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Murray grinds past Tsonga « on: June 13, 2011, 03:44 PM »
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Andy Murray battled past a spirited and confident Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win the Aegon Championships final in three sets. The Dunblane native came through a tough encounter 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 and was forced to labour against an elegant yet unorthodox opponent.

Tsonga was the aggressor as both men sparred on their serves and held easily. The flamboyant Frenchmen threw a mixed bag Murray’s way, serving and volleying whilst chipping and charging on the second serve.

He was the first to pile on the pressure and the highlight reel shots began to flow in the fifth game. Two bullets on both the forehand and backhand side gave Tsonga the break with his first chance.

The Frenchman then began to have some fun. A few overhead rockets and diving blocks at the net delighted the Queen’s Club crowd. They weren’t ill-placed shots either. Tsonga held to go 5-2 up after plucking out a sky-high lob from Murray.

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But a curving cross-court pass by Murray gave him an inroad back into the match. At 15-40 in the eighth game, the Scot was in the ascendancy with Tsonga serving for the set. Nevertheless, a looping, heavy second serve and a routine miss from Murray gave the unpredictable Tsonga the first set.

At 3-3 in the second, one Brit seemingly galvanized Murray. “I want to hear you roar!” he cried. The Scot then held to bring the score to 4-3 and Tsonga, serving with new balls, faced an onslaught from the spirited Murray.

In the gladiatorial struggle that was the eighth game, the two saw five deuces over eleven minutes. But it seemed luck was against Murray. A shrewd pass with Tsonga stranded brought him a break point – Murray’s hopes soon dashed by a challenged Tsonga ace and a lucky let chord. 

Again, Murray had a chance when Tsonga cracked a forehand long in a gruelling, testing rally. But Tsonga’s instinctive point-playing saw him risk a serve and volley to bring it back to deuce.

When Tsonga then hit the net after again rushing in on his serve, it was advantage Murray again. The Scot tried to capitalise on a short Tsonga serve but was left deflated when he hit an open forehand into the net. With steely nerves playing a part again, Tsonga smashed home two aces and finally held to level the score at 4-4.

Both men displayed athletic and skilful prowess across the set – one rally saw Murray hit a shot between the legs and Tsonga reply with a diving winner at the net. Seemingly inseparable, the two entertained and reached a tie-break.

Murray tore up the previous script for a swashbuckling tie-break with tricky, intricate shots and ground out the breaker in a business-like fashion. In an act which mirrored the way the tie-breaker went, Murray sealed it 7-2 with a serve out wide and Tsonga scrambling across towards the first row, swinging a racket in vain hope.

The world number four finally began to get a sniff at Tsonga’s unerring serve. He gained his eighth and ninth break points of the match in the third game. Tsonga, of Congolese descent, seemed to wilt in the sun when serving at 2-2.

He gave his opponent a golden ticket towards the finish line with a forehand dumped long. Murray began to turn the screws hard and had Tsonga running with a pinpoint accurate cross court forehand. The Frenchman could only hurl it wide on break point - Murray's first break of the match - then found himself 4-2 down after a simple Murray hold. 

Whilst it is usually Tsonga who is the showman of the match, an invigorated Murray decided to have some fun of his own. He scored with an outrageous between the legs finish at the net whilst serving at 4-3 up.

Adding insult to Tsonga’s injury and bruised gameplan, Murray held with ease through the decider and finished him off with a Tsonga special – an overhead smash worthy of the Frenchman himself.

His easing past Andy Roddick and wriggling past Tsonga have put Murray in good stead before Wimbledon. With a blossoming mindset and tired body, Murray will ease off for a few days before SW19 – where he will surely be amongst the top contenders. 
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #1 on: June 13, 2011, 04:00 PM »
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:Well done Andy. He played with all that he had, great spirit and fighting qualities against a player playing his best tennis.
I only saw the first set then had to go out and manged to get back for the final few games. I've recorded it so now I'm going to watch the match, witout my heart in my mouth. This is agood match to have won and will set him nicely for Wimbledon. jumping-w00t trophy
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #2 on: June 13, 2011, 04:20 PM »
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Great play, exciting match and some lovely tennis that kept you engaged all through. Andy's looking great on the grass. yay 2nd Queen's title, well done Very Happy
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #3 on: June 13, 2011, 04:30 PM »
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Great report Ally!
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #4 on: June 13, 2011, 04:57 PM »
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magic match . Can't wait for the GS victory .
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #5 on: June 13, 2011, 05:21 PM »
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Super report, Alistair.

Now for Wimbly! Well done my man Andrew.
 
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #6 on: June 13, 2011, 05:27 PM »
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Good match and a good tough win, although I couldn't see it happening near the end of the second set!

Fantastic atmosphere too, the majority of the crowd behind Andy. Some poor buggers had been queueing since 2am! Thankfully, I could just wander in at 12:15! lol

Whatever happens now, I can say that I've been there to see Andy win a title! cmon yeah
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #7 on: June 13, 2011, 05:31 PM »
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Loved the cheeky through the leg shots, an instant classic! Though please do not do this against Rafa or fed at wimby (they would be so annoyed!), unless it is championship point and you pull it off!

Did really well to win as deep into the second set it looked as if Tsonga would hold his nerve.  It was a good match and it has been a great couple of months for Andy.  Horror performances against Young and Bogomolov are almost a distant memory!  The best clay court season yet (still some way to go to get close to Nadal, but so has Fed et al) and now victory at Queens.  He has been winning lots of matches and often without playing his best.  This is what great players do, they just "grind" it out.

Murray Mania has truly arrived now and all the hoopla and fred perry and endless years of failure will be discussed, tweeted, re-tweeted ad nauseam over the next 3 weeks.  Best few weeks of the year.  I just absolutely LOVE Wimbeldon.  And while I would love Andy to win any of the grand slams, for me it just has to be this one.  He is in great shape for it.  I hope he has a bit of a rest, and then we can take a deep breath and start off with match 1 of 7, and take it from there.  He wants to be on Nole's side of the draw (PLEASE PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE?).

Great to see him win Queen's, but we all know what we want to see.  Hope Andy can do it for himself first and foremost, because he deserves it.

Another trophy on the record, hopefully more to come this year!
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #8 on: June 13, 2011, 06:02 PM »
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Loved the cheeky through the leg shots, an instant classic! Though please do not do this against Rafa or fed at wimby (they would be so annoyed!), unless it is championship point and you pull it off!

Did really well to win as deep into the second set it looked as if Tsonga would hold his nerve.  It was a good match and it has been a great couple of months for Andy.  Horror performances against Young and Bogomolov are almost a distant memory!  The best clay court season yet (still some way to go to get close to Nadal, but so has Fed et al) and now victory at Queens.  He has been winning lots of matches and often without playing his best.  This is what great players do, they just "grind" it out.

Murray Mania has truly arrived now and all the hoopla and fred perry and endless years of failure will be discussed, tweeted, re-tweeted ad nauseam over the next 3 weeks.  Best few weeks of the year.  I just absolutely LOVE Wimbeldon.  And while I would love Andy to win any of the grand slams, for me it just has to be this one.  He is in great shape for it.  I hope he has a bit of a rest, and then we can take a deep breath and start off with match 1 of 7, and take it from there.  He wants to be on Nole's side of the draw (PLEASE PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE?).

Great to see him win Queen's, but we all know what we want to see.  Hope Andy can do it for himself first and foremost, because he deserves it.

Another trophy on the record, hopefully more to come this year!

Yep, I'd prefer Djoko's side too. He always seems to get Rafa instead. If he does end up on Novak's side, then the final is a real possibility... nervous
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #9 on: June 13, 2011, 06:26 PM »
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How Tsonga wasn't booked for all of those outrageous dives, I have no idea? 

That is the kind of battling performance that has been missing from his game when he has lost the first set in a 3 set match in the last 18 months. 

Can't afford to miss as many break point chances in bigger matches though.
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #10 on: June 13, 2011, 06:48 PM »
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What a super match it was, with both players in good humour too and many a wry grin from Andy at JW sometimes miraculous shots. Neither man deserved to lose and I wondered if Andy was going to be able to figure out the right tactics to beat his opponent. It was much more exciting than the Roddick match and well done JW. Andy's game is steadily maturing - the GS will come one day, I'm sure.
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #11 on: June 13, 2011, 06:54 PM »
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Roddick was easy, Tsonga was hard. Am far more proud of him today trophy
 
Can't wait for Wimbledon cmon yeah
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #12 on: June 13, 2011, 07:13 PM »
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Hey Joe, I spotted a man in the crowd sporting a very fine moustache! It must have been you! Whistle I loved it when Andy thanked everyone for coming and said he hoped not too many of your bosses had spotted you on the tv! I immediately thought of you and Ruthie of course! It must have been worth the risk though to see him lift that trophy into the air!........Magic! I'm so glad he won!
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #13 on: June 13, 2011, 07:20 PM »
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Great report Alistair. I relived every moment when I read it!
I admire you guys that point by point convert the entire match into text. I could never do that!

Thank you.
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Re: Murray grinds past Tsonga « Reply #14 on: June 13, 2011, 07:32 PM »
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Andy Murray Twitter:
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Thanks to everyone for the messages today! Been a fun week, 6 days of training now before the big one! 14 minutes ago via Twitter


Isnt that nice of him?  hug

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