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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #60 on: January 27, 2012, 08:38 PM »
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Jesus Christ I think you should maybe try and play for 5 hours in any sport and see if you would experience any mental letdown.

The bottom line is that we've seen a new Andy who is willing to fight until the very end. Sure, he tanked the 4th set but after going all out to win the 3rd TB, sometimes these things happen. The fact that at 5-2 in the 5th, Andy could've just given up but summed up every last ounce of energy to take it to 5-5 speaks volumes of how much heart he's got.

Some of Djokovic's retrieving today was unreal, I don't think even Rafa and Roger would be capable of replicating, never mind most players outside the top 4.

What did you forget that Rafa after giving his all to win the 3rd set against Novak at last year's USO final only to get breadsticked 61 in the 4th? Rafa never got any criticism and didn't Rafa lose to Nole 6 finals last year and only took 1 set each time he lost to Novak at Wimbledon and USO?

Yeah, yeah, I know. I just found the whole match and Andy's performance... bizarre, and far from a classic. Bit puzzled at the reaction right now. Be honest, at the end of the 4th set, could you honestly sit there and say 'this is one of the truly epic, all-time-great 5-set slam matches'?
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #61 on: January 27, 2012, 08:52 PM »
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Your right but your in danger of changing your name to Nigel Kevin Graber if you keep moaning.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #62 on: January 27, 2012, 08:53 PM »
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Forget the Nadal/Federer rivalry...
The future is Murray/Djokovic!

Worryingly Greg Rudeski agreed with you today!
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #63 on: January 27, 2012, 08:59 PM »
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Think we may all be doing a disservice to someone else in all this. Darren Cahill has had some imput with Andy over the last year and we cant discount his help as having some impact on Andys game.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #64 on: January 27, 2012, 09:03 PM »
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Yeah, yeah, I know. I just found the whole match and Andy's performance... bizarre, and far from a classic. Bit puzzled at the reaction right now. Be honest, at the end of the 4th set, could you honestly sit there and say 'this is one of the truly epic, all-time-great 5-set slam matches'?

I think in terms of drama, aggressive tennis and unreal retrieving, today's match is considered as one of the best slam matches I've seen. Wimbledon '08 remains the best match ever but that was not without drama, choking at certain points from both Federer and Nadal but it the quality of tennis from both legends is unmatched to this day.

Back on Andy, you're sitting there as an armchair critic saying that winning slams should be easy? You should go and pick up a racquet enter the pro tour and see if you're immune from choking when games and championships is on the line.

I'm also a fan of basketball and Michael Jordan, who many regard as the greatest player ever lost so many playoff matches in his early career. He didn't win his first NBA Championship until he was 27. It didn't make him less of a great just because he didn't win until later in his career. Until the day Andy calls time on his career, he has every chance of turning things around and rewrite history.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #65 on: January 27, 2012, 09:25 PM »
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Back on Andy, you're sitting there as an armchair critic saying that winning slams should be easy? You should go and pick up a racquet enter the pro tour and see if you're immune from choking when games and championships is on the line.

I know, I know. I'm a 7.2 player and a coach. I know all about choking, believe me.

I just don't think A) the match was a classic and B) Murray made any great leaps forward here. Last year's final aside, his matches with Nole are always close and I was expecting this to be that way.

I'd be interested to see how this would have unfolded had it been the final, not the semi.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #66 on: January 27, 2012, 09:34 PM »
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Jesus Christ I think you should maybe try and play for 5 hours in any sport and see if you would experience any mental letdown.

The bottom line is that we've seen a new Andy who is willing to fight until the very end. Sure, he tanked the 4th set but after going all out to win the 3rd TB, sometimes these things happen. The fact that at 5-2 in the 5th, Andy could've just given up but summed up every last ounce of energy to take it to 5-5 speaks volumes of how much heart he's got.

Some of Djokovic's retrieving today was unreal, I don't think even Rafa and Roger would be capable of replicating, never mind most players outside the top 4.

What did you forget that Rafa after giving his all to win the 3rd set against Novak at last year's USO final only to get breadsticked 61 in the 4th? Rafa never got any criticism and didn't Rafa lose to Nole 6 finals last year and only took 1 set each time he lost to Novak at Wimbledon and USO?
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #67 on: January 27, 2012, 09:35 PM »
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^^So you,r saying Andy would/could have performed differently mentally if it had been a final?
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #68 on: January 27, 2012, 09:44 PM »
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^^So you,r saying Andy would/could have performed differently mentally if it had been a final?

Worryingly, quite possibly.

Look, I'm his biggest fan, I just think there's still something wrong upstairs.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #69 on: January 27, 2012, 09:53 PM »
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Worryingly, quite possibly.

Look, I'm his biggest fan, I just think there's still something wrong upstairs.

I agree with this.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #70 on: January 27, 2012, 09:59 PM »
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I agree with this.

Oh, sh*t.
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #71 on: January 27, 2012, 10:00 PM »
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I agree with this.

Phil, did you see this as a great match?
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #72 on: January 27, 2012, 10:28 PM »
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I don't know why you're all having a go at Nigel, he's just saying what he thinks.    I didn't watch all the match as I was unable to but although it was great that Andy put up a fight I was a bit taken aback that he went walk about in the 4th set.  He's not quite there yet and I agree with Nigel his problem is mental rather than anything else.   
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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #73 on: January 27, 2012, 10:30 PM »
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I've only just manned myself up to check in on things here after the defeat. My world came crashing down around me, in the aftermath. Now its about me coping with the disappointment.

You write an exciting report Nigel. Colourful, as usual, almost like an oil painting. The highs and the lows, the joys and the horrors! It's  worthy of this great website.

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Re: Murray edged out in five-set thriller « Reply #74 on: January 27, 2012, 10:39 PM »
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Worryingly Greg Rudeski agreed with you today!

....... as did Andrew Castle and John Lloyd - couldn't believe my ears!!!!
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