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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #15 on: May 07, 2011, 10:10 PM »
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Happily for Djokovic fans, he's got more form and self belief than Murray (or Berdych)

I see no reason to be expectant of a good performance in Rome. Murrays historical performance there is absolutely terrible, irregardless of his current form.

I would love to look back at this type of comment before Monte Carlo......none of us thought that Andy would perform well there..........AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED! confused

It could not have been at all easy to come back and play with utter confidence after the "elbow situation" especially after him finding some absolutely fantastic form on the clay.....for once  Whistle

Rome is IMO a great draw for him. And as long as he is looking forward to it, SO AM I
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #16 on: May 07, 2011, 10:27 PM »
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Andy would be well advised to rest his elbow, miss Rome and miss RG. And during this rest period avoid any practising
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #17 on: May 08, 2011, 05:11 AM »
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He played poorly against and in form player. I'm generally a pessimist, but that loss didn't bother me even before Belucci backed up that win.
fainting  Seriously though, I agree with you.  Clay has never been Murray's best surface.  It was his losses on the hard-courts earlier this year that were far more worrying.

Andy would be well advised to rest his elbow, miss Rome and miss RG. And during this rest period avoid any practising
Murray has one big advantage in that he has his own personal physio who'll be doing all he can to help promote healing and avoid a recurrence of the problem.  What does concern me, though, is that he said in a Rome interview that he'd been gradually building up the strength in his arm, and that meant having much shorter practice sessions - so how match fit is he going to be right now?  Unfortunately, he's in a catch-22 situation, because if he plays poorly he'll get hammered with negative criticism, but had he withdrawn, then his critics could well have accused him of chickening out of the tournament.
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #18 on: May 08, 2011, 10:52 AM »
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I would not think he would be accused of chickening out, they all know he has trouble with his elbow. I just hope that it's not tendinitis as that takes a long time to get back to 100%  nervous I just hope Andy takes the the proper precautions, and don't feel pressured in anyway.
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #19 on: May 08, 2011, 10:55 AM »
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fainting  Seriously though, I agree with you.  Clay has never been Murray's best surface.  It was his losses on the hard-courts earlier this year that were far more worrying.
Murray has one big advantage in that he has his own personal physio who'll be doing all he can to help promote healing and avoid a recurrence of the problem.  What does concern me, though, is that he said in a Rome interview that he'd been gradually building up the strength in his arm, and that meant having much shorter practice sessions - so how match fit is he going to be right now?  Unfortunately, he's in a catch-22 situation, because if he plays poorly he'll get hammered with negative criticism, but had he withdrawn, then his critics could well have accused him of chickening out of the tournament.

So what if he withdraws. He as usual will ignore the criticisms. He is his own man and his health is far more important than any resulting comments.
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #20 on: May 08, 2011, 11:13 AM »
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Are the elbow problems really so serious? Rome should be a test for his fitness, pretty slow surface, long rallys. Like the draw, should be able to come to the semis and then everything is posible. yay
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #21 on: May 08, 2011, 12:38 PM »
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Andy Murray will return to action at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia Masters 1000 event in Rome next week. Murray has only won two matches in seven attempts at this tournament and made the third round last year, before being thrashed by David Ferrer. A kinder draw this year raises the prospect of a better showing, but expectations are not high given the Scots atrocious recent form.

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2R : Malisse/GGL
3R : Troicki/Davydenko/Dolgopolov/Starace
QF : Roddick/Melzer/Simon
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Oh do us a favour.  If you're going to start a thread couldn't you at least be rather more positive?  I realise that Andy's form at Rome hasn't been good so yes it's possible he won't do well.  But how can you talk about his 'recent atrocious form' when he's the only player to have taken a set off Rafa on clay this year (at least before Fed yesterday)?  He played brilliantly in that match and I agree with others that he might even have won it had it not been for the elbow. And I also agree with others that the elbow does seem to have been a factor in Madrid.  Of course it still could be.  But that's no reason for dissing Andy in this way.   doh

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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #22 on: May 08, 2011, 05:38 PM »
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I would not think he would be accused of chickening out, they all know he has trouble with his elbow. I just hope that it's not tendinitis as that takes a long time to get back to 100%  nervous I just hope Andy takes the the proper precautions, and don't feel pressured in anyway.
Maybe you don't remember the Davis Cup tie against Argentina in 2008 when Murray pulled out citing a knee problem (that dodgy bipartite patella) and was accused of using it as an excuse because he was allegedly scared of playing Nalbandian?  No coincidence that this came shortly after his R1 exit at the AO. Having read the negative comments on here, on am.com and in the media following the Bellucci match - all from those with selective memories who forgot his performances in MC but instead looked back at his earlier hard-court defeats - I think there could be a few ready to jump on him had he pulled out of Rome.

So what if he withdraws. He as usual will ignore the criticisms. He is his own man and his health is far more important than any resulting comments.
I wasn't inferring that Andy would be affected by any criticism, just making an observation as to how his critics might react.
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #23 on: May 08, 2011, 05:57 PM »
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I have just decided to look forward to watching some tennis and with regard to Andy take the attitude what will be will be, enjoy the tennis and stop worrying about the man, and which one will turn up. (But i will probably still have my fingers crossed !)
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #24 on: May 08, 2011, 08:08 PM »
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Joker has just de-throned Rafa 7-5 6-4!! w00t
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #25 on: May 08, 2011, 08:15 PM »
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Joker has just de-throned Rafa 7-5 6-4!! w00t
Really good match but Rafa just couudn't pull in off.
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #26 on: May 08, 2011, 08:19 PM »
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Oh do us a favour.  If you're going to start a thread couldn't you at least be rather more positive?

I always aim to be realistic in my articles, even if I'm Captain Negative elsewhere in the forum.

Only a complete idiot would expect Murray to do well in Rome. As for him taking a set off of Nadal? He almost managed that last year, but the rest of the claycourt season was typically underwhelming.
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #27 on: May 08, 2011, 08:27 PM »
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Really good match but Rafa just couudn't pull in off.

correct me if i am wrong, but if Novak can win Rome also, will he usurp Rafa, and become the new number one?  clap
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #28 on: May 08, 2011, 08:37 PM »
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correct me if i am wrong, but if Novak can win Rome also, will he usurp Rafa, and become the new number one?  clap
Sorry PT some one with more knowledge will have to answer that for you ,i think the rankings come out on monday but that will not include rome of course
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Re: Murray looking to Rome « Reply #29 on: May 08, 2011, 09:25 PM »
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Poor boy if he loses he panned. We should all try to be a bit more understanding.
He played very well against Rafa for a set.  If his elbow is still sore he will not be able
to practice for long periods. He will do his best and thats all we can ask of him.
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