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Murray rallies against spirited Kukushkin

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Shame about first set was that he clawed his way back to 5 all and then let it slip from his fingers. Darn serve again!
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Shame about first set was that he clawed his way back to 5 all and then let it slip from his fingers. Darn serve again!
Did the serve get any better as the match progressed? It's odd as you'd think the serve is the one thing you can practise without match conditions and would have hoped that the work with Cahill would have strengthened it.  Not read yet anything about how good Lendl was on serving.
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Yes, third set fine and end of match serve stats 67% which is good for our Andy. I think it must be a matter of nerves at some level. It's a magnificent serve but it only just clears the net and must be vulnerable. If only they abolished "let" rule his percentage would be up in the nineties!
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It looked to me like Andy's 1st serve was better it's just that second serve that is still so poor, hope that will change when Lendl starts working with Andy.
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I'm very pleased Andy didn't lose the plot or have a long "wobbler" in the 1st set. A good sign for things to come. clap
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I don't know how many people here play tennis but all the practice serving does not prepare you for doing exactly the same in a competitive match - it's 90% mental. Practice sorts out your mechanics and placement but how you deal with your emotions you can only manage during a match.
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I don't know how many people here play tennis but all the practice serving does not prepare you for doing exactly the same in a competitive match - it's 90% mental. Practice sorts out your mechanics and placement but how you deal with your emotions you can only manage during a match.
I don't so thanks for that bit of advice syc23.  Of course, should have realised that.  doh And good that it does sound like it was first match of the season nerves and more the 2nd than the 1st serve - always an achilles heel for Andy though it had been getting better I felt.
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Yes, but..... if first serve was more reliable we would not be talking about second serve!
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Yes, but..... if first serve was more reliable we would not be talking about second serve!
Can't argue with that logic bbh!
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Where are people watching it ? Not on tv is it?
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Where are people watching it ? Not on tv is it?

I'm still watching on Bet365, which I have always found reliable when it's indicated to be on. Others are using different streams
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I'm still watching on Bet365, which I have always found reliable when it's indicated to be on. Others are using different streams

Cant watch on computer at work so will have to rely on live scores on my phone like this morning, very frustrating though when you dont know whats going on and why he is 4 love down in the first set.
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Where are people watching it ? Not on tv is it?

Tessie.. I watched it on lshunter.com (at 4am!... everyone thinks I'm a nutcase) with no issues.  It was on sportlemon.com too.
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I posted the Kukushkin highlights on the video thread Smile
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I posted the Kukushkin highlights on the video thread Smile

Thanks very much just watched it feel better now cant beleive how hard that guy was hitting the ball and Andy kept his cool and came back at him,  the hotdog shot was cool!!
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