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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #30 on: January 26, 2011, 01:36 PM »
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Good write-up Ally, you journalist hunk.
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #31 on: January 26, 2011, 01:40 PM »
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Cheers, you animal.
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #32 on: January 26, 2011, 01:47 PM »
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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.

He could have completely lost his cool and dug himself a deeper hole during after he lost the second set (and lost it spectacularly, practically handing Dolly the set with DFs and sloppy shots), but the important thing is he kept his focus and showed it with the 4-0 lead in just fifteen minutes. I rather think those colorful words are a way to motivate himself. Could be tricky if it backfires and psychs him out more, but he didn't.

Andy is definitely right when he said he's prepared mentally. I was practically shaking the telly in my agitation, but I still believed he could do it. With all the people cursing him for his mistakes (myself one of them at times), it's still better to give positive vibes!
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #33 on: January 26, 2011, 02:45 PM »
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I can certainly see why this young ukranian baffled Soderling, but Andy dug deep to get himself out of the hole.He kept fighting and did not give up,think of the game with Fed and wawrinka,Stan just stopped playing .
Someone said this would be a walk in the park for himwith one quick stroll,think it more like a trot.But he won Dianne.
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #34 on: January 26, 2011, 03:17 PM »
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Not sure whether facing Ferrer is an advantage or not, but thats how it is.  Ferrer ran Andy ragged on the clay last year, but on hard courts Andy has beat him quite easily.  The spaniard does seem to be playing really well though, and this is a very dangerous match for Andy.  He needs to come out focused and get the job done.

Dolgo played really well in patches, better than I expected.  He has some flashy shots, and if he could hold it together he would be walking away with the trophy at the end of sunday, but he lacks that resolve or consistency.  He is a loose cannon, but fun to watch!  Andy played poorly I thought, but he won and that is all that matters.


I agree in parts with your statement, however Andy was not allowed to play his normal game, because of Dolgopolov's unorthodox style. Yes perhaps Andy should have imposed himself more. Maybe he let the pressure of being the favourite get to him - reverted to his slightly passive style of play in Set 3, but testiment to his new inner strength he realised this type of play would not get the job done and promptly stepped it up. I am sure Andy knows he cannot give David such passive play. However, the tempo of their up and coming semi will suit Andy's game. unlike the tempo of his quarter final match. I see Andy returning to the style of play that he played in the earlier rounds.

Like Roger when he won the french open, Andy needs to realise that when Rafa is not in the final, its his for the taking - Andy has beaten all the players that lay in his path - but first the matter of David to take care of.........Good luck Andy we are all behind you. The Lion Roars  pray pray

 Good posting!

 Missed the roars today - but he may need them on Friday.
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #35 on: January 26, 2011, 08:30 PM »
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He could have completely lost his cool and dug himself a deeper hole during after he lost the second set (and lost it spectacularly, practically handing Dolly the set with DFs and sloppy shots), but the important thing is he kept his focus and showed it with the 4-0 lead in just fifteen minutes. I rather think those colorful words are a way to motivate himself. Could be tricky if it backfires and psychs him out more, but he didn't.

Andy is definitely right when he said he's prepared mentally. I was practically shaking the telly in my agitation, but I still believed he could do it. With all the people cursing him for his mistakes (myself one of them at times), it's still better to give positive vibes!
I don't mind the colourful words, so long as they have the desired effect, i.e. get Andy in fighting mode!

Missed the roars today - but he may need them on Friday.
Indeed he will, and this match'll get the crowd going ... and Andy's Boys. yay

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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #36 on: January 26, 2011, 08:40 PM »
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Please, God - let Djoko beat Federer ...pray

I'm with you Aileen Please let Djoko beat Frauderer
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #37 on: January 26, 2011, 10:15 PM »
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I'm with you Aileen Please let Djoko beat Frauderer

I'm with you also Aileen, i think if we all pray he might just hear us, although i get a sense that lady luck is finally giving our Andy a break in his quest for that elusive Grand Slam   pray pray pray pray
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #38 on: January 26, 2011, 11:24 PM »
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what time is Andy playing his Semi-Final at GMT?
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #39 on: January 27, 2011, 12:15 AM »
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what time is Andy playing his Semi-Final at GMT?
8.30 am

I'm with you also Aileen, i think if we all pray he might just hear us, although i get a sense that lady luck is finally giving our Andy a break in his quest for that elusive Grand Slam   pray pray pray pray
The way things have gone with this tournament.  Nadal's exit doesn't entirely surprise me, but absolutely nobody foresaw a QF meeting with Dolgopolov.  What a horrendous for challenge for most players!  I can't help feeling that some destiny is in store for Andy here, hopefully positive.  Keep praying, sending out the positive vibes, and take heart from Andy's own words after this match -

I know how to deal with playing deep into Grand Slam events now, how to get prepared for them mentally and physically. It's something that I'm a lot better at.  I'm hitting the ball bigger than I was last year. You just try to become more consistent, have less weaknesses."

Reckon he's getting there ... cmon yeah
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #40 on: January 27, 2011, 07:11 AM »
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 Just read, Kevin Mitchell I think, saying that in the fourth set Andy slightly adjusted his position on ROS and thus got a handle on that horrid serve. He complimented Andy on the subtlety of his game. Must say, although I do notice such things when watching other matches, too much invested in Andy and notice things going wrong, like serve percentage, rather than things going right  fool
Meanwhile, Nole is second fave, so  cmon yeah Fed's mantlepiece must be near collapse with all that silverware!
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #41 on: January 27, 2011, 08:47 AM »
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Just read, Kevin Mitchell I think, saying that in the fourth set Andy slightly adjusted his position on ROS and thus got a handle on that horrid serve. He complimented Andy on the subtlety of his game. Must say, although I do notice such things when watching other matches, too much invested in Andy and notice things going wrong, like serve percentage, rather than things going right  fool
Meanwhile, Nole is second fave, so  cmon yeah Fed's mantlepiece must be near collapse with all that silverware!
Yes I was just about to post something similar. I've been struck by how all the commentators I've read have been much less critical of Andy's performance than we have.  Perhaps we were rather harsh and underestimated just how difficult Dolgo was to play against - and I include myself in that.
Mitchell also wrote that 'Murray has recovered from his 2010 breakdownand is now almost as feared among his peers almost as Nadal and Federer' (typical poor Guardian sub-editing there!)
On 5 live this morning they were saying the Aussie press has ignored Andy this year, which is great.  I'd love him to come from under the radar and win the tournament.  Oh dare I use that phrase yet?   nervous pray nervous pray nervous pray
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #42 on: January 27, 2011, 12:24 PM »
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Please Murray win this tournament....Nadal and Federer is out..I do not want Djoker to win.... Nadal Fan
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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #43 on: January 27, 2011, 01:32 PM »
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Please Murray win this tournament....Nadal and Federer is out..I do not want Djoker to win.... Nadal Fan

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Re: Murray nudges past Dolgopolov « Reply #44 on: January 27, 2011, 01:42 PM »
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Please Murray win this tournament....Nadal and Federer is out..I do not want Djoker to win.... Nadal Fan

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