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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #30 on: January 13, 2012, 07:28 PM »
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So do I Aileen as usual you sum it up so well.

C'mon Andy!!
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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #31 on: January 13, 2012, 07:48 PM »
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Well Ferrer did his best to tire Andy out in last year's SF, so I'd be happy for history to repeat itself should Andy and Novak meet in the SF. As for the expected Fedal SF, they can have a long 5 hour 5 setter leaving Rafa the victor Smile

It's time that we see a Rafa v Andy GS final  Little tongue man
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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #32 on: January 13, 2012, 08:41 PM »
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Although my stomach is churning, just as it did every time Sampras was about to start a tournament, especially the Slams, I just need to take one round at a time just like Andy. 

He no longer has to take the heavy load totally on his shoulders which should be of great help to him.  He will have someone to sit next to and help him as he studys the films.  He will have someone to help him with the plan for each opponent.  It just has to be a little easier.

Harrison is a little bit of a hot head, he reminds me of Roddick, although he doesn't have the serve that Roddick has.

So Good Luck Andy Mr Magic!!  Come with your A game, serving and returning well.  May the force be with you one match at a time.
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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #33 on: January 13, 2012, 08:52 PM »
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From John McEnroe:
Friday, 13 January, 2012
By Dan Imhoff

John McEnroe dubs him the “scary robot” in his book and admits they had few pleasantries to exchange at the height of their rivalry.

Speaking at the official Australian Open draw on Friday, age had indeed mellowed the outspoken American though as he tipped former rival Ivan Lendl to help provide the mental edge needed to land Andy Murray a breakthrough grand slam title.

 “I hate to give credit where credit may be due but I think Andy Murray taking on Ivan Lendl as a coach may really work out. It pains me to say that,” McEnroe joked.

 “I think that’s a very interesting decision and could possibly be a good one. I know all too well losing to Ivan in the French (Open final) where he won his first major.”

 For McEnroe that 1984 loss at Roland Garros would prove to be his toughest, having led two sets to love and riding a 42-match winning streak. He would never win the French Open.

 “He (Lendl) was 24, Murray’s 24,” McEnroe said.

“He had lost his first four (grand slam finals), Murray’s lost his last three so he brings a lot of credibility to the table. I think he’s going to be able to help Murray manufacture better intensity on the court and use that energy more positively.

 “He (Murray) is going to need to if he’s going to beat two of the three top guys to win a major.”

 Of Murray’s chances at this year’s Australian Open, McEnroe said the Scot was the clear choice outside of the big three – Djokovic, Nadal and Federer.

 “He’s made progress but he’s going to have to keep making progress,” McEnroe said.

 “(Lendl) is going to get him to think in a way he hasn’t thought before. He knows what it takes to win and he’s a guy who’s always prepared. I’m sure he’s been thinking about it for quite a while. It’s going to be interested to see if it pans out.”
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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #34 on: January 14, 2012, 12:06 AM »
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^^ They showed the last part of that interview with McEnroe on BBC Scotland's evening news bulletin, along with part of Jonathan Overend's interview with Lendl.
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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #35 on: January 14, 2012, 12:19 AM »
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On the official AO site poll, just over 4% of people think Andy is going to win the title. That's insane!

Fed is topping it @ 45%, with with Djokovic and Nadal at 27% and 21% respectively.  

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/fancentre/poll/index.html

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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #36 on: January 14, 2012, 12:22 AM »
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I feel fantastically optimistic, this will last until I see Nole storm through the first four rounds in sparkling imperious form, at which point my optimism will go down one little turn.

It is a great way to start the year.  Andy is at the start of a new journey.  He can win here.  Will he win here? That is what all the fun is about.

I don't see his draw as hard until QF onwards.  Murray has beaten Monfils confidently enough, and has a big edge over Tsonga.  I reckon Andy will really fancy his draw and will see a nice even progression in ability of opponent til he meets Nole in the semi.

Bring it on!
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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #37 on: January 14, 2012, 12:34 AM »
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Bring it on indeed!

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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #38 on: January 14, 2012, 12:37 AM »
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The draw doesn't look that bad to me.  Harrison for openers will be a good test as they've never played before.  JWT was apparently suffering from jet-lag, so if on form could be a real challenge.  Djokovic's been fighting a shoulder problem since before the USO, and Nadal's fitness too is under question.  Fed pulled out of Doha with a back injury.  Meanwhile Andy's dodgy right knee has been acting up a little.  Sounds like this could be the survival of the fittest!

Seriously, though, Slams are strange beasts and anything can happen - and as always everything hangs on how a player plays on the day.  I'm (trying to) heed Andy's own cautious advice - take matches one at a time and only concentrate on the one in front of you.  At least this time he has Lendl at his side for support and inspiration, and that's a comforting thought, although ultimately once on court it's all down to Andy himself.

So, Andy, keep your cool and your focus and play the great tennis we know you're capable of.  There are bound to be roller-coaster, heart-stopping moments, but always remember your fans are right behind you all the way. cmon yeah

Good one, Aileen.
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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #39 on: January 14, 2012, 12:37 AM »
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Having watched the interview with Jonathan O on the BBC site you can see what a canny fellow Lendl is, he gave absolutely nothing a\way about what he and Andy are working on. He just said how well they were getting on and the respect they have for each other. What was lovely to see was Lendl smiling. Andy must feel so happy, confident, relieved and raring to go, knowing that he is not alone he has some big shoulders to lean on. Lendl has been there and done it and he knows what it feels like to be castigated, and how you can turn everything around. Andy really deserves Lendl in his corner. What a year this is going to be.
Sounds good, Michelle.
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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #40 on: January 14, 2012, 12:47 AM »
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On the official AO site poll, just over 4% of people think Andy is going to win the title. That's insane!

Fed is topping it @ 45%, with with Djokovic and Nadal at 27% and 21% respectively. 

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/fancentre/poll/index.html
That was me drchef... you voted yet?... Anyone else... ? help
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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #41 on: January 14, 2012, 12:58 AM »
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That was me drchef... you voted yet?... Anyone else... ? help
Yes - me!

What I find even more insane though is Federer's majority.  Obviously a lot of the 21,000 or so who voted must be deluded Fed fans.
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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #42 on: January 14, 2012, 12:59 AM »
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Maybe it's better if our boy takes them all by surprise!
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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #43 on: January 14, 2012, 01:01 AM »
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On the official AO site poll, just over 4% of people think Andy is going to win the title. That's insane!

Fed is topping it @ 45%, with with Djokovic and Nadal at 27% and 21% respectively. 

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/fancentre/poll/index.html



People vote with their heart and not their head.
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Re: Murray handed tough draw at Aussie Open « Reply #44 on: January 14, 2012, 01:05 AM »
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People vote with their heart and not their head.
Well.. my heart and my head is with Andy.. thumb up
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