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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #15 on: April 13, 2011, 09:15 PM »
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Mission Accomplished!  Well done, Andy!  Looking forward to the next round.  1 day at a time.

Can't find the previous posts on the hair now, but for the record, I like it, a lot.  Excellent hair.   Smile
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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #16 on: April 13, 2011, 09:27 PM »
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^ I suspect part of the problem is, that he's stifled his emotions so much, that it stifled his game. He's a nice lad, but by his own admission, has a firey temper.  Somewhere along the line, he hasn't got the balance right in terms of what and who he portrays on court.
Agree with you completely, Elly. Andy is a very nice guy. Clearly his biggest problem is his head....and not his hairstyle I mean.
Great to see him back on court and starting step by step to gain confidence. I'm rooting for Andy and wish him all the best!
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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #17 on: April 13, 2011, 09:44 PM »
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It was a good win today, but Andy needs to enjoy the competition again, and enjoy the chase so to speak.  He seemed relatively at ease on court today which was nice to see!  Simon is a good player but has not had a great year either, and retired injured in Miami remember.  I expect both players will be optimistic about winning, looking forward to the match.
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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #18 on: April 13, 2011, 10:08 PM »
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Agree with you completely, Elly. Andy is a very nice guy. Clearly his biggest problem is his head....and not his hairstyle I mean.
Great to see him back on court and starting step by step to gain confidence. I'm rooting for Andy and wish him all the best!
I'm very happy and relieved that Andy won, but the big question here is - Andy turned in a near-flawless 1st set, then fell apart in the 2nd - something a better player than Stepanek would have taken full advantage of, and Sexy nearly did succeed.

In the 1st Andy's body-language oozed confidence.  In the 2nd it didn't.  This has happened before, so how can such a change take place in the few minutes between sets?  Watching him today, it seemed like he suddenly stopped believing he could actually win the match.  Fortunately he managed to hang in there and do so, but I'm more convinced than ever that his problem is a psychological one.

That said, it's early days and recovery of his form will take time because it takes time to regain confidence and self-belief.  Today was a good first step but I still feel there's room for expert help.  Hopefully he'll gain something from seeing the Adidas team but, given that his time with them will be limited, I doubt they can give him the psychological help he really needs.  Difficult.
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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #19 on: April 13, 2011, 10:22 PM »
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I thought this interview was very encouraging - it's the most positive interview I've heard from Andy in a long time. Seems like David Haye has really helped him understand the mental side of the game better.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/13072931.stm
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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #20 on: April 13, 2011, 10:44 PM »
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That's excellent re David Haye.
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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #21 on: April 13, 2011, 11:06 PM »
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I thought this interview was very encouraging - it's the most positive interview I've heard from Andy in a long time. Seems like David Haye has really helped him understand the mental side of the game better.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/13072931.stm
Thanks Catnap. Smile  I knew Andy had been very impressed with his visit to Haye's set-up in Miami so it's encouraging that he and Haye are still in touch.  Interesting, but possibly not surprising, that he should be getting psychological help from somebody outside the world of tennis, since every sportsperson faces the same challenges if they want to get to the top.  Andy is a huge boxing fan and clearly has great respect for Haye, and the important thing is that he has found somebody he admires, trusts and is prepared to listen to.  He really has taken a positive step in the right direction by publicly acknowledging that his problem is largely a mental one. yay

By the way, for ignoramuses like myself, David Haye is a British 30 year old world boxing champion, with 25 wins to his credit, no draws and having suffered only one defeat.  He intends to retire in October when he reaches the age of 31.



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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #22 on: April 14, 2011, 07:08 AM »
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I'm very happy and relieved that Andy won, but the big question here is - Andy turned in a near-flawless 1st set, then fell apart in the 2nd - something a better player than Stepanek would have taken full advantage of, and Sexy nearly did succeed.
There is obviously great pressure on single player sportsmen/women, just look at Roy McIlroy this week at the Master. Going to the final hole with a biggish lead and then he screwed up playing absurdly bad shots. Competitors took no time in sealing his fate!  We see here too that Rory is only 21 yrs of age and analysts have put it down to not being able to deal with the pressure, when it counts the most. Its happening in all similar sports.
Good luck Andy in this event! yay cmon yeah
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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #23 on: April 14, 2011, 08:59 AM »
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And in the paper last week it said that Ronnie O'Sullivan was seeking the help of the British Cycling Teams head shrink, can't remember his name now, maybe he can start a group therapy session and add Andy to it as well.  w00t
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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #24 on: April 14, 2011, 09:07 AM »
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Just watched the 1st set (had to stop whilst hubby watches Coro Rolling Eyes ) but looking good thus far.  Heard that Radek wins 3 games in a row in the next set - bit of a mind-melt moment - but Andy comes through in the end clap

My commentary is from ESPN and they say that despite Novak being out of the tournie, the organisers are letting him practise on the courts.
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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #25 on: April 14, 2011, 09:28 AM »
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I'm very happy and relieved that Andy won, but the big question here is - Andy turned in a near-flawless 1st set, then fell apart in the 2nd - something a better player than Stepanek would have taken full advantage of, and Sexy nearly did succeed.

In the 1st Andy's body-language oozed confidence.  In the 2nd it didn't.  This has happened before, so how can such a change take place in the few minutes between sets?  Watching him today, it seemed like he suddenly stopped believing he could actually win the match.  Fortunately he managed to hang in there and do so, but I'm more convinced than ever that his problem is a psychological one.

That said, it's early days and recovery of his form will take time because it takes time to regain confidence and self-belief.  Today was a good first step but I still feel there's room for expert help.  Hopefully he'll gain something from seeing the Adidas team but, given that his time with them will be limited, I doubt they can give him the psychological help he really needs.  Difficult.
Perhaps it's just me but I didn't think he went to pieces in the 2nd set.  Yes there was a wobble when he lost serve but he didn't let it get to him and broke back just when he needed to.  I too am really pleased to hear on the radio that he's been seeking advice from Haye and that his motivational texts may have helped.  I guess Andy will take from a fellow sportsman what he won't from a sports psychologist.
And now I better do some work.
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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #26 on: April 14, 2011, 09:36 AM »
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Hayes reminded Andy what he is capable of, because he has done it and thats beat the best players in the world yes 
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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #27 on: April 14, 2011, 09:40 AM »
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Yes! Reminded reminded everyone else as well! I think the media in particular would do well to remember that sometimes!  w00t
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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #28 on: April 14, 2011, 09:45 AM »
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I liked the interview, especially the last part "I believe I can be the best player in the world".  The only way he can win a grand slam is by believing that, as Rafa and Fed certainly do, and Nole has gradually found that level of confidence in himself as well due to  his better overall physical condition and faith in his ability to hit through anyone at the moment!

Hope it continues later, but let's not kid ourselves, it all comes down to who Andy appoints as coach.  Over the next few years Feds level will drop, and both Rafa and Nole are not likely to maintain total dominance the way Fed could at his absolute peak.  There will be a lot of chances for Andy to win slams over the next 5 years, but he needs this new coach badly.

He served well yesterday which I was pleased to see, and seemed quite confident with it.  Simon will be a good test later, so let's see what happens.

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Re: Murray neutralises Sexy « Reply #29 on: April 14, 2011, 09:52 AM »
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Yes, it was great to see how good his 1st serve percentage was. Higher than it's been for a while! yay Is anyone going to start an 'Andy v Simon' thread today? I hope he brings a change of shirt today. He was soaked through by the second set yesterday.........looked so uncomfortable!
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