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Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « on: June 03, 2011, 06:14 PM »
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In a match of myriad break points, Rafael Nadal all but broke Andy Murray's spirit as he bullied his way into the 2011 French Open final in a 6-4 7-5 6-4 display of physical dominance and mental solidity.

If ever a match illustrated the gap between the great and the merely very good, this was it. It was there in the 15 break points that slid through the Scot's fingers. It was there in the ripe Anglo Saxon that drifted on the Philippe Chatrier winds. And it was all too apparent in Murray's shot selection at key moments.

In an earlier practice, John McEnroe had been unable to hit a serve above 70mph in the swirling conditions, and Nadal adapted the better, drawing first blood at 2-1 by taking the net away from Murray and benefiting from the Scot's curious desire to pepper the lines in the wind.

The Spaniard powered onwards to 5-1, but a shaky service game allowed Murray to reclaim a break and, when the players switched ends at 5-4, it was very much game on.

Although Nadal cruised to 40-15, the world number four struck back, with some angry groundshots blowing cannonball holes in the Spanish Armada. With momentum shifting like the swirling brick dust, the pair swapped advantages until Murray planted a relatively tame forehand into the net.

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At the start of set two, Murray upped the ante and began to go after the points, seeking an alternative to the floated returns that had held up in the wind and been crushed by the world number one, who was all too keen to run around his backhand and withdraw his forehand from its holster.

In a set of five service breaks, the worst was Murray's at 2-2. But any thoughts about inevitable outcomes were erased when the Scot struck back, assisted by a rare Spanish double fault.

Back came the Spaniard with a series of stunning forehands to make it three breaks in a row but, when Murray scorched a backhand cross-court, three became four.

Murray stemmed the flow of breaks briefly, but the barrage of mountainous forehands mixed with intelligent excursions to the net led to three more break points at 5-5. Although Murray saved the first with a colossal ace and the second with a spectacular lunging stop volley, Nadal crashed a forehand past the Scot before serving out to love.

The third set began with an air of sad inevitability hanging over it. With spectators on Chatrier restlessly mugging up on the Djokovic-Federer back story in their programmes, Murray battled gamely to recover from an early break.

While he had chances at 2-3, the British number one went down under a welter of steaming forehands and clutch play from Nadal at key moments. At 5-4, the Spaniard battered his way over the finish line care of a giant smash, a smooth backhand pass and another birthday-present netted forehand from Murray.

As Nadal dropped to his knees as if he'd already bagged his sixth title, the result seemed like just reward for a player who'd responded to his relatively indifferent form by gutsing it out on the practice courts and taking his matches one point at a time.

For his part, Murray can at least reflect on the best clay-court campaign of his career as he knocks the red Roland Garros dust from his shoes and heads for the green, green grass of home.
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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #1 on: June 03, 2011, 06:21 PM »
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Exciting and high quality match, I just wish Andy would stop choking break opportunities. It wasn't always like that was it? Just the last year or so.
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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #2 on: June 03, 2011, 06:31 PM »
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clap Good report yes

A step further for Andy and a deserved win for Rafa Smile
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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #3 on: June 03, 2011, 07:08 PM »
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Just seen item, Andy has pulled out of Queens. Confirmation?
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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #4 on: June 03, 2011, 07:21 PM »
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Hopefully there's some more upside on grass this year as he wasn't far away, he was playing well today, just met a better player.
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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #5 on: June 03, 2011, 07:27 PM »
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Exciting and high quality match, I just wish Andy would stop choking break opportunities. It wasn't always like that was it? Just the last year or so.

this reaction is to be expected he's had two dreadful slumps of form and confidence in this time frame, so he needs to rebuild slowly back, and he's doing that. My wish is that after wimby he appoints a coach to work together with him on his mental application.
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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #6 on: June 03, 2011, 09:15 PM »
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I watched the match emotionless.  During this tournament I got more excited watching him battle with lesser mortals.  The Fed/Djok match was something else.  A master class.
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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #7 on: June 03, 2011, 09:39 PM »
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Your reports are thrilling to read, its not easy to make a tennis match report read more like the latest Best Seller from Waterstones, but you are the man that can Nigel!

Truthful and witty, justly harsh where it's needed on Andys game, yet it is still palatable for us fans (I'd best just speak for myself though) who dont want him pilloried when he doesn't satisfy our goals.

As for Andy I hope he takes away all the positives from the FO, and especially from today.
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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #8 on: June 03, 2011, 09:44 PM »
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Your reports are thrilling to read, its not easy to make a tennis match report read more like the latest Best Seller from Waterstones, but you are the man that can Nigel!

Truthful and witty, justly harsh where it's needed on Andys game, yet it is still palatable for us fans (I'd best just speak for myself though) who dont want him pilloried when he doesn't satisfy our goals.

As for Andy I hope he takes away all the positives from the FO, and especially from today.

Thank you very much. It would probably have been better, but I've not had the best of days... Very Sad
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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #9 on: June 03, 2011, 09:46 PM »
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Just seen item, Andy has pulled out of Queens. Confirmation?

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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #10 on: June 03, 2011, 09:54 PM »
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I watched the match emotionless.  During this tournament I got more excited watching him battle with lesser mortals.  The Fed/Djok match was something else.  A master class.

My sentiments on the two matches exactly. Think the biggest problem in the Murray V Nadal match was the lack of atmosphere. The crowd just didn't seem up for it and wanted 1. Rafa to win & 2. get on with the "BIG Match" Djoko v Federer. Watching both, it was chalk and cheese. Andy really needed a lift today and the very Biased, although knowledgeable spectators did nothing to help him.

"Exciting and high quality match, I just wish Andy would stop choking break opportunities. It wasn't always like that was it? Just the last year or so."              quote by Mark

Yes, it was a game of high quality.......but why am I left feeling a "little empty" having watched it  confused. Yet another nearly, oh so nearly for Andy.  Think

Anyway, glad that the Djoker has been knocked off perch. Good news for Andy at Wimbles and I hope NOW that he is drawn in Djokovic's half!

I also think that Roger the Dodger won as much for Rafa's sake (keeping Novak off the No.1 spot) as much as his own. As was mentioned tonight, there is no love lost between the No2 & No3...on Federer's part anyway.

But in conclusion, a VERY GOOD showing by Andy  clap 



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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #11 on: June 03, 2011, 09:59 PM »
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Thank you very much. It would probably have been better, but I've not had the best of days... Very Sad
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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #12 on: June 03, 2011, 10:03 PM »
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Thank you very much. It would probably have been better, but I've not had the best of days... Very Sad
Awww Nigel - again? hug  Absolutely nothing wrong with your report, for which many thanks.

Well, given all Murray's trials and tribulations over the past two weeks, and his dismal performances on the hard-courts earlier this year, who would have thought he'd make the SF  on his least favourite surface today?  Well done, Andy!

this reaction is to be expected he's had two dreadful slumps of form and confidence in this time frame, so he needs to rebuild slowly back, and he's doing that. My wish is that after wimby he appoints a coach to work together with him on his mental application.
We can only hope so, because it's that which is letting him down every time.

Just seen item, Andy has pulled out of Queens. Confirmation?
Djoko has definitely pulled out saying he needs a rest.  As for Andy, although he does in fact sound quite positive about everything -

Defeated Andy Murray may miss Queen's [BBC interview with Kheredine Idessane]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/scotland/13649680.stm


 

 
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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #13 on: June 03, 2011, 10:13 PM »
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Aileen Thanks for the video,i do so like Kheredine.Andy did seem pretty pleased with himself.
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Re: Murray fails to dethrone king of clay « Reply #14 on: June 03, 2011, 10:34 PM »
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Phew! At least Andy doesn't have to face a very in form Federer Wink
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