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Murray in top half of the draw at Wimbledon « on: June 17, 2011, 10:51 AM »
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Andy Murray will begin his Wimbledon campaign against seasoned claycourter Daniel Gimeno-Traver on Monday.

The Spaniard has a lifetime 2-7 record on the green stuff, and should not pose much of a threat to the British number one, in a match that could be played under the roof. The same could be said of Tobias Kamke and Blav Kavcic. Both are potential second round opponents.

Murray's draw does get more difficult, as you would expect. In round three, his likely opponents could be either of the big serving Croatians, Marin Cilic or Ivan Ljubicic. Ljubicic has never made it to the second week at SW19, and Marin Cilic recently withdrew from Queens due to an ankle injury. If Cilic was 100% fit, his big serve and aggressive game might prove a tricky match for the Scot.

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The round of 16 may prove a tougher test. Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet are mercurial shotmakers who have both pushed Murray to five sets in previous years at Wimbledon. However, it would be no surprise to see both exiting the draw earlier than anticipated due to their inconsistent nature.

After the mauling of last week, Andy Roddick will no doubt be aggrieved to find himself in Murray's quarter. The three time finalist was given a grass court clinic at Queens Club, and should provide a tougher test if both meet in the last eight. Gael Monfils could also be the quarter-final opponent, but the athletic Frenchman has never really excelled on grass.

In grand slams, Murray being in the same half as Nadal is becoming rather predictable. The pair have been in the same half for, amazingly, the last four grand slams, and could potentially meet again in the semi-finals.

Murray's draw at a glance.

R1 - Gimeno-Traver
R2 - Kamke/Kavcic
R3 - Cilic/Ljubicic
R4 - Wawrinka/Gasquet
QF - Roddick/Monfils
SF - Nadal
F - Federer/Djokovic
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw « Reply #1 on: June 17, 2011, 10:55 AM »
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Was just writing this but you've saved me the bother. Is it not Stakhovsky or Cox in R2?
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw « Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 10:56 AM »
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Was just writing this but you've saved me the bother. Is it not Stakhovsky or Cox in R2?

Not according to the draw I've got here.

R2 : Stakhovsky/Cox v Cilic/Ljubicic.
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw « Reply #3 on: June 17, 2011, 10:59 AM »
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Pretty much the opposite to his FO Draw.
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw « Reply #4 on: June 17, 2011, 11:00 AM »
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Pretty much the opposite to his FO Draw.

In what sense? Difficulty?

Gasquet and Wawrinka are both dangerous, but I honestly think that's the only treacherous obstacle up to the quarter-finals, and if you were really ballsy having watched the demolition of Roddick last week, semi finals.

Annoyingly, their bracket is filled with qualifiers and lucky losers so I can't see them not progressing.
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw « Reply #5 on: June 17, 2011, 11:04 AM »
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I'm going to hold fire on judgement until the draw is released in PDF...
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw « Reply #6 on: June 17, 2011, 11:07 AM »
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At least Andy should be able to ease himself into the tournament ok, it's those potential R4 match-ups that worry me most..before the draw I thought that Gasquet in particular was one to avoid as he seems to be getting stronger and stronger just now. Wawrinka's a player I always fear a bit as well in Grand Slam draws. Here's hoping that Andy plays his best stuff against his strongest opponents in the draw, I would say he has to be somewhere near his best as early as the 3rd round to ensure smooth progress this year.

I just heard it's Mahut v Isner..what are the chances?!?
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw « Reply #7 on: June 17, 2011, 11:10 AM »
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The whole situation has gone tits up because of the official website... Rolling Eyes  BBC only confirming Trever in Rnd 1, don't think anyone knows but swear to god Andy went in at position 33 - Rafa's quarter would be 1-32.


Edit: Sky's confirmation http://www.skysports.com/story/0,,21411_6993525,00.html
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw at Wimbledon « Reply #8 on: June 17, 2011, 11:15 AM »
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The whole situation has gone tits up because of the official website... Rolling Eyes  BBC only confirming Trever in Rnd 1, don't think anyone knows but swear to god Andy went in at position 33 - Rafa's quarter would be 1-32.


Edit: Sky's confirmation http://www.skysports.com/story/0,,21411_6993525,00.html

Yeah, noticed the Beeb hadn't reported which half he was in. What a mess.

EDIT: bugger, was hoping that it was all wrong and that he had indeed been drawn with Djokovic. Frown
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw at Wimbledon « Reply #9 on: June 17, 2011, 11:21 AM »
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I just hope they're more efficient with the PDF, hurry up already. yawn

Telegraph also reporting Muzz/Nadal now and MTF on a Fedal final, pricks! Very Happy
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw at Wimbledon « Reply #10 on: June 17, 2011, 11:24 AM »
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I just hope they're more efficient with the PDF, hurry up already. yawn

Telegraph also reporting Muzz/Nadal now and MTF on a Fedal final, pricks! Very Happy

Who do you want to win a potential Murray-Nadal SF then?
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw at Wimbledon « Reply #11 on: June 17, 2011, 11:26 AM »
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In what sense? Difficulty?

Yep.

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Gasquet and Wawrinka are both dangerous, but I honestly think that's the only treacherous obstacle up to the quarter-finals, and if you were really ballsy having watched the demolition of Roddick last week, semi finals.

Nadal looked like he'd be an easy beat at the USO last year based on his warm up form, turns out he was anything but. Roddick won't be that hard, but he's in no sense as easy as what people will make it out to be.

Cilic is due an annoying performance as well.

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Annoyingly, their bracket is filled with qualifiers and lucky losers so I can't see them not progressing.

Wawrinka could lose to the right qualifer, no chance Gasquet will though if he's fit.
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw at Wimbledon « Reply #12 on: June 17, 2011, 11:34 AM »
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Who do you want to win a potential Murray-Nadal SF then?

Eyebrow raise.

It's always a lose-lose situation but at least with Rafa you know he'll destroy one of the two imbeciles in the final.
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw at Wimbledon « Reply #13 on: June 17, 2011, 11:39 AM »
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Hate this draw. HATE IT. I guess he was due a tough one after all the recent lucky ones, but man, what a nightmare. How many times has he been in Rafa's half/quarter now, something like 14 of the last 15? Such a joke.
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Re: Murray in top half of the draw at Wimbledon « Reply #14 on: June 17, 2011, 11:43 AM »
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Could well go out in R4 if he's not careful. Wawa and Gasquet are more than capable of it.
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