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Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « on: January 26, 2011, 07:18 AM »
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Andy Murray overcame the tricky Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov to reach the Australian Open semi-finals, taking the match 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3.

The world number five looked ring-rusty throughout the match against an unusual opponent. He lost his first set of the tournament, but will search for better form before his semi-final with Rafael Nadal or David Ferrer.

A barrage of forehand mistakes saw Murray go 2-0 and a break up early, the break returned immediately with Dolgopolov turning the score to 2-1 with a blistering shot down the line. The rejuvenated Scot then found his form and broke again. He stretched to 4-1 in an unpredictable first set.

In the sixth game of the match, the pressure started to tell. Murray hit three double faults and conceded a break as his Ukrainian opponent was jumping all over his weak serve. Dolgopolov managed to claw his way back to 4-4.

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The set eventually came for the higher ranked Murray after an epic battle in the final game. Needing four set points, Murray sealed the set with a slick backhand winner off of a second serve.

Dolgopolov’s forthright game leaves little room for errors, and his booming hitting went elsewhere in the fourth game of the second set. At 40-15 up and looking comfortable, the world number 39 contrived to miss a routine backhand and handed Murray the initiative. He smelled blood and manoeuvred his opponent as he pleased, breaking with a backhand into the empty court.

Muscular forehands were traded with Dolgopolov serving to stay in the set at 5-3. However, after three set points, Murray was forced to serve out due to dropping a touch shot into the net. He was extended to his limits, yet finally held to take the set on an astronomical sixth set point.

The heavens were now smiling at Murray. Dolgopolov handed Murray a break with a shot pushed long, leaving Murray 2-0 up after holding.

Serving for a 4-2 lead, Murray faltered as he gifted Dologpolov a break at the first time of asking. The 22-year-old, who hits harder than most, excelled to 30-40 with a violent forehand winner. His break came when Murray hooked a lazy forehand long.

In the resulting tie-break later in the set, Murray was left cursing his own mistakes. A double fault and netted smash gave his opponent a 6-2 lead. The Scot decided to up the ante and attack on his own serve, but smeared one just wide to lose the set.

Dolgopov is always erratic, and was seemingly spent as he slumped to a 4-0 reverse in the fourth set. He lost 12 points in the row during the fourth, and hit his 76th and 77th unforced errors to hand Murray a 5-2 lead. The unorthodox Ukrainian held to make his opponent serve for the match, and Murray duly served out after more shots with too much juice from Dolgopolov.
 
Murray, 23, will just be glad to be in the semi-final, but he will have to play better than he did against an opponent who today hit a staggering 77 unforced errors. Dolgopolov showed his inexperience with his weak surrender in the fourth set, and is an altogether different obstacle than the great Nadal or Ferrer in the next round. However, after only playing tennis for around ten hours en route to the semis, Murray should be in buoyant mood.
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #1 on: January 26, 2011, 07:32 AM »
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Great write up, summed up my thoughts on the match perfectly. Just the type of Match that Andy needed at this stage of the Tournament. He was tested, but came through. I for one believe he'll be sharper in his semi-final match whoever he plays, he'll have to be! cmonandy
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011, 07:38 AM »
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Great write up, summed up my thoughts on the match perfectly. Just the type of Match that Andy needed at this stage of the Tournament. He was tested, but came through. I for one believe he'll be sharper in his semi-final match whoever he plays, he'll have to be! cmonandy
Good posting! Totally agree with you, but I'm sure he will be sharper next, It's a good thing to be pushed. Fed in one of his matches didn't play well but got through, and was much sharper against Stan in the next. Over two weeks there is bound to be a slump, better now than in the semis.
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #3 on: January 26, 2011, 07:48 AM »
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Good posting! Totally agree with you, but I'm sure he will be sharper next, It's a good thing to be pushed. Fed in one of his matches didn't play well but got through, and was much sharper against Stan in the next. Over two weeks there is bound to be a slump, better now than in the semis.
Yes, I think he'll be sharper too next time, but, I didn't feel he'd been tested enough. I thought the first 2 sets were too easy, and that's maybe why he didn't take a step up sooner.
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #4 on: January 26, 2011, 08:06 AM »
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So, should David Ferrer bother turning up tonight or have I missed something? search
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #5 on: January 26, 2011, 08:09 AM »
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Good report, Ally.  I guess we got spoiled by the last few matches.  You were correct, Mark, in urging us, for crying out loud,  to keep the faith.  I agreed but at the same time was about to go & stick my head in a bucket of water when I saw Andy seemingly about to lose his head.  Fortunately, it was temporary, & he was back again.  "If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs .." etc. WELL DONE , ANDY!   So relieved and glad for the results.

I liked Dogsbody, he seemed a very nice fellow. Surely Andy knew when the crowd cheered for Dogs that besides the fact that he had just made a good play, they just wanted more tennis. Andy, you did not have to be so obliging.  Still & all it was excellent playing & you made it through. As I already said we just got spoiled by your winning the previous matches in straghts.
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #6 on: January 26, 2011, 08:31 AM »
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Very good report, Alistair.  Thanks.

Yes, I think he'll be sharper too next time, but, I didn't feel he'd been tested enough. I thought the first 2 sets were too easy, and that's maybe why he didn't take a step up sooner.
Sorry, have to disagree with you there, Carole.Smile  Although Dolgo fell apart in the 2nd set, Andy lost his way in the 1st and let Dolgo into the match.  He had to struggle for his 7-5 win.

Not one of Andy's finer performances, but Dolgopolov's play was so erratic, veering as it did between brilliant and downright awful, that Andy just couldn't find his rhythm, and his poor serving didn't help.  Fortunately he was able to go up a gear in the 4th whilst Dolgo went off the boil.  However, it was certainly one of the strangest matches I've ever watched.


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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #7 on: January 26, 2011, 08:31 AM »
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Yes, I think he'll be sharper too next time, but, I didn't feel he'd been tested enough. I thought the first 2 sets were too easy, and that's maybe why he didn't take a step up sooner.

Hi Caz, Maybe your right. i think he was tested in the third set, not only by his opponent, but by the pressure (that maybe he put on himself, as he had more to loose than Dolgopolov), this resulted in his level dropping. Opening the door for Dolgopolov to take the third set. I can only imagine Andy cursing himself inwardly for letting the set go. The loss of the third set thus galvanising him into action in the fourth and final set. Moreover, i believe Dolgopolov's unorthodox style of play Andy never fully came to terms with, and so had to adjust his game continually throughout the match. Rafa or David, will be different, he knows their games. So he will be sharper and more comfortable clap clap clap
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #8 on: January 26, 2011, 08:32 AM »
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I agree while the odds are that it will be Rafa, I don't think he's totally over his virus even if he was feeling better in his last match and Ferrer is such a terrior he could make him work really hard.  So just possible if not likely it will be Ferrer next.
While in some ways a disappointing performance from our man, the fact is he came through a tricky match and he didn't lose his cool even when he lost a set he shouldn't have lost.  So I'm with the glass half-full brigade.  And yes, it's difficult sometimes to keep the faith in the heat of the moment.  Onwards and ever upwards Andy.
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #9 on: January 26, 2011, 08:39 AM »
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I agree while the odds are that it will be Rafa, I don't think he's totally over his virus even if he was feeling better in his last match and Ferrer is such a terrior he could make him work really hard.  So just possible if not likely it will be Ferrer next.
While in some ways a disappointing performance from our man, the fact is he came through a tricky match and he didn't lose his cool even when he lost a set he shouldn't have lost.  So I'm with the glass half-full brigade.  And yes, it's difficult sometimes to keep the faith in the heat of the moment.  Onwards and ever upwards Andy.
Me too Ruthie, he'll be in the final.C'MON ANDY!
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #10 on: January 26, 2011, 08:44 AM »
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I know Andy will bring a totally different mind set to any match with Rafa and...better serving stats would be a gr8 help too Wink and a kiss
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #11 on: January 26, 2011, 08:55 AM »
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Andy says himself that Rafa brings out the best in him.....even when he loses....which he won't this time!
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #12 on: January 26, 2011, 08:55 AM »
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While in some ways a disappointing performance from our man, the fact is he came through a tricky match and he didn't lose his cool even when he lost a set he shouldn't have lost.  So I'm with the glass half-full brigade.  And yes, it's difficult sometimes to keep the faith in the heat of the moment.  Onwards and ever upwards Andy.
But Andy did lose his cool at that point, and although he managed to exercise some control over his feelings, his words were rather ripe!  Thought for a moment the Beeb were going to issue another of their apologies, but they didn't.Very Happy  It was a pity, because Andy had been very composed in this tournament until this match, although Dolgo must be so frustrating to play against.  Anyway he's through to the semis, and that's what matters.
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #13 on: January 26, 2011, 09:17 AM »
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afterthought, Andy has gone further in the tournament seeding...so what's not to like lol
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #14 on: January 26, 2011, 09:18 AM »
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Andrew, Rafa is off court receiving a medical time out - what have you done?
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