a lot of you even play tennis? You guys want 60 60 61 victories in a slam QF? It may be a bit unrealistic.

I play 2-3 days per week competitively at club level and there are times you can serve on a dime and some days MISFIRE big time, or it may be the BH breaking down but you're serving like a demon. It happens.

The big positive is that Andy is going for winners so much more on break points than letting the rally be dictated by his opponent or wait for errors. He is adding variety into his serves with the kicker on the Ad court and slider on the Deuce court rather than going for the flat bomb and then timidly sending a weak and short 2nd serve for them to attack.

The new serving strategy may take a wee while to embed to his play but  the more he uses this tactic, the more natural it will be throughout the course of 2012. This along with a new sense of calm (he is even congratulating opponent's winners than scream) is a great positive. Mats Wilander may have been critical of Andy in the past, but he is giving credit where it is due as Andy has been making great strides so far in 2012.

It's all about getting the W. Just 2 more and MW will have to change the banner art with a pic of Andy holding aloft a slam trophy Wink

Believe.
What you say is true but it is the "next two" which will count, and they ain't no pushovers no matter who wins'em. Andy's looking good for it, gotta admit that!
Posted on: January 25, 2012, 04:45 PM
Posted by: Iris
Thanks for the report Nigel, I haven't seen his match yet therefore I got a good idea what went on from your post.  Well said syc23 I look forward to more of your posts with your insight into the changes in Andy's game.  Looking forward to Friday against Djokovic I'm sure Andy will continue to enthrall us.  Onwards and upwards Andy!
Posted on: January 25, 2012, 04:37 PM
Posted by: michelle
syc23 totally agree with you.I'm sure by Friday Andy's serve will be firing, he'll earn cheap points and be sending Nole all over the court and stopping him from using his strong weapons, a bit like Cincinatti when in  the end Nole handed in the towel citing a shouder injury, this time he can say he couldn't breathe and his hamstring was causing him problems.
Posted on: January 25, 2012, 04:36 PM
Posted by: Apollo
Do a lot of you even play tennis? You guys want 60 60 61 victories in a slam QF? It may be a bit unrealistic.

I play 2-3 days per week competitively at club level and there are times you can serve on a dime and some days MISFIRE big time, or it may be the BH breaking down but you're serving like a demon. It happens.

The big positive is that Andy is going for winners so much more on break points than letting the rally be dictated by his opponent or wait for errors. He is adding variety into his serves with the kicker on the Ad court and slider on the Deuce court rather than going for the flat bomb and then timidly sending a weak and short 2nd serve for them to attack.

The new serving strategy may take a wee while to embed to his play but  the more he uses this tactic, the more natural it will be throughout the course of 2012. This along with a new sense of calm (he is even congratulating opponent's winners than scream) is a great positive. Mats Wilander may have been critical of Andy in the past, but he is giving credit where it is due as Andy has been making great strides so far in 2012.

It's all about getting the W. Just 2 more and MW will have to change the banner art with a pic of Andy holding aloft a slam trophy Wink

Believe.
Nice post!  I rewatched some of the match this morning before going to work and (haha) knowing the outcome, I was able to appreciate the good things Andy was doing which was better than the nervous watching last night.
Posted on: January 25, 2012, 04:17 PM
Posted by: syc23
Do a lot of you even play tennis? You guys want 60 60 61 victories in a slam QF? It may be a bit unrealistic.

I play 2-3 days per week competitively at club level and there are times you can serve on a dime and some days MISFIRE big time, or it may be the BH breaking down but you're serving like a demon. It happens.

The big positive is that Andy is going for winners so much more on break points than letting the rally be dictated by his opponent or wait for errors. He is adding variety into his serves with the kicker on the Ad court and slider on the Deuce court rather than going for the flat bomb and then timidly sending a weak and short 2nd serve for them to attack.

The new serving strategy may take a wee while to embed to his play but  the more he uses this tactic, the more natural it will be throughout the course of 2012. This along with a new sense of calm (he is even congratulating opponent's winners than scream) is a great positive. Mats Wilander may have been critical of Andy in the past, but he is giving credit where it is due as Andy has been making great strides so far in 2012.

It's all about getting the W. Just 2 more and MW will have to change the banner art with a pic of Andy holding aloft a slam trophy Wink

Believe.
Posted on: January 25, 2012, 03:59 PM
Posted by: lashurst
Great movement and shot-making by Murray throughout. May the winner of the Murray and Nole semi-final lift the trophy. I will be thrilled if we get to see Andy lift his first grand slam trophy. Best of luck~
Nice of you join us on MW, janetx. Welcome to the Mad House of Muzza GS tennis hug
 welcome
Posted on: January 25, 2012, 03:36 PM
Posted by: Aileen
Although not at his best, apart from the poor serve and a few brief losses of focus, I thought this was a good match from Andy - he moved well and played some great shots.  Winning ugly is, after all, better than not winning. 

I said on the match thread that I wanted to see him tested, and he was.  Nishikori is a very good, gutsy player who fought to the bitter end, and, quite frankly, had he not been so fatigued after his earlier exertions, I think that this match could well have gone to four if not five sets.

What impressed me most though was Andy's continued good on-court demeanour.  His body-language stayed positive and the chuntering and swearing was kept to a minimum.  There was no more wasting energy flagellating himself and ranting at his box (definitely a Lendl effect - as the man said, "I can shout back"!).  He is, at long last, learning to keep his emotions under control, and that is going to be half the battle in his endeavours to win his first Slam.
Posted on: January 25, 2012, 03:00 PM
Posted by: Joe
I agree, Murray wasn't anywhere near his best today. I wondered why the Eurosport commetators (especially Mats!) were seemingly in awe of his performance. I'm in a way glad he has a bad serving day out of the way before the SF, I sometimes feel he has one poor serving day in a tournament and this was it so far.

Nice article by the way Nigel

Yes, I wondered why they were salivating over it, given that in the set and a half that I saw (second half of the first and most of the second before I fell back to sleep!) I saw a lot of things not to like. Maybe I'm just too harsh these days, but I thought his serve was off and he put some regulation forehands into the net, especially when Kei rushed it. I'm just glad he's thrown in a bit of a duff performance before the big match in the semis, as hopefully it will show him what needs to be tightened up and steel his resolve further.