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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #45 on: April 11, 2011, 06:27 PM »
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Stupid me. Andy vs Stepanek. Still any bets?
I'm slightly more hopeful that if it had been Baghdatis he was playing but wouldn't want to bet on it that's for sure! I read that Andy's practising with Rafa tomorrow so that should show him what he needs to do to improve as Rafa always really goes for it in his practise sessions. Hopefully it'll help him.
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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #46 on: April 11, 2011, 07:02 PM »
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Thanks for all your good wishes on my journey home.  Went very smoothly thanks and had two seats to myself as of course not very many people flying to and from Japan at present.  Seems there was another earthquake soon after I left just near the big one.  I do hope everyone is ok.
But now I'm v jet-lagged and have been awake since 2am.
Re Tim Henman seems to me Andy was probably asked about this at a press conference and could hardly say 'no way'.   I can't see what Andy could possibly learn from a player who hasn't achieved half of what he has already achieved.  That said I agree he might be able to give useful advice during the short grass court season.  
Sounds like Andy not playing till Wednesday?  Sounds good that he'll be practising with Rafa.   Caught a snatch of Andy's Sky interview earlier today - apparently he's growing his hair and was talking of an afro look.  Perhaps he is trying to recreate the hair he had when he was surging up the rankings - I hope it fires him up.
Sorry that Baghdatis lost as I rather like him and I can see how Stepanek gets under other players' skin.   
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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #47 on: April 11, 2011, 08:50 PM »
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Soderling's also presumably getting paid a fair bit for his apparence in Estoril and as a result he's not going to play 5 weeks in a row.
Hadn't realised he was playing there.  See Del Potro is also playing in that tournament.

Sulking because he lost his No 4 spot to a guy who hasnt won a match in 3 months?

Didnt he pick up an injury.
I think he had a foot injury which he picked up at IW.

Thanks for all your good wishes on my journey home.  Went very smoothly thanks and had two seats to myself as of course not very many people flying to and from Japan at present.  Seems there was another earthquake soon after I left just near the big one.  I do hope everyone is ok.
But now I'm v jet-lagged and have been awake since 2am.
Re Tim Henman seems to me Andy was probably asked about this at a press conference and could hardly say 'no way'.   I can't see what Andy could possibly learn from a player who hasn't achieved half of what he has already achieved.  That said I agree he might be able to give useful advice during the short grass court season.  
Sounds like Andy not playing till Wednesday?  Sounds good that he'll be practising with Rafa.   Caught a snatch of Andy's Sky interview earlier today - apparently he's growing his hair and was talking of an afro look.  Perhaps he is trying to recreate the hair he had when he was surging up the rankings - I hope it fires him up.
Sorry that Baghdatis lost as I rather like him and I can see how Stepanek gets under other players' skin.  
Welcome back Ruthie! hug  Yes there was another quake in the N-E of the country, which I've reported on the News Thread.

According to the Beeb Andy is playing tomorrow, but I've checked the MC website and he definitely isn't.  The Beeb are useless ... bring back Teletext!!!

Hopefully practising with Rafa will do him some good, but unfortunately it's what happens when he gets on court for real that's the concern.  Not surprised that Baggy got beaten though - he played an absolute disaster in Casablanca.  I'm not into predictions about Andy these days but the one thing in his favour is that Stepanek isn't a clay courter and their H2H is 3-1.  Meanwhile I like the idea of Andy growing his hair wild again - provided he produces the tennis to go with it!

  

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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #48 on: April 11, 2011, 09:40 PM »
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I think he had a foot injury which he picked up at IW.
He was also ill at the start of IW and pulled out of the doubles.
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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #49 on: April 12, 2011, 05:43 AM »
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Andy Murray hopes practice with Rafael Nadal can raise his game [Guardian, 11 April]

Andy Murray is enlisting the help of the world No1, Rafael Nadal, as he looks to regain top form over the next few weeks.

The two men will practise together at the Monte Carlo Country Club and getting up close and personal with one of the best players ever to pick up a racket, on his favourite surface, at one of his favourite stops on the tour can surely be only of benefit to Murray. While Nadal said that he watches videos of his old matches to remind him how to play on clay; Murray said he would benefit by doing the same – of Nadal.

"You need to watch others to see what others do better," Murray said. "The one thing that Rafa does very well is his movement. Behind the baseline he moves diagonally back to the ball so he takes it at the highest point. If you move across the baseline too much, that's when the bad bounces can make you mis-hit the ball. You need to make sure that you always take the ball at the highest point. You can get away with half-volleys on hard courts and on grass but it doesn't work on clay."


Seems Murray's waking up to a few things these days - but what the heck was he paying clay-court specialist Corretja to do?  Oh well, better late than never.

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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #50 on: April 12, 2011, 06:21 AM »
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Seems Murray's waking up to a few things these days - but what the heck was he paying clay-court specialist Corretja to do?  Oh well, better late than never.

You half volley more when you lack the power to rush your opponents from further back in the court, so if this means anything it infers he's worked on his shot power over the past couple of months.
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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #51 on: April 12, 2011, 06:52 AM »
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Andy Murray hopes practice with Rafael Nadal can raise his game [Guardian, 11 April]

Andy Murray is enlisting the help of the world No1, Rafael Nadal, as he looks to regain top form over the next few weeks.

The two men will practise together at the Monte Carlo Country Club and getting up close and personal with one of the best players ever to pick up a racket, on his favourite surface, at one of his favourite stops on the tour can surely be only of benefit to Murray. While Nadal said that he watches videos of his old matches to remind him how to play on clay; Murray said he would benefit by doing the same – of Nadal.

"You need to watch others to see what others do better," Murray said. "The one thing that Rafa does very well is his movement. Behind the baseline he moves diagonally back to the ball so he takes it at the highest point. If you move across the baseline too much, that's when the bad bounces can make you mis-hit the ball. You need to make sure that you always take the ball at the highest point. You can get away with half-volleys on hard courts and on grass but it doesn't work on clay."


Seems Murray's waking up to a few things these days - but what the heck was he paying clay-court specialist Corretja to do?  Oh well, better late than never.


Not a lot it seems! Still, who better than Rafa to teach him a few tricks! I'm not sure I'll be able to see him play! I haven't managed to see a match since the free sites were 'seized'! Think I'll have to join something.........maybe Bet365 or BetFair!
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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #52 on: April 12, 2011, 08:18 AM »
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Not a lot it seems! Still, who better than Rafa to teach him a few tricks! I'm not sure I'll be able to see him play! I haven't managed to see a match since the free sites were 'seized'! Think I'll have to join something.........maybe Bet365 or BetFair!

I've had no difficulty with Bet365. Go try the site
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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #53 on: April 12, 2011, 08:30 AM »
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I've had no difficulty with Bet365. Go try the site
How much does it cost to join? Do they show all of Andy's matches?
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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #54 on: April 12, 2011, 08:45 AM »
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How much does it cost to join? Do they show all of Andy's matches?

As it's a betting site, I seem to recall that I put down a deposit of £10.00, since which time I have used it without any more monies being requested.

As for Andy's matches being shown, the answer is yes provided that Bet365 are showing matches from that arena. I have just looked at the site and can confirm that all today's matches appear.
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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #55 on: April 12, 2011, 09:42 AM »
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As it's a betting site, I seem to recall that I put down a deposit of £10.00, since which time I have used it without any more monies being requested.

As for Andy's matches being shown, the answer is yes provided that Bet365 are showing matches from that arena. I have just looked at the site and can confirm that all today's matches appear.
Thanks very much for that! Bev reckons fromsport is still ok, so I'll try that first. It's not that I mind paying the money.......it's just that I don't like giving the info. that's required to register! Also, I don't possess a credit or Debit card [I don't know what I'll do when cheques become obsolete]! I'll have to get one eventually I suppose! Meantime, I'll borrow my husband's if I have to! w00t
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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #56 on: April 12, 2011, 02:20 PM »
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As it's a betting site, I seem to recall that I put down a deposit of £10.00, since which time I have used it without any more monies being requested.

As for Andy's matches being shown, the answer is yes provided that Bet365 are showing matches from that arena. I have just looked at the site and can confirm that all today's matches appear.
When I joined bet365 I didn't pay anything. After you have registered you just login in with your user name & password & you can see which matches are televised.
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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #57 on: April 12, 2011, 02:40 PM »
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Thanks Rosie. I think it used to be free but not now! I'll check it out anyway!
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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #58 on: April 12, 2011, 05:31 PM »
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Thanks Rosie. I think it used to be free but not now! I'll check it out anyway!

I have been watching Bet365 on and off most of today. The one advantage of this site is that it is always ahead of all other sites as it has to be to avoid giving any punter a betting knowledge superiority.
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Re: Murray receives kind draw for Monte Carlo « Reply #59 on: April 12, 2011, 06:27 PM »
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Looks like Andy's match will be earlyish afternoon.  He's on centre court after Rafa and Rafa's match is not before 1.30 French time.   Can I bear to watch it?   Not sure yet.   Might depend on how Andy looks when he walks on court.  And I have to go to the dentist anyway mid pm, which could be very frustrating if it's the middle of the match.  I suspect I might be recording it.  cmonandy
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