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Murray pushed out by Gonzalez

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A resilient Andy Murray went out of the Swiss Indoors tournament after being defeated by Fernando Gonzalez who had to play at his best to beat the tough Scot 6-4 3-6 6-1. Both players were on top form and provided huge entertainment for the excited Swiss crowd with Murray showing great mental strength but eventually looking tired in the final set.  

MurraysWorld reporter, Kundalini, said:
In a high quality match, Andy's counterattacking style had little answer to the relentless, and at times outrageous, all out attack from Fernando Gonzalez.

Gonzalez's smart use of his huge forehand, striking it wide to the Murray backhand was the key to the match. Andy hits powerfully with his double-handed backhand but when stretched wide he takes one hand off the raquet and floats the ball back, often angling short shots that draw his opponent to the net.

This time Gonzalez was ready and would move forward in anticipation after every fierce forehand hit wide to Andy's backhand. It simply wasn't a contest. The floating defensive shot from Murray would be put away with ease.

Read Kundalini's full match analysis here.

- Full Story (bbc.co.uk)  

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Well - Andy did his best - so that's all we can expect
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Same time next year, he will win these matches and he will still be only 19!
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McEnroe Tips Murray for British no. 1 by Wimbledon Next Year.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4387502.stm

and audio mac interview about henman vs murray


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/default.stm#
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Match Analysis

In a high quality match, Andy's counterattacking style had little answer to the relentless, and at times outrageous, all out attack from Fernando Gonzalez.

Gonzalez's smart use of his huge forehand, striking it wide to the Murray backhand was the key to the match. Andy hits powerfully with his double-handed backhand but when stretched wide he takes one hand off the raquet and floats the ball back, often angling short shots that draw his opponent to the net.

This time Gonzalez was ready and would move forward in anticipation after every fierce forehand hit wide to Andy's backhand. It simply wasn't a contest. The floating defensive shot from Murray would be put away with ease.

For once Andy's returns of serve were not up to his usual standard. He had little joy returning the huge first serve, and surprisingly, struggled to get his return of the second serve in play. Gonzalez lost very few points on serve apart from the odd double fault, and his service games were often over in a flash.

The Murray drop shot that had won numerous points against Tomas Berdych was ineffective against Gonzalez, whose own drop shot was done to perfection. Of a dozen points featuring the shot from one or other of the players, Andy won just a single point.

Faced by such an attacking player Andy needed to serve well. On a fast indoor court a single break of serve is usually enough to win the set, placing huge importance on the quality and consistency of the serving. Though his first serve percentage was up on recent matches at just over 55%, it was evident that he was reducing the pace of many first serves in order to protect his vulnerable second serve. Over the course of the match this formula simply didn't add up. Andy's first serve gained fewer cheap points and Gonzalez got to take a swing at a large number of inviting second serves that weren't kicked wide enough, or hit hard enough to trouble him.

While Andy's performance was an improvement on his earlier matches against Henman and Berdych, against an opponent on form there was too little margin for error and a handful of careless shots were enough to lose him the match. Looking back, an easy smash placed just wide at 30-30 on the Gonzalez serve early in the match was more significant than it seemed at the time.  

A wonderful match to watch featuring breathtaking shotmaking from Gonzalez, but one that highlighted some of the weaknesses in Andy's game.  Fernando Gonzalez was superb on the day, and it took a great effort from Murray to win the second set, saving eight break points in a period of outstanding tennis at the beginning of the set. Sadly, his serve let him down at the start of the third set and the Gonzalez ran away with the victory.
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Same time next year, he will win these matches and he will still be only 19!


Great thought - many more years to look forward to watching Andy play \Very Happy/
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http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama.php

and to cheer us all up after the loss.....
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lmaoff - Crazy girl..
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lmaoff - Crazy girl..

heres a llama theres a llama and another little llama fuzzy llama funny llama llama llama DUCK!!

lol the joys of uni procrastination Very Happy
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That llama thing is great! lol  lol  lol
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That llama thing is great! lol  lol  lol


i was once a treehouse, i lived in a cake, but i never saw the way the orange slew the rake.....

pure genius, i'm telling you, pure genius.
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Indeed, and congratulations. You are a Semi-Pro! Smile
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Indeed, and congratulations. You are a Semi-Pro! Smile


i know!! lol again, i've gone through 100 posts in about two weeks.....not gooooood.....procrastination is BAD. BAD i tell you BAD BAD BAD.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4388390.stm

jonathon overends review of andys 'break-through year'

"He could do with cheering up a bit, getting a hair cut and losing his rather metro-sexual light-blue towelling tracksuit, but these are minor criticisms."

ahahahahahhaha. roflmao mean mr overend Wink
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Same time next year, he will win these matches and he will still be only 19!


Great thought - many more years to look forward to watching Andy play \Very Happy/


Not if you read the Sun  lol
He'll be 22 by the start of the Aus Open if they carry on with their crap reporting.

 Embarassed  I hasten to add I never buy the rag. just read online....I have my credibility on the line here!!!  Shock


Congrats on your promotion eira. Good stuff.


Does anyone know if heavenly_angel is going to post again? I miss her.  :Lurking:
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