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Posted on: January 07, 2012, 02:12 AM
Posted by: Aileen
If his game comes together well, he certainly could finish number 1. If he can pull out his top draw stuff more consistently in the big matches. Djokovic did it last year with not many thinking he would. Andy could do the same this year or next... We've all learnt he's a hard one to predict though!
Quite honestly, I don't think Andy would want to wreck his body the way Djokovic has in the pursuit of his ambitions, and he seems to be injury-prone enough as it is.  If all goes well though I think a more realistic No.2 could be on the cards.
Posted on: January 07, 2012, 01:51 AM
Posted by: WannabeScot
If his game comes together well, he certainly could finish number 1. If he can pull out his top draw stuff more consistently in the big matches. Djokovic did it last year with not many thinking he would. Andy could do the same this year or next... We've all learnt he's a hard one to predict though!
Posted on: January 07, 2012, 12:55 AM
Posted by: Aileen
Not sure if this thread is the correct place to announce this, but as one has not been started yet on this, for those of you who do not already know it our Andy has just given Marcos a mauling 6-2 6-2 to go into the semis. According to initial reports our Andy came out of the blocks flying playing truly  composed aggressive tennis, dismantling Marcos's game in little over an hour. Also interestingly, there is a question being posted on the Sky sports website about whether our Andy will be number one this year. It is in relation to an interview he obviously gave to them about his ambitions for this year. What i found really interesting was that 67% of respondents thought that he would become world number one this year versus 33%  of respopndents who thought he would not. What do MW members think?   Whistle
I don't think I've heard Andy say his ambition was to become No.1 by the end of this year, but merely that it was one of his goals.  Unfortunately, if he is to achieve it, then I think his other goal - a GS - has to be achieved first, although as Buhweet says, touching on it briefly isn't totally beyond the realms of possibility.  Federer is past his best, Nadal is crumbling mentally and physically, and there has to be a big question mark over Djokovic's ability to defend all, or even the majority of, his titles given that his successes in 2011 took their toll on his body - his right shoulder, for example, has been a problem since the USO, and that being the case, how well will it stand up to playing constantly at the same level of intensity that he did last year?

However, if we stop focussing on the Big Three (hate that expression - sounds like a political triumverate), then there is the small matter of Del Potro who has being quietly making swift progress up the rankings following his return from injury, and who is now knocking on the door of the top ten.  If he can remain healthy and get back the form that saw him win the USO in 2009, then I can see him in the top five this year.
Posted on: January 06, 2012, 07:09 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Not sure if this thread is the correct place to announce this, but as one has not been started yet on this, for those of you who do not already know it our Andy has just given Marcos a mauling 6-2 6-2 to go into the semis. According to initial reports our Andy came out of the blocks flying playing truly  composed aggressive tennis, dismantling Marcos's game in little over an hour. Also interestingly, there is a question being posted on the Sky sports website about whether our Andy will be number one this year. It is in relation to an interview he obviously gave to them about his ambitions for this year. What i found really interesting was that 67% of respondents thought that he would become world number one this year versus 33%  of respopndents who thought he would not. What do MW members think?   Whistle
Difficult but I find it encouraging that sky respondents believed he could because he doesn't usually seem to be very popular among sky viewers.
Been away a couple of days but heard the good news re the Baggy match on the radio with Neil Harman of Times saying Andy played really well.  Perhaps he's finally shaken off the ring rust and found his rhythm and shots.  Looking forward to watching the match online when  I get the chance especially as also a Baggy fan (though of course a long way after our Andy).
Posted on: January 06, 2012, 12:28 PM
Posted by: Buhweet
Not sure if this thread is the correct place to announce this, but as one has not been started yet on this, for those of you who do not already know it our Andy has just given Marcos a mauling 6-2 6-2 to go into the semis. According to initial reports our Andy came out of the blocks flying playing truly  composed aggressive tennis, dismantling Marcos's game in little over an hour. Also interestingly, there is a question being posted on the Sky sports website about whether our Andy will be number one this year. It is in relation to an interview he obviously gave to them about his ambitions for this year. What i found really interesting was that 67% of respondents thought that he would become world number one this year versus 33%  of respopndents who thought he would not. What do MW members think?   Whistle
It is possible considering the points Joker has to protect. If you divide the matchs between, Nadal, Roger, and Andy hitting Joker on all points...he could do it. BUT....he has to take it to all of them everytime he plays! Consider it may go back and forth a bit, but year end #1 is a bit of a stretch for the moment.
Posted on: January 06, 2012, 12:15 PM
Posted by: lashurst
Not sure if this thread is the correct place to announce this, but as one has not been started yet on this, for those of you who do not already know it our Andy has just given Marcos a mauling 6-2 6-2 to go into the semis. According to initial reports our Andy came out of the blocks flying playing truly  composed aggressive tennis, dismantling Marcos's game in little over an hour. Also interestingly, there is a question being posted on the Sky sports website about whether our Andy will be number one this year. It is in relation to an interview he obviously gave to them about his ambitions for this year. What i found really interesting was that 67% of respondents thought that he would become world number one this year versus 33%  of respopndents who thought he would not. What do MW members think?   Whistle
Nothing wrong with Andy or his fans having high aspirations but this is not realistic in a one-year mammoth leap? Surely he needs to achieve a clear and steady no. 3 and then become no.  2 first?

I'd love it to happen but there are several obsticles in his path.
Posted on: January 06, 2012, 11:34 AM
Posted by: backhandslice
Not sure if this thread is the correct place to announce this, but as one has not been started yet on this, for those of you who do not already know it our Andy has just given Marcos a mauling 6-2 6-2 to go into the semis. According to initial reports our Andy came out of the blocks flying playing truly  composed aggressive tennis, dismantling Marcos's game in little over an hour. Also interestingly, there is a question being posted on the Sky sports website about whether our Andy will be number one this year. It is in relation to an interview he obviously gave to them about his ambitions for this year. What i found really interesting was that 67% of respondents thought that he would become world number one this year versus 33%  of respopndents who thought he would not. What do MW members think?   Whistle

wow really? hmmm that is very interesting  w00t   Im sure that Andy might be able to get that number 3 spot back this year.. but number 1 is a bit out of reach.. hopefully number 1 will be in the near future sometime.. maybe 3 or 2 years.  Cmon Andy! Smile
Posted on: January 06, 2012, 11:25 AM
Posted by: psychological tennis
Not sure if this thread is the correct place to announce this, but as one has not been started yet on this, for those of you who do not already know it our Andy has just given Marcos a mauling 6-2 6-2 to go into the semis. According to initial reports our Andy came out of the blocks flying playing truly  composed aggressive tennis, dismantling Marcos's game in little over an hour. Also interestingly, there is a question being posted on the Sky sports website about whether our Andy will be number one this year. It is in relation to an interview he obviously gave to them about his ambitions for this year. What i found really interesting was that 67% of respondents thought that he would become world number one this year versus 33%  of respopndents who thought he would not. What do MW members think?   Whistle
Posted on: January 06, 2012, 02:34 AM
Posted by: Aileen
Andy has played Doha in the past. didn't he choose to come straight from Miami to Oz last year? Wasn't so dusty at AO then was he? I can think of many advantages, acclimatisation, less flying etc.
Perhaps Cahill preferred to be here, who knows? Also, it has worked really well as he is meeting up with Lendl this weekend.  
As far as the media is concerned, haven't we realised that he's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't?  I bite my thumb at them!
Not only will Cahill have his commentating duties for ESPN at the AO but he's also an Aussie, so probably a good time to go visit family and friends there.
Posted on: January 05, 2012, 05:02 PM
Posted by: robbie
I suppose now "she's" ready for the tennis season heh?

I,d forgotten how a unfunny guy you are.
Posted on: January 05, 2012, 04:05 PM
Posted by: Buhweet
I was on tennis detox and giving my better half all my time.... Lucky girl. Portuguese people living in Portugal.....what ever next eh!
I suppose now "she's" ready for the tennis season heh?
Well, you know there are more Portuguese living outside of the country than in it? Tells you something doesn't it?
Let's see what Andy brings us this year!!
Posted on: January 05, 2012, 03:12 PM
Posted by: robbie
Happy New Year! I missed you after the World Finals, were you on sabbatical?
Just gettting my feet in the water after a couple of weeks in France...hard coming back to Portugal. It'd be a good place without all the Portuguese to bother you!
I was on tennis detox and giving my better half all my time.... Lucky girl. Portuguese people living in Portugal.....what ever next eh!
Posted on: January 05, 2012, 02:35 PM
Posted by: Buhweet
I see your breaking in the new year in you ever so gently way.
Happy New Year by the way.

Happy New Year! I missed you after the World Finals, were you on sabbatical?
Just gettting my feet in the water after a couple of weeks in France...hard coming back to Portugal. It'd be a good place without all the Portuguese to bother you!
Posted on: January 05, 2012, 02:15 PM
Posted by: lashurst
I took it as a warm up event for AO from the start, not reading much into it from the get go. But press is not being too nice to him in this one.
Speaking of his 2012 plans and preparations in the lead up to the AO, Andy said (late) last year he would change tactics. Therefore, he would not play Hopman, rather go to Brizzy to get sharper competion (Hopman being more friendly and less stress) and he believed Brisbane would be better conditioning before AO.

Andy also said it was important for to get to Australia sooner rather than later because of jet lag and aclimatisation to the hot/humid conditions.

This seems sensible,  and again it shows he is willing to change his usual rutines by trying new ways in his quest for higher goals.

We must get behind him whatever the outcome of Brizzy.
The media are just (always) waiting to fell him at the first opportunity. They love to write him off as a Grand slam candidate cmonandy

Posted on: January 05, 2012, 01:43 PM
Posted by: blueberryhill
Andy has played Doha in the past. didn't he choose to come straight from Miami to Oz last year? Wasn't so dusty at AO then was he? I can think of many advantages, acclimatisation, less flying etc.
Perhaps Cahill preferred to be here, who knows? Also, it has worked really well as he is meeting up with Lendl this weekend. 
As far as the media is concerned, haven't we realised that he's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't?  I bite my thumb at them!
Posted on: January 05, 2012, 12:48 PM
Posted by: robbie
I don't know if I'm reading the correct reviews of Andy's opening matches. You read the "world" press and it is not the rosey picture I see here....all "rainbows, cotton candy and lollipops"! What's really going on someone help me please? He's playing a tournament with no one esle in the top ten, 2 in the top 20, and everyone else in the 30s and 40s


or worst. Come on, if Andy can't slam dunk this event, we've got a problem.  
I see your breaking in the new year in you ever so gently way.
Happy New Year by the way.
Posted on: January 05, 2012, 12:13 PM
Posted by: Buhweet
I believe you are reading the fortune glass correctly.

However, looking at it from Andy's point of view. After the injuries forced his withdrawals from y/e tournaments, he probably needed a stressless tournament prior to AO to bring him back up to speed. I hope that he wins this tournament, but either way it will be a confidence booster.
I took it as a warm up event for AO from the start, not reading much into it from the get go. But press is not being too nice to him in this one.
Posted on: January 05, 2012, 11:21 AM
Posted by: OldScotSupport
I don't know if I'm reading the correct reviews of Andy's opening matches. You read the "world" press and it is not the rosey picture I see here....all "rainbows, cotton candy and lollipops"! What's really going on someone help me please? He's playing a tournament with no one esle in the top ten, 2 in the top 20, and everyone else in the 30s and 40s or worst. Come on, if Andy can't slam dunk this event, we've got a problem. 

I believe you are reading the fortune glass correctly.

However, looking at it from Andy's point of view. After the injuries forced his withdrawals from y/e tournaments, he probably needed a stressless tournament prior to AO to bring him back up to speed. I hope that he wins this tournament, but either way it will be a confidence booster.
Posted on: January 05, 2012, 11:09 AM
Posted by: Buhweet
I don't know if I'm reading the correct reviews of Andy's opening matches. You read the "world" press and it is not the rosey picture I see here....all "rainbows, cotton candy and lollipops"! What's really going on someone help me please? He's playing a tournament with no one esle in the top ten, 2 in the top 20, and everyone else in the 30s and 40s or worst. Come on, if Andy can't slam dunk this event, we've got a problem. 
Posted on: January 05, 2012, 03:34 AM
Posted by: Aileen
Things I didn't like about Andy's match today:

- His movement
- His second serve
- The gawd-awful outfit.. (that orange cuff at the bottom of his shorts to match the orange t-shirt... my son wore a similar outfit at 3 yrs old)
- His facial grimace when things aren't going well (sorry Andy.. you ain't foolin' me... that ain't no 'smile' and it makes me nervous).
- Getting up at 05:30am to watch!

Things I liked:
- His 1st serve
- His level of fitness
- His determination
- I found a decent livestream

I loved to see him get the bagel again against Muller, but I felt it came down more to the disparity of fitness between them.  I didn't hear any wolf-whistles when Giles took his shirt off (unlike the attention Andy got the other day!). I think Muller had some amazing shots but just ran out of gas in the tank, more than Andy playing better.
Oh well... a win's a win... and on we go..
I'm just hoping there's no underlying problem because, to me anyway, he just didn't look to be moving that well.
I hope I'm wrong.
Lucky you - my livestream was rubbish.  What was yours?

Agree with your post in general but have to disagree with you about Muller.  I felt Andy really got near the top of his game by the 3rd set and Muller simply had no answer so just gave up mentally, although I accept that the level of fitness between the two possibly played a part.

Andy does seem to have been having problems with his dodgy right knee, but he claims it'll get less painful the more matches he plays (don't quite understand that though, but then I don't totally understand that condition, whereas he does and so does his physio).  Also he's bound to be match rusty having played so little competitive tennis since October.  Anyway, I came across this quote in an Aussie newspaper from Andy after this match -

I felt like I moved better in the second and third sets. It's such a huge part of my game. When I'm moving well I feel more confident. In the first set, I was still not moving as I would have liked. That needs to get better,” Murray said.

“I want to be feeling 100 per cent on Monday in 10 days. That's the goal. With each match, your body is going to feel better. Towards the end of the second set I ran down some good balls and that's what I need just now. I was happy with that. It's been a good start.”


Another report say he's keen to get as many matches as possible under his belt before the AO, so I'm wondering if he might request an exhibition match or two next week, as he's done the last two years, provided of course that the knee doesn't actually get worse.