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Murray elbowed out by Nadal « on: April 16, 2011, 06:03 PM »
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An injured Andy Murray today went down 6-4 2-6 6-1 against world number one Rafael Nadal in a pulsating Monte Carlo Rolex Masters semi-final.

In a match of punch and counterpunch, Murray pushed the king of clay to his limit for two electrifying sets on the red dirt of Monaco, before pre-match treatment on the British number one's elbow wore off in the deciding set.

For two mesmeric sets in front of Monaco's Prince Albert, Murray and Nadal rolled out some red-carpet sport. It was an epic, three-hour drama that will live long in the memory of lovers of expansive, expressive tennis.

After an improbable 70-minute first set featuring numerous service breaks, Nadal engineered the decisive breakthrough with the Scot serving at 4-5, stretching Murray wide throughout the game to steal the initiative.

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The first set had been nip and tuck, decided by a loose point here and there, and by Murray's painful elbow, which may have been a factor in the Scot's lamentable 38% first-service statistics.

However, it was in the following set that Murray revealed his true clay-court potential, going blow for blow with Nadal on his favourite surface and restricting the world number one to just three clean winners.

Murray took the set 6-2 and became the only man to extend Nadal to a third set in the principality since Djokovic in the 2009 final. Mixing searing pace and torrid spin with astute defence, Murray was dominating Nadal in the baseline rallies and demonstrating a refurbished forehand that bore a passing resemblance to a guided missile.

As pendulous rally followed immaculately carved dropshot, and the play strafed from forehand to backhand to forecourt, observers recalled the pair's epic encounter at the O2 in November, which Nadal himself described as the best match of 2010.

The difference from the Barclays World Finals was underfoot. This was clay, reportedly as alien a surface to Murray as ice before this revelatory performance, in which the world number four repeatedly unveiled a monster forehand and a willingness to attack at all costs.

With the deciding set looming, Nadal looked like he'd been stung by one of the jellyfish that infest the nearby Larvotto Beach. But the game was up and the ATP trainer was on, attempting to massage new life into Murray's inhibiting joint.

It was all to no avail. The Scot's sparkling display petered out in a series of tired-looking strikes that frequently found the net or the tramlines, and the Spaniard comfortably took the set 6-1, and with it a shot at his seventh successive title.

His health permitting, Murray can take solace in an eye-opening clay-court performance against arguably the surface's finest-ever exponent. The display opens up new dimensions in the Scot's career at a time when most fans were waiting less than patiently for the green, green grass of home.
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #1 on: April 16, 2011, 06:09 PM »
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Nigel, you do have a way with words ... that title ... Rolling Eyes lol
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #2 on: April 16, 2011, 06:15 PM »
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Apparently Andy had a cortisone injection b4 the match and this wore off by the third set. Do hope he is OK. Pain is there for a reason Frown
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #3 on: April 16, 2011, 06:36 PM »
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I've had a bottle of white wine. Any report that follows will not be of high quality, although I admit that the headline is pretty neat.
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #4 on: April 16, 2011, 06:39 PM »
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That headline's pretty 'cool' Nigel!
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #5 on: April 16, 2011, 06:44 PM »
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I've had a bottle of white wine. Any report that follows will not be of high quality, although I admit that the headline is pretty neat.
Don't worry Nigel just so long as you convey the pride MW followers felt  today.  And 'pulsating' is a good start even if final set was abit of an anti-climax as I suspect the final will be.
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #6 on: April 16, 2011, 06:50 PM »
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I won't even bother watching the final as the best, bravest player of the whole tournament won't be in it! Hope he's not too disappointed! He'd have won if it wasn't for his injury! I think we have a great year to look forward to!
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #7 on: April 16, 2011, 06:52 PM »
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I won't even bother watching the final as the best, bravest player of the whole tournament won't be in it! Hope he's not too disappointed! He'd have won if it wasn't for his injury! I think we have a great year to look forward to!

I'm not sure he would have won.   Statistics for Nadal show that when he wins the first set, in 90+% of matches he wins the match.
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #8 on: April 16, 2011, 06:53 PM »
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I won't even bother watching the final as the best, bravest player of the whole tournament won't be in it! Hope he's not too disappointed! He'd have won if it wasn't for his injury! I think we have a great year to look forward to!
My sentiments exactly Caz.  I'm off up into the hills tomorrow for a good walk.  Just worried about that elbow though; it would be so sad if his clay court season were ruined just when he came of age on the clay.
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #9 on: April 16, 2011, 06:53 PM »
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My sentiments exactly.  From what the trainer was doing it looks like it could be tennis elbow, and that is very definitely OUCH! - I know, I've had it.  Probably as well he lost, really.  Wonder if he'll miss Barcelona?
When is Barcelona Aileen? 'Coz I think it'll take more than a week or two for his arm to mend properly! What do you think having had it yourself Aileen?
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #10 on: April 16, 2011, 06:53 PM »
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When is Barcelona Aileen? 'Coz I think it'll take more than a week or two for his arm to mend properly! What do you think having had it yourself Aileen?
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #11 on: April 16, 2011, 06:56 PM »
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Starts Monday.
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #12 on: April 16, 2011, 06:56 PM »
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Well done Andy, once again you have proved everybody wrong.  You are right, it is not the critics on the court it is you and what you believe you can do.  Today proved that you can go far I also admired the way you still played out the whole match even though your elbow was a problem beforehand.  Just think if you play like that when you are injured imagine what you can do when fuly fit.  Glad to see the positive side emerging and look forward to a successful season.
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #13 on: April 16, 2011, 06:56 PM »
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I too have had tennis elbow, had it since last April, eased off a lot now but still aches when I wake up in the mornings, till I give it some movement. I also had cortisone injections.
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Re: Murray elbowed out by Nadal « Reply #14 on: April 16, 2011, 06:57 PM »
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I'd be happier if he gave that a miss!
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