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Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « on: May 13, 2011, 02:05 PM »
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In a lopsided Rome Masters quarter-final, Andy Murray's superior court craft eventually prevailed as he took out odd-socks-wearing German Florian Mayer 1-6 6-1 6-1.

The world number four suffered an unexpected trouncing in the first set, with the German striking the ball cleanly and authoritatively. Mayer mixed some sumptuous forehands with all-court aggression to take the set 6-1.

But the sweet hitting couldn't last and, in the second set, Murray began to assert himself, the Scot breaking in the first game after a marathon rally. Although Mayer broke right back, Murray returned the compliment for 2-1.

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The Scot's game then moved from indecision to precision, and suddenly he was returning the German's wide drives with interest, soaring salmon-like to reach towering lobs and outpowering the world number 28 from the backcourt.

Mayer, who plays with an eccentric double-fisted sliced backhand, started to dither and hesitate, and the Scot battered his way towards the second set, repeatedly taking out his opponent like a sniper.

As the third set unfolded, Murray began to dominate, standing well inside the baseline and picking off the German's idiosyncratic shots with ease. The British number one stormed through game two, breaking to 30 and sealing his seventh straight game.

Although the Murray machine was temporarily stalled when Mayer snatched his first game in nine, the Scot stayed in control to close out the match with some brutal hitting. He becomes the first British player since 1932 to make the semis in Rome.
 
Awaiting him there will be Robin Soderling or – more likely – Novak Djokovic. The Scot will want to iron out some of his looser shots – his first-serve percentage remained in the low 50s and he made 19 unforced errors – but that shouldn't detract from a heartening and welcome clay-court performance.
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #1 on: May 13, 2011, 02:08 PM »
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Loved reading that ,thanks Nigel.Great win for Andy despite his poor start.
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #2 on: May 13, 2011, 02:25 PM »
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Ooooh Nigel! I love it when you're so.........eloquent!  w00t Another grrreat report! hug
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011, 02:28 PM »
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Ooooh Nigel! I love it when you're so.........eloquent!  w00t Another grrreat report! hug

Thanks. Wish I'd seen the match.
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #4 on: May 13, 2011, 02:39 PM »
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What? You never saw the match? Nigel.......you must be psychic then! nervous
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #5 on: May 13, 2011, 02:53 PM »
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And how did you know Mayer was wearing odd socks?  Didn't even notice that. Anyway great report Nigel. And I hope Andy will take heart from the way he was able to turn the match round so convincingly once he started to read Mayer.  It does underline how difficult it can be to play someone for the first time esp such an unconventional player as Mayer.
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #6 on: May 13, 2011, 02:55 PM »
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And how did you know Mayer was wearing odd socks?  Didn't even notice that. Anyway great report Nigel. And I hope Andy will take heart from the way he was able to turn the match round so convincingly once he started to read Mayer.  It does underline how difficult it can be to play someone for the first time esp such an unconventional player as Mayer.
I actually thought it was an ankle support....wasn't it?
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #7 on: May 13, 2011, 02:59 PM »
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I actually thought it was an ankle support....wasn't it?

I'm not changing the headline now!
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #8 on: May 13, 2011, 03:10 PM »
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I could be wrong, but, who cares about the headline anyway.......the report was spot on! w00t
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #9 on: May 13, 2011, 03:22 PM »
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Excellent report, spot on! Thankfully work commitments calmed down in time for me to see an Andy match live for the first time this week, took him a while to get the measure of Mayer and it was great to see Andy turn a match round which in recent months might have slipped away from him. Should be a cracker of a semi final regardless of who comes through the Novak v Soderling match tonight. This clay court season isn't turning out too badly after all! clap
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #10 on: May 13, 2011, 03:43 PM »
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Very nice report & fun reading, like seeing the match all over again! Don't know how you could write it without seeing the match! You must have some good scouts!
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #11 on: May 13, 2011, 04:25 PM »
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Actually Andy was impressive in this match. (except his first serve) I don't think many would have won the first set as Mayer was playing out of his skin tennis. If Andy can be as pro-active against Novak (most likely opponent) he has a chance!
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #12 on: May 13, 2011, 05:09 PM »
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Nigel, great report.

Not odd socks - definitely ankle support. Remember a few years back Andy had similar situation.

Really hope that Andy's next opponent is Djokovic. This will show us how far he has improved in play and attitude.

If he can replicate his 2nd and 3rd sets play and discard his careless shots, then it's Andy into the final.
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #13 on: May 13, 2011, 05:15 PM »
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Just thought I would point out Andy is the first British player since John Lloyd 1978, to reach the semis in Rome. Also is was Andy's 1000 ATP match win.
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Re: Murray socks it to Mayer in Rome QF « Reply #14 on: May 13, 2011, 05:23 PM »
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Just thought I would point out Andy is the first British player since John Lloyd 1978, to reach the semis in Rome. Also is was Andy's 1000 ATP match win.

All the reports I've read say Lloyd made the quarters.
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