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Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « on: July 01, 2011, 07:53 PM »
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A comprehensive display of sweeping power tennis by Rafael Nadal has ended Andy Murray's dreams at Wimbledon's semi-final stage for the third successive year. The Spaniard, playing with his injured foot frozen against the pain, ran out a 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-4 winner.

Murray started promisingly enough against the cryogenically challenged Spaniard, holding serve with aplomb and strafing groundshots like gunfire into an uncharacteristically weak Spanish backhand.

In a soaring first set of rocket groundshots, the Scot and his Spanish pal were seeing the ball like a melon and squeezing the pips out of every single rally. Time and again, expansive, meaty hitting from Murray's forehand found depth, width, and even the lap of a lady on row C, via Nadal's frame.

With mirror groundshots resonating in the South London air like rifle cracks, the pair rode their version of contemporary powerhouse tennis to 5-6, when they played a pivotal game on the Spaniard's serve.

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Nadal, who will be the new world number two on Monday morning, looked like a man facing the firing squad as Murray fired hard, heavy balls into the vulnerable Spanish backhand. At 15-40, he went back to that well and 15,000 fans erupted as the Scot claimed the first set 7-5.

With the momentum on Murray's racket and Nadal seemingly rattled, the British number one missed a first-rate chance to press home his advantage. With Nadal serving at 1-2, 15-30, the home hope contrived to fire a mid-court forehand long, and the Murray bubble had burst.

The Scot double-faulted in the following game and, when he miscued a smash to lag 3-2 behind and served up another careless service game, the set was all but over.

In set three, as Nadal continued to impose his brand of sweeping, pendulous tennis on Murray's mind and body, observers pondered the extent of his injury. So bestial was the Spaniard's game, you wondered if a full set of leg calipers could have arrested his progress towards a 13th grand-slam final.

As Nadal's serve got bigger, his groundshots wider and deeper, and his volleys smarter, it seemed the only cup Murray might be in contention for was the World Gurning Championships. His mouth frequently wide open in a frantic oblong rage, Murray overplayed on almost every key point, desperate to wrest the initiative from the world number one.

But for every scorching forehand creamed into Nadal's now fully functioning backhand, another bullet would bite the dust an inch beyond the white lines. Tennis is a game of fine margins and the ability to find the spattered paint that flecks beyond the groundsman's manicured laser lines is the territory of champions. Nadal's world is one of millimetres; Murray's merely one of inches.

The Scot played the third set like a man grappling for the inspirational strike that might spark a revival, in the style of the down-the-line backhand flick that ultimately felled Gasquet three summers ago.

But Nadal is not Gasquet. He's a rampant, androidal beast of a player who, by the start of the fourth set had made just seven unforced errors to Murray's 33. Although the world number four laced the occasional searing groundshot past the Spaniard, the fourth set looked predictable enough from the moment Nadal broke in the very first game.

When the top seed pulled one wide into the tramlines when serving at 2-1 30-0, you half expected him to produce a doctor's note. Then, as Murray failed to convert his two break points in this ten-minute mini-epic game, fans wrestled with a familiar feeling of grim inevitability.

As booming Nadal groundshot after groundshot fizzed off the turf and Murray chased hither and thither and beyond, the match moved procession-like to 5-4 40-15, when another screaming Spanish forehand into the corner sealed the deal.

This tournament has shown that Murray is getting better, both physically and mentally. Unfortunately, so is Nadal. And, as British tennis moves inevitably towards its 77th year without a grand-slam champion, the nation will once more forget about tennis for 50 weeks, while Wimbledon's Fred Perry statue will continue to cast his stony, disapproving stare in the direction of the Pimm's marquees.
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #1 on: July 01, 2011, 07:55 PM »
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #2 on: July 01, 2011, 07:58 PM »
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I wonder how many times he can keep getting his heart broken before he just stop's caring.
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #3 on: July 01, 2011, 08:00 PM »
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This wasn't even about losing to the better player, he simply screwed up.

But on a positive note.... Darren Cahill has improved Andy's game quite a bit, and his mind also although maybe that's David Haye.

Yes he lost it mentally in this match but overall at Wimbledon, he did seem stronger in the mind.
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #4 on: July 01, 2011, 08:00 PM »
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Well he tried, and looked convincing the first set. A shame for Andy but a good display from Rafa to win.
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #5 on: July 01, 2011, 08:01 PM »
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Well he tried, and looked convincing the first set. A shame for Andy but a good display from Rafa to win.
At least showed he can beat Rafa if he was able to stay at the same level as he did in the first set... maybe at some point he will be able to manage that.

It's all about the mind... BRING BACK BRAD! (try saying that over and over)
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #6 on: July 01, 2011, 08:02 PM »
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At least showed he can beat Rafa if he was able to stay at the same level as he did in the first set... maybe at some point he will be able to manage that. It's all about the mind... BRING BACK GILBERT.

Didn't Gilbert say no to coaching him again?

I mean, I wouldn't, Andy was an ass**** to him. Or so I heard.
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #7 on: July 01, 2011, 08:03 PM »
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Didn't Gilbert say no to coaching him again?

I mean, I wouldn't, Andy was an a**hole to him. Or so I heard.
You heard Andy was an a**hole to him? Erm, I'd love to hear where you heard that because from what I've seen, Gilbert always speaks highly of him. Andy just struggled to spend his life with someone who liked to talk nonstop.
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #8 on: July 01, 2011, 08:04 PM »
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From the articles I've read, and Andre Agassi's autobiog, I believe Brad is a very intense character, and travelling and living with him 24/7 would be pretty draining if there was a personality clash.

People pine for him on here like some ex-lover.
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #9 on: July 01, 2011, 08:06 PM »
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People pine for him on here like some ex-lover.
That's because some of us know that if it wasn't for that personality clash, Andy would be winning Grand Slams by now.

In hindsight, it's a shame Andy didn't just change the coaching setup so Brad wasn't with him so much.
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #10 on: July 01, 2011, 08:06 PM »
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From the articles I've read, and Andre Agassi's autobiog, I believe Brad is a very intense character, and travelling and living with him 24/7 would be pretty draining if there was a personality clash.

People pine for him on here like some ex-lover.

I think the reason people would like to see the two of them together again is because BG really had such a great positive impact on Murray's game at the time.  But, the timing was wrong ... think Murray was too immature to handle BG - he could most probably manage better now, but it'll never happen.  Agassi just tuned him out, but then again, he was much more mature when he and BG got together.
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #11 on: July 01, 2011, 08:08 PM »
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I think the reason people would like to see the two of them together again is because BG really had such a great positive impact on Murray's game at the time.  But, the timing was wrong ... think Murray was too immature to handle BG - he could most probably manage better now, but it'll never happen.  Agassi just tuned him out, but then again, he was much more mature when he and BG got together.
Maybe now, Andy would be mature enough to work up an arrangement that didn't involve Brad being so much in his personal life but it seems back then, it was important to have a coach that played a social role.
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #12 on: July 01, 2011, 08:09 PM »
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From the articles I've read, and Andre Agassi's autobiog, I believe Brad is a very intense character, and travelling and living with him 24/7 would be pretty draining if there was a personality clash.

People pine for him on here like some ex-lover.
Seems to me that Gilbert brought out the worst in Andy temperamentally.   He clearly drove him nuts and that's not going to help Andy play in a calm and focused way.   I just hope that Cahill can spend more time with him and that this will spur Andy on rather than precipitate another slump.   And I hope that the media don't come down on him like some of the fairweather friends that Andy has on MW  [and some of them can't even show that much support when the weather is fair so god knows what they're still doing here].
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #13 on: July 01, 2011, 08:12 PM »
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Maybe now, Andy would be mature enough to work up an arrangement that didn't involve Brad being so much in his personal life but it seems back then, it was important to have a coach that played a social role.

I remember all kinds of details about their get together.  For instance ... Murray really fell in love with the United States and all things American at that time.  So, that perhaps was part of it.  I recall him, Murray, saying that he could not get over how friendly and cheerful everyone was at breakfast - I thought that was an extremely telling comment.  However, on the other hand, I recall BG saying he could not get Murray to stop playing computer games etc etc. Also I remember seeing BG going absolutely PURPLE in the face as Murray was yelling at him in the stands.  Sadly for Murray, I think they just met up at the wrong time.
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Re: Murray frozen out by Nadal brilliance « Reply #14 on: July 01, 2011, 08:14 PM »
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fairweather friends that Andy has on MW
Dr Dre instantly came to mind Think

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I remember all kinds of details about their get together.  For instance ... Murray really fell in love with the United States and all things American at that time.  So, that perhaps was part of it.  I recall him, Murray, saying that he could not get over how friendly and cheerful everyone was at breakfast - I thought that was an extremely telling comment.  However, on the other hand, I recall BG saying he could not get Murray to stop playing computer games etc etc. Also I remember seeing BG going absolutely PURPLE in the face as Murray was yelling at him in the stands.  Sadly for Murray, I think they just met up at the wrong time.
Purple as in embarrassment?
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