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Posted on: March 31, 2013, 04:29 PM
Posted by: Emma Jean
Gasquet said in the post match interview that he'd aggrevated an injury suffered in Indian Wells. Murray also mentioned that Gasquet's movement had deteriorated.

I didn't make it up. See http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/199914.html

Murray did not say Gasquet's movement deteriorated because of supposedly his 'ankle injury'. His move deteriorated because he is not the fittest player out there and he's been known for that for sometime. And I don't necessarily believe into everything

And I like the fact how the 'injury' showed up at the right time just when he lost 2nd set 6-1 and when Andy looked to be supremely confident and in complete control of the match. In other world, what Gasquet pulled, we call it gamesmanship, where the player is desperately trying to stop the momentum and giving himself some time to regroup as a last resort.
Posted on: March 31, 2013, 02:51 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Watched the match last night from the safety of Sky+ .  Some great tennis and particularly enjoyed the exquisite lobs, which Andy hasn't been using so much recently I think.  Also good to see the serve back on form and some wonderful volleying (from both players).
When Gasquet had the trainer on it looked as if he was just tending his blisters; I didn't see any bandaging of an ankle?  But to give Gasquet credit he didn't try to use it as an excuse and acknowledged how good Andy is particularly in defending.
Posted on: March 31, 2013, 08:03 AM
Posted by: blueberryhill
Andy often makes slow starts, but actually thought he played brilliantly. So good to see his transition game in action yay and he has the confidence to be pro-active.
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 08:15 PM
Posted by: lashurst
 Well done Andy after a dodgy start (again) you got the job done and are in the final. That's whats matters.

Thanks for the report Phil  goodjob
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 06:45 PM
Posted by: boogers
I don't think Gasquet tweaked anything. It was a tactic from him to slow things down as Andy was on fire after the 1st set.

Gasquet said in the post match interview that he'd aggrevated an injury suffered in Indian Wells. Murray also mentioned that Gasquet's movement had deteriorated.

I didn't make it up. See http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/199914.html
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 06:28 PM
Posted by: Emma Jean
I don't think Gasquet tweaked anything. It was a tactic from him to slow things down as Andy was on fire after the 1st set.
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 06:05 PM
Posted by: Aileen
I've just seen in Boogers' report that Gasquet did in fact tweak an ankle but as far as I'm concerned he didn't seem to be showing much sign of it, and I don't recall him mentioning it to the trainer.  In fact he seemed to be more concerned about his blistered toes.   Andy tweaked something in his hip the other day but it didn't stop him winning the match.  Really good players will usually find a way round these sort of niggles.  Andy's level simply went up in the 2nd and 3rd sets whilst Gasquet's didn't, although once again his slowness in closing out the match was a bit worrying.
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 03:28 PM
Posted by: Iris
Somtimes the semi final matches are more exciting than the final!  Well done Andy, thoroughly enjoyed the match with, of course, the usual palpitations!
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 02:29 PM
Posted by: Masaka

An increasingly tentative Gasquet was camped well behind the baseline and dropped serve at the start of the third set, slamming his racquet on the ground in the frustration after another miss, only for Murray to inexplicably give up his advantage once again with a double-fault.

Murray was understandably angry with himself and took it out on his opponent with a blistering forehand return and a lunging volley to break for 2-1, and he barked encouragement to himself on his way back to the chair.

The above is from the BBC write up of the match. It amused me, and shows great progress I feel in the fact when he got angry with himself, it opted to take it out on his opponent through brutal tennis, rather than himself.
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 02:23 PM
Posted by: OldScotSupport
Well done, Andy. Quite satisfied with his performance, although may need to up a little against Ferrer (or Ferret). Reduce ue's and df's, then no problem
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 02:21 PM
Posted by: Emma Jean
:Tut tut Boogers, you went to bed before you wrote your report! :shocking:It had better be worth waiting for Rolling Eyes I thought we saw some wonderful tennis from both players, Andy was the stonger of the two both mentally and physically. cmon yeah

He implied it was Gasquet's movement that brought his level down and Andy was therefore able to put forward a sublime performance in the 2nd and 3rd set. Just as much he implied Cilic imploded mentally against Andy therefore handed away the match to him.
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 01:39 PM
Posted by: Littlebuddha
Great game, the best player won.
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 01:29 PM
Posted by: iamabritt
Well done Andy ..now bring home the trophy.
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 12:27 PM
Posted by: FCR
It's currently being shown again on Sky Sports 1
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 12:19 PM
Posted by: xxdanixx
Apart from the first set blip,it genuinely was a brilliant match.Hope we have another brilliant one to look forward to on Sunday (with the same winner Very Happy )
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 11:55 AM
Posted by: ChrisMac
 cmon yeah What scintillating tennis that was, so enjoyed the match, felt like a final to me. Well done Andy!
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 11:19 AM
Posted by: Mackem
^ Didn't Gasquet tweak his ankle? Didn't see match but bizarre scoreline.
Ankle/blisters whatever - didn't affect the result.  Sure, Gasquet is brilliant in phases.  Andy is brilliant all the time (despite the odd lapses).
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 10:36 AM
Posted by: FCR
He really should have won that first set and we might have got to bed a bit earlier.  Up again at 7 with the sun shining and a brisk walk with the dog.  All in all a rewarding past 12 hours.

Hope he doesn't muck around too much with Ferrer and puts away all opportunities that come his way first time.  A 4.30 match here in the UK, so a nice starter before Easter Sunday dinner.  Well, I hope it will be, otherwise it could spoil my appetite.
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 09:43 AM
Posted by: teejay1
I don't think he did, he had blisters. It makes me laugh when some of the Coms say Gasquet is playing his best tennis, and then say Andy isn't playing his best! It goes to show how good Andy is, obviously way above Gasquet and I might add Ferrer as well Whistle clap

Couldn't agree more, it shows what a high level Andy plays at when he is at his best.

I thought Andy was brilliant last night. Sure, he could have won the first and made life easier for himself, but hey-ho. I think you have to give Gasquet some credit for not backing down, not at that point.

The point for me was that Andy didn't get down on himself, he took the match well and truly by the scruff of the neck in the second and then hardly looked back. A job well done.
Posted on: March 30, 2013, 09:25 AM
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