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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #15 on: March 13, 2011, 07:37 AM »
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I think Murray now has to make up his mind - does brotherly love mean more than winning singles' tournaments for himself?   

It's not about doubles per se, it's about a challenge he can work towards which he still gains something from emotionally.

The period post the AO last year was his mental transition from a super consistent highly motivated player to a tanker who plays seriously in under half the tournaments he participates in. This years results should be more calculated, so it leaves three choices :

He's not interested until Wimbledon
He's not interested in pushing himself on hard in March
He's used Febuary as an off season and is willing to accept a bad loss in IW so he has an extra two weeks preparation.

I thought the third was possible pre tournament, I just didn't expect him to be that bad.
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #16 on: March 13, 2011, 07:57 AM »
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Very fair report Lorna, thanks.
Must admit my heart sank when he said he was playing doubles with Jamie here.  He can't afford to have divided attention and this match proved it.  His loss wouldn't have been quite so bad against a much higher-ranked player, but against one ranked No.143 can only be described as disgraceful.  True, Young is a talented player who played above himself - they always do because they've nothing to lose - but Murray should have put him firmly in his place from the outset, or at least tried to find a way to win.  Instead of which we saw a player lacking fight and spirit who couldn't even pick up a few cheap points with his serve and who, quite frankly, looked as though he couldn't care less about it.

I think Murray now has to make up his mind - does brotherly love mean more than winning singles' tournaments for himself?  If he wants to go over to doubles and make a permanent team with Jamie, that's fine by me - but if he wants to have any hope of successfully continuing with his singles' career, then I suggest he gets himself a new coach and sees a sports psychologist a.s.a.p.  Apart from this match, any player who can say immediately after a GS final loss in which he has performed poorly that he feels "disappointed but good", as Murray did after the AO, needs help.  In that respect last year's reaction was more understandable and acceptable.

Plenty of time to reflect before Miami.  Just hope he gets it right for his own sake and for the sake of his loyal supporters.
Forget the coach and sports psycho stuff.  My impression was that Murray wasn't even trying to win this match, and having a little smile to himself was pathetic.  What he might have got away with in Rotterdam won't work here.  I'm angry because I feel that he's letting his fans down badly.  Unless he can come up with a cast-iron reason for his performance I think he'll lose a lot of credibility and respect and that, for a player who at one time showed such great promise, is not a pleasant prospect.
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #17 on: March 13, 2011, 08:14 AM »
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Do hope Andy & Jamie go on to do well in the doubles and enjoy themselves.

We all feel sad for Andy losing in the first round. It can't be easy for him knowing the expectation that sits on his shoulders to win in every tournament. I don't think there is another tennis player who has to carry the burden of expectation as Andy does. So lets just wish him well and not be too negative.                     
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #18 on: March 13, 2011, 08:31 AM »
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Oh Caz, Mr Tragic showed up Frown
The Curse of Corretja strikes again! Andy send that miserable *** home Frown
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #19 on: March 13, 2011, 08:35 AM »
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I too have just woken to the news that Andy was beaten!! Adopting a more pragmatic view point, Andy's loss here on the surface does not appear to signify much, but delve deeper and you possibly have a multitude of reasons as to why this particular loss could be significant.

1. Andy cares more about The Slams.
2. In another post AO slump.
3. Shattered confidence.
4. His game has plateaued out.
5. Injury concerns.
6. Fitness.
7. Commitment/drive
8. Coach appointment

I'm aware all this is purely speculative. That said prior to this tournament, Andy was professing his reddiness to get going again and that he has learnt alot from his experiences this time last year. He also stated that he was learning from these past experiences and thus becoming a better player, maturing as a person so to speak, someone who is looking forward rather than back all the time. Perhaps like some reports suggest Andy was just "ring rusty"? My concern though is that increasingly Andy seems to be splitting his focus between singles on his own and doubles with his brother, which then impacts him, with his brother seemingly enjoying more success - reached the semifinals with Andy of Rotterdam - If that should happen here then serious questions will need to be asked of his team and of himself.

My fear is that Andy is starting to loose touch with the Top 4, coupled with the resurgance of Del Potro and the emergence of a new generation of players Andy might find himself squeezed out of the equation and so slip further down? I wish him and Jamie well in there Indian wells quest and for Andy in Miami. We've just got to wait and see how things pan out!
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #20 on: March 13, 2011, 08:41 AM »
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It's not about doubles per se, it's about a challenge he can work towards which he still gains something from emotionally.

The period post the AO last year was his mental transition from a super consistent highly motivated player to a tanker who plays seriously in under half the tournaments he participates in. This years results should be more calculated, so it leaves three choices :

He's not interested until Wimbledon
He's not interested in pushing himself on hard in March
He's used Febuary as an off season and is willing to accept a bad loss in IW so he has an extra two weeks preparation.

I thought the third was possible pre tournament, I just didn't expect him to be that bad.
Maybe there's a 4th choice............He's made his money and he's just not interested any more!
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #21 on: March 13, 2011, 08:45 AM »
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I'm seriously suggesting that Murray's career may have peaked now.
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #22 on: March 13, 2011, 08:47 AM »
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Do hope Andy & Jamie go on to do well in the doubles and enjoy themselves.

We all feel sad for Andy losing in the first round. It can't be easy for him knowing the expectation that sits on his shoulders to win in every tournament. I don't think there is another tennis player who has to carry the burden of expectation as Andy does. So lets just wish him well and not be too negative.                     
Do hope Andy & Jamie go on to do well in the doubles and enjoy themselves.

We all feel sad for Andy losing in the first round. It can't be easy for him knowing the expectation that sits on his shoulders to win in every tournament. I don't think there is another tennis player who has to carry the burden of expectation as Andy does. So lets just wish him well and not be too negative.                     
Maybe some of us don't feel sad.........maybe some of us feel angry..........and if he loses in the doubles.........it'll serve him right! in fact, I hope he does!
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #23 on: March 13, 2011, 08:49 AM »
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Oh Caz, Mr Tragic showed up Frown
The Curse of Corretja strikes again! Andy send that miserable *** home Frown
Yeah.....Mr.Magic couldn't be bothered, so he sent his terrible twin in his place!
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #24 on: March 13, 2011, 08:51 AM »
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I'm seriously suggesting that Murray's career may have peaked now.
I'm starting to believe you! shocking
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #25 on: March 13, 2011, 08:53 AM »
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Do hope Andy & Jamie go on to do well in the doubles and enjoy themselves.

We all feel sad for Andy losing in the first round. It can't be easy for him knowing the expectation that sits on his shoulders to win in every tournament. I don't think there is another tennis player who has to carry the burden of expectation as Andy does. So lets just wish him well and not be too negative.                     
Babs, that's the point - Andy & Jamie do enjoy playing doubles together.  There's not the same pressure or expectation on Andy, so if he enjoys his tennis much more as a doubles' player, than I'd be happy for him if he made that decision.  Also, apart from anything else, focussing all his attention on Slams is a self-defeating exercise because in order to have any hope of winning one he has to do the necessary hard graft at other tournaments as well.
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #26 on: March 13, 2011, 08:56 AM »
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Aileen, you are probably right, but, it'll take me a while longer to get over my anger! shocking
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #27 on: March 13, 2011, 09:08 AM »
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Caz - there's no point in getting so angry about what's been happening because ultimately we can do nothing about it, and I've found that since I started focussing on other players as well as Andy, his losses have only had a very short term impact on me.  I'll still support him but he isn't the be-all and end-all of my enjoyment of the sport.
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #28 on: March 13, 2011, 09:15 AM »
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Caz - there's no point in getting so angry about what's been happening because ultimately we can do nothing about it, and I've found that since I started focussing on other players as well as Andy, his losses have only had a very short term impact on me.  I'll still support him but he isn't the be-all and end-all of my enjoyment of the sport.
Of course there's no point,but I am.........and that's a fact! I too take an interest in other players, but, Andy's my 'main man'.
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Re: Murray slumps to early exit « Reply #29 on: March 13, 2011, 09:17 AM »
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Caz - there's no point in getting so angry about what's been happening because ultimately we can do nothing about it, and I've found that since I started focussing on other players as well as Andy, his losses have only had a very short term impact on me.  I'll still support him but he isn't the be-all and end-all of my enjoyment of the sport.

I totally agree Aileen, just for the record i've started following Novak and Serena more and i'm finding like yourself, its less stressful for me when i hear that Andy has not done so well. I like Tennis as a sport and realise my enjoyment of it is not tide solely to Andy.
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