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Murray given tough but familiar draw « on: August 25, 2011, 07:12 PM »
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Andy Murray will start his 2011 US Open campaign against Somdev Devvarman.

The Indian has risen up through the NCAA collegiate system, like John Isner did, and sits at number sixty-four in the world rankings. Most notably, Devverman reached the final of Johannesburg this year, losing to Kevin Anderson in the final.

In round two, Murray could face either Rui Machado or Robin Haase. Murray has not faced Machado to date, but Haase holds the victory over Murray from their only encounter back in 2008 on the indoor courts of Rotterdam.

The third round could see an encounter with Feliciano Lopez. The big serving Spaniard was overcome easily at Wimbledon, but still presents ample threat on such a quick surface. Murray's section of the draw looks relatively safe, but gets exponentially more difficult in the second week. Stanislas Wawrinka is a player who knows how to beat Murray here, having done so last year. His all-court style and aggressive tennis have troubled Murray in the past, but his form is average coming into the final grand slam of the year.

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In the last eight, Murray could face Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 champion, or Robin Soderling who until recently, has been clutching to the Briton's coattails in the ATP rankings. Either present a very difficult challenge, as you would expect from the latter stages of such a huge event.

Murray and Nadal, yet again, are in the same half. One must question the seemingly '50-50' chance of this occurrence, given it has happened now in all four of the 2011 Grand Slams. Nadal seems troubled with injuries and poor form, and was dispatched easily by Mardy Fish in Cincinnati. The British number one famously ousted Nadal here in 2008, and may have to do so again to reach his fourth grand slam final, where he will probably face Novak Djokovic or five time champion, Roger Federer.

Murray's draw at a glance.

R1 - Devverman
R2 - Haase
R3 - Lopez
R4 - Wawrinka
QF - Soderling/Del Potro
SF - Nadal
F - Federer/Djokovic
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #1 on: August 25, 2011, 07:40 PM »
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When andy goes all the way, no-one will be able to say lucky AM, he had such an easy draw.

Good report, Andrew
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #2 on: August 25, 2011, 07:43 PM »
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 Lets hope he does just that OSS , hopefully hurricane Irene wont mess things up !!!
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #3 on: August 25, 2011, 08:13 PM »
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Good first round match. Somdev won't beat him but will play enough balls to help him oil his game.
Haase is very talented but flaky and a tad unfit and over 5 sets Andy has the advantage.
Not going further because who know who'll be there round 3.
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #4 on: August 25, 2011, 08:30 PM »
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Thanks for the report, Andrew.

Quite a challenging draw, and R1 could be tricky as Murray has never played Devvarman, but as BBH says it should give Andy a good start.

I'm surprised to see Soderling's name, though, as I understood he was withdrawing due to the wrist injury which kept him out of Montreal and Cinci. Think  

 
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #5 on: August 25, 2011, 09:21 PM »
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Thanks for the report, Andrew.

Quite a challenging draw, and R1 could be tricky as Murray has never played Devvarman, but as BBH says it should give Andy a good start.

I'm surprised to see Soderling's name, though, as I understood he was withdrawing due to the wrist injury which kept him out of Montreal and Cinci. Think  

 

I had heard that too, but he wont be match fit anyway.  Just had a look at all the 4 qtrs and think maybe Rafa has the easiest quarter by far. Fully expected Andy to be in the same half as Rafa he needs to get up to number 3 and then that will stop. Frauderer has Mardy Fish that could be interesting.
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #6 on: August 25, 2011, 09:36 PM »
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I'm going to take one match at a time.  Not going to get ahead of myself, which I'm sure that Andy will be doing too.

Good luck Andy!
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #7 on: August 25, 2011, 09:51 PM »
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Lets hope he does just that OSS , hopefully hurricane Irene wont mess things up !!!
Do you know exactly when the hurricane is due to hit NY?  Just hope Andy will take the USO by storm this year and rise to the challenge presented by some very testing opponents.
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #8 on: August 25, 2011, 09:57 PM »
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Do you know exactly when the hurricane is due to hit NY?  Just hope Andy will take the USO by storm this year and rise to the challenge presented by some very testing opponents.
haven't heard the ;latest stats but i think sometime over the weekend.once they have done there "thing " they move pretty quickly.
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #9 on: August 25, 2011, 09:59 PM »
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haven't heard the ;latest stats but i think sometime over the weekend.once they have done there "thing " they move pretty quickly.
Oh well all being well it will have passed over by the time the main draw starts.
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #10 on: August 25, 2011, 11:13 PM »
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Why is this a tough draw? I don't see the logic at all.  Wawa and Soderling have basically done nothing all year, and an on form Andy beats them every time anyway.  Del Potro is way off his best still, and I would be astonished to see Nadal get as far as the semi-finals.

I think this is a fantastic draw for Andy, and could easily look even better after a few rounds.  Really excited about the late nights coming up watching Andy in NY.  I have never seen the other top three arrive at a grand slam in such bad shape for quite a while.  Andy needs to ease himself in, but he must know deep down he has a great chance here.

I have always believed that Andy winning a grand slam will just happen, that nothing radical will need to change, just patience and form and it would be inevitable.  No reason why he can't win here, and I refuse to not be positive about it.

Will be interesting to see how the top three come through the first week but I have serious doubts about all of them winning here.
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #11 on: August 25, 2011, 11:44 PM »
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Could anyone post the link to Chris Chase 'Busted Racket' blog Aug 25. Quite interesting. Plus Johnny Mac always said Andy would win his first slam at the US Open 2011.
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #12 on: August 25, 2011, 11:46 PM »
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WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED IT - MURRAY IN NADAL'S HALF  confused what a joke! How many is that now? - Murray's Half of the Draw - Soderling / Isner / Del P./ Simon (come on) / Wawrinka/ \ Ferrer/ Roddick/ Nadal------------ all have beaten him.    Look at the other half for Seeded  Players v Djoko & Fed. " DODIG   Whistle Dolgopolov, Granollers, Federer  w00t Cilic/Stepanek/Troiki/Verdasco and hey-----last but not least--- Fish & LLodra" Fish being the only worry for the D'victor, and that Won't Happen  GIVE me a BREAK!

However, maybe, just maybe------ this is the ideal draw for Andy. Soderling hasn't played since??? Isner he knows he can beat! Same with D.P. / Simon's a  minor obstacle ATM - Wavry Boy (always wary of him) and Ferrer --- much bigger worry, but Hey  cmon yeah he's Gonna win it - isn't he?  nervous pray clap Think Rolling Eyes
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #13 on: August 26, 2011, 12:10 AM »
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Oh well all being well it will have passed over by the time the main draw starts.
looks like it will go across NY very early monday morning,howevr the outer bands can do a lot of damage with flood and high winds. What to do    shocking what to do.
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Re: Murray given tough but familiar draw « Reply #14 on: August 26, 2011, 03:08 AM »
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I heard that it was going to hit NY Sunday , but these things can be unpredictable , just hoping it goes thru quickly with little damage done.

think I spoke too soon , this doesnt sound good 
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/nyregion/new-york-region-prepares-for-hurricane-irene.html
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