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Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « on: May 21, 2011, 02:22 PM »
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In a pretty favourable draw, Andy Murray's French Open campaign will begin against qualifier Eric Prodon. If he can negotiate the 118th-ranked Frenchman, the Scot will face another qualifier in round two – either Simone Bolelli or Frank Dancevic.

The world number four, who made the quarter-finals here two years ago, is scheduled for a last-eight meeting with Jurgen Melzer. Should he reach the semis, the real work will begin, with five-time champion Rafael Nadal expected to face him on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Beating Nadal at Roland Garros would be a gargantuan task. If the Scot achieves it, all-conquering Novak Djokovic would face him in the final, with the Serb driven by thoughts of drawing level with Guillermo Vilas' record winning streak.

Murray was passed fit to play yesterday after a slight injury scare. He said, "I was just a bit stiff and sore. I trained hard in London for three or four days after Rome. I trained most of the day on Wednesday and then came over and practised first thing Thursday to warm up for the exhibition.

"I didn't feel great. I think it was maybe my body just saying to take it easy for a day or so because I have been working very hard."

Murray's probable route to the final is:

R1: Prodon (FRA)
R2: Bolelli (ITA)/Dancevic (CAN)
R3: Raonic (CAN)/Volandri (ITA)/Clement (FRA)
R4: Troicki (SRB)/Dolgopolov (UKR)/Schuettler (GER)
QF: Melzer (AUT)/Almagro (ESP)/Mayer (GER)
SF: Nadal (ESP)
F: Djokovic (SRB)
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #1 on: May 21, 2011, 02:25 PM »
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Actually, I'm looking no further than Raonic in R3, although his clay-court skills are an unknown quantity.
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #2 on: May 21, 2011, 03:26 PM »
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Actually, I'm looking no further than Raonic in R3, although his clay-court skills are an unknown quantity.
Good write up Nigel! Useful info too! You're a useful guy to have around! w00t
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #3 on: May 21, 2011, 06:46 PM »
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Looking good for our Andy
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #4 on: May 21, 2011, 06:58 PM »
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I'm really looking forward to RG - of course to see AM, but also to witness, what I hope will be some really tasty matches. 

I think I've reached the point where I can watch Murray in a more objective way.  It didn't used to be so!  Now, I just get a bit disappointed when he beats himself in matches he should win.

Any road up, best of luck, and needless to say, I'll watch with anticipation.  Smile

Best of luck, Andy. 
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #5 on: May 21, 2011, 07:05 PM »
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Yep Good Luck Andy - although I think I prefer it when he "slips under the radar" i.e. he's not being tipped as a potential contender.  Do think that if the injury is as low key as being stated in the media and he can keep the mindset he had when playing Novak then maybe just maybe we can start to dream !!!!  I think Darren Cahill has had a positive effect already even in the short time that he has been working with Andy - just seems altogether in a better mental place - hope it continues.  RG is one of my least favourite slams can't stand the partisan and sometimes awful spectators but if Mr Magic turns up and Mr Tragic stays home then I may just learn to like RG!!!
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #6 on: May 21, 2011, 07:08 PM »
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I'm really looking forward to RG - of course to see AM, but also to witness, what I hope will be some really tasty matches. 

I think I've reached the point where I can watch Murray in a more objective way.  It didn't used to be so!  Now, I just get a bit disappointed when he beats himself in matches he should win.

Any road up, best of luck, and needless to say, I'll watch with anticipation.  Smile

Best of luck, Andy. 
I thought I could watch Andy objectively and in a more detached way until the match in Rome against Djkovic, I nearly had a heart attack!  So much for detachment, roll on the next two weeks and Andy once again working on my heart attack (I don't mind I would die a happy person if he won the French Open!)
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #7 on: May 21, 2011, 07:24 PM »
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I thought I could watch Andy objectively and in a more detached way until the match in Rome against Djkovic, I nearly had a heart attack!  So much for detachment, roll on the next two weeks and Andy once again working on my heart attack (I don't mind I would die a happy person if he won the French Open!)
Must admit, I struggled to be objective in that one.  But where I used to fester with disappointment post match, I managed to let it go!   Not sure how I managed to overcome my Andyholicism, but I did!

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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #8 on: May 21, 2011, 07:39 PM »
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #9 on: May 21, 2011, 07:46 PM »
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #10 on: May 21, 2011, 07:48 PM »
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Elly my husband says he can't watch me when the tennis is on.
He says he thinks I am going to keel over because of the excitement.
I have to watch but it is so draining. yay yay yay
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #11 on: May 21, 2011, 07:53 PM »
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Oh yay ...  highfive
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #12 on: May 21, 2011, 08:08 PM »
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Elly my husband says he can't watch me when the tennis is on.
He says he thinks I am going to keel over because of the excitement.
I have to watch but it is so draining. yay yay yay
I'm now a bugger for walking away from matches when I know AM is against the ropes.  My man indulges me by watching the tennis with me - as he said, my woman is into this, so I'll keep up - but he gets really pissed off at me when I bail out with two games to go when I know Andy will lose. 
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #13 on: May 21, 2011, 08:48 PM »
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Actually, I'm looking no further than Raonic in R3, although his clay-court skills are an unknown quantity.
Haven't actually watched Raonic play on clay but his recent results tend to suggest he struggles a little on that surface.  His one great strength is his consistently fast and accurate first serve which earns him a lot of 'cheap points'.
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Re: Murray pulls qualifiers in kind Paris draw « Reply #14 on: May 21, 2011, 08:58 PM »
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Haven't actually watched Raonic play on clay but his recent results tend to suggest he struggles a little on that surface.  His one great strength is his consistently fast and accurate first serve which earns him a lot of 'cheap points'.

I believe he's a better Hard court player than he is clay (still finding his way on this surface apparently).
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