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Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2

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congrats to andy - he really fought through today.

forgive me, but what's "touchpaper"?
The touchpaper is the part on a firecracker or rocket that is lit in order to ignite the firework.
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Thanks Nigel, that was an exciting read, especially as I missed it.  So glad Andy took care of Berdych right off the bat, couldn’t be happier with the result, though I’d love to have seen it.  Good for him & bonus points for doing it despite a lousy crowd.  Anyone who will be there next time, please give him many enthusiastic cheers for us all.
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Nice report Nigel- sorry that I failed to mention it before..
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Good write-up Nigel. Spiffing.
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Haven't had time to read much since getting back from the O2 last night - so will just comment on the crowd.

I was really excited to be there for Andy's first London appearance since Olympics and Grand Slam, and when he was announced everyone around me was on their feet, cheering and clapping. It was hard to hear how much noise we were making because there was so much noise already with the music and announcements.  It may well have been turned down a bit for TV.

When the match got going, I was surprised how quiet it was at times. It's only my second experience of live tennis, and I'd forgotten how different it is with no commentators wittering away between points! I was on my own, but I expeceted the people around me to at least talk amongst themselves after most points, but it all just felt rather tense - especially the first set. I thought we did better as Andy did, and we relaxed a bit.

I was up high, and applauded, whooped, cheered and clapped encouragingly as much as I could, with the odd "Come on Andy" (as did many others), but I was desperately hoping there'd be a group of people somewhere who would get something more going, and then I think lots would have joined in. Individual stuff all sounded a bit puny from where I was sitting, and I wasn't quite brave enough to boss the people around me - sorry!

There was one very loud "Let's go Andy, Let's go" - but it stopped abruptly and never happened again. I liked "Come on Olympic Champion" shouted out from way up high at one point.

The couple next to me had a large Saltire flag they waved occasionally, the couple in front of them had a small one and a Union flag, and in front of them was another large Saltire - so I'd hoped for some Braehead atmosphere around me, but it didn't happen.

I thought the evening match was going to be a lot noisier, as there were fewer empty seats, a lot more beer, and two of the biggest entertainers. But it all trailed off after a bit, as both players were a bit disappointing really with errors all over the place.

For anyone that's going - it was really hot, so wear layers you can take off and take some water! Have a great time.

Sorry for the long post. Thanks Nigel for the report.



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sound like you did your best Elena in difficult conditions!
can anyone who is there today let us know if they saw Andy practising and at what time as he tends to be a creature of habit with practice times on days he's not playing and  would be nice to see him if I can on Thursday.
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We could do with having some of the Stirling University crowd there tomorrow.
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I have a theory that some groups of people are given free seats prior to the event if they come and make a lot of noise.
Anyone remember the Berdych fans at the AO? They were outrageously vocal.
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I have a theory that some groups of people are given free seats prior to the event if they come and make a lot of noise.
Anyone remember the Berdych fans at the AO? They were outrageously vocal.

do you think if I go along and ask for an audition with my loud voice they might give me a front seat?  Whistle
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The touchpaper is the part on a firecracker or rocket that is lit in order to ignite the firework.

Oh! Thanks. Smile
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I have a theory that some groups of people are given free seats prior to the event if they come and make a lot of noise.
Anyone remember the Berdych fans at the AO? They were outrageously vocal.


Well the bongo guy was there all week at the Paris Masters so I think your theory is correct.
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