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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #30 on: January 27, 2012, 04:36 PM »
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Good interview on the BBC sport site too. He seems to be proud of himself sort of.
I couldnt watch but kept jumping in and out to see the score, dont normally watch the recording if he looses but will this one.  Andrew Castle at the end made a comment that if anything is written in the press about Andy not being a good player or being a player who chokes (and a couple of other things) dont beleive it because its not true he is a great player who just played a fantastic match.  Very unlike the Castle. Disappointed but not too gutted because others will start to be very fearful of playing Andy now. Greg Rusedski said Novak and Andy will be no1 and no2 at the end of the year.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #31 on: January 27, 2012, 04:42 PM »
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Er, confession.

Am I the only one who didn't think this was a great match? Yes, it was tense in the fifth set and, yes, it went to five sets, but the general standard of tennis wasn't stunning. I've never seen so many unforced errors from two top guys.

I genuinely believe Andy's playing a new way and it'll take time to bed in, but that fourth set was truly horrible, at just the time he'd won the mental battle with Djokovic. He should have put his foot on the gas. If he never wins a slam, it'll be because of sets like that.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #32 on: January 27, 2012, 04:51 PM »
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I can't put it better than Andy, this match was a "huge step in the right direction".

Although he lost, I'm very happy with the improvement he's shown and we can now feel very optimistic about this year.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #33 on: January 27, 2012, 04:51 PM »
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I don't know which match you were watching Nigel but I don't think it could have been the same one as I was.  Some of the rallies were absolutely unbelievable.  Sure, they both went off the boil from time to time and sure, there were more unforced errors than usual but that was because they were both playing very aggressively. Was it a great match - most definitely in my book!
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #34 on: January 27, 2012, 04:54 PM »
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Er, confession.

Am I the only one who didn't think this was a great match? Yes, it was tense in the fifth set and, yes, it went to five sets, but the general standard of tennis wasn't stunning. I've never seen so many unforced errors from two top guys.

I genuinely believe Andy's playing a new way and it'll take time to bed in, but that fourth set was truly horrible, at just the time he'd won the mental battle with Djokovic. He should have put his foot on the gas. If he never wins a slam, it'll be because of sets like that.
I'll agree with the 4th set stepping on the gas. He let Joker back into it by showing him he was angry with his play. One of the naps I said he took. Instead it was the Joker who floored it and ended up running over Andy in the end. But Andy did manage to cling on by his nails for another set. Now, Joker is so beat up I think Rafa gets another AO...OK by me. If Andy would have won it, it would be him limping into the final with a fresh Rafa.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #35 on: January 27, 2012, 05:07 PM »
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Andy's post match interview.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/video/index.html#ooid=t3cXlkMzpEjMY0zc-glIvyh2uGB2H1TI
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #36 on: January 27, 2012, 05:26 PM »
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I couldn't watch the match as I had to leave the house at 8:30am, caught up on the play in the car, got home for part of the last set. Listening to the commentators on Eurosport and the BBC all were in praise of Andy and  how he played and conducted himself. I am so proud of Andy and this will be a stepping stone for Andy. Lendl will be able to help Andy in the coming months and I'm sure they will work on the second serve. I must say agree with Greg Reduski that Novak and Andy will be worls no 1 and 2. Never thought I would ever agree with Greg. Well done Andy, upwards and onwards .
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #37 on: January 27, 2012, 05:28 PM »
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I'll agree with the 4th set stepping on the gas. He let Joker back into it by showing him he was angry with his play. One of the naps I said he took. Instead it was the Joker who floored it and ended up running over Andy in the end. But Andy did manage to cling on by his nails for another set. Now, Joker is so beat up I think Rafa gets another AO...OK by me. If Andy would have won it, it would be him limping into the final with a fresh Rafa.

I too was having the same thoughts regarding the 4th set walkabout. However, by the middle of the set I realized he was strategizing. Sure, he would have wanted to start well on that set but clearly his body was unwilling. He mentioned in his interview that the adrenaline had worn off after winning that 3rd set tie breaker. Physiologically this is true. Adrenaline is a hormone that functions in fight-or-flight aka stress situations. It is beneficial however the effects are very transient, lasting for only about several minutes. Also, adrenaline is released in surges (rises and then falls).

The 4th set may have been a breadstick for Nole but I think Andy made the right decision. Rather than wasting energy, he saved the best for last in the 5th set. Smart play actually.

Cheer up guys! Lots of positives to take home from the match Smile
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #38 on: January 27, 2012, 05:35 PM »
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I don't know which match you were watching Nigel but I don't think it could have been the same one as I was.  Some of the rallies were absolutely unbelievable.  Sure, they both went off the boil from time to time and sure, there were more unforced errors than usual but that was because they were both playing very aggressively. Was it a great match - most definitely in my book!
  Good posting!   we'll said Alis
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #39 on: January 27, 2012, 05:44 PM »
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I don't know which match you were watching Nigel but I don't think it could have been the same one as I was.  Some of the rallies were absolutely unbelievable.  Sure, they both went off the boil from time to time and sure, there were more unforced errors than usual but that was because they were both playing very aggressively. Was it a great match - most definitely in my book!

The fifth set was good, yeah.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #40 on: January 27, 2012, 05:52 PM »
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I too was having the same thoughts regarding the 4th set walkabout. However, by the middle of the set I realized he was strategizing. Sure, he would have wanted to start well on that set but clearly his body was unwilling. He mentioned in his interview that the adrenaline had worn off after winning that 3rd set tie breaker. Physiologically this is true. Adrenaline is a hormone that functions in fight-or-flight aka stress situations. It is beneficial however the effects are very transient, lasting for only about several minutes. Also, adrenaline is released in surges (rises and then falls).

The 4th set may have been a breadstick for Nole but I think Andy made the right decision. Rather than wasting energy, he saved the best for last in the 5th set. Smart play actually.

Cheer up guys! Lots of positives to take home from the match Smile
Clearly Nole knew what Andy was doing as well and since he had to win it, if Andy would have pressed him there would have been more mistakes. I was watching the errors mount for Andy while Joker's % went down. It was Andy's serve which kept him so close in this match, and consequently it was Nole's serve which wasn't working and hurt him the most. Andy capitalized on this and made Nole pay for it most of the match, but not in the 4th. But yeah, lots of good things today! It's going to be an interesting year in tennis folks!
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #41 on: January 27, 2012, 05:53 PM »
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I genuinely believe Andy's playing a new way and it'll take time to bed in, but that fourth set was truly horrible, at just the time he'd won the mental battle with Djokovic. He should have put his foot on the gas. If he never wins a slam, it'll be because of sets like that.

He didn't have a choice imo.

Hopefully Murray/Djokovic turn up at IW/Miami, he hasn't had a match like this at MS level on hard for years.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #42 on: January 27, 2012, 05:56 PM »
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It was a great match and much closer than I thought it would be. Although he didn't win there was some really amazing play from Andy, unfortunately Nole was playing well too Smile
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #43 on: January 27, 2012, 06:39 PM »
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Devastated. Proud of his performance, but for the first time now im genuinely believing his major chance may have passed him by. i hope djokovic annihilates nadal so murrays efforts look even more impressive.
On the contrary the lesson I take from this is that Andy really is capable of winning a slam.  Interesting watching Mats W just now.  He was v critical of Andy letting Nole back in after winning 3rd set but he pointed out that Andy was playing differently from usual and that it takes time for this to bed in so not surprising he was making more mistakes than usual. Imo good thing was that Andy stuck with it and didn't revert to his traditional game as he has been prone to do in past in such situations.  And despite what must have been some heartbreaking setbacks he kept his composure.  If Mr L can have this effect so soon, I'm very hopeful indeed for the future.  And that match will give them so much to look at and learn from afterwards - both in terms of what Andy did right and what he did wrong.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #44 on: January 27, 2012, 06:49 PM »
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Thanks C.M huge disappointment for Andy, massive improvement.
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